Chronology

1893

18 March

Born Plas Wilmot, Oswestry.

1897

Family moves to Birkenhead.

1906

Family moves to Shrewsbury.

1911

Wilfred becomes a lay assistant at Dunsden.

1913

February

Leaves Dunsden and returns home ill.

September

To Bordeaux, France to teach English in the Berlitz School.

1914

June

Tutoring in a family at Bagneres de Bigorre, in the Pyrenees.

Meets French poet Laurent Tailhade.

December

Tutoring in an English family in Bordeaux.

1915

May to June

Back to France after a brief visit home.

October

Returns to England and enlists in 3/28th London Regiment which shortly afterwards became the 2nd Artists Rifles Officers Training Corps.

1916

June

Commissioned into the Manchester Regiment.

Reports to 5th (Reserve) Bn. Manchester Regiment at Milford Camp, Near Witley. With friend 2/Lt Gregg (later kia) devises improvement to gas mask.

7th July

Arrives at Talavera Barracks, Aldershot where he is attached to 25th Bn.Middlesex Regt.

(C.O. Lieutenant-Colonel John Ward M.P.) for a Musketry Course at Mychett Camp, Farnborough. The course ends and he is classified "1st Class Shot".

Returns to Witley Camp.

18th November

Official end to Battle of Somme.

24th November

2nd Manchesters leave Somme battlefield down to 156 officers and men.

October to November

To Southport. In rooms at 168a Lord Street, Southport.

To Fleetwood. Takes command of a firing range party. Lodges at 111 Bold Street, Fleetwood.

8th December

Back in Southport. Takes charge of Musketry Party on the range at Crossens, nr Southport.

Christmas

Embarkation leave.

29th December

Folkestone. In transit to join 2nd Manchesters.

1917

1st January

Arrives in France, thence to the notorious Infantry Base Depot at Etaples and later to 2nd Manchesters as an Officer reinforcement.

12th January

Into the front line at Serre in charge of "A" Company.

Takes half of his platoon and occupies a former German bunker in No Man's Land and posts a sentry who during a bombardment is blinded. (This incident became the subject of "The Sentry").

4th February

Transport Course at Abbeville.

1st March

Rejoins the battalion in the line near Le Quesnoy en Santerre.

14/15th March

Suffers concussion following a fall.

17th March

Arrives at No.13 Casualty Clearing Station at Gailly.

4th April

Rejoins battalion near Manchester Hill, Selency.

8th/30th April

In and out of the line at Savy Wood and in the attack on Dancour trench, St Quentin.

2nd May

The C.O., Lieutenant-Colonel Luxmoore, notices that Owen is unwell. Evacuated to No.13 CCS with shell shock.

16th June

To Netley Hospital, Hampshire.

25th June

Arrives Craiglockhart War Hospital, Edinburgh.

Mid August

Meets Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves.

October

Writes "Anthem for Doomed Youth" and "Dulce et Decorum Est".

November

After leave, is posted to 5th (Reserve) Bn. Manchesters at Scarborough. Acts as mess secretary at Clarence Gardens Hotel (Now Clifton Hotel).

1918

31st January

Attends Robert Graves' wedding.

March

To Northern Command, Ripon. Rents lodgings in Borage (Borrage) Lane.

June

Passed fit for service and joins 5th Manchesters in Scarborough.

August

Sees Siegfried Sassoon, wounded in hospital.

Returns to France.

September

Again posted to 2nd Manchesters as an officer reinforcement.

1st-3rd October

In the Brigade attack on the Beaurevoir-Fonsomme Line at Joncourt. Recommended for M.C.

30th-31st October

2nd Manchesters take over the line west of the Sambre-Oise canal, near Ors.

Writes to his mother from the cellar of the Maison Forestiere (Forester's House) at Pommereuil.

4th November

Killed in action on the banks of the Sambre-Oise canal.

11th November

News of his death reaches Shrewsbury.

1919

Publication of seven poems in "Wheels".

1920

December

Publication of "Poems of Wilfred Owen", with an introduction by Siegfried Sassoon.

1931

Autumn

Completion by Edmund Blunden of the editing of Owen's poems.

 

Compiled by Philip Guest, Vice-President of the Wilfred Owen Association