A large scale portrait of Lance Corporal John Edward Arkwright will be drawn in the sand in Blackpool.
Lance Corporal John Edward Arkwright (08 September 1890 – 26 August 1914), who lost his life in the First World War, will be commemorated by a large-scale sand portrait for Danny Boyle’s Armistice commission Pages of the Sea it was announced today.
On Sunday 11 November, the public is invited to assemble at one of thirty-two beaches around the UK and the Republic of Ireland at low-tide for an informal, nationwide gesture of remembrance for the men and women who left their home shores during the First World War.
A large-scale portrait of Lance Corporal John Edward Arkwright designed by sand artists Sand In Your Eye, will be drawn into the sand on the beach and washed away as the tide comes in. In addition, the public will be asked to join in by creating silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict. Each of the beaches taking part in the project will commemorate a different WW1 casualty.
John Arkwright was one of the first Lancastrians killed during the war. He was born in Lancaster and from 1906 to October 1913 he was a member of the 1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.
At the outbreak of war, John was a lance corporal with his unit stationed in Dover and quickly mobilised, arriving in France on 23 August 1914.
Three days later, the regiment saw bitter action at Haucourt, during the battle of Le Cateau, a vital rearguard action following the Battle of Mons, itself the first major action the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) saw in France. Although the Germans were victorious, the battle allowed the bulk of the BEF to fall back to Saint Quentin.
The regiment suffered many casualties and men taken prisoner. John himself was killed in action.
The Wound in Time, written by Carol Ann Duffy, will be read by individuals, families and communities as they gather on beaches on 11 November.
A series of community-led events will also be taking place at each beach.
People who can’t make it on the day will be able to watch the activities and portraits from most of the beaches on social media.