‘No man outlives the grief of war Though he outlive its wreck:
Upon the memory a scar Through all his years will ache.’
– William Soutar, ‘The Permanence of Young Men’
On Active Service: 1914-1918 includes poignant, moving and even grimly humorous poems from WW1 poets both famed (such as Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen) and less well-known, ensuring that those who sacrificed their lives will forever be remembered in the words that were left behind.
The anthology recognises extraordinary moments from the perspective of ordinary people, both civilians and, for a time, soldiers. Rather than be categoried by date, the poems included encompass a number of different themes all related to the reality of life within the trenches, written from the moments of real human experience.