Warfare in News

Posted on Friday 11th November

A pressed poppy picked from the French battlefields by a soldier during the First World War has been found by a family in Glasgow.

Corporal James Fergusson picked the poppy in July 1916 to remind him of his last days in the trenches.

The pressed poppy was found during a house move. It has been kept in a trunk with papers and cuttings belonging to James Fergusson, attached to a handwritten note which reads:

'This French poppy was plucked from the battlefield in France by me, as a memento, to remind me of the last day I ever spent in the trenches.'

The family are keen for the poppy to be preserved and have donated the flower to PoppyScotland .

For more, see BBC News online.

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