WORLD WAR ONE CENTENARY
TISBURY AND THE GREAT WAR
The sacrifice of men to little avail continued at the Somme with five major assaults launched in September. On the 16th, 2nd Lt. Tom Adlam, born in Salisbury and educated at Bishop Wordsworth College, despite being badly wounded, led a successful daylight charge against the German trenches which he and his men held for two days and only abandoned when ordered so to do. The Victoria Cross he was awarded has been on display at Salisbury Museum while his proud niece, Jackie Longley, lives in the High Street. Also in September German airships bombed London and other sites while, in East Africa the British captured Dar-es-Salaam.
POEM FOR SEPTEMBER
From the Somme by Leslie Coulson
Leslie Coulson was a brilliant young journalist who enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers and was wounded at Gallipoli. He was then moved to the Western Front where he died on 8th October during the Battle of the Somme. He was 27 years old.
In other days I sang of simple things,
Deep in the forest I made melody
When came the silvered silence of the night
Oft in the tavern parlour I would sing
I played with all the toys the gods provide,
A singer once, I now am fain to weep,
|© Tisbury History Society|