To celebrate RBL Poppy Appeal, Gill Archer-Cox and Sally Fasham and their team at Stellar London came up with this 2018 campaign, which marked 100 years since the end of WW1 and the focus was: Saying Thank You to the entire generation that served, sacrificed and changed our world. A lot of miles, long days, but all for a good cause.
We provided Aerial Filming at most location where we were able to fly DJI Inspire RAW X5 drone. The results are quite amazing. Check the video below:
With special tribute to the women’s Land Army tribute statue permanently installed at the National Memorial Arboretum in Burton-on-Trent, STAFFORDSHIRE. (see below)
WOMEN’S LAND ARMY TRIBUTE, NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM, STAFFORDSHIRE
The Women’s Land Army (WLA) was first formed during World War One – the Land Girls, as they became known, worked on the land, freeing the male workers to go to war. With their uniform of green ties and jumpers and brown felt slouch hats, they worked from dawn to dusk each day, milking cows, digging ditches, sowing seeds and harvesting crops. When women became a crucial part of the nation’s workforce during the war they stepped closer to the right to vote which they were given in 1918.
Thread Message: “And it came for his man to come back from leave and then he said ‘Oh, he’d – rather keep the girl driver” –Dolly Shepherd, WAAC driver to the Captain.
DEEPDALE STADIUM, PRESTON
Deepdale Stadium was the location of the Christmas Day football match played by Dick, Kerr Ladies Football Team in 1917. Dick, Kerr Ladies team was formed at a munitions factory Dick, Kerr & Co in Preston during the First World War in order to raise funds for wounded soldiers from the Western Front who were being treated at the town’s military hospital. The Christmas Day football match raised £600 (some £40,000 in today’s money).
Thread Message: “Not only WRNS, but the other two services, also, pioneered the beginning of votes for women and freedom for women more” – Beatrice Browne, typist with the Women’s Royal Naval Service.
QUEEN MARY’S HOSPITAL, SIDCUP, KEN
In 1916, ‘The father of plastic surgery’, Harold Gillies founded a cutting edge facility at Queen’s Hospital (later Queen Mary’s), Sidcup, and pioneered life changing surgery techniques to repair the horrific facial wounds inflicted on servicemen during the war. By 1925, over 5,000 facial injury patients had been treated at Sidcup and Plastic Surgery was well established.
Thread Message: “Before the Great War, men with shattered faces died of wounds or broken hearts. Now they go to a special hospital, where marvels of surgery are performed” – Nurse, about her work with Harold Gillies.
THE LIBRARY OF BIRMINGHAM
J. R. R. Tolkien was born in South Africa before returning to his family home in Birmingham. It was as a young boy exploring the countryside around Birmingham that Tolkien found inspiration for some of the scenes in his books including Bag End, based on his Aunt’s House. When war broke out he finished his degree at Oxford and joined up. It was at the Plow and Harrow Hotel in Birmingham in 1915 that he said farewell to his family and left for the front. Less than a mile from that point, the Library of Birmingham now stands and contains Tolkien’s works, many of which include elements inspired by his experiences serving as an Officer in the Lancashire Fusiliers. After Tolkien was medically evacuated from the Somme in 1916 almost his entire battalion were killed.
Thread Message: “My ‘Sam Gamgee’ is indeed a reflexion of the English soldier, of the privates and batmen I knew in the 1914 war, and recognised as so far superior to myself” – J.R.R Tolkien.
JACK CORNWELL MEMORIAL PARK, LEYTON, LONDON
Jack Cornwell, a former Boy Scout from Essex, joined the Royal Navy aged 16 as Boy (2nd Class) Cornwell, and within a year found himself on HMS Chester at the largest naval action of the First World War: The Battle of Jutland. When the Chester was surrounded and engaged by four enemy ships, Jack was part of a gun crew manning a 5.5 inch gun. Within minutes his entire gun crew were killed and Jack had received horrific shrapnel wounds to the stomach and legs. Despite this, he remained at his gun awaiting to receive orders and it was only after the Chester had withdrawn that his wounds were seen to. He died of his wounds days later in Grimsby Hospital. Such was his story that the nation demanded he be awarded the Victoria Cross and that he be reburied in a memorial park named after him.
Thread Message: “He stayed there, standing and waiting, under heavy fire, with just his own brave heart and God’s help to support him” – Captain Robert Lawson RN of HMS Chester in a letter to Jack Cornwell’s mother.
BALLYCLARE FOOTBALL CLUB, COUNTY ANTRIM
Home of Ballyclare Comrades FC, formed in 1919 by men of C Company, 12th Royal Irish Rifles (now Royal Irish Regiment) returning from WW1. They realised that they were missing some of the camaraderie that had brought them through the terror of the trenches and found football, the soldiers game, to be the perfect way to find this again. The Ballycare Comrades FC are still going strong and will celebrate their centenary next year.
Thread Message: “Would you believe it, by mutual consent our Battalion and the Germans opposite had a little armistice and didn’t fire a shot all day” – Marmaduke Walkinton on the Christmas truce Birmingham, Library of Birmingham.
THE BIG PIT NATIONAL COAL MUSEUM, BLAENAVON
The Big Pit was a working coal mine from 1880 to 1980 that saw its workforce decimated by war, it’s men transplanted to the mining units and Welsh battalions on the front, and its elderly, women and children forced to take up the trade of the men. The site, now dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of Welsh coal mining, represents one of the many working pits across the coalfields of Great Britain that fuelled a nation engaged in a scale of industrialised war never before seen. The skills of the miners were repurposed in the dark, silent battle underneath no man’s land with men like Capt. Arthur Edwards pioneering this unenviable tactic to break the stalemate and winning a Military Cross in the process.
Thread Message: “Cos we’d been miners, biggest part of the battalion or the division were miners, the majority” – Irving Jones, Welsh Regiment.
TRAINING TRENCHES, RAF HALTON, AYLESBURY
Formerly part of the Rosthchild Estate, during the war land at Halton was given over to the training of recruits in preparation for the Western Front. Training trenches were dug and veteran NCOs and Officers, rotated back from France, would have drilled new recruits in trench routine and discipline. By 1916 over 20,000 troops were being trained at Halton at any one time and the following year Halton became the home of technical training for the Royal Flying Corps. When the Royal Air Force was formed in 1918, RAF Halton became the home of the new RAF Apprenticeship Scheme.
Thread Message: “Thank You to the Armed forces of the First World War who helped shape our world.”
NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, GREENWICH
The central poppy is located in the heart of Greenwich, a place in our nation’s capital indelibly marked by the First World War. In the National Maritime Museum, the former Greenwich Hospital, the records of Royal Navy and Merchant sailors lost in the war are held; men whose service and sacrifice denied them a resting place on land. Overlooking the Museum is the Royal Observatory, the home of Greenwich Meantime (GMT). It was during the First World War that daylight saving time was first used nationally to help conserve coal reserves. The Germans adopted it first and Great Britain followed suit only weeks later.
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