Poppy memorial set up on village green between St Albans and Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 18:03 07 November 2014

Poppies at Childwickbury

Poppies at Childwickbury

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Afternoon sun catching the poppies on the green at Childwickbury produced this eye-catching photograph.

Sixteen large identical poppies have been installed on the green at Childwickbury between St Albans and Harpenden in memory of those who lived and worked on the estate and died over the course of the First World War.

Each bloom bears the name, age and address of the war casualties and they will remain in place until Armistice Day, November 11.

The poppies were the brainchild of Andie Hill, a member of the Battlefield Trust, a charity dedicated to the preservation of battle site heritage. She said the memorial was to invite residents, visitors and passers-by to take a moment and reflect.

Andie added: “The intention of this piece is not the glorification of war, religion or state but is simply this, an opportunity to say their names aloud.”

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