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Service in the British Army

1917 - 1918

Shortly after beginning studies at Oxford University during the First World War, Lewis joined the Officers’ Training Corps and on his 19th birthday in November he arrived in the Somme Valley in France as a Second Lieutenant. Six months later, on 15 April 1918, he was wounded by a British shell. In December of the same year he was demobilised and returned to his studies at Oxford.

The horrors of trench warfare which he witnessed were fuel for the atheism he espoused until the age of 31.

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C. S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British writer and lay theologian. He held academic positions in English literature at both Oxford University (Magdalen College, 1925–1954) and Cambridge University (Magdalene College, 1954–1963). He is best known for his works of fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia,…

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