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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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