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Saxon Sydney-Turner

Saxon Sydney-Turner was one of the original members of the Bloomsbury group, attending Trinity College, Cambridge with Thoby Stephen, who thought him a genius.

Saxon Sydney-Turner was one of the original members of the Bloomsbury group, attending Trinity College, Cambridge with Thoby Stephen, who thought him a genius, and he was elected an Apostle in 1902, the same year as Leonard Woolf and Lytton Strachey. In 1904 he entered the Civil Service in the Estate Duty Office. On 16 February 1905 he became the first visitor to Thoby Stephen’s Thursday Evenings at 46 Gordon Square.

After eight conscientious years as a civil servant he was promoted and moved to the Treasury in 1913, where he remained until retirement after the Second World War. As a young man he wrote poetry, reputedly composed an opera, and was held in awe by his contemporaries for the twin profundities of his silence by day and of his talk after midnight. Virginia Woolf at times mocked his remarkable memory for what she regarded as useless facts.