Born in Wimbledon in 1873 as Ford Madox Hueffer (he changed his name in 1919) Ford founded The English Review in 1908 and The Transatlantic Review in 1924. He worked for the War Propaganda Bureau after the outbreak of the First World War.

After writing two propaganda books he enlisted, at the age of 41, in the Welch Regiment on 30 July 1915 and was sent to France. His combat experiences inspired his tegralogy Parade’s End, set in England and on the Western Front before, during and after the First World War.

During the Battle of the Somme in 1916 Ford was shell-shocked and was invalided home in 1917.

He also wrote poetry: his poem Antwerp (1915) was praised by T.S. Eliot as

the only good poem I have met with on the subject of the war.

[Source: Modernism Lab at Yale University ]

Ford Madox Ford’s poems: