may, 2020

30may(may 30)9:30 am12jul(jul 12)4:30 pmD-Day: Soldiers of Sacrificed-day:soldiers of sacrifice | Saturday 30th May - Sunday 12th July


Event Details

The poignant ‘D-Day: Soldiers of Sacrifice’ sculpture will be visiting The Black Watch Castle and Museum from Saturday 6th June until Sunday 12th July; the first time the sculpture has visited Scotland.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery and commissioned by The D-Day Story museum in Portsmouth the sculpture commemorates the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and provides a lasting tribute to the lives lost in the first 24 hours of the Normandy landings.

Renowned artist Alfie Bradley created the statue to represent Lieutenant Den Brotheridge who served with the 2nd Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry during the Second World War. Lieutenant Brotheridge is widely believed to have been the first Allied serviceman killed on D-Day.

The structure is made from steel rods, steel sheets, welding wire, resin and 4,413 replica bullets. Each bullet representing his comrades in arms who fell in battle later that day. The soldier’s form is crouched down as if to throw a grenade, but instead he is releasing a dove; symbolising peace and acknowledging that these soldiers’ deaths were not in vain.

Due to recent government advice and to protect our staff and visitors we have made the decision to postpone this event until next year.


May 30 (Saturday) 9:30 am - July 12 (Sunday) 4:30 pm

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