We bought a poppy after visiting The Tower of London in 2014 to see the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. We went just before Remembrance Day, and seeing the poppies spreading as far as you could see was truly moving. Here is the poppy in the garden today.
I bought it in memory of JOSEPH HUGH TURNER BROCKLEBANK, who lived with his family in our house. He died on 3rd November 1915 on HMS Mercian en route to Gallipoli.
At the end of the 1st World War The Lychgate was erected at the entrance to the church to remember those from Carlton Le Moorland who died. It was renovated in 2014 as part of the 100 year commemorations. If you would like to know more about the history of the people the Lychgate remembers you can read about it here. http://www.genuki.org.uk/files/eng/LIN/CarltonleMoorland/Carlton_Le_Morrland_Lychgate.pdf
We seem to be living in an increasingly crazy, divided world; where people are keen to demonise others and turn away. In the run up to our annual Remembrance commemorations I think it is important to remember that behind every statistic of death in conflict are real people with hopes and dreams, living normal lives, that are lost to their loved ones and the world.
It seems more important than ever that we remember the lessons of the past.