WW1 heroes who never made it home for Christmas remembered in Tommy campaign
Armistice did not end the First World War for everyone. In fact, 18,355 British and Commonwealth soldiers died between the end of the First World War and New Year’s Eve 1918.
There But Not There, a collaborative commemoration project for the WW1 Armistice centenary, is working to ensure this often forgotten cohort is remembered. The ‘Bring Tommy Home for Christmas’ campaign, taking place in 2018, follows new statistics released by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission that reveal nearly 20,000 veterans of the Great War died after 11 November 1918.
How can you get involved?
Each and every purchase of the charity’s iconic 10" Tommy silhouette from the There But Not There shop remembers an individual that died after Armistice. As part of the nationwide project, transparent 6ft Tommy silhouettes were installed in thousands of communities around the UK in the run up to the Armistice centenary. Now the 10" versions have been created by veterans at Royal British Legion Industries to raise awareness as well as funds for beneficiary charities as part of the Bring Tommy Home for Christmas campaign.
Get a 15% discount & research your Tommy
The Forces War Records military family history website has joined forces with There But Not There to offer a 15% discount on every purchase of a Tommy. Use the FWR15 code to get your discount at the checkout at the There But Not There online shop.
Once you have bought your Tommy figure, you can find out who it remembers simply visit the charity’s Remember Them page; enter your email address to receive the details of the individual. You will receive information such as Name, Rank, Regiment and Date of Death, all providing a moving and deeply personal way to remember this often forgotten cohort from the Great War.
You will also receive links to further information should you wish to research them more.
Never made it home for Christmas
Rowley Gregg MC, Director of There But Not There, said: 'The men who never made it home for Christmas in 1918, despite surviving one of the most horrific conflicts in human history, have always been overlooked during the remembrance period. With the readers’ support, our enduring hope is that this group of overlooked heroes will finally be remembered with the reverence that they deserve.
'As families come together this December, those readers that purchase one of the Tommies will not only be remembering those who have for too long been neglected, but will also be raising vital funds for military and mental health charities.'
All Tommies bought from the There But Not There shop by 17 December are expected to arrive in time for Christmas Day 2018.
All profits from the sale of the Tommies are donated to the following group of military and mental health charities: The Royal Foundation, Walking With The Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes, Project Equinox: Housing Veterans and Medical Students and the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation.