Poppy Display 2017

Poppy display at St George’s Chapel, Crownthorpe, 24 September 2017

Explanation of poppy display at St George’s Chapel, Crownthorpe

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“This is one of the Paul Cummins ceramic poppies from Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, the transcience at the Tower of London marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. Each poppy represents a British or Colonial military fatality in that war; 888,246.

Theresa Johansen, granddaughter of Fred and Glad Gibson, subscribed for a poppy to commemorate Harry Baskiville, Glad Gibson’s brother, intending to put it on her grandparents’ grave but it seems appropriate for it to be here.

St George’s Church, consecrated in 1921, was built by James Henry Coleman, Crownthorpe Station, in memory of his son, Herbert Napier, who was killed in the war. Herbert’s widow, Blanche, decided not to live at Crownthorpe and the land was included in that made available for the land ballot for discharged soldiers in 1920. Successful ballotees, who took up blocks, were:

F. Magill (Fred), A.W. Whyte (Alex), G.H. Treseder (Bert), T. Agnew (Tom), R.J. Burnside (Bob), F.G. Gibson (Fred), A. McD. Hyslop (Gus), A.W. Meikle (Arthur), J. Stanton (Jimmy), E.P. Mason (Pat), J. Hunter (Jack), P. B. Gardiner (Peter), W. O’Neill (Bill), G. Mason (Gordon), G.H. Martin (Guy), J. Agnew (Jim), R. Romayne (Dick), J. McEllroy [McElroy] (Jim).

This poppy stands here as a memorial to all these brave men.


Matapiro Road, Crownthorpe

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24 September 2017


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