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Preparing for the Centenary of the End of World War I

The Atlantic Logo By Alan Taylor of The Atlantic | Slide 1 of 28: British artist Rob Heard stands among rows of 72,396 shrouded figures which form his piece of commemorative art "Shrouds of the Somme" to mark the upcoming centenary of the end of World War I, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, on November 7, 2018. Each figure is a human form, individually shaped, shrouded and made to a name of the 72,396 missing British and Commonwealth servicemen who were killed fighting in the Somme area of France between July 1, 1916 and March 20, 1918 who have no known grave and whose names are engraved on the Thiepval Memorial in France.

The British artist Rob Heard stands among rows of 72,396 shrouded figures which form his piece of commemorative art "Shrouds of the Somme" to mark the upcoming centenary of the end of World War I, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, on November 7, 2018. Each figure is a human form, individually shaped, shrouded and made to a name of the 72,396 missing British and Commonwealth servicemen who were killed fighting in the Somme area of France between July 1, 1916, and March 20, 1918, who have no known grave and whose names are engraved on the Thiepval Memorial in France.
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