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World War One - Blood and Bone

World War One was tough for all soldiers and families.  This toughness is reflected in David Metzenthen's novel Boys of Blood and Bone.  The harsh metaphor of the title points to the soldiers becoming the manure for future French fields.  The book, however, shows that their spirit lives on, from beyond the fields where they died.


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Websites with information about Australians in World War One

Australian War Memorial

Anazac Day Traditions and Folklore

World War One Overview and Classroom Activities

A Comprehensive WWI site from Trinity College, WA

Some international websites covering art works and literature about World War One

A Very Comprehensive Look at Art of World War One

A Collection of Writing from World War One



Anthem for Doomed Youth
by Wilfred Owen
First Published in 1921


What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries for them; no prayers nor bells,
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,--
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.