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Peter Southern
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Posted - 13/08/2008 :  16:12:03  Show Profile  Visit Peter Southern's Homepage Send Peter Southern a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There is a very moving memorial to those who were shot at dawn at the National Arboretum. It is very dificult to describe, but just to say that everywhere else has trees and flowers, where this has all the named posts surrounded by dead grass. At the front of these posts stands a statue of a very young soldier who even though he is blinfolded seems to be able to stare into you, very moving. I have a photo and looking at this moves me still

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Edited by - Peter Southern on 08/10/2008 15:41:28

taffy
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Posted - 13/08/2008 :  18:32:25  Show Profile  Visit taffy's Homepage Send taffy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello, This is a subject which i have spent a lot of time browsing, and helping where i could John Hipkin, was a prime mover in getting this matter to the notice of the public, when you think that many of those shot at dawn were underaged Soldiers, and in most cases suffering trauma, (Shell Shock) as it was then known.
Politicians, and Army personell of high rank have a lot to still answer for, their decisions were disgraceful. There is quite a written in the column Shot at Dawn,on this site. take a peep, Taffy.
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Posted - 29/10/2008 :  09:52:15  Show Profile Send n/a a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Last Friday(241008) I visited Poperinghe Cemetery where 17 soldiers who were shot at dawn rest. Their gravestones are not marked any differently although some have more flowers and crosses.In the Cemetery Visitors book people have put "SHOT AT DAWN!!" in the margins next to their names and commented on the men's fates.

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Chris Green
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Posted - 22/02/2009 :  14:34:01  Show Profile  Visit Chris Green's Homepage Send Chris Green a Private Message  Reply with Quote
From the Mansfield CHAD (newspaper) dated 18th February 2009 page 27 WHAT'S ON...

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Title: 'Soldier's Life is brought to life on stage...'

"AN award-winning children's book depicting the life of a First World War soldier will be converted for the stage at Mansfield's Palace Theatre.

'Private and Peaceful' is the acclaimed story [of] Private Tommo Peaceful, the tale of a soldier who looks back over his life during the course of one night while awaiting the firing squad at dawn.

From his early years growing up in rural Devon, the book traces Tommos life, covering his first day at school, an accident in the forest which killed his father, his adventures with Molly, the love of his life, and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

The book, written by Children's Laureate author Michael Morpurgo, won a total of four prestigious children's book awards, including the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award.

Brought to the stage by production company 'Scamp', the performance promises to be a powerful and moving experience for children and families alike.

'Private and Peaceful' will appear at the Palace Theatre on 23rd February with tickets available from the boc office on Mansfield 633133, costing 8.50 for adults, 7 concessions."

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Chris Green
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My next book will be "The Crcodile Chronicles" and is projected to be launched 2015 or a quarter past eight in time for Christmas.
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Chris Green
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Posted - 04/05/2010 :  12:05:08  Show Profile  Visit Chris Green's Homepage Send Chris Green a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Shall retain my interest in this subject and am pushing for those soldiers from the East Midlands to be recognised as war casualities who died as a result of their wounds.

What is often forgotten is that the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), which went over to France following the August Bank Holiday 1914 was heavily mauled and the need to get replacements into the field quickly, often meant that infantry and non-technical arms had a minimum of training, often no more than 6 weeks.

It was recognised by those in control of the forces that to train a man to be effective in battle took a minimum of 6 months.

It is a horrible thing to think that the War Cabinet and Generals conspired to make the ill-prepared troops more frightened of their own side than of the enemy, but all of war is horrible and that is the point.

There is no conceivable way that any service person can portray combat to those who have never served their country nor had to be on the 'killing ground'.

How then to turn large numbers of underage children into soldiers?

It is noticable, from the statistics, that those shot were all from the lower classes; the upper classes got psychiatric treatment.

There was a huge social upheaval during WW1, women took on jobs that were largely male before the war and the suffrage movement pushed very hard for votes for women and succeeded in getting the second age reduction through in 1921 (though it was not until 1938 that all women had the vote [perhaps it was the imminence of another war that got the Bill through]).

The school boys from the upper classes were slaughtered and, like my grandfather Harry Clarke, officers were appointed from the ranks and sent on shortened officers' training courses.

I think that the great tragedy of Shot at Dawn was that it exposed the weaknesses of the class system and that the lower classes were treated more like animals, by those in ultimate charge because most of these men had grown up in a world before Elizabeth Fry (of Fry's Chocolate) and her Welfare Acts in the 1870s and later; they thought of themselves as better than everyone else and had been trained to lead from birth and they expected everyone else to do what they said, or else...

It is true now that my parent's generation shapes this world and its social philosophies and we children send our children and grandchildren off to fight wars of our making.

Regards,
Chris Green
frankgreen2@virginmedia.com
http://chrisgreen.weebly.com/

Service before self

'A Poppy in My Buttonhole' available now SEE:
http://www.rossendalebooks.co.uk/
http://www.lulu.com/content/2791550

My next book will be "The Crcodile Chronicles" and is projected to be launched 2015 or a quarter past eight in time for Christmas.

Edited by - Chris Green on 10/07/2011 19:02:43
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