rolt968 Posted 17 January , 2018 Share Posted 17 January , 2018 I have been rereading parts of the Bickersteth Diaries. I came across something which I had meant to ask about before: chaplains with (or without moustaches). The passage comes from the diary of Julian Bickersteth, who was a chaplain and eventually senior chaplain of 56 Division. He was Anglo-Catholic (High Church) and in the diaries was critical of the Chaplain-General who was Low Church. In early 1916 Julian Bickersteth went to a large gathering of Anglican chaplains to hear the Archbishop of Canterbury speak. He comments that the Chaplain-General had appointed a large number of chaplains of his own point of view. To illustrate the point he says that he saw a number of chaplains with moustaches (and some wearing "khaki collars"). I could understand his objection to "khaki collars" (and ties?) rather than clerical collars, but what was wrong with moustaches? The footnote (from Bickersteth's nephew, also an Anglican clergyman) says that moustaches were a "Low Church practice looked down on by High Churchmen" - but why?) Also until mid 1916, strictly speaking both officers and men were forbidden to shave their upper lips. What did regular army chaplains do? What was the practice pre-war? RM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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