Drummond Allison

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John Drummond Allison
Born 1921
Caterham, Surrey
Died 1943 (aged 21–22)
2 December 1943
near the Garigliano River, Italy
Buried at Minturno War Cemetery, Italy
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant
Unit East Surrey Regiment

World War II

(John) Drummond Allison (1921 – 2 December 1943) was an English war poet of the Second World War.

He was born in Caterham, Surrey, and educated at Bishop's Stortford College and at Queen's College, Oxford. After training at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, he became an intelligence officer in the East Surrey Regiment. He served in North Africa and Italy, where he was killed in action fighting on the Garigliano. Lieutenant Allison lies in the Minturno War Cemetery.[1]


  • The Yellow Night: Poems 1940-41-42-43 (1944)
  • The Poems of Drummond Allison (1978) edited by Michael Sharp
  • The Collected Poems of Drummond Allison (1993) edited by Stephen Benson



  • Drummond Allison: Come, Let Us Pity Death, by Ross Davies (London:Cecil Woolf Publishers) ISBN 978-1-897967-91-1.