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Pay tribute to the victims of the Somme with this lovely brass lapel pin

In our news and editorial stories, we don’t generally endorse commercial products here at Laterlife, but this is one we thought well worth talking about.

For our generation, the first world war was not so remote. Our grandfathers may have fought or lived through it, we may well have lost quite close grand uncles or other relations.

But even so, it is hard to really imagine what it was like 100 years ago. Just before the Battle of the Somme, few of the one million men who were killed during the largest battle of World War 1 had any conception of the disaster that was about to unfold. Then, on July 1st 1916, the battle began, with 19,240 lives lost that very first day.

To commemorate this, and to pay tribute to the sacrifice made by so many, the Royal British Legion has designed a beautiful hand crafted solid brass pin.



The intricate gold coloured pins are made from the brass of melted down British shells found on the Somme battlefields. The stunning red enamel in the centre of each poppy is made from a small amount of finely ground earth that was collected from the main battlefields of Gommecourt, Hebuterne, Serre, Beaumont Hamel, Thiepval, Ovillers, La Boisselle, Fricourt and Mametz, mixed with red enamel to create the iconic red centre. 


Production story: shells and soil collected from the Somme battle fields, brass melted down and poured into casts, soil melted with paint, each and every pin is hand finished


The soil and nature of the metal used to create the pins means no two are identical, which is far from coincidental. The pins are a limited edition with only 19,240 made, the exact number of soldiers killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Each represents one of the soldiers killed and helps remind us that behind the numbers were real people, people just like us, sons, husbands, fathers, and amazing stories of comradeship and courage.

Each pin is engraved on the reverse with SOMME 100 and arrives in a lacquered wooden presentation box with an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity, together with a certificate commemorating the life of an individual soldier who fell on the first day of the Somme.


They have also designed a special Poppy brooch

This floral poppy brooch was inspired by the silk poppies used in the first ever “Poppy Appeal” in 1921. The petals are covered in a rich red enamel, with an oval faceted jet black glass stone with smaller round black glass stones to create the effect of the centre of a floral poppy. Plated in silver tone, it costs £19.99p.

In fact, the Legion’s Poppy Shop has a whole range of commemorative items including a simple Somme pin for just 1.99p.

Whilst commemorating the sacrifices made in the past, proceeds from these sales also help those serving today and all money raised goes directly to The Royal British Legion and the important work they do in providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces and their families.

You can order direct from this website


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