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Art from war - Injured WW1 soldiers
30 July 2014
After months of restoration and a worldwide search for personal stories, an altar frontal created by more than
100 wounded WW1 soldiers from all across the UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa, will go on display at St Paul’s for four years.
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And to mark the centenary of the outbreak of War, the frontal will be used for the first time in 70 years at a special service at 6pm on Sunday 3 August, at which relatives of the men, from across the world, will attend, including Ida Missing, daughter of Driver Percy Cooney, and Ronald Barnes, son of Private Herbert Barnes.
Also at the service are the grandchildren of Lance Corporal James Ernest Muth of the Royal Regiment of Canada, who are flying to London from Ontario especially for the occasion. Muth's grandson, also a Lance Corporal in the Canadian Army, will read a lesson at the service.
Sunday 3 August, 6pm
Monday 4 August
A special space is set aside in the north transept, forming a new chapel, where the altar frontal will be displayed. All Cathedral visitors are able to see the frontal, as well as the names of all 138 men who worked to craft it.
Alongside the frontal is a beautifully illuminated book containing the handwritten names of every man who worked on it together with the names of their regiments and of the hospitals at which they were patients.