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'Gommecourt Wood', a poem by Private G Getley, 1917
(Catalogue ref: WO 95/2686)
WO 95/2686; poem by Private G Getley, 1917

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Study this source carefully. It contains information that could be useful in your presentation. As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • How do you know this poem was about the attack on the Somme?
  • According to the poem, what was the mood of this soldier and his mates?
  • What happened to Bagley and how did it affect the writer?
  • What was Private Getley's job?
  • What is the general attitude in this poem towards the war?
  • Will you use this source in your presentation?

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