There But Not There tribute to WWI heroes

280718   Piper Rachael Blueman plays the pipes at the unveiling of  a new tribute to the victims of World War One  alongside the war memrial at Scholes near Leeds.
280718 Piper Rachael Blueman plays the pipes at the unveiling of a new tribute to the victims of World War One alongside the war memrial at Scholes near Leeds.

They came together on a warm summer’s day in Yorkshire to remember the boys who died far from home amid the mud and misery of the First World War.

The picturesque village of Scholes was the setting last Saturday for the unveiling of a six-feet-tall aluminium silhouette depicting a British Tommy.

280718    Members of the Royal British Legion , Dignatries and Councillors at the unveiling of  a new tribute to the victims of World War One  alongside the war memrial at Scholes near Leeds.

280718 Members of the Royal British Legion , Dignatries and Councillors at the unveiling of a new tribute to the victims of World War One alongside the war memrial at Scholes near Leeds.

It is one of many being installed around the country as part of a remembrance project called There But Not There running during the build-up to November’s centenary of the signing of the Armistice.

The silhouette in Scholes has been put in place at the village’s war memorial, which carries the names of 14 local heroes who fought and died between 1914 and 1918.

The Barwick and Scholes and Leeds Central branches of the Royal British Legion had standards on display at Saturday’s ceremony, with a bagpiper also in attendance and a minute’s silence held.

Second World War veteran Ted Stuart, at 93 the oldest member of the Barwick & Scholes branch, was given the honour of unveiling the silhouette.

280718   Locals, l to r.. Sue Boden  Jackie Robinson, Lilla Womack and Karen Nash  hanging the  poppy display  with  wool poppies knitted by the villagers  next to the  World War One war memorial at Scholes near Leeds.

280718 Locals, l to r.. Sue Boden Jackie Robinson, Lilla Womack and Karen Nash hanging the poppy display with wool poppies knitted by the villagers next to the World War One war memorial at Scholes near Leeds.

Barwick & Scholes branch standard bearer Martyn Simpson, a 56-year-old RAF veteran, said: “It was an extremely poignant occasion and there was an excellent turnout from the residents of the village. Some of them were only in their late teens, and that was good to see.”

The Tommy silhouette’s purchase was funded by Barwick in Elmet & Scholes Parish Council following an approach by long-time Scholes resident Philip Brown.

Mr Brown, 62, said: “I just saw something on the TV about There But Not There and everything has spiralled from that.

“I hope having the silhouette here will inspire future generations to find out more about the war.”

280718   The  war memorial at Scholes near Leeds, where the new memorial is  alongside

280718 The war memorial at Scholes near Leeds, where the new memorial is alongside

HOMAGE: Piper Rachael Blueman plays next to the Tommy silhouette.