[The Dead.]War Command, [c.1917] Stock Code: 127049
A rare wartime issue of part of Rupert Brooke's best-known poems, "The Dead", printing on a large single sheet the first stanza, beginning "Blow out, you bugles... ". The sheet is signed below on two printed lines over the legend "War Command" Lieutenant-General Sir Fenton Aylmer (1862-1935), recipient of the Victoria Cross and commander of the Tigris Corps, an Indian army formation founded in 1915, who led the first effort to end the siege of Kut (December 1915 to April 1916) in Mesopotamia. The poem was first published in 1914 & Other Poems (1915). This issue is genuinely rare, and its distribution thus by a figure of the "War Command" goes to show just how far Brooke's poetry had worked its way into the British military consciousness.
Broadside printing (450 x 280 mm), printed on one side of laid paper watermarked "Glastonbury". Tipped onto mount (507 x 450 mm).
Slight foxing to margins, a little creased from being previously rolled up.
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