Diary penned by friend of J.R.R. Tolkien

Comox Archives and Museum has donated a British Red Cross Society First World War autograph book to the society’s museum in London, England.

The diary was written at the BRCS No. 2 Hospital in Rouan, France, 1915-1916. It had belonged to British literary scholar, author and academic, professor Raymond Wilson Chambers of the University College London. He was a close friend of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien.

The autograph book came to the Valley by chance, but the museum board decided it belongs in London because it is part of their history. It will be readily available to academia.