Edmund Blunden in Poperinge - December, 1916

from Undertones of War, page 147:

In M Camp I acquired an extraordinary facility in issuing the mighty rum ration.... The indefatigable dear Worley held up his candle, or turned on his pocket torch, as I stood at the door of each billet, and it was rare that anyone went short. The precious drops were fairly distributed, and when all was done Worley would prolong my visitation, in defiance of military principles, by luring me into his tent to join a party of old stagers whose bread and cheese was the emblem of an unforgettable kindness. And there was an occasion or two in which Cassells and myself were the guests of those good …   more >>
cite as

Edmund Blunden, Undertones of War (Harmondsworth, 1982), p. 147. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1395332157480 accessed: 14 April, 2024

location of experience: Poperinge


Edmund Blunden
university teacher, Poet

Experience Information

Date/Time December, 1916
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


St. Jans ter Biezen is a hamlet within the municipality of Poperinge (known by its Flemish spelling, Poperinghe, in the early 20th century). An estaminet is a small cafe or bar.

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:15:57 +0000