First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Wilfred Owen: Ors & the Sambre Canal

On 4th November 1918, the British 32nd Division crossed the Sambre-Oise canal here, at Ors, in the face of strong opposition. During the assault four VCs were won, among the casualties was the poet, Lieutenant Wilfred Owen MC 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment, who was killed on the towpath on this side of the canal about one kilometre to the north of the bridge.

Modern-day photos

Owen's Grave in Ors
WFA Plaque at Ors
Sambre Canal (1)
Sambre Canal (2)
Sambre Canal (3)