Born in Wimbledon in 1895 Robert Graves went to Charterhouse School where he learned to box and to write poetry. His last memory of the school before he left to join up in the Royal Welch Fusiliers in 1914 was his headmaster saying ‘Well, good-bye, Graves,  and remember this, that your best friend is the waste-paper basket.’

In his account of the war in Good-bye To All That, published in 1929, he recalled that ‘At least one in three of my generation at school was killed’ and that ‘The average life of the infantry subaltern on the Western front was, at some stages of the war, only about three months.’

Robert Graves’ Poems

Resources for Robert Graves

Robert Graves Society