Residents may have noticed two ‘Silent Soldiers’ erected within the parish. One has been placed on the front of Roffey Millennium Hall, the other at Holbrook Tythe Barn. The silhouettes are part of an initiative by the Royal British Legion to mark the final year of the World War One centenary and part of a movement to say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed, rebuilt and changed the nation.
In addition to the ‘Silent Soldier’, silhouettes of other equally significant representatives of the members of the communities the nation says thank you to will be displayed nationally as a reminder of the sacrifices made during the First World War. These include those who gave medical support, soldiers from across the commonwealth, RAF/RFC, Navy, munition factory workers and suffragettes who led the fight for votes for women. They all helped makes us the nation we are today.
The silhouettes will be displayed throughout the period from now to late 2018 when the nation will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.