For remembrance: soldier poets who have fallen in the war
SOLDIER POETS WHO HAVE FALLEN
IN THE WAR
Photo by Sherril Schell
SOLDIER POETS WHO HAVE
FALLEN IN THE WAR
A. St. JOHN ADCOCK
Revised and Enlarged Edition
HODDER AND STOUGHTON
The Author's thanks are due to the relatives, friends and publishers of the Soldier Poets referred to in this volume for kindly lending him portraits, supplying biographical information, and giving permission for the use of extracts; to Viscount Wolmer for a copy of the lines by his brother, Captain the Hon. Robert Palmer; and to Mrs. William Sharp, Mrs. S. Masefield, Miss Littlejohn, Mrs. Stables, Mr. Ben R. Streets, Mrs. M. Crombie, and Mrs. Upton Robins for copies of unpublished poems by Lieut. Walter Lightowler Wilkinson, Acting-Captain Charles J. B. Masefield, Company-Sergeant-Major W. H. Littlejohn, Lieut. J. Howard Stables, Sergeant J. W. Streets, Captain Eugene Crombie, and Captain George Upton Robins. He is indebted to Mr. John Lane for permission to use some extracts from the letters in Soldier and Dramatist, by Harold Chapin, and to Messrs. Hodder and Stoughton for permission to use the extract from Men of Letters, by Dixon Scott. The list on pages 1-8 contains the titles of books of verse from which poetical extracts in this volume are taken, with names of their publishers.
List of Portraits
|Sub-Lieut. Rupert Brooke, R.N.V.R.||Frontispiece|
|Captain Brian Brooke, 2nd Gordon Highlanders||16|
|Captain the Hon. Julian Grenfell, D.S.O., Royal Dragoons||32|
|Lieut. W. Noel Hodgson, M.C, 9th Devon Regt.||40|
|Lance-Corporal Francis Ledwidge, Inniskilling Fusiliers||48|
|Captain the Hon. Colwyn Erasmus Arnold Philipps, Royal Horse Guards||60|
|Lieut, the Hon. E. Wyndham Tennant, Grenadier Guards||64|
|Lieut. Robert Sterling, Royal Scots Fusiliers||72|
|2nd Lieut. Harold Parry, 17th King's Royal Rifles||80|
|Captain George Upton Robins, East Yorks Regt.||88|
|Lieut. Edward Thomas, Royal Garrison Artillery||96|
|Lieut. Bernard Pitt, Border Regt.||112|
|2nd Lieut. Hugh Reginald Freston, 3rd Royal Berks Regt.||144|
|Acting-Captain Charles J. B. Masefield, M.C., 5th North Staffs Regt.||152|
|Lieut. Ewart Alan Mackintosh, M.C., Seaforth Highlanders||160|
|Sergt. Leslie Coulson, London Batt. Royal Fusiliers||176|
|Sergt. J. W. Streets, 13th Yorks and Lancaster Regt.||192|
|Captain Eric Fitzwater Wilkinson, M.C. West Yorks Regt.||200|
|Captain Charles Hamilton Sorley, Suffolk Regt.||208|
|Corporal Alexander Robertson, 12th Yorks and Lancaster Regt.||216|
|Lieut. Arthur Lewis Jenkins, R.F.C.||224|
|Captain Richard Dennys, Loyal North Lancs. Regt.||240|
|Captain Eugene Crombie, 4th Gordon Highlanders||256|
|2nd Lieut. Francis St. Vincent Morris, Sherwood Foresters||272|
|Lieut. T. M. Kettle, Dublin Fusiliers||280|
|Lieut. R. E. Vernède, Rifle Brigade||288|
Soldier Poets who have fallen in the War
To Odin's challenge we cried, Amen!
We stayed the plough and laid by the pen
And shouldered our guns like gentlemen,
That the wiser weak should hold....
Then lift the flag of the Last Crusade,
And fill the ranks of the Last Brigade!
March on to the fields where the world's remade
And the Ancient Dreams come true!
Lieut. T. M. Kettle, Poems and Parodies.
Frank S. Brown. Sergt. Princess Pat's Canadian Light Infantry. (Killed in France, 3rd February 1915.) Contingent Ditties, and Other Soldier Songs of the Great War (Sampson Low).
Arthur Scott Craven (A. K. Harvey James). Captain, Buffs. (Killed in action, April 1917.) Joe Skinner; Alarums and Excursions; The Last of the English (Elkin Mathews); A Fool's Tragedy. A Novel (Martin Seeker).
Eugene Crombie. Captain, 4th Gordon Highlanders. (Killed in action, 23rd April 1917.) More Songs by the Fighting Men (Erskine Macdonald).
Clifford Flower. Driver, Royal Field Artillery. (Killed in action, 20th April 1917.) Memoir and Poems (Privately printed).
Hugh Reginald (Rex) Freston. 2nd Lieut. 3rd Royal Berkshire Regt. (Killed in action, 24th January 1916.) The Quest of Truth and Other Poems (Oxford: Blackwell). The Poetry of H. Rex Freston, by Russell Markland (Ling).
The Hon. Gerald William Grenfell. Lieut. Rifle Brigade. (Killed in action, 30th July 1915.) The Muse in Arms. Edited by E. B. Osborn (John Murray).
Thomas M. Kettle. Lieut. Dublin Fusiliers. (Killed in action, September 1916.) Poems and Parodies. With Preface by William Dawson (London: Duckworth. Dublin: Talbot Press). Prose: The Ways of War (Constable); The Day's Burden (Maunsel).
Joyce Kilmer. Poems (Hodder and Stoughton).
Frank Lewis. Flight Sub-Lieut. R.N.A.S. (Killed in air battle, 21st August 1917.) More Songs by the Fighting Men (Erskine Macdonald).
W. H. Littlejohn. Company-Sergt.-Major, Middlesex Regt. (Killed in action, 10th April 1917.) The Muse in Arms. Edited by E. B. Osborn (John Murray).
Ewart Alan Mackintosh, M.C. Lieut. Seaforth Highlanders. (Killed in action, 21st November 1917.) A Highland Regiment and Other Poems; War the Liberator and Other Pieces. With Memoir by John Murray (John Lane).
Charles John Beech Masefield, M.C. Acting Captain, 5th North Staffs Regt. (Fatally wounded in action, 1st July 1917. Died, a prisoner, 2nd July.) The Seasons' Difference and Other Poems; Dislikes: Some Modern Satires (Fifield); More Songs by the Fighting Men (Erskine Macdonald); Gilbert Hermer. A Novel (Blackwood).
The Hon. Robert Palmer. Captain, Hants Regt. (Wounded on Tigris, 21st January 1916. Died, a prisoner in Turkish camp.) The Muse in Arms. Edited by E. B. Osborn (John Murray).
. 2nd Lieut. 17th King's Royal Rifles. (Killed by shell, 6th May 1917.) . With Memoir by G. P. D. (Walsall: W. H. Smith and Son).
The Hon. Colwyn Erasmus Arnold Philipps. Captain, Royal Horse Guards. (Killed in action, 13th May 1915.) Poems and Letters (John Murray).
A. Victor Ratcliffe. Lieut. 10/13th West Yorks Regt. (Killed in action, 1st July 1916.) Soldier Poets (Erskine Macdonald).
Edward Stanley Russell, M.C. Captain, 1st Herefordshire Regt. (Killed in action, 6th November 1917.) Memoir by Rev. Arnold H. Lewis, and selection of poems in preparation.
Alan Seeger. Private, Foreign Legion of France. (Killed in action, 29th June 1916.) Poems. With Introduction by William Archer; Letters and Diary (Constable).
John E. Stewart, M.C. Major, Staffordshire Regt. (Killed in action, 26th April 1918.) More Songs by the Fighting Men (Erskine Macdonald).
John William Streets. Sergt. 13th Yorks and Lancaster Regt. (Wounded in action and missing, 1st July 1916. Since reported killed.) The Undying Splendour (Erskine Macdonald).
Edward Thomas. Lieut. R.G.A. (Killed in action, April 1917.) Poems (Selwyn and Blount). Prose: The Tenth Muse. With Memoir by John Freeman (Martin Seeker); A Literary Pilgrim in England (Methuen); The Heart of England (Dent); Rest and Unrest (Duckworth), etc.
. Private, Queen's Westminsters. (Killed in action, 7th October 1916.) Poems and Plays (Sedbergh: Jackson and Son).
R. E. Vernède. Lieut. Rifle Brigade. (Killed in action, 9th April 1917.) War Poems. With Introduction by Edmund Gosse, C.B. (Heinemann). Prose: Letters to His Wife. With Introduction by C. H. Vernède (Collins); The Pursuit of Mr. Faviel. A Novel (Nelson), etc.
Eric Fitzwater Wilkinson, M.C. Captain, West Yorkshire Regt. (Killed in action, 9th October 1917.) Sunrise Dreams (Erskine Macdonald); Poet and Soldier, by Fitzwater Wray; Poetry Review (Erskme Macdorald).
Walter Lightowler Wilkinson. Lieut. 8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. (Killed in action, 9th April 1917.) More Songs by the Fighting Men (Erskine Macdonaid).
Cyril W. Winterbotham. Lieut. Gloucestershire Regt. (Killed in action, 27th August 1916.) Poems. Published for private circulation. (Cheltenham: Banks and Son.) The Muse in Arms. Edited by E. B. Osborn (John Murray).