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Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon – British Soldier and Poet. Nicknamed “Mad Jack” for his bravery on the battlefield, Siegfried Sassoon was an serving officer, arriving in France with the British Army during 1915. In 1917 he penned a letter to a British newspaper making a stand against the war, he avoided severe punishment for this due to being vouched for by his friend and fellow poet, Robert Graves, who convinced the authorities that Siegfried was suffering from shellshock. He spent time in the Craiglockhart war hospital in Edinburgh where he helped other patients with their writing, including Wilfred Owen, before returning to war and continuing to write his poetry.

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