The National Memorial Arboretum

Shot at Dawn Memorial Restoration 2024

Help restore one of our most poignant and moving memorials. By donating £50 you can fund the replacement of one of the 309 posts, representing each soldier shot, later pardoned, and now remembered at the Arboretum.
£17,469
raised of £45,000 target
by 559 supporters
Closes on 31/05/2024
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Story

The Shot at Dawn Memorial commemorates 309 British and Commonwealth soldiers who were shot for desertion, cowardice, striking a senior officer, disobeying a lawful order, casting away arms, mutiny and sleeping at post during the First World War. Most of them were sentenced after a short trial at which no real opportunity for defence was allowed. Today, it is recognised that some were underage when they volunteered and that many of them were suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which was not recognised as a medical condition until 1980. In 2006 they were officially pardoned by the British Government.

Deliberately located at the most easterly part of the Arboretum where the sun rises first, Shot at Dawn, first dedicated in 2001, is now showing showing its age, exacerbated by repeated winter flooding from the adjacent River Tame. A suggested £50 donation represents the replacement of one of the 309 water damaged posts and name tag representing each soldier as part of the overall £45,000 campaign target to fully restore the memorial and create a future maintenance fund to ensure that the memorial will be preserved for future generations.

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The National Memorial Arboretum

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The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. It is a living and lasting memorial. Freely available to all, every day except Christmas Day.

Donation summary

Total raised
£17,468.63
+ £3,518.88 Gift Aid
Online donations
£17,468.63
Offline donations
£0.00
Direct donations
£17,468.63
Donations via fundraisers
£0.00

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