Poppy pride

Once again this autumn I’ve been busy making crochet poppy brooches, based on a pattern by Kandipandi.  I’ve used my favourite Patons Smoothie DK in red and lime green, and raided my stash of black buttons.

Remembrance Sunday is particularly poignant for me.  My great-grandfather, Private William  Norris Simm, is sat on the right of the big drum in this photo, holding the baton and a piccolo.  He was a stretcher bearer in the Royal Army Medical Crops and served on the front in France, Ypres and Somme in WW1.  He saw the first tanks to go over the top to attack Deville Wood and Flers village.  He also witnessed the blowing of the first mines to be blown under the German front line.


He founded the 35th F.A. Band in 1915 and was promoted many times to Sargeant, but sadly kept losing his stripes through “joyfully celebrating” the occasion!  As far as he knew, he was the only Private in the British Army to have his own band.

With the loss of my grandad last year, I feel even more the need to remember what my great-grandfather and his fellow soldiers endured for our freedom.  So this November, I will be wearing my poppy with pride and supporting the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

To buy one of my poppies, please visit my Folksy shop.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mark Eaton says:

    Hi, I am a picture dealer and have a oil painting of a northern cityscape by William and one of workers in a field by A. Simm (his son?), if that’s of interest.
    Have you visited “livesofthefirstworldwar.org.uk” it has info and photos of William.

    1. Hi Mark, yes it was my uncle who posted all of the info and photo of William. We have several of William’s paintings but it’s great to know some of them are still in circulation and of interest to dealers. He did have a son called Alf who may have painted the other picture but I’m not sure

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