Saturday, 2 July 2016

A few of the poets and writers who were on The Somme in WW1

I am still searching for other poets - for instance French, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Moroccan, Sikh, Indian, Siamese, Zoave, Senegalese and so on - who served on the Western Front in The First World War.  For those who were killed I should like to include where they are buried.  If anyone can help please get in touch.

These are just some of the poets I have found so far. They are included in the book of Somme Poets featured in the commemorative exhibition at The Wilfred Owen Story Museum in Argyle Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH45 2NZ.   If you plan to go to the Museum, please call first as the venue is manned by volunteers and receives no funding - 07903 337995.


Alfred Victor Ratcliffe

William Noel Hodgson

Alexander Robertson

Henry Lionel Field

John William Streets

Gilbert Waterhouse

Bernard Charles de Boismaison White

Alan Seeger

Kurd Adler

Robert Smylie

Donald Frederic Goold Johnson

Reinhard Sorge

Richard Dennys

Brian Brooke

Percy Haselden

J.R. Ackerley

Eric Fitzwater Wilkinson

Harold William Morre

A.A. Milne

Max Plowman

David Jones

Ford Madox Ford

Robert Beckh

Hugh Stewart Smith

William Eric Berridge

Cyril W. Winterbotham

E.W. Mackintosh

Tom Kettle

Raymond Asquith

The Hon. Edward Wyndham Tennant

Nicholas Herbert Todd

Leslie A. Coulson

H.H. Munro

Geoffrey Bache Smith

Robert Graves

Siegfried Sassoon

Claude Quayle Lewis Penrose

Coningsby Dawson

Cecil Lewis

Theo van Beek

Robert Nichols

Martin Armstrong

Ivor Gurney

Edmund Blunden

Leslie George Rub

Geoffrey Dearmer

Guillaume Apollinaire

The Blue Puttees (Canadian)

Oliphant Down

Alfred Lichtenstein

Rex Freston

Cyril Morton Horne

Bernard Pitt

J.B. Priestly

Laurence Binyon

Desmond Coke

A.P. Herbert

Wilfred Owen                                          

C.S. Lewis

J.R.R. Tolkien

Colin Mitchell

Gerritt Engelke

Gustav Sack

Isaac Rosenberg

Gilbert Frankau

Frederic Manning

Alexander James Mann

Alfred Leslie Guppy

Howard Somervell (a doctor with the Royal Army Medical Corps who wrote about his experiences on the Somme - hence his inclusion in the exhibition)

Rudolf Binding