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Siegfried Sassoon
(1886 - 1967)

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1886 Born at Weirleigh, Kent on 8 September
1891 Parents separate, father dies a few months later
1905 Enters Clare College, Cambridge; studies law and history
1907 Leaves Clare College without taking a degree
1914 Joins Sussex Yeomanry in August
1915 November - Younger brother dies at Gallipoli, Sassoon joins Royal Welch Fusiliers and meets Robert Graves there
1916 April - Attends 4th Army School at Flixecourt
May - Sassoon awarded Military Cross for his part in the Raid on Kiel Trench
July - Ill with trench fever, sent home to England to recover
1917 The Old Huntsman published
1917 February - Back in France, catches German measles and is sent to hospital in Rouen
March - Rejoins 2nd Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers on the Somme front
April - Receives bullet in shoulder, sent to England
June - Declaration of "wilful defiance"
July - At Craiglockhart Hospital, officially referred with shell-shock; meets Wilfred Owen
1918 Counter-Attack published
1918 March - Posted with Royal Welch Fusliers in Palestine
April - Leaves Palestine for France
July - Shot in the head by 'friendly fire' invalided back to England
1919 Accepts post as literary editor of the socialist Daily Herald
1919 Officially retires from army
1920 Lecture tour of U.S.
1926 Satirical Poems published
1928 Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man published
1930 Memoirs of an Infantry Officer published
1933 Marries Hester Gatty
1935 Vigils published
1936 Sherston’s Progress published
1936 Son, George, is born
1938 The Old Century and Seven More Years published
1942 The Weald of Youth published
1945 Siegfried’s Journey published
1945 Marriage ends
1953 Made an Honourary Fellow at Clare College
1957 Sequences published
1957 Awarded the Queen's Medal for Poetry
1967 Dies 1 September at Heytesbury House in Wiltshire
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