The Soldier Artist and Poet

Many soldiers, from all ranks, pulled out their sketch books to either record or escape from the harsh realities of the First World War. Making use of their artistic abilities, they created unique images of their experiences. Others turned to poetry to make sense of the chaotic world they now faced. The works of four men are featured in individual case studies in this theme: Eric Aldwinkle, Bernard Trotter, Siegfried Sassoon and Julian Gould. The artwork and poetry of other soldiers can also be found here.


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