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Military personnel hold candles during a service for the Commonwealth to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One. Courtesy of Russell Cheyne/PA Images

A Candle for Wilfred Owen

Douglas Kerr
RUSI Journal, 6 December 2018
The Great War, Art, Culture and Literature
Light and dark in the work of First World War poet Wilfred Owen.

November 1918 marks not only the centenary of the end of the First World War, but also of the death of one of the war’s leading soldier-poets, Wilfred Owen. Serving as a lieutenant in the Manchester Regiment, Owen was killed in the attack on the Sambre-Oise Canal, in the last days of the war. The telegram bearing news of his death reached his family in Shrewsbury on 11 November, the day of the armistice.

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