Helen Marshall, an artist whose giant mosaic of the Queen was seen by thousands of people during a tour which took in Gatwick Airport, was commissioned to reflect the image of Private James Beaney with the help of 20,000 audience faces captured during a series of BBC events.

Beaney worked as a plumber’s mate before joining the East Surrey regiment in August 1914. Arriving in France on May 31 1915, he was serving with D Company, 6 Battalion near Martinsart Wood, France when he was killed on August 8 1916.

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