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Home Guard 09-07-22 03:55 PM

Always interesting finds Mike!!!


Mike_2817 10-07-22 02:10 PM

Well done on the 2019 Overseas Pin, which is also on my wants list

Have also seen a 2017 example, but not any earlier dates.

mike_vee 10-07-22 05:18 PM


Originally Posted by Mike_2817 (Post 583127)
Well done on the 2019 Overseas Pin, which is also on my wants list

Have also seen a 2017 example, but not any earlier dates.

Thanks Mike , I haven't seen or heard of any pre 2017 either but thought it best to check.

The 2019 was listed as a P 0 P P Y badge , so wouldn't appear on most searches . I was the only bidder ! :D


mike_vee 13-07-22 11:56 AM

Royal Military Police
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Managed to find a 2014 pin , I know I need a 2013 one but was there any earlier ?

These great pins were privately produced and sold , with profits split between RMP Association/RBL .

Then , like many other fine groups , the RBL banned them from using the Poppy so for 2 years they used a different design but after last year's badge they are not going to produce any more.


mike_vee 19-07-22 09:16 AM

Channel Islands
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Although I don't actively seek out Channel Island pins I do pick up the occasional one if the price is right ! :D

These are great quality , well made , limited edition pins (individually numbered) and excellent additions to a collection.


mike_vee 22-07-22 09:02 AM

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Another one , 1996 , to added to growing my collection.

I now have seven Nottingham pins but have no idea when the were first produced or if they are still making them . :confused:


mike_vee 25-07-22 05:21 PM

The Poppy Factory
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Today I went to the Poppy Factory Visitor Centre , a very pleasant couple of hours.


1 & 2 : The Beatles had their "crossing in Abbey Road , the Factory has theirs on the main road outside.

3 & 4 : Pick and Mix , visitors get to assemble a Poppy but have to use their 'wrong' hand !

5 : Two "special" Poppies , one made by the Queen during one of her visits and the other made by Camilla ,Duchess of Cornwall , who is the Patron of the Factory.

6 : A nice example of a WW2 "Austerity" Poppy.

Basic Poppies are no longer made/assembled at the factory (it is easier/cheaper to have machines do it) but wreaths and wooden religious symbols are still made/assembled there.

NB : No one at the factory was aware of a Poppy with 100 on the leaf , they did not produce/sell or have any involvement with them and I still have not even seen a photo of one ? :confused:


mike_vee 25-07-22 05:32 PM

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A very special "unique" Poppy , I put it together and plan to frame it with John McCrae's moving verse.


Mike_2817 25-07-22 05:45 PM

I did the Poppy Factory Tour a few years ago, and have also visited the Poppy Warehouse at Aylsford where all the Poppy Factory production is sent - They are in fact different Charity Numbers! I order all stock for my local Appeal as PAO from Aylsford.

Only around 10% of Poppies are now produced at Richmond, The Poppy Warehouse at Aylsford now produce the rest on 4 automated machines including all 'Sticky Poppies.. (Around 30,000,000) Here in Harrogate I maintain a stock of 40,000 Paper Poppies to distribute in October/November - That's 20 bulk boxes of 2000 needing to be re-packed in the smaller recognisable blue counter boxes...

A CFR/PAO can order packs of 100 Poppy bits for schools to assemble poppies during a 'poppy talk' They can also order boxes of 5,000 Poppy Petals as used at the Festival of Remembrance for Special Projects.

mike_vee 25-07-22 06:23 PM

Thanks for the info Mike .


Home Guard 25-07-22 07:59 PM

Mike and Mike, thank you both for some very interesting information and pictures. Although my interest is pretty limited I always find the subject of great interest.


PS - There is a scene in "Our Girl" just prior to passing out where the recruits are taken to one of the cemeteries and a retired gentleman wearing a beret with a Middlesex badge recites that poem. It's a very moving scene.

mike_vee 26-07-22 05:04 PM

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Terry , in 1918 the verse was published in an American magazine (Ladies’ Home Journal ) under the title "We Shall Not Sleep" .

Moina Michael, a teacher at the University of Georgia, had seen McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields” reprinted in the Ladies’ Home Journal just before the Armistice in 1918, and the poem and accompanying illustration (see photo) moved her so strongly that, she reported, she immediately composed her own poem “We Shall Keep the Faith” on the back of an envelope.


Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet — to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.
She also went and bought a bunch of silk poppies , wore one on her lapel in Remembrance and sold other to her friends to wear with the profits going to charity.


Home Guard 26-07-22 10:46 PM

Very interesting Mike, I was not aware of that.


mike_vee 05-08-22 10:47 AM

20th Anniversary
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Arrived today , a 1941 dated Poppy Pin Badge ! :D

It matches a description on the IWM website :


Small silver-coloured metal badge in the shape of a poppy, enamelled red with a black centre. On the top petal are the words "REMEMBRANCE DAY" and on the bottom petal "1941". In the centre are the words "HAIG FUND". On the reverse is a safety pin to attach the badge to clothing.
Dimensions : Diameter 23 mm

NB: I think the "Haig Fund" rather than "Haig's Fund" is simply a spelling error by IWM.

I assume the badge (there was also a large paper weight) was produced as a limited edition souvenir to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Poppy appeal.


mike_vee 09-08-22 08:39 AM

Latest from PoppyShop
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Described as "Polished Silver Plated Poppy Pin" , 2cm high , cost £9.99 + £3.99 postage !. (I still had a free delivery code ;))


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