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The Silent Soldier Project

Posted: 7/09/18

The Silent Soldier Project

The Royal British Legion is asking Surrey residents and businesses to display a "Silent Soldier" to commemorate the end of the First World War.

The Silent Soldier depicts the silhouette of a First World War soldier and will appear on buildings and in gardens and fields across Surrey from November 2017. November 2018 marks the centenary of World War I. As part of our contribution to the Silent Soldier Project, Year 8 researched stories of Commonwealth troops, recording the information they discovered on poppies and flags. Some of their work forms a lovely display in the LRC computer room.

At the outbreak of war in 1914, Britain’s professional army was made up of just 750,000 men. Over the course of the next four years, the British Army would conscript or recruit eight million men with almost half coming from countries outside the UK. During the campaign on the Western Front, Empire and Commonwealth troops made up an essential part of the Allied force. Without their contribution Britain could not have won the war.