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There But Not There

What started as an installation of 51 seated silhouettes in a church in Penshurst became an international collaboration in remembrance and commemoration of those who died in the First World War.

There But Not There  silhouettes were installed by thousands of communities around the UK, 6ft Tommies were purchased by councils, businesses and community groups and our commemorative 10″ Tommies were brought into the homes of over 80,000 people around the world.

The project’s aims were simple:

Commemorate those who died in the First World War through installations of silhouettes and Tommies wherever there is a Roll of Honour.

To Educate all generations, particularly today’s younger generation, born nearly 100 years after the outbreak of WW1, to understand what led to the deaths of 888,246 British and Commonwealth service personnel.

Heal today’s veterans who are suffering from the mental and physical wounds of their service by raising substantial funds through sales of our Tommies, which are still available from our shop.

Funds raised from the sale of our Tommies will contribute directly to the work carried out by our beneficiary charities below.  The Tommies and their commemorative packaging are made by the Royal British Legion Industries, appropriately, by ex-Service Veterans employed by RBLI.

The charities we will support include:

The Royal Foundation’s Armed Forces Programmes – promoting the welfare of those serving their country in the Armed Forces and veterans.

The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation – highlighting the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, funding education and activities to capture the public imagination and commemorating the sacrifices made

Walking With The Wounded – Supporting a pathway for vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence. The heart of this journey is employment and mental well-being.

Combat Stress – treating Veterans suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Depression and Anxiety

Help for Heroes – Supporting those affected by their time in the Armed Forces and their loved ones, to help them reach their potential and live fulfilling lives

Project Equinox: Housing Veterans and Medical Students – Plymouth University project to create sheltered housing for 40 single veterans

There But Not There