Ivor Gurney (August 28, 1890 - December 26, 1937) was an english art-song composer, also known for his poetry. Born in Gloucester, he was good friends with Herbert Howells - both learnt to play the organ at Gloucester Cathedral. Winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, Gurney began his studies there in 1911. However, Gurney's studies were interrupted by World War I. Whilst abroad he was both wounded and gassed. After the war, Gurney returned to London to resume his music studies at the RCM with Vaughan Williams.