The collection of newly discovered material includes poems dating and relating to WW1. Kipling originally supported the war, so much so that he encouraged his son John to join up, which he did, enlisting in the Irish Guards. John died at the Battle of Loos in 1915 and in the lines of the poem 'My Boy Jack', a parent's heart felt sadness at the loss of his son is evident. Following on from his son's death, Kipling views about WW1 changed and can be seen in the poem 'Epitaphs of the War', "If any question why we died / Tell them, because our fathers lied".
|Ref: AWNS-19231129-38-4, Kipling (on the right) became Rector of St Andrew's University, Scotland, 1923, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
Find out about the Kipling Society and check out Auckland Libraries' heritage resources by Kipling on the main library catalogue and the Kipling Society scrapbook of articles and poem by or about Kipling (NZMS 1084), which you can search for through Manuscripts Online (enter the term Rudyard Kipling into the search box).
|Ref: AWNS-19241211-48-3, Rudyard Kipling's daughter weds, Sir George Grey Special Collections|