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Owen, Wilfred

Born: 1893 AD
Died: 1918 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Poets, Soldier

1893 – He was born on the 18th day of March this year near Oswestry in Shropshire of mixed English and Welsh ancestry.


1897 – On his grandfather’s death, the family was forced to move to lodgings in the back streets of Birkenhead.


1903 – He was educated at the Birkenhead Institute and at Shrewsbury Technical School, and discovered his vocation in this year or 1904 during a holiday spent in Cheshire.


1911 – Shortly after leaving school in this year, he passed the matriculation exam for the University of London, but not with the first-class honors needed for a scholarship.


1915 – He enlisted in the Artists’ Rifles. For the next seven months, he was in training at Hare Hall Camp in Essex.


1917 – He was commissioned as a second lieutenant with The Manchester Regiment. He started the war as a cheerful and optimistic man, but during the two years of the war, he was changed forever.


1918 – After returning to the front, Owen led units of the Second Manchester’s on 1 October of this year, to storm a number of enemy strong points near the village of Jon court. He was killed in action on 4th day of November this year, only one week before the end of the war.


1919 – His preface intended for a book of poems to be published in this year contains numerous well-known phrases, especially ‘War, and the pity of War’, and ‘the Poetry is in the pity’.