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Poignant poppy is a reminder of Great War

What is thought to be the oldest surviving poppy from the battlefields of the First World War is being put up for auction in Dorset. The poppy was taken from the trenches of Arras in Northern France in May 1916 - by a 17-year-old British soldier called Private Cecil Roughton.

It is one of only a handful that survived the Great War. The auction will take place on December 6th. The interviewee is Amy Brennan from Duke's Auctioneers.

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Kent children travel to Ypres for ceremony

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Stefan Crowhurst from Valley Park School in Maidstone Credit: Eurostar

Three schoolchildren from Kent were part of a group of British pupils who travelled to Brussels with Eurostar to take part in a special ‘Last Post Ceremony’ under the Menin Gate in Ypres.

The Kent children travelled to Belgium as part of a group of over 60 from schools across the UK to collect sacred soil from the battlefields of Flanders. The soil will be brought back to the UK as part of the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden project.

The garden at the Guards Museum at the Wellington Barracks, near Buckingham Palace, will open in November 2014.

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