Wilfred Owen tea towel
Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) is widely recognised as one of the greatest English poets of the First World War. His work contrasts starkly with that of writers such as Rupert Brooke who sought to praise a soldier's patriotic duty. In his poem "Dulce et Decorum Est" he rejects the much quoted Latin proverb ("it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country") as "an old lie". Here he is on this tea towel in his officer's uniform, with a soulful look in his eye. Could he have known that he would not last the War? He was killed exactly a week before it ended, and his mother received the fateful telegram on Armistice Day.