War Poet's Manuscripts Found

Letters, papers and manuscripts detailing the life of a heroic first world war poet have been discovered in a house in Gloucestershire.

Frederick William Harvey, who lived in the Forest of Dean, was well known for his poetry and acts of courage.

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  1. Ken Goodwin

FW Harvey's manuscripts discovered in Gloucestershire

Letters, papers and manuscripts detailing the life of a heroic first world war poet have been discovered in a house in Gloucestershire.

Frederick William Harvey was a solicitor in the Forest of Dean, but his poems about the war became famous.

On Sunday, at the war memorial in Harvey's home village of Yorkley, one of his poems will be read as the last post is sounded, a tradition first started by Harvey himself while he was alive.

The video below shows members of the FW Harvey Society and the Royal British Legion at the war memorial, listening to a reading of the poem: To Old Comrades, A Forest Offering which Harvey wrote and used to read on Remembrance Sunday at the same location when he was alive.

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  1. Ken Goodwin

WWI Poet's manuscripts found in Gloucestershire house

Frederick William Harvey's poems about the war became famous. Credit: FW Harvey Society

Letters, papers and manuscripts detailing the life of a heroic first world war poet have been discovered in a house in Gloucestershire.

Frederick William Harvey was well known for his poetry and acts of courage. He lived in the Forest of Dean where he was a solicitor, but his poems about the war became famous.

Now his papers are being made available to the public at the Gloucestershire Archives office. A PhD student from Exeter University is currently cataloguing them.

On Sunday, at the war memorial in Harvey's home village of Yorkley, one of his poems will be read as the last post is sounded, a tradition first started by Harvey himself while he was alive.

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