There, at the town’s memorial lay this year’s new tributes of poppy wreaths. Window sill sized boxes were filled with fresh earth for additional personal tributes to be added. A bouquet of red carnations lay across one box with a hand written note attached. In the centre box were two tiny palm leaf crosses. The one in the centre was dedicated in the family’s minuscule handwriting – grandchildren and great grandchildren – to a soldier, name and service number given, who died on the Somme in 1916.