Poem – ‘In Flanders Fields’

On this day, May 3rd 1915, during World War I, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae a Canadian poet, physician, artist and soldier, wrote the now famous war memorial poem “In Flanders Fields”. It is in commemoration of the 1915 battle of Ypres. For 17 days, McCrae tended those injured in the battle. He wrote the poem afterContinue reading “Poem – ‘In Flanders Fields’”

Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Sunday, each year honour is paid to the members of the Armed Forces who have served their country and we pay respects to the fallen who have given their lives in defence of our freedom. It is at this time we naturally turn to the War Poets as we reflect on theContinue reading “Remembrance Day”

Robert Graves

On this day, July 24, 1895, poet Robert Graves (1895-1985) was born in Wimbledon, near London. One of ten children, Robert was influenced by his mother’s puritanical beliefs and his father’s love of Celtic poetry and myth. As a young man, he was more interested in boxing and mountain climbing than studying, although poetry laterContinue reading “Robert Graves”

Battle of Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo was fought on this day, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in Belgium, part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands at the time. A French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition controlled by The Duke of Wellington. In 1813Continue reading “Battle of Waterloo”

Albert Camus

Albert Camus was born on 7 November 1913 (1913 – 1960) in French Algeria, he was a philosopher, author, and journalist, and was best known for his absurdist works, including ‘The Stranger’ and ‘The Plague.’ He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. Camus was in Paris in 1940 when the Germans invaded FranceContinue reading “Albert Camus”

In Flanders Fields

On this day, May 3rd 1915, during World War I, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae a Canadian poet, physician, artist and soldier, wrote the now famous war memorial poem “In Flanders Fields”. It is in commemoration of the 1915 battle of Ypres. For 17 days, McCrae tended those injured in the battle. He wrote the poem afterContinue reading “In Flanders Fields”

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