English poet Rupert Brooke
English poet Rupert Brooke was born on August 3, 1887. The son of the Rugby School’s housemaster, Brooke excelled in both academics and athletics. He entered his father’s school at the age of 14.
A lover of verse since the age of nine, he won the school poetry prize in 1905. In 1915 he died on St George’s Day in a French hospital ship, at anchor in Treis Boukes Bay, on the Greek island of Skyros. He was heading towards Gallipoli, when he fell fatally ill with septicaemia (of blood poisoning).
He was buried on Skyros, on 23 April, St George’s Day, 1915. On 23 April 2015, the British Embassy in cooperation with Skyros Municipality and Central Greece (Sterea Ellada) Regional Authority honored the memory of the great English poet with a series of events on the island.