A pupil of St. Paul's School in London, Laurence went on to study classics at Oxford University, joining Trinity College. He began work at the Department of Printed Books of the British Museum.
In 1904, Laurence married Cicely Margaret Powell, a historian and they had three daughters.
Laurence was friends with fellow poets Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington and Hilda Dolittle (known as H.D.).
His most famous poem is "For the Fallen" which was written sitting on a cliff top in Cornwall after the Battles of Mons and The Marne had caused terrible casualties on the Western Front. He volunteered for war work in spite of being too old and became a hospital worker in Arc-en-Ballois, France.
Sir Edward Elgar set three of Laurence's poems to music and published these as "The Spirit of England" in 1917.
Laurence died on 10th March 1943 in Reading, Berkshire.
Laurence Binyon's WW1 anthology "The Winnowing Fan Poems on The Great War" was published in 1914 by Houghton Mifflin Company, New York and Boston
Laurence Binyon's most famous work is "For the Fallen" which is quoted regularly at commemorative events when the lines from the fourth verse - "At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them" and "They shall not grow old, as we grow old: Age shall not weary them or the years condemn" are repeated.
Read the whole poem here http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poems/laurence-binyon-for-the-fallen.htm
Sir Thomas Brock RA "Aid for the Fallen" from King Albert's Book, published in 1914 in aid of the Daily Telegraph Fund for Belgium.