Sorley was born in Aberdeen, Scotland but spent his childhood
in Wiltshire, England, where he received his education,
and in Cambridge, where his father was a professor. From
1908-13, Sorley attended Marlborough College, where this
gifted student excelled at debating. He enlisted in the
Suffolk Regiment as 2nd Lieutenant, and in the following
year was promoted to full Lieutenant, and then later Captain.
Sorley was shot by a sniper and killed at the Battle of
Loos. Marlborough and Other Poems was published
posthumously in 1916, from the writings discovered in
Sorley's kit after his death.