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‘Mad Jack’ Siegfried Sassoon

Nick Thorne looks at the war poet and writer’s family line


Photograph of Siegfried Sassoon by George Charles Beresford, and the poet’s details in the Army List of October 1916, from within the Military collections on TheGenealogist

The poet and writer Siegfried Sassoon was born on 8 September 1886 in the small Kent village of Matfield. Despite his Germanic first name his ancestry was not from Germany but a mix of English and Middle Eastern. His father was from a family of Baghdadi Jews who were merchants and his mother was from an English family of sculptors. Using TheGenealogist we can find his birth registered in the BMD indexes for Tonbridge area of Kent.

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