BBC and IWM create The Face of WW1 Photo Mosaic for Armistice

By Culture24 Reporter Published: 07 November 2014

The BBC and IWM have created a giant mosaic as people across the country pay their respects during Remembrance Weekend

A black and white photo of a uniformed First World War soldier
Private James Beaney was born on April 16 1893 in Battersea© IWM
Helen Marshall, an artist whose giant mosaic of the Queen was seen by thousands of people during a tour which took in Gatwick Airport, was commissioned to reflect the image of Private James Beaney with the help of 20,000 audience faces captured during a series of BBC events.

Beaney worked as a plumber’s mate before joining the East Surrey regiment in August 1914. Arriving in France on May 31 1915, he was serving with D Company, 6 Battalion near Martinsart Wood, France when he was killed on August 8 1916.

His image will be seen alongside a film at IWM North in Manchester this weekend.


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