One of Westminster Abbey's 16 Great War Poets. He was best known for his Five Elizabethan Songs.
He enlisted in the Gloucestershire Regiment in early 1915 during the first World War. He began focusing on his poetry while at war.
He was gassed during World War I and many believe it caused him health problems throughout the course of his life.
His father David was a tailor and his mother Florence was a seamstress. He was lifelong friends with Herbert Howells, whom he met while studying under Dr. Herbert Brewer.
He studied with fellow composer Ralph Vaughn Williams.