In the Footsteps of Wilfred Owen (4 Days)

Follow in the footsteps of Wilfred Owen from his first experience of the Western Front in 1917 to his death at the Sambre-Oise Canal in the final week of the war. Discover the locations & events which inspired poems such as The Sentry & Spring Offensive. Visit the site where Owen won his Military Cross & his last resting place at Ors. Maps & supporting notes, highlighting key features of the war, will provide an historical context to the tour.


Day One: Outward TravelMunich Trench Cemetery

06.00 (approx): Local pick-up & travel to Dover
for cross-Channel ferry to Calais. Onward travel &
check-in at accommodation in/near Arras
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group


Day Two: Wilfred Owen & the Somme

09.00 hours: Depart after breakfast to visit:
Redan Ridge & Munich Trench Cemetery, Newfoundland Park Preserved Battlefield,Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Blighty Valley, Ovillers & Mash Valley
Dartmoor Cemetery, Mametz & Mansel Copse
Return to accommodationBritish_Helmet
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group


Day Three: Wilfred Owen & the Hindenburg Line

Depart after breakfast to visit:
Savy Wood, Maissemy German Cemetery, Ricqueval
Bridge, Uplands Cemetery, Joncourt, Swiss Cottage &
Owen’s Military Cross
Overnight accommodation in St Quentin
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group


Day Four: Ors & Return

08.30 hours: Depart after breakfast to visit:Forester's Cottage
Sambre-Oise Canal: Owen’s Death, Owen’s grave at Ors. Depart for Calais & cross-Channel ferry to UK
Disembark in Dover & return to drop-off point


Pick-up & drop-off times are dependent upon the group’s proximity to Dover. This is a suggested itinerary & can be amended to suit the requirements of the group.


Historical Framework

Winter 1914/15: The BEF (Regulars): 1st Battle of Ypres
Trenches established on the Western Front
1915: Stalemate & the Territorial Army:SRD_Rum_Jar_&_Lewis_Gun
2nd Battle of Ypres: Gas
1916: The Volunteer Army: Kitchener’s Pals
1917: Attrition & Conscription
January 1917: Wilfred Owen joins the war
1918: The Kaiser’s Offensive
Advance to Victory & breaking the Hindenburg Line
Pursuit to the Sambre-Oise Canal,
Death of Wilfred Owen & Armistice


Literary Themes

1914: Idealism, Patriotism, Nationalism, JingoismSambre-Oise Canal
The Poetry of Resolution, Stoicism & Experience
War’s reality: Poetic focus altered; sentiments unchanged
The literary Home Front & literary War Front
Poetry of Disillusion & Disaffection
Changed perceptions at the Front: cynicism & bitterness
Wilfred Owen, the Pity of War & aftermath


Wilfred Owen: Useful Links

Click on the links below for information about the following:

Siegrfried Sassoon Wilfred Owen Ors Cemetery

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