In 1914, as Britain mobilised for war, the call went out to enlist. The response to Lord Kitchener’s call to arms was astonishing, with much of the whole country swept by patriotic fervour. Team mates, friends, neighbours and colleagues were encouraged to serve side-by-side in ‘Pals Battalions’, proudly defending their country; a recruitment tactic that, while highly successful in the short-term, would have devastating consequences for the communities from which the Pals Battalions were recruited.
In 2016 we continue our First World War centenary series by honouring the British Army, focusing on the Pals Battalions and their fate at the Battle of the Somme, 100 years ago. The 2016 Army £2 coin was created by Tim Sharp, Creative Director at design agency Uniform, and we recently caught up with him to find out a little bit more about his design.