Silent Soldier vandalised
The installation is one of 10, which have been put in significant places around the town in support of the Royal British Legion campaign. The figures have had to be concreted into the ground in a bid to stop people stealing or vandalising them. Sadly, in this instance, the vandal(s) determination caused irreparable damage.
The vandalised figure was on the junction of Dudsbury Avenue and New Road in West Parley. If you witnessed anything, please contact Dorset Police on 101.
Silent Soldiers are appearing all over the country to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1. The silhouettes are symbolic of the 1.1 million British and Empire servicemen and women who died during the war – which ended in November 1918. The figures also represent those who returned home, but whose lives were never to be the same again.
Funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to purchase up to 10 silhouettes is available. Charities, schools, places of worship and community organisations who commit to holding a self-funded event to bring the local community together can apply between 1 and 30 June 2018. Visit www.therebutnotthere.org.uk for details.
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