Ermagherd.

Ermagherd.

gunsandposes:

William Noel Hodgson was an English poet and soldier during the First World War. He published stories and poems under the pen name Edward Melbourne.

“Before Action”

By all the glories of the day
And the cool evening’s benison
By that last sunset touch that lay
Upon the hills when day was done,
By beauty lavishly outpoured
And blessings carelessly received,
By all the days that I have lived
Make me a soldier, Lord.

By all of all man’s hopes and fears
And all the wonders poets sing,
The laughter of unclouded years,
And every sad and lovely thing;
By the romantic ages stored
With high endeavour that was his,
By all his mad catastrophes
Make me a man, O Lord.

I, that on my familiar hill
Saw with uncomprehending eyes
A hundred of thy sunsets spill
Their fresh and sanguine sacrifice,
Ere the sun swings his noonday sword
Must say good-bye to all of this; -
By all delights that I shall miss,
Help me to die, O Lord.

Hodgson died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme when attacking German trenches, felled by a machine gun positioned near a shrine. The bullet punctured his neck, killing him instantly.

(Forham University/Wikipedia)

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historicaltimes:

This is Trench Warfare. Photo taken by an official British Photographer during WWI, c.1917

historicaltimes:

This is Trench Warfare. Photo taken by an official British Photographer during WWI, c.1917

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As tired bullocks and bull buffaloes lie down at the end of monsoon, so lies the weary world. Our hearts are breaking.

An Indian soldier during WWI.  [x, originally from David Omissi’s Indian Voices of the Great War.] (via alamaris)

It’s absurd to say time makes one forget; I miss him as much as ever I did. One recovers from the shock, just as one gradually would get used to managing with one’s left hand if one had lost one’s right, but one never gets over the loss, for one is never the same after it. I have got used to facing the long empty years ahead of me if I survive the War, but I have always before me the realization of how empty they are and will be, since he will never be there again.

Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth (via mlaurelm)

historicalfirearms:

The British Army Mobilises

[SNIP]

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ironeurope:

Indian artillerymen playing cards, 11 June 1918

ironeurope:

Indian artillerymen playing cards, 11 June 1918

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cavetocanvas:

Romaine Brooks, La France Croisée, 1914
From the Smithsonian American Art Museum:

Brooks painted a windswept female figure as a crusader and the personification of France. She based the woman’s strong features on those of the actress Ida Rubinstein, with whom she was in love at the time. The figure’s chiseled features and stern gaze set against the backdrop of a burning city evoke a sense of defiance and strength. The city represents Ypres in western Belgium, the site of a major battle during the first year of World War I. The emblem on Rubinstein’s shoulder evokes the bloodshed of war, but the brilliant red may also signal the painter’s passion for the actress. Reproductions of this painting, together with the poem, were later sold to raise money for the Red Cross, and Brooks received the Cross of the Legion of Honor for her service to France.

cavetocanvas:

Romaine Brooks, La France Croisée, 1914

From the Smithsonian American Art Museum:

Brooks painted a windswept female figure as a crusader and the personification of France. She based the woman’s strong features on those of the actress Ida Rubinstein, with whom she was in love at the time. The figure’s chiseled features and stern gaze set against the backdrop of a burning city evoke a sense of defiance and strength. The city represents Ypres in western Belgium, the site of a major battle during the first year of World War I. The emblem on Rubinstein’s shoulder evokes the bloodshed of war, but the brilliant red may also signal the painter’s passion for the actress. Reproductions of this painting, together with the poem, were later sold to raise money for the Red Cross, and Brooks received the Cross of the Legion of Honor for her service to France.

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A rather lovely choral arrangement of “In Flanders Fields”.

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