Wilfred's shattered war dreams

Wirral Globe: Wilfred Owen aged five Wilfred Owen aged five

BLISSFULLY unaware of the horrors of war this little soldier boy dreams of glory and victory over the enemy.

But for five-year-old Wilfred Owen the reality of warfare manifested itself in the hell of World War One trenches and drove him to express his horror, through poetry, at the bloodbath that ensued.

Showman Dean Johnson, who runs The Wilfred Owen Story in Birkenhead, observed: "Knowing as we now do what the future held for Wilfred and millions of his generation, makes this very rare picture of him devastatingly poignant.

"Only a few short years later Owen would question the old lie of joining up to fight. But here at five-years-old in the back garden of Elm Grove, Tranmere, he is totally unaware of the truth of war."

Dean is staging a new musical drama entitled Vilomah (Bullets and Daffodils Part 2) at Liverpool’s Lantern Theatre on March 6 and 7.

It explores Wilfred's childhood and his close bond with his mother, whose grief after losing him in the last week of World War 1 spurred her to have his poems published.

Born in Oswestry in 1893 Wilfred Owen was brought up in Birkenhead. He is recognised as one of the greatest voices in the First World War.

He had always been determined to be a poet and had experimented with verse from an early age.

Among his 62 poems are 1914, Dulce et decorum est and Anthem for Doomed Youth.

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6:20pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Lurkinhead says...

So, just to keep track of the number of articles the Globe intend to run in 2014 featuring Dean Johnson and/or his commercial interests, this piece is the 5th I've counted so far. I wonder how many there will be in the whole year?

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So, just to keep track of the number of articles the Globe intend to run in 2014 featuring Dean Johnson and/or his commercial interests, this piece is the 5th I've counted so far. I wonder how many there will be in the whole year? Just for the record, here are links to the previous four: http://www.wirralglo be.co.uk/news/109988 02.Wirral_choreograp her_illustrates_horr or_of_war_in_Wilfred _Owen_play/ http://www.wirralglo be.co.uk/news/109581 91.Devastating_effec ts_of_war_examined_i n_new_Wilfred_Owen_m usical/ http://www.wirralglo be.co.uk/news/109126 51.The_World_at_War_ __Wirral_s_memories_ endure/ http://www.wirralglo be.co.uk/news/first_ world_war_centenary/ 10929591.Birkenhead_ seaman_s_incredible_ bravery_in_the_face_ of_lethal_danger/ Lurkinhead
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8:44am Tue 4 Mar 14

spamfiend says...

And all this from a guy who spent 7, maybe 8 years in Tranmere before moving back to Shropshire. My Granddad wrote poetry, fought n the Wars, didn't have a play written about him though.

I am all for remembrance as without it, loss is forgotten but this guy seems to want to sate his own personal needs by using this guys memory to keep himself in the spotlight.
And all this from a guy who spent 7, maybe 8 years in Tranmere before moving back to Shropshire. My Granddad wrote poetry, fought n the Wars, didn't have a play written about him though. I am all for remembrance as without it, loss is forgotten but this guy seems to want to sate his own personal needs by using this guys memory to keep himself in the spotlight. spamfiend
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