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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien                  1892-1973
John was born on 3 January 1892, the son of Arthur Reuel Tolkien and Mabel Suffield, at Bloemfontein, South Africa. He attended King Edward's School in Birmingham in 1910-1911, where he excelled in classical and modern languages. In 1911 he went to Exeter College, Oxford, where he obtained his degree in 1915. With WW I in progress, he enlisted and was commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers. He married Edith Mary Bratt, before seeing action in France.
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Edith Mary Bratt                                  1889-1971
Edith was born on 21 January 1889.   She and John met in 1908 when both were lodging at the same boarding house.
I have identified the following children.
Edith Mary Bratt
John Francis Reuel Born 16 Nov 1917   Gloucestershire  
Michael Hilary Reuel Born Oct 1920   Oxford  
Christopher Reuel Born 21 Nov 1924   Leeds
Priscilla Born abt 1929   Oxford  
Birth of Parents
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien b: 3 Jan 1892  c: 31 Jan 1892             Bloemfontein, South Africa
son of Arthur Reuel Tolkien and Mabel Suffield

Edith Mary Bratt b: 21 Jan 1889         Devon           1889 1Q Plymouth 5b 264
daughter of Frances Bratt, an unmarried shoemaker's daughter

Marriage
22 March 1916
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
Edith Mary Bratt
St Mary Immaculate Church, Warwick                   1916 1Q Warwick 6d 1511

Children
John Francis Reuel Tolkien b: 16 Nov 1917             Gloucestershire                1917 4Q Cheltenham 6a 528
son of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and Edith Mary Bratt
Michael Hilary Reuel Tolkien b: Oct 1920                     Oxford           1920 4Q Headington 3a 1886
son of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and Edith Mary Bratt
Christopher Reuel Tolkien b: 21 Nov 1924               Leeds, Yorkshire           1924 4Q Leeds 9b 621
son of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and Edith Mary Bratt
Priscilla M. R. Tolkien b: abt 1929                       Oxford           1929 3Q Headington 3a 1762
son of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and Edith Mary Bratt

Death
Edith Mary (Bratt) Tolkien Died 29 Nov 1971, Age 82,           1971 4Q Bournemouth 6b 564
Burial at Wolvercote cemetery in the northern suburbs of Oxford

The Times, Tuesday, Nov 30, 1971                         DEATHS
  TOLKIEN - On November 29th, 1971, at Bournemouth, Edith Mary, beloved wife for 55 years of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, mother of John, Michael, Christopher, and Priscilla, grandmother of Michael, George, Joan, Anne, Judith, Simon, Adam, and Rachel, and great grandmother of Amanda, Royd, and Catherine.   Requiem mass Thursday, December 2nd, 9 a.m., at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bournemouth, interment following at 1:15 p.m. at Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford.   Flowers may be sent on Wednesday to Deric-Scott, Portman Lodge Funeral House, 755 Christchurch Rd., Bournemouth.

Death
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien 2 Sep 1973, Age 81,           1973 3Q Bournemouth 6b 350
Burial at Wolvercote cemetery with Edith

Read his Obituary

The Times, Tuesday, Sep 4, 1973                         DEATHS
  TOLKIEN - On September 2nd, 1973, at a Bournemouth Nursing Home, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, C.B.E., beloved father of John, Michael, Christopher, and Priscilla, also beloved grandfather of Michael, George, Joan, Anne, Judith, Simon, Adam, and Rachel, also beloved great grandfather of Catherine, Mandy, and Royd.   Requiem mass Thursday, September 6th, at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, Headley Way, Oxford, 2:30 p.m., followed by interment at Wolvercote Cemetery.   Flowers to the church, please, by 12 noon Thursday.

EDITH MARY TOLKIEN
LUTHIEN
1889 - 1971

JOHN RONALD
REUEL TOLKIEN

BEREN
1892-1973
Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford
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