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Shot at Dawn
A Virtual Cemetery created by: geoffrey gillon
Description: The Shot at Dawn Memorial [Find A Grave Memorial# 15885719]is at the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas, in Staffordshire, UK in memory of the 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers executed after courts-martial for cowardice and desertion during World War I.The real usual cause for their offences has been re-attributed in modern times to post-traumatic stress syndrome and combat stress reaction. Soldiers accused of cowardice were often not given fair trials; they were often not properly defended, and some were under age.Another perspective is that the decisions to execute were taken in the heat of war when the commander's job was to keep the army together and fighting.The families of these victims often carried the stigma of the label of "coward". Another side to this form of "justice" is the lasting emotional pain caused to those who were in the firing squads, shooting the "deserters".Britain was one of the last countries to still dishonour these victims of shell shock.Prime Minister John Major emphasised this in 1993 when he told the Commons that pardoning the 'deserters' would be an insult to those who died honourably on the battlefield and that everyone was tried fairly.However, in 2007, the Armed Forces Act 2006 was passed allowing the soldiers to be pardoned, although section 359(4) of the act states that the pardon "does not affect any conviction or sentence."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.
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Alexander, Sgt William 15930121
b. 1880 d. Oct. 18, 1917
Barlin Communal Cemetery ...
Barlin
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
France
Arnold, Pvt Frederick Stanley 15930203
b. Apr. 25, 1890 d. Jul. 25, 1916
Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
Boulogne-sur-Mer
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
France
Bevistein, Pvt Abraham 55963998
b. Apr. 18, 1898 d. Mar. 20, 1916
Labourse Communal Cemeter...
Labourse
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
France
Browne, Private Archibald 12698911
b. unknown d. Dec. 19, 1914
Ploegsteert Memorial
Comines-Warneton
Hainaut
Belgium
Burden, Private Herbert Francis 11983341
b. Mar. 22, 1898 d. Jul. 21, 1915
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memori...
Ypres (Ieper)
West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen)
Belgium
Butler, Alexander 15886415
b. Jun. 11, 1888 d. Jul. 2, 1916
Ribemont Communal Cemeter...
Ribemont-sur-Ancre
Departement de la Somme
Picardie
France
Byrne, Private Stephen 16108403
b. unknown d. Oct. 28, 1917
Arras Memorial
Arras
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
France
Carter, Pvt Harold George 15930958
b. Mar. 26, 1896 d. Apr. 20, 1917
Villers Station Cemetery
Villers-au-Bois
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
France
Comte, Pvt Gustav 15898107
b. Feb. 24, 1895 d. Jul. 3, 1917
Aix-Noulette Communal Cem...
Aix-Noulette
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
France
De Fehr, Benjamin 15886519
b. Mar. 29, 1888 d. Aug. 25, 1916
Hazebrouck Communal Cemet...
Hazebrouck
Departement du Nord
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
France
Degasse, Pvt Arthur Charles 15930545
b. 1886 d. Mar. 15, 1918
Lapugnoy Military Cemeter...
Lapugnoy
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
France
Delisle, Pvt Leopold 15930269
b. 1893 d. May 21, 1918
Bellacourt Military Cemet...
Riviere
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
France
Dyett, Lieut Edwin Leopold Arthur 15709807
b. unknown d. Jan. 5, 1917
LE CROTOY COMMUNAL CEMETE...
Le Crotoy
Departement de la Somme
Picardie
France
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Farr, Private Harry T 12398739
b. unknown d. Oct. 18, 1916
Thiepval Memorial
Thiepval
Departement de la Somme
Picardie
France
Fox, Private J 16095125
b. unknown d. May 12, 1916
Arras Memorial
Arras
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
France
Goggins, L-Cpl Peter 56207855
b. 1893 d. Jan. 18, 1917
Saint Pol Communal Cemete...
Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
France
Harris, Pvt Abraham 55963999
b. Apr. 18, 1898 d. Mar. 20, 1916
Labourse Communal Cemeter...
Labourse
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
France
Highgate, Pvt Thomas James 56240568
b. May 13, 1895 d. Sep. 8, 1914
La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Mem...
La Ferte-sous-Jouarre
Departement de Seine-et-Marne
Īle-de-France
France
Mitchell, Private Leonard 12686474
b. unknown d. Sep. 19, 1917
La Clytte Military Cemete...
Heuvelland
West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen)
Belgium
Mitchell, Gunner William Henry 12686476
b. unknown d. Aug. 9, 1917
La Clytte Military Cemete...
Heuvelland
West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen)
Belgium
Monaghan, Private M 16086206
b. unknown d. Oct. 28, 1917
Arras Memorial
Arras
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
France
Nelson, Pvt William Barry 56054674
b. unknown d. Aug. 11, 1916
Acheux British Cemetery
Acheux-en-Amienois
Departement de la Somme
Picardie
France
Rickman, Private Albert 11405701
b. unknown d. Sep. 15, 1916
Vlamertinghe Military Cem...
Ypres (Ieper)
West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen)
Belgium
Stones, L-Sgt Joseph William "Will" 56207977
b. unknown d. Jan. 18, 1917
Saint Pol Communal Cemete...
Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
France
Tanner, Private Edward 15285446
b. unknown d. Oct. 27, 1914
Le Touret Memorial
Richebourg-l'Avoue
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
France
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