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Julian Henry Francis Grenfell
Julian Henry Francis Grenfell DSO (March 30, 1888 - May 26, 1915), was a British poet of World War I. Julian Grenfell was born at 4 St James's Square, London. He was the first son and heir of Lord Desborough and Ethel Priscilla Fane. He was educated at Eton College where he was good friends with Denys Finch Hatton. From Eton he went up to Balliol College, Oxford. He joined the army in 1910, and was awarded a Distinguished Service Order in 1914. On May 13, 1915 as a Captain in the Royal Dragoons Julian stood talking with other officers, a shell landed a few yards from them, and a splinter of the shell hit him in the head. He was taken to a hospital in Boulogne where he died of his wounds 13 days later with his mother, father and sister at his bedside. He was 27 years old and was buried at the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. The day after his death, together with news of his death, there was published in The Times for the first time his most famous poem 'Into Battle'.

into battle
The naked earth is warm with Spring,
And with green grass and bursting trees
Leans to the ... [read poem]
chorus sacerdotum from "mustapha"
Oh, wearisome condition of humanity,
Born under one law, to another bound;
Vainly begot, a... [read poem]
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