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U Battery, Manchester Cathedral and Wilfred Owen
Sun 7 August 2016, 14:00 – 15:30 BST
U' Battery Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) has several historical links with Manchester. A heavy brass plaque hangs in the Cathedral’s west porch to commemorate the Battery’s losses in the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902).
In the dying days of the First World War, U Battery was present when Wilfred Owen, one of the most searingly powerful war poets to emerge from the conflict, was killed. On 4 November 1918, just seven days before the Armistice, the Battery was covering Owen’s troop, the 2nd Manchester Regiment, as they attempted to assault the Sambred-Oise Canal, not far from La Cateau in northern France. Owen lost his life in the attack.
A compelling story of folly and bravery in the face of unimaginable horror, this event offers a fascinating meditation on the First World War as it roared through to its final days.
Brinley Morgan is the author of “U” Battery: Legendary Battery of the Royal Artillery