The Tower of London Remembers

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  1. dizzyme

    dizzyme Well-Known Member

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    The Tower of London is undertaking to make a display of 888,246 ceramic poppies in remembrance of the number of serving British & Colonial military lives lost in WWI. It is amazing display and each day poppies are added, with the last one being planted on 11 Nov 2014.

    Every evening at twilight, the names of 180 serving military killed in WWI will be read out in a Roll of Honour, followed by 'Last Post' bugle call by a single bugler. You can nominate a name for the Roll of Honour.

    Also, you can register your interest in buying a poppy which will cost £25.00 (plus postage & packaging). Proceeds to go to six service charities.

    http://www. hrp.org.uk/TowerofLondon/stories/firstworldwar/TheTowerofLondonRemembers

    A stunning display!

    Hope this is OK mods?

    Karen
     
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  2. thalauafu

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    I must be one of a few very lucky ones who didn't lose any of my direct families in either of the two world wars. I know of two very remote relatives who died in WWl but only through discovering them through family history. I can, however, imagine how wonderful the display at the Tower of London will be, and if I were in England, I would definitely visit to look at it and remember all the fallen.
     
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    Thanks for that dizzyme, I've nominated one of my great uncles.
     
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    mugwortismy cat Tenacious to the End!

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    Thanks dizzyme, I hope to go and have a look at it, I've nominated my gg grandfather
     
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    I've nominated a 2nd Gt Uncle and I'm going to nominate the first husband who was married to the mother of a Gt Uncle by marriage (rather convoluted I know!! :rolleyes:). As far as I can see no-one is researching his family tree so want to make sure he's remembered!

    My Gt Uncle was from the second marriage after the war...

    It will be an amazing display, hope to see it! I've registered an interest for a poppy as well.
     
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    They showed the poppies on the tv here they look stunning but its hard to imagine each poppie represents a life lost.
     
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    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    There are some stunning photographs of the poppies at http://
    petapixel.com/2014/08/02/breathtaking-photos-tower-london-adorned-888246-ceramic-poppies-commemorate-wwi/

    Ann
     
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    thanks for this have registered my Grandmothers 1st husband.......he died 26/10/1918 just 2 years earlier her twin babies died not a good war for her.
     
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    Thank you, I've nominated my 2x great uncle died in 1918 aged 19 buried at Hargicourt. I've also put my name down to buy a poppy to place on his grave when we go to visit him again on his 100th anniversary.
     
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    Hi Liane,

    What a lovely idea! Sadly, my Gt Uncle does not have a known grave but is remembered on La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial.

    Sandiep,

    How tragic! Some people have more than their fair share of tragedy to bear!
     
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    Submitted my Great Uncle's details and put my name down to buy a poppy. Just need to get my e-mail sorted now (as it appears to have stopped working today :( ), so they can tell me when his name will be read out.
     
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    I registered last night and haven't had an email yet...
     
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    I think it said when I registered that they would email when they know when your relatives name would be read out. I'm hoping if they choose to read out my great uncles that I can go across to the Tower after work for the ceremony, may do that even if his name isn't read out.

    Karen I'm hoping to get to the archives in a couple of weeks so will let you know if I find anything else out for you.
     
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    Liane,

    Would love to be able to go on the day to hear his name being read out. Hopefully, if son gets into the Uni of his choice, we'll be visiting London and can see the display :)

    No rush for the info, just when you can ;)
     
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    Thanks for that link AnnB, what an incredible sight, absolutely magnificent.:cool: :cool:

    I'm often very critical of some of the so called Works of Art but this is such wonderful piece of imagination. The visual effect puts me in mind of books I've read where of battle scenes mention is made that the "rivers ran red with blood".
     
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    Findem The Fearless One

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    Mention was made that they will be checking details we submitted against the war dead lists, or some such list, so I expect it won't be a quick reply. I submitted the name of one (of three) of my great uncles yesterday morning (Oz time) but haven't received a reply yet.
     
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    WOW!
     
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    Amazing Images. Thanks Ann. I wish I could see it in person but the pictures will have to suffice.
    Jane
     
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    Saw coverage on Aussie TV yesterday (Tuesday) evening, it received good coverage, looked especially impressive viewed from above.
     
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    Meant to ask, is there a list online showing whose name has been read out? Just wondering if my great uncle's name has been, or will be, read out, haven't received an email yet so no indication if it will be read out.
     

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