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'What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
- Only the monstrous anger of the guns.'
from 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen

1914 - 1918

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From 'The Oldham Chronicle' September 12th 1914 (Transcript of extract)

The Oldham Ambulance Men on Naval Reserve

One of the Oldham ambulance men who volunteered for service has written from the Royal Naval Barracks at Devonport, to a friend in Oldham. In his letter he says, "We were detailed off for hospital strips yesterday (September 2nd). I am in charge of four men for a small launch which I expect will be for the most serious cases and which we must get to the hospital at Devonport at express speed. There are a few small boats and there will be large hospital ships. I expect the large ones will be used for those men who are only slightly wounded ..........."

(The letter continues with news about general conditions, pay etc.)

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