Mansfield poet Steven Leslie Hill’s second volume of poetry inspired by the First World War has been published this week, ahead of Armistice Day.
“It was the experiences of my grandfather, John Edward Pilmore in France and Belgium during the Great War that inspired me to write Tears for the Fallen 1914-1918, just like they did for my previous one,” explained Steven.
John Edward Pilmore served with the Yorkshire/Lancashire Regiment and survived to tell the harrowing tale, despite being gassed and suffering from shell shock.
Steven’s great uncle, Ernest Pilmore, of the Black Watch Regiment, was killed in action in France.
“Tears for the Fallen 1914-1918 is a contemporary collection of poems covering all aspects of life and conditions of the men from all sides who fought in the Great War,” he added.
“Those poems are a condemnation of the madness of World War One and indeed all subsequent wars that have followed and the suffering that they bring.
“They are also a tribute to the individuals of the Great War of 1914-1918, who fought with great courage, bravery and compassion for a peaceful, tolerant and free world.”
More than 50 poems deal with more than just the British suffering – there is the anguish of a young Australian soldier, dying alone and far from home, the haunting images of a man he killed in a French soldier’s mind and the heartbreak of a Belgian woman, widowed by war.
The war is viewed, too, from the German and Russian perspectives.
Steven Leslie Hill’s previous book was also a collection of poetry, called Poems of World War One 1914-1918.
Tears for the Fallen (paperback £7.99 ISBN 978-178035-471-2) is available to order from the publisher at www.fast-print.net/bookshop/1187/tears-for-the-fallen-1914-1918 or from any good bookshop or internet retailer.