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Posted on Wednesday 26th July


A memorial will be unveiled for the Devon and Dorset Regiment at the National Memorial Arboretum


This September, the National Memorial Arboretum will be unveiling a memorial for the Devon and Dorset Regiment.

At the ceremony, Noel Hodgson's famous poem 'Before Action' will be read and dedicated to both battalions for their excellent service. Hodgson's poem, Before Action is the very same poem that Prince Harry read out at the Somme commemorations, Thiepval Vigil last year.

Further Reading

Before Action

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Before Action

(Hardback - 237 pages)
by Charlotte Zeepvat

William Noel Hodgson never intended to be a soldier; he wanted to write. The Great War made his reputation as a poet but it also killed him. This groundbreaking biography traces his path through the pre-war world and explores why he set his own hopes and plans aside to join the army. His story is personal but it evokes the experience of a generation.
A hundred years on, Hodgson is not only remembered for… Read more...


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