SK1814 : Shot At Dawn (3)

taken 6 years ago, near to Croxall, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Shot At Dawn (3)
Shot At Dawn (3)
Commemorating the 306 British Army and Commonwealth soldiers executed after courts-martial for cowardice or desertion during World War I. The memorial portrays a young British soldier blindfolded and tied to a stake ready to be shot by a firing squad. The memorial was modelled on the likeness of 17-year-old Private Herbert Burden, who lied about his age to enlist in the armed forces and was later shot for desertion. It is surrounded by a semicircle of stakes on which are listed the names of every soldier executed in this fashion.
National Memorial Arboretum

A must-visit place in Staffordshire. In part of the National Forest, this 60ha of arboretum, parkland and paths is Britain's living tribute to those who have given service and sacrifice, and in many cases their lives, for our freedom. It is a place of remembrance and contemplation, and also celebration of those who gave so much in many conflicts. As well as the Millennium Chapel of Peace and Forgiveness there is the Armed Forces Memorial, four separate zones for memorials to specific units, organizations and events [about 150 so far, with more in the pipeline], as well as the normal facilities provided at such visitor attractions [place of pilgrimage might be a better term]. The site has been turned from a flat, featureless plain by the River Tame, that had been extracted for sand and gravel, into a new landscape that will grow and develop over many decades as the trees mature. LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Thursday, 9 July, 2015   (more nearby)
Friday, 10 July, 2015
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Park and Public Gardens  Defence, Military 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1873 1415 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:43.4806N 1:43.4469W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1871 1416
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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