On a winter’s day in 1915 the family of one Capt. Charles Sorley – athlete, soldier and poet – received a package. It was his kit bag, sent home by his regiment from the Western Front, where Sorley had been killed, aged 20, at the Battle of Loos. Out of this bag came a life abridged: personal effects, items of uniform and a bundle of papers, from which emerged his now famous sonnet When You See Millions of the Mouthless Dead.

A new photographic survey of military kits now illustrates that curious combination.

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“When You See Millions of the Mouthless Dead” by Charles Hamilton Sorley (read by Tom O’Bedlam)