The longest memory…

4 Nov

I was in the middle of writing a different post when my darling sister sent this very touching article to me – I just had to share it with you all…

It became the symbol of remembrance, the vivid red flower found growing on the battlefields of France and Belgium.

When Private Cecil Roughton, 17, took the flower during a bloody battle in Arras, France, in 1916, and posted it home, his family treasured it in a notebook.

Now it has been revealed as the oldest poppy in Britain and has lovingly been restored after being donated to the Royal British Legion last year.

It was sent with a handwritten note above it which read: ‘Souvenir from a front line trench near arras May 1916. C. Roughton 1923’

Wear your poppy with pride…

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