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Poems and messages from injured WW1 soldiers emerge after 92

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 12 Sep 2010 12:43    Onderwerp: Poems and messages from injured WW1 soldiers emerge after 92 Reageer met quote

Poems and messages from injured WW1 soldiers emerge after 92 years

A pocket book which was passed between injured soliders to record their poems and messages by a First World War nurse has emerged after 92 years.

The unknown nurse kept the book on her uniform while she worked in auxiliary hospitals in England throughout the conflict.
As she built up a bed-side relationship with the soldiers she treated, the unnamed nurse asked them to write their thoughts down in the little book.


Some of them expressed their gratitude to her and her colleagues while others wrote short poems about war.
Almost all logged their name, regiment and wounds they had suffered.
One entry by a Private Albert Brown, of the Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment, read: "Wounded in the face by shrapnel at Ypres - but still alive and kicking."
Sapper J Gray, of the Royal Engineers, dedicated a moving poem to his colleagues who died in battle.

It read: "Let them rest quietly there on the field, where they fell fighting but never would yield. While their great spirits heard heaven's great call, bravely to conquer on, bravely to fall."
Private Charles Housley, of the East Lancashire Regiment, wrote: "Wounded at Ypres Nov 11th 1914.
"Bullet wound in left breast through the lungs. Shattered ribs, shrapnel wounds in the back. One of the best."
And a Private Wright managed to write his salutations from his bed despite having his left leg amputated after being hit by shrapnel at Ypres in 1914.
Frustratingly, the owner of the book remains a mystery as her name is not mentioned anywhere in the book.

The only clues as to her identity is a note at the front of it which reads: "A birthday wish, good luck and good health."
It was signed by a L Brown on May 22, 1911.
The nurse also appears to have lived along the south coast as two of the auxiliary hospitals mentioned in the book were Friar Mayne in Dorchester and Berry Court in Bournemouth.
The book has been in the hands of a private collector for many years and has now been put up for sale by a company that collects military memorabilia.
Peter James, of Militaria Rarities based in Stoke-on-Trent, said: "It is a very poignant book."

(c) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/britainatwar/7983086/Poems-and-messages-from-injured-WW1-soldiers-emerge-after-92-years.html
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BerichtGeplaatst: 20 Sep 2010 9:46    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

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Pocket book of a nurse reveals first world war messages

Heartfelt thoughts and poems from soldiers wounded in battle

Messages of defiance, gratitude and, most of all, sadness have been discovered in the pocket book of a nurse who tended to soldiers wounded in the first world war.

The nurse, whose identity remains a mystery, asked the men she was treating to write their thoughts down in an autograph book as she worked in hospitals in south-west England.

In the sort of careful handwriting not often seen today, some of the men simply documented their injuries.

One entry by a Private Albert Brown, of the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment, read: "Wounded in the face by shrapnel at Ypres Ė but still alive and kicking."

Private Charles Housley, of the East Lancashire Regiment, who was also wounded at Ypres, wrote: "Bullet wound in left breast through the lungs. Shattered ribs, shrapnel wounds in the back."

Others, such as Sapper J Gray, of the Royal Engineers, wrote poems to colleagues who died in battle. Gray's poem read: "Let them rest quietly there on the field, where they fell fighting but never would yield. While their great spirits heard heaven's great call, bravely to conquer on, bravely to fall."

The book has been in the hands of a private collector for many years but has emerged because it is being sold. Peter James, of Militaria Rarities in Staffordshire, which is selling the volume, said: "It is a very poignant book. It stretches to 79 entries and the soldiers who wrote in it seemed quite blasť about their injuries.

"You would think it would be hard to summon the enthusiasm and spirit given what they had been through. Yet it is clear a lot of thought has gone into some of the poems which are quite moving.

"What is also striking as soon as you open it is the standard of handwriting by these men. Maybe we are losing the art of writing with a fountain pen because it was beautifully written, even though some of these men were laid up with serious injuries."

One poem was by Private Amber, who wrote of how a loved one sent him clothing to keep him warm while on the frontline before he was shot in the left shoulder at Ypres.

It read: "I am only a common soldier, not born of high degree, my life is not of much value but there is one who came for me.

"She sent me things in the trenches, they were very pleasant I know, with never a speck of crimson, for it was not made for show.

"But they kept me warm through the winter, and they kept me dry from rain, were they bordered with gold or purple perhaps it would make me vain.

"And now that the spring cometh, I will lay them aside to rest, in a nice quiet spot in Devon in a cottage I like the best."

The identify of the nurse remains a mystery as her name is not mentioned anywhere in the book. The only clue is a note at the front of it which reads: "A birthday wish, good luck and good health" signed by an L Brown on 22 May 1911.

(c) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/04/pocket-book-nurse-war-messages
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