Gloucestershire Echo - - ARMISTICEDAY 100 YEARS ON -

TWO life-sized Tom­mies have been un­veiled at the US em­bassy in Lon­don to mark the cen­te­nary of the end of the First World War.

The 6ft Sol­dier Sil­hou­ettes were re­vealed by US am­bas­sador to the UK Robert “Woody” John­son and Gen­eral Lord Dan­natt, for­mer chief of the gen­eral staff in the Bri­tish Army.

The un­veil­ing com­mem­o­rated Bri­tish soldiers, known as Tom­mies, and soldiers from the US, known as Dough­boys, who served to­gether in the war.

One Tommy will guard the em­bassy foyer and the other will be placed in the con­sular en­trance for the Re­mem­brance pe­riod.

They have been pur­chased from the There But Not There cam­paign, mark­ing 100 years since the end of the con­flict. The cam­paign was launched in the US in Fe­bru­ary and has raised more than £4 mil­lion for a group of US and UK mil­i­tary char­i­ties.

More than 76,000 10in and 6ft Sol­dier Sil­hou­ettes have been sold so far and have ap­peared at lo­ca­tions across the US, in­clud­ing the Golden Gate Bridge and Times Square.

Mr John­son said: “A hun­dred years ago, many brave young Amer­i­cans vol­un­teered to come and fight side by side with their Bri­tish com­rades in the First World War. “Many never made it back home. They may be gone but they are never for­got­ten.”

More than 76,000 stat­ues de­pict­ing ‘Tom­mies’ and ‘Dough­boys’ have al­ready been sold to be dis­played dur­ing the Ar­mistice com­mem­o­ra­tions, like this one at the White Cliffs of Dover and at St Au­gus­tine’s Church, Swin­don, pic­tured left

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