Honiton buyers snap up commemorative Silent Soldiers at auction

PUBLISHED: 16:47 12 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:19 14 December 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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Three of seven Silent Soldiers which went under the hammer at a Honiton auction have remained in the town.

Chilcotts sold the war memorials at its Silver Street saleroom, with proceeds donated to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

In total, £980 was raised from the hammer price, but with a 21 per cent buyers’ premium and VAT on that, the final total was £1226.98.

Chilcotts’ Liz Chilcott said there was interest from around the region including Torquay, North Devon and Cornwall. In the end, two soldiers were bought by a Whimple buyer, one from Cullompton, one from Beer and three from Honiton - including Broadhembury.

Liz, who runs Chilcotts with her husband Duncan, said: “I think they have become part of the Honiton landscape for the last few months and it’s nice that they will still remain here.

“It’s a nice reminder to commemorate the war heroes of our town.”

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