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Arthur Aaron statue, close up


Subject ID:
20071029_165105
Location:
City Centre
Subject Year:
2006
Copyright:
James William Bell
Class number:
LEO 2294
Arthur Aaron statue, close up
Description:
6th June 2006. View of the top of the 5 metre high bronze statue commemorating Arthur Aaron V.C. At the age of 21 Flight Sergeant Aaron saved the lives of his crew when, fatally wounded himself, he landed the badly damaged bomber. This took place on 12th August 1943 and he died nine hours later in hospital. Arthur Aaron grew up in Leeds attending Roundhay Grammar School. He was the only serviceman from Leeds to be awarded the Victoria Cross and one of very few Jewish recipients to receive this honour. Here we see children at the top of a tree, representing the generations of children since the war who have enjoyed freedom. A little girl at the very top releases the dove of peace. The people of Leeds voted for Arthur Aaron as the subject of this Millennium statue and it was unveiled in March 2001 on the site of Eastgate Roundabout. Photograph courtesy of James W. Bell.

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