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'''T.C.B.S.''' is an acronym for '''Tea Club, Barrovian Society'''. [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] and his friends at [[King Edward's School]] in [[Birmingham]] met regularly at the Barrow Stores, which is where T.C.B.S. got their name. The core members were considered to be the "big four" of Tolkien, [[Geoffrey Bache Smith]], [[Christopher Wiseman]], and [[Robert Gilson]].<ref>{{L|5}}</ref>
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'''T.C.B.S.''' is an acronym for '''Tea Club, Barrovian Society'''. [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] and his friends at [[King Edward's School]] in [[Birmingham]] met regularly at the Barrow Stores, which is where T.C.B.S. got their name. The friends continued to stay in contact with each other's literary work until [[1916]].  Almost all of them died in World War I. Of Tolkien's close personal friends, only Christopher Wiseman survived the war, a fact which greatly affected him. Sidney Barrowclough was younger than Tolkien and the other members and continued the club for some time after they left.
 
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The friends continued to stay in contact with each other's literary work until [[1916]]. [[Sidney Barrowclough]] and the Payton brothers, [[Ralph Payton|Ralph]] and [[Wilfrid Payton|Wilfrid]], were younger than Tolkien and continued it for some time after they left.   
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Almost all of them died in [[World War I]]. Of Tolkien's close personal friends, only [[Christopher Wiseman]] survived the war,<ref>{{L|350}}</ref> a fact which greatly affected him.<ref>[[John Garth]], ''[[Tolkien and the Great War]]'', passim.</ref>
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==Members==
 
==Members==
 
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* [[Thomas Kenneth Barnsley|Thomas "Tea Cake" Barnsley]]
* [[Christopher Wiseman]]
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* [[Sidney Barrowclough]]
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* [[Robert Gilson]]
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* [[Ralph Payton|Ralph "the Baby" Payton]]
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* [[Wilfrid Payton|Wilfrid "Whiffy" Payton]]
 
* [[Geoffrey Bache Smith]]
 
* [[Geoffrey Bache Smith]]
 
* [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]
 
* [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]
* [[Robert Gilson]]
 
* [[Ralph Payton|Ralph "the Baby" Payton]]
 
* [[Sidney Barrowclough]]
 
* [[Thomas Kenneth Barnsley|Thomas "Tea Cake" Barnsley]]
 
 
* [[Vincent Trought]]  
 
* [[Vincent Trought]]  
* [[Wilfrid Payton|Wilfrid "Whiffy" Payton]]
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* [[Christopher Wiseman]]
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==See also==
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*[[Tolkien and the Great War]]
  
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