"I was engaged to a young man at the beginning of the War but he fell on Flanders' Field"
Poppies on a preserved trench near Diksmuide, Belgium
GNU Free Documentation LicensePoppies on a preserved trench near Diksmuide, Belgium - Credit: LimoWreck, Wikimedia Commons

The area known as the County of Flanders between 862 and 1795 is now divided between France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

During the First World War, Flanders' Fields referred to several battlefields, most notably to Ypres, Passchendaele and the Somme.

'In Flanders Fields' is the title of a well known poem written in 1915 by John McCrae. It was this poem which inspired the wearing of the red poppy as a symbol of remembrance.