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Canadawwi

Padres in No Man's Land: Canadian Chaplains and the Great War

By Duff Crerar

Edition: illustrated

Published by McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1995

ISBN 0773512306, 9780773512306

424 pages

You can search through it on Google docs and they will let you access some of the pages in their online version.

Link:

http://books.google.ca/books?id=2XOMqLViAX4C

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Jon th14

Good news. I've heard that Pen & Sword have a new padre book planned.

The Fighting Padre is a collection of letters from Pat Leonard between 1915 and 1918. From what I hear, he's quite a character so it should be a gripping read.

The bad news? Its not due out until May 2010!

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mattgibbs

Does anyone know if the author of Ten Thousand Miles on a Hospital Ship has ever been identified? I'm just reading it at the moment. The author is "The Padre". I wondered if he or someone else had "outed" him in later years. It was printed in 1917.

Regards

Matt

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Audax
Good news. I've heard that Pen & Sword have a new padre book planned.

The Fighting Padre is a collection of letters from Pat Leonard between 1915 and 1918. From what I hear, he's quite a character so it should be a gripping read.

The bad news? Its not due out until May 2010!

Grab a bargain from Amazon! The Fighting Padre

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mattgibbs
MG

The author is Canon Charles Steele Wallis. (Thanks to Crockfords)

Pals can read the book on line here fifty thousand miles on a Hospital Ship

Many Thanks, thats nice to know. I guess I could have bought it without reading it, but I couldn't resist a bargain :D

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David Filsell

Team

With a great start, this thread has produced a terrific list; quite the biggest I have seen. Great team effort and very valuable

Thanks & Best regards

David

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mattgibbs

Audax -

I found Henry C Day author of "A Cavalry Chaplain" pub. 1922 by Heath Cranton.

Is this perhaps a re-issue or other print of H C Day An Army Chaplain's War Memories from your list, do we know?

There is also an H C Day author of Macedonian memories, a Chaplain with the Salonika Army. Possibly all the same person making a second living at writing?

Regards

Matt

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Audax

MG,

Henry Cyril Day S.J.,MC, Order of the White Eagle of Serbia, was quite a prolific author having eight published works to his name. Macedonian Memories is a continuation of a 'Cavalry Chaplain. 'An Army Chaplain's War Memories' are an abrdgement of these two books. His works are:

The New Morality. A candid criticism ... With a foreword by Lady Sykes.

Henry C. Day (Henry Cyril), b. 1865.

pp. 126. Heath Cranton: London, 1924. 1924

A Cavalry Chaplain ... With an introduction by Lieut.-Gen. Sir W. E. Peyton.

Henry C. Day (Henry Cyril), b. 1865.

pp. 188. Heath Canton: London, [1922.] 1922

An Army Chaplain's War Memories.

Henry C. Day (Henry Cyril), b. 1865.

pp. v. 182. Burns, Oates & Washbourne: London, 1937. 1937

[To India on a Troopship. [With a map.]

Henry C. Day (Henry Cyril), b. 1865.

pp. 66. Heath Cranton: London, 1937. 1937

Marriage, Divorce & Morality.

Henry C. Day (Henry Cyril), b. 1865.

pp. xv. 75. Burns & Oates: London, 1912. 6

Macedonian Memories ... Illustrations [including a portrait] by Fred A. Farrell.

Henry C. Day (Henry Cyril), b. 1865.

pp. 196. Heath Cranton: London, 1930. 1930

[The Love Story of the Little Flower [i.e. St. Theresa of Lisieux], etc. [With a portrait.]]

Henry C. Day (Henry Cyril), b. 1865.

pp. 72. Sands & Co.: London & Glasgow, 1939. 1939

Catholic Democracy: individulism and socialism ... With a preface by ... Francis Cardinal Bourne. (View details)

Henry C. Day (Henry Cyril), b. 1865.

pp. viii. 296. Heath, Cranton & Ouseley: London, [1914.]

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mattgibbs

Audax;

Many many thanks. More to add to the reading list! Luckily these things usually take a little while to track down. I have a pile of books to read now before I get more.

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Totoro Man

Schweizer, Richard

The Cross and the Trenches

ISBN-10: 0313318387

a solidly researched book that delves into the British and American chaplains. it's still out there, but a bit spendy. it investigates how chaplains were perceived by their comrades, attendence, policy on how chaplains should interact with the troops. it provides a very nice cultural overview of what chaplains did. unremarkably some of the most popular chaplains were the ones who lived with them men.

(the official policy was that they were to stay far from the front. some fellows regarded this is foolish and counter-productive. and unsurprisingly these men got much higher levels of attendence and earned the respect of the fighting men.)

my only disappointment with it is that it doesn't explore the French and the German chaplains.

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museumtom

A book on the Irish Chaplain's is in process by a Wexford Priest as we speak.

Regards.

Tom.

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tharkin56

just finished one CoventryPreparatory School The legacy of the Reverend Kenelm Swallow M.C. 70% about his service during the great War

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Audax

All the following books on Army Chaplains (Padres) are available FREE on line.

‘With the Twenty Ninth Division at Gallipoli : A chaplain’s experience’ (1916) http://archive.org/details/withtwentyninthd00creiuoft

The Letters of Oswin Creighton Chaplain to the Forces (1920) http://archive.org/details/lettersofoswincr00creiiala

A Padre In France (George Birmingham) http://archive.org/details/apadreinfrance28241gut

‘The Padre ‘ by Temporary Chaplain http://archive.org/details/thepadre00tempuoft

‘The Army & Religion’ report 1920 http://archive.org/details/armyandreligiona002855mbp

‘Papers from Picardy’ http://archive.org/details/papersfrompicard00pymtrich

‘The Church in the Furnace’ 1917 http://archive.org/details/churchinfurnacee00macnuoft

‘Roll of Sons and Daughters of the Anglican Clergy who gave their lives in the Great War http://archive.org/details/rollofsonsdaught00usshrich

‘Rough Rhymes of a Padre’ http://archive.org/details/roughrhymesapad00kenngoog

‘The Hardest Part’ http://archive.org/details/thehardestpart00studuoft

‘With the C.L.B. Battalion in France’ by Rev James Duncan C.F. http://archive.org/details/withclbbattalion00dunc

‘Christian Ethics in World War’ (1918) http://archive.org/details/christianethics00unkngoog

‘Tales of Talbot House’ 1920 http://archive.org/details/talesoftalbothou00clayuoft

Some records of the life of E J Kennedy Chaplain to H M Forces http://archive.org/details/somerecordsoflif00kenn

‘The Church in the Fighting Line’ Rev D P Winnifrith http://archive.org/details/churchinfightin00winngoog

‘From Cloister to Camp’ http://archive.org/details/fromcloistertoca00deva

‘An Army Chaplains’ War Memories’ Henry Day SJ http://archive.org/stream/warmemories00trumrich/warmemories00trumrich_djvu.txt

John Asycough’s Letters to his Mother

http://archive.org/details/johnayscoughslet00aysciala

‘French Windows’ (1918)

http://archive.org/details/frenchwindowsays00aysc

Souls in Khaki (1917) http://archive.org/details/soulsinkhakibein00copp

On the King’s Service : Inward Glimpses of men at Arms (1917) Rev Innes Logan http://archive.org/details/onthekingsservice00logauoft

The Leicesters beyond Baghdad by Rev Edward John Thompson MC . http://archive.org/details/theleicestershir19379gut

From Gallipoli to Baghdad. Rev William Ewing MC DD http://archive.org/details/fromgallipolitob00ewinuoft

Fifty Thousand Miles in a Hospital Ship (1917) by Rev C S Wallis. http://archive.org/details/fiftythousandmil00wall

The Soul of the Soldier (1918) by Rev Thomas Tiplady http://archive.org/details/soulofsoldierske00tipliala

The Cross at the Front ; fragments from the trenches (1917) http://archive.org/details/crossatfrontfrag00tipl

Statistics of the military effort of the British Empire 1914 – 18 (1922) Contains short history of chaplains http://archive.org/details/statisticsofmili00grea

Thoughts on Religion at the Front (1917) by Rev Neville Talbot http://archive.org/details/thoughtsreligionfront00talbuoft

God and the Soldier (1917) by Rev Norman McClean http://archive.org/details/godsoldier00macluoft

Visions and Vignettes of War (1917) http://archive.org/details/visionsvignettes00pons

With our Fighting Men (1915) by W E Sellers http://archive.org/details/withourfightingmen00selluoft

The Only alternative to War (1915) by Rev A Herbert Gray http://archive.org/details/onlyalternativet00grayrich

‘These Men Thy Friends’ A Novel by Rev Edward John Thompson MC http://archive.org/details/thesementhyfrien030777mbp

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CaroleHope

I have just come across this thread and see that the O'Rahilly book on Fr Willie Doyle has been mentioned. This can still be obtained and is a very religiously thematic biography but does include extracts from letters written home from the Front by Fr Doyle. However, if you want to read all of Fr Doyle's letters written by him to his father during his time on the Western Front I would suggest perhaps looking at the reviews on Amazon of my book "Worshipper and Worshipped," which is largely a chronological account of his life. Willie Doyle wrote 63 letters, 89,000 words (I know because I transcribed them all) to his father between joining 49th Infantry Brigade in November 1915 until two days before his death in the front lines (now with 48th Infantry Brigade.) His last letter is dated 14th August 1917 and he was killed on the "next" big push forming Battle of Third Ypres on 16th August 1917. His letters were a mixture of informative narrative and big chunks of humour interspersed with expressions of his faith. I have set his letters within the context of the battalion war diaries, other pertinent memoirs and historical studies. Fr Doyle was a front line priest at Loos, the Somme battles of Guillemont and Ginchy, Battle of Messines and Battle of Langemarck. It is a big book, but Fr Willie Doyle was an epic personality living in epic times. Published by Reveille Press 2013 ISBN 978-1-908336-86-6 (PB)(RRP £29.99) or ISBN 978-1-908336-92-7 (HB) (RRP£39.99) Cheaper prices on Amazon - except that at present they are waiting new stock other than one seller who has it listed at a ridiculous price which must be a mistake, but despite my best efforts I can't get either Amazon or UK_BookDepot to amend it.

Carole Hope

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Niko

Audax,

Two more (which I've seen quoted from) to add to your list

Ewing, Rev. W., 'From Gallipoli to Baghdad' Hodder & Stoughton, 1917

Foster, Rev. H. C., 'At Antwerp and in the Dardanelles' Mills & Boon, 1918

regards

Michael

Michael,

Is there a way that I can obtain an online copy of Foster, Rev. H. C., 'At Antwerp and in the Dardanelles' Mills & Boon, 1918?

Greetings,

Niko.

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seaforths

I recently read and enjoyed the Rev. BG O'Rorke's book 'In the Hands of the Enemy'. It isn't a very long book but very informative especially for anyone researching the battle of Le Cateau. He mentions lots of names. He was only in captivity a short time from August 1914 and in May 1915 his exchange was negotiated. Sadly, he died in 1918 aged 43.

Edit: typo.

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Guillemont

I have a copy of "Messages from Mars" that my grandfather brought home from the front, it includes a dedication message from the author T.L.B.WESTDALE. who wrote "to Harry, one of the Guillemont boys" in the front cover

 

All the best

 

Alan

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healdav

On the same subject, I have come across a book, "No Guns, Just God's Glory" about the chaplains who were killed after D-Day in  Normandy.

The author is Tom Wilson, an Anglican priest although Canadian. It's published by OREP Editions.

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