Wilfred Wilson Gibson (1878-1962), a close friend of Rupert Brooke and a protégé of Edward Marsh, was born in Hexham, England in 1878.

Gibson worked for a time as a social worker in London's East End. He published his first verse in 1902, Mountain Lovers. He had several poems included in various Georgian poetry collections prior to the war. He also wrote a play, Daily Bread, which was produced in 1910.

After the outbreak of war, Gibson served as a private in the infantry on the Western Front. It was therefore from the perspective of the ordinary soldier that Gibson wrote his war poetry.

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.

Following the armistice, Gibson continued writing poetry and plays. His work was particularly concerned with the poverty of industrial workers and village labourers. Collected Poems: 1905-1925 was published in 1926, The Island Stag in 1927, and Within Four Walls in 1950.

Wilfred Wilson Gibson died in 1962.


Wilfrid Wilson Gibson Poems

The Stone

"And will you cut a stone for him,
To set above his head?
And will you cut a stone for him--
A stone for him?" she said.... more »


So long had I travelled the lonely road,
Though, now and again, a wayfairing friend
Walked shoulder to shoulder, and lightened the load,
I often would think to myself as I strode,... more »

The Blind Rower

And since he rowed his father home,
His hand has never touched an oar.
All day he wanders on the shore,
And hearkens to the swishing foam.... more »

Wilfrid Wilson Gibson Quotes

Comments about Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

Penny Dedman 12 Aug 2018 12:44
W W Gibson was never a social worker! I am one of his granddaughters, and the correct information is out there! Please correct your biographical information. I am very glad that his work is living on, and very relevant to the 1914-1918 commemorations this year. Thanks
WILLFRED Owami DLUDLU 19 Mar 2018 10:28
This is what I call poem it speaks with the heart
Philip Hewitt 27 Jul 2016 10:59
My comment seems to have been added twice (second version below with a couple of typos) . Please only read the first version directly below this!