SIX silent soldiers will commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War – and your help is needed.

The soldiers will stand at Harbour Green in West Bay and honour the lives of six local men who lost their lives in the Great War, which came to an end 100 years ago in November.

The installation, which is being organised by Churches Together in Bridport and District, will see life-sized statues on display between November 1-15 as an act of remembrance for those who died during the four year conflict - Robert Buckler, William Gape, Herbert Gush, Richard Glare, Frederick Hoskins and Alfred Oliver.

Reverend Philip Ringer said: “We plan to have them lit at night, between 4pm and midnight, and I think they will stand out very well. We need to have them lit.

“I think it’s still important to people because we have an inherited legacy of the sacrifice so many people have made. Many men were lost, and West Bay also lost men.”

The project needs help; each statue costs £250 and it is hoped the community will step in to sponsor them.

Rev Ringer hopes the silent soldiers display will be as successful as 2014’s Lights Out event, which saw lights across the UK switched off as an act of remembrance to mark the beginning of the war. Crowds headed to West Bay for a torchlight vigil.

“We had 100 torches on Harbour Green to reflect the lights going out and it was a remarkable event,” said Rev Ringer. “At 11pm on the Sunday night, people came from nowhere and stood in silence while the names of those who lost their lives were read out. The community responded very well to that.”

When the installation ends, the soldiers will be placed in the new discovery centre at the former Methodist church.

For more information, or to offer sponsorship, contact Rev Ringer on 01308 425774.