WORLD WAR ONE CENTENARY
TISBURY AND THE GREAT WAR
Other than a German bombardment of Yarmouth on 14th January there was limited activity on the Western Front and it was news from Russia and the Middle East that occupied the headlines. Russia and the Central Powers were negotiating for some sort of settlement following the Bolshevik revolution while, taking advantage of the turmoil, Estonia and Latvia followed Finland in declaring independence. In Palestine the Turkish Dead Sea fleet was captured by a charge by the Arab Camel Corps an operation in which naval aircraft took part, flying uniquely below sea level.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
The first two months of 1918 were kind to the Tisbury Lads and their
anxious friends and families; no dreaded telegrams were delivered until
POEM FOR JANUARY
Siegfried Sassoon had spent the latter half of 1917 recuperating from his mental wounds in Craiglockhart Hospital. He was declared fit for duty in late November and re-joined his regiment in Limerick in January at which time he wrote this poem. It has none of the anger of his 1917 poems, resembling more the wistful sadness of Housman.
The Barrack-square, washed clean with rain,
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