Scots Roots

North Lewis Poppy Trail
September 6, 2016, 1:33 pm
Filed under: Photographs, Scottish History | Tags: , ,

Poppy Trail 1These photos aren’t exactly picturesque but the story they tell is quite interesting. Large poppies have been placed beside the homes or crofts of the men of North Lewis in the Outer Hebrides who lost their lives in World War One.

Poppy Trail 2Poppy Trail 3It’s shocking to look down whole streets and see these reminders outside nearly every house – not always single flowers but often two, three or four outside individual dwellings. Some villages have 20 to 30 poppies.

The loss of so many young men – sons, brothers, husbands, fathers – must have been devastating to such a rural community. Around a quarter of 900 people from the north of Lewis who served in the war didn’t return. The Trail is a very moving memorial to the men who died.

Poppy Trail 4

Poppy Trail 5


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