‘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 …

Troopship in World War 2

Roy Broadbent Fuller Roy Broadbent  Fuller ( 11th February 1912- 27th September 1991)  was already a published poet when he was  conscripted into the Royal Navy in 1941. His first collection  ‘Poems’ appeared in 1939, and he’d also appeared in the prestigious ‘Twentieth Century Verse’ anthology edited by Julian Symonds. His next collections, ‘The Middle …

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 …