A Remembrance Day campaign which has seen British ‘Tommy’ soldier memorials placed across Mosborough has been hailed as a success.
Five silhouette statues of British soldiers who took part in World War One have been put up around the village for the first time this year by the Mosborough History Group to commemorate the fallen from around the area.
Philip Staton, who runs Mosborough History group, said: “They are excellent, we feel we have woken people up and started a precedent.
“A little lad was walking up to school with his mum and asked ‘mummy what’s that?’, she said to him it was for the soldiers who died to protect us.
“I really liked that and it’s brilliant that we are bringing everybody together.”
The introduction of the ‘Tommy’ statues follows on from last year’s decision to place laminate copies of remembrance poppies around the area, which has been done once again.
Each poppy has the name of a fallen soldier from the Mosborough war memorial underneath it, including 13 who are not on it, and are placed near the houses they used to live in.
Jean Holland BEM, 84, lived through World War Two and believes the statues and poppies will help educate children on how the wars affected Mosbrough.
“It’s very important to make it known to the younger generation, they have made lovely remarks about them, they love what we are doing,” she said.
“I know a lot of people on the Cenotaph – particularly the second world war – so it’s nice they are remembered and isn’t just people turning up on the Sunday.
“The poppy I did is for Percy Schwarz. I knew him and his family and his sister has said the poppy is at the end of the road where he lived, so that’s lovely.”
The tributes will remain up until after Remembrance Day and a wreath-laying service will take place on Sunday November 10 at St Mark’s Church, Mosborough.