Have you seen the There But Not There Tommie figure in the village?
There But Not There aims to place a representative figure for as many as possible of the names on local war memorials, around the country, into their place of worship, their school, their workplace or wherever their absence was keenly felt. These transparent silhouettes will be back within their communities for Remembrance 2018, the centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 First World War.
There But Not There will be the defining centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 war, installed where the men and women came from across the country, back in the communities they left behind.
This project aims to Commemorate, Educate and Heal – the three aims of our charity. The project itself is the commemoration and there will be a comprehensive school education programme designed to bring to life and create an understanding and respect for the reasons why so many lost their lives during this time. Funds raised from the sale of Tommies will contribute directly to the work carried out by the 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 are:
The Royal Foundation – Changing the national conversation on mental health and wellbeing
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 our wounded into work
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.
In addition to our support of the TBNT Campaign, WPC has also made a donation to purchase a Silent Soldier Statue that will be placed in the Community Orchard (off the Heron Path).
These Silent Soldier silhouettes will appear across the country as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Why a Silent Soldier?
Following the end of the war in November 1918, the process of demobilisation and discharge was still a long process as the British Army still had commitments to fulfil in Germany, North Russia and in the garrisons of the Empire. On arrival back in England the men would move to a Dispersal Centre, this was a hutted or tented camp or barracks where they received a railway warrant or ticket to their home station. From there they were on their own, and would be seen across the country, walking back home, down the roads and across the fields, returning to their families. Most of the war service men were back in civilian life by the end of 1919.