29 August 2014

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

Yesterday I visited the Tower of London to see the handmade ceramic poppies being planted in the moat. Each one represents a British military death in WWI which broke out 100 years ago. In the end there will be 888,246 poppies spilling from the Tower. 

I was with my two boys, and my thoughts kept turning to the young, young lads who lied about their ages, so they could sign up to go war. So very many people were so fiercely proud of their country. So many dead. So many tears. So much mourning. It was very moving.

The poppies are being sold off with the aim of raising millions for six service charities. To find out more click here.


  1. I am writing to inquire if you would give me permission to use one of your photographs of the Tower of London in a paper I am writing on World War One memorials. Would you let me know at your earliest convenience? Many thanks. Cayo Gamber, cayo1@gwu.edu