Saturday, 19 March 2016

Joan Emma Violet Warburg (1902 – 1993) – British poet (schoolgirl in WW1)

Joan was born on 13th November 1902 in London, a member of the Warburg Family from Germany.  Joan's parents were John Cimon Warburg, born in Paddington, and Violet Amalia Warburg, nee Sichel, who was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. They were married in London in 1897.   Joan had two siblings - John Frederic, born in 1898 and Margaret Susan, born in 1900.

Joan's brother John Frederic Warburg and her uncle Sir Oscar Emmanuel Warburg, were both officers in the Royal Garrisonn Artillery during the First World War.  Her brother was sent to Ypres on the Western Front, where he served as a 2nd Lieutenant.  He became a publisher after the war and achieved fame by publishing George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' after the novel had been rejected by Faber.

Joan had a collection of her WW1 poetry published by Humphreys in 1918 under the title "Gossamer and Honey", when she was still at school.

I am trying to find further information, poems and a photograph of Joan.  If anyone can help please get in touch.