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The Forgotten WW1 Structures of Great Britain

Dotted all over the landscape of the U.K are memorials to Britain’s wartime dead. From stone plaques in the centre of villages naming those that lost the lives in the Great War, to striking limestone statues in Whitehall.

However, there also remnants of those dark days that exist in another form; the actual structures that were once used as part of the war effort. These often grey and decaying historical ‘time-capsules’ can be found strewn across the countryside of the UK and Northern Europe too.

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Studland Bay I, Dorset, England (2011)

Photographer Marc Wilson spent six years visiting 143 such locations for his book, The Last Stand, which was released late last year.

The images illustrate the thread that has run through the tapestry of British life since these structures were built. Or, as Marc himself puts it, “The period of time in between their construction and today is made up of the histories, stories and memories that the work hopes to reflect. The objects can be seen as full stops in the timeline.”

Beyond this, they serve as another reminder of those struggle and ultimate sacrifice so many gave in the defence of the liberty that we enjoy in Europe and much of the world today.

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Brean Down II, Somerset, England (2012)
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Portland, Dorset, England (2011)
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Abbot’s Cliffe, Kent, England (2010)
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Lossiemouth II, Moray, Scotland (2011)
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Widemouth Bay, Cornwall, England (2011)

[Photography: Marc Wilson]