WW1 Centenary Commemorations 2018

As part of the 2018 WW1 Centenary Commemorations, The Royal British Legion in association with Avondale Events commemorated the 344 Southwark soldiers who did not return from WW1. 345 artworks were collected. Each piece depicted a poppy or poppies within the artwork and was dedicated to one of the fallen soldiers. The 345th piece was dedicated to the unknown and was also a dedication of thanks past, present and future.

I was proud to take part in the project by donating my painting ‘Sky of Poppies’, painted to honour those of all nations who have lost their lives in conflicts. The poppies represent the souls of the fallen soldiers rising up into the light, expressed by dark shading behind each poppy; the black poppy centre is replaced with gold, expressing the purity of the souls of those who sacrificed so much for our freedom.

‘Sky of Poppies’ was dedicated to the memory of Gunner George Aldrich, 83385, 279th Siege Bty., Royal Garrison Artillery, who fell on 12 November 1917 Age 29. I am humbled to have had my work included in the project and dedicated to such a brave young man.

The artworks were auctioned on the 25th October 2018 and all proceeds went to the Royal British Legion and the Chelsea Pensioners.

For them the ultimate sacrifice was made.
For their sacrifice we say, Thank You

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