Shrouds of the Somme

Shrouds of the Somme is a new book that chronicles the extraordinary work of Somerset artist Rob Heard, from a road accident near his home through to displaying his work at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London to worldwide media interest.

Rob Heard

Rob’s initial installation, made entirely by himself, comprised six inch shrouded effigies that represented the losses on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916. 19,240 figures were exhibited on the 100th anniversary of the battle in Exeter.

Rob developed this idea to represent the total unfound casualties of the entire battle which totalled 72,396. These names are inscribed on the Thiepval Memorial in northern France.

The early exhibitions raised over £53,000 for SSAFA, which was an amazing achievement and Rob is now a Vice-President of Devon SSAFA.

The book is priced at £15 plus postage and is available from

SSAFA Somerset is delighted to present, in association with Shrouds of the Somme and Bath and West Enterprises, an evening with Rob Heard at the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, on Thursday 20th June. This is a unique opportunity to hear about Rob’s journey and inspiration behind Shrouds of the Somme. Further details will follow here soon or from our social media channels