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Posted on Thursday 14th November

On Saturday, 23 November, sculptor John Doubleday has agreed to open his Essex studio from 10am-4pm to showcase the clay original for the statue of Private Herbert Columbine VC. The event will be attended by the High Sheriff of Essex and is due to be featured on BBC Essex.

The statue will be the first full-length statue in the UK of a named Private soldier, and the only memorial to be erected to commemorate the centenary.

The statue is part of an initiative undertaken by Michael Turner, who sadly died on 2 November. The project aims to recognize the courage and devotion of the many thousands who lost their lives during the First World War. Private Columbine symbolizes all who fought for their country.

Dame Judi Dench is Patron of the project and has written the foreword for a new biography, Herbert Columbine VC.

Herbert Columbine's biographer Carole McEntee-Taylor will be in attendance on the day to sign copies of Herbert Columbine VC. You can purchase copies via the link above for a limited time at a concessionary price, and take them along for the author to sign.

John Doubleday's studio is at Goat Lodge Farm, Great Totham, Maldon (CM9 8BX). For more information, or to get in touch with John Doubleday or Carole McEntee-Taylor, contact Warfare at editorial@warfaremagazine.co.uk.

Further Reading

Herbert Columbine VC

Only £19.99

Herbert Columbine VC

(Hardback - 172 pages)
by Carole McEntee-Taylor

'Save Yourselves, I'll carry on'. These were the last known words of Herbert Columbine, shouted at his two companions on the afternoon of 22nd March 1918. At 9am that morning, in Hervilly Woods, France, 9 Squadron Machine Gun Corps had come under intense attack from a heavy force of German infantry. Private Columbine took command of an isolated gun, with no wire in front and began firing. As the German onslaught grew and casualties mounted,… Read more...


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