London Remembers WWI with Sea of Ceramic Red Poppies

Visitors and employees at Crawford & Company’s London Office have had to negotiate their way through throngs of tourists who are visiting the Tower of London’s tribute to the men of the British Army who were killed during World War I.

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A hundred years ago, the men who joined the British army during WWI came by the millions from India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other Commonwealth countries.

Now those who died – 888,246 of them – are being remembered by the planting of the same number of handmade ceramic red poppies at the Tower of London, near Crawford’s U.K. Head Office, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the war.

The poppies, handmade by 50 potters in the Derby studio of ceramic artist Paul Cummins, are continuing to fill the 16-acre Tower of London moat to eventually fully encircle the Tower by Remembrance Day. The display called “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” is masterminded by award-winning theatre designer, Tom Piper. The title comes from a line in a will made in the trenches by an unnamed soldier.

poppies 2To complete the installation, the Tower of London needs volunteers to add to the already massive sea of red in the dry moat. In keeping with the passion our talented employees have for giving back to their communities, our employees have been volunteering with the planting of the poppies. Among the U.K. employees who have already volunteered are Lynn Cufley, Theresa Magee and Ashleigh Murray from the Crawford London Office.

In addition, the London Office will also have a team of volunteers at the Tower of London for Crawford’s annual Global Day of Service on Saturday Oct. 4, 2014.

Crawford has also purchased a number of poppies for its London and Atlanta offices to show our support for the vital work of carefully-selected service charities in the U.K.

To read more about the installation at the Tower of London and to find out how you can support this project, visit

Photographs by Lynn Cufley, Sue Hale, Theresa Magee and Ashleigh Murray, Crawford & Company, Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia Pacific.

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