Great War on the Plinth


Having done my own stint on Mr Gormley’s plinth a month ago,  (nothing to with the  Great War, though I did mention the nineteenth-century Afghan Wars, and quoted Kipling) I always check the site first thing in the morning, to see what has been happening.

As I write this, a young man is standing in a WW1 private’s uniform, commemorating his three great-uncles from Accrington, who died in the War:

Private Harry Broadley who served with the 13th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers and who died on 9th April 1917 age 33;

Private Owen Broadley who served with the 2nd Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment and who died of his wounds on 11th June 1918 age 21;

Lance Corporal Thomas (Tom) Broadley who served with the 11th and 7th Battalions of the East Lancashire Regiment and who was killed in action on 2nd August 1917 age 22.

He’s just standing still, like a statue. Representing the private soldier, he is making a deliberate contrast with the Generals (Napier and Havelock) commemorated on other corners of the Square. Rather effective, and considerably more dignified than the naked man who leapt off the plinth yesterday afternoon

One Comment

  1. Simon broadley
    Posted September 6, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your kind remarks regarding my tribute.

    Best wishes,

    Simon Broadley

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