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Robert Quilter Gilson (1893 - 1916) was a friend of J.R.R. Tolkien, and an original member of the T.C.B.S. at King Edward's School in Birmingham. He was an artist, and contributed to the society accordingly.

He later attended Trinity College in Cambridge, and despite the outbreak of World War I in 1914, finished his degree and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1916. He participated in the Battle of the Somme, where he was killed by a shell explosion after taking charge following the deaths of his commanding officers.

Portrayal in film

Gilson is portrayed by Irish actor Patrick Gibson in the 2019 biographical film Tolkien.

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