Rupert Brooke and the 'Glitterati' at Gallipoli by Peter Hart
01 Nov

Regarded as a lively, well informed, and amusing speaker, Peter Hart is regular and popular branch speaker. He's a military historian specialising in the Great War and was the Oral Historian at the Imperial War Museum from 1981 until his retirement. Peter is the author of the magisterial Gallipoli (OUP 2013) as well as many other books on the Great War.

This presentation chronicles the story of the poet Rupert Brooke, who Yeats described as 'the handsomest young man in England'. The talk will detail his early life and his war service.

In 1915 he joined the Royal Naval Division's Hood Battalion and sailed with them in February 1915.

Brooke received a mosquito bite which caused blood poisoning. French surgeons carried out two operations to drain the abscess, but he died of septicaemia on 23 April 1915 without having seen action.

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Fairwater Conservative Club, 61 Ely Rd, Cardiff CF5 2BY
01 Nov 2024 19:30