Wilfred Owen 1893 - 1918

Shropshire’s and the Country’s greatest war poet.

Born in 18th March 1893 at Plas Wilmot, Oswestry, Owen was the eldest of four children. His family moved to Monkmoor in Shrewsbury.

After volunteering in 1915, he served in the Manchester Regiment as a second lieutenant and went to France in 1916. His personal insight into the horrors, reality and futility of war and his own experiences created the bedrock for his moving poetry. As an officer he saw action many times and was awarded the Military Cross. He died aged 25 on 4th November 1918, a week before the end of the Great War.

Wilfred Owen only had five poem published before his death but it was the publication of his collection in the 1960’s that propelled him to become a household name. Today he is regarded as the finest war poet of the 20th Century.

There is a Wilfred Owen memorial is in the grounds of the Abbey in Shrewsbury not far from his family home. In Oswestry the town green has also officially been named the Wilfred Owen Green.


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