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SHOT AT DAWN

By howdog
Andy De Comyn's statue, Shot at Dawn is modelled on Private Herbert Burden,shot at Ypres in 1915 aged 17.

During WWI, 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers were shot for desertion,cowardice,striking a senior officer,disobeying a lawful order,casting away arms and sleeping at post.
Today it is recognised that several of them were under age when they volunteered and that many were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder,not recognised as a medical condition until 1980.

Taken at the National Memorial Arboretum.


Tags: Mono Black and white Coulor pop Reportage photography

Voters: dven, mrswoolybill, gwynn56 and 9 more


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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.8k 2142 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2016 8:00AM
It's an extremely moving work, and I like the way you have shown it glimpsed through trees, we are looking in on a private tragedy. And that's the subtlest colour-popping I have ever seen!
I have photographed this, and researched the stories of some of the men. Each of those poles in the background represents an executed man. I even encountered a relative of one of them, on this site.
Incidentally, the French army executed rather more men than the British army, well it was numerically bigger. The Germans executed fewer than twenty for desertion, usually when there were aggravating factors such as inciting others to desert. They didn't want to waste trained men... (WW2 was a different matter.)
Moira

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barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2016 9:11AM
Very moving
Nikonuser1 Plus
7 161 16 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2016 11:31AM
A very moveing mono imageGrinGrinGrinGrin

Cliff
howdog 11 25 1 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2016 8:45PM
Thank you, Moira, for your kind words. Around the statue, stand six trees that represent the firing squad. It was a moving visit, we stayed over night and went to the service on Sunday morning at 1100am.
We then went to Whittington Barracks Staffordshire, Home of the Staffordshire Regiment.
The Regiment has built a WWI trench, for a small fee my friend's and I stepped back in time.
With sound effects and actors, we walked the trench.
I feel we should all experience a visit to Whittington Barracks.
I have nothing but the greatest respect for Great men of the Somme.
http://staffordshireregimentmuseum.com/museum.html

My thanks to all the staff at the Museum.
Bravdo 12 17 2 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2016 8:29PM
A very moving image and a interesting write up.. we owe so much to these brave soles who fought for the right of our freedom. A very well portrayed image.

Barry
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2016 7:41PM
a very emotional image
beautifully captured

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