Poppy and poem honour memory

John Milton with his Tower of London poppy.

John Milton with his Tower of London poppy.

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One hundred years since the start of the First World War a fallen hero’s family finally have a solid memento of the soldier.

Charles Lewis Milton, from Goosnargh, survived the four year conflict but died fighting in the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War in 1919.

Charles was a Lance Corporal in the King’s Liverpool Regiment and his family only had a handwritten poem penned by Charles whilst fighting in Belgium at the start of the war called ‘A Torn Treaty’ to remember him by, until now.

Ninety-five years after his death his nephew John Milton has managed to get hold of a ceramic poppy from the Tower of London’s First World War remembrance display.

And the 84-year-old, from Fulwood, revealed he is overjoyed to have something solid to finally remember his uncle by 100 years since the start of the First World War. He said: “We only had the poem before because all of the photographs were lost due to a family dispute and now we will display the poppy and we can look at it and remember him.

“He fought in the First World War and I feel like we can finally remember him properly with this poppy, it has made our Christmas special.”

Charles is buried in the Archangel Allied Cemetery in Russia but his name is on John’s grandparents’ grave in the Church 
of St Mary the Virgin in Goosnargh.

He said: “I wanted to plant the poppy at the grave and leave a lasting memory but I was advised not to leave it because it would get stolen, which is sad.”