Life-size WW1 statue unveiled in Southend

A new life-size statue of a young WW1 soldier has been unveiled in Southend.

The statue has been placed in front of Southend’s Cenotaph War Memorial and was designed by local sculptor, Dave Taylor.

  • Watch Russell Hookey's full report here:

More than a hundred years on from the end of the First World War, it’s a tribute to the many soldiers from the Essex regiment who gave their lives.

Standing at just under six-foot-high, the bronze tribute is based on 20-year-old Ethan Harvey from Norwich. Ethan regularly takes part in war-time re-enactments and says it’s an “incredible honor”.

The statue was based on Ethan Harvey from Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

“It’s such an incredible honor to educate the younger generations on the sacrifices made by their forefathers”

Ethan Harvey

While councillors unanimously approved the plans, some questions were raised as to whether a statue facing away from the cenotaph is appropriate. The council says it’s no different to other wartime figures elsewhere.

The statue depicts a soldier facing away from the cenotaph in the ‘rest rifles’ position which is traditionally adopted during ceremonial events.

“The pose that is there is one of respect for all those that have died and have fallen”

Councillor John Lamb Mayor of Southend
  • Click below to watch our original report with Ethan back in 2014: