A giant glass Poppy Of Honour, in memory of all those who were killed in action or listed as missing in action during WW1 will visit Crewkerne on Saturday November 17th, arriving in the town about 9 am and staying on display until 4.30 pm. The tribute to the Fallen of the First World War contains the names and ranks of 1,115,471 British and Commonwealth servicemen and servicewomen, all hand-written on individual glass poppies.
The project to build the Poppy of Honour was the idea of Terry Williams of Henstridge. Terry was shocked that apart from memorials in every village, town and city, there was no memorial where all the names of the Fallen were recorded together. With a team of volunteers from Wincanton and help from more than a quarter of people across the nation and from many other countries, the project became a reality.
Following the grand unveiling and dedication service in Wincanton on October 6th, an incident occurred which caused damage to a glass panel. The official report after inspection by a glass engineer and a structural engineer stated: “Cracks in glass caused by an impact which put stress onto the outer glass and has been cracked but is stable.”
Terry Williams and friends set up a crowd-funding page to raise at least £3,000 for the repairs. Commenting on the incident, Terry said: “The person/persons involved acted out of frustration rather than a wilful act of vandalism. Please what is done, is done. It is time to move on and promote the Poppy of Honour as a memorial not as a victim.”
As news spread across the West Country of the damage to the glass memorial, a kind offer from Keith Maddern of Premier DGU, a double glazing firm in Exeter, to replace the broken piece of laminate free of charge, was gratefully accepted by Terry and the team in Wincanton. Money already donated to the poppy glass pool will be returned or held towards tour expenses, depending on each individual donors request. The tour of Somerset, with the Poppy of Honour being transported on an Ifor Williams trailer, will visit nineteen different locations. On November 15th it will be in Ilminster, Chard on the 16th and Crewkerne on the 17th, where it will be on display at a prominent location in the town, the actual siting awaiting official confirmation.