The brass pin is created from British shell fuses fired during the Battle of the Somme. Each fuse has been collected from the historic front line and the pin itself is handmade in the jewellery quarters of London and Birmingham.
Each pin commemorates the ultimate sacrifice made by so many individuals during the Battle of the Somme. This year, 1 July marks 100 years since the start of the First World War’s bloodiest battle, which lasted until 18 November 1916 and claimed the lives or injured more than one million men.
Melting down the shell fuses found on the battlefields of the Somme
The centre of the pin is coloured by paint that has been mixed with soil from the same fields British soldiers fought over a hundred years ago.
Mixing paint with soil taken from the Somme battlefields
No two pins are the same due to the unique materials used to create them. A perfect representation that behind the numbers of those who died at the Somme were real people just like us: sons, husbands, fathers and amazing stories of comradeship and courage.
Each lapel pin commemorates a life lost during the battle - from the second to the 141st day of the Battle of the Somme, and comes with a certificate featuring details of the individual soldier it commemorates.
While commemorating the fallen of the Somme, the poppy pins also help those serving today. All proceeds raised from their sale through the Legion's Poppy Shop go directly to our important work in providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces and their families.