WWI Tommy Soldier figure to be unveiled

Thursday, 1 November, 2018

A permanent sculpture, known as Tommy, will be unveiled outside the Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant during a short ceremony on Friday 9 November at 11am. 

The specially designed metal figure depicting the outline of a lone soldier is in support of the ‘There but not there’ campaign.   

The unveiling is part of Havant Borough Council’s plans to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of the war. The metal silhouette figure of a WWI soldier, known as Tommy, will be installed close to the flagpole outside of the Public Service Plaza.

The six foot aluminium Tommy figure will be a permanent fixture and is the brainchild of the ‘There But Not There Campaign’, an organisation who are supporting a number of armed forces charities. The soldiers have been made by army veterans, employed by Royal British Legion Industries.

Mayor of Havant, Councillor Peter Wade said; “I’m very proud to be unveiling this tribute to mark the centenary of the end of WWI and to those who lost their lives. The Tommy Soldier figure reminds us of the great sacrifices our armed forces gave and are giving for our country. It will act as a focal point of remembrance and give visitors to the Plaza an opportunity to pay their respects.

Find out more about the council's support of the There But Not There campaign.