Scots WWI poet remembered with plaque at former home
Charles Hamilton Sorley is known for his poem When You See Millions Of The Mouthless Dead.
He is one of the greatest but least known war poets.
Charles Hamilton Sorley was born in Aberdeen and died at the Battle of Loos at just 20 years of age.
Almost 40 poems were discovered in his kit bag and published after his death.
His most famous, When You See Millions Of The Mouthless Dead, is regarded as one of the finest poems of the First World War.
But while many known the poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, Sorley's poems are less well known.
As Scotland prepares to remember, he's being honoured in his home city where a plaque has been unveiled in the house where he grew up .
"It adds to the sadness of it that a poem is tucked away, that creativity, that innovation, that yearning for life lost before his 21st birthday."Neil McLennan, University of Aberdeen
Neil McLennan of the University of Aberdeen says Sorley's pieces are powerful and poignant.
"Perhaps the most powerful piece is When You See Millions Of The Mouthless Dead which was found in his kit bag," he explains.
"It adds to the sadness of it that a poem is tucked away, that creativity, that innovation, that yearning for life lost before his 21st birthday."
To mark the centenary of the end of WWI, a theatrical tribute in his birthplace hopes to attract the lost poet a new audience
Using his letters and poems, the Scottish premiere of the West End production It Is Easy To Be Dead tells the moving story of his life.
Producer Breon Rydell says he was determined that the life and work of Sorley should not be forgotten.
"I think just the responsibility of bringing recognition culturally to this young man was very, very important for me, very important for Scotland to know him," he says.
"It's very important for Scotland to know he was a hero, that he spoke truth to power and his voice connects and resonates with people today and we need voices like that today."