By Edward Thomas
The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again.
Edward Thomas was born into a Welsh family in London. He was a pupil at St Paul’s School, now in Barnes (in Hammersmith in Edward’s day).
A writer of poetry and prose, Edward enlisted in the Artists Rifles in 1915. Promoted first to corporal, in November 1916 Edward was commissioned into the Royal Garrison Artillery as a second lieutenant. His first book of poetry was published under the pseudonym of Edward Eastaway in 1916.
His second book was published in late 1917. Edward did not live to see it. He was killed in action at Arras on Easter Monday, 9 April 1917. His death is commemorated in a poem by WH Davies Killed In Action (Edward Thomas)
In memory of all the soldiers from Richmond and around the world who died in WW1