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- ? - Being a linguist, Tolkien decides to specialise in signalling, and learns Morse code.
- 4 - Tolkien leaves for France.
- 1 - One of the bloodiest battles in recent history, the Battle of the Somme, starts.
- 1 - Robert Gilson is one of the first of the 360,000 British casualties when he is hit by a shell at La Boiselle.
- 14 - Tolkien's C-company is sent into action at the Somme front.
- 19 - Tolkien and G.B. Smith meet at Acheux.
- 27 - Tolkien is struck by "pyrexia of unknown origin": trench fever.
- 8 - Tolkien is repatriated, and is sent to a hospital in Birmingham.
- 29 - G.B. Smith is hit by shrapnel, and wounded on his right arm and thigh.
- 3 - G.B. Smith dies of gas-gangrene in his wounds. The news doesn't reach Tolkien until the 16th.
- 16-25 - Tolkien recovers, and he and Edith visit Great Haywood.
- ? - Tolkien writes the poem Habbanan beneath the Stars
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