Lest we forget - Poetry & Remembrance of the Great War

Sandham Jonathan poetry reading

Jonathan Jones who reads First World War poetry once a month at the chapel will, in this talk explain about the background of the poetry written in the First World war and interweave poems throughout making this a fascinating and thought provoking event. Tuesday 26 September 11am - 12pm. £6. Booking 0344 249 1895.

Jonathan, is a very knowledgeable and passionate speaker about these sensitive and powerful responses produced during and after the Great War.  Lest We Forget: Poetry and Remembrance of the Great War explores the origins of the various ways in which we remember the Great War. You will hear about how the  “Unknown Warrior” came to be so named,  the origins of  the Poppy Appeal, and the Cenotaph amongst others. 

Jonathan will intersperse the history with readings of some of the most iconic poetry of the Great War including Rudyard Kipling although not to be a combatant himself, was to lose his only son, John Kipling, at the Battle of Loos in September 1915.

Kipling, Brooke & Grenfell - First World War poets
Sandham lest we forget talk

Rupert Brooke who was already an established poet before the outbreak of war and is best known for his five war sonnets, published in 1914. His own death on a hospital ship in the Aegean Sea, two days before the ill-fated Gallipoli landings, came to symbolise the heroic sacrifice of the ‘fallen warrior’. He was buried in a solitary grave on the Island of Skyros and his obituary in The Times was written by the First Sea Lord of the Admiralty - the Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill.

John McCrae who wrote ‘In Flanders Field’ in May 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres which talks of ‘keeping faith with those who died’. ‘The Anxious Dead’ was his reply to ‘In Flanders Field’.

John McCrae
Sandham Lest we forget poetry

Robert Binyon wrote “For the Fallen” just after the retreat from Mons and what was to become known as ‘The Miracle of the Marne’, when the German advance upon Paris was finally halted and turned, but at great cost.

Binyon - First World War poet
Sandham lest we forget talk

The four lines of the fourth stanza of the poem are also known as the ‘Ode of Remembrance’.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,

We will remember them.

Captain Julian Grenfell wrote “Into Battle” considered by many to be one of the finest war poems he died of wounds on the 25th May 1915 at the age of twenty seven. His poem “Into Battle” is.

He calls upon the soldier awaiting the onslaught of battle to draw inspiration and courage from the nature that is all about him.


Tuesday 26 September 11am - 12pm. £6. Booking 0344 249 1895.