Giant poppy memorial honours Buxton quarrymen killed in Battle of the Somme

Viv Russell (Lime and Powders Director at Tarmac), George Woodward (Apprentice Welder) and Liam Garner (Apprentice Fitter).
Viv Russell (Lime and Powders Director at Tarmac), George Woodward (Apprentice Welder) and Liam Garner (Apprentice Fitter).
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A giant metal poppy has been unveiled in honour of 15 men who worked at the Buxton Lime Firms and laid down their lives at the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.

Tarmac apprentices Liam Garner, Jack Nuttall and George Woodward have produced the 1.1 metre high memorial, which will be kept in the reception at their offices in Tunstead, near Buxton.

The poppy which has been made in memory of the 15 men who worked at the Buxton Lime Firms and laid down their lives at the Battle of the Somme, 100 years ago.

The poppy which has been made in memory of the 15 men who worked at the Buxton Lime Firms and laid down their lives at the Battle of the Somme, 100 years ago.

On each of the petals are engraved the names of the men who lost their lives, which was unveiled at a special commemoration on Friday.

Viv Russell, lime and powders director at Tarmac’s Tunstead site, said: “This event was about modern day quarrymen remembering and respecting the lives of former quarrymen who worked here and paying tribute to them.”

The event was attended by staff and local VIPs. Eric Turner, from Tarmac, gave a moving tribute to each of the men who lost their lives, telling their individual stories of how they fought and died.

Kim Shilcock, from the Derbyshire branch of the Institute of Quarrying, added: “This is a very moving and fitting tribute to the memory of the men who worked at the Buxton Lime Firms. The poppy has captured the imagination of the nation and memorials, such as this, will serve to keep the human legacy of war alive for future generations.”