Iraqi influences on British war poetry

According to the BBC: “In 1916 the Military Cross was awarded to a captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers for “conspicuous gallantry during a raid on the enemy’s trenches”. 

The “captain” and “hero” in question was the celebrated WW1 poet Siegfried Sassoon, whose prose are a central feature for many in English literature. 

Siegfried Sassoon’s family were Sephardic Jews, who had flourished originally in Basra, in modern day Iraq, and his grandfather was the first of his family to arrive in Manchester, in 1858.



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