Town councillors to debate whether to install Silent Soldiers in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 May 2018

One of Lyme's 'Silent Soldiers'. Picture: SUBMITTED

One of Lyme's 'Silent Soldiers'. Picture: SUBMITTED


Life-size figures of soldiers could be placed around Honiton as part of this year’s 100-year anniversary of the end of World War One.

Town councillors will tonight discuss a request from the town’s Royal British Legion (RBL) to install ten two-dimensional figures around Honiton as part of the ‘Silent Soldier Campaign’ - one of the largest tributes in the country.

A report to the council from town clerk Mark Tredwin said: “The RBL would like to be able to place one of the figures around Honiton for each of the men from Honiton who sacrificed their life in the Great War.

“They have asked for the council to purchase ten of the Silent Soldiers thereby supporting the project as well as helping to get the whole town behind the project.”

The campaign has already taken off in Lyme Regis, with its town council purchasing five silhouettes, which stand as a tribute to those who never returned from the conflict between 1914 and 1918, and those whose lives would never be the same again.

The ‘Coming Home’ campaign represents how soldiers were given a ticket to their home station when they arrived back in Britain and could be seen walking home alone to return to their families.

Mr Tredwin’s report adds: “The council has already agreed that where possible it will plant red poppies to remember those who sacrificed their lives.

“There will be poppies placed in floral beds that are maintained by the council and also the Scouts have planted poppies as well.”

The RBL’s request will be debated by town councillors tonight at their meeting.

It starts at 7pm at the Beehive, in Dowell Street.

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