Archive: Jul 2011

The Lady of Loos

Mlle Emilienne Moreau

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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A treat at… The Trooper Inn

Tropper Inn, Froxfield, Nr Steep, Hampshire

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

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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Steep War Memorial

War Memorial, Steep

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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A visit to… Steep

View from Shoulder of Mutton Hill, Steep

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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W N Hodgson

William Noel Hodgson

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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Before Action by W N Hodgson

Before Action by W N Hodgson poster