Archive: Aug 2011

Ivor Gurney

Ivor Gurney

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: Edward Thomas

Literary Connections No.5

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: Rudyard Kipling

Literary Connections No.4

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

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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Home-made Scones and Raspberry Jam

Homemade Scones and raspberry Jam

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

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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When you see millions of the mouthless dead by Charles Hamilton Sorley

When you see millions of the mouthless dead by Charles Hamilton Sorley