Guide to the Papers of Edward Thomas, 1896 - 1994Manuscript MS-958

Biography

Edward Thomas (1878-1917) was born in Lambeth in 1878 to Welsh parents. He was educated at Batteresea Grammar school and St. Paul's School, Hammersmith. At the age of 16, he met the critic James Ashcroft Noble, who encouraged him in his writing and arranged for the publication of several youthful essays. Edward and Helen, Noble's second daughter, were married in 1899 while Thomas was still an undergraduate student at Lincoln College, Oxford. They had a son, Merfyn Thomas, daughter Myfany Thomas. After leaving Oxford, they moved to Wandsworth and in 1901 moved to New Hampshire. In November 1916, he was given a commission in the Royal Garrison Artillery, and counted on being off to France early in the following year. He was killed in April of 1917 near Arras while regulating the fire of a siege battery from an advance post.

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