Laurence Binyon

Laurence Binyon (10 August 1869 – 10 March 1943) was an English poet, dramatist and art scholar. Too old to enlist in the First World War, he nonetheless volunteered at a British hospital for French soldiers. He was greatly moved by the opening of the Great War and the high number of casualties, as well as his experiences at the hospital, and wrote poems about those times – including ‘For the Fallen’, which is still read at remembrance services today. There is a slate memorial in St. Mary’s Church, Aldworth, where Binyon’s ashes were scattered, and he is among the Great War poets commemorated on a slate stone in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner. A quotation from his poem ‘For the Fallen’ featured on a commemorative stamp produced in 2014 by Royal Mail as one of their Special Stamps commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War.