Frequently Asked Questions

What is Shrouds of the Somme?

To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, 72,396 shrouded figures will be laid out in rows, shoulder to shoulder to physically represent each of those commemorated on the great memorial to the missing of the Somme at Thiepval. Collaborating with Shrouds of the Somme, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is gathering your stories, diary extracts and images for the more than 72,000 casualties commemorated on the CWGC Thiepval Memorial.

What is the aim of the project?

The ‘Shrouds of the Somme’ project aims to bring home the sheer scale of human sacrifice in the battle that came to epitomise the bloodshed of the 1914-18 war – the Battle of the Somme. CWGC is collaborating with Shrouds of the Somme to ask the nation to search their family archives for pictures and details of those who died during the Battle of the Somme and are commemorated on the largest Commonwealth war memorial in the world – The CWGC Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme in France – to create a lasting legacy.

What will the information I upload be used for?

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How long will the project run for?

The project will run for one year, ending on Armistice Day 2018.

How do I find a casualty on the CWGC website?

Visit for the Commission’s ‘How To Search’ guide for its Casualty Database.

Who do I contact if I have a question/ am having trouble uploading content?

Please email