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Edmund Blunden - Poet and Scholar
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2011, 13:07:28 »
Edmund Blunden was born in London in 1896, and in 1900 his family moved to Yalding, Kent. Yalding was a typical nineteenth century working village and inspired over fifty of Edmund’s poems.

He volunteered for the Army in 1915, and put aside the opportunity to study for a degree, instead joining the army life and finding himself plunged into the chaos of the Great War. In the spring of 1916 he joined the 11th Royal Sussex Regiment and saw active service at Festubert, Cuinchy and Givenchy, and later on that year he was at the Somme, the Ancre valley, and Thiepval. He won the Military Cross for his 'conspicuous gallantry in action' when he and a runner completed a reconnaissance mission, an almost suicidal action under constant shelling. Edmund Blunden was the longest serving First World War poet having spent two years in the trenches.

More about Edmund Blunden: http://www.edmundblunden.org/index.php?pageid=92

Siegfried Sassoon's, "Blunden's Beech" poem engraving at Yalding: http://www.edmundblunden.org/image.php?imageid=140


 

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