The Royal British Legion’s Shropshire Poppy Appeal and St Chad’s Church have unveiled a collaborative art sculpture to mark the First World War Centenary…

The Churchwardens of St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury, welcomed the public to witness the unveiling of Shropshire’s sculpture to remember all from the county who gave their lives in the Great War.

The Shropshire Poppy Appeal and St Chad’s Church have been working with two local artists, Lyn Evans and Nik Burns along with Martin Phillips of Heritage Schools, to commemorate this special year. 81 Primary schools in Shropshire, and Telford & Wrekin have helped to create a one off sculpture which will stand as a lasting legacy to the 5,286 lives lost from Shropshire during the First World War.

The names were gathered in the Shropshire Roll of Honour, which was compiled by two local amateur military historians, Neil Evans and Phil Morris, and funded by public and trust donations. Every man and woman listed in this Roll of Honour will be remembered in a service so that every individual is valued and their sacrifice honoured.

Torn paper artist Lyn Evans and metal work artist Nik Burns were tasked with finding a way to mark the Centenary in a way which reflects Shropshire, which is why primary schools in the County were called upon to write the names of the fallen from their parish war memorials. They wanted to make the next generation truly part of this project and connect them to their past.

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