Herbert Asquith (poet)

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The Honourable
Herbert Asquith
Herbert Asquith (1881-1947).jpg
1918 photograph of Asquith
Born (1881-03-11)11 March 1881
Died 5 August 1947(1947-08-05) (aged 66)

Herbert Asquith (11 March 1881 – 5 August 1947) was an English poet, novelist, and lawyer.


Nicknamed "Beb" by his family, he was the second son of H. H. Asquith, British Prime Minister — with whom he is frequently confused — and younger brother of Raymond Asquith. His wife Lady Cynthia Asquith, whom he married in 1910, the daughter of Hugo Richard Charteris, 11th Earl of Wemyss (1857–1937), was also a writer.

Asquith was greatly affected by his service with the Royal Artillery in World War I.[1] His poems include "The Volunteer" and "The Fallen Subaltern", the latter being a tribute to fallen soldiers; his poem "Soldiers at Peace" was set to music by Ina Boyle. His books include Roon and Young Orland.


  1. ^ Guest, Philip; Guest, Wendy (2012). "A Prime Minister and his Family at War: Part II". Siegfried's Journal. Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship. 22 (Summer 2012): 17–23. 

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