Charles Sorley was born in Aberdeen in 1895 and was educated at Marlborough College and University College, Oxford. He was spending a year in Germany when war was declared and was interned at Trier, released after one night and told to leave the country. Sorley returned home and enlisted in the Suffolk Regiment in 1914, arriving in France in May 1915. He was killed by a sniper at the Battle of Loos on 13 October 1915.
His poems, 37 of them complete, were found in his kit following his death and were published as ‘Marlborough and Other Poems’ in 1916.
I hate the growing tendency to think that every man drops overboard his individuality between Folkestone and Boulogne, and becomes on landing either ‘Tommy’ with a character like a nice big fighting pet bear and an incurable yearning and whining for mouth-organs and cheap cigarettes: or the Young Officer with a face like a hero and a silly habit of giggling in the face of death.
Charles Sorley’s Poems:
- Two Sonnets
- All the Hills and Vales Along
- In Memoriam S.C.W., V.C.
- To Germany
- When You See Millions of the Mouthless Dead
Marlborough and Other Poems available on the Open Library website
The Letters of Charles Sorley on Internet Archive https://archive.org/details/lettersofcharles00sorluoft