Ten Silent Soldiers will pop up around Honiton

PUBLISHED: 11:30 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:53 28 May 2018

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

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

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More than half-a-dozen life-sized figures of soldiers will be installed around Honiton as part of this year's 100-year anniversary of the end of World War One.

A request from the town’s Royal British Legion (RBL) to fund ten figures was unanimously supported by councillors at a meeting on Monday evening.

Paul Shaw, chairman of Honiton RBL, addressed members and explained the figures would represent the 140 soldiers from Honiton who died in the Great War. He said it is ‘fitting’ Honiton should respect and remember the fallen soldiers by taking part in the Silent Soldiers campaign.

Mr Shaw added: “These would then be distributed around the town and set in prominent positions, for example, the gateway to the town and the other half along the high street.

“This would not only be great for the town coming together for Remembrance, but show tourists and people coming to the town that we care.”

Silent Soldiers is one of the largest tributes in the country.

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 Shaw added: “We are doing this for the public and the town.

“At the end of Remembrance this year, I’m proposing that we actually auction them off because they are no value to yourselves.

“Then the money raised from the auction will go into the Poppy Appeal as well.”

A report submitted to the council by clerk Mark Tredwin said: “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.”

This year’s Remembrance ceremony in Honiton will take place on Sunday, November 11.

Two minutes of silence will be observed at St Paul’s Church at 11am, followed by a parade, beginning in New Street, at 3pm.

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