Saturday 29 June at 11.30am at St Michael’s Tower, The Cross, Gloucester
Gloucester Civic Trust will be screening a film on the life and times of local Poet Ivor Gurney called “The Severn and Somme”. The film is to coincide with and complement the Gloucester Armed Forces Day and Parade on the same day.
Entry is free.
The film lasts just under one hour and portrays the sad life of Ivor Gurney – a celebrated WW1 poet. Gurney was born in Queen Street, Gloucester in August 1890. Today a plaque near Boots the Chemist in Eastgate Street remembers him. Not only was he a gifted poet but he was also a talented musician.
In 1911 he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. At an early age, Gurney had mood swings, and he had his first breakdown in 1913.
In 1914 Gurney tried to sign up for military service but was turned down due to poor eyesight. However, he eventually was accepted and joined the the 5th Gloucester Reserve Battalion. In April 1917 Gurney was wounded – shot in the arm, and sent to hospital at Rouen. He was later gassed at St. Julien and invalided home to Blighty. In November of that year – Gurney’s first collection of poems, Severn & Somme, is published.
With failing mental health Gurney is committed to Barnwood House Mental Hospital, Gloucester .
In 1937 (26 December) Ivor Gurney dies at Dartford on Boxing Day, of tuberculosis, and on 31 December, Gurney is Buried at Twigworth, Gloucestershire.
Seating is limited and is on a first come first served basis.