BOAT BUILDER & GENERAL FABRICATION
A brief description of the meaning of the memorial
I was first approached by Matt Richards of Tuxford parish council about making a silhouette of a ww 1 soldier and after giving it some thought I suggested forging an out line from solid 20 mm bar and making a poppy for every soldier that gave their lives from Tuxford, and from that it started to come to life my idea is that the soldier is a memory and you can see through him and see Tuxford as he may have done , he is looking down on the 16 poppies , each one represents a soldier , his comrades , who died from Tuxford , , the one facing him represents himself , he remembering them as we always will some poppies are entwined with each other in groups , i would like to think these were closer to each other , just like now , we have close friends , some grow through the memory of the soldier and the dates which are meant to represent the now, they all grow through the union jack in memory of the king and country they payed the ultimate price for the sculpture was made by using both traditional and modern blacksmith and welding techniques and using some tools that are in fact from the time period, he was then powder coated in satin black , the poppies are hand painted , it sounds strange but there is a point when making something like this that it actually take on a character , as did this and i decided to call him George , after a soldier who is buried in Tuxford church yard who i researched his history a few years ago, when making the poppies which took two days alone i began to think i probably couldn’t make as many who died just in one day , in one life time , so in summary , i am very honored to have been giving the chance to make this in memory of those brave men and for the people of Tuxford to enjoy and to show we care i am available to take on commissions and i am currently working on some Art Deco style stairs and handrails for a cafe in London and a 7 ft tall sculpture of a tree , so plenty of hammering to keep me busy Robin Summers
A talented sculptor has crafted a poignant silhouette of a First World War soldier as a new tribute to a village’s lost son.
Boatbuilder and metalworker Robin Summers, 51, has spent 14 days’ worth of evenings and weekends hand-crafting the memorial which also has 16 poppies representing each of Tuxford’s war dead.
The idea is to place it at the cenotaph for this year’s events to mark 100 years since the 1918 armistice – and it could eventually be sited on the village green. Mr Summers was approached by the parish council and based his creation on a soldier he had researched.
The figure depicts Tuxford farm labourer George Henry Morley, son of George and Elizabeth Morley, of 47, Ollerton Road, Tuxford, who died on February 17, 1917 and is buried in the churchyard.
George Morley had joined the Sherwood Foresters before being transferred to the 14th Battalion Training Reserve and died of pneumonia.
Mr Summers said: “The sculpture is hand-forged from 20mm steel and you can see through the sculpture and see Tuxford as George Morley would have seen it.
“I thought of the soldiers from Tuxford as I was making this. They believed the war would be over in months and thought it would be a bit of fun.
“A lot of them joined because they’d be fed proper meals. The census listed him as a farm labourer but it also says he was a servant.”
Mr Summers added: “I was first approached by Matt Richards of Tuxford Parish Council about making a silhouette of a First World War soldier.
“After giving it some thought I suggested forging an outline from solid 20 mm bar and making a poppy for every soldier that gave their lives from Tuxford.
“The figure is looking down on the 16 poppies, each one represents a soldier, his comrades from Tuxford who died.
“The poppy facing him represents himself. Some poppies are entwined with each other in groups and I would like to think these were closer to each other, just like we have close friends now.
“The sculpture was made using both traditional and modern blacksmith and welding techniques and using some tools that are in fact from the time period of the war.
“The figure was then powder coated in satin black. The poppies are hand painted.
“It sounds strange but there is a point when making something like this that it actually takes on a character and I called him George after a soldier buried in the churchyard whose history I researched a few years ago.”
Parish councillor Matt Richards said that Mr Summers had “done a superb job”.
He said: “He’s put his heart and soul into it. When you look at this sculpture it makes the hairs on the back on your neck stand up.
“This is designed to remember the micro-effect of the war on Tuxford but you also think of the bigger picture – millions were killed.”
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