Warnie at War (1914-1918)


  • Don W. King Montreat College


Lewis, Warren, Warnie, C.S. Lewis, World War I, WWI, British Army, Lewis Family Papers, military service, alcoholism, artillery, wound, battle, fight, journal, diary, letters, August


Don W. King explores Warren Lewis's involvement in World War I by reviewing his years of military service from 1914 to 1918, including which branch in the British Army he served in, his ambitions for promotions, his everday duties as an officer, how his attitude toward the war changed over time, how the war may have influenced his later alcoholism, and when he was under active fire and how he responded. In addition, King examines how Warren reacted to his brother, C.S. Lewis's, decision to join in the fight, what his fears were once Jack was directly involved in battlefield action, and, perhaps most significantly the critical things he took away from his service during The Great War.

Author Biography

Don W. King, Montreat College

On the faculty of Montreat College since 1974, Don W. King is Professor of English and a Faculty Fellow. In addition to over seventy essays and book reviews, he has published ten books, including C.S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse (2001), Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter (2008), Plain to the Inward Eye: Selected Essays on C.S. Lewis (2013), The Collected Poems of C.S. Lewis: A Critical Edition (2015), Yet One More Spring: A Critical Study of Joy Davidman (2015), and Sudden Heaven: The Collected Poems of Ruth Pitter (2018). He is currently writing Soldier, Writer, Inkling: A Life of Warren Hamilton Lewis.