The Battle of Loos was the largest British battle that took place in 1915 on the Western Front during World War I. It was the first time the British used poison gas and the first mass engagement of New Army units. The British battle was part of the attempt by the Allies to break through the German defences in Artois and Champagne and restore a war of movement.
Jason McCrossan chats to the historian Chris Langdon from the Southend museum about this battle which took place 100 years ago this month.
On Monday Matters tonight: Jason chats to the historian Chris Langdon from the #Southend museum about the 1st World War and the Battle of Loos – a battle which took place 100 years ago this month & where the British army used poisoned Gas for the first time.
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The poem is read by Gill Fraser Lee (@AHappyflower) on Jason McCrossan’s Saturday Breakfast show on www.sfmradio.com.
This is one of the most famous and enduring war poems, and it was written at an historic moment … just after the retreat from Mons and the victory of the Marne.
As to how it came to be written, Laurence Binyon, who celebrated his 70th anniversary on 10 August 1939, says: “I can’t recall the exact date beyond that it was shortly after the retreat. I was set down, out of doors, on a cliff in Polzeath, Cornwall. The stanza “They Shall Grow Not Old” was written first and dictated the rhythmical movement of the whole poem.
See more at: http://allpoetry.com/For-The-Fallen#s…