A SILENT soldier stands on a school field in tribute to tens of thousands of Armed Service personnel who served in the First World War.

The Friends of St Charles RCVA Primary School, in Spennymoor, bought a silent soldier silhouette to display in the school grounds.

The statue, from the Forces charity Royal British Legion, is alongside a plaque saying 'Lest We Forget' and decorative poppies, the symbol of Remembrance.

The installation commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the 1914-1918 conflict.

Darren Dailey, chairman of the Friends of St Charles, said the school was keen to mark the date.

He said: "It is important for the pupils to respect and learn about the nearly 1.1million British Empire servicemen and women who gave their lives so that they could live theirs.

"The tribute is to those who didn't return home and to those who lives would never be the same again."

St Charles Primary School also plans to recreate a war shelter in its grounds.