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War Poetry: Ted Hughes: 'Bayonet Charge'

War Poetry: Ted Hughes: 'Bayonet Charge'
I have already said my piece about the AQA GCSE poetry syllabus and what it calls the 'Conflict' cluster. (I take 'cluster' to be the AQA's decorous abbreviation of a more accurate military term which, alas, cannot be used on a family-friendly blog.) Now I will do my best to help those unfortunates brought to this site in search of information about one particular poem: Ted Hughes's 'Bayonet Charge'. What follows is a set of loose notes. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Hughes wrote far better poems than 'Bayonet Charge'. Postscript: for an account of Jane Weir's 'Poppies', see here.

ANZAC Day and Gallipoli: 25 April - Kids ANZAC Day is celebrated in Australia and New Zealand on 25 April. Poppy Day is the Friday before ANZAC Day and is the day when people sell red poppy badges to raise funds for war veterans. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. This was the name given to the New Zealand and Australian troops who fought in the Gallipoli campaign in the first World War. Gallipoli is remembered because it is seen as the time when New Zealand first really established its own identity as a country. It is a time when we remember New Zealanders and Australians who fought in wars around the world. The library has lots of books and resources about ANZAC Day including: True books about ANZAC Day True books about World War One Stories about ANZAC Day Stories about World War One Digital scans of original World War One photos, letters and books About the ANZACs The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) troops first landed on the beaches of the Gallipoli Peninsula, in Turkey on 25 April 1915.

Bugle Calls Bugle Calls Download/Play Bugle Calls The following downloads are in .wav format and may not be usable on all systems. Please note that, depending on the speed of your connection, files may require several minutes to download. Acknowledgement: Sound files courtesy of the Australian Army Band, Brisbane. Last Post The bugle call Last Post is inextricably part of the end of day traditions which include Beating the Retreat and Tattoo. Retreat is the older custom dating back to the 16th Century and consisting of prolonged drum beating at sunset to warn the night guard to mount and also to give notice that the gates of the town walls were about to close. There is some confusion over the ‘post’ calls. The Last Post was really the end of the day (a hard day’s fighting and a hard night’s drinking). Reveille The custom of waking soldiers to a bugle call dates back to the Roman Legions when the rank and file were raised by horns playing Diana’s Hymn. [Traditions, Facts and Folklore front page]

The red poppy Anzac poppy The red poppy has become a symbol of war remembrance the world over. People in many countries wear the poppy to remember those who died in war or who still serve. In Flanders fields The red or Flanders poppy has been linked with battlefield deaths since the time of the Great War (1914–18). In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.We are the Dead. McCrae was a Canadian medical officer who, in May 1915, had conducted the funeral service of a friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres (Ieper). McCrae threw away the poem, but a fellow officer rescued it and sent it on to the English magazine Punch; 'In Flanders fields' was published on 8 December 1915. Keeping the faith Many people were moved by the pathos of 'In Flanders fields'. The first Poppy Day New Zealand was one of these countries. Making poppies Wearing poppies

10 facts about the ANZACs 1. ANZAC is an abbreviation of The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. 2. April 25, 1915, was the day the ANZACs landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula, now known as ANZAC Cove (see photo above) to battle the Turkish army during WWI. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. ANZAC Image by Brenda A Guide for Anzac Day History, significance and links to various other perspectives on Anzac Day in New Zealand, Australia and Gallipoli in Turkey. Suggested level: primary, intermediate, Anzac Day A link to the International Children's Digital library where you can read the complete Anzac Day by Kevin Boon, one of the books from his "Special Days" series. Suggested level: primary, Anzac Day from New Zealand History Site Good comprehensive historic material is given alongside the present day relevance and celebration of Anzac Day. Suggested level: primary, intermediate, Anzac Day in Rememberance Anzac Day and what it means to the returned service men and women of New Zealand. Suggested level: primary, intermediate, sec Anzac Gallery Auckland War Memorial Museum Many Answers Online First World War resource guide

NZ BMD Anzac Day – Lest we forget / National events and the NZC / Curriculum resources They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down of the sun and in the morning,We will remember them. Anzac Day, observed on 25 April every year, commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women. The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. This year is the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. Ka mahi te tawa uho ki te riri Well done, you whose courage is like the heart of the Tawa tree. Anzac Day and the New Zealand Curriculum Learning about the First World War and taking part in Anzac Day commemorations provides an opportunity for students to: Key competencies ThinkingAnzac Day provides a useful context to explore the concept of historical significance and develop competence in historical thinking. Partington's Criteria of Historical Significance Commemorations in the classroom