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Conflict Poetry: “Epitaphs of War” Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling, often seen as jingoistic poet, persuaded his only son to volunteer for the First World War, where he was killed six weeks after his 18th birthday at the Battle of Loos in 1915. His body was never found. … Continue reading

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Conflict Art: A Battery Shelled: Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)

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Gallipoli Campaign: Message from Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938)

In 1934, the President of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk learned that a ship carrying relatives of fallen British, French, Australian and New Zealand soldiers, who had died in the battles at Gallipoli in Turkey, during the First World in 1915, … Continue reading

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Mametz Wood: Conflict Poem by Owen Sheers (1974-) and Conflict Art by Christopher Williams

Long ago I worked in Cardiff Royal Infirmary as a hospital porter. There was a ward called Mametz and I was often curious about the origin of its name. I recently came across this poem about Mametz Wood, a part … Continue reading

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Aftermath (1919) by Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967): Conflict Poetry

Have you forgotten yet?… For the world’s events have rumbled on since those gagged days, Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways: And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow Like clouds in … Continue reading

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Conflict Art: Paul Nash: The Menin Road

British war artist Paul Nash (1889-1946) painted this ‘Menin Road’ in 1919, from sketches he drew in 1918 while visiting the Western Front during the First World War See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Nash_(artist) This is Paul:

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‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’: Conflict Song

In this case, a great song, accompanied by footage of the march to the slaughter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9jRdPg_ZL8 Over 27,000 Irish men died, serving in the British Army in the First World War out of a total of 886,934 total British deaths. … Continue reading

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