The Mouthless Dead

The Mouthless Dead

This community gathers the life stories of poets who served and died in WW1. It takes its name from a poem by Charles Hamilton Sorley: When you see millions of the mouthless dead Across your dreams in pale battalions go, Say not soft things as other men have said, That you’ll remember. For you need not so. Give them not praise. For, deaf, how should they know It is not curses heaped on each gashed head? Nor tears. Their blind eyes see not your tears flow. Nor honour. It is easy to be dead. Say only this, “They are dead.” Then add thereto, “Yet many a better one has died before.” Then, scanning all the o’ercrowded mass, should you Perceive one face that you loved heretofore, It is a spook. None wears the face you knew. Great death has made all his for evermore. https://archive.org/details/marlboroughother00sorluoft/page/78

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  • Profile picture for Charles Hamilton Sorley

    Born 1895

    Died 1915

    British Army Lieutenant Suffolk Regiment

    British Army Captain Suffolk Regiment 7th Battalion

  • Profile picture for The Honourable Julian Henry Francis Grenfell

    Born 1888

    Died 1915

    British Army Captain Royal Dragoon Guards 1st Battalion

  • Profile picture for Isaac Rosenberg

    Born 1890

    Died 1918

    British Army 22311 Private Royal Lancaster Regiment

    British Army 22311 Private King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

  • Profile picture for Bernard Freeman Trotter

    Born 1890

    Died 1917

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 82066 32nd Reserve Battalion

    British Army Second Lieutenant Leicestershire Regiment

  • Profile picture for Patrick Houston Shaw-Stewart

    Born 1888

    Died 1917

    Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Royal Naval Division Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

  • Profile picture for Francis Edward Ledwidge

    Born 1887

    Died 1917

    British Army 16138 Private Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

    British Army 16138 Lance Corporal Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1st Battalion

  • Profile picture for Rupert Chawner Brooke

    Born 1887

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy Sub Lieutenant Royal Naval Division Hood Battalion

  • Profile picture for William Noel Hodgson

    Born 1893

    Died 1916

    British Army Second Lieutenant Devonshire Regiment

    British Army Temporary Lieutenant Devonshire Regiment

    British Army Lieutenant Devonshire Regiment 9th Battalion

  • Profile picture for John Mccrae

    Born 1872

    Died 1918

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Major Canadian Army Medical Corps 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Lieutenant Colonel Canadian Army Medical Corps No 3 McGill General Hospital, Boulogne, France

  • Profile picture for Thomas Ernest Hulme

    Born 1883

    Died 1917

    Royal Navy Temporary Lieutenant

  • Profile picture for Roland Aubrey Leighton

    Born 1895

    Died 1915

    British Army Second Lieutenant Norfolk Regiment 4 Battalion

    British Army Lieutenant Norfolk Regiment 4 Battalion

    British Army Lieutenant Worcestershire Regiment 7 Battalion

  • Profile picture for Philip Edward Thomas

    Born 1878

    Died 1917

    British Army 4229 Corporal London Regiment

    British Army Royal Garrison Artillery

    British Army Second Lieutenant Royal Garrison Artillery

  • Profile picture for Robert Ernest Vernede

    Born 1875

    Died 1917

    British Army Second Lieutenant Rifle Brigade

  • Profile picture for Arthur Graeme West

    Born 1891

    Died 1917

    British Army PS/1511 Private Middlesex Regiment 16th Battalion

    British Army Second Lieutenant Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 6th Battalion

    British Army PS/1511 Lance Corporal Middlesex Regiment 16th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Wilfred Edward Salter Owen

    Born 1893

    Died 1918

    British Army Artist's Rifles

    British Army Lieutenant Manchester Regiment 5th Battalion