This year marks 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium. Also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, it was one of the most significant clashes of the Great War and became infamous for the high cost, 60,083 British soldiers lost, and for the torrential rain, which lead to horrific conditions and a quagmire of mud.
To commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, The Royal British Legion have produced a very special limited edition poppy pin, made using melted down brass fuses from British shells fired during the battle and found at the various sites where the battle took place. The enamel paint used on the pins has also been mixed with soil from the British frontline, ensuring each and every pin is therefore unique and contains its own little piece of history.
Designed by TMB Art Metal to pay tribute to each one of the fallen British soldiers from Passchendaele, the pins come in a lacquered wooden presentation box with a Commemorative Certificate detailing an individual British solider whose life was lost during the 103 days battle.
TMB Art Metal stated: “[The pins are] a masterful combination of aesthetic and symbolic appeal, the Poppy Pins will form a fitting tribute to every son, brother and father who lost their life fighting for their country.”
All profits raised from their sale go directly to The Royal British Legion and their important work providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces, past and present, and their families.
Available from The Royal British Legion’s online shop The Poppy Shop, www.poppyshop.org.uk, for just £39.99