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Artistic tribute to Tom

A SOLDIER from Solihull who was killed in Iraq is featured in a unique art exhibition on show in the West Midlands.

A SOLDIER from Solihull who was killed in Iraq is featured in a unique art exhibition on show in the West Midlands.

The image of Lance Corporal Tom Keys is included in a memorial to servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Entitled Queen and Country, the display was created by official war artist Steve McQueen and depicts more than 150 British military personnel who lost their lives up to 2007.

It takes the form of a large wooden cabinet containing pull-out drawers. Each drawer contains a sheet of designs for postage stamps, juxtaposing the Queen’s profile with a photograph of one of the war’s victims.

L/Cpl Keys, 20, a member of the Royal Military Police, was killed, along with five other Redcaps, in a police station which was stormed by an Iraqi mob in 2001.

His father Reg, a former Solihull paramedic who lives at Catherine-de-Barnes, said: “I think putting Tom’s face one a stamp is a marvellous way of remembering the sacrifice he made.”

 

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