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Display at Ashton museum to commemorate poet

A display has opened at Ashton's Portland Basin Museum, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Wilfred Owen's first volume of poetry.

Owen, who is perhaps the best known of all the Great War poets, served as a lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion of the Manchester Regiment and won the Military Cross for his actions at Joncourt in 1918.

A week before the Armistice was signed, Owen was killed leading his men across the Sambre-Oise Canal.

His parents received the news of his death on November 11, 1918, as the church bells were ringing to signify peace. He was 25.

Among the items in the display, which is near the coal-mining exhibit, is a sculpture which artist Anthony Padgett has donated to the Tameside collection.

People can find out more at www.tameside.gov.uk/portlandbasin

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