Creating the Passchendaele 100 Poppy Pin

To commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, The Royal British Legion has created a limited edition lapel pin made from the brass shell fuses used in the battle.

The Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was one of the largest battles of the First World War with a devastating number of casualties on both sides.

To commemorate the battle and the 60,083 soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice, the Legion has commissioned limited edition Poppy Pins to remember every British soldier who fell during the battle.

Conditions on the first day were made even more difficult due to the torrential rain that turned the battlefield into a quagmire of mud. It is fitting that the pin is made using both shell fuses and soil recovered from the battlefield.

How the pin was made

British brass shell fuses were collected from the battlefield and taken back to England where they were melted down and recreated as Passchendaele 100 Poppy Pins.

The samples of soil were mixed and ground into a fine powder, the earth then added to both the red and green enamels before artisans carefully applied them to the brass poppies. In this way the poppy pins are permanently linked to the battlefields of Passchendaele.

Each pin is engraved with ‘Ypres 1917’ and comes presented in a lacquered wooden box. There is also a Certificate of Authenticity and a unique Royal British Legion Everyman Remembered Certificate detailing a British soldier who lost his life during the 103-day battle.

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