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 Shot at Dawn Memorial

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Shot at Dawn Memorial

The Shot at Dawn Memorial Garden at the National Millennium Arboretum features a Shot at Dawn memorial sculpture as its centrepiece. The sculpture is based on the likeness of British Private Herbert Burden, who was executed by firing squad on July 21, 1915 at the age of seventeen for the crime of desertion, and is intended to honour the 306 Commonwealth soldiers who were executed during World War One for (what were considered at the time) crimes of desertion or cowardice. On Aug. 16, 2006, British Defence Secretary Des Browne announced that the government would issue full pardons for all 306 Commonwealth soldiers who were executed under these circumstances during World War One. Designed by Andrew DeComyn, the memorial is positioned at the eastern end of the Arboretum, close to the River Tame, where dawn first breaks on the site.

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  • Created by: Todd Young
  • Added: 25 Sep 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15885719
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Shot at Dawn Memorial (21 Jun 2001–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15885719, citing National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Lichfield District, Staffordshire, England ; Maintained by Todd Young (contributor 38942561) .