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Anthem for Doomed Youth

"Anthem for Doomed Youth" is a well-known poem written by Wilfred Owen that incorporates the theme of the horror of war.


What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? 

Only the monstrous anger of the guns. 

Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle 

Can patter out their hasty orisons.

No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells; 

Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, –

The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells; 

And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

September 24th, 1914 (5th Reserve Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment)

Latest recruits to the 5th (Reserve) Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment who have joined through the recruiting offices at the Corn Exchange [The Luton News, September 24th, 1914].

Adrian Thomad

Allen J. E.

Anderson Edward

Ansell W. C.

Arnold H.

Baker George

Batchelor J.

Ball William H.

Briars R.

Brown G. H.

Brown P.

Buckingham W. A.

Burrows A. W.

Carter Charles

Chamberlain H. J.

Clark F.

Cumberland S. J.

Custance F.

Crew R.

Beech Hill Primary School

Today Beech Hill is a large multi cultural school serving approximately 750 pupils, it is popular and located near Luton town centre.

In WW1 it was used to house troops billeted in the local area. There are written reports of men from the North Midlands Division being billeted on and around the streets of Bury Park, as well as photographs of men outside these houses in uniform.

Beech Hill Primary appears to have been home to a cadre of men from the Royal Army Medical Corps, as seen on the photograph above.


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