I bought a poppy in memory of my grandfather’s three brothers who all died on active service during WW1.
James Louis Smithson died of disease in 1916 whilst a prisoner of the Turks in Mesopotamia, aged 24.
Herbert William Smithson was killed in action in 1917 at the Battle of Cambrai, aged 19.
(George) Robert Smithson was killed in action in 1918 in the Pas de Calais, aged 31.
My great-grandmother wrote to the War Office requesting that her one remaining son be posted home on compsssionate grounds. After verifying the deaths, the War Office granted her request and Samuel, who was suffering from malaria and dysentery, was posted home from Salonika. By then the war was almost over.
In 2014, one hundred years after the outbreak of WW1, my second grandson was born. He was named Thomas (Tommy) and I bought a second poppy which now resides with him in Andover, Hampshire.