Among the many moving ceremonies to mark the centenary of the Armistice, a series of portraits of casualties of the first world war were stencilled in the sand around Britain, the project is called “Pages of the Sea”, which is a quotation from a poem from the Caribbean poet Derek Walcott, and now incorporated in a new commemorative poem by Carol Ann Duffy. You can read it on the website for the project, which is here, and see many photographs.
This is a portrait of Wilfrid Owen.
Wilfrid Owen left from Folkestone, the beach where this portrait is found, twice, to go to the front.
He was killed after his second departure, on the 4th of November 1918 just a few days before the declaration of the end of the war, his mother could hear the bells ringing in celebration of the Armistice when she received the telegram one week later informing her that her son was dead. In high school in England we were set a Wilfrid Owen poem to study, much of which I still remember:
Dulce et Decorum Est