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Wednesday, 3 October, 2001, 16:42 GMT 17:42 UK
Birkenhead's soldier poet honoured
Peter Owen and Lloyd Grossman
Peter Owen met Lloyd Grossman for the ceremony
The soldier poet of the Great War, Wilfred Owen, has been honoured with a plaque placed outside his boyhood home on Merseyside.

The blue plaque was put up by English Heritage on the house in Birkenhead where the writer lived between the ages of seven and 10.

Owen died in battle just seven days before the war ended in 1918, and his words spoke for a generation of young men who were also killed.

Members of the Wilfred Owen Association attended a ceremony to unveil the plaque at 7 Elm Grove in Birkenhead.

Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen was killed days before war ended
Celebrity Lloyd Grossman, who is joint chairman of the blue plaque scheme, also attended the ceremony.

Peter Owen, the poet's nephew, said: "Wilfred Owen's poetry has gathered strength with each year that has passed since his death in 1918.

"His poems came direct from his experiences in the front line.

"They are as true today as when they came from Wilfred's pen over 80 years ago."

Poems by Wilfred Owen include The Sentry, Anthem for Doomed Youth, and Dulce et Decorum Est.

The homes of his fellow war poets and friends Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves have already been marked with plaques.

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