Posted by: sommecourt | 04/11/2008

Remembering Wilfred Owen


Wilfred Owen

The war poet Wilfred Owen was killed in action 90 years ago on 4th November 1918. Owen, who was commissioned from the Artists Rifles in 1916, went to France during the winter of 1916/17 attached to the 2nd Bn Manchester Regiment. Shell-shocked and sent home in 1917, he was sent to Craiglockhart Hospital where he met fellow poet, Siegfried Sassoon.

Owen return to the front in the late summer of 1918, and rejoined 2nd Manchesters. He was awarded a Military Cross for bravery in the attack on the Fonsomme Line in October 1918, and fell assembling his men in the crossing of the Sambre Canal, near the village of Ors.

Wilfred Owen is buried in Ors Communal Cemetery, along with the many men who died with him on 4th November 1918.

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