The WW1 Centenary Poppy Tile Project is an initiative of the The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust
(GMCT), in conjunction with the Returned Services League of Australia (RSL
In their press release they say that more than 112,000 Victorians
enlisted in WW1 and those who died from causes associated with battle are
commemorated by the War Graves Commission.
Those who returned and then lived out their lives in the
community, and are buried in our cemeteries, are not recognised unless their
family has recorded this fact in their inscription. Many graves have been
forgotten by families over the years and have become neglected. Younger family
members may be unaware that their ancestors served at all unless their family
memories and history are strong.
The aim of this project is to
encourage families to ‘renew their links to their family members who enlisted
in the Great War and to urge them to place a permanent record of their service
on their gravesite.’
The GMCT will produce a packed
kit including two small glazed white porcelain tiles featuring a red Flanders
Poppy. The tiles can be fixed to headstone or cremation niches.
Costings are still being
finalised, but the tile kits are expected to retail at around $10. Any
profits will be donated to charity.