TOMMY STATUES SPREAD ACROSS ATLANTIC
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