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The Unreturning

University Of Oxford First World War Poetry Digital Archive
Drafted in late 1912 or early 1913. Revised in October-November 1917 at Craiglockhart or in November 1917-January 1918 at Scarborough. This is no. 104 in ed. 'The Complete Poems and Fragments'.

Letter about a Zeppelin raid (5)

Gedge Evelyn
This letter was written by Evelyn Gedge [1888-1974] to her cousin Paul Gedge [1903-1968]. Evelyn's father, Rev Edward Lionel Gedge [1861-1932] was the Rector of St George's, Gravesend. The letter must date from late 1915 or early 1916 because Paul won a scholarship to Charterhouse in 1916 and the letter mentions his studies for this.

Two women working in an asbestos factory. The large balloon-like sacks are part of the dust abstractor

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The Sentry

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Work on this poem began in August-October 1917 at Craiglockhart, and continued in May 1918 at Scarborough and in France in September 1918. This is no. 175 in ed. 'The Complete Poems and Fragments'.

Photographs of Charlie Matthews

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Postcard sent home from training by Joseph Bullock (1)

Bullock Joseph
My grandfather Joseph Bullock, who was a Private in the Devonshire Regiment and Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. He served in Mesopotamia and India. I have some Christmas cards that he sent to my mother and some English postcards sent while training. Editor's Comment: Postcard of a painting of a girl asleep with soldier doll, captioned: 'Dreaming of Her Soldier Boy!' Pte. 3744 (later 202513) Joseph W. G. Bullock, 2/5th Bn. Duke of Cornwall's Light...

La Quinque Rue

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Page 300 from a 6th impression of 'Undertones of War' (1928) from 1929, with an inscription by Edmund Blunden saying that this copy 'is corrected for a new edition'. The alterations in pen are in his hand. This poem has an entire line added, as well as another crossed out and replaced.

In Parenthesis (Fragments of Earliest Draft)

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Fragments of the earliest manuscript draft of 'In Parenthesis'. The pages have been numbered by David Jones 1-7, 7-8, 8-10, and 11-12 on verso.

Owen's Medical Board Report on a Disabled Officer (1)

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Owen's Medical Board Report after his treatment at Craiglockhart, recommending he returns to active service.

Wilfred Owen, Side Face, Chest Length, No Cap

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Trench warfare

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Firing (mortar) 'plum puddings' from a trench mortar pit, possibly of the 29th Division, taken on the 29th June. It has been claimed that this material may be faked and could have been taken at a trench mortar school.

Aussie: March 1919 (9)

Various
Issue 12 of the Australian Soldiers' Magazine, printed in the field by the AIF. Pages 14-15, prose article.

Letter: To Merfyn Thomas (5)

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Discusses military matters, the attitudes of those around him to the shellfire, a German barrage, as well as domestic matters. End's ""Good night your loving Daddy""

Letter: To Vera Brittain (3)

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Describes being affected by surroundings and a beautiful day / the artistic vs. the military side of life / having missed the post / sending his men off to do unnecessary tasks.

Butterflies

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Typescript of poem with corrections in pencil in Siegfried Sassoon's hand. Published in 'Picture-Show' (1919).

Photograph album of Capt. W. Harold Morgan: Mesopotamia (11)

Morgan Harlod W
A photo album kept by Capt. W. Harold Morgan, (born Worcestershire, and lived near Ross-on-Wye). An electrical engineer and stores master, he was awarded the OBE (military division) for his service in Mesopotamia during the First World War. Each page is annotated, most photos are captioned. For example the album records: * the sea voyage from Britain around South Africa on SS Kenilworth Castle * boxing matches on the deck * Sierra Leone * Cape...

German Casualties During the Action of La Becque, Arrewage, Nord, France, 1918

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One of the 200 O.R. casualties of the 2nd K.O.S.B. in a captured trench. Note the swarm of flies.

Postcard showing Charles W. Carr (3)

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Note on back of postcard reads: taken in Salisbury, 1915. Part of large collection of photos and memoribilia relating to Serjeant 3091 (later 240965) Charles Woodward Carr, 2/5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment - kept by Mrs Gill Porter and Mr Tony Carr of their father.

New Testament of Edward Watson (1)

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John Porter's great uncle (brother of his maternal grandfather) was Serjeant 2110 Edward Ernest Watson, 1/4th (Royal Fusiliers) Bn. London Regiment. He was killed on the Somme on 9th September 1916 and his name is on the Thiepval Memorial. This was his pocket New Testament. Editor's Comment: New Testament: 'The Soldier's | "Quiet Moments" Bible | Reading | in the New Testament.' (London: Army Scripture Readers Society). The pencilled inscription suggests that Sjt. Watson served...

Photograph of 2683 William Albert Wenham (2)

Wenham William Albert
Photograph of 2683 William Albert Wenham, 1/5th Lincolnshire Regt. Wearing British Army Service Dress. No rank, regiment, or other insignia visible. Probably taken in France in 1916 but date and location uncertain. Sent home to family from Germany after he was captured. William Albert Wenham was born 15 September 1890 in Hamilton Street, Grimsby, Lincs, son of Thomas (captain of a fishing smack) and Hannah. In the 1901 census the family was living in Rutland...

Postcard sent from Hubert Freeman to Lily Freeman, 'London Scottish' (2)

Freeman Hubert Harold
Embroidered postcard given by Hubert Freeman, (killed on the 1st day of the battle of the Somme) to his sister Lily Freeman.

Photograph of Private Ernest Gregory

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Photograph of Ernest Gregory, Sheffield (born 1894). When war broke out - as a conscientious objector he refused to fight - he volunteered and joined the RAMC. He served as a stretcher-bearer and was gassed, and suffered from the effects until his death in 1976. The family's collection includes Gregory's medals which include a 1914-15 Star (225 Pte E. Gregory RAMC), and a Military Medal (405152 Pte E. Gregory 1/3 W. Rid. F.A. RAMC [1/3rd...

My Dear Ralph: Letters from a family at war 1914-1918 (30)

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This is a scanned copy of the book "My Dear Ralph: Letters from a family at war 1914-1918" (1994) by Diana M. Scarisbrick. The books contains extracts from letters to and from members of Ms. Scarisbrick's mother's family during the First World War. Many of the letters were collected and edited by her uncle, Fr. Ralph Bains, S.J., to which many of the letters were addressed. Scarsbrick, D. M. (1994) "My Dear Ralph: Letters of...

Postcard sent by Morris Hughes (1)

Hughes Morris
Homemade postcard with flags of Allies, photograph of Morris Hughes while still in Hospital (note tie and shirt of hospital uniform worn beneath Greatcoat). Gunner 310573 Morris Hughes, 1st/1st Welsh Heavy Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery. Having lost his leg during the war he remained in the army and became a butcher.

War Diary: Thursday October 1st.

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Discusses Roland Leighton's uncertainty about ever going up to Oxford / his desire to join the army / his view on the nature of the war / Vera Brittain's feelings about the role of women in war.

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