Here he is (above left), "Dick" Pope. Sadly I don't have a photo of him in his Home Guard uniform but I've added a picture of his badge. There is, though, a photograph of Uncle Harry (above middle) in uniform. "Harry" Porter was my Mother's cousin and served as a cook in the RAF in the Second World War were he was posted to the Azores. I don't ever remember him with hair. Finally here's "Frank" Sheard my Mother's half brother. I think this was taken of him in the First World War. Although he survived both wars I think several of his brothers were killed.
I've always known that my Mother's aunt, Lizzie, was killed in the Blitz. She was a priests' housekeeper in Liverpool and died when the church and presbytery received a direct hit. And, I've just learnt that Auntie Alice, Harry's wife, was in the WAAF. so I've obviously got loads of research to do.
As you probably know, Manor House Designs Ltd is proud to be licensed to create a unique range of Sterling Silver Poppy Memorabilia for the Shropshire Royal British Legion. Every item is handmade in 925 sterling silver and is hallmarked at the Birmingham Assay Office with my own official hallmark, and (more importantly) from every sale 25% of the profits is donated to Shropshire Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Please feel free to browse the Silver Poppy range below, visit us at our new 'pop-up' shop in Nantwich (more details to follow) or at the Shropshire Royal British Legion's Annual Festival of Remembrance at the Theatre Severn, on Tuesday 24 October 7.30 pm. All proceeds go to The Poppy Appeal. Click here for tickets.
Thank you for reading this blog post, and for supporting such a fantastic and noble cause as the Royal British Legion, and I hope you have a great day.
This blog post was written and researched by Kate Buchanan-Dunne of Manor House Designs, creator of "beautiful bespoke silver jewellery" in her Shropshire workshop.
Kate Buchanan-Dunne is an artist, designer and silversmith based in Shropshire.