Frontline Chaplain Woodbine Willie Prayed for Peace, not Victory

Historian Linda Parker has written an exclusive thought-leader about World War One hero Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, popularly known as Woodbine Willie.

Kennedy, who died in 1929 at the age of 45, is arguably Britain’s most famous army chaplain. He received his nickname through his habit of handing out cigarettes and Bibles to soldiers on the front lines, and during the First World War received the Military Cross for “conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty”.

In the article, which you can read HERE, Parker – an expert on army chaplaincy in both world wars – discusses how Studdert’s experiences during the First World War led him to support pacifism, and how his thinking is particular significance in today’s troubled times.

Her latest book, A Seeker After Truthsis a detailed biography of Woodbine Willie that calls upon a wide range of previously unpublished material to examine his significance as a theologian, bestselling author and public figure, and to assess his impact on church life, industry and society.

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