Siegfried Sassoon
His Life and Illustrated Bibliography

Limited Editions

This is the only web site that records the complete bibliography of the famous First World War soldier, poet and writer, Siegfried Sassoon. Illustrated here are all the books and pamphlets published by Sassoon in his lifetime; any contribution he has made to other books such as introductions and forewords, and any of his work published by others in his lifetime such as the inclusion of his poems or other work in anthologies etc. In addition to the information regarding books, I have created a number of pages containing details of Sassoon’s life, and those of many of his friends and relatives. Some of this has been new research on my part.

All books illustrated are from my own collection and are listed in order of the date they were published. I have also included on the site books from Sassoon’s own library, books in which people have written about Sassoon in his lifetime and also modern books written about him after his death, in particular biographies which may be of interest to those wishing to find out more about him.

The Bookshelf

The books on the left cover Siegfried Sassoon’s ‘Sherston Trilogy’ and his ‘real’ autobiography. Many of Sherston’s experiences were Sassoon’s as well, and he left much out of his second trilogy because he had already covered it with Sherston. Click on the titles to see a short synopsis of each book. Although ‘The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston’ was published, there was no single publication of Sassoon’s ‘real’ autobiography.

Keynes - Bibliographer and close friend of Siegfried Sassoon, Geoffrey Keynes, wrote a bibliography of Sassoon’s work which was published by Rupert Hart-Davis in 1962. This is a wonderful book but unfortunately it is incomplete. For instance it does not cover any books from 1962 to Sassoon’s death in 1967. Siegfried Sassoon was a complex character, full of contradictions and although he had always wanted to be a famous writer, when Keynes suggested he write his bibliography Sassoon was not particularly happy about it, thinking it would intrude on his privacy. However, Keynes was undeterred and began his work and it wasn’t long before Sassoon was providing him with more and more information.

Keynes had Sassoon’s own library from which to carry out his research and he also had a number of his own books to collate. However, many books, particularly anthologies, went unrecorded and this web site brings more of them together for the first time. I have used Keynes own numbering system but where books are not in his bibliography I have noted that they were Not Collated. Some other books are not covered in depth by Keynes but merely mentioned in the larger descriptions of other more well-known titles. Where this is the case I have noted that they were Mentioned.

*** New Additions to the Site ***

After ‘Lockdown’ this site is once again being updated.

There are numerous books below that have now been added.


Baedeker’s Southern Germany - From the Library of Siegfried Sassoon

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Baedeker’s Southern Germany (Wurtenberg and Bavaria). By Karl Baedeker, Leipzig, 1914. At the beginning of September 1928 Sassoon set out in his newly acquired, red Packard, on a road trip to Munich, to meet his lover, Stephen Tennant. Tennant had left Britain on the 21st of January for a holiday in the Bavarian Alps hoping that the air might help his lungs. Later, on the 5th of September, Sassoon drove from Munich to Haus Hirth, a guesthouse in the mountains at Untergrainau, near Garmisch, to meet up Tennant.

With the above in mind, I recently purchased a fairly well-thumbed copy of Baedekers Handbook For Travellers Southern Germany (Wurtemberg and Bavaria) published in 1914. The book comes from Sassoon’s own library and carries the Southeby’s monogram sticker as proof of provenance which was fixed to all his books that were auctioned in the 1991 sale. This book specifically covers the areas travelled by Sassoon, including Munich and Untergrainau. In the days before sat nav these books were essential to travellers crossing Europe by road and coming from Sassoon’s own library I strongly believe that he must have navigated his way across Germany using this actual book.


Attack - From the Library of Siegfried Sassoon

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Attack - An Infantry Subaltern’s Impressions of July 1st, 1916, by Edward G D Living. Published in 1918 by Heinemann, with an introduction by John Masefield. This lovely little book was originally from Sassoon’s library. It records the recollections of an officer of the County of London Regiment whose experiences were not unlike those of Sassoon. It is the first hand account of the southern attack on Gommecourt Wood. The writer, after going ‘over the top’ at 7.30am in the third wave, almost immediately lost sight of his platoon but managed to reach the German wire where he received a bullet through the hip. He managed to get back to the British line, then to Hebuterne and on to hospital. It is a short book (89 pages), but has great detail and must have resonated strongly with Sassoon. He has annotated it once, on page one. Crossing out ‘Leaping’ and writing ‘Jumping’ where text stated ‘Leaping-off trenches...’


All Trivia - From the Library of Siegfried Sassoon

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All Trivia ... Afterthoughts Last Words. By Logan Pearsall Smith, London: Constable & Co., [reprint 1933]. From the library of Siegfried Sassoon, with the monogram label marking the posthumous library sale at Sotheby’s on the pastedown and a gift inscription to him on the front free end sheet:  "S.S. from D.R.W.S. in memory of Edmund's visit. 11 August, 1961.” Sassoon was acquainted with Smith, they had met at the home of the hostess Mrs Colefax in Onslow Square, in November 1917, when, as Jean Moorcroft-Wilson records, Sassoon had the pleasure of being able to tell the American writer Logan Pearsall Smith how much he enjoyed his Trivia”. [published in 1902].

The inscription is from Sassoon’s close friend for many years, the cricketer, Dennis Raoul Whitehall Silk, and refers to a visit that Silk and another famous war poet and friend of Sassoon’s, Edmund Blunden, paid to Heytesbury House, when they spent the day with Sassoon listening to the test match on the radio.


The Oxford Book of English Prose - From the Library of Siegfried Sassoon

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The Oxford Book of English Prose, edited by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, published in 1925, (Sassoon’s work isn’t in it). It carries the Sotheby’s monogram sticker to show it is from Sassoon’s own library and inside the front cover Sassoon has glued an article about Froissart by Lord Berners. On the page that references Robert Bridges Sassoon has glued a cutting of Bridges’ face and another cutting referring to his Order of Merit. Sassoon had a habit of sticking odd things in his books.

Inside the back cover is glued a wonderful photograph under which Sassoon has written in pencil ‘The Nut Walk at Wilsford’. Wilsford Manor of course being the Home of Stephen Tennant. Sassoon must have really liked this area of the grounds.


Let Dons Delight - Inscribed by Siegfried Sassoon to Dennis Silk

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Let Dons Delight Inscription

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Let Dons Delight, by Ronald A Knox, published in 1939 by Sheed & Ward. Knox, a Catholic priest, was instrumental in helping Siegfried Sassoon in his conversion to Roman Catholicism. The book was a gift to Dennis Silk, the cricketer and friend of Siegfried Sassoon. Sassoon has inscribed it to ‘D.S.’ and added his monogram. He has also dated it Heytesbury, August 1954. The book bears Silk’s own bookplate.


Marching On Tanga - From the Library of Siegfried Sassoon

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Marching On Tanga (With General Smuts in East Africa) By Francis Brett Young, published in 1917 by Collins. The book, which carries the Sotheby’s provenance monogram, also bears Sassoon’s full signature on the front endpaper.


Checklists of Twentieth Century Authors - First Series

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Checklists of Twentieth Century Authors - First Series Issued in 1931 by Casanova Booksellers, Milwaukee. This catalogue, published for “both collector and bookman for reference”, covers the books of H. E. Bates, Rhys Davies, Liam O’Flaherty, Siegfried Sassoon, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. The edition was limited to 500 copies and this is copy number 499 (stamped on the back cover). There are three pages of Sassoon books, starting with Poems, Chiswick Press; and ending (in 1931) with To The Red Rose, 1931.


Hunting Scenes From Surtees - Proof Copy from the Library of Siegfried Sassoon

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Hunting Scenes From Surtees, Proof Copy Selected by Lionel Gough and published in 1953 by Rupert Hart-Davis. This is the proof copy of the book in which Sassoon wrote the Introduction. This proof copy comes from the library of Siegfried Sassoon and it carries the Sotheby’s provenance label. This must have been the copy that was given to Sassoon by the publishers in order for him to read, and then write his introduction as the Introduction page is blank except for the title. The finished book is pictured right. Sassoon, an avid reader of Surtees, contributed a three and a half page introduction.


Edmund Blunden Sixty Five - with a Contribution by Siegfried Sassoon

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Edmund Blunden Inscription

Edmund Blunden - Sixty Five - November 1961 Hong Kong (Keynes B34) Various authors, published by the English Society, The University of Hong Kong, in 1961. “With sincere respect and affection...the sixty-fifth birthday of Edmund Blunden”. Blunden was working at the University of Hong Kong. The book is full of tributes honouring Blunden on his sixty-fifth birthday. Siegfried Sassoon was one contributor. The book carries a very nice inscription signed and dated by Blunden, 20th March 1962. There is also a small newspaper cutting with the news that Emperor Hirohito of Japan has awarded the third class of the Order of the Rising Sun to Prof. Edmund Blunden...”In recognition of his work for the improvement of cultural links between Japan and Britain.”


Going to the Wars (Proof Copy) - From the Library of Siegfried Sassoon

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Going To The Wars - A Journey in Various Directions by John Verney, published in 1955 by Collins.The author's experiences in WWII. He served with one of the few yeomanry regiments in WWII that were still mounted. He later volunteered for Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE) and was parachuted into Sardinia. He was captured, but managed to escape. The book is an advance proof copy in plain wrappers that was sent to Sassoon as a gift from the publisher. With it is a letter dated 18th January 1955, from Collins publishers stating that John Verney “is a great admirer of yours, and I know it would give him the greatest pleasure if you read his book and enjoyed it.” The book carries the Sotheby’s provenance label.


The Listener - with Contributions by Siegfried Sassoon

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The Listener Left, (Not recorded by Keynes) Published by the BBC, 11th January 1945, Vol. XXXIII, No. 835. Siegfried Sassoon’s contribution was his poem ‘Microcosmos’.

The Listener Middle (Keynes C286) Published by the BBC, 5th December 1946, Vol. XXXVI, No. 934. Siegfried Sassoon’s contribution was a review of the book ‘Two Centuries of Fox-Hunting’ by A. Henry Higgins. The article was entitled, ‘Reynardism in Retrospect’.

The Listener Right (Keynes C287) Published by the BBC, 11th March 1948, Vol. XXXIX, No. 998. Siegfried Sassoon’s contribution was the poem ‘In Time of Decivilisation’.


Official Documents

Excerpts from the following documents can be found on this site by clicking on the links below:

  • 1911 Census for Weirleigh, Matfield, Kent (Siegfried Sassoon’s original family home).
  • 1939 Register for Heytesbury House, Wiltshire. (Siegfried Sassoon’s family home when he was married).
  • 1939 Register for The Fosse House, Ettington, Warwickshire. (Norman Loder’s home).
  • Medal Index Card for Lieutenant Norman Loder.



Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

Sassoon Books These are broken down into seven categories which record the books that Siegfried Sassoon wrote himself, comprising of his early poems, autobiographies both fictional and real published in the UK, US and Europe. His poetry published in the UK and the US., and other publications which in this case comprise of his biographies of Meredith, published in the UK and US.

Life and Letters Today

Contributions There are three categories in this section, books in which Siegfried Sassoon has contributed the Introduction or Foreword. Pages covering the six decades in which his poems were published by others, (mainly in anthologies) from 1917 to 1967, and books in which he has contributed other texts, mainly excerpts from his autobiographies.

In Sicily Limitation Page

Limited Editions  Sassoon loved to publish editions in limited numbers and the search for these is one of the things that makes collecting his books so exciting. Geoffrey Keynes stated: “After the war, Sassoon...returned to his former liking for privately printed books. Indeed, there can be few other English writers of equal calibre whose works have so often appeared in a private form.”

Georgian Literary Scene

About Sassoon These are books which contain information about Siegfried Sassoon, written during his lifetime. The books are written by such famous names as Edmund Gosse, David Garnett and Frank Swinnerton. Also included are two books by the renowned bibliographer Geoffrey Keynes. Keynes wrote Sassoons bibliography which has helped enormously in the creation of this web site.

Modern First Editions Catalogue

Catalogues An interesting section which covers auction catalogues relating to Siegfried Sassoon’s work. These catalogues give a fascinating look at the library of Siegfried Sassoon when it was sold off after his death and scattered around the world. Sales include Sassoon’s work from the collections of Lady Ottoline Morrell, Stephen Tennant and Max Beerbohm.

Poetry Review

Modern Day This section includes books that have been written about Siegfried Sassoon or have articles relating to him in the years after his death up to the modern day. These books include the two latest modern biographies written about Sassoon, Jean Moorcroft Wilson’s ‘The Making of a War Poet’ and ‘The Journey from the Trenches’ and Max Egremont’s ‘Siegfried Sassoon - A Biography.’


Periodicals This section covers magazines and periodicals in which Siegfried Sassoon has had his work published or contain stories about him during his lifetime. They include limited runs such as ‘The Owl’ edited by another famous war poet, Robert Graves, and magazines of larger circulation such as the American publication, The Literary Digest.

The Saturday Review

Book Reviews These contemporary reviews of Sassoon’s books are taken from various literary magazines of the time, the title of each is acknowledged along with the date of the review. I believe that these reviews are important today as they are unbiased and show just how Sassoon’s books were received at the time they were written. It also gives people who are new to Sassoon a glimpse of what each book is about.

Childs Prayer

Music A small but hopefully growing section highlighting any of Siegfried Sassoon’s poems that have been put to music. This selection includes ‘Three Song Pictures’, by Cyril Bradley Rootham, ‘A Childs Prayer’ also by Rootham and ‘Song Cycle’ by Howard Morgan, which includes ‘Noah’, ‘An Old French Poet’, ‘October’, A Poplar and the Moon’ and ‘Goblin Revel.’

Gateway to Poetry

His Library An interesting and varied selection of books in my possession which once formed part of Siegfried Sassoon’s own library. Many are inscribed to Sassoon by well known people such as Edmund Blunden and H. M. Tomlinson. These books were auctioned off after Sassoon’s death and have re-entered the market at various times since enabling me to purchase them and add them to this web site.

Siegfried Sassoon

Sassoon Biography A short, one page biography of Siegfried Sassoon. This biography has been created as a tiny window into the life of the great poet and writer. Elsewhere on this web site will be found more information about his life and his friends which will go to build up a complete picture of the poet, writer, soldier, hero, country gentleman and lover of an English way of life long since past.


A Soldier’s Declaration This is the Hansard report  which covers Sasssoon’s Declaration which he wrote in 1917 and sent to a sympathetic MP to be read out in the House of Commons. Sassoon had wanted to do something to shake the establishment at its heart and to speak out about the insincere way in which he thought the war was being pursued by the British Government. It covers the Commons Debate and his Declaration.


Sassoons Art A new page which showcases some of Siegfried Sassoon’s little known paintings and sketches. Siegfried Sassoon enjoyed sketching and painting and often made drawings in the front of books and sent them as gifts to his friends. He also produced watercolour paintings and caricatures of friends and acquaintances.

Geoffrey Keynes

Keynes A short, one page biography of Sassoon’s bibliographer, Sir Geoffrey Keynes. Geoffrey Keynes (pronounced “Canes”) maintained a passionate interest in English literature all his life. He produced biographies and bibliographies of English writers such as Sir Thomas Browne, John Evelyn, Siegfried Sassoon, John Donne and Jane Austen. His Sassoon bibliography has helped me enormously.

Robert Ross

Robert Ross Siegfried Sassoon first met the art expert and literary critic Robert Ross in June 1913, at a party given by Sir Edmund Gosse. Ross, eighteen years older than Sassoon, was a patron of emerging actors, poets and writers and had a significant effect on Sassoon’s work by encouraging him to write poetry critical of the military hierarchy.

Eddie Marsh

Eddie Marsh The writer, Sir Edward Marsh, arts patron, poetry publisher and private secretary to Winston Churchill among others, who Siegfried Sassoon first met in 1913, was enormously influential in furthering Sassoon’s career as a poet. While visiting Marsh at his flat in 1913 Sassoon declared that he wanted to move away from his family home ‘Weirleigh’ in Kent, where he lived an aimless life with his mother, and Marsh immediately suggested he move to London.

 H W Massingham

Massingham H.W. Massingham was the editor of the Nation, a leading British radical weekly newspaper, between 1907 and 1923. Massingham published a number of Sassoon’s poems in the paper during these years. He was highly enough thought of by Sassoon to be asked his advice before Sassoon went ahead with his protest and was one of the people to whom Sassoon sent a copy of his original statement at the time.


Crosland A page about the first editor to commercially publish Sassoon’s poetry. In the spring of 1909, having had limited success in getting his work published, Siegfried Sassoon was looking for other publications to contact and sent some poems to T.W.H. Crosland the editor of the journal, ‘The Academy’, who was himself a poet and whose work Sassoon respected.

Robert Graves

Robert Graves served in the same battalion as Siegfried Sassoon and they became great friends. Graves was also a talented war poet and had ‘helped’ Sassoon during the period of his protest by convincing the army authorities that Sassoon was suffering from shell-shock, and ought to be confined to a hospital rather than be court-martialled for his refusal to fight. Sassoon had not asked for, nor appreciated this intervention.

Sir Max Beerbohm

Sir Max Beerbohm, caricaturist, writer and broadcaster was one of Siegfried Sassoon's literary heroes. They first met in 1916 at the London home of critic and autobiographer Edmund Gosse and since then Sassoon had been sending Beerbohm his privately printed books as a token of his esteem. In 1910 Beerbohm and his wife Florence moved to Italy and settled at the Villino Chiaro, on the Via Aurelia just outside Rapallo.

Ralph Hodgson

Ralph Hodgson  Hodgson seemed to Sassoon to be a ‘prodigious genius’ and the strongest of the Georgian Poets. However, Jean Moorcroft Wilson states that “after ‘The Song of Honour’ in 1913, Hodgson didn’t produce another work of substance until ‘The Muse and the Mastiff’ in 1942, and even that was a disappointment to some of his greatest admirers, though not to Sassoon.”

Norman Loder

Norman Loder was one of Siegfried Sassoon’s greatest friends. He was Master of a number of Hunts including the Southdown in Sussex, the Atherstone in Warwickshire and Fitzwilliam in Cambridgeshire. Loder instilled in Sassoon a great love of the sport. Sassoon finally outgrew Loder as he became more interested in literature and writing. However, Sassoon never forgot and wrote about his experiences with affection.

Hester Gatty

Hester Gatty Edith Olivier introduced Sassoon to Hester in 1933 and to the surprise of many people, they were married later the same year. In 1936 they had a son, George, but the marriage would not last. Sassoon, too used to living on is own terms felt smothered by Hester’s attention and in 1945 they had separated, Hester leaving the family home, Heytesbury  House, in Wiltshire, eventually to live on the island of Mull.

George Sassoon

George Thornycroft Sassoon, born in October 1936, was the only son of Siegfried and Hester Sassoon. He was a scientist, electrical engineer, translator and author. In 1947 his parents separated and George spent most of his childhood with his mother on the Isle of Mull. He was educated at Greenways Prep School, near Codford, then at Oundle School and finally King’s College Cambridge.

Ottoline Morrell

Lady Ottoline Morrell was an English aristocrat and a society hostess, whose patronage was of great assistance to many artists and intellectuals including Siegfried Sassoon, Bertrand Russell, Aldous Huxley, T. S. Elliot and D. H. Lawrence to name just a few. Her county residence, Garsington, near Oxford was a retreat for a multitude of invited guests, many of whom would later become known as the ‘Bloomsbury Group.’

Atherstone Hunt

The Hanmers Siegfried Sassoon met ‘Bobbie’ Hanmer and his cousin Dorothy while riding with the Atherstone Hunt before the war. Although he was deeply attracted to Bobbie, Sassoon never did develop a relationship with him. However, Dorothy was attracted to Sassoon and in an effort to get close to Bobbie he was happy to cultivate a friendship with her.

Vivian de Sola Pinto

Vivian de Sola Pinto (1895-1969) was Siegfried Sassoon’s second in command in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers during the First World War and was the character ‘Velmore’ in the ‘Sherston Trilogy’. De Sola Pinto was a British poet, literary critic and historian. After the war he was at Oxford University, later becoming Professor in the Department of English at the University of Nottingham.

H. R. L. Sheppard

H. R. L. Sheppard In July 1914 ‘Dick’ Sheppard accepted the post of Vicar of St Martin-in-the Fields, Trafalgar Square. Before he could take it up, however, the First World War had been declared, and he accepted an invitation to be chaplain of a military hospital in France. Less than a week after arriving, the one time would-be soldier was writing home, "War is awful. More awful than I supposed possible".

The Sitwells

The Sitwells Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell, were three siblings who formed a literary and artistic clique around themselves in London in the period roughly 1916-1930. This was marked by some well-publicised events, notably Edith's Fašade with music by William Walton, with its public debut in 1923. All three Sitwells wrote; for a while their circle was considered by some to rival Bloomsbury, though others dismissed them as attention-seekers rather than serious artists.

Harold Laski

Harold Laski was a British political theorist, economist, author, and lecturer. He served as the chairman of the British Labour Party during 1945–1946, and was a professor at the London School of Economics from 1926-1950. In 1920 Sassoon embarked on a series of lectures  in the United States. For a period during this time he had stayed at Harold Laski’s house, who had done a great deal to help and encourage him in America and who was teaching at Harvard University.


Friends After many years of collecting Siegfried Sassoon books I do feel that I will soon have reached my limit with regard to the amount of money I am willing/able to spend. Therefore, I have begun to look for books that are related to his family, friends and acquaintances. These need to be signed and closely related. One example is normally enough, although when a better one comes along at a reasonable price, I would not rule out acquiring it.

Rachel Beer

Three Aunts The book featured on this page is a copy of the ‘Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and the Salaman and Absal of Jami,’ published by Bernard Quaritch in 1879. The book was given as a gift to Louise Sassoon from her sister Rachel in 1889 and carries an inscription. Louise Sassoon and Rachel [Beer] were both aunts of Siegfried Sassoon and this page contains some details about them. Also, books belonging to Mozelle Hyeem.

Godbert's Restaurant

Godbert’s  Godbert’s Restaurant does not play a huge part in the story of Siegfried Sassoon, although he did visit it a number of times while on leave from the front line trenches. However, on trying to find out more about it I discovered that very little is known, and therefore I have created this page. This wonderful old restaurant used to stand on the Rue de Jacobin, Amiens, Northern France, and finally closed its doors in 1973.

Edingthorpe Church

Edingthorpe As a child Sassoon spent many a happy holiday with his mother and brothers at the old rectory in Edingthorpe, Norfolk. In 1937 he revisited the village and wrote about his memories in ‘The Old Century and Seven More Years’ [1938], I visited Edingthorpe in 1994 and took the pictures found on this page making reference to their part in Sassoon’s story.

Sassoon in his Car

1924 Road Trip In 1924 Siegfried Sassoon was living at 54, Tufton Street, London. On the 6th September he decided to drive to Malvern and visit his great friend, the Neurologist, Henry Head. On this page I have listed all of the places that he passed through on his driving tour, or ‘Road Trip.’ Also, I have included pictures of the hotels that he stayed at overnight or stopped at for food during his journey.

Letter written by Geoffrey Keynes

Letters Shown here are letters I have relating to Siegfried Sassoon. These letters have either been written by Sassoon, or written by his friends and associates to him or to other people within his circle. Included is a letter written by Sassoon to a lady suggesting she buy a house in Heytesbury; and others written by Sassoon’s friend Robert Ross, H W Massingham, Geoffrey Keynes, Sir Edward Marsh, and others relating to Stephen Tennant.


Weirleigh Weirleigh was a rambling neo-Gothic house, built alongside the road at Gedges hill, just North of Matfield in Kent. It was designed by the illustrator Harrison Weir in 1866 for his own use.  Weir eventually sold it to the Sassoon family and Siegfried Sassoon was born there in 1886, the house becoming the family home until the death of Sassoon's mother, Theresa, in 1947.

Heytesbury House Main Gate

Heytesbury In 1933 Sassoon bought Heytesbury House, a Georgian mansion surrounded by 90 acres of parkland and 130 acres of woods just outside the village of Heytesbury in Wiltshire. Sassoon was living here when he died and the site is much changed now. This page shows how it was at the time, and what has happened to it since.

Siegfried Sassoon's Grave

Mells Siegfried Sassoon died in 1967 a week before his eighty-first birthday. He had made it known that when he died he wished to be buried in the church yard at Mells, Somerset, close to the grave of Father Ronald Knox. Knox had been a Roman Catholic priest who preached at the church in Mells and who helped Sassoon to convert to Roman Catholicism.

Wellesley College News

America On 28th January, 1920, Siegfried Sassoon arrived in New York. “A lecture tour seemed a way to escape and make money, not only for himself but to help his friends who, imagining him to be rich - because of his name - turned to him often.” (Egremont, Sassoon, 2005, p241.) Here are two reports of lectures given by Sassoon in New York at this time.


Craiglockhart Siegfried Sassoon was sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital near Edinburgh, where he was officially treated for neurasthenia ("shell shock"). The authorities planned to show that they understood Sassoon’s protest was the result of a severe nervous condition brought about by his terrible experiences in the trenches, and rather than court martial him, they would take care of him and give him the best possible treatment for this obvious ‘mental illness’.

People at Cambridge

Who Was Whom? The people in the Sherston Trilogy were all real, however their real names were not used and Sassoon gave them each a pseudonym. This page gives the pseudonym and  the real names of all these people, including a number of place names that feature in the three books. Most of this detection work has been done by others to whom I offer acknowledgment on the page.

David Gray

Contact Hello, my name is David Gray and I created this web site. Please contact me from this page. I first became interested in Siegfried Sassoon when I picked up an old copy of Memoirs of an Infantry Officer in an old bric-a-brac shop in Peterborough where I live. I find Sassoon incredibly interesting not just for his writing, but also for his amazing bravery, both physically on the battlefield, and morally with regard to his protest.

Peterborough Guildhall

Links Web sites which may or may not relate to Siegfried Sassoon but could still be of interest to others. These sites include a number which refer directly to Siegfried Sassoon, and others with a military theme relating to the First and Second World Wars. Subjects include the French Resistence in WWII, soldiers who fought in the First World war, and local sites about the city in which I live, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.


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