Category Archive: Britain

Eleanor Farjeon

Eleanor Farjeon

Eleanor Farjeon was born in London on 13th February 1881, the third child of writer Benjamin Farjeon and his wife Margaret (Maggie) Jefferson, who was the daughter of the American actor Joseph Jefferson. Just a few months after Eleanor’s birth, in the summer of 1881, her older brother Charles died, aged just one. Eleanor, known […]

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Vera Brittain

Vera Brittain

Vera Mary Brittain was born on December 29th 1893 at Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire. She was the oldest child of paper manufacturer Arthur Brittain and his wife Edith (née Bervon), who moved their young family to Macclesfield in Cheshire when Vera was eighteen months old, just a few months before her beloved brother Edward was born. […]

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Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke

Rupert Chawner Brooke was born at Rugby on 3rd August 1887, the middle of the three sons of William and Mary Brooke. William Brooke was a Classics master at Rugby, where Rupert and this brothers Richard and William grew up under the watchful eye of their domineering mother. Brooke was educated at Hillbrow Preparatory School, […]

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Robert Graves

Robert Graves

Robert Von Ranke Graves was born in Wimbledon on 24th July 1895, the third of five children born to Alfred Perceval Graves and his second wife, Amalie Elizabeth Von Ranke. Graves was educated at Charterhouse School, where he was befriended and influenced by one of the masters, mountaineer, George Mallory. In 1914, Graves has just […]

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Richard Aldington

Richard Aldington

Richard Aldington was born Edward Godfree Aldington in Portsmouth on 8th July 1892. His father Albert was a solicitor’s clerk and when Edward as still an infant, Albert and his wife Jessie moved to Dover in Kent, where they had three more children. At a young age, Edward took a strong dislike to his given […]

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Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy

Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy - 'Woodbine Willie'

Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy was born in Leeds on June 27th 1883, the seventh of nine children born to Reverend William Studdert Kennedy and his second wife, Joan. Geoffrey also had five half-siblings from his father’s first marriage and this large family lived a happy life in the poor parish of St Mary’s Quarry Hill, […]

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Jessie Pope

Jessie Pope

It is, perhaps, ironic that Jessie Pope should share her date of birth (although not the year) with Wilfred Owen, who vilified her and her type in his poem Dulce et Decorum Est. Her reputation today mainly persists due to Wilfred Owen’s original dedication of that poem to her, and his criticism therein of her […]

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Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen

Born on 18th March 1893 in Plas Wilmot near Oswestry in Shropshire, Wilfred Owen would eventually become one of the most famous war poets in the English language. His poetry is now most certainly the most widely read and studied within this genre and forms the introduction to the First World War for many individuals. […]

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Isaac Rosenberg

Isaac Rosenberg

Isaac Rosenberg was born in Bristol on 25th November 1890, the oldest son and second child of Jewish-Lithuanian immigrants, Dovber and Hacha Rosenberg. Isaac’s twin brother died at birth, making his mother rather protective of him, especially given his poor health and diminutive stature. Dovber and Hacha changed their christian names to Barnet and Anne; […]

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Charlotte Mew

Charlotte Mew

Charlotte Mary Mew was born on London on 15th November 1869, the third child of architect Frederick Mew and his wife Anna Maria Marden (née Kendall). Charlotte’s mother firmly believed that she had married beneath her and throughout her marriage, despite having seven children, she did very little around the home. The children, Henry, Frederick, […]

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