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Oxford Inscriptions: Plaque to Edward Thomas, 113 Cowley Road


Edward Thomas plaque

1878–1917

EDWARD
THOMAS

WRITER AND POET

LODGED HERE
1897–8

THE EDWARD THOMAS FELLOWSHIP

This plaque was unveiled on 16 May 2015 at 113 Cowley Road. It was funded by the Edward Thomas Fellowship and the Oxford East MP Andrew Smith.

The poet Philip Edward Thomas, known as Edward, lodged here in 1897/8 at the age of 19 while studying to enter Lincoln College.

He served as a Second Lieutenant in the 244th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery from 1915 in the First World War, and was killed in action at the Battle of Arras in France on 9 April 1917 at the age of 39. He is buried in the Agny Military Cemetery (CWGC). He is remembered on the war memorial of Lincoln College, Oxford and in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey.

Oxford Mail, 13 May 2015:
Plaque unveiling will honour memory of a wartime poet Edward Thomas' links with city

Gone, gone again”:
Poetry of the Great War

Wikipedia: Edward Thomas

Stephanie Jenkins