The Somme 1916 Poppy Lapel Pin

The Legion’s Somme 1916 Poppy Lapel Pin tells the story of sacrifice made at the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.

You may be used to wearing a red poppy in November, but this summer The Royal British Legion is encouraging people to wear a brass one to commemorate the Battle of the Somme.

How the pin was made

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 bullet shells

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 the paint with soil

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.


A range of other Somme 100 commemorative items, including high quality Somme 100 cufflinks made using the same materials and methods, are available from

Own a piece of history

This is a unique opportunity to own a piece of the Somme. Each pin arrives in a lacquered wooden presentation box with a certificate commemorating the life of an individual soldier who fell during the Battle of the Somme from the 2nd to the 141st day.

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Why have you released the second pin?

The phenomenal support for the Somme 100 Poppy Lapel pin means that we have been able to commemorate the lives of all British soldiers that were lost on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. In order to continue commemorating the lives of our Service personnel that were lost during this historic battle, we have produced a second pin in this collection, the Somme 1916 Poppy Lapel Pin.

How are the first and second edition pins different?

The first edition Somme 100 pins had ‘Somme 100’ engraved on the back, to commemorate 100 years since the battle. The new pin is different because it has ‘Somme 1916’ engraved on the back.

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