The past is a foreign country...
The past is a foreign country...

...they do things differently there.  The words of L P Hartley are rarely more appropriate than here. The execution of British Soldiers on the orders of a British general is incomprehensible today. Often too young to legally be serving overseas, sick, traumatised, it seems beyond justification.   The figure, sculptured in 1999 by a young art student,  Andy De Comyn, as part of his final art degree assessment, is impossible to ignore. Following a campaign the men were pardoned in 2006.

Shot at Dawn

Shot at Dawn

The figure of a young boy stands facing 6 trees, which represent the firing squad. Behind him stand 309 stakes, each bearing name of one of the men who had been Shot at Dawn.

Contemplation

Contemplation

A woman sits quietly, trying to make sense of what today seems incomprehensible.