We purchased 4 poppies one for each one of the family’s homes and one for us.
For me personally, the First World War has a significant importance. My maternal Great Grandfather served as an Able Seaman submariner during the First World War defending our vital trade and shipping routes in the Baltic. On 1 June 1916 HMS E18, the submarine he was serving on, was on a routine patrol when all contact was inexplicably lost. The exact circumstances of this loss were never really known, that is until a survey in October 2009 located the submarine on the sea bed less than 24 hours sailing from their home port of Reval. The wreck was largely intact and found with the conning hatch clipped back indicating that the fatal damage must have occured, most likely by a mine, whilst the submarine was on the surface. All onboard, including AB W G Powell RN were lost.
Our poppy serves as a daily reminder of those brave soles defending our liberty. We will remember them.