Poppies – lest we forget
The hundredth anniversary of the Great War has been dramatically celebrated at the Tower of London’s deep moat which surrounds the fortress. Replica poppies have been laid in their thousands and provide a spectacular and provocative sight which will be remembered for many a year.
On Sunday 9th November at 10.45 a smaller occasion will be held as always at the Merchant Navy Memorial in Tower Hill, organised by the Honourable Company of Master Mariners in memory of officers and men of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets whose names and ships are recorded in the Portland stone pavilions (as well as their home ports). A truly remarkable record which can also be seen recorded in volumes displayed in nearby Trinity House. It is not unusual to see folk studying the bronze panels looking for a distant relative.
The beautiful garden overlooks the Tower of London and the Pool which has always been a business centre for the shipping industry. The HQ of Trinity House and Port of London stood side by side; now the grand PLA is to be a hotel!! – a remarkable, grand building full of monuments and statuary spelling out the traditions of our maritime past – well worth a pilgrimage.
Nearby All Hallows by the Tower is full of maritime memorials. In 1922 it became the HQ of Toc H founded by Tubby Clayton who established a fellowship in the Belgian trenches in the First World War – history abounds!