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JCB boosts poppy appeal with academy tribute

31 Oct 16 Students at the JCB Academy in Staffordshire have launched the 2016 poppy appeal by creating a roll of honour for local servicemen who fell on the battlefield.

Their names have been laser cut on to red acrylic poppies and suspended from 35 wires in the Rocester-based school’s reception. Many of the servicemen are ancestors of today’s students at the Academy.

JCB Chairman Lord Bamford officially opened the display by hanging the final palm-sized poppy on the display to honour his grandfather’s cousin, Captain Oswald Bamford, who died aged 38 in the Battle of Loos more than 101 years ago.

To mark the moment, poppies fell from two balconies overlooking the reception as JCB Academy student Joe Hey played the Last Post.

Lord Bamford said: “The JCB Academy students have created a very moving display. It’s a wonderful tribute to the servicemen who gave their lives for our freedom.

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