Tea Club and Barrovian Society

Tea Club and Barrovian Society

In 1911 J.R.R. Tolkien and three friends, Robert Gilson, Geoffrey Bache Smith and Christopher Wiseman, formed a semi-secret society called the Tea Club and Barrovian Society, alluding to their fondness for drinking tea in Barrow's Stores near their school and, secretly, in the school library. All four served in WW1; Robert and Geoffrey were both killed in action.

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  • Profile picture for Robert Quilter Gilson

    Born 1893

    Died 1916

    British Army Second Lieutenant Suffolk Regiment

    British Army Lieutenant Suffolk Regiment 11th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Geoffrey Bache Smith

    Born 1894

    Died 1916

    British Army Private Oxford University Officer Training Corps

    British Army Lieutenant Lancashire Fusiliers 19th Battalion

  • Profile picture for John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

    Born 1892

    Died 1973

    British Army Temporary Lieutenant Lancashire Fusiliers

    British Army Temporary Second Lieutenant Lancashire Fusiliers

    British Army Lieutenant Lancashire Fusiliers

  • Profile picture for Christopher Luke Wiseman

    Born 1893

    Died 1987

    Royal Navy Temporary Naval Instructor

    Royal Navy Instructor Lieutenant