Shot At Dawn

WM reference
46465
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 21st June 2001
Current location

Memorial is no 329 in Green Zone
at eastern edge of arboretum
beyond Polish Forces War Memorial
National Memorial Arboretum
Croxall Road
Alrewas
Lichfield
Staffordshire
DE13 7AR
England
OS Grid Ref.: SK 18710 14154
Denomination: Undefined

Description

Sculpted concrete figure of blindfolded soldier with target hung around his neck. Figure is modeled on Private Herbert Burden who was shot at dawn aged seventeen. 307 wooden stakes are arranged in a semi-circle behind the statue, each bearing a small plaque with the name and service details of those shot at dawn during WW1. The memorial is set within a secluded stand of trees. Benches with individual dedicatory plaques are arranged around the perimeter of the memorial.

Inscription

(NO INSCRIPTION ON MEMORIAL FIGURE. 307 WOODEN STAKES SURROUND FIGURE, ONE FOR EACH OF THOSE SHOT AT DAWN, DISPLAYING THEIR NAME, RANK, REGIMENT AND DATE AND AGE AT DEATH.

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

Clarke, H C
Flowler, C
Harrod, F H
Macdonald, Harry
Ridley, Henry Q
Webb, H M
Wild, Arthur
Richardson
See details

Subject/Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 307
Served and returned: 0
Died: 307
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Foename, surname, rank, regiment,year of death, age at death
Order of information: Undefined

Component

Other structure
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Wood
Listed?: No

Component

Plaques
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Metal
Listed?: No

Component

Figure
Condition: Good
Measurements: height C 8.5FT
Materials: Concrete
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 21st June 2001
Attended by: RELATIVES/FRIENDS OF THE FALLEN

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund/Scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Public
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Unknown or N/A

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