Written by Capt. J.H.R. Bowman to his Mother, the text on the reverse includes "Busy getting ready for a horse show". Part of a collection relating to the service of Captain James Hamilton Reid Bowman.
Destruction on the battlefield
This is a small pocket notebook, the diary of Dr W. Roy Blore from embarkation from Britain in July 1915 en route for the Dardanelles campaign. Pages 15-19 record the landings at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, and the rest deals with the everyday life and work of the RAMC there, including the evacuation, [the family believe that Blore was the last RAMC officer to leave that part of Gallipoli] and ongoing life in Egypt until February...
The arrow drawn on the photograph points to Private George Thomas Frederick Clifford of Cheltenham. The archives of the 'Glosters' were destroyed by fire in the Second World War, unable to give any other information. Editor's Comment: Wounded men pictured in Service Dress or 'Hospital Blues', with a variety of headwear (including Scottish 'Tam O'Shanters') and Regimental capbadges (Machine Gun Corps, Royal Artillery, Rifle Corps, Fusiliers, Notts and Derby Regiment, etc.). Note that the man...
Written at Craiglockhart in late September 1917, and revised at Scarborough in July 1918. This is no. 160 in ed. 'The Complete Poems and Fragments'.
Photograph of the grave of flying ace von Richthofen after his state funeral from the RAF. It was taken by my great-grandfather, WG Dundas, in his capacity as part of the photography section. The newspaper clipping records that it was the photograph used in the media in Britain. Editor's Comment: Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, 'The Red Baron', credited with 80 confirmed combat victories, was killed on 21st April 1918. He was buried with full...
Postcard from Private Frederick Guy of the Sherwood Foresters to his parents in Hull, postmarked 7th January 1917. The picture side of the postcard bears two images of a street, labelled "Sinn Fein Rebellion. Sackville Street, Dublin. Before and after". The message on the back reads: "Sunday morning. Dear Mother and Father, Just a card to let you know we arrived at Liverpool this morning. We had a decent passage. I will let you have...
Extracts from a notebook written in a number of people's handwriting which records the last thoughts of Arthur Clifford 'Cliff' Powell, eldest son of W.J. and Clara Powell, and older brother of Walter Powell. Their brother Percy had died of his wounds in 1917. Cliff Powell was dying of TB contracted whilst serving in the trenches in the First World War. According to Walter Powell's notes Cliff had "served over 3 years at Ypres" in...
Contains a cartoon entitled 'The Widows Cruse or Discover of Chicken Broth for Hospitals' / a poem entitled 'The Major' by 'J. L. T.' / acknowledgements of recent donations to the Craiglockhart War Hospital.
Describes a picnic / an encounter with gypsies / drunken men in a pond / drawing of 'Daddy', 'Hardy' and 'Merfyn'.
Robert and Ann Williams lived in Llanberis, Caernarfonshire. They had three children, two boys and a girl; because of the war the boys were sent to family members, one to Liverpool and the other to Scotland. The daughter, Mary, (my grandmother), stayed with her mother in Llanberis. Mary was 5 years old when her father was killed. Robert was shot dead whilst walking to breakfast one morning. I remember seeing the letters and more information...
For No.28 Balloon Section, RAF, Ballon S.R.59.
Various postcards sent home to wife and children by Edward Henry Kelly, born 23rd Dec 1878 in Peel, Isle of Man. Died in Liverpool Dec 1963. No details are known about his service record. Editor's Comment: Possibly Captain Edward Henry Kelly, Royal Engineers (later Major on Staff).
Describes receiving news that Roland Leighton will be shortly sent to France / crossing of letters between London, Oxford and Buxton / attempts to set up a meeting to say goodbye / Vera Brittain's announcement to her parents that she will go to London to meet him.
Point 110 New Military Cemetery lies just behind what was the front line and contains the graves of David Thomas, M.S. Richardson and David Pritchard. These three men were friends of Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves. They were killed on the same night, the 18th/19th March 1916. This series of deaths affected Sassoon and Graves deeply, their grief dealt with at length later in their writing.
Notification that Thomas' wife, Helen Thomas, had made an application for a pension
This pass was given to a soldier (part of a group) to allow him to pass through the town, having arrived by train, and out by the south gate, by 9.15.
Photographs of military binoculars and case, owned by an uncle who was possibly Lieutenant in the Seaforth Highlanders, named Robert Scott.
Notebook on various duties and operations related to D Coy, 3rd Battalion of the Royal Sussex. Notes in Edmund Blunden's hand. He used this book when he was teaching a course for the regiment in 1918. The book contains descriptions of actual patrols and includes related maps. Some of these are dated. This page contains notes on how to secure and record intelligence information.
Letter: To Gordon Bottomley / The Tower of Skulls / Returning, we hear the larks / The Burning Temple / The Dying SoldierUniversity Of Oxford First World War Poetry Digital Archive
Written on reverse of Church Army paper. Mentions still being in hospital but will likely be transferred to the trenches shortly / apologises for 'dreariness' of letter, but explains that the circumstances and experience of war makes it more difficult to write / discusses Gordon Bottomley' suggestions for alterations to 'The Unicorn' / has not incorporated changes to 'The Unicorn' as yet / is including instead various drafts, including a pencil draft of 'The Tower...
Editor's Comment: 'Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914-18' with ribbon, also known in English as the 'German Honour Medal' or 'Hindenburg Cross'. A general service medal issued to all German combatants. The crossed-swords indicate an award for front-line service.
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.
Actually written in October-November 1917 at Scarborough or in November 1917-January 1918 at Craiglockhart. This is no. 117 in ed. 'The Complete Poems and Fragments'.
Draft in pencil in Ivor Gurney's hand. From a red notebook inscribed 'Pte Gurney / 2/5 Gloucesters', used by Gurney, principally at Rouen, during May-June 1917 and containing various notes and drafts of poems.