Transcript

J R R Tolkien:
army commission application

Catalogue reference: WO 339/34423


(handwritten top left)
19/Lancs Fusiliers  Ho[?]      
(stamp) NOTED ON CARDS M.T.3.
(handwritten) 1/7/15 (initials)
    
Form M.T. 
392  

(This form is to be used for a cadet or ex-cadet of the Senior Division,
Officers Training Corps, or a member of a University).
Form M.T./393 should be used for other candidates.
------------------------
APPLICATION FOR APPOINTMENT TO A TEMPORARY COMMISSION IN
THE REGULAR ARMY FOR THE PERIOD OF THE WAR.

The Candidate will complete the following particulars and submit this form to the Officers Training
Corps or University Authorities.

1. Name (in full) Surname Tolkien.
Christian Names John Ronald Reuel.
2. Date of birth Jan. 3. 1892.
3. Whether married no.
4. Whether of pure European descent yes
5. Whether a British born or a naturalised
British subject
yes
6. Permanent address c/o Rev. P. Morgan
The Oratory
Edgbaston
B'ham.
7. Present address for correspondence Exeter College
Oxford.

8. Whether now serving, or previously served,
in any other Government Department
(Home, Indian or Colonial). If so, give particulars

 
9. Whether now serving, or previously served,
in any branch of His Majesty's Naval
or Military Forces, or in the Officers
Training Corps. If so, state:-
 
(a) Regiment, Corps, or Contingent Oxford Univ. O T. C. King Edward's Horse
(b) Date of appointment Oct. 1914. Oct. 1911.
(c) Rank    
(d) Date of retirement, resignation, or
discharge
  Jan. 1913.
(e) Circumstances of retirement, resignation,
or discharge
  Own request.
 
10. Whether able to ride yes
Accepted candidates will be gazetted to a general list; they may, however, state here:-
11. The Branch of the service (cavalry, artillery, engineers, infantry or Army Service Corps) in which desirous of serving  
12. The unit (if any) to which desirous of being appointed 19th Batt Lancashire Fusiliers
but no guarantee can be given that they will be appointed to any particular unit.
I certify the above statement to be correct, and I request that I may be appointed to a temporary commission in the Regular Army for the period of the war.
Date June 28th JRR Tolkien.
(Usual signature of candidate).
Signature of parent or guardian, if the
candidate is under 21 years of age
 
Certificate to be signed by a Member of the Military Education Committee of a
University.
I certify that Mr. J.R.R. Tolkien is recommended by the Military Education Committee as a suitable candidate for appointment to a commission in the Regular Army for the period of the war.

University of Oxford
Date
30.6.15

(signature) N. Whatley Captain
O.U.O.T.C.
A regular Officer of the Royal Army Medical Corps will complete the following Certificate:-

I certify that I have examined Mr.
(handwritten) J.R.R. Tolkien in accordance with the instructions for the Physical and Medical Examination of Candidates for Commissions in the Regular Army and Special Reserve, and find that he is * fit for Military Service.
* Insert "fit" or "unfit." If unfit, state cause of unfitness.  
Station Oxford (signature) J.A. Gunn
Date 29. VI. 15 Lt. R.A.M.E.T.
The application will then be sent to the Secretary, War Office, London, S.W.,
as soon as practicable.



close window
image
back to top of page back to top