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Remembrance 2018: Epping Forest honours WWI fallen

PUBLISHED: 12:58 21 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:58 21 November 2018

The City of London Corporation / Yvette Woodhouse

The City of London Corporation / Yvette Woodhouse

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Six life-sized aluminium silhouettes of British soldiers have been installed in Epping Forest to commemorate the heroes of World War One

As well as honouring this year’s 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, the soldiers will become part of the City of London Corporation’s new interactive World War I exhibition at The View in Epping Forest, its free visitor centre in Chingford.

The City of London Corporation / Yvette WoodhouseThe City of London Corporation / Yvette Woodhouse

The exhibition captures the story of the Epping Forest Keepers who served in the First World War and runs until 30 November.

The City of London Corporation / Yvette WoodhouseThe City of London Corporation / Yvette Woodhouse

The exhibition includes a Family Story Tree where visitors can add a beloved family memoir and a photograph of any relatives who served, survived or died in the war, as a tribute. There will also be activities, historic poems, books and pictures centred around the Family Story Tree.

The City of London Corporation / Yvette WoodhouseThe City of London Corporation / Yvette Woodhouse

As part of the First World War Centenary Partnership, the City of London Corporation teamed up with charities Remembered and the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to install the Tommies in the City and the Forest.

The City of London Corporation / Yvette WoodhouseThe City of London Corporation / Yvette Woodhouse

The six-foot-high Tommies are part of Remembered’s nationwide art installation campaign called ‘There But Not There’ with all proceeds going to armed forces and mental health charities.

The silhouettes, accessible for everyone to visit, have been placed at:

• High Beech, where Helen Thomas, the wife of the War Poet Edward Thomas, recorded their fateful farewell

• Pole Hill, where a soldier stands lookout over a former gun emplacement

• At The View visitor centre as part of its World War One exhibition

• Guarding three War memorials on Epping Forest Land at Wanstead, Loughton and Epping

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