WORLD WAR ONE CENTENARY
TISBURY AND THE GREAT WAR
Apart from the fighting in the Middle East December saw few major skirmishes. It was a month of political agreement and intrigue. The Bolsheviks negotiated an end to fighting on the eastern front where Finland declared independence from Russia. Elsewhere America and Cuba declared war on the Austro-Hungarian empire while Britain gave written assurances to the King of Hejaz (the Arabian Peninsula) that they would guarantee the future independence of Arabia a position for which disingenuous correspondence was necessary to disguise British and French perfidiousness.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
Eighteen young men from Tisbury were killed in the fighting during 1917. Thankfully December brought a respite in local mourning but from March 1918 the sad news home continued right up until the Armistice. One of the more notable local casualties was that of Captain Harry Hoare of the Dorsetshire Yeomanry who was fatally injured in the fight for Jerusalem on 13th December. His doting parents, Henry and Alda Hoare, heard of the death of their only child and heir on Christmas Eve. They never recovered. As a result of their loss they bequeathed their grand house and garden at Stourhead to the National Trust for hundreds of thousands to enjoy each year.
The December Poem
The American poet John Gould Fletcher is considered by many literary scholars to be among the most innovative twentieth-century poets. He spent many formative years in Britain and Europe but returned to America on the outbreak of war. This poem appeared in the December 1917 edition of Poetry.
Queen Victoria's statue
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