Steel City’s wartime poet

Yorkshire Post - - ARMISTICE 100 -

THE WAR poet John Wil­liam “Will” Streets, who hailed from Whitwell, south of Sh­effield, had been a miner at 14 and was dead at 30.

He said of his po­ems, in a let­ter to a pub­lisher: “They were in­spired while I was in the trenches, where I have had lit­tle time to pol­ish them. I have tried to pic­ture some thoughts that pass through a man’s brain when he dies. I may not see the end of the po­ems, but I hope to live to do so. We sol­diers have our views of life to ex­press, though the boom of death is in our ears. We try to con­vey some­thing of what we feel in this great con­flict to those who think of us, and some­times, alas, mourn our loss.”

Streets was last seen alive as he went to the aid of a fallen com­rade.

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