Only a Pri­vate killed

Halifax Courier - - The First World War Centenary Week By Week August -

The poem op­po­site ap­peared in the Hal­i­fax Courier and prob­a­bly iden­ti­fies with peo­ple like Arthur Tam­blin. It was writ­ten by Frances Moor­house of 15 York Cres­cent, Rochdale Road, Hal­i­fax. I don’t be­lieve that it was writ­ten as an anti-war poem but could easily be taken that way and that is part of a prob­lem which per­sists even to­day. Other peo­ple have writ­ten about the trauma of the Great War, such as Vera Brit­tain (Tes­ta­ment of Youth) and Robert Graves (Good­bye to All That) and are of­ten quoted in sup­port of the cliche that the Great War was mean­ing­less. Tragic and waste­ful maybe, but these are not the same as mean­ing­less. Look­ing through the pages of the 1914-18 Courier it has be­come ap­par­ent that most peo­ple had a very clear idea of why the war had to be fought and, with cer­tain ex­cep­tions, fully sup­ported its pros­e­cu­tion. Of course it was early days and the read­ers of Hal­i­fax had more hor­rors to come, but, per­haps sur­pris­ingly to mod­ern au­di­ences, the mes­sage in

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