Friday, 9 February 2018

Nowell Oxland (1890 - 1915) – British

Nowell Oxland was a poet born in Devon on 24th December 1890.  He was the son of William Oxland, a Church of England minister and a former vicar of St. Augustine’s parish church Alston, Cumberland, and his wife Caroline Amy Oxland,  nee Cole.   Nowell had a sister Collette, who was born in 1873. 

Educated at Durham School and Worcester College, Oxford, Nowell was a keen rugby player and was Captain of his college Rugby Football team. He was elected Secretary of the Lovelace Club in Trinity Term 1914. 

In September 1914, Nowell was commissioned into the 6th Border Regiment and sailed for Gallipoli in June 1915.  Lieutenant Nowell Oxland was killed at Suvla Bay on 9th August 1915 and was buried in Green Hill Cemetery, Sulva Bay, Gallipoli.

Nowell's poem “Outward Bound “, written while Nowell was on the way to Gallipoli, was published in “The Times” newspaper after his death.  His collection “Poems and Stories” was published in 1916.

With thanks to Keith Wren for finding Nowell and to Catherine Avak for additional information.