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Robert Gilson

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Lieutenant Robert Quilter Gilson (October 25, 1893-July 1, 1916) was a childhood friend of J.R.R. Tolkien. Gilson, Tolkien and Geoffrey Bache Smith attended King Edward's School in Birmingham together, and served in the First World War. He was killed by a shell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

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Tolkien and WWI