Chance to own one of Honiton’s commemorative Silent Soldiers at town auction

PUBLISHED: 10:45 27 November 2018 | UPDATED: 08:59 29 November 2018

Duncan and Liz Chilcott with Silent Soldiers. Picture: Sue Cade

Duncan and Liz Chilcott with Silent Soldiers. Picture: Sue Cade

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Chilcotts Auctioneers are selling Honiton’s ‘Silent Soldiers’, raising funds for the Royal British Legion.

The seven silhouette soldiers had been on display around the town during the approach to Armistice Day, guarding the gateways to the town and attracting lots of attention from visitors.

Purchased by the town, Honiton’s detachment of soldiers created a visual reminder to passers-by.

They were part of a campaign by the Royal British Legion asking the public to say ‘thank you’ to the World War One generation who served, sacrificed, rebuilt and changed the nation. 4,000 Silent Soldiers were made just for this campaign.

Duncan Chilcott said: “We will be selling the silent soldiers without charging vendor commission, so all proceeds will go to the RBL Poppy Appeal.

“We will be selling the silent soldiers without charging vendor commission, so all proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.”

The silhouettes are all based on an iconic image of a ‘Tommy’, the never forgotten image of a British soldier, with the words ‘Lest we Forget’ on the base.

They are almost life-size and can be fixed to a wall or post. Their new owners may prefer to keep their Silent Soldier private, or for them to continue to be viewed in a public space.

“The Royal British Legion has been approached by potential buyers worldwide, so everyone is hoping the sale of the soldiers will raise a high amount for the charity,” added Duncan.

The auction estimate is £60 to 80 each.

The sale takes place on December 1 at the auction house’s Silver Street saleroom. Viewing is on Thursday (9.30am to 5pm), Friday (9.30am to 7pm) and the sale day from 8.30am.

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