Wed 18 Jul 2018 18:48

The Silent Soldier

The Silent Soldier stands as a tribute to those who didn’t return home and to those whose lives would never be the same again.

Staffordshire Poppy Appeal is inviting sponsors to get involved in the country wide Silent Soldier campaign. These Silent Soldier silhouettes will

appear across the country as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Why a Silent Soldier?

Following the end of the war in November 1918, the process of demobilisation and discharge was still a long process as the British Army still had commitments to fulfil in Germany, North Russia and in the garrisons of the Empire. On arrival back in England the men would move to a Dispersal Centre, this was a hutted or tented camp or barracks where they received a railway warrant or ticket to their home station. From there they were on their own, and would be seen across the country, walking back home, down the roads and across the fields, returning to their families. Most of the war service men were back in civilian life by the end of 1919.

Essington Rugby Union Football Club has generously decided to join this tribute and have purchased a Silhouette which has been presented to the club.

The Essington Branch of the Royal British Legion is most grateful for the support of the Club and values highly the contribution made to it's fundraising activities. 

 

 

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