Edmund Blunden (1896-1974)

Death: 20th January 1974
Location: Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, Suffolk, England
Cause of death: Heart Attack
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English poet, author and critic. Like his friend Siegfried Sassoon, he wrote of his experiences in World War I in both verse and prose.
In August 1915 Blunden was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Sussex Regiment and served with them right up to the end of World War I, taking part in the actions at Ypres and the Somme, and winning the Military Cross in the process. 
Unusually for a junior infantry officer, Blunden survived nearly two years in the front line without physical injury, but for the rest of his life bore mental scars from his experiences. Although he wrote war poems, he avoided the graphic edge that characterises the work of Sassoon or Wilfred Owen, and his memoirs of war service, though beautifully written, have been by some been argued to lack the immediacy of those of Sassoon or Robert Graves. His own account of his frequently traumatic experiences was published in 1928 under the title Undertones of War.