Wall pieces left to right:
Portland quarry face, Portland, England, 2009
Portland stone, drilled to be split and cut for headstones, Portland, England, 2009
Headstones packaged for engraving in Arras, France, then installation in Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, Portland England, 2009
Headstone replacement, Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France, 2013
Headstones broken up after being replaced, Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France, 2013
c-type colour prints, box framed, 92cm x 79cm
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission aims to remember the names of the dead in perpetuity. This ambition has created an international industry of quarrymen, stone cutters and gardeners who respond to queries from relatives, update records, tend to the landscape and repair or replace worn and damaged headstones. During 2013, in the build-up to the hundred-year anniversary of the start of the war, 22,000 headstones were replaced, with 80 to 90 engraved every day.