Town link with First World War poet

MANY people will know that Wilfred Owen was a well-known First World War poet whose work is renowned to this day.

   What people may not know is that there is a link between the poet and Nantwich. He was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, on March 18, 1893, the son of Thomas and Susan Owen.

   But, according to research by Nantwich historian. Andrew

63 Welsh Row as it is today - a clinic. Previously it has been an antiques shop and an accountants

 

Lamberton, his grandparents, William and Martha Owen, lived at 63 Welsh Row, Nantwich. Their son, Thomas Owen, Wilfred Edward Salter Owen's father, was born in Nantwich in 1862. He had three older sisters, Annie, Edith Charlotte and Emily Eliza, who were all born in Nantwich.

   William and Martha moved to Shrewsbury, with the girls, between 1881 and 1891. Thomas moved to Oswestry around this time. 

   Family records show that William was born in 1837 in Nantwich, and died in Shrewsbury in 1914. Thomas died in Oswestry in 1931.

   Wilfred Owen, a second lieutenant in the Manchester Regiment, was killed in action, near to the Sambre Canal at Ors, France, on November 4, 1918, aged 25. News of his death was received at the family home on November 11, Armistice Day.

   Andrew Lamberton said: "Wilfred is considered to have been the best of the First World War poets and knew Siegfried Sassoon well."

   Sassoon, another renowned poet, was the publisher of Owen's poetry.

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Read more about Wilfred Owen in the First World War Poetry Digital Archive, University of Oxford.

 

Wilfred Owen

Copyright image used with the permission of the English Faculty Library, University of Oxford / The Wilfred Owen Literary Estate.

 

The Wilfred Owen Association 

 

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