- Category : 1886-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Split - Large
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Dominion 2
English poet, writer, and soldier, decorated for bravery on the Western Front. He became one of the leading poets of the First World War. His poetry both described the horrors of the trenches, and satirised the patriotic pretensions of those who, in Sassoon's view, were responsible for a jingoism-fuelled war. Sassoon became a focal point for dissent within the armed forces when he made a lone protest against the continuation of the war in his "Soldier's Declaration" of 1917, culminating in his admission to a military psychiatric hospital; this resulted in his forming a friendship with Wilfred Owen, who was greatly influenced by him. Sassoon later won acclaim for his prose work, notably his three-volume fictionalised autobiography, collectively known as the "Sherston trilogy".
Sassoon had a succession of love affairs with men, including actor Ivor Novello, actor Glen Byam Shaw, Prince Philipp of Hesse, writer Beverley Nichols, and aristocrat Stephen Tennant. On 18 December 1933, Sassoon married Hester Gatty. They had one son.
Siegfried Sassoon died from stomach cancer on 1 September 1967 in Heytesbury, Wiltshire, one week before his 81st birthday.