The There but not there' soldiers are a project launched by the charity Remembered, that marks the 100 years anniversary since the end of World War One. By creating community-owned art installations across the UK, the installations depict silhouettes of soldiers that did not return home after the First World War.
The image above shows ‘There but not there’ soldiers in St Peter’s Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton. They have been installed by The Central Youth Theatre to coincide with their performance the Forgotten Returned and were bought with the donation received by Persimmon Homes West Midlands, through its match funding Community Campion scheme.
Central Youth Theatre spokeswoman Jane Ward said: “The silhouettes will be used in the performances and then remain in the church pews throughout 2018 as well as two small historical exhibitions. We are delighted that Persimmon Homes has been able to support our work in this way”.
The youth theatre works with young people aged 8 to 25 years and for more than 35 years they have worked with over 2,500 young people, staged more than 200 productions and travelled to more than 16 countries to attend more than 45 international youth theatre festivals.
Find out more about how your community can get your ‘There but not there’ soldier click here. The profits from the will enable Remembered to support the following charities: The Royal Foundation, Walking With The Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes, The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation and Project Equinox: Housing Veterans. Each of the ‘There but not there’ soldiers and their commemorative packaging are made by veterans employed by our manufacturing partner, Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI).