1896 1 November
Edmund Blunden is born in London.
The family moves to Yalding, a traditional village in Kent. His father is schoolmaster at the village school.
Wins a scholarship to the school Christ's Hospital
in Horsham, West Sussex.
Wins a senior classics scholarship to Queen's College, Oxford.
His first two volumes of poetry are published entitled 'Poems 1913 and 1914' and 'Poems translated from French'.
Volunteers to serve with The Royal Sussex Regiment.
1915 August - 1916 May
Training with The Royal Sussex Regiment moving from a camp in Weymouth to Shoreham then to Cork and back to Shoreham again. During this time he wrote a series of pastoral poems and in Spring 1916 he published three volumes of poetry. The first contained the poem 'The Barn'.
Edmund is sent to France to join the 11th Royal Sussex. Trench duty at Festubert, Cuinchy, Richebourg.
Blunden's battalion moves to the Somme
1916 13 November
Edmund is awarded the Military Cross.
1916 December - 1917 December
Sent to Ypres and Passchendaele.
1917 31 July
Blunden fights in Third Ypres
offensive (the beginning of Passchendaele).
Gassed (also in July)
From Gouzeaucourt returns to a training camp in Suffolk, England.
1918 1 June
Marries Mary Daines. There were two daughters (Joy and Clare) and a son (John) by this marriage.
1919 17 February
1919 26 August
Daughter Joy dies aged 5 weeks old, poisoned by contaminated milk.
undergraduate switching from Classics to English.
Leaves Oxford University to work for the journal The Athenaeum
'The Shepherd and Other Poems of Peace and War'. Receives the Hawthornden Prize awarded for the best book published during the year by a writer under 40, it was worth £100.