A FIRST World War Major will be commemorated by a huge sand portrait on Freshwater West beach next week, to mark 100 years since the guns fell silent.

A portrait of Major Charles Alan Smith Morris, designed by sand artists Sand In Your Eye, will be drawn into the sand and washed away as the tide comes in.

The public will be asked to join in by creating silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict.

Major Morris will be commemorated as part of Danny Boyle’s Armistice commission Pages of the Sea.

The commission will see members of the public gather at 32 beaches around the UK and the Republic of Ireland at low-tide for an informal, nationwide gesture of remembrance for the men and women who left their home shores during the First World War.

Each of the beaches taking part in the project will commemorate a different WW1 casualty.

Bridgend-born Charles Alan Smith Morris was originally gazetted to the Bedfordshire Regiment and later transferred to other units.

In 1917 he was wounded in action on the Western Front at La Courcelette and was posted as missing, believed killed.

Several months later, his Uncle Charlie received a packet from the Red Cross with news that Charles had been found and taken to a German field hospital where, sadly, he later died.

The commemorative event at Freshwater West will take place from 12pm to 3pm on Sunday November 11.

The public is welcome to attend and take part.

The public is also invited to explore an online gallery of portraits of some of the men and women who served in the First World War, and select someone to thank and say a personal goodbye to either via social media or as they gather in person on beaches on 11 November at www.pagesofthesea.org.uk.

Poet Carol Ann Duffy has been invited by Boyle to write a new poem, which will be read by individuals, families and communities as they gather on beaches on November 11.

The Wound in Time will be read by individuals, families and communities as they gather on beaches.