Silhouettes of soldiers will mark war centenary 

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A SERIES of near life-size soldier’s silhouettes will be unveiled throughout a town to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Fareham Borough Council will place the ‘Silent Soldier’ silhouettes at seven different locations, which all have a significant connection to the First World War, to remember those who lost their lives.

The silhouettes are a representation of ‘Tommy’ returning home silently at the end of the war, and will be present in the borough from the beginning of September 2018 until the end of next year.

Council leader, Councillor Sean Woodward said: ‘We want to commemorate and give thanks for those who served.

‘Hopefully people will see the soldiers and find out more about the Great War and the ultimate sacrifice that many made.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​’

The council has chosen sites for seven silhouettes but would like help in voting for a final location for the eighth soldier, in a place which has relevance to the War.

An online Silent Soldier Survey has been set up for residents to choose between the three options.

The first option is Daedalus.

During the First World War, there was a shortage of seaplane pilots for anti-submarine patrols and it was decided a facility would be opened on the Solent.  

In 1917, HM Naval Seaplane Training School, Lee-on-the-Solent opened, later to be known as HMS Daedalus.

Westbury Manor Museum will be running a series of exhibits to highlight the part played by the people of Fareham and is the second option for the location of the final soldier.

St Peter’s Church in Titchfield is the third option. 

The Vicar of Titchfield, Rev. Charles Matthews, went to France in 1915 to serve as a chaplain and minister to the wounded at a base hospital.

He wrote of his experiences in the parish magazine.

To vote where the final silhouette should go please visit snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=153615651255