This 'Tommy' soldier from World War One is facing in completely the opposite direction to when he was first put up on this structure, the Borough War Memorial in Stafford. He used to face the railway station - but when the law courts were built in the way, he was turned around, and now faces St Mary's, the town's large parish church.
One wonders why he was built facing the station, and not the church, originally. It could be that the huge County War Memorial is by the station; was he meant to be saluting that?
The story comes from the fascinating booklet Researching Memorials by Staffordshire Archives.