William Golding was one of the world’s greatest authors and will go down in the history books as such.
William Golding was born in 1911 in Newquay, Cornwall, UK. From 1921 to 1930 he the attended the Marlborough Grammar School, where his father, Alec Golding, was the science master. During this time period in the UK they were recovering from World War one, the roaring twenties were in full swing, and much of the world was experiencing great economic growth and expansion.
After Golding finished up his time at Grammar School he attended Brasenose College, Oxford, to study Natural Sciences. Two years later he switched his studies to English Literature, and in June of 1934 he earned a second-class degree. Later that year, his poems were published by Macmillan publishing. Then, in September of 1938, he took a position at Maidstone Grammar School, where he met his future wife, Ann Brookfield. The following year a few weeks after World War II was declared in Europe the two were married in Maidstone Registry Office. In September of the subsequent year his first son David was born.
In December of 1940, William Golding joined the royal navy, where his first active service was in HMS Galatea in the North Atlantic. He then went to Liverpool where he spent many hours a day on guard duty in the Gladstone Dock. In the spring of 1942, he was seconded to MD1, a weapons research unit, then in Buckinghamshire. In 1943, he was sent to New York to help bring minesweepers back to the UK after they had been built in the New Jersey dockyards. Later that year, he was trained in Landing Crafts equipped with rocket guns. With this experience, he was in command of these vessels and took part in the naval support for the D Day landings and the invasion of Walcheren. In 1945, Golding left the navy after the birth of his second and last child Judith Diana. Golding and his family returned to Wiltshire village of Bowerchalke were he taught at Bishop Wordsworth’s School.