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Laurence Binyon
Birth: Aug. 10, 1869
City of Lancaster
Lancashire, England
Death: Mar. 10, 1943
Reading Borough
Berkshire, England

British poet and critic. Robert Laurence Binyon was born in Lancaster, the son of a clergyman. He was educated at St. Paul's School in London and at Trinity College, Oxford; where, in 1890, he won the Newdigate Prize for his poem "Persephone." After he graduated, he worked at the British Museum in the Department of Printed Books, rising to become the head of the Department of Oriental Prints and Drawings. Upon his retirement in 1933, he went to Harvard University as the Professor of Poetry, and then to Athens University as the Byron Professor of English Literature, in which position he was succeeded by Lord Dunsany. In addition to many works on the art of the Far East, he wrote six plays, a translation of Dante's Divine Comedy, and "The Madness of Merlin" the first part of an Arthurian trilogy which appeared in 1947, after his death; the two other parts were scarcely begun. He is, however, best known for his poetry and, in particular, "For the Fallen", which was first published in The Times newspaper on the 21st. September 1914, and which is still read every year on Remembrance Sunday. In 1904, Laurence Binyon married Cicely Margaret Powell, the daughter of a banker. They had three daughters, one of whom married Basil Gray, who succeeded Binyon as the head of Oriental Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. The other two daughters, Margaret (later Mrs. Higgens) and Helen are buried next to their parents. (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) 
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  Cicely Margaret Powell Binyon (1876 - 1962)*
  Nicolete Mary Binyon Gray (1911 - 1997)*
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St Mary the Virgin Churchyard
West Berkshire Unitary Authority
Berkshire, England
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Record added: Mar 09, 2004
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- R I P
 Added: Aug. 10, 2014
You were a splendid poet. "For the Fallen" remains one of my favorite poems.
- Dr Mary Ann Wimsatt
 Added: Jul. 19, 2014
...Thank you one of the most enduring war poems, written at an historic moment .....just after the Retreat from Mons and the victory of the Marne. ....... "They went with songs to the battle, they were young. Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and ...(Read more)
- Roberta♥
 Added: Jun. 22, 2014
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