Friday, 1 July 2016

Some of the poets killed on The Somme on 1st July 1916

Some of the poets who were killed on 1st July 1916:

Alfred Victor Ratcliffe, West Yorkshire Regiment, kia near Fricourt, buried in Fricourt New Military Cemetery (taught at Framlingham College)

William Noel Hodgson, Devonshire Regiment, kia Mametz Wood, buried Devonshire Cemetery in Mansell Copse

Alexander Robertson, York and Lancaster Regiment, kia in an attack on the German-held village of Serre. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

John William Streets, York and Lancaster Regiment killed at the same time as Alexander Robertson, body found and buried Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme

Henry Lionel Field, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, buried Serre Road Cemetery No. 2, Beaumont Hamel et Hebuterne, Somme

Gilbert Waterhouse, Royal Fusiliers, kia south of Serre, body recovered and buried Serre Road No. 2 Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel

Bernard Charles de Boismaison White, Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

Alan Seeger, volunteered to join the French Foreign Legion, buried Lihons French National Cemetery

An exhibition of some of the poets and writers on the Somme in WW1 features these poets and more at The Wilfred Owen Story, 34 Argyle Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 6AE open Tuesdays - Fridays 11 am - 2 pm.

Photo:  William Noel Hodgson and his WW1 collection "Verse and Prose in Peace and War".