BROOKE, Rupert Chawner

1887 - 1915

Born on 3rd August 1887 his father was a master at Rugby School. He attended Rugby school and then read classics at Cambridge, graduating in 1909. He had started writing at school and became a full time poet. He also travelled in America and the Pacific, before returning home in 1914.

When war broke out he joined the Royal Navy as an officer. During training, he wrote the war sonnets for which he is famous. In the spring of 1915 he was sent to the Dardanelles but whilst there, he died of blood poisoning on 23rd April. He was buried on Skyros Island in the Greek Aegean.