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”.
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.
- Click below to watch our original report with Ethan back in 2014: