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Our The work is about personal loss of loved ones and the family as a casualty of war. ‘Our’ is inspired by the artist’s family mementos from the First World War, which consist of medals, photographs, newspaper cuttings, memorial ribbons and some drawings from a small note book. The drawings of headstones were done by Mary Dearden who was aged 17 when three of her brothers died in the Great War. Only one of the brothers has a known grave. Robert Dearden is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. Henry Dearden is commemorated at Ypres on the Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium. James Dearden Is buried at Duchy Farm New British Cemetery, Belgium. Letter from James Dearden: The letter was sent home during the Second World War. James Dearden was the son of Henry (above), he died aged 30 on 18th August 1943. He was a Prisoner of War and died constructing the Burma railway. He is buried at Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar (Burma).