Ralph Vaughan Williams was born on 12 October 1872 at Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, England.  He was the son of Reverend Arthur Charles Vaughan Williams and Margaret Susan Wedgwood. He married, firstly, Adeline Maria Fisher, daughter of Herbert William Fisher and Mary Louisa Jackson, on 9 October 1897 at All Saints Church, Hove, Sussex, England. He married, secondly, Joan Ursula Penton Lock, daughter of Maj.-Gen. Sir Robert Ferguson Lock and Kathleen Beryl Penton, in 1953. He died on 26 August 1958 at age 85. 
He was a composer, with his first composition published in 1902 when he was 30 years of age. He graduated with a Doctor of Music. His works include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies, written over sixty years.
Vaughan Williams fought in the First World War, volunteering when he was 42 years old when war broke out in 1914. He gained the rank of Private in the service of the Royal Army Medical Corps. He gained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the service of the Royal Garrison Artillery. The war left its emotional mark on Vaughan Williams, who lost many comrades and friends, including the young composer George Butterworth. On returning to civilian life it took some time before Vaughan Williams was ready to compose again.
In his later years his health had been good, but he died suddenly at Hanover Terrace (his leased home in London) aged eighty five. He was cremated after a private funeral at Golders Green. On 19 September, at a crowded memorial service, his ashes were interred near the burial plots of Purcell and Stanford in the north choir aisle of Westminster Abbey.
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