WORLD WAR ONE CENTENARY
TISBURY AND THE GREAT WAR
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
At the beginning of November 1915 Prime Minister Asquith announced
that Serbian independence would be an essential object of the war. A
few days later Lord Kitchener left for a tour of inspection of the stalemated
action at Gallipoli, knowing that a withdrawal of allied forces from
this front would release troops to be sent to the Balkans. He would
also have had confidence that the British advance on Baghdad, which
eventually began on 11 November would be a success. In this he was wrong.
After the three day Battle of Ctesiphon ended on 25 November the British
were forced to retire to Kut al Amara where they soon became under siege.
Meanwhile, at home, there was a growing concern over the threat to supplies
of food and the raw materials essential to the war effort. The German
mining and submarine campaign was taking its toll.
POEM FOR NOVEMBER
Siegfried Sassoon's first poem from the front line was written in November
1915. It reflects, as so many works did at this time, the link between
the human sacrifice in the trenches and the suffering of Christ on Calvary.
It is entitled, The Redeemer
Darkness: the rain sluiced down; the mire was deep;
I turned in the black ditch, loathing the storm;
No thorny crown, only a woollen cap
He faced me, reeling in his weariness,
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