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In Memory World War I and World War II

- WE WILL REMEMBER THEM -

2014 sees the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War One and the 75th Anniversary since the start of World War Two. I will be developing this section on my website specifically dedicated to both World Wars


If you have been passed down any memories or photographs
I would really love to hear from you or if you know of a family member who fought in either of the
Wars And Would Like Them Remembered Then Please Contact Me.

THE RED POPPY

Long before the Great War, the red poppy had become a symbol of death, renewal and life. The seeds of the flower can remain dormant in the earth for years, but will blossom spectacularly when the soil is churned. Beginning in late 1914, the fields of Northern France and Flanders became the scene of stupendous disturbances. Red Poppys soon appeared.

In Flanders Fields
By John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row by row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard among the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If yea break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae was buried in a military cemetery near Calais on the English Channel, thus becoming one with those of whom he wrote in his famous poem. Probably by the time of his internment, John McCrae's verse had forever bound the image of the Red Poppy to the memory of the Great War. The poppy was eventually adopted by the British and Canadian Legions as the symbol of remembrance of World War One and a means of raising funds for disabled veterans.

The Royal British Legion, formed on 15 May 1921, ordered 9 million poppies which were sold on 11 November that year. The poppies sold out almost immediately and that first ever 'Poppy Appeal' raised over £106,000, a considerable amount of money at the time, which was used to help WWI veterans with employment, housing etc.  The following year, Major George Howson set up the Poppy Factory to employ disabled ex- Servicemen and which today, together with the Legion's warehouse in Aylesford, produces millions of poppies each year.

See www.britishlegion.org.uk

 




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