Long-lost photos of a soldier who inspired First World War poets Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves have been uncovered by his former school.
Pictured for the first time as a carefree school sportsman, David Cuthbert Thomas inspired Sassoon’s A Subaltern – written in the trenches of the Somme just a week before Thomas was killed by a sniper. His poet friends described him as ‘a gentle soldier, perfect and without stain’ as they wept at his funeral, which was interrupted by the crashing of German weaponry.
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