In 1920 Carrick exhibited his bronze statuette at the RSA summer exhibition and visitors included the Aberdeen architect L.Marshall Mackenzie who was impressed by the figure and approached Carrick to execute the Forres memorial. (See Carrick Business Papers, letter dated 13th December 1920). One copy was purchased by the Scottish Modern Art Association at the R.S.A Exhibition of August 1920.
There have often been claims that war memorials were based on a specific individual, a local man killed in the Great War. This is extremely unlikely as artists would not have used a local serviceman as a model as such use would have been inapropriate for a memorial which was erected by the whole community to commemorate all of the men and women who had served and died. It was also contrary to the classical ideal which most artists of the period pursued, aiming to portray the typical or ideal Scottish soldier rather than an individual. However the model for 'Jock' was almost certainly Jock Souter, Carrick's foreman who worked in the yard. Carrick used Jock Souter as a model for many of his soldiers since, as Anne Scott explained to me, Carrick said he was 'the typical big sergeant major type figure who could strike a pose and hold it for hours'.
'Jock' and 'The Gunner' featured in a 2014 edition of the BBC Antiques Roadshow.