The Poppy Umbrella

A Gift to Remember

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The Poppy Umbrella was created by our family in 1998. It features a unique red poppy design on the cover and was inspired by the Flanders poppies growing on the battlefields of the First World War in Belgium and France. Twenty of our family members served in the military in WW1. Five of them never came home. In their memory we have spent over 30 years studying, visiting and guiding on the 1914-1918 battlefields of the Western Front.

“Remembering”, All Year Round

We created this special umbrella in 1998 as a striking design to remind us all of the importance of Remembrance, any day of the week, all year round. It can be used throughout the seasons - providing shelter from the rain and shade from the sun.

Since that time The Poppy Umbrella has proved to be an imaginative and popular gift item, directly helping to generate significant proceeds for the good work carried out by numerous military-related welfare, educational and WW1 historical heritage organizations dedicated to preserving the memory of those who have served their country in times of war. Most of our Poppy Umbrellas are now sold by a variety of such organizations and, as a family with over 32 years in the regular British Army and a further 12 serving with the Army in a civilian role, we are proud that The Poppy Umbrella is responsible for generating much needed funds for them.

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Donation to a Military-related Charity

The Not Forgotten Association logo.

You can also purchase our Poppy Umbrellas directly from us at this website. 50p from each umbrella sold via this website will be donated to The Not Forgotten Association (Registered Charity in England and Wales No: 229666). This charity was formed shortly after the First World War. It is a Tri-Service charity supporting serving and ex-Service men and women whose lives have been affected by conflict or injury.

Proceeds from sales on this website also help towards our administrative costs to enable us to continue producing these high quality umbrellas at the lowest cost for those non-commerical organizations who wish to sell The Poppy Umbrella.

For more information about how The Poppy Umbrella helps raise funds for other organizations when sold in their gift shops, see our page at The Poppy Umbrella: Fundraising and Donations

Telescopic "Minilite" Style

The Poppy Umbrella Minilite Telescopic Style

Don't get caught out by the rain! Carry this handy, folding umbrella while you are out and about.

Telescopic folding Poppy Umbrella at £14.30 (plus postage)

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Transparent "Birdcage" Style

The Poppy Umbrella Birdcage Transparent Style.

New Poppy Umbrella style!

Turn heads with this smart new style of a transparent dome-shaped Poppy Umbrella.

Transparent style Poppy Umbrella at £17.49 (plus postage)

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Standard Walking Length "Roma" Style

The Poppy Umbrella Roma Standard Style

Treat yourself to a stylish walking length umbrella with a crook wooden handle.

Standard walking length Poppy Umbrella at £16.40 (plus postage)

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Golf "Sheffield Sports" Style

The Poppy Umbrella Golf Style

Use this eye-catching umbrella at outdoor events.

Golf style Poppy Umbrella at £18.40 (plus postage)

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In Flanders Fields: the Inspiration for The Poppy Umbrella

Poppy growing on the Somme battlefield in northern France.

The Poppy Umbrella was inspired by the vivid image of poppies on the battlefields of the First World War in Flanders, as evoked in the poem by John McCrae “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row...”

Visiting the 1914-1918 Battlefields

For the story behind this unique umbrella and information about visiting the WW1 battlefields of 1914-1918 in Belgium and France go to our sister website at:

Our WW1 website: www.greatwar.co.uk