List of Forgotten Poets of the First World War

I am just beginning to create this list.  This is very much an on-going project and there were thousands of poets during this time.   As with the other sections, I am keen to include poets from all corners of the world - so please do get in touch to let me know of your forgotten poets.

Please don't think that I undervalue poets such as Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas and Ivor Gurney because that is definitely not the case - I just feel that they receive sufficient attention and are certainly not "forgotten".

Rene Arcos (1881 - 1959) - French
Lascelles Abercrombie (1881 - 1938)  - British
J.R. Ackerley (1896 - 1957) - British
John Bernard Pye Adams (1890 - 1917) - British
Arthur St. John Adcock (1864 - 1930) - British; Pen-name Lance-Corporal Cobber
Kurd Adler (1892 - 1916) - German
Richard Aldington (1892 - 1962)  - British; served on Western Front and was gassed
Guillaume Apollinaire (1880 - 1918) - French poet, novelist and playwright
Rene Arcos (1881 - 1959) - French
Martin Armstrong (1882 - 1974) - British; Artists Rifles; commissioned 8th Middlesex Regt.
The Hon. Herbert Asquith (1881 - 1947) - British - Royal Field Artillery; son of Prime Minister
Raymond Asquith (1878  - 1916) - British - brother of Herbert; kia

Hugo Ball (1886 - 1927) - German
Frederick Bertram Bagshaw (1875 - 1966) - Canadian; served in France in 1914
Maurice Baring (1874 - 1945) - British;  Royal Flying Corps
Leonard Barnes (1895 - ) - British
Clement Bartrim (1897 - 1988) - British;York & Lancaster Regiment and Lincs Regt Labour Corps
Robert Harold Beckh (1894 - 1916) - British; kia Western Front 15th August 1916
Gottfried Benn
William Eric Berridge (1894 - 1916) - British
Maurice Bertrand (1881 - 1914) - French poet; killed Somme 7.10.1914; buried Colincamps.
Paul Bewsher (1894 - 1966) - British; Royal Naval Air Service; (worked for "Daily Mail")
Rudolf Binding (1867 - 1938) - German poet, diarist and author
Laurence Binyon (1869 - 1943) - British;  Red Cross orderly
John Peale Bishop (1892 - 1944) - American
Charles Walter Blackall (1876 - 1918) - British
Francis Kennard Bliss (1892 - 1916) - British
Edmund Blunden (1896 - 1974) - British; Royal Sussex Regiment
Theodore Botrel (1868 - 1925) - French
Robert Bridges (1844 - 1930) - British - Poet Laureate 1913 - 1930
Brian Brooke (1889 - 1916) - British poet; pen-name 'Korengo'
Rupert Brooke (1887 - 1915)  - British - Royal Naval Division
John Buchan (1875 - 1940) - British - worked for the British War Propaganda Bureau

Emile Cammaerts (1878 - 1953) - Belgian
Gilbert Cannan (1884 - 1955) - British - pacifist and conscientious objector
Lt. Col. Sydney Casson (1889 - 1941) - British
Leon Chancerel (1886 - 1965) - French
Gilbert Keith (G.K.) Chesterton (1874 - 1936)- British - worked for the British War Propaganda Bureau
Wilfred Rowland Childe (1890 - 1952) - two brothers served in Army - one killed
Jean Cocteau (1889 - 1963) - French
Desmond Coke (1879 - 1931) - British writer and poet
David Geoffrey Collins (1899 - 1918) - British
George Cosbuc (1866 - 1918) - Rumanian
Leslie Coulson (1889 - 1916) - British; 2nd Royal Fusiliers; kia October 1916
Arthur Shearly Cripps (1869 - 1952) - priest and missionary in Southern Rhodesia
e.e. cummings (1894 - 1962) - American - went to France as an Ambulance Driver

William Henry (W.H.) Davies  (1971 - 1940) - British
Coningsby Dawson (1883 - 1959) - British born; joined Canadian Army WW1; wounded.
Jeffery Day (1896 - 1918) - British; Royal Naval Air Service; shot down February 1918
Geoffrey Dearmer (1893 - 1996)- British - Royal Army Service Corps
Dimtcho Debelyanov (1887 - 1916) - Bulgarian
Walter De La Mare (1873  - 1956) - British
Richard Dennys (1884 - 1916) - British
Bertram Dobell (1851 - 1914) - British
Oliphant Down (1885 - 1917) - British
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930) - British - served as a doctor in the Boer War; son killed 1916
Pierre-Eugene Drieu la Rochelle (1893 - 1945) - French
John Drinkwater (1882 - 1937) - British
Paul Drouot (1886 - 1915) - French
William Arthur Dunkerley (1852 - 1941) - British - pen name John Oxenham
Lord Dunsany (1878 - 1957) - British; Captain Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers; wounded 1916

R.M. Eassie (1875 - 1940) - Canadian; served in France from 1914 5th Canadian Battalion
T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965) - American born
Gerrit Engelke (1890 - 1918) - German poet and writer
Marcel Eteve (1891 - 1916) - French poet
Ellis Humphreys Evans (1887 - 1917) - Bardic Name Hedd Wyn - Welsh

Geoffrey Faber
J. Griffyth Fairfax (1886 - 1976) - b. Australia;  Captain in the R.A.S.C. MP for Norwich 1924 - 29
Harry Fellows (1896 - 1987) - British; 23 Bn. Northumberlands; wounded June 1915 Western Front
Walter Flex (1887 - 1917) - German
Ford Madox Ford (1873  - 1939) - British - Welch Regiment
Henri-Alban Fournier (1886 - 1914) - French; pen name Alain-Fournier; presumed killed 1914
Charles T. Foxcroft (1868 - 1929) - British
Gilbert Frankau (1884 - 1952) - British - 9th East Surrey Regiment then Royal Field Artillery from March 1915
John Freeman (1880 - 1929) - British; won Hawthornden Prize 1920
Hugh Reginald (Rex) Freston (1891 - 1916) -  British
Robert Frost (1874 - 1963) - American

John Galsworthy (1867 - 1933) - British
Crosbie Garstin (1887 - 1930) - British; 1st King Edward's Horse
Leon Gellert (1892 - 1977) - Australian
Frantisek Gellner (1881 - 1914) - Czech; killed on the Eastern Front
Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931) - Lebanese
Wilfrid Wilson Gibson (1878 - 1962) - British - Private, British Army
Gerald William Grenfell, The Hon. (1890 - 1915) - British; Rifle Brigade; brother of Julian; kia
Julian Grenfell, The Hon. (1888 - 1915) - British; Royal Dragoons; Awarded DSO; kia 
Christopher Murray Grieve (1892 - 1978) - British; pen name Hugh MacDiarmid; RAMC
Wyn Griffith (1890 - ) - Welsh;  Fought at The Somme on the Western Front
E. Leslie Gunston - British; cousin of Wilfred Owen; ? volunteer with the YMCA
Alfred Leslie Guppy (1888 - 1968) - Australian

Sydney Hale (1891 - 1915) - British
Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928) - British
F.W. Harvey (1888 - 1957) - British; Served on Western Front. PoW.
Percy Haselden (1895 - 1916) - British - "The Liverpool Poet"
Henry-Jacques (1886 - 1973) - French
A.P. Herbert (1890 - 1971) - British; Lt. in the Royal Naval Division; Gallipoli and W. Front
Edward Godfrey Hoare  - British -  Lt-Col. King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment
John Collinson Hobson (  - 1917) - British - Lt. 116th Machine Gun Co. KIA 31.07.1917
William Hope Hodgson (1877 - 1918) - British - Royal Artillery
William Noel Hodgson, MC (1893 - 1916) - British - pen name Edward Melbourne - Devon Regiment; kia
Ronald Arthur Hopwood (1868  - 1949) - British - Rear-Admiral, Royal Navy
Cyril Morton Horne (1885 - 1916) - Irish; Captain, 7th Bttn, King's Own Scottish Borderers; kia
E.W. Hornung (1866 - 1921) - British - YMCA volunteer France;  son killed 6th July 1915
Alfred Edward (A.E.) Houseman (1859 - 1936) - British;
T.E. Hulme (1883 - 1917) - British; Royal Artillery; kia Nieuport

Franz Janowitz (1892 - 1917) - German
Philip Johnstone - British
James Joyce (1882 - 1941) - Irish
David Jones (1895 - 1974) - British poet/artist; 15th Royal Welch Fusiliers

Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy MC (1883 - 1929) - "Woodbine Willie" - Chaplain to the Forces
Thomas Michael "Tom" Kettle (1880 - 1916) - Irish; Dublin Fusiliers; kia
Joyce Kilmer (1886 - 1918) - American;
Rudyard Kilpling (1865 - 1936) - British - worked for the British War Propaganda Bureau
Edmund George Valpy Knox (1881 - 1971) pen name Evoe - British; Lincolnshire Regt.; wounded 1917 

Jean Lassoux - Belgian
Frank Laurence (F.L.) Lucas (1894 - 1967) - British
Francis Ledwidge (1891 - 1917) - Irish; Royal Irish Fusiliers; kia
Rudolf Chambers Lehmann - British
Roland Leighton (1895 - 1915) - British; engaged to Vera Brittain; kia
Heinrich Lersch (1889 - 1936)   - German; poem "Bruder"
Sivori J.A. Levey (1879 - 1924) - British; Lt. in 13th West Yorkshire Regt. wounded Passchendaele
C.S. Lewis (1898 - 1963) - British - 3rd Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry
P.H.B. Lyon (1893 - 1986) - British; 6th Durham Light Infantry; wounded 1918
Walter Scott Stuart Lyon (1886 - 1915) - Scottish
E.V. Lucas (1868 - 1938) - British

D.S.M. MacColl (1859 - 1948) - Scottish;
John McCrae (1872 - 1918) - Canadian doctor, poet and Artillery Officer; Western Front.
Patrick MacGill (1890 -     ) - Irish; London Irish Rifles; wounded Loos
E.A. Mackintosh MC (1893 - 1917) - British; 5th Seaforth Highlanders; k.i.a. Cambrai
Alexander James Mann (1896 - 1917) - Scottish
Frederic Manning (1882 - 1935) - Australian
Edwin Markham (1852 - 1940) - American
R.B. Marriott-Watson (    - 1918) - Irish; Lt. Royal Irish Rifles; kia
Marcel Martinet (1887 b- 1966) - French
John Masefield (1878 - 1967) - British
Vladimir Mayakovski (1893 - 1930_- Russian
Alan Alexander (A.A.) Milne (1882 - 1956) - British - Royal Warwickshire Regiment; wounded
Colin Mitchell (189- -1918) - British; Rifle Brigade WW1
Henry Mond (1898 - 1949) - British - served on Western Front S. Wales Borderers; wounded 1916
Harold Monro (1879 - 1932) - British - Anti-aircraft Battery Royal Artillery;  later War Office
Eugenio Montale (1896 - 1981) - Italian
Harold William Moore (18   - 1916) - British poet, pen-name 'Holdar Roome'
Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi (1875 - 1945) - South African

Sir Henry Newbolt (1862 - 1938) - British - worked for the British War Propaganda Bureau
Robert Nichols (1893 - 1944) - British; Royal Artillery; invalided home with shell shock 1916

Wilfred Edward Salter Owen (1893 - 1918) - British
Nowell Oxland (1890 - 1915) - British; 6th Border Regiment; kia Gallipoli - Suvla Bay

Barry Pain (1864 - 1928) - British, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Robert Palmer (1888 - 1916) - British; 6th Battalion Royal Hampshire Regiment; kia
Walter Butler Palmer (1868 - 1932) - American
Harold Parry (1896 - 1917)  - British from Walsall
Francis Joseph M. Patmore - British - son of Coventry Patmore; POW in Turkey
Charles Peguy (1873 - 1914) - French
Claude Quale Lewis Penrose (1894 - 1918) - Irish
Hilary (Harry) Douglas Clark Pepler (1878 - 1951) - British; pen-name HDCP
Stephen Phillips (1864 - 1915) - British
Eden Phillpotts (1862 - 1960) - British
Bernard Pitt (1882 - 1916) - British poet and schoolteacher
Max Plowman (1883 - 1941) - British; 10th West Yorkshire Regiment;
Francois Porche (1877 - 1944) - French
Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972) - American
John Cowper Powys - British
John Boyston (J.B.) Priestly (1894 - 1984) - British - served in the Infantry

Alfred Victor Ratcliffe (1887 - 1916) - British; kia on the Western Front
Bertram Louis Ratcliffe, MC (1893 - 1992) - British; West Yorkshire Regt. brother of Alfred V. POW
Herbert Read, MC, DSO (1893 - 1968) - British; Green Howards
Edgell Rickword (1898 -    ) - British; Western Front
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926) - German
Cecil Roberts (1892  - 1976) - British - war correspondent attached in turn to all three British military services
Alexander Robertson (1882 - 1916) - British
George Upton Robins (1878 - 1915) - British
Raymond Rodiget (1903 - 1923) - French
Isaac Rosenberg (1890 - 1918) - British
Leslie George Rub (1892 - 1917) - Australian

Gustav Sack (1885 - 1916)  - German
Henry Smalley Sarson (1890 - ?) - British
Frederic-Louis Sauser (1887 - 1961) pen name Blaise Cendras; Swiss born naturalised French; joined the French Foreign Legion
R.H. Sauter
William Maunsel Scanlan (1886 - 1917) - Canadian; served in France from 1914
Charles Elliott Scott-Moncrieff (1889  - 1930) - British - King's Own Scottish Borderers
Sir Owen Seaman (1861 - 1936) - British
Alan Seeger (1888 - 1916) - American; joined the French Foreign Legion 1914
Robert William Service (1874 - 1958) - British
Edward Shanks (1892 - 1953) - British
Patrick Shaw-Stewart (1888 - 1917) - British
William Ambrose Short, CMG (1871 - 1917) - British; Lt.-Col. in the Royal Field Artillery
Osbert Sitwell (1892 - 1969) - British; Grenadier Guards
Geoffrey Bache Smith (1894 - 1916) - British
Robert Smylie (1875 - 1916) - British
Reinhard Sorge (1892 - 1916) - German poet and playwright
Andre Soriac (c. 1864 - ?) - French; 277e Regiment d'Infanterie - Tranchee de Lorraine
Charles Hamilton Sorley (1895 - 1915) - British - Suffolk Regiment - Lt. then Captain
Andre Spire (1868 - 1966) - French
Ernst Stadler (1883- 1914) - German
Edward de Stein (1887 -  1965) - British; Western Front
John Still - British; Lt. East Yorkshire Regiment;  served at Gallipoli
August Stramm (1874 - 1915) - German

Edward Wyndham Tennant (1897 - 1916) - British; Grenadier Guards
J.R.R. Tolkein (1892  - 1973) - British - 2nd Lieutenant Lancashire Fusiliers
David Cuthbert Thomas (1895 - 1916) - British from Wales
Philip (Edward) Thomas (1878 - 1917) - Artists' Rifles 1917; 2nd Lt. Royal Garrison Artillery
Edward Thompson (1886 - 1946) - British; Chaplain to 7th Division in Mesopotamia
Nicolas Herbert Todd (1878 - 1916) - British
Ernst Toller (1893 - 1939) - German
W.J. Turner (1889 - 1946) - Australian; Royal Artillery

Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888 - 1970) - Italian

Theo van Beek (1898 - 1958) - South African
Emile Verhaeren (1855 - 1916) - Belgian; took refuge in Wales, died in Rouen, France
Robert Ernest (R.E.) Vernède (1875 - 1917) -  British; Lt. in 9th Fusiliers k.i.a. 9th April 1917
Charles Vildrac (1881 - 1973) - French

Geoffrey Wall (1897 - 1917) - British born; emigrated to Australia; Royal Flying Corps WW1; killed in a flying accident in Wiltshire August 1917 - acclaimed as "Australia's Rupert Brooke"
Leonard Comer Wall (1896 - 1917) - Royal Field Artillery, kia 9th June 1917
Gilbert Waterhouse (1883 - 1916) - British
Sir William Watson (1858 - 1935) - British
Alec Waugh (1898 - 1981) - British
Willoughby Weaving  - British;  Royal Irish Fusiliers Western Front
Fritz Werneck-Bruggemann (1895 -      ) - German
Arthur Graeme West (1891 - 1917) - British
Eric Fitzwalter Wilkinson (1891 - 1917) - British
I.A. Williams (1890 - 1962) - British
Cyril W. Winterbotham (1887 - 1916) - British
T.P. Cameron Wilson ( - 1918) - British;  Sherwood Foresters; kia 23rd March 1918
Bernard Charles de Boismaison White (1886 - 1916) - British
Humbert Wolfe (1885 - 1940) - Italian-born British poet
Francis Woodruffe (1883 - 1961) - British - pen name Frank Richards

William Butler (W.B.) Yeats (1865 - 1939) - Irish
E. Hilton Young (1879 - 1960) - British; RNVR Zeebrugge and Archangel. DSO and DSC; wounded 1918
Francis Brett Young (1884 - 1954) - British doctor. RAMC E. Africa

Geoffrey Winthrop Young (1876 - 1958) - Friends Ambulance Unit

Jerzy Zulavski (1874 - 1915) - Polish


6 comments:

  1. Whose initiative is this? Should like to get into some form of contact.

    I wrote an international multilingual WWI poetry anthology which contains a number of forgotten poems and poets.
    Title: We werden honderd jaar ouder. Dichters over de Eerste Wereldoorlog (Davidsfonds Leuven, Belgium, 356 pp.)
    Contains a special memoir written by Margi Blunden (Edmund B.'s daughter)

    Contact? Linkedin - account: Chris Spriet

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  2. Chris- I can read Dutch and Flemish as long as I have dictionary nearby. This book sounds amazing, will try and get a copy when I am next in The Netherlands or Belgium. Best wishes

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  4. ust looking at this list again- most impressive and a useful resource.
    One comment re
    " Wilfred Wilson Gibson (1878 - 1962) - British - Private, Western Front "
    To be horribly pedantic - it's 'Wilfrid' with a second 'i' ! But more importantly Wilfrid Gibson didn't fight on the Western Front . I know that Brian Gardner in 'Up the Line to Death' and I think that Catherine Reilly have given this impression. Gibson's granddaughter Judy Greenway has an excellent webpage on him http://www.judygreenway.org.uk/wp/wilfrid-gibson-poetry-family-history/

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  5. I have a collection of over 6000 war poetry books, manuscripts etc. It contains, among other things, the largest list of people who have written poetry regarding WW1 in all languages. www.warpoetry.org

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  6. Hello Tim,
    Lovely to see the name of Claude Quayle Lewis Penrose in your lists, but I, too, feel an embarrassed need to comment on the spelling of one of his names and say that 'Quayle' has a Y. (I know that there are various versions of it floating around.) Claude Penrose was a first cousin of my maternal grandmother. His mother (who was a novelist until his death but stopped writing then, to the best of my knowledge, except for the collection of his poems with biographical preface which she self-published) was Mary Elizabeth Penrose nee Lewis but published as Mrs H.H. Penrose. There's a page about Claude in Lucy's book and she has my contact details if you'd ever like to ask for what few details I may have about his life. He's also on my (public) Ancestry tree. Regards, Jo

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