‘Voices of Silence’ – Vivien Noakes /The Poetry of J. L. Crommelin Brown

Greetings to readers of this blog in many countries, interest always appreciated. A companion blog to this one is World War 2 Poetry Blog ‘Voices of Silence- The Alternative Book of First World War Poetry’ (2006) edited by Vivien Noakes was a landmark attempt to deliberately move away from the more established poets. In her own …

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 …