Masefield, John Edward
- David Gervais
Masefield, John Edward (1878–1967), poet and novelist, was born at The Knapp, Ledbury, Herefordshire, on 1 June 1878. He was the third of the six children of George Edward Masefield (1842–1891), solicitor, and his wife, Caroline Louisa Parker (b. 1852). His mother died following childbirth in 1885, after which his father became increasingly unbalanced, until his own death in hospital in 1891. The children were brought up by an uncle and an aunt (who tried to repress ...