We got one poppy to remember my great grandfather Joseph Herbert Ingram, serjeant of the 13th battalion, King’s (Liverpool Regiment) who lost his life on the Somme in 1916. He was missing in action and is listed on the Thiepval memorial in France. His death reverberated down the generations- it meant my grandmother had to leave school early to help earn a living for her younger siblings as the pension was not enough for my great grandmother- in turn my grandmother was emotionally devastated by the lack of closure as her father was never found- she had my mother later and her partner was the same age as her father. My mother’s childhood was marked by this loss and also by WW2. We got the poppy to remind our children of his sacrifice, how we must always remember the impact of war and importance of peace in Europe. We were living in the East Midlands when we got the poppy but moved here in Sept. 2016 as direct result of the lack of solidarity with Europe following the EU referendum.

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