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Great Ward Poetry

by Simon McNeill-Ritchie

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Great Ward Poetry : WWI Poems by the Men and Nurses of a London Military Hospital

Written by the men and staff at one of the Big Four Territorial hospitals in London during The First World War, this selection of poems offers a very different perspective of the war to the conventional view. Certainly some recall the "pity of war" with all the horrors and tragedy of trench warfare. Others, however, reflect the courage and cameraderie of the men who fought together, the care and compassion of those who nursed them and shared their hopes for the future. A century on these poems enable us to glimpse the reality of WWI for the millions of ordinary menand women who endured it without knowing when or how it would end.

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