WORLD WAR ONE CENTENARY

OCTOBER 1918

TISBURY AND THE GREAT WAR

David Childs

By now British and allied forces were swarming around the battle areas. Our troops landed at Vladivostok while another group reached Irkutsk in Siberia. In warmer climes Damascus fell at the start of the month and on 26th Aleppo opened its gates to the allies. Cambrai, famous for the advent of tank warfare, fell on 8th October while, by the end of the month the whole Belgian coast had been reoccupied. With defeat apparent everywhere, the German and Austro-Hungarian Governments sent a note to President Wilson proposing an armistice. He replied with further demand and insisted that he would only deal with democratic governments. However, on the last day of the month war between Turkey and the allies ceased

POEM FOR OCTOBER

This is the 'Epilogue' to a long poem on the German Empire, written by the American poet, Cloyd Head, and published in the Poetry magazine in October 1918.

When all is done,
The faith unshaken;
When peace has come,
The well-gained peace:
When comes that day -
The living, lest they may forget too soon,
Shall know we fought against the bondage of our souls.
We fought as one by one,
So suffered we,
And found beneath the larger cause our own,
The unguessed depth and height…
Under the stars, under the sky and night,
We descried a vision as to what things were true…
Backward the surge, time and the day regain
Their mastery. Yet something will remain
Of vision and the quest - the unceasing quest
Toward light, and toward the spirit that creates,
Effacing war.

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