The Field of Remembrance

The Poppy Factory organises the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey every November to commemorate those who have lost their lives in the Armed Forces.



Over 380 plots are laid out in the names of military associations and other organisations. Remembrance crosses and symbols are provided so that ex-Service men and women, as well as members of the public, can plant a symbol in memory of fallen comrades and loved ones. The Field is opened every Thursday before Remembrance Sunday and stays open for a further ten days.

The Field of Remembrance was started in 1928 by Major George Howson MC, founder of The Poppy Factory, and a few wounded veterans from the First World War. They grouped together around a single battlefield cross and invited passers-by to plant poppies. Today, the field is still constructed by veterans and volunteers.

  The Field of Remembrance is opened every year by a member of the Royal Family. We have been honoured to have The Duke of Sussex opening the Field in the last few years.        

The Field of Remembrance 2018

On 8th November 2018, HRH the Duke of Sussex opened the 90th Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey to remember those in the Armed Forces who have lost their lives. This was three days before the centenary of the end of the First World War. Find out more about our 2018 event.