Posted on: July 3rd 2019

Commemorative Poppy Planting - Treaty of Versailles

A commemorative poppy planting ceremony took place on Friday June 28th as part of the Marlborough School’s WW1 Project, Woodstock Then and Now, to tie in with the centenary of the Treaty of Versailles, in remembrance of the soldiers that fell in the Great War.

A group of students created ceramic poppies which were ‘planted’ in the grounds of Oxfordshire County Museum, as part of a formal ceremony in conjunction with the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum (SOFO).

This moving occasion was led by Brigadier David Innes, OBE Trustee Director SOFO, with music provided the Oxfordshire Schools Brass Ensemble, prayers and speeches. Melanie Watkins, representing the British Legion, read the names of the 44 fallen WWI soldiers as the students paraded around the planted poppies.

The poppies will remain on display to the public at the Museum until 24th July 2019.

Poppy planting

Isabel Wheeler, Alice Hipkiss, and Marlborough School students around the ’Poppy’ tree, Oxfordshire County Museum.

Photographer: Nicola Onions