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TCG Letter #1545

G.B. Smith
J.R.R. Tolkien
15 July 1916
Smith writes to Tolkien, he has seen the newspaper and Rob Gilson is named among the dead. He had died on 1 July but had originally been named among the missing.

Smith says that he "saw in the paper this morning that Rob has been killed. I am safe but what does that matter. Do please stick to me, you and Christopher. I am very tired and most frightfully depressed at this worst of news. Now one realises in despair what the T.C.B.S. really was. Oh my dear John Ronald what ever are we going to do?"

Tolkien would receive this letter a couple of days later on 17 July.
The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide - Chronology (2017), pp. 89 (entry for 1 July 1916), 91-2
J.R.R. Tolkien: Life and Legend, p. 33 (item 55 contains a large quote from this letter, minus the salutations it is complete)
Family papers 2/2(1)

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