"Born in 1859 in the village of Fockbury in Worcestershire, Alfred Edward Housman was the eldest of seven children.
He was educated at Bromsgrove School and later read Classics at
St. John's College, Oxford. His poem A Shropshire Lad was published in 1896.
After a period as a Clerk in the Patent Office in London he returned to academia becoming Professor of Latin at Cambridge University.
He died in 1936 and his ashes are interred in the shadow of the walls of St Laurence's church, Ludlow."