Frederick William Harvey
Frederick William Harvey DCM (26 March 1888 – 13 February 1957), often known as Will Harvey, and dubbed "the Laureate of Gloucestershire", was an English poet, broadcaster and solicitor whose poetry became popular during and after World War I.On 8 August 1914, only four days after the United Kingdom had declared war on Germany, Harvey joined the 5th battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment as a private. Shortly afterwards, in November, he became a Roman Catholic. He was an adherent of the distributism movement, described as a "third way", in opposition to both socialism and capitalism; and he was influenced by the work of G. K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc.
His battalion was posted to France in March 1915, where he was promoted to lance corporal and awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.He returned to England for officer training, but after being commissioned and returning to France he was captured on 17 August 1916 in the German front-line trench on a reconnaissance mission.