Patrick Houston Shaw-Stewart

Patrick Houston Shaw-Stewart was born on 17 August 1888 at Aberartro Llanenddwyn on the Merioneth coast.  Shaw-Stewart was educated Eaton, and Balliol College, Oxford. He became a Lieutenant-Commander with the Royal Naval Division during World War I.  He was a close friend of Rupert Brooke. Shaw-Stewart served at Gallipoli and was killed in France on December 30, 1917. He is buried at Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension.

 

I Saw a Man This Morning

I saw a man this morning
Who did not wish to die
I ask, and cannot answer,
If otherwise wish I.

Fair broke the day this morning
Against the Dardanelles ;
The breeze blew soft, the morn's cheeks
Were cold as cold sea-shells

But other shells are waiting
Across the Aegean sea,
Shrapnel and high explosive,
Shells and hells for me.

O hell of ships and cities,
Hell of men like me,
Fatal second Helen,
Why must I follow thee ?

Achilles came to Troyland
And I to Chersonese :
He turned from wrath to battle,
And I from three days' peace.

Was it so hard, Achilles,
So very hard to die ?
Thou knewest and I know not-
So much the happier I.

I will go back this morning
From Imbros over the sea ;
Stand in the trench, Achilles,
Flame-capped, and shout for me.