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War poet Isaac Rosenberg recognised in archive footage from the trenches

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Formal identification of stretcher bearer would be first time a serving war poet is captured on film, say experts

After 30 years in the police force, retired DS Terry Abrahams has developed a sixth sense for recognising faces. It’s a talent that led him to spot, in a piece of first world war film footage, one of Britain’s greatest poets during active service.

The Imperial War Museum is now investigating the footage which, if verified, would give a unique insight into war poet Isaac Rosenberg. Dr Jean Moorcroft Wilson, a leading scholar of war poets and Rosenberg’s biographer, told the Observer this would be a “very significant” discovery – the only known moving image of a war poet in the trenches.

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