Mlle Emilienne Moreau

The Lady of Loos

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In all of the many stories about the First World War, there have been many accounts of heroic deeds and medals justly awarded, but none is more inspirational or unheralded than the story of Emilienne Moreau. Born in the summer of 1898, Emilienne grew up with her family in Loos-en-Gohelle, where her father, a retired […]

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Tropper Inn, Froxfield, Nr Steep, Hampshire

A treat at… The Trooper Inn

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While visiting the village of Steep and its surrounding walks and hills, we decided to stop for lunch at The Trooper Inn, at Froxfield. Reputedly over 400 years old, this quaint village pub used to be situated on the main route to London and at the beginning of the First World War was used as […]

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Edward Thomas

Edward Thomas

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PERSPECTIVES OF POETRY Edward Thomas enlisted and fought because he loved his country, in every way – even though he knew, prophetically, that going overseas would almost certainly cost him his life. He gave up his future happiness with his wife, Helen, and their children, for his England and a way of life which he […]

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War Memorial, Steep

Steep War Memorial

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The memorial at Steep is quiet and unobtrusive, set back from the road on a quiet turning. It consists of a stone built, roofed tower structure with a simple engraved plaque, containing the names of 54 men of Steep, including the poet Edward Thomas, who gave their lives during the First World War. Of these […]

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View from Shoulder of Mutton Hill, Steep

A visit to… Steep

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Taking the Edward Thomas walk in the area immediately surrounding the village of Steep, near Petersfield in Hampshire, it is quite easy to see why the poet fell in love with this corner of England. He was renowned for temporarily absconding from the family home, in order to soak up the atmosphere in the countryside. […]

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William Noel Hodgson

W N Hodgson

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Born: 3rd January, 1893 – Died: 1st July, 1916 From his birth in Gloucestershire and subsequent upbringing in Northumberland, William Noel Hodgson quickly learned and developed tolerance and understanding as well as consideration for others and a love of his natural surroundings. At Durham School he was a popular and successful student, as well as […]

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Journey's End Programme

One Man and a Boat Club

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It is a fairly well known story that R C Sherriff wrote his play, Journey’s End, to raise money for his rowing club. Or at least, that is what most people think. So, how exactly did this come about, and is the story really true? After the First World War, Sherriff had gone back to […]

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The Red Sweet Wine of Youth by Nicholas Murray cover

The Red Sweet Wine of Youth – The Brave and Brief Lives of the War Poets

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A group portrait of the poets of the First World War by Nicholas Murray Published by: Little, Brown Cover Price: £25.00 All references given below refer to the hardback edition. Before reviewing this book, I thought I would read the opinions of others and, upon doing so, discovered it had been almost universally praised as […]

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Sir Douglas Haig

Sir Douglas Haig (1861-1928)

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Douglas Haig was born in Edinburgh on June 19th 1861, the youngest of the eleven children of John Haig, the head of the successful whisky distillery which still bears the family name. He was educated at Clifton College in Bristol and Brasenose College, Oxford, leaving university before completing his degree, so as to enroll at […]

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