war diary of Edward Thomas

July 22, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The poet Edward Thomas met one of the strangest deaths of the First World War.  On Easter Monday 1917, on the first morning of the Battle of Arras, a stray German shell passed so close to him that the rush of air fatally compressed his lungs.  He fell without a mark on his body.  Tucked away in the pocket of his greatcoat was his last diary (NLW MS 24030A), each page of which bears the imprint of the shell’s shock wave, an eerie arc of creases.” National Library of Wales blog: https://www.llgc.org.uk/blog/?p=4941


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