Lancaster World War One poet Laurence Binyon celebrated

A photo of Dr David Steel sat next to the Laurence Binyon section of the exhibition
Dr. David Steel is an expert of the works of Laurence Binyon (Credit: David McIntyre)

By Dave McIntyre and Oliver Portlock

A talk on the author of famous World War One poem For the Fallen took place on Friday at Lancaster City Museum.

Laurence Binyon, who was born in Lancaster, wrote the poem whilst in North Cornwall in 1914.

The reason for the poem is said to be due to Binyon being moved by the opening of the Great War and the rising number of casualties of the British Expeditionary Force.

A photo of Laurence Binyon with his studies.
Laurence Binyon studied at Trinity College, Oxford University (Credit: David McIntyre)

Dr. David Steel, who has researched the life and work of Laurence Binyon and did the talk, said: “The famous poet was born in Lancaster in 1869.

“Binyon spent only a small period of time in Lancaster, then lived in Burton in Lonsdale for approximately eight years and then moved south with the family.

“He, after his studies in school in London and university at Oxford, was appointed to Prints and Drawings Department at the British Museum (now the British Library) and spent his career there as a scholar, writing books on art, catalogues of holdings in the museum and writing his poetry.

“He was very influential as a friend to other poets, notably Isaac Rosenberg who was killed in the war. His poem, For the Fallenappeared in The Times in 1914, then in book form.

“It was then incorporated into remembrance ceremonies of the 1918 armistice, the centenary of which we’re currently celebrating.”

A close up of the book written about Laurence Binyon.
Dr. David Steel has written about Binyon’s life and achievements in a book (Credit: David McIntyre)

The talk, which took place on Friday, forms part of the museum’s For the Fallen: Now that the war is over exhibition celebrating 100 years since the end of World War One.

The exhibition is free to visit and will be on show until March 24.