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Robert Gilson

Lieutenant Robert Quilter Gilson (25 October 1893- 1 July 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.[1]

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  1. John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War