I purchased my poppy because both my grandads fought in WWI. One grandad was gassed but went on to lived a healthy life and my other grandad was a real hero. He was one of the Old Contemptables, one of the first soldiers sent to war. He fought at Passendale and at the Somme. He was awarded a DCM. His platoon was held up by an enemy post, so he worked alone and killed several of the enemy and forced the remainder to surrender.