Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British writer and lay theologian. According to Lewis's memoir Surprised by Joy, he was baptised in the Church of Ireland, but fell away from his faith during adolescence.
He held academic positions in English literature at both Oxford University (Magdalen College, 1925–1954) and Cambridge University (Magdalene College, 1954–1963). Lewis returned to Anglicanism at the age of 32, owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, and he became an "ordinary layman of the Church of England".
Lewis then attended Campbell College in the east of Belfast about a mile from his home, but left after a few months due to respiratory problems.
He was then sent to the health-resort town of Malvern, Worcestershire, where he attended the preparatory school Cherbourg House, which Lewis calls "Chartres" in his autobiography.
that if either died during the war, the survivor would take care of both of their families.
Paddy was killed in action in 1918 and Lewis kept his promise.
He suffered from depression and homesickness during his convalescence and, upon his recovery in October, he was assigned to duty in Andover, England.
He was demobilised in December 1918 and soon restarted his studies.
In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of his death, Lewis was honoured with a memorial in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey.
His father was Albert James Lewis (1863–1929), a solicitor whose father Richard had come to Ireland from Wales during the mid-19th century.