The lives and work of poets, including Edmund Blunden, Rupert Brooke, Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon are documented in "Anthem for Doomed Youth: 12 Soldier Poets of the First World War", which runs at the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1, until April 27. Among the manuscripts, letters, photographs and personal mementoes on display is: z Edmund Blunden's Military Cross and the uniform tunic he wore as a lieutenant in the Royal Sussex Regiment. z Siegfried Sassoon's pistol, his protest statement against the war and a medical report describing his mental condition as "abnormal".z Edward Thomas's diary, which was creased by the blast of the shell that killed him, along with his pocket watch, which stopped at the moment of his death. Admission: pound;5, pound;4 concessions.
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