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Wilfred Owen:
On March 18, 1893, Wilfred Edward Salter Owen was born
in Shropshire, England. He was the first out of four
children. His siblings were; Harold Owen, Colin Owen, Mary
Owen and Millard Owen.
He was educated at the Birkenhead Institute and at
Shrewsbury Technical School. On 21 October 1915, he
enlisted in the Artists' Rifles Officers' Training Corps. For
the next seven months, he trained at Hare Hall Camp in
On 4 June 1916 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in The Manchester
Regiment. Owen started the war as a cheerful and optimistic man, but he soon
changed forever.
He was blown high into the air by a trench mortar, landing among the remains of a
fellow officer. Soon after, he became trapped for days in an old German dugout.
After these two events, Owen was diagnosed as suffering from shell shock and was
sent to Craig Lockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh for treatment.
One week before the end of the war, whilst attempting to traverse a canal, he was
shot in the head and killed. He was awarded the military cross due to his bravery.
He was the most famous who wrote poems on the horrors of trenches and gas
during WW1.
Some of the poems he wrote are as follow:
Mental Cases
Anthem for doomed youth
Dulce et decorum est.
The Sentry


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