Remembrance day 1947, the scene at the Cenotaph in Whitehall when the nation paid homage to the fallen of the two World Wars. The King and Princess Elizabeth placed wreaths.

Name.
Ernest George Earthy.
Rank.
Private. No. 1898
Regiment.
11th East Surrey Regiment. Batt. 1/6th  Surrey  Regt.
Died.
Died of wounds Monday, 11th October 1915.
Cemetery.
Karachi 1914-1918 War Memorial, Pakistan.
Name.
Wilfred Earthy.
Rank.
Rifleman. No 4329 - 391475
Regiment.
1st/9th Battalion, London Regt (Queen Victoria's Rifles).
Died.
Killed in action, Saturday, 1st July 1916.
Cemetery.
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Name.
Stanley Earthy.
Rank.
Private. No. 2277
Regiment.
6th Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment.
Died.
Killed in action, Sunday 3rd September 1916.
Cemetery.
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Name.
William Vaughan Earthy.
Rank.
Lance Corporal. No. G/7555
Regiment.
1st Battalion, Duke of cambridges Own, Middlesex Regiment.
Died.
Killed in action, Saturday, 28th October 1916. Age 27.
Cemetery.
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Name.
Frederick William Allan Earthy.
Rank.
Private.
Regiment.
Unit:6th Battalion Australian Infantry Force.
Died.
Friday, 8th Dec 1916, Age 28.
Cemetery.
26 Villers Bretonneux-France.
Name.
Percy Earthey.
Rank.
Private. No. G/17812
Regiment.
2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment.
Died.
Killed in action, Tuesday, 24th September 1918.
Cemetery.
Berthaucourt Communal Cemetery, Pontru, Aisne, France.
 
 
 
Name.
Arthur William Earthy.
Rank.
Private. No: 254666
Regiment.
3rd  City of London Batt, Royal Fusiliers.
Died.
Killed in action, Sunday, 6th October 1919.
Cemetery.
Maroc British Cemetery, Nord, France.
 
 
 
Name.
Leonard Charles Earthey.
Rank.
Sapper. No: W R/283003
Regiment.
Regiment: Corps of Royal Engineers
Formerly  3870 Suffolk  Regt:  (54th L.R.O. Coy.)
Died.
Tuesday, 5th November 1918.
Cemetery.
St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.
 
 
 
Name.
Owen Edwin Earthy.
Rank.
Private.
Regiment.
Mechanical Transport Clearing Office, Royal Army Service Corps.
Died.
Saturday, 1st March 1919. Age 43.
Cemetery.
Brookwood Miltary Cemetery, Surrey, United Kingdom.
 
 
 
Name.
George Earthey.
Rank.
Civilian.
Regiment.
Home Guard.
Died.
Monday, 21st October 1940. Age 17.
Cemetery.
Urban District Of Shoreham By Sea, Civilian War Dead Register.
 
 
 
Name.
Arthur Spencer Earthy.
Rank.
Private. No: 199628
Regiment.
Royal Army Service Corps.
Died.
Saturday, 5th September 1942. Age 32.
Cemetery.
El Alamein War Cemetry, Egypt.
 
The red poppy, the Flanders poppy, was first described as the flower of remembrance by Colonel John McCrae (a Canadian), who was Professor of Medicine at McGill University of Canada before World War One. Colonel McCrae had served as a gunner in the Boer War, but went to France in World War One as a medical officer with the first Canadian contingent.
At the second battle of Ypres in 1915, when in charge of a small first-aid post, he wrote in pencil on a page torn from his dispatch book:
 


In Flanders' fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved,
and now we lie In Flanders' fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies
grow
In Flanders' fields.


 
The verses were apparently sent anonymously to the English magazine, Punch, which published them under the title . "In Flanders' Fields". Colonel McCrae was wounded in May 1918 and died after three days in a military hospital on the French coast. On the eve of his death he allegedly said to his doctor, "Tell them this. If ye break faith with us who die we shall not sleep".
 
Research from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Rikk Earthy, April 2000.
Updated by Russell Parkes, March 2007