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Green Howards Memorial, Crepon

James Butler (1931-2022)


Signed, inscribed with title and dated '96


18 ½ x 11 x 13 inches

Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition, 1996, No 1172, as 'Sketch Model of Soldier For the Green Howards
Memorial at Crepon, Normandy';
'Chris Beetles Summer Show 2017', No 183

A maquette for an over life-size sculpture commissioned for the Green Howards memorial at Crépon in Normandy, 1996.

The Regiment was one of only two in the British Army to land two assault battalions on D Day, when CSM San Hollis stormed across an orchard in Crépon in his second action to win the only VC that day. In recognition of this, in October 1996, a bronze statue pf a Green Howard was unveiled in Crépon by King Harald, to commemorate those Green Howards who gave their lives in Normandy and in the Second World War. The imposing statue by James Butler is deeply moving in portraying an exhausted but resolute infantryman resting on a broken wall and reflecting on that day’s historic events.
(Geoffrey Powell & John Powell, The History of the Green Howards, Barnsley: Leo Cooper, 2002, page 259)

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