2014 marked the 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War and quite properly many commemorative event took place throughout the year. Here in Guernsey one such tribute took the form of the sowing of Flanders poppies in a field in the parish of St Peters to commemorate the 1100+ men from the Bailliwick of Guernsey who died fighting. The mortality rate amounted to one in five as the plaque below details.
One year on and the poppies are coming into bloom in this St. Peter's field. It may not be on the scale of the acclaimed display of over 880,000 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London last year but it is for local people much more relevant.
No one could have predicted the success of the ceramic poppy display in London and very many people were unable to purchase the £25 poppies when the display was dismantled last November. The British Legion was the beneficiary of the funds after costs. We got in early and purchased one for each of our daughters in addition to a couple for ourselves. We have yet to decide where to put them so here is the head in the box. Each one was hand crafted so each one is different- a true labour of love.
Phoebe thinks it's a rather splendid sight too…
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