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Charles Sargeant Jagger 1885–1934
No Man’s Land
Dimensions Object: 1264 x 3075 x 90 mm, 588 kg
Acquisition Presented by the Council of British School at Rome 1923
During the First World War, Jagger served with the army and was shot twice, once seriously. This memorial relief shows a 'listening post' where a soldier would hide among the dead bodies, broken stretchers and barbed wire of No Man's Land, in order to listen for the enemy. The original plaster had a verse appended, but this was suppressed in the bronze, because it was unclear whether the artist intended it to be ironic:
O, little mighty band that stood for England That with our bodies for a living shield Guarded her slow awakening.
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