“ Please let me know, if any of these items will help in your efforts — and in this way, too, I can have peace of mind that his cherished belongings went for a good cause ” wrote one of our generous donators in her correspondence with us.
Surely you have some old dusty War memorabilia in your attic. You cherish them as they were given to you by your father, your grandfather, or your great-grandfather. Even though you have no use of them, you never felt right ‘throwing’ them away...
Why don’t you support the built of this wonderful World War I Memorial Garden by donating a piece of memorabilia? The proceeds of the sale will all go the Memorial Garden.
We accept all sorts of memorabilia from both World War I and World War II, ranging from commemorating porcelain plates to photographs, navigation tools, British Army mills grenade money box, etc.. Any contribution will help.
The auction will be taking place online and bidding will be available from 27th October until 16th November.
More about the Memorial
The creation of a ‘Flanders Fields 1914-2014’ Memorial Garden is an initiative of The Guards Museum in conjunction with Flanders House in London, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain.
One of the most special parts of the project involved collecting soil from the Flanders Fields battlefield cemeteries in ceremonies of remembrance. The Remembrance Ceremony on 11th November 2013 in Ypres was attended by the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Laurent of Belgium who oversaw the handover of 70 sandbags of soil. British soldiers of the Household Division and schoolchildren from over sixty-three Belgian and British schools carried the bags which were then put onto a King’s Troop Gun Carriage.
The soil was taken to London by the Belgian Navy Frigate ‘Louisa Marie’ on 29th November where, alongside the HMS Belfast, it was handed over to the British Army.
On 30th November, the seventy sandbags were taken through London on the same King’s Troop Gun Carriage to the garden where it was laid into the circular bed in the newly constructed garden.
In this BBC video, Ben Moore speaks to Andrew Wallis from the Guards Museum to find out more about the project: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25154809?
Contact Meave Hamill to learn more about the auction: firstname.lastname@example.org