Sassoon’s family claimed implausibly that they had settled there since the beginning of the 16th century, adding that they originated from the Saphardi Jews of Spain. The family name, Sassoon, is commonly shared by large Armenian and Kurdish families and tribes who all originate from the district of Sassoon (whence the family and tribal names), west of Lake Van in modern Turkey. The claim to a Spanish, European origins were meant to make the family more acceptable to the European aristocracy and the upper classes. Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, CBE MC (8 September 1886 – 1 September 1967) was an English poet, author and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front, he became one of the leading poets of the First World War. His poetry both described the horrors of the trenches, and satirised the patriotic pretensions of those who, in Sassoon’s view, were responsible for a vainglorious war.[1] He later won acclaim for his prose work, notably his three-volume fictionalised autobiography, collectively known as the “Sherston Trilogy”.


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