List of Forgotten Poets of the First World War

I am just beginning to create this list.  This is very much an on-going project and there were thousands of poets during this time.   As with the other sections, I am keen to include poets from all corners of the world - so please do get in touch to let me know of your forgotten poets.

Please don't think that I undervalue poets such as Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas and Ivor Gurney because that is definitely not the case - I just feel that they receive sufficient attention and are certainly not "forgotten".


Lascelles Abercrombie (1881 - 1938)  - British
J.R. Ackerley (1896 - 1957) - British
John Bernard Pye Adams (1890 - 1917) - British
Arthur St. John Adcock (1864 - 1930) - British; Pen-name Lance-Corporal Cobber
Kurd Adler (1892 - 1916) - German
Richard Aldington (1892 - 1962)  - British; served on Western Front and was gassed
Jocelyn Alexander – British poet
Harry Amoss (1880 - 1965) - Canadian
Guillaume Apollinaire (1880 - 1918) - French poet, novelist and playwright
Jean Arbousset – French poet
Rene Arcos (1881 - 1959) - French
Hamilton Fish Armstrong (1893 - 1973) - American
Martin Armstrong (1882 - 1974) - British; Artists Rifles; commissioned 8th Middlesex Regt.
The Hon. Herbert Asquith (1881 - 1947) - British - Royal Field Artillery; son of Prime Minister
Raymond Asquith (1878  - 1916) - British - brother of Herbert; kia
Adelard Audette (1896 - ?) - French Canadian

Hugo Ball (1886 - 1927) - German
Frederick Bertram Bagshaw (1875 - 1966) - Canadian; served in France in 1914
Maurice Baring (1874 - 1945) - British;  Royal Flying Corps
Leonard Barnes, MC (1895 - ) - British
Clement Bartrim (1897 - 1988) - British;York & Lancaster Regiment and Lincs Regt Labour Corps
Robert Harold Beckh (1894 - 1916) - British; kia Western Front 15th August 1916
Theo van Beek (1898 - 1958) - South African
Gottfried Benn
William Eric Berridge (1894 - 1916) - British
Maurice Bertrand (1881 - 1914) - French poet; killed Somme 7.10.1914; buried Colincamps.
Paul Bewsher (1894 - 1966) - British; Royal Naval Air Service; (worked for "Daily Mail")
Rudolf Binding (1867 - 1938) - German poet, diarist and author
Laurence Binyon (1869 - 1943) - British;  Red Cross orderly
John Peale Bishop (1892 - 1944) - American; served France with US 33rd Infantry
Charles Walter Blackall (1876 - 1918) - British
Francis Kennard Bliss (1892 - 1916) - British
Edmund Blunden (1896 - 1974) - British; Royal Sussex Regiment
Theodore Botrel (1868 - 1925) - French
Robert Bridges (1844 - 1930) - British - Poet Laureate 1913 - 1930
Everard Lindsay Brine – British Poet
Brian Brooke (1889 - 1916) - British poet; pen-name 'Korengo'
Rupert Brooke (1887 - 1915)  - British - Royal Naval Division
Aristide Louis Armand Bruand (1883 - 1917) - French
John Buchan (1875 - 1940) - British - worked for the British War Propaganda Bureau

Emile Cammaerts (1878 - 1953) - Belgian
Alec de Candole – British poet
Gilbert Cannan (1884 - 1955) - British - pacifist and conscientious objector
Thomas Carnduff (1886 - 1956) - Irish
Lt. Col. Sydney Casson (1889 - 1941) - British
Leon Chancerel (1886 - 1965) - French
Cecil Edward Chesterton (1879 - 1918) – British poet; younger brother of
Gilbert Keith (G.K.) Chesterton (1874 - 1936)- British; worked for the British War Propaganda Bureau WW1
Wilfred Rowland Childe (1890 - 1952) - two brothers served in Army - one killed
Arthur Newberry Choyce (1893 - 1937) - British; Leicestershire Regiment
Jean Cocteau (1889 - 1963) - French
Desmond Coke (1879 - 1931) - British writer and poet
David Geoffrey Collins (1899 - 1918) - British
Adrian Consett-Stephens – Australian poet
George Cosbuc (1866 - 1918) - Rumanian
Leslie Coulson (1889 - 1916) - British; 2nd Royal Fusiliers; kia October 1916
Arthur Scott Craven (1875 - 1917) - British
Arthur Shearly Cripps (1869 - 1952) - priest and missionary in Southern Rhodesia
John Eugene Crombie (1896 - 1917) - British
e.e. cummings (1894 - 1962) - American - went to France as an Ambulance Driver

William Henry (W.H.) Davies  (1971 - 1940) - British
Coningsby Dawson (1883 - 1959) - British born; joined Canadian Army WW1; wounded.
Miles Jeffery Game Day, DSC (1896 - 1918)  – British poet ; Royal Naval Air Service; shot down February 1918
Geoffrey Dearmer (1893 - 1996)- British - Royal Army Service Corps
Dimtcho Debelyanov (1887 - 1916) - Bulgarian
Walter De La Mare (1873  - 1956) - British
Richard Dennys (1884 - 1916) - British
Bertram Dobell (1851 - 1914) - British
Oliphant Down, MC (1885 - 1917) - British
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930) - British - served as a doctor in the Boer War; son killed 1916
Pierre-Eugene Drieu la Rochelle (1893 - 1945) - French
John Drinkwater (1882 - 1937) - British
Paul Drouot (1886 - 1915) - French
William Arthur Dunkerley (1852 - 1941) - British - pen name John Oxenham
Lord Dunsany (1878 - 1957) - British; Captain Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers; wounded 1916

R.M. Eassie (1875 - 1940) - Canadian; served in France from 1914 5th Canadian Battalion
T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965) - American born
Gerrit Engelke (1890 - 1918) - German poet and writer
Marcel Eteve (1891 - 1916) - French poet
Ellis Humphreys Evans (1887 - 1917) - Bardic Name Hedd Wyn - Welsh

Geoffrey Faber
J. Griffyth Fairfax (1886 - 1976) - b. Australia;  Captain in the R.A.S.C. MP for Norwich 1924 - 29
Harry Fellows (1896 - 1987) - British; 23 Bn. Northumberlands; wounded June 1915 Western Front
Henry Lionel Field (1894 - 1916) - British; Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Walter Flex (1887 - 1917) - German
Clifford Flower (1891 - 1917) - British
Ford Madox Ford (1873  - 1939) - British - Welch Regiment
Henri-Alban Fournier (1886 - 1914) - French; pen name Alain-Fournier; presumed killed 1914
Charles T. Foxcroft (1868 - 1929) - British
Gilbert Frankau (1884 - 1952) - British - 9th East Surrey Regiment then Royal Field Artillery from March 1915
John Freeman (1880 - 1929) - British; won Hawthornden Prize 1920
Hugh Reginald (Rex) Freston (1891 - 1916) -  British
Robert Frost (1874 - 1963) - American

John Galsworthy (1867 - 1933) - British
Erwin Clarkson Garrett – American poet
Crosbie Garstin (1887 - 1930) - British; 1st King Edward's Horse
Leon Gellert (1892 - 1977) - Australian
Frantisek Gellner (1881 - 1914) - Czech; killed on the Eastern Front
Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931) - Lebanese
Wilfrid Wilson Gibson (1878 - 1962) - British - Private, British Army
Nathan Percy Graham (1895 - 1920) - British
Robert Graves (1895 - 1985) - British; brother of Rosaleen Graves poet
John Arthur Gray, DCM (1886 - 1917) - British
Gerald William Grenfell, The Hon. (1890 - 1915) - British; Rifle Brigade; brother of Julian; kia
Julian Grenfell, The Hon. (1888 - 1915) - British; Royal Dragoons; Awarded DSO; kia 
Christopher Murray Grieve (1892 - 1978) - British; pen name Hugh MacDiarmid; RAMC
Wyn Griffith (1890 - ) - Welsh;  Fought at The Somme on the Western Front
E. Leslie Gunston - British; cousin of Wilfred Owen; ? volunteer with the YMCA
Alfred Leslie Guppy (1888 - 1968) - Australian
Ivor Gurney (1890 - 1932) - British;  Gloucestershire Regiment

Sydney Hale (1891 - 1915) - British
William Robert Hamilton (1891 - 1917) - Scottish-born South African
Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928) - British
John Hay Maitland Hardyman, DSO, MC, FZS – British poet
F.W. Harvey (1888 - 1957) - British; Served on Western Front. PoW.
Percy Haselden (1895 - 1916) - British - "The Liverpool Poet"
Henry-Jacques (1886 - 1973) - French
Robert Henderson-Bland – British actor and poet
A.P. Herbert (1890 - 1971) - British; Lt. in the Royal Naval Division; Gallipoli and W. Front
Edward Godfrey Hoare  - British -  Lt-Col. King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment
John Collinson Hobson (1893 - 1917) - British - Lt. 116th Machine Gun Co. KIA 31.07.1917
William Hope Hodgson (1877 - 1918) - British - Royal Artillery
William Noel Hodgson, MC (1893 - 1916) - British - pen name Edward Melbourne - Devon Regiment; kia
Ronald Arthur Hopwood (1868  - 1949) - British - Rear-Admiral, Royal Navy
Cyril Morton Horne (1885 - 1916) - Irish; Captain, 7th Bttn, King's Own Scottish Borderers; kia
E.W. Hornung (1866 - 1921) - British - YMCA volunteer France;  son killed 6th July 1915
Alfred Edward (A.E.) Houseman (1859 - 1936) - British;
Jimmy Howcroft (1893 - 1936) - British; RFC; badly injured landing after mission on the Somme
T.E. Hulme (1883 - 1917) - British; Royal Artillery; kia Nieuport

Franz Janowitz (1892 - 1917) - German
Arthur Lewis Jenkins (1892 - 1917) - British; Royal Flying Corps; sister of Elinor Jenkins poet
Philip Johnstone - British
James Joyce (1882 - 1941) - Irish
David Jones (1895 - 1974) - British poet/artist; 15th Royal Welch Fusiliers
Raymond Jubert (1889 - 1917) - French
Ernst Junger – German writer and poet

Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy MC (1883 - 1929) - "Woodbine Willie" - Chaplain to the Forces
Alfred ('Cot') Cotterill Kermode (1897 - 1973) - pupil at Oundle School when WW1 began
Thomas Michael "Tom" Kettle (1880 - 1916) - Irish; Dublin Fusiliers; kia
Joyce Kilmer (1886 - 1918) - American;
Rudyard Kilpling (1865 - 1936) - British - worked for the British War Propaganda Bureau
Edmund George Valpy Knox (1881 - 1971) pen name Evoe - British; Lincolnshire Regt.; wounded 1917 

James Miles Langstaff (1883 - 1917) - Canadian
Jean Lassoux - Belgian
Frank Laurence (F.L.) Lucas (1894 - 1967) - British
Francis Ledwidge (1891 - 1917) - Irish; Royal Irish Fusiliers; kia
Rudolf Chambers Lehmann - British
Roland Leighton (1895 - 1915) - British; engaged to Vera Brittain; kia
Heinrich Lersch (1889 - 1936)   - German; poem "Bruder"
Sivori J.A. Levey (1879 - 1924) - British; Lt. in 13th West Yorkshire Regt. wounded Passchendaele
C.S. Lewis (1898 - 1963) - British - 3rd Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry
Frank C. Lewis (1898 - 1917) - British
Alfred Lichtenstein (1889 - 1914) - German
William Henry Littlejohn (1891 - 1917) - British
P.H.B. Lyon MC (1893 - 1986) - British; Captain 6th Durham Light Infantry; wounded 1918
Walter Scott Stuart Lyon (1886 - 1915) - Scottish
E.V. Lucas (1868 - 1938) - British

D.S.M. MacColl (1859 - 1948) - Scottish;
John McCrae (1872 - 1918) - Canadian doctor, poet and Artillery Officer; Western Front.
Patrick MacGill (1890 -     ) - Irish; London Irish Rifles; wounded Loos
Ewart Alan Mackintosh, MC (1893 - 1917) - British; 5th Seaforth Highlanders; k.i.a. Cambrai
Archibald Macleish ( - ) - American
Jozef Maczka – Polish poet
Alexander James Mann (1896 - 1917) - Scottish
Frederic Manning (1882 - 1935) - Australian
Edwin Markham (1852 - 1940) - American
R.B. Marriott-Watson (1896 - 1918) - Irish; Lt. Royal Irish Rifles; kia 24th March 1918
Marcel Martinet (1887 b- 1966) - French
Charles John Beech Masefield, MC (1882 - 1917) - British (cousin of John Masefield)
John Masefield (1878 - 1967) - British
Vladimir Mayakovski (1893 - 1930_- Russian
Alan Alexander (A.A.) Milne (1882 - 1956) - British - Royal Warwickshire Regiment; wounded
Colin Mitchell (189- -1918) - British; Rifle Brigade WW1
Thomas Ewart Mitton (1897 - 1917) - British
Gerhard Moerner (1894 - 1917) - German
Charles Scott Moncrieff (1889 - 1930) - British
Henry Mond (1898 - 1949) - British - served on Western Front S. Wales Borderers; wounded 1916
Harold Monro (1879 - 1932) - British - Anti-aircraft Battery Royal Artillery;  later War Office
Eugenio Montale (1896 - 1981) - Italian
Harold William Moore (18   - 1916) - British poet, pen-name 'Holdar Roome'
Francis St. Vincent Morris (1896 - 1917) - British
Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi (1875 - 1945) - South African
Murdo Murray – Scottish Poet

Sir Henry Newbolt (1862 - 1938) - British - worked for the British War Propaganda Bureau
Robert Nichols (1893 - 1944) - British; Royal Artillery; invalided home with shell shock 1916
Armine Frank Gibson Norris – Canadian poet

Wilfred Edward Salter Owen (1893 - 1918) - British
Nowell Oxland (1890 - 1915) - British; 6th Border Regiment; kia Gallipoli - Suvla Bay

Barry Pain (1864 - 1928) - British, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Robert Palmer (1888 - 1916) - British; 6th Battalion Royal Hampshire Regiment; kia
Walter Butler Palmer (1868 - 1932) - American
Harold Parry (1896 - 1917)  - British from Walsall
Francis Joseph M. Patmore - British - son of Coventry Patmore; POW in Turkey
Charles Peguy (1873 - 1914) - French
Alexander Lancaster Pemberton, MC - British; brother of
Vivian Telfer Pemberton, MC - British         
Claude Quale Lewis Penrose (1894 - 1918) - Irish
Hilary (Harry) Douglas Clark Pepler (1878 - 1951) - British; pen-name HDCP
Stephen Phillips (1864 - 1915) - British
Eden Phillpotts (1862 - 1960) - British
Bernard Pitt (1882 - 1916) - British poet and schoolteacher
Max Plowman (1883 - 1941) - British; 10th West Yorkshire Regiment;
Francois Porche (1877 - 1944) - French
Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972) - American
John Cowper Powys - British
Frank Prewett (1893 - 1962) - Canadian;  British Royal Field Artillery
John Boyston (J.B.) Priestly (1894 - 1984) - British - served in the Infantry

Hugh Quigley - British poet and song-writer

Alfred Victor Ratcliffe (1887 - 1916) - British; kia on the Western Front
Bertram Louis Ratcliffe, MC (1893 - 1992) - British; West Yorkshire Regt. brother of Alfred V. POW
Herbert Read, MC, DSO (1893 - 1968) - British; Green Howards
Eugene Rhullier (1881 - 1917) - French
Edgell Rickword (1898 -    ) - British; Western Front
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926) - German
William Fox Ritchie – British
Cecil Roberts (1892  - 1976) - British - war correspondent attached in turn to all three British military services
Alexander Robertson (1882 - 1916) - British
George Upton Robins (1878 - 1915) - British
Raymond Rodiget (1903 - 1923) - French
Isaac Rosenberg (1890 - 1918) - British poet and artist;
Edmond Rostand – French poet
Leslie George Rub (1892 - 1917) - Australian
Gaston de Ruyter – Belgian pilot Poet

Gustav Sack (1885 - 1916)  - German
Edmund Sambell - Australian poet
Gerald George Samuel (1886 - 1917) - British
Henry Smalley Sarson (1890 - ?) - British
Siegfried Sassoon (1886 - 1967) - British
Frederic-Louis Sauser (1887 - 1961) pen name Blaise Cendras; Swiss born naturalised French; joined the French Foreign Legion
R.H. Sauter
William Maunsel Scanlan (1886 - 1917) - Canadian; served in France from 1914
Charles Elliott Scott-Moncrieff (1889  - 1930) - British - King's Own Scottish Borderers
Sir Owen Seaman (1861 - 1936) - British
Alan Seeger (1888 - 1916) - American; joined the French Foreign Legion 1914
Robert William Service (1874 - 1958) - British
Edward Shanks (1892 - 1953) - British
Patrick Shaw-Stewart (1888 - 1917) - British
William Ambrose Short, CMG (1871 - 1917) - British; Lt.-Col. in the Royal Field Artillery
Arthur Hugh Sidgwick (1882 - 1917) - British
Henry Lamont Simpson – British poet
Gerald Caldwell Siordet, MC (1885 - 1917) - British
Osbert Sitwell (1892 - 1969) - British; Grenadier Guards
Geoffrey Bache Smith (1894 - 1916) - British
Hugh Stewart Smith (1889 - 1916) - British; Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Robert Smylie (1875 - 1916) - British
Louis B. Solomon – British poet
Reinhard Sorge (1892 - 1916) - German poet and playwright
Andre Soriac (c. 1864 - ?) - French; 277e Regiment d'Infanterie - Tranchee de Lorraine
Charles Hamilton Sorley (1895 - 1915) - British - Suffolk Regiment - Lt. then Captain
Andre Spire (1868 - 1966) - French
Ernst Stadler (1883- 1914) - German
Edward de Stein (1887 -  1965) - British; Western Front
John Enenezer Stewart, MC – Scottish poet
John Still - British; Lt. East Yorkshire Regiment;  served at Gallipoli
August Stramm (1874 - 1915) - German
John William Streets (1886 - 1916) - British

Edward Wyndham Tennant (1897 - 1916) - British; Grenadier Guards
J.R.R. Tolkein (1892  - 1973) - British - 2nd Lieutenant Lancashire Fusiliers
David Cuthbert Thomas (1895 - 1916) - British from Wales
Philip (Edward) Thomas (1878 - 1917) - Artists' Rifles 1917; 2nd Lt. Royal Garrison Artillery
Edward Thompson (1886 - 1946) - British; Chaplain to 7th Division in Mesopotamia
Nicolas Herbert Todd (1878 - 1916) - British
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973) - British: Lancashire Fusiliers
Ernst Toller (1893 - 1939) - German
Bernard Freeman Trotter (1890 - 1917) - Canadian
W.J. Turner (1889 - 1946) - Australian; Royal Artillery

Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888 - 1970) - Italian

Theo van Beek (1898 - 1958) - South African
Mark van Doren ( - ) - American
Emile Verhaeren (1855 - 1916) - Belgian; took refuge in Wales, died in Rouen, France
Robert Ernest (R.E.) Vernède (1875 - 1917) -  British; Lt. in 9th Fusiliers k.i.a. 9th April 1917
Charles Vildrac (1881 - 1973) - French

Geoffrey Wall (1897 - 1917) - British born; emigrated to Australia; Royal Flying Corps WW1; killed in a flying accident in Wiltshire August 1917 - acclaimed as "Australia's Rupert Brooke"
Leonard Comer Wall (1896 - 1917) - Royal Field Artillery, kia 9th June 1917
Oscar Walters (1889 - 1948) - Australian; Third Field Co. Gallipoli and Western Front
Gilbert Waterhouse (1883 - 1916) - British; Essex Regiment
Richard Brereton Marriott Watson - British poet
Sir William Watson (1858 - 1935) - British
Alec Waugh (1898 - 1981) - British; Dorset Regiment;  POW 1918;
Willoughby Weaving  - British;  Royal Irish Fusiliers Western Front
Fritz Werneck-Bruggemann (1895 -      ) - German
Arthur Graeme West (1891 - 1917) - British
Bernard Charles de Boismaison White (1886 - 1916) - British
Eric Fitzwalter Wilkinson, MC (1891 - 1917) - British
Walter Lightowler Wilkinson (1885 - 1917) - British
I.A. Williams (1890 - 1962) - British
Edmund Wilson ( - ) - American
T.P. Cameron Wilson ( - 1918) - British;  Sherwood Foresters; kia 23rd March 1918
Cyril W. Winterbotham (1887 - 1916) - British
Humbert Wolfe (1885 - 1940) - Italian-born British poet
Francis Woodruffe (1883 - 1961) - British - pen name Frank Richards
John Alan Wyeth (1894 - 1981) - American

William Butler (W.B.) Yeats (1865 - 1939) - Irish
Edward Hilton Young (1879 - 1960) - British; RNVR Zeebrugge and Archangel. DSO and DSC; wounded 1918
Francis Brett Young (1884 - 1954) - British doctor. RAMC E. Africa
Geoffrey Winthrop Young (1876 - 1958) - Friends Ambulance Unit

Jerzy Zulavski (1874 - 1915) - Polish