Drummond Allison was born in 1921 at Caterham in Surrey. He was educated at Bishop’s Stortford College in Hertfordshire and Queen’s College, Oxford. His brother, Douglas, was killed in December 1939 when the Wellington bomber he was piloting was shot down over the German coast.  After training at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst in 1942 he was commissioned as an intelligence officer in the East Surrey Regiment. He served in North Africa and Italy where he was killed in action leading a daylight infantry charge on Monte Camino in December 1943. His close friend Sidney Keyes was killed in Tunisia in April 1943.

Drummond was a very lively young man and his passions in life were girls, poetry and cricket, especially Surrey CCC. He wrote a lot of poetry about girls and two of the best-known cricket poems in the language. [Ross Davies, Drummond Allison: Come, Let Us Pity Death. Cecil Woolf, 2010[

A collection of his poems The Yellow Night: Poems 1940-41-42-43 was published in 1944.

Drummond Allison’s Poems: