Poppies in Amesbury

Poppies featuring the names of fallen soldiers from an English town with strong connections to the Armed Forces have gone up around the town centre.

The poignant memorials are adorning the streets of Amesbury at Salisbury Plain, each featuring the name of a soldier from the town who fell during the First or Second World War.

Veteran and Amesbury Poppy Appeal Organiser Glyn Jones, who is behind the thought-provoking remembrance commemoration, has been speaking to Forces Radio BFBS Salisbury Plain presenter Adam Powney about the project and how it is helping to promote the Poppy Appeal. 

Soldiers from 32 Royal Artillery will be attending the Amesbury’s Remembrance Sunday, as well as many other local groups, as commemorations take place in London, Edinburgh and around the UK.


Poppies Around Amesbury


At 10:30am, the parade will march from the Amesbury Cross, to St Mary and St Melor Abbey Church.

The Mayor of Amesbury and a senior officer will take the salute as the parade marches to the churchyard where the Remembrance Service will be held at the War Memorial. Prayers will be offered for the sacrifices in war.

The names of the fallen in both World Wars will be read and the traditional exhortations will be said. At 1100 hours, the Last Post will be sounded by a lone bugler and, with the rest of our nation, two minutes silence will be observed, followed by Reveille.

Local dignitaries and representatives of local organisations will lay wreaths and the service will conclude with the singing of the National Anthem.

Members of 1011 Squadron Air Training Corps will be present at this stage to allow members of the congregation to contribute to the Poppy Appeal.