Geoffrey Bache Smith
(October 18, 1894 - December 3, 1916) was a close friend of J.R.R. Tolkien
and a member of the T.C.B.S.
. He attended King Edward's School
in Birmingham, as did Tolkien, Christopher Wiseman
and the other members of the society, where he first became indulged in poetry. Smith would later attend Corpus Christi College
in Oxford, while Tolkien went to nearby Exeter College.
In World War I, Smith served in the "3rd Salford Pals" of the Lancashire Fusiliers. He fought in the Battle of the Somme, at the end of which (in November 1916) he was severely wounded by enemy shrapnel, and died soon afterwards on December 3rd. Two years following, A Spring Harvest was published as a compilation of Smith's poems.
Portrayal in film
Smith is portrayed by Northern Irish actor Anthony Boyle in Dome Karukoski's 2019 biographical film Tolkien.
- ↑ John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War, Part Three, "Castles in the Air", pg. 211