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Louis Golding

Born:
2 Kislev 5656 (19 November 1895)
Died:
23 Av 5718 (09 August 1958)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
GOL2528
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
2 Kislev 5656 (19 November 1895)
Place of birth:
Redbank, Manchester

Death

Date of death:
23 Av 5718 (09 August 1958)
Died in combat?:
No

Places

Addresses

Family home:
19 Sycamore Street Hightown, Manchester

Schools

Name:
Manchester Grammar School
Year left:
1914
Name:
Queen's College, Oxford University
Year started:
1914
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Joining-Up (War Poem)

Golding wrote a number of war poems which were published in the collection 'Sorrows of War' in 1919

JOINING-UP

No, not for you the glamour of emprise,
Poor driven lad with terror in your eyes.

No dream of wounds and medals and renown
Called you like Love from your drab Northern town.

No haunting fife, dizzily shrill and sweet,
Came lilting drunkenly down your dingy street.

You will not change, with a swift catch of pride,
In the cold hut among the leers and oaths,
Out of your suit of frayed civilian clothes,
Into the blaze of khaki they provide.

Like a trapped animal you crouch and choke
In the packed carriage where the veterans smoke
And tell such pitiless tales of Over There,
They stop your heart dead short and freeze your hair.

Your body's like a flower on a snapt stalk,
Your head hangs from your neck as blank as chalk.

What horrors haunt you, head upon your breast!
... O but you'll die as bravely as the rest!

Family

Parents

Father: Philip (male)
Mother: Yetta (female)

Military Record

Military service:
Friends Ambulance Unit
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1914
Date discharged/death:
1919
Assignments
Campaigns:
Louis was studying at Queen's College, Oxford when war broke out, and being unfit for military service, served with the Friends Ambulance Unit in Salonika and in France.

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Novelist
Position:
Golding's most famous novel 'Magnolia Street' was published in 1932. Set in the fictional town of Doomington, based on Golding's experiences growing up in Manchester, and the relationship between Jews and Gentiles on one particular street

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