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Wilfred Wilson Gibson

Wilfred Wilson Gibson (1878-1962) was a British poet, associated with World War I but also the author of the popular Flannan Isle. Gibson was born at Hexham, Northumberland and left the north to work with the poor in the East End of London. It was in London that he met both Edward Marsh and Rupert Brooke, becoming the close friend and later a literary executor of the latter. His active service was brief, but his poetry belies his lack of experience, Breakfast being a prime example of ironic war verse written during the very early stages of the conflict.