Siegfried Sassoon

1886–1967
Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon was born in Kent, England and attended Marlborough College and Cambridge before serving in the British Army during World War I. Sassoon became increasingly opposed to the war and wrote “A Soldier’s Declaration,” a letter publicly criticizing it. He was also well known as a novelist and political commentator. In 1957 he was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Poetry.

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