Leslie Gunston

Edward Leslie Gunston was born on 22nd April, 1895 in Camberwell, London and was the cousin of war poet, Wilfred Owen.

Educated at Kings College, Wimbledon and Kendrick School, Reading. Leslie Gunston, like his now very famous cousin, also wrote poetry and the cousins found they had a lot in common as they were growing up and sharing holidays. They also apparently had poetry writing competitions between themselves, challenging each other to write poems on a certain subject.

Gunston was also an extremely talented artist and his work was regularly exhibited, this example entitled “Venice”, bearing a label from having been shown with the Royal Insitute of Oil Painters. In 1925 he married Norah Whitwell and went on to train as an architect.

He died in Hitchin, Hertfordshire on 24th March 1988, at the age of 92. His WW1 poetry collection collection “The Nymph, and Other Poems” was published by Stockwell in 1917.

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