Wilfred Wilson Gibson

Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

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Wilfrid Wilson Gibson was born on 2nd October 1878 at Hexham in Northumberland, one of the nine children of John Pattison Gibson and his wife Elizabeth Judith (née Walton). Wilfrid Gibson’s father was a pharmacist by profession, but was also a part-time writer and historian and while his upbringing was by no means affluent, it […]

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Alan P Herbert

Alan P Herbert

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Alan Patrick Herbert was born on September 24th 1890, at Ashtead in Surrey, the oldest of the three sons of Patrick and Beatrice Herbert (née Selwyn). His father’s job, as a civil servant at the India Office ensured a comfortable and happy childhood for Alan and his two younger brothers, Sidney and Owen. However, their […]

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Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon

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Born on 8th September 1886, Siegfried Loraine Sassoon was the second of three sons of Alfred and Theresa Sassoon. His parents separated when he was four years old, leaving his mother to raise her three sons alone. Nonetheless, Sassoon spent a happy and secure childhood and was educated at Marlborough before going on to Clare […]

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Ivor Gurney

Ivor Gurney

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Born on August 28th 1890, Ivor Gurney typified the fine line that is often said to exist between genius and insanity. His talent for musical composition and poetry hid a troubled mind that the battlefields of the First World War would ultimately destroy. The son of a master tailor, Gurney grew up among working-class people, […]

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Literary Connections No.5

Literary Connections No.5: Edward Thomas

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Literary Connections No.5, shows the links between Edward Thomas, Ivor Gurney, Edmund Blunden, Siegfried Sassoon, and Rupert Brooke.

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Literary Connections No.4

Literary Connections No.4: Rudyard Kipling

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Literary Connections No.4, shows the links between Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and Edmund Blunden.

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E A Mackintosh

E A Mackintosh

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Ewart Alan Mackintosh was born on 4th March 1893 in Brighton, Sussex, the son of Scotsman Alexander Mackintosh and his wife, Lilian. From this and Alexander’s first marriage, Alan (as he was known from an early age) had one half brother and five sisters and half sisters. Alexander Mackintosh worked as a banker and Senior […]

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Homemade Scones and raspberry Jam

Home-made Scones and Raspberry Jam

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As many people in the First World War would have grown their own fresh fruit, by late summer, they would have been making preserves to store throughout the winter. Sugar rationing was not introduced until January 1918, so making jams and preserves would have been popular with many war-time housewives. This recipe for raspberry jam […]

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Charles Hamilton Sorley

Charles Hamilton Sorley

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Charles Sorley was born on May 19th, 1895 in Aberdeen, where his father, William Ritchie Sorley was professor of moral philosophy at the university. In 1900, the family, including Charles’s twin brother, Kenneth and their older sister Jean, moved to Cambridge, where their father took up a new position and was elected a Fellow of […]

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