It was on this day (March 8th) in 1929 that Padre Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy MC died.
Nicknamed Woodbine Willie for the woodbines (cigarettes) he gave to troops in the First World War Trenches this Anglican Army Chaplain was also a Poet.
He was awarded the Military Cross after going out to no mans land in the Battle for Messenes Ridge to help the wounded during an attack on the German frontline.He wrote a number of poems about his experiences, and these appeared in the books Rough Rhymes of a Padre (1918), and More Rough Rhymes (1919).
Last Sunday at St Marys Priory the Deputy Assistant Chaplain General (Wales), Padre Steve Griffith preached about the role of army chaplains in todays army.
As part of our Lent Series on Chaplaincy next week we will hear from Revd Ray Hayter (Minor Canon at Newport Cathedral) a former Army & Prison Chaplain.
On Sunday, March 18th Revd Will Ritchie (Newport University) will talk about Higher Education Chaplaincy and the following week Revd Michael Marsden (Nevill Hall Hospital) will speak about Hospital Chaplaincy.