Charles Hamilton Sorley

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Powis Community Project (Powis House)

11 Powis Circle



AB24 3YX


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Status: On original site
Type: Other
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Bronze
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Charles Hamilton Sorley was born on 19 May 1895 in Aberdeen and lived his early years in Powis House, which is now Powis Gateway Community Centre. He was the son of a University of Aberdeen professor, William Ritchey Sorley, who taught moral philosophy. Charles had been studying in Germany at the outbreak of the First World War but following a brief internment returned home and immediately enlisted as a second lieutenant in the Suffolk Regiment. He was sent to the Western Front in May 1915 as a full lieutenant, saw action at Ploegsteert in Flanders, and was promoted to captain that August. Sorley was just 20 when he was killed during the Battle of Loos on 13 October 1915 and his body was never recovered. When his work was published posthumously a year later, it made a significant impact. He was described by poet, writer and critic Robert Graves as “one of the three poets of importance killed during the war,” alongside Wilfred Owen and Isaac Rosenberg. The plaque dedicated to Charles comes as a result of the efforts of Scotland’s War Poets’ Corner Committee. The plaque has been awarded under Historic Environment Scotland’s 2018 round of the Commemorative Plaque Scheme, which celebrates the lives of significant people by erecting memorials on the buildings where they lived or worked.
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