Three ghostly figures of First World War soldiers (or ‘Tommies’) have recently popped up at St Pancras International.
Launching a year of commemoration as the station marks its 150th anniversary, the six-foot-high silhouettes serve as a poignant reminder of the fundamental role British railways played in the war effort, including the transportation of troops, aircrafts, munitions, and supplies. They also commemorate the integral role of women in the conflict, employed by the rail industry in positions previously occupied by men.
They will stand guard on St Pancras’ Grand Terrace until November, and are part of a new fundraising campaign led by former General, The Lord Dannatt. “Unveiling the haunting figures gives the public an opportunity to commemorate the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers,” he says, “in a destination which played a crucial role during this time, and was itself hugely affected by the conflict.”
Miniature 10-inch versions of the Tommies – designed by Martin Barraud and made by military veterans – are also on sale, with proceeds going to affiliated charities.