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Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen

"My subject is war and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity"

BBC Berkshire's Henry Kelly visits All Saints Church in Dunsden where WWI poet Wilfred Owen once worked. Listen to what Henry discovers.

This year is the 90th anniversary of the end of WWI, taking place on Tuesday 11 November 2008.

Plaque

Wilfred Owen plaque at All Saints Church

All Saints Church in Dunsden is connected with that war through Wilfred Owen, the war poet who was a lay assistant to the vicar for two years before he went to France to
teach, and where he subsequently decided to volunteer to join the British
Army.

He was eventually commissioned into the Manchester Regiment and was killed on 4 November, a few days before the Armistice became effective.

His mother received the news of his death on 11 November during the countrywide celebrations to mark the end of hostilities.

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In memory of the Great War, the church is displaying an exhibition of artifacts and memorabilia until Sunday 9 November 2008.

The exhibits are on loan from members of the local community and also Reading Museum.

If you're unable to attend the exhibition, let BBC Berkshire's Henry Kelly take you round in this audio tour:

Listen to an interview with Bob Ambrose, whose father was a choir boy at Dunsden Church. Lawrence George Ambrose fought in WWI and featured in some of Wilfred Owen's letters home:

Find out more about Wilfred Owen elsewhere on the BBC:

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