Poppy tribute holds special significance

A photo of Robert Davie in military uniform.
A photo of Robert Davie in military uniform.

As hundreds of poppy seeds were planted to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War memories turned back to those who experienced the horrors of battle first hand.

The flowers that will bloom in the Lincolnshire soil will carry special significance for Ingoldmells councillor Colin Davie. Coun Davie’s grandfather Robert was thrown into the carnage of the Western Front when war was declared in 1914.

Coun Davie, who is executive member for the environment on Lincolnshire County Council, spoke of his grandfather as poppies were planted at Mareham Pastures Nature Reserve near Sleaford to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the war.

The flowers sown on the reserve will bloom into the shape of a giant poppy measuring 10 metres square.

Robert Davie had been in charge of the horses on a Lincolnshire country estate before the outbreak of the war.

Coun Davie said: “When war was declared my grandfather joined up with the Lincolnshire Regiment but because of his skill with horses he was transferred to the Army Service Corps which was responsible for the movement of munitions and equipment up to the Western Front.

“They were also responsible for the movement of the dead and injured, so you can imagine the sights they must have seen. Even though he died when I was very young we have always had this abiding memory of him and the sacrifice he and his generation gave .”