The first of five Tommy sculptures to be installed around the borough of Kingston has been unveiled ahead of Armistice Day, which falls on Sunday, November 11.

Four sculptures will be placed at the Kingston memorial gardens on Union Street, by the New Malden roundabout, on Bridge Road and by the Surbiton roundabout between November 5 to 8.

Kingston’s leader Cllr Liz Green said: “Kingston is proud of its long association with the military and we recognise the sacrifices and important contribution our Armed Forces make.

“This is the first of five ‘Tommies’ that will be placed around the borough to mark the First World War centenary.

“There will also be other events held throughout this month, and we hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to learn more about Kingston’s role in the war and honour all those involved.”

Cllr Thay Thayalan, Mayor of Kingston council, said: “It is an honour to unveil the first ‘Tommy’ sculpture outside the historic Guildhall.

“Kingston's East Surrey regiment made a big military contribution to the First World War and we want to remember all those who have served, died or who were affected by the war.”

Communities across the country have been marking the centenary of the first world war to commemorate the anniversary of the armistice that brought the bloody conflict to an end.

There will be four remembrance services taking place across Kingston on Sunday, November 11, which will be attended by the Mayor, as well as former Mayors, councillors, council officers and other civic dignitaries.