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Charity: Because Every Poppy Counts

Poppy Appeal at our Show Home web

Our offices and Show Home stand emblazoned with poppies as we show our support for our Armed Forces with a £5 donation for every poppy totalling £2,500.00.

This year has been challenging for so many people, in so many ways.

With so many volunteers unable to help in this year’s Poppy Appeal, The British Legion requested the nation’s support like never before.

We were proud to participate and, collectively, we took time to remember our ancestors who fought for in WW1 and WW2:

Russell Beswick’s ancestors:

  • Sergeant Albert Joseph Newnham – enrolled in the 9th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment and who received honours for conspicuous gallantry in 1918 for his part in Operation Michael; a major German military offensive in WW1 that began the Spring offensive in March of that year
  • Ernest and Frederick Newnham
  • Henry Beswick – enrolled in the Royal Flying Corps

Jenna Burrell’s ancestors:

  • William Prodger who worked on mine sweeper boats in the merchant navy
  • Florence Richards who worked in a munitions factory
  • Albert Prodger & Jim Prodger

Jane Lewis ancestors:

  • Wilfrid P Bridger – enrolled in the Royal Sussex Regiment in 1902 aged 18 and fought in many countries. He was pensioned out to the reserves in 1915 with TB caused by gas consumption during WW1 and died from this aged just 34 in 1918 leaving 4 young children
  • John H Tarvin – enrolled in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps in 1915 aged 18 and died in action in Flanders a year later just 6 months before his only child was born

Christine Jones ancestor:

  • Rifleman Alan Davy Crompton – enrolled in the South Lancashire Regiment and died in action in 1918

Lauren & Melissa Samuels ancestor:

  • Michael O’Brien who served in WW2

Fiona Taylor’s ancestor:

  • Gunner Frederick Charles Barry – enrolled in the Royal Field Artillery in 1917 aged 19 and died in 1919 (pictured below).