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Wear your poppy correctly!

A letter from Birmingham, published in the Daily Mail of 5 November 2018, asks:

‘Why do so many TV presenters fail to wear a poppy correctly, with the leaf at 11 a.m.?’

Presumably this idea is derived from the fact that the First World War  officially finished at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.  But although poppies with leaves were available many years ago, they fell out of favour and it was usual for simple leaf-less poppies to be sold, and have only in recent years have poppies with leaves become available again.  When did the idea that poppies with leaves should be worn with the leaf indicating 11 o’clock first start?

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