Wilfred Owen was first ‘inspired to poetry’ during a boyhood holiday with his mother in Broxton. He was born in 1893 to a middle-class family in Oswestry and following the death of his grandfather had to move with his family to rented accommodation in Birkenhead.
In 1915, Owen enlisted and in January, 1917, he spent almost four months with his regiment moving in and out of the front line. In May, Owen returned home, diagnosed as suffering from shell-shock and thus ‘unfit to lead troops.’ In June, he arrived at Craiglockhart Hospital, just outside Edinburgh, in Scotland, where a small team of doctors treated those suffering from the psychological trauma of modern warfare. In September, he returned to the front line, where he won the Military Cross for bravery. He was preparing his first poetry collection when, on 4 November, he was killed. The telegram informing his parents of his death arrived on 11 November, the day the signing of the Armistice ended the war.
Date: Thursday, 17th May
Venue: St Nicholas’s Chapel, Cholmondeley, SY14 8AH
Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00