Siegfried Sassoon's statement of protest against the war, and related letters


Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967) the writer and poet served with the Royal Welch Fusiliers in France. Wounded in April 1917 he was sent to England to recover. In July 1917, under great personal strain, he issued this now famous statement in which he criticises those he sees as prolonging the war. It was read out in the House of Commons and Sassoon was sent to Craiglockhart Hospital in Edinburgh to be treated for shell shock by the psychologist W H R Rivers before returning to the Front. This copy of the statement was sent to Harold Cox, editor of The Edinburgh review and brother-in-law of Sassoon’s uncle Sir Hamo Thornycroft.

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Siegfried Sassoon: letters to his uncle, Sir William Hamo Thornycroft, R.A., with some related correspondence; circa 1906-1966, n.d.
July 1917; whole volume c. 1906–66, Weirleigh, Matfield, Kent
Manuscript / Letter / Typescript / Newspaper / Ephemera
Siegfried Sassoon
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© Published by permission from the Estate of George Sassoon. Published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence.

(Some items listed in the catalogue description were not digitised for the Europeana Collections 1914–1918 project due to copyright restrictions. Permission applies to ff. 2–16, 21–24, 26, 28, 34–53).

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