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Ivor Gurney (1890–1937)

Ivor GurneyBorn in Gloucester on 28th August 1890, Ivor sang as a chorister at the Cathedral for five years from the age of ten. He started composing music at the age of fourteen, winning a scholarship in 1911 to study under Sir Charles Villiers Stanford at the Royal College of Music.

With the outbreak of war, Gurney enlisted as a private soldier in the Gloucester Regiment. Whilst at the front he began writing poetry seriously (his name appears with fifteen others on a slate plaque in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey commemorating war poets), and he was working on his first book Severn and Somme in 1917 when he was wounded and gassed.

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