This poppy commemorates the 68 individuals who are detailed on the Peterculter War Memorial. The first to fall in World War One was Private Percy Rhodes Edwards of the 2nd Gordon Highlanders. He was killed in action on 29th October 1914 and is commemorated on the Menim Gate Memorial at Ypres. His name was submitted to the Roll of Honour at the Tower of London and was read out at sunset on Wednesday 13th August 2014. HIs story is told more fully in the memoirs of his brother Edward Edward “The Escape of a Princess Pat”.
“He left his home and wandered there,
A foreign grave to fill,
But Christ is there to watch and care,
And call him home at will.
No loved ones stood around him
To bid a fond farewell;
No words of comfort could he leave
To those he loved so well.”
(Newspaper notice inserted by his father, mother and sisters, St. Mary’s Place, Culter).