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Ralph Vaughan Williams was the great nephew of Charles Darwin.
In 1918, Vaughan WIlliams was appointed Director of Music, First Army.
4 years after he composed the English Folk Songs Suite, Vaughan Williams was the principal conductor at a high profile folk festival at the Royal Albert Hall – affirming his credibility in the genre.
In the 1891 census, 18 year old Vaughan Williams was living on Ebury Street in Belgravia, London. His occupation was listed as ‘student of music’.
One year after Vaughan Williams penned the English Folk Songs Suite, he was listed in a British paper as one of the 'Makers of Modern British Music'
Vaughan Williams was 41 when World War I began. Though he could have avoided war service entirely, or tried for a commission, he chose to enlist as a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps.
Passenger records show Vaughan Williams made many trips abroad, sailing to a range of destinations from Cherbourg and Gibraltar to Calcutta and Singapore