WORLD WAR ONE CENTENARY
TISBURY AND THE GREAT WAR
Aware and worried that American troops would soon arrive in large numbers, on 21st March, the Germans launched a massive assault on the western front which carried all before it. Led by storm troopers, who bypassed the allied strong points, and aided by fog that hid them from observation, the Germans advanced rapidly and panicked the defenders many of whom fled. The question now being asked by the allied commanders and political leaders was, could their armies hold on until the reinforcements arrived?
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
That German advance claimed the lives of three Tisbury men, serving in the Wiltshire Regiment, who died within three days of one another. On 21st, Private Arthur Butt, the son of Michael and Mary Butt of Hindon Lane, was lost, his name being commemorated on the Pozieres memorial in France. Two days later, Private Ernest Gurd, died nearby. He was the second son of Henry and Cecily Gurd of 2 Furzelease, Tisbury Row, to be killed in the war. His name and that of Private Robert Hewitt, the son of James and Ellen Hewittof Tisbury, and husband of Margaret, who lived in Ewell, Surrey, who died the following day, are commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
POEM FOR MARCH
The Americans were arriving in France with the patriotic zeal that the British soldiers had displayed in 1914. The poet, Edwin Curran, reflected this in his poem To France, more notable for its keenness rather than its quality.
The bugles and the music of the earth
Columbia's hand now lifts the torch of war
To France, to France, the bugles, silver curled,
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