Luck, really, and good observation. Noticing this Royal British Legion sign as I was leaving Tidworth, I hastily decided to pull in and take a quick photo.
Which was when I noticed, easily missed from the road,…
…this wonderful little memorial.
I gather, from a nice couple who, should they ever visit this site, will notice themselves in some of these pictures, that the memorial was commissioned in the late 1990s by the Legion as the town itself had no war memorial.
In October 2012, the bronze statue (note that he bears no arms, just a kitbag) was stolen, and I believe parts were subsequently found on Salisbury Plain. Luckily the sculptor still had the original mould, and with the help of an insurance payout, a new cast was made, and the figure you see in these photos now stands atop the plinth.
Just down the road:
What I had failed to realize at the time of my visit was that had I gone just a mile or so north of Tidworth itself, I would have found myself at Tidworth Military Cemetery, where more than 400 First World War casualties are buried. Next time, I promise.