Armistice Day commemorated

Acts of remembrance for Britain's war dead are taking place to mark Armistice Day, including a service at the national Armed Forces Memorial. The Duke of Edinburgh has also attended a service in Belgium.

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Poppy from First World War battlefield to be auctioned

What is thought to be the oldest surviving poppy from the battlefields of the First World War will go up for auction next month.

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.

The pressed flower was given to 13-year-old Joan Banton in 1923 by Private Cecil Roughton. Credit: ITV News Meridian

The keepsake is expected to fetch at least £1,000 when it is sold at Duke's Auctions in Dorchester on 6 December.

It is being sold by Sue Best, whose mother received the memento from Private Roughton when she was 13 years old after asking the young soldier for his autograph.

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