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Remembering the Fallen: ‘Tommy’ figures installed in Ribble Valley church

One of the Tommy figures which has been placed in St Leonard's Church at Downham.
One of the Tommy figures which has been placed in St Leonard's Church at Downham.
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A Ribble Valley church has bought and placed a series of seven “Tommy” figures in the church as part of a nationwide installation for the Fallen called “There But Not There”.

The transparent Perspex figures mark the 100-day period leading up to the 100 year anniversary of the Armistice on November 11th, 2018, in a project that aims to “Commemorate, Educate and Heal” and will be open to view in St Leonard’s Church, Downham, for the next 100 days.

Made by war veterans working for Royal British Legion industries, the seven Downham figures commemorate the lives of local military personnel on the church’s Roll of Honour who lost their lives in the Great War – Sapper F. Burns, Private E. Hudson, Sapper J. Leeming, Private B. Lonsdale, Gunner W. Robinson, Lance Corporal J. Smithies and Private A. Webster.

Money raised from the project will be split between a range of military charities including Walking with the Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes and the Commonwealth War Graves Association.

Philip Naylor from St Leonards PCC said: “The silhouettes have been placed in the church pews, to represent taking the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice from the Roll of Honour and put them back into the spaces they left behind.

"It is a visual and vivid way of educating all generations about the war and what led to the deaths of 888,246 British and Commonwealth service personnel.”

Visitors can donate to the There But Not There campaign in the church.