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1896 - 1922

1896 1 November Edmund Blunden is born in London.

1900 The family moves to Yalding, a traditional village in Kent. His father is schoolmaster at the village school.

1909 Wins a scholarship to the school Christ's Hospital in Horsham, West Sussex.

1914 Wins a senior classics scholarship to Queen's College, Oxford.

1914 October His first two volumes of poetry are published entitled 'Poems 1913 and 1914' and 'Poems translated from French'.

1915 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'.

1916 May Edmund is sent to France to join the 11th Royal Sussex. Trench duty at Festubert, Cuinchy, Richebourg.

1916 August 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).

1917 October Gassed (also in July)

1918 Spring 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 Demobilised.

1919 26 August Daughter Joy dies aged 5 weeks old, poisoned by contaminated milk.

1919 October Becomes Oxford undergraduate switching from Classics to English.

1920 June Leaves Oxford University to work for the journal The Athenaeum.

1922 April '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.






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