Rupert Brooke was educated at Rugby School and went to King’s College, Cambridge. In his letters home in the opening year of the war he wrote ‘It’s all great fun.’ As an interesting reminder that the English countryside was different from Northern France and reflected different religious attitudes Brooke reported one private saying

What I don’t like about this ‘ere Bloody Europe is all these Bloody pictures of Jesus Christ an’ ‘is Relatives, be’ind Bloody bits of glawss.

Brooke joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1914 but died from an infected mosquito bite on the Greek island of Skyros in 1915.

Rupert Brooke’s Poems:

More about Rupert Brooke:

Attitudes to Death: ‘The Soldier’ by Rupert Brooke and ‘The Next War’ by Wilfred Owen

The Rupert Brooke Society