WORLD WAR ONE CENTENARY
TISBURY AND THE GREAT WAR
On 5th April the German withdrawal to the more easterly but more secure Hindenburg Line was completed. A day later the United States declared war on Germany and, as if they been waiting for this act, a few days later the allies launched a major Spring offensive on the Western Front. In support of the ill-conceived, and tragic Nivelle offensive in Champagne, Britain and the Commonwealth attacked at Arras and Vimy Ridge. There were no notable gains with the French receiving 187,000 casualties, a grim prelude to a mutiny which was dealt with harshly with little understanding of the strain that the worthless daily toll of lives was taking.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
Private Charles Churchill, 94th Training Reserve Battalion, Royal Warwickshire
Regiment, was only eighteen when he died on 2nd April 1917. He was the
son of Charles and Evelyn Churchill of The Lodge, Fonthill Bishop and
it is in that village church that he was buried. It can be assumed,
therefore, that he died before being shipped abroad.On 28 April, twenty-seven
year old, Private Howard Hoddinott, serving with the Royal Berkshires,
was killed during the battles around Arras on which memorial his name
is commemorated. He was the son of Mr T S and Mrs S E Hoddinott of Ashley
AN EASTER POEM
Eleanor Farjeon Eleanor Farjeon (13 February 1881 - 5 June 1965) was an English author of children's stories and plays, poetry, biography, history and satire. Many of her works had charming illustrations by Edward Ardizzone. Some of her correspondence has also been published. She won many literary awards and the Eleanor Farjeon Award for children's literature is presented annually in her memory by the Children's Book Circle, a society of publishers. She was the sister of the thriller writer Joseph Jefferson Farjeon. Perhaps her friend, referred to just as E.T., or Howard Hoddinott, was one of those whom Sassoon mourned in his sardonic poem written that same April of 1917.
That Easter Monday was a day for praise,
" Good-morning, good-morning!" the General
But he did for them both by his plan of attack.
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