The poppy was part of the art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, 2014 at the Tower of London, which marked one hundred years since the beginning of Britain's involvement in the First World War.

It was created between July and November 2014 by the artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper. They progressively filled the Tower's moat with 888,246 ceramic poppies. Each poppy represented a British fatality during the war. 21,688 people volunteered to install the poppies.

This poppy has been kindly donated to The Lightbox by the Hawkings family. They purchased it in memory of Rifleman George Hawkings. He fought in the 12th Battalion London Regiment, The Rangers. Hawkings was killed on the 9th of April 1917 at the age of 19 in Neuville-Vitasse, Northern France, where he is buried.