I bought the poppy for myself to commemorate two distant relatives. One is George Martin McCall, a soldier prior to WW1 who served with the 2nd Battalion of The Gordon Highlanders who was killed in 1914. A second casualty is Edward McCall of the Manchester Regiment who died in 1916. I had both of these men commemorated at the Tower of London roll call of honour during the poppy display at the Tower of London and had the privilege of being one of the team who helped to dismantle the installation for distribution of the flowers. In addition, when I look at it, I like to recall the service of my grandfather’s uncle Wallace Martin, also of the Manchester Regiment, who survived the Somme and served with great distinction in both World Wars earning honours from Britain, Poland and France and who lived to be 100.

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