First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Edward Thomas (1878–1917) - Chronology

Year Date Activity
1878 3 March Born in Lambeth, London
1894 January Attends St Paul's School
1896 April–Sep Works for Civil Service exam and then entry to Oxford University
1897 First book published ('The Woodland Life'), matriculates as non- collegiate student; lives at 113 Cowley Rd
1898 March Wins history scholarship to Lincoln College
1899 June Marries Helen Thomas
1900 January Son, Merfyn is born.
Summer Gets a 2nd Class in Finals Honours History Schools. Decides to become a writer
August Moves to London
1901 Sep Moves to Maidstone in Kent
1902 Oct Daughter, Bronwen is born
1903 Feb First commissioned book, 'Oxford'
1904 May Moves to the Weald nr Sevenoaks
1906 Meets W. H. Hudson and W de la Mare
1907 April After ill health visits a specialist about melancholia
1908 Aug–Dec Assistant Secretary to Royal Commissioner on Welsh Monuments. Lives in London
1909 Dec Moves to Petersfield, Hampshire
1910 Continues to write books and reviews
Aug 2nd daughter, Myfanwy, born
1911 Sep Severe breakdown caused by overwork and ill-health
1912 Jan Begins to write for H. Monro's Poetry Review
July Begins review for The English Review and The Nation
Nov Writes 'Walter Pater' and begins 'The Happy-Go-Lucky Morgans'
1913 July Still in ill-health moves to Steep Village in Petersfield
Oct Introduced to Robert Frost
1914 April 'In Pursuit of Spring' published
Dec Earliest poems written and sent to Robert Frost
1915 Jan Continues to write poetry
Mar–Jun Begins preparation of anthology 'This England'
July Enlists in Artists' Rifles. Poems sent to Bottomley for inclusion in 'An Annual of New Poetry'
Aug–Sep Balham
Oct In camp in Loughton, Essex
Nov Moved to Hare Hall Camp, Gidea Park, Romford. Promoted to Lance- Corporal
1916 Feb Convalesces at Steep
March Promoted to Corporal. Keats published
June Applies for commission in Royal Artillery
July Declines to stay on permanent staff at Hare Hall Camp
Sep Officer Cadet with the R.A. in London
Oct Moved to firing camp nr. Trowbridge
Nov Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant; posted to 244 Siege Battery, Lydd, Kent
Dec Volunteers to go overseas. Sees proofs for 'An Annual of New Poetry'
1917 Jan Emabarkation leave
13 Jan Last poem written in his diary
29 Jan Embarks from Southampton
4 Feb Leaves Le Havre for front line
11 Feb Stationed near Arras
9 March Begins duty at Observation post (Ronville)
26 March Moved to Achicourt for preparation for Battle of Arras
8 April Under artillery fire
9 April On duty at Observation post. Killed by blast of shell at 7.36am during 1st hour of Arras offensive

Chronology by: , 1997