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Blunden, Edmund Charles (1896–1974), poet and university teacher, was born on 1 November 1896 at 54A Tottenham Court Road, London, the eldest of the nine children (five sons and four daughters) of Charles Edmund Blunden (1871–1951) and his wife, Georgina Margaret (1868–1967), daughter of ...

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Edmund Charles Blunden (1896–1974) by Ralph Hodgson, 1921 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rupert Chawner Brooke (1887–1915) by Sherril Schell, 1913 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brooke, Rupert Chawner (1887–1915), poet, was born on 3 August 1887 at 5 Hillmorton Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, the second of the three sons born to William Parker Brooke (1850–1910), schoolmaster, and his wife, Ruth Mary (d. 1930), the daughter of the Revd Charles Cotterill...

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T. F. Henderson

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Cleland, William (1661?–1689), army officer and poet, was the son of Thomas Cleland, gamekeeper to the marquess of Douglas. His father's occupation suggests that he was born and brought up near Douglas Castle in Lanarkshire, where the marquess had his chief residence. He was educated at the university of ...

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Fitzpatrick, Richard (1748–1813), army officer, politician, and poet, was born on 24 January 1748, the second son of John Fitzpatrick, second Baron Gowran in the peerage of Ireland (1719–1758) who was created earl of Upper Ossory in 1751, and his wife, Evelyn (1725–1763)...

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Richard Fitzpatrick (1748–1813) by Henry R. Cook (after William Lane, in or before 1813) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robert von Ranke Graves (1895–1985) by John Aldridge, 1968 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Graves, Robert von Ranke (1895–1985), poet and novelist, was born on 24 July 1895 at Red Branch House, Lauriston Road, Wimbledon, Surrey, the third of the five children of Alfred Perceval Graves (1846–1931), poet and educationist, and his second wife, Amalie Elizabeth Sophie (Amy; 1857–1951)...

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Grenfell, Julian Henry Francis (1888–1915), army officer and poet, was born at 4 St James's Square, London, on 30 March 1888. He was the eldest son of William Henry Grenfell, first Baron Desborough (1855–1945), and his wife, Ettie [see Grenfell, Ethel Anne Priscilla (1867-1952)...

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Julian Henry Francis Grenfell (1888–1915) by Maull & Fox © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ivor Bertie Gurney (1890–1937) by unknown photographer © reserved; The British Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gurney, Ivor Bertie (1890–1937), composer and poet, was born at 3 Queen Street, Gloucester, on 28 August 1890, the elder son and second in the family of two boys and two girls of David Gurney (1872–1919), proprietor of a small tailoring business, and his wife, ...

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Harvey, Frederick William (1888–1957), poet and army officer, was born on 26 March 1888 at Murrel's End, Hartpury, Gloucestershire, the eldest of the five children of Howard Frederick Harvey (1853–1909), a farmer and horse dealer, and his wife, Cecilia Matilda (Tillie), née Waters (1862–1943)...

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Jones, (Walter) David Michael [pseud. Dai Greatcoat] (1895–1974), painter and poet, was born on 1 November 1895 in Brockley, Kent, the younger son and youngest of three children of James Jones, printer, from Holywell, Flintshire, and his wife, Alice Ann, former governess, daughter of ...

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Lovelace, Richard (1617–1657), poet and army officer, was born on 9 December 1617, the eldest of five sons and the second of eight children of Sir William Lovelace the younger (bap. 1584, d. 1627) of Woolwich, Kent, and his wife, Anne Barnes (...

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Richard Lovelace (1617–1657) attrib. William Dobson by permission of the Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery

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Marjoribanks, John (1758/9–1796), poet and army officer, was probably born in Berwickshire, the only son of Major John Marjoribanks of Crumrigg, Berwickshire, and his wife, Marjorie, née Gordon (1722–1803). His father was regarded as one of the British heroes of the American War of Independence for his conduct at the battle of ...

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Mercer, William (b. c. 1605, d. in or after 1675), poet and army officer, was a son of John Mercer (d. 1637/8), who was minister of Methlick in Aberdeenshire at the time of William's birth, and later minister of Slains. For much of ...

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Edmund Blunden

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Nichols, Robert Malise Bowyer (1893–1944), poet and playwright, was born at Shanklin, Isle of Wight, on 6 September 1893, the elder son of John Bowyer Buchanan Nichols (1859–1939) of Lawford Hall, Essex, artist and author and a descendant of John Nichols, the eighteenth-century antiquary. His mother was ...