Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers represents ordinary people pulled out of ordinary lives because of war, who involuntarily experienced extraordinary things and whose lives were profoundly affected as a consequence. The inscription on the sculpture’s plaque says:
“They said for king and country,
We should do as we were bid,
They said old soldiers never die
But plenty young ones did.”
While I was in Scarborough with my dear friend Jill, she showed me the sculpture and I was fascinated. Then we looked at each other, giggled, and took each other's photo in the crook of Freddie's arm. It wasn't until I returned home that I looked up his story and feel a bit foolish for taking the sculpture so lightly and acting like a frivolous teenager. But here we are to show you the perspective of the sculpture's size! I'm 5' 6 1/2" tall and Jill is about 5' 9" so you can see just how huge this fantastic sculpture is. It's bigger than life, just like Freddie was when he took part in freeing all those prisoners from Bergen-Belsen in 1945.
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