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Revd. John Todd RAChD


Acknown

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This is rather a long shot, but I'm trying to ascertain the identity of a chaplain who was posted to Switzerland to minister to the British Army internees there, named 'Mr. Todd'. The chief contender is The Revd. John Todd. He was born in Hartlepool in 1886, was living is a boarder in Halifax in 1911 (possibly as a curate) ,was interviewed for Army service in 1916 (see interview card click here) and served in Salonika from July 1916 (see MIC here (Ancestry): click here). If I've got this right, he became vicar or rector of St. Leonard's Church in Wheatley, Oxfordshire after the war (that's where his BWM and VM were posted), remaining there until his death in 1952. His probate names his sister. I have contacted the church at Wheatley, but they have no biographical record of him. The RAChD museum thinks he is  acontender but doesn't have a copy of his personal file, which resides at the NA: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C739093.

Can anyone place him in Switzerland from July 1918? If not, if anyone's going to Kew with spare capacity in the near future and could oblige, I would be most grateful. 

Acknown

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Several articles in Hartlepool newspapers following his death. A historian of the Hartlepool area. According to report was chaplain in WW1 but does not mention Switzerland. Report on inquest indicates he collapsed on Lendal Bridge in York and died of a coronary thrombosis. 

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Mark - Many thanks. I can only find two WW1 chaplains named Todd, and I've ruled the other out.

Acknown 

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