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War poet to remember fallen heroes

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: July 28, 2014

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POIGNANT works of poetry inspired by World War One will give a Staffordshire flavour to commemorations of the conflict.

Staffordshire's poet laureate Tom Wyre has been putting together a series of poems and shorter pieces specially commissioned by Staffordshire County Council, to mark the centenary of the war.

Two of the poems, Outbreak (Part 1) and The Arrival have already been performed as part of a World War One poetry evening at National Memorial Arboretum.

Both are part of a quartet of poems following the outbreak of the war in August 1914, through the trench battle scenes and finally detailing the personal impact on loved ones through a telegram.

Other poems will focus on the Home Front through the war, where ordinary citizens were mobilised to support the war effort.

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