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 …

At The Gate – Edward Hilton Young and The Zeebrugge Raid 1918

In the early hours of 23rd April 1918  Lieutenant  Edward Hilton Young (1879- 1960) . was serving  on board the HMS Vindictive as a gunnery officer : This 1897 built cruiser was to  launch a diversionary attack on the harbour wall known as the Mole, whilst three old  ships were to be deliberatly sunk at …