About Us

Rona and Graham Parker with daughter Joanna Legg

Rembrella is a small, family-run company set up in 1998 with the launch of The Poppy Umbrella. The family behind Rembrella is solely responsible for the manufacture and distribution of The Poppy Umbrella.

The company is managed by Graham and Rona Parker from Salisbury, Wiltshire, and their daughter Joanna Legg in Bracknell, Berkshire.

The Poppy Umbrella is mainly sold by a number of ex-Service charities, military heritage organizations and centres of Remembrance in their gift shops, including The Royal British Legion online Poppy Shop, the Royal Hospital Chelsea Museum Shop and the National Memorial Arboretum gift shop. Proceeds made by these and other similar organizations from their own sales of Poppy Umbrellas are put towards their work in the welfare, care and continuing Remembrance of serving and former Servicemen and women.

As an ex-military family, having served for a total of 45 years with the British Army, we are very proud that our unique Poppy Umbrella is helping these organisations to continue their good work.

Lieutenant Colonel Graham W Parker, OBE, FRSA (Retd.)

Graham's uncle Corporal Thomas Parker

On completion of 32 years' service with the British Army Graham served a further 13 years on the British Army Liaison Staff in Belgium.

Following research into family members who served in the Great War of 1914-1918 Graham founded “Flanders Tours” in 1988. For 12 years the family operated weekend study tours to the Western Front. Whilst living in Belgium in the 1980s and 1990s Graham was invited to serve on the Committee for Special Events in Ypres and was involved with numerous commemorative First World War events in Ypres and in France. The photograph is of Graham's uncle, Corporal Tom Parker, 2 Bn Royal Welsh Fusliers, killed in action on 6 November 1916.

Graham's comprehensive knowledge of the subject and his deep respect for those involved in the First World War has influenced many travellers to follow in the footsteps of their relatives. Graham is a Vice President of The Western Front Association and an honorary member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Graham is a Rotarian with the Salisbury Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

The idea for The Poppy Umbrella came to Graham on Armistice Day 11th November 1995 as he was leading The Poppy Parade in Ypres, Belgium. Commemorating the 80th anniversary year of the Ypres battles of 1915, it was also 80 years since John McCrae had written his famous poem “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow”. A rainstorm during the parade suddenly caused all colours of umbrellas to pop up along the route to the 11am ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing. The sight of the multi-coloured umbrellas lining the streets of Ypres and the image of poppies growing on the battlefields were Graham's inspiration for The Poppy Umbrella.

Rona Parker

Rona is responsible for Rembrella's administration and accounts.

Joanna Legg, BA (Hons)

Joanna graduated with a BA Honours degree in German Studies from the University of Warwick in 1982. She was employed for three years in the Publicity Department at the Imperial War Museum in London. In the 1980s and 90s Joanna worked with a number of organisations as an administrator and organiser. She also administered the family's WW1 battlefield tour company “Flanders Tours” and assisted as a guide.

Joanna shares her father's passion for the study of the First World War and the Western Front. From 1995 she began research into the German Army to portray the battles from “the other side of the wire”. She has presented the German story at numerous Western Front Association meetings and on the battlefields of the Somme, Ypres, Loos, Vimy and the Vosges.

As a Director of Rembrella Ltd. Joanna is the only paid employee, administering the production of the umbrellas, sales and despatch and the day to day running of the company. She is responsible for both the rembrella.co.uk website and the family's highly acclaimed WW1 website at greatwar.co.uk.

David Legg

David Legg

David, Joanna's husband, has over 30 years' experience as a software engineer. David is responsible for the development of the websites at greatwar.co.uk and rembrella.co.uk.

greatwar.co.uk

Some of the 11,000 graves at Tyne Cot British and Commonwealth Cemetery near Passchendaele on the old battlefields of the Ypres Salient, Belgium, the largest British military cemetery in the world.

Visit our highly acclaimed WW1 website to see lots of fascinating information about visiting the First World War battlefields on the Western Front in France and Belgium. We have run the website in our spare time for 18 years; it is a labour of love and very rewarding to help people discover more about the First World War. The website is illustrated with many photographs and gives locations and details about cemeteries, memorials, museums and commemorative sites. Our family has more than twenty ancestors who served in the Great War of 1914-18. greatwar.co.uk offers helpful information for family historians wanting to find out about researching a relative who fought in the Great War of 1914-1918.

Website: www.greatwar.co.uk

Rembrella Ltd. Company Details

The website at www.rembrella.co.uk is managed by Rembrella Limited.

Postal address: Rembrella Limited, 12 Oak Ash Green, Wilton, Salisbury SP2 0RR, England

Telephone: 01344 - 989 802 (international +44 - 1344 - 989 802)

Email: info@rembrella.co.uk

Registered office: Rembrella Limited, St. Mary's House, Netherhampton, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 8PU, England

VAT Number: GB 494 4809 05

Company No. 06072644