Tuesday, 8 April 2014

RIP Edward Thomas 1878 - 1917

At 7.30 a.m. on this day in 1917, at the Battle of Arras, Philip Edward Thomas lost his life in the blast from an exploding shell as he was standing at the Beaurains Observation Post.  He is buried in Agny Military Cemetary.  

In Memoriam (Easter, 1915)

The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again. 

Edward Thomas.


  1. In his poetry, he left a legacy that has shaped our thoughts about the natural world. Gone far too soon.

    Thinking of Edward Thomas`s favourite place, on the hilltop overlooking Steep.

  2. Me too - and remembering that very special day we all had there.