Lieutenant Karl Henry Culpin, Gloucestershire Regiment.

The poet T.S. Eliot was born 130 years ago on 26 September 1888.

In 1963, Eliot wrote to the secretary of the Merton Society at his former Oxford college saying, ‘My closest friend at Merton, whose name was Culpin, was taken late because of bad eyesight and was killed, I think, on his first day in the trenches.’

But who was this young man whom ‘one of the twentieth century’s major poets’ had known for less than three years and yet whose friendship he remembered over 40 years later?

Find out about the friendship that was born at Oxford, nurtured in Dorset, and ended by the First World War: T.S. Eliot’s friendship with a Sherborne Schoolmaster

Posted 26 September 2018 by Sherborne School Archives.

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