Wilfred Owen in Edinburgh 1917-2017

Posted: 28/03/2017 19:27 | News Home

2017 marks the centenary of Wilfred Owen’s time at Craiglockhart, Edinburgh, where he first met Siegfried Sassoon.  To mark this, several events are taking place in the city this year.

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Wilfred Owen in action 100 years ago

Posted: 11/03/2017 07:35 | News Home

11th March 1917

On the night of the 11th or 12th March, Wilfred fell into a concealed well, or cellar, near Bouchoir and Le Quenoy, banging the back of his head on the way down and lying at the bottom for over 24 hours with concussion. In the fall he lost both his watch and his revolver. When he came round he either escaped or was rescued, and staggered back to his camp, where he attempted to resume his duties, but a few days later he was violently sick and got a fever, so was sent down to the 13th Casualty Clearing Station at Gailly, on 17th March.

Arriving the next day he was too concussed to remember that it was his birthday! He was put to bed for several days, then spent the rest of the month recuperating, gradually regaining his strength.



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Book Review Competition - deadline extended

Posted: 02/03/2017 16:22 | News Home


Book Review Competition

You are invited to submit a review of any book (in or out of print) which deals in some way with the theme of the Great War. This may be fiction or non-fiction. Reviews should be between 500 and 1500 words long, and should be submitted by July 1st 2017. There will be a prize of £150; the winning review(s) will be published in the Wilfred Owen Association Journal or in Siegfried’s Journal, and one or more of the winners will be invited to review for the Journal on other occasions.

The competition will be judged by Merryn Williams, Literary Adviser to the WOA Committee; Mhairi Pooler Hellbrandt, the present Editor of the Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship Journal; Meg Crane, the Editor of the Wilfred Owen Association Journal and former Editor of Siegfried’s Journal; and Lucy Elder, the Assistant Editor and Membership Secretary of the Wilfred Owen Association.

Reviews should be sent in the first place to Meg Crane at the address below - as an e-mail attachment wherever possible, though typed submissions will be accepted if necessary. There will be an entry and administration fee of £5 for each submission from a member of either of the two societies, and £10 for each submission from non-members. Payment should be sent at the same time, and should normally be made by cheque or bank transfer to the Treasurer of the WOA, Sam Gray, using the following details:

UK entrants:  Account Number:  00454221
Sort Code:  30-97-62

Overseas entrants: one or other of the following, depending on your country’s arrangements:

IBAN:  GB31 LOYD 3092 6200 4542 21

Reviews should be sent in the first place to Meg, at or at 21 Culverden Avenue, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9RE, UK, attaching the following details:

  • Author and title of the book
  • Publisher, year and place of publication
  • Number of pages
  • Price if still in print
  • Number of words in review
  • Name, address and e-mail address (where relevant) of reviewer
  • Member or non-member of WOA/SSF

This competition is open only to new reviewers, for whom we are always looking – here is your chance!


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25th February 1917

Posted: 25/02/2017 07:41 | News Home

Wilfred's Transport Course finished 25th February and he started out to rejoin his regiment. During the month the Manchesters had left Beaumont-Hamel and travelled south across the Somme, following the German retreat eastwards towards their new Hindenburg Line at St.Quentin. He caught up with HQ at Bouchoir 1st March, and was made a platoon commander in 'B' Company, under Captain Sorrell. He was nearly sniped leading a digging party his first night, and spent the next fortnight on numerous working parties, improving the trenches and building dug-outs, although the weather was exceptionally cold. Ten miles north, at Chipilly on the Somme, Robert Graves succumbed, and was invalided out of the war with bronchitis.


Category: General

February 1917

Posted: 01/02/2017 16:05 | News Home

Having been posted in Bertrancourt for two days’ rest, Wilfred was surprisingly selected for a three week Transport Course in Abbéville - his fellow lieutenants were very jealous of his good luck!

He set off 1st February and arrived the next day. He was still freezing cold, but was made Mess President of the School Mess, started writing poetry again - sonnets with cousin Leslie Gunston and their friend Olwen Joergens -  and told his sister Mary that “these days are the best I’ve ever had in the army.”

One of the sonnets he wrote at Abbéville was “Happiness”, the last three lines of which he later described as his "only lines that carry the stamp of maturity”:

                The former happiness is unreturning:
                Boys’ griefs are not so grievous as youth’s yearning,
                Boys have no sadness sadder than our hope.

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