C. E. Vulliamy, born Colwyn Edward Vullimay in Wales on June 20, 1886, studied art under Stanhope Forbes in Newlyn, Cornwall, from 1910 to 1913. During World War I, he served in the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry and was stationed in France, Macedonia, and Turkey; he joined the Royal Welch Fusiliers in 1918, becoming camp commandant of the Twenty-eighth Division Headquarters and later education officer of the division, with a rank of captain. He was married to Eileen Hynes in 1916, and they had a son and a daughter.
After the war, Vulliamy pursued a full-time literary career. He was active in field archaeology, contributed regularly to The Spectator, and was a respected historical biographer. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an active member of the Royal Anthropological Society. His wife died in 1943; he survived her by almost thirty years, dying on September 4, 1971.