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29/06/2016
Blunden's War - Part 7: 30 June 2016 The Boar's Head

Part 7 in Martin Chown's series of short articles remembers 'The Boar's Head' a small attack on the even of the first day of the Battle of the Somme.



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25/05/2016
Blunden's War - Part 5: The White Cross or Sword

Part 5 in Martin Chown's series of short articles tells of Blunden's stay in Festubert village and the time his working party saw a wisp of vapour glide over the whole sky in the ominous shape of a white cross or sword.



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23/05/2016
Blunden's War - Part 4: The wire

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Blunden's war, Martin Chown is writing a series of short articles capturing what it may have been like for the young poet serving on the front line. Part 4 describes the moment Blunden's Brigadier General orders him to go 'round the wire' for the first time.



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17/05/2016
Blunden's War - Part 3: Up the line

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Blunden's war, Martin Chown is writing a series of short articles capturing what it may have been like for the young poet serving on the front line. Part 3 in the series see Blunden and Doogan taking rations up the line.



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10/05/2016
Blunden's War - Part 2: Settling In

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Blunden's war, Martin Chown is writing a series of short articles capturing what it may have been like for the young poet serving on the front line. Part 2 in the series describes Blunden arriving in Festubert.



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02/05/2016
Blunden's War - Part 1: His First Lucky Escape

Edmund Blunden (1896 - 1974) was one of the longest serving War Poets. His memoir 'Undertones of War', published in 1928, has never been out of print. Edited by John Greening, it has been re-issued to include extensive notes, index, timeline and illustrations.

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Blunden's war, Martin Chown is writing a series of short articles capturing what it may have been like for him as a young lad fresh from school - from being shown around his first trenches in the Festubert area, to his arrival a few months later in the battle of the Somme as a seasoned soldier, and his long service in Ypres and the battle of Passchendaele, up until his final army days in the clear-up by which time he described himself 'an old man'. We will publish the articles in sequence from now until March 2018.

We quote from editions of 'Undertones of War', other published sources, private notes and from Blunden's poetry.

Part 1 tells of Blunden's first lucky escape from death.



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01/07/2014
Can Blunden speak to ten and eleven year olds?

Classic war reminiscence Undertones of War and the war poetry of Edmund Blunden were the subject of an English project for Whitefriars Primary School, King's Lynn during June 2014.

We find out about Margi Blunden's time with the Year 6 pupils and what they made of his poetry.



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26/05/2013
A Jimbocho Discovery - by Eric Patterson

This article, about a fascinating book find, was written for us by Eric Patterson, who also sent us the accompanying photo. After a career which began as an organ scholar at Oxford and included over twenty years as director of music at one of Britain's most famous public schools, Eric Patterson succumbed in middle age to a travel bug picked up on sabbatical and took up a succession of teaching posts overseas. He has worked in the UK, India, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and the Far East and presently approaches retirement in Tokyo. Here he enjoys indulging in finding Japanese calligraphy and books in various languages.



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06/01/2013
The Changing Face of 'Undertones of War'.

A rare find in a first edition of Undertones of War leads us to muse on the designs which have illustrated its covers in 84 years of publication.



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14/01/2012
Fall in Ghosts - a reflection on the latest War Poets Association battlefields tour

Back in October 2011 the War Poets Association organised a tour to the battlefields of Blunden and Rosenberg. Here, Martin Chown the husband of Blunden's eldest daughter Margi, reflects on the impact of the tour.



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