Tower of London Poppy
Ceramic poppy displayed in 2014 at the Tower of London in the art installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, presented to the Museum in memory of Private Stanley Payne Reeve, 7th Battalion.
This ceramic poppy was part of the art installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ which was created at the Tower of London in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.
There were 888,246 hand-made poppies, one for every British war dead: this one brings the story down to the level of the individual soldier.
It was purchased in memory of Private Stanley Payne Reeve of the 7th Battalion The Suffolk Regiment. Born in Ipswich in 1897 he enlisted there – under age – in early August 1914. He went overseas to France with his Battalion on 30 May 1915 and was killed in action while in the trenches at Ploegsteert, south of Ypres, on 19 September 1915. He was just eighteen years old.
Stanley was buried at Gunners Farm Military Cemetery, along with 13 of his Suffolk Regiment comrades.