Wilfred Owen

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Wilfred Owen, by John Gunston, 1916 - NPG P515 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Wilfred Owen

by John Gunston
bromide print, 1916
5 3/8 in. x 3 3/8 in. (138 mm x 88 mm)
Purchased, 1993
Primary Collection
NPG P515


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The poet Wilfred Owen was born in Oswestry in Shropshire. He enlisted in 1915 and was commissioned into the Manchester Regiment in 1916, an event celebrated by his uncle's photograph of him in his new uniform. He was invalided home in 1917, but returned to the Western Front and won an MC before his death in November 1918. His powerful poems, such as 'Dulce et Decorum Est', are eloquent expressions of the disillusionment felt by many with the war.

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