Vernon Scannell -The neglected Prose and The Walking Wounded

Vernon Scannell deserves the title of ‘War Poet’ (1922- 2007) . Saw active service in North Africa and in the D Day campaign. He was what was euphemistically called a ‘serial absconder’ , i.e a deserter, who served time in a military prison, and spent several years on the run when World War 2. His …

Alan Ross, Murmansk and ‘Leaves in the Storm’

Murmansk and Leaves in the Storm First of all,  greetings to all the new visitors to this blog. Delighted to see individuals logging in from different countries, with a particular high number from both Russia and the USA. Secondly, can now be followed on Twitter : MichaelBully ‏@waratseapoetry1  Finally, please remember the ‘War at Sea Poetry’   Main …

Remembering the Fishermen who served during the Great War

A fascinating work indeed. A vital contribution to understanding the Great War at Sea. The focus is on 1914-1915 with a second volume still to be published.The writer’s extensive use of source material, with clear cross referencing, is admirable. Douglas d’Enno’s case is that the outbreak of war took fishing fleets on both sides by …

Cressy

Poem I wrote last year (2013) in memory of all those who perished at sea on 22nd September 2014 when the U9 torpedoed and sunk three British cruiser ships in the North Sea off the coast of The Netherlands. Also remembering the bravery of the crews of the Dutch fishing boats who rescued survivors. September …