Direct descendants of soldiers badly injured during the conflicts of WWI are being sought by St Paul’s, as the Cathedral prepares to display a unique piece of embroidery crafted by more than 100 recovering men.
Months of research by the Cathedral’s Collections Department has revealed 133 names of men from the UK, Canada, Australia and South Africa, who worked to create an elaborate altar frontal, used for many years after the War at the high altar.
Now, as part of its plans to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, St Paul’s will set aside an area of the Cathedral for four years, to enable worshippers and visitors to mark the events of 1914-18, with the altar frontal as the main focus.
And ahead of a special service of the Eucharist on Sunday 3 August 2014 - at which the altar frontal will be used for the first time since the 1940s - St Paul’s is seeking relatives of any of the men whose recovery was aided through the embroidery of this powerful piece of art.
Art from war – descendants of WWI soldiers sought for St Paul’s commemoration - St Paul's Cathedral,