Knit a Poppy Project

7th Nov Poppies cropped 300.jpgDuring World War One some of the buildings that now house the University of Leicester were put to use as a military hospital. As part of the centenary commemorations we remembered those soldiers who lost their lives or suffered life changing injuries in service to their country.

During October 2014 we asked students, staff and the general public to knit or crochet a poppy that were displayed at the entrance to the University of Leicester on University Road. Each poppy had a label attached carrying the creator’s name, a message or a dedication to someone who was lost or injured during World War One.

During the war 514 deaths were recorded at the Fifth Northern General Hospital, 286 of whom are buried across from the University in Welford Road Cemetery.

Thank you

A huge thank you to all our knitters and crocheters. With special thanks to Judith Baser for running the knitting sessions at the University and Melinda Ingram for helping place the poppies. Thanks also to BBC Radio Leicester.

Crocheted poppies
How do I take part?

While the University's Knit a Poppy project is now over, you can still knit or crochet a poppy at home, perhaps for next year, using these patterns:

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