A limited edition brass poppy pin, hand crafted from the brass of melted down bullet shells found on the Somme battlefields.
Sport Remembers the Somme
Sport during the Somme
To aid the war effort, virtually all professional sport had been suspended by the time the Battle of the Somme began. Athletes and players from sports at all levels had volunteered to enlist – sometimes en masse as an entire team to form a 'Pals' Battalion; signing up together on the promise they would serve alongside each other. There were battalions dedicated to athletes, footballers, and individual clubs and teams of a variety of sports.
Many other players – from Olympic athletes to first class cricketers and amateur boxers – served in Pals Battalions recruited from towns, villages, schools, workplaces and trades. When these battalions suffered losses, as they did mostly at the Somme, the impact was felt at the club and community level.
The 100th anniversary of the battle provides an opportunity for sportsmen of all levels to commemorate the Service and sacrifice of fellow sportsmen who lost their lives in the battle, to reflect upon the human cost of conflict and to have hope for a more peaceful world.
The Legion has uncovered some incredible stories of sportsmen who were at the Somme, from Olympic sprinters to England rugby players.
Host a remembrance event
As the nation’s custodian of Remembrance, The Royal British Legion is calling on sports clubs, teams and associations across the UK to honour those who fell 100 years ago.
We have created a Sport Remembers toolkit which contains everything you need to organise a local Remembrance event including order of service for your Act of Remembrance, music list, poems, history, poster and commemorative pennant.Sport Remembers toolkit
Somme 100 at Poppy Shop
Our online Poppy Shop has a very special collection of commemorative products to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Visit www.poppyshop.org.uk/somme100 to view the complete range.
Somme 100 poppy lapel pin Battle of the Somme cupro-nickel coin
Westminster Collection's commemorative £5 coin depicts a poppy field on the front and Queen Elizabeth II on the reverse.
Featuring both British and French flowers of Remembrance, this collection includes coffee mugs, coasters and lens/screen cloths.
Somme 100 year old poppy brooch
This specially designed floral poppy brooch was inspired by the silk poppies used in the first ever “Poppy Appeal” in 1921.
Wreaths and pins
Special Somme 100 commemorative items including wreaths are available from our Poppy Appeal headquarters by mail order, offered in exchange for a suggested donation.
Somme Bluet/Poppy pin badge
A simple and attractive enamel pin badge featuring 'le bluet' (cornflower) representing France and the poppy for the UK.
A round enamel pin badge featuring a poppy and the words Battle of the Somme 1916-2016
Type L and type C wreaths have been adapted to feature cornflowers amongst the poppies.
A small Remembrance cross with the words 1916 - 2016 Somme 100.