Only statue of named army private in the UK created by local artist is unveiled

John Doubleday with the statue of Private Herbert Columbine

John Doubleday with the statue of Private Herbert Columbine

First published in Local News

A one-of-a-kind statue created by a local artist to commemorate the First World War has been unveiled.

The statue, by John Doubleday, is of war hero Private Herbert Columbine, who was killed by a German bomb aged just 24 in 1918.

He manned a gun turret, keeping enemy troops at bay single-handedly for four hours while his fellow soldiers escaped and was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross medal for his bravery.

Mr Doubleday, of Goat Lodge Road, Great Totham, said: “It’s the only statue of a specifically named priate soldier in the country and the idea was to commemorate the sacrifice of the priavte soldier who paid a terrible price."

Maldon District councillor Robert Long organised the unveiling ceremony at Walton-on-the-Naze, which was attended by dignitaries including Maldon town Mayor Stephen Nunn, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex and Field Marshal Lord Guthrie, who unveiled the statue.

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