Poppy Paint­ing

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - LETTERS -

I have a slightly dif­fer­ent me­mento of the Ar­mistice. My ma­ter­nal grand­mother’s fam­ily were from the Widnes area, then in Lan­cashire. Her pa­ter­nal aunt, Edith Al­ice Ap­ple­ton (1885– 1956), was given an au­to­graph book by EAA Mitchel “with my very best wishes 20:10:18”. Apart from sig­na­tures and say­ings the book con­tains draw­ings and paint­ings, mainly by fam­ily mem­bers. The first paint­ing (above) was painted by Edith’s brother John Ap­ple­ton (1876– 1943). My mother re­mem­bers him as the fam­ily’s main pho­tog­ra­pher and a very nice

Vic­to­rian gen­tle­man. The paint­ing is dated “Nov 1918”, and given the dates of the adop­tion of the poppy sym­bol for re­mem­brance he wouldn’t have re­alised the ap­pro­pri­ate­ness of the sub­ject mat­ter and date.

Kirsten Moon, by email

EDI­TOR REPLIES: What a poignant im­age. Thank you so much for shar­ing it Kirsten.

Kirsten Moon wanted to share this charm­ing paint­ing by one of her rel­a­tives as a me­mento of the end of the First World War

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