Manchester Metropolitan University

World War One: Wilfred Owen and the pain of the last deaths

Chris Long

BBC News Online

The war poet Wilfred Owen, killed in action a week before the Armistice, was one of thousands of servicemen killed in the last month of World War One.

Their deaths, coming as they did so close to the end of hostilities, have always had a particular resonance.

Troops celebrate the end of the war
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But Gervase Phillips, Manchester Metropolitan University's principal lecturer in history, said reaction at the time was quite different.

"Authors often point to the peculiar poignancy that when the Owens received the telegram informing them of Wilfred's death, all the church bells were sounding to mark the Armistice.

"Yet to those who had lived through the conflict, and experienced so much loss, I am not sure these deaths were felt any more keenly."

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Plans move forward for campus takeover

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Plans to take over Crewe's university campus when it closes next year have moved a step closer.

The current Crewe campus

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is pulling out of its Crewe Green Road site in the summer of 2019.

Initial terms have now been agreed to turn it into a medical sciences education centre, offering courses including biomedical science and podiatry.

The agreement isn't yet legally binding but MMU says it is a "roadmap" for future discussions.