One of three poets of importance crossed from Folkestone, 30th May 1915

The following crossed to France from Folkestone on the 30th May 1915

5th (Service) Battalion Princess of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment. A K1 battalion part of 35th Brigade12th Division.1

7th (Service) Battalion the Suffolk Regiment, a K1 batallion, part of 35th Brigade, 12th Division. They sailed on the S.S. Invicta and the S.S. Queen.2 3

7th (Service) Battalion the Norfolk Regiment, sailed on the S.S. Invicta.4 5

9th (Service) Battalion Essex Regiment, 35th Infantry Brigade, 12th Eastern) Division, crossed on the S.S. Queen.6

Charles Hamilton Sorley crossed with the 7th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment. Charles would be killed in action by a sniper on the 13th October 1915.7

Cast away regret and rue,

Think what you are marching to,

Little give, great pass.

Jesus Christ and Barabbas

Were found the same day.

This died, that, and went his way

So sing with joyful breath.

For why you are going to death.

Teeming earth will surely store

all the gladness that you pour.

(From, Over the Hills and Vales Along, by Charles Hamilton Sorley, June 1915)

Robert Graves in “Goodbye To All That”, describes Charles Sorley as, “one of the three poets of importance killed during the war. (the other two were Isaac Rosenberg and Wilfred Owen.)8

1Battalion War Diary.

4British Regiments 1914-1918,

8In, Goodbye to all that, by Robert Graves, page 149, 1973 edition, Twentieth Century Classics.

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