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Wilfred Owen MC - 1893-1918

16/05/22
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Wilfred Edward Salter Owen MC was born in 1893 in Shropshire.

He is widely regarded to be one of Britain's greatest 20th century war poets.

Writing from the perspective of his intense personal experiences of the Front Line, his poems, including 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' and 'Dulce et Decorum Est', reflect the physical and mental trauma of combat.

Those of us who have enjoyed the beauty of the Bickerton Hills on the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge, will not be surprised to learn that the landscape of the Sandstone Ridge (cited by his brother) was to be Wilfred's inspiration.

Comments written by Wilfred Owen himself whilst spending a family holiday in a cottage in Broxton and aged 10/11 years old record ...

' ... Broxton by the hill, where first I felt my boyhood fill with uncontainable movements; there was born my poethood ...'.

' ... Was there not Broxton Hill for my uplifting whose bluebells it may be ... fitted me for the job ...'.

Wilfred Owen (aged 25) died on 4 November 1918, just days before the Armistice.