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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.

August 2004