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The contemporary images used on The Face of WW1 have been collected with consent at the BBC’s World War One live events during summer 2014. Historic images have been kindly made available by Imperial War Museums (IWM) as partners in the BBC’s World War One at Home project with additional contributions from members of the public.

Images have been selected by the artist Helen Marshall to produce this commemorative artwork.

The images used in this artwork have been used in good faith to produce the artwork and all reasonable care has been taken to ensure historical accuracy and tone. The inclusion of historical images does not imply any binding relationship with, or endorsement from, the BBC.

Copying in whole or in part is not permitted and, outside of the artwork, copyright of individual images remains with the BBC and IWM respectively.

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Artist Helen Marshall has been commissioned by BBC Local Radio to create The Face of World War One, containing thousands of photographs captured across the nation during the BBC World War One at Home Live Events.

Original photographs from 1914-1918 have also been included in the mosaic, supplied from the archives of Imperial War Museums and public submissions.

This mosaic commemorates how the sacrifices made by those during World War One, shaped the face of today.

James Ernest Beaney was born on April 16th, 1893 in Battersea, London. He had a brother and two sisters, and the family lived in Putney.

Before joining the army, James worked as a plumber’s mate. He served in The Queen’s Regiment (Royal West Surrey Regiment), arriving in France on May 31st, 1915.

James died on August 8th, 1916 at the Somme.