In 2018 we commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, a war from which so many soldiers didn’t return home.
The Royal British Legion launched the Silent Soldier campaign for this special commemoration year, to remember the sacrifices made by our armed forces during the conflict.
Ash Parish Council, with assistance from Surrey County Council , are proud to commemorate those brave men and women by placing six Silent Soldiers around our Parish as a mark of appreciation and respect.
Sadly, that same respect is not being upheld by a few ignorant vandals, and we are sad to report that one soldier has had his head broken off, and one his head bent at the neck. Parish grounds staff have made repairs and returned the soldiers to their positions in the parish, where it is hoped they will be allowed to stand, unharmed to continue to commemorate the high price paid by out forces in all conflicts.
I am extremely saddened and angry that this mindless vandalism has caused so much distress to residents, Councillors and officers and can only hope that fitting and proper respect is shown in the future.
If you do witness any further desecration of the Silent Soldiers, please report this to the Police on 101 and the Parish Office on 01252 328287.
Cllr Nigel Manning
Chairman, Ash Parish Council