Famous People of Oswestry
Wilfred Owen, the War poet, was born in Oswestry in 1893.
There is a memorial in Broad Walk alongside St. Oswalds Church.
His most famous poem was Dulce et Decorum Est, written in the First World War
In August 1918 he earned the Military Cross in France, before being killed in November; seven days before the end of the war.
To view some of his poems visit:
http://www.hcu.ox.ac.uk/jtap/warpoems.htm Another local eccentric was 'Mad Jack' Mytton, who used to ride a bear across his dining room table. His famous cure for hiccups - setting fire to his shirt - is, believed, to still be practised in some of the more isolated parts of Shropshire. But I'm not saying where.