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

By Culture24 Reporter | 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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I am the great nice of private James Beaney and on behalf of our family and my self this portrait is a great honor to represent the lives of so many whom have lost thier lives in the 1WW and those thst followed after we have done our own serches through the arcives and have discovered a lot more information on our uncle through diaries that was made daily during war time. there is information we never knew exsited. Thank you to all who have put many hours in all the hard word to create this info
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