During the First World War Vera Brittain served as a Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D) nursing wounded soldiers in England, France and in Malta. During the war she lost a number people she loved dearly including her fiance Roland Leighton, and her brother Edward. After the war she became strongly - and famously - associated with the peace movement, to which she was committed for the rest of her life.
'Perhaps' by Vera Brittain is a poem filled with the grief she felt when her fiance Roland Leighton was killed. The First World War Poetry Archive are working with McMaster University Archives to digitise a selection of Vera Brittain's poems, letters and diary extracts as well as material by Roland Leighton.
Image copyright: The Vera Brittain Literary Estate, non commercial use only