Great War at Sea Poetry Project Website

Great War at Sea Poetry Project now has a website at http://greatwaratseapoetry.weebly.com/ Pages have been added about HMS Vanguard, Editha Jenkinson, poetry written to commemorate Lord Kitchener’s death on aboard HMS Hampshire on 5th June 1916, the Battle of Jutland, war poetry generally. Future topics include poetry about troopships, Wilfred Owen’s view of sailors, and …

HMS Vanguard

Remembering today 9th July 2014 those who died aboard the HMS Vanguard, who exploded whilst moored off the coast of Scapa Flow with the loss of over 800 lives -figures vary from 804 – 835 dead. Some men serving were absent from the ship on shore leave. A representative of the Japanese navy was also …

HMS Vanguard

This page is dedicated to Claude Du Mauleverer who died on 9th July 1917 when HMS Vanguard exploded whilst moored at Scapa Flow when one of her magazines overheated, most likely detonating cordite stored on board.. One of some 840 casualties, Claude Du Mauleverer was aged eighteen when he died. His remains were never found. …

Does It Matter?

With regard to Great War poetry there have been some interesting moves to get beyond the ‘Top Twelve’ approach : Twelve years ago Jon Stallworthy’s ‘Anthem For Doomed Youth- Twelve Soldier Poets of the First World War’ was published and a glowing review in ‘The Independent’ describes the work as Movingly blends selections of poetry …

H M Troopships

William Murray Kilburn was born in Avla, Clackmananshire in 1887. By 1911 the family had moved to Bellshill, Lanarkshire. Kilburn lost his sight as a child, and during the Great War talked to returning soldiers at Belshill Station and began writing poetry which was later published in ‘The North East Lanark Gazette’. He died in …

Gallipoli

It is the luckiest thing and the most romantic. Think of fighting in the Chersonese (hope you got the allusion from the Isles of Greece about Miltiades), or alternatively, if it’s the Asiatic side they want us on, on the plains of Troy itself! I am going to take my Herodotus as a guide-book.’ [FEBRUARY …