SCOTTISH POETS



SCOTTISH


Captain Cyril Morton HORNE. Born 1887. The outbreak of war found Cyril Horne in the United States working in the theatre and already the author of an opera. He returned home and in March 1915 was commissioned in the 7th Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers. In the summer of 1915 he went to France as their Transport Officer. In September 1915 the battalion participated in the Battle of Loos, taking heavy casualties on the 25th. On the 27th Horne took over command of "A" Company and was one of the few officers to survive the battle unscathed. Captain Horne was killed by an artillery shell on 27 January 1916 in Loos village while attempting to rescue a wounded soldier. He was buried in Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery.

~~~ SONGS OF THE SHRAPNEL SHELL AND OTHER VERSE. (Harper & Brothers, New York & London, 1918).


Lt. Ewart Alan MACKINTOSH, M.C. Born March 4, 1893, Brighton, Sussex, to Scottish parents. Educated at Brighton College, St Paulís School & Christ Church College, Oxford. Commissioned in the 5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders in December 1914, and joined the Battalion at Laventie in July 1915. On 16 May 1916 awarded the Military Cross for action in a trench raid. Wounded & gassed at High Wood in early August 1916, and sent home to recuperate, spending the next eight months as a bombing instructor with the Cadet Corps at Cambridge. Lt. Mackintosh returned to France in October 1917 and joined the 4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders in huts at Courcelles-le-Comte, near Bapaume. He was killed in the village of Fantaine Notre-Dame during the Battle of Cambrai on 21 November 1917 by a bullet to the head.

~~ A HIGHLAND REGIMENT AND OTHER POEMS. (John Lane, 1917).

~~ WAR, THE LIBERATOR AND OTHER PIECES . With memoir by John Murray (John Lane, 1918).


Alexander ROBERTSON. Born January 12, 1882, in Edinburgh.. Poet & biographer. Educated George Watson's College, Edinburgh & Edinburgh University, where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History in 1906. Became Senior History master at his old school for three years, then taught English Literature at the Lycee in Caen. He gave up being a schoolmaster to continue his studies as a Post Graduate to Oxford where the subject of his thesis was the life of Sir Robert Moray, later published as a biography. He also wrote a biography of William Lockhart of Lea. Robertson was appointed Lecturer in History at the University of Sheffield in February 1914, but six months later enlisted as a private in the 12th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment ~ The Sheffield Pals. The Battalion sailed with the British Mediterranean Force for Egypt in December 1915, then was sent to France in March, 1916. For several weeks after arriving in France, Robertson was ill in hospital with jaundice. He rejoined his Battalion in trenches west of the village of Serre in June, 1916. On July 1, the opening day of the Somme, he took part in an attack on the village of Serre. Also participating in this attack was the poet Sgt John Streets, also a member of the "Sheffield Pals". The British were met with severe shell, rifle & machine-gun fire; both poets disappeared & their bodies were never found.

LINES BEFORE GOING

Soon is the night of our faring to regions unknown,
There not to flinch at the challenge suddenly thrown
By the great process of Being ~ daily to see
The utmost that life has of horror and yet to be
Calm and the masters of fear. Aware that the soul
Lives as a part and alone for the weal of the whole,
So shall the mind be free from the pain of regret,
Vain and enfeebling, firm in each venture, and yet
Brave not as those who despair, but keen to maintain,
Though not assured, hope in beneficent pain.
Hope that the truth of the world is not what appears,
Hope in the triumph of man for the price of his tears.



Captain Charles Kenneth Michael SCOTT-MONTCRIEFF (1889-1930). Served on Western Front with the 3rd Battalion, the King's Own Scottish Borderers. Won the Military Cross.


Charles Hamilton SORLEY, 1895-1915. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland. At outbreak of war, immediately enlisted in Suffolk Regiment. Commissioned & sent to France in May 1915. Killed in action 13 October 1915, at Battle of Loos, age 20. Name engraved on The Loos Memorial to the Missing, Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos, France.

~~~ MARLBOROUGH AND OTHER POEMS, LETTERS FROM GERMANY, & THE LETTERS, WITH A CHAPTER OF BIOGRAPHY. (Cambridge University Press, January,1916).

~~~ THE LETTERS OF CHARLES HAMILTON SORLEY. With an introduction by Mrs. Sorley. (Cambridge University Press, 1916).

~~~ THE POEMS AND SELECTED LETTERS OF CHARLES HAMILTON SORLEY. Edited by Hilda D. Spear (Blackness Press, 1978).

~~ Swann, Thomas Burnett, THE UNGIRT RUNNER(Archon Books, 1965). A brief biography of C.H.S.

~~ Wilson, Jean Moorcroft, CHARLES HAMILTON SORLEY, A BIOGRAPHY. The first full-length biography of C.H.S.

~~ CHARLES HAMILTON SORLEY EXHIBITION CATALOGUE: ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, OCTOBER 1985. Catalogue of an Exhibition held by Cecil Woolf Publishers to mark the 90th anniversary of this first world war poet's birth; the 70th anniversary of his death; the publication of the first full-length biography and the first complete edition of his poems.


Lt. Robert STERLING, Born in Glasgow, 19 November 1893. Educated Glasgow Academy, and Sedbergh School. Gained a Classical Scholarship to Pembroke College, Oxford, in 1912, and two years later won the Newdigate Prize with his poem, "The Burial of Sophocles". Shortly thereafter war broke out. Sterling was commissioned in the Royal Scots Fusiliers and sent to Scotland for training. Arrived in Ypres area in February 1915; in & out of trenches at St. Eloi. Hospitalized in early April 1915 for influenza. By late April had rejoined his battalion in time for the Second Battle of Ypres. He was killed 23 April 1915 at Ypres, after holding a length of trench all day with fifteen men. He was 22. He is buried at Dickebusch New Military Cemetery, Belgium.

~~~ POEMS, Oxford University Press, 1916 .


Lt. Walter Scott Stuart LYON, 9th Battalion Royal Scots. Born 1 October 1886 in North Berwick. Educated Haileybury College and Balliol College, Oxford. Graduated in Law at Edinburgh University in 1912 and became an advocate. Killed in a heavy artillery barrage in Potijze Wood, south of the Menin Road, 8 May 1915. His name is on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ypres, Belgium.



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