Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
29 August 2014

SSAFA bereaved families remember fallen soldiers from World War One

Family members of those who lost their lives while serving their country have remembered the young men killed by a war 100 years ago.


SSAFA bereaved families remember fallen soldiers from World War One

Family members of those who lost their lives while serving their country have remembered the young men killed by a war 100 years ago. 

Members of the SSAFA Bereaved Families Support Group visited the Tower of London on Saturday 23rd August to take part in a project remembering the sacrifice of soldiers past. The group, all related to those who have died in recent years while serving, spent a morning at the Tower planting some of the 880,000 ceramic poppies that will remember all of the British and Commonwealth soldiers lives lost during World War One.

The group also met to review the existing support and resources available for other bereaved families who will continue to call on SSAFA’s support now and in the future.

Helen Smith, whose son Sapper Mark Smith, was killed in Afghanistan, attended the event and said “The day was made even better by a session volunteering at the Tower of London to plant poppies in memory of ALL who have given their lives for us.”

Mike Ivatt, from SSAFA said: “Planting the ceramic poppies to remember those lost in a war so long ago was very moving for everyone involved. It was also very reassuring for the bereaved family members that took part, to know that those who have died in a modern conflict won’t be forgotten as time moves on.”

The poppies will eventually be sold, with profits being shared equally between six selected service charities including SSAFA.

The SSAFA Bereaved Families Support Groups offer mutual support and understanding for the families of those killed and injured while serving in the Armed Forces. Find out more about SSAFA Support Groups.