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Painted poppy rocks to remember Lichfield men who fell during the First World War

A group are creating a series of unusual artworks to honour 219 men from Lichfield who lost their lives during the First World War.

The Lichfield Kindness Rocks Group paint stones with pictures or a message on to leave around the area to help brighten the days of those who find them.

The mark Remembrance Sunday and the centenary of the end of the Great War, they have decided to paint and dedicate more than 200 to be placed in a special area of the Garden of Remembrance.

Some of the painted Remembrance Day rocks

Some of the painted Remembrance Day rocks

A spokesperson for the group said: “While painting the rocks, members of the group and children from 7th Lichfield Scouts have been finding out about the great sacrifice of these Lichfield men who gave their lives.

“Some have done research on the soldiers named on their rocks and discovered some very sad stories. They have discovered that five members of one family died. All of them are named on one rock. There is also a father and son named together on another.

“It’s been quite emotional for everyone painting their rocks with the names of Lichfield men 100 years after they gave their lives for us. The display promises to be an amazing tribute to each and every one.”

The rock display will be put in place today (9th November).

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