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Sculpture of figurine

 

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This sculpture is carved in walnut to show a First World War soldier of the Australian army: Sergeant James Holland. Jim served as a machine gunner in the 7th Machine Gun Company. He arrived in Vignacourt during the severe winter of 1916, this is why he wears a sheepskin vest for added warmth.

His equipment was particularly interesting to carve, on his back can be seen all the items needed for bivouacking.  The intricate Machine Gun Company insignia is finely worked on his hat. The unit colour patch is also carefully carved on his left sleeve. The attention to detail demanded that even the muddy cobblestones be accurately reproduced. 

 

The history of Sgt. James Holland is detailed on this website: www.vignacourt.free.fr