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Shot at Dawn Memorial


Commissioned by: Donated by artist to NMA / soldier’s relatives


Materials: Concrete and Wood


Height: 2.6 Metres


Location: National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire


Not a commission but a gift to the relatives of executed soldiers from the First World War. It consists of a one and a half times lifesize statue of a young blindfolded soldier surrounded by 306 wooden posts, bearing the names of the executed men. To the front are 6 fir trees that represent the firing squad. The statue was entirely self funded and the posts and landscaping were paid for through donations. It was unveiled in 2001 alongside enormous media interest and was considered instrumental in the pardoning of the 306 men that it commemorates. It is the only memorial that commemorates all of these men and remains one of the most visited memorial at the NMA.