Tag Archive: Rudyard Kipling

Jessie Pope

Jessie Pope

It is, perhaps, ironic that Jessie Pope should share her date of birth (although not the year) with Wilfred Owen, who vilified her and her type in his poem Dulce et Decorum Est. Her reputation today mainly persists due to Wilfred Owen’s original dedication of that poem to her, and his criticism therein of her […]

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Literary Connections No.4: Rudyard Kipling

Literary Connections No.4

Literary Connections No.4, shows the links between Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and Edmund Blunden.

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A treat at… The Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown, Burwash

As a welcome break during our visit to Burwash, on an extremely hot, late August Sunday, we stopped for a family lunch at the “Rose and Crown”, although the only part of the pub which can be seen from the main road is its sign. Undeterred, we walked down a side road, to find a […]

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Burwash War Memorial

War Memorial, Burwash

The village of Burwash may well date back to the 11th Century, and certainly the church which stands at its heart, The Church of St Bartholomew, was built in 1090. Over the ensuing centuries, this picturesque market town expanded, until by the mid-eighteenth century, it housed over fifty shops, which continued to thrive until the […]

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A visit to… Bateman’s – Splendid Isolation

Bateman's

In 1902, when Rudyard Kipling purchased Bateman’s for £9,300, he was buying himself a little piece of England, and the privacy which he and his family craved. Now, over a hundred years later, the property is maintained and managed by the National Trust and very little has changed since his widow, Carrie, bequeathed the house […]

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Rudyard Kipling – author, poet and quintessential Englishman

Rudyard Kipling

Of the many First World War writers and poets who changed their opinion and style of writing as the war progressed, it could be argued that none did so more markedly or with greater justification than Rudyard Kipling, whose only son, John, was killed on September 27th 1915 at the Battle of Loos. This event […]

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The Eastern Front and Mesopotamia, 1915

Indian military engineers in Mesopotamia

THE EASTERN FRONT Although most people believe that the first use of poison gas took place on 22nd April 1915, at the Second Battle of Ypres, the Germans had made an earlier, unsuccessful attempt to use this weapon at the Battle of Bolimov on January 31st. This proved ineffective as the wind blew the gas […]

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