Additional papers of James Farrar

Scope and Content

Additional papers of the poet James Farrar including a telegram to Mrs Margaret Farrar, James' mother, from Henry Williamson, six poems by James Farrar in Mrs Farrar's hand, programme for the launch of 'The Unreturning Spring' 5 October 2008, letter dated 24 November 1978 to Mrs Farrar from her solicitor with a note in Mrs Farrar's hand concerning deposit of archive at Exeter, School arithmetic exercise book of J D Farrar dated 10 May 1938 containing and collection of cards and other items concerning natural history.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Farrar (1923-1944), poet and airman, was born on 5 October 1923 at Woodford in Essex, the second son of a father who had served in the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War. He matriculated at fourteen years of age, and soon after began to write poetry and prose. Despite his youth, his work was of an exceptional maturity and skill. Tragically, he was killed in a RAF mosquito aircraft trying to destroy a V1 flying bomb at the end of July 1944. He was twenty years of age. His work was later discovered by Henry Williamson, who published an edition of the works in 1950, with the title 'The Unreturning Spring'.

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL conditions apply

Acquisition Information

Donated by David Farrar.

Other Finding Aids

Unlisted, 5 items only

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL restrictions apply

Related Material

(EUL MS 51, EUL MS 260, EUL MS 287, EUL MS 355, EUL MS 361)


It is not known whether this collection has formed the basis for publication.