Since 1983 the study of the First World War has been a huge aspect on my life. Over the years I’ve been to WW1 battlefield areas many dozens of times. In 2014 I took a small party of cousins and their respective husbands/wives to visit the grave of my/their Great Uncle Percy Dowten, 10th Batt., East Yorkshire Regt. Percy was killed in action on the 29th Sept. 1918. Even though Percy was an infantryman in the of East Yorks Regt he was born in Treherbert and grew up in Aberavon, South Wales. He is buried at Underhill Farm Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Belgium. Percy’s parents, my Great Grandparents, visited his grave in 1928 whilst they were part of the British Legion Pilgrimage. That was the only time they visited the grave of their son. Our visit proved to be both poignant and hugely emotive for everyone. As a thank you, my cousins purchased a Poppy for me. It is now referred to as Percy’s Poppy. It will be with me when I visit his grave on the centenary of his death – Sept. 2018.

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