R.F.C., H.Q., 1914 - 1918
Maurice Baring O.B.E. ( April 27th, 1874 - December 14th, 1945 ) was born in Mayfair ( London, England ). He was educated at Eton College ( Berkshire, England ) and Trinity College ( Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England ).
After an abortive start of a diplomatic career, he travelled widely, particularly in Russia. He reported as an eye - witness of the Russo - Japanese War for the London Morning Post.
At the start of the First World War, he joined the Royal Flying Corps, where he served as assistant to David Henderson ( 1862 - 1921 ) and Hugh Trenchard ( 1873 - 1956 ) in France. In 1918, Maurice Baring served as a staff officer in the Royal Air Force and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1918 Birthday Honours.
After the war he enjoyed a period of success as a dramatist, and began to write novels. Maurice Baring suffered from chronic illness during the last years of his life ; for the final 15 years of his life, he was debilitated by Parkinson's disease.
Here are some of his publications : The Black Prince and Other Poems ( 1903 ), The Mainsprings of Russia ( 1914 ), The Puppet Show of Memory ( 1922 ), In My End is My Beginning ( 1931 ), Have You Anything to Declare ? ( 1936 ).
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