Last night the ‘Silent Soldier’ memorial to those lost in WWI was vandalised at the War Memorial site on Coronation Gardens, Thrapston, Northamptonshire.
The Royal British Legion Silent Soldier campaign represents the thousands of servicemen who walked across the country’s fields and hills on their way back from The Great War. Thrapston Town Council installed a soldier silhouette by the War Memorial in 2018 to mark 100 years since the end of the conflict.
Clerk to the Town Council Linda Marshall said, “We were appalled to find that the Silent Soldier has been vandalised. It is especially hurtful that it happened during Remembrance week, the year in which we commemorate 75 years since VE Day and 100 years since the burial of WWI’s Unknown Warrior. Thrapston’s residents care very deeply about honouring those who fought for our freedom; this has been shown by the overwhelming response to the fundraising page. The Town has so much love and respect for our veterans and for the fallen. We will always remember and honour them. We are working closely with the police to identify the person responsible for this damage. Anyone with information please report it via 101, quoting incident number 99 of 13/11/20.”
Thrapston resident Sophie Starsmore set up the Go Fund Me page, which raised over £3,000 in four hours.