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A wounded soldier is carried through

Cardiff Central Station 1915





The Great War



The First World War 1914 - 18


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The Great War

By C Jinarajadasa

The Theosophical Society and the Great War

Published 1925


Writings by Annie Besant on the Great War


Great Britain and the War


War is Declared


The Deeper Issues of the War


"God’s Temples"


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Britain's Place in the Great Plan

Lectures delivered in London in 1921 with a positive message

for the future in the aftermath of the Great War



Lord Kitchener’s “Your Country Needs You” recruitment poster.

Kitchener was appointed Secretary for War in 1914 and went on

to raise the largest army Britain has ever had. He was drowned

when his ship hit a mine in 1916.




Wilfred Edward Salter Owen, MC

(March 18, 1893 – November 4, 1918)


Dulce et Decorum Est


Wilfred Owen



Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,

Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,

Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs

And towards our distant rest began to trudge.

Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots

But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;

Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots

Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! –  An ecstasy of fumbling,

Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;

But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,

And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime . . .

Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,

As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,

He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace

Behind the wagon that we flung him in,

And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,

His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;

If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood

Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,

Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud

Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,

My friend, you would not tell with such high zest

To children ardent for some desperate glory,

The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est

Pro patria mori.


                     October 1917





The first words of a Latin saying (taken from an ode by Horace). The words were widely understood and often quoted at the start of the First World War. They mean "It is sweet and right."


The full saying ends the poem: Dulce et decorum est pro patria

mori - it is sweet and right to die for your country. In other words, it is a wonderful and great honour to fight and die for your country 



Writings by C W Leadbeater

on The Great War or in response to

the bereavement caused by the War


The Great War


Occult View of the War


Spiritualism and Theosophy


To Those Who Mourn


Life After Death


History of Theosophy in Wales


Life after Death & Reincarnation

The Aftermath of the Somme

The slaughter of the Battle of the Somme 1916 leads to a

great public demand for lectures on Reincarnation



Theosophy and Reincarnation


The Rush to Enlist

Cardiff 1914



Cardiff in March 1918

Less enthusiasm as new recruits, probably conscripts,

form up outside the Co-operative building at the corner

of Bute Terrace and Mary Ann Street




First World War Chronology



In Flanders Fields by Major John McRae.

The idea of Poppies as a symbol of Remembrance

is said to come from the imagery of this poem.


The call to continue the fight, in the last verse, precludes it from

being an anti-war poem but it was written in 1915 before battles

like The Somme, Passchendaele and Vimy Ridge and the futility

of the war seems to have not yet sunk in.




The Green Fields Of France

An Anti-War Song by Eric Bogle


Well, how do you do, Private William McBride,

Do you mind if I sit down here by your graveside?

And rest for awhile in the warm summer sun,

I've been walking all day, and I'm nearly done.

And I see by your gravestone you were only 19

When you joined the glorious fallen in 1916,

Well, I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean

Or, Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene?



Did they Beat the drum slowly, did the play the pipes lowly?

Did the rifles fir o'er you as they lowered you down?

Did the bugles sound The Last Post in chorus?

Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?


And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind

In some loyal heart is your memory enshrined?

And, though you died back in 1916,

To that loyal heart are you forever 19?

Or are you a stranger without even a name,

Forever enshrined behind some glass pane,

In an old photograph, torn and tattered and stained,

And fading to yellow in a brown leather frame?


The sun's shining down on these green fields of France;

The warm wind blows gently, and the red poppies dance.

The trenches have vanished long under the plow;

No gas and no barbed wire, no guns firing now.

But here in this graveyard that's still No Man's Land

The countless white crosses in mute witness stand

To man's blind indifference to his fellow man.

And a whole generation who were butchered and damned.


And I can't help but wonder, no Willie McBride,

Do all those who lie here know why they died?

Did you really believe them when they told you "The Cause?"

Did you really believe that this war would end wars?

Well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame

The killing, the dying, it was all done in vain,

For Willie McBride, it all happened again,

And again, and again, and again, and again.




The White Poppy Meditation

for World Peace

Armistice Day, Sunday November 11th 2007


Rupert Chawner Brooke

August 3, 1887 – April 23, 1915



IV ‘The Dead’ by Rupert Brooke




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