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Giant poppy made in Somerset features more than 1 million names of those who died in WWI

The Poppy will tour the county before being put on show in London and Belgium next year. Photo: Poppy of Honour

A giant poppy has been made in Somerset featuring the names of the 1,115,471 servicemen and women who died in the first World War.

The Poppy of Honour is on display in Wincanton and will tour the county before going to London and Belgium next year.

It contains the names and ranks of every British and Commonwealth serviceman and woman who was lost in World War One - all hand-written on individual poppies.

The 2.6m tall poppy is made of glass and steel. Credit: Poppy of Honour

It was the idea of Terry Williams, from Henstridge, who said: "I was shocked that there was no national memorial where the names are recorded, they are only recorded on memorials in every village, town and city."

The 2.6m tall poppy is made of glass and steel. It was a mammoth project and one which saw more than a quarter of a million people from dozens of countries help.

It contains the names every British and Commonwealth serviceman and woman who was lost in World War One Credit: Peter Russell

The Poppy of Honour will tour Somerset in November – taking in nineteen different locations around the county.

It'll then tour the UK and the Republic of Ireland in February 2019 followed by the Tower of London and the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium.

Here are the dates of the Poppy of Honour's tour of Somerset in November 2018:

  • 1st November - Frome
  • 2nd November - Midsomer Norton
  • 3rd November - Shepton Mallet
  • 4th November - Wells
  • 5th November - Weston-Super-Mare
  • 6th November - Bridgwater
  • 7th November - Burnham-on-Sea
  • 8th November - Minehead
  • 9th November - Simonsbath
  • 10th November - Temple Met/Church, Taunton
  • 11th November - Wiveliscombe
  • 12th November - Wellington
  • 13th November - Bishop’s Lydeard
  • 14th November - Taunton
  • 15th November - Ilminster
  • 16th November - Chard
  • 17th November - Crewkerne
  • 18th November - Langport
  • 19th November - Yeovil

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