2019 Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey

The 2019 Field of Remembrance will open at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 7th November. Once again the Salonika Campaign Society will have its traditional British Salonika Army plot.

SCS Plot at the Royal British Legion's Field of Remembrance, November 2018. Photo by Alan Wakefield.
SCS Plot at the Royal British Legion’s Field of Remembrance, November 2018. Photo by Alan Wakefield.

The Society will be represented at the official opening by Chairman, Alan Wakefield, and a small group of members. You are encouraged to visit the plot to remember those who died in the campaign. Crosses, crescents, stars of David and tributes for those of no faith will be available from a stall on site with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion.

Now in its 91st year, the Field of Remembrance has been taking place since November 1928 when The Poppy Factory took a group of disabled veterans, a tray of poppies and a collecting tin to the grounds of St Margaret’s Church at the Abbey. Only a handful of poppies were planted around a single cross, but it began a tradition that has grown over the years and now many thousands of poppies on wooden crosses and tributes are planted every year. Other Royal British Legion Fields of Remembrance are held across the UK.

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Author: SCS Web Editor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and soon after became editor of the Society's journal - 'The New Mosquito' - a role he held until 2008. He then became the Society's web editor, a role he seems unable to shake off. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915 to 1917, mainly in the Struma valley. Opinions expressed in these posts are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.