Click here to print this page

Planning Retirement Online

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

 


Back to LaterLife Interest Index


Bookmark This Share on Facebook Receive more like this

 

 

Latest Articles:

Icy welcome to new pain relief

ice bath

Interesting news from researchers in the UK...evidently a short plunge in cold water can work as an effective treatment to combat serious pain.

more

TourismIreland


From Cobh to Ellis Island: 5,000 kilometres into history

The Gathering Annie Moore

On the morning of 2 January 1892, New Yorkers woke up to a story that would define their city as the immigration capital of the world for the next 100 years

more

World wildlife day - helping to save the big cats

tiger

World Wildlife Day 2018 on 3rd March is now fast approaching and this year features big cats as a major theme.

more

Win great prizes in our current Competitions

Empress of Britain colour lithograph poster for Canadian Pacific Railways, J.R. Tooby, London, 1920 – 31 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Medium)

Click here to visit the competitions page.

Article Archive

The LaterLife Article Archive provides a comprehensive list of links, to all the current regular article series' as well as quick links to older articles.
 
Back to LaterLife Today

Visit our Pre-retirement Courses section here on laterlife or our dedicated Retirement Courses site

Bookmark


Advertise on laterlife.com



LaterLife Travel Insurance in Association with Avanti