There But Not There

Following the 2014 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, which represented the 888,246 British and Commonwealth Service men and women who lost their lives in the First World War, this Tommy commemorates the centenary of the end of the 1914-1918 war and those who lost their lives.

There But Not There reminds us of those who served in WW1 and did not return home. I believe that alongside each symbolic figure stands the spectre of five others who did return and found themselves so changed by what they had experienced that life for them and their families would never be the same again. There But Not There stands as a powerful symbol for us to not forget them too.”
Lt Gen Andrew Graham CB CBE

There But Not There

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Robert Laurence Binyon

There But Not There

20 Comments CherryPie on Nov 11th 2018

20 Responses to “There But Not There”

  1. lisl says:

    We are all sobered today, Cherie

  2. James Higham says:

    Lovely tribute, Cherie.

  3. Hels says:

    I went to see the poppies at the National War Memorial in Canberra, one for each of the 62,000 Australians who did not return to this country at the end of WW1. Each poppy was hand embroidered and then planted in a sea of red in the lawns outside.

    Not included were the soldiers’ families who, as you say, would never be the same again.

  4. Ginnie says:

    Yesterday Astrid and I watched the ceremony in Paris commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the end of WWI, Cherry. It was so beautifully done. I really got my education from Astrid, however, when She told me the Netherlands did not participate in that war. I had no idea.

  5. Alan says:

    A fine tribute to the soldiers and animals that served their country during he Great War,

  6. Ayush says:

    i really liked the outline of the soldier, CP. that was a nice touch.

  7. The Yum List says:

    Remembrance Day has strong memories in my upbringing.

  8. ....peter says:

    it is a beautiful cathedral Cherie and it love the silhouette sculpture of the soldier at the back of the church….peter:)

  9. I think there’s a new poppy installation at the Imperial War Museum.