Newham Recorder: First World War sacrifice remembered with Shrouds of the Somme service

Hundreds of people gathered in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park ton Sunday for a poignant service to mark a century since the end of the First World War.

The service, which was led by the Revd Canon Dr Flora Winfield, took place by the Shrouds of the Somme installation, where more than 72,000 small shrouded figures were laid out, each depicting a soldier who lost his life in the battle and who has no known grave.

Two poems were read, one by Lili Fairclough from Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy who read a composition she wrote for the Never Such Innocence First World War poetry competition, and one by actor Jim Carter, who read For The Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon.

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