Some years ago I started researching my family tree. As a forces veteran myself I was drawn to the story of my great-great uncle – Albert Raisey. He was listed as missing, presumed killed on 19th July 1916 during World War 1 at the age of 19. In 2008 a story broke regarding the discovery of mass graves in Fromelles – Private Raisey was one of those lost during this diversionary action for the Battle of the Somme. I was fortunate to be involved in the relatives’ events and lead up to the identification of some of the bodies recovered from Pheasant Wood. Albert was not one of those soldiers but the poppy forms a memorial to him – a teenager lost forever on a foreign battle field.
I bought the poppy in memory of Albert and all those lost soldiers. It also reminds me of my own service and sits proudly in a specially designed case which is permanently on display.