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Chance for Cornish to remember the fallen

Published: October 18, 2018

Cornwall College Camborne

Perspex Tommy silhouettes will be on view in Cornwall for people to visit; reflect, contemplate and remember the fallen of the Great War.

Starting on Monday 5th November and running until Saturday 10th November, these special silhouettes, which form part of a national installation, will be included in several events and placements around Cornwall College Camborne.

Anthony Freethy, an electrical course tutor who also served in the Royal Navy, was instrumental in applying for the silhouettes and in organising the week long programme at the College.

“Over three quarters of a million British soldiers lost their lives in the Great War between 1914 and 1918,” he said.

“The aim of these silhouettes is to place a representative figure for every name on a local war memorial around the country, in a place where they may have been. This is very poignant as many staff members at the College have also served in the armed forces.”

The national installation programme, which follows in the footsteps of the Poppies around the Tower, is called There But Not There and is designed for all communities to remember those who said goodbye to families and friends, never to return.

Public are invited to visit the silhouettes on Friday 9th November in the OPIE Lecture Theatre, Cornwall College Camborne; where people will be met by The British Legion, serving members of the armed forces and students from the Military Academy.

The space will be open from 11am until 2pm and members of the public can spend time remembering those from the Great War and also loved ones who are no longer with us.

“It’s really important for our students looking to enter the armed forces to realise the massive sacrifice that was paid by so many to protect our way of life,” said Louise Fletcher, Tutor Military Academy.

“Having these highly evocative silhouettes in locations around campus, really brings home what they missed out on and is a truly powerful reminder.”

Anthony said the invite was extended to everyone on Friday 9th November.

“People are welcome to take photographs sitting next to a silhouette, perhaps in recognition of someone from their own family, who fought in that campaign or any other campaign,” he added.

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