The First World War Diaries of the Rt. Rev. Llewellyn Gwynne, July 1915-July 1916
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203 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

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Series: Church of England Record Society

Imprint: Boydell Press

The First World War Diaries of the Rt. Rev. Llewellyn Gwynne, July 1915-July 1916

Edited by Peter Howson

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The Right Reverend Llewellyn Gwynne's diaries offer a unique insight into a period of change for the army, chaplains and the Church of England during a critical period of the First World War.
Few men spent the whole of World War One serving in the British Expeditionary Force, from its initial deployment in August 1914 to its demobilization in February 1919. One who did was the Right Reverend Llewellyn Gwynne, the bishop of Khartoum. On leave in London in the summer of 1914, he persuaded the archbishop of Canterbury that his experience with troops in the Sudan made him an ideal candidate for a temporary commission as a chaplain. Gwynne went to France with a Hospital and then, in December 1914, was transferred to a Field Ambulance in the front line. During July 1915, he was summoned back to London to be told that he was now the Deputy Chaplain General and thus responsiblefor the oversight of all Anglican chaplains. An inveterate diarist, Gwynne kept a detailed record of his life as a unit chaplain and how he managed the transition to high office in the Army Chaplains' Department. The diaries arepreceded by an introduction that discusses the work and organisation of Anglican chaplains in the department and how Gwynne came to have the role in it that he did. Together, they offer a unique insight into a period of change forthe army, chaplains and the Church of England during a critical period of the war.

The Rev. Dr PETER HOWSON is a Methodist Minister who had a career as an army chaplain before turning to research. He is the author of Muddling Through: The organisation of British army chaplaincy in the First World War and is the Secretary of the Society for Army Historical Research.

PETER HOWSON is the author of Padre, Prisoner and Pen-Pusher. The World War One Experiences of the Reverend Benjamin O'Rorke and Muddling Through. The Organisation of British Army Chaplaincy in World War One. For Boydell's Church of England Record Society Series, he edited The First World War Diaries of the Rt. Rev. Llewellyn Gwynne (2019). As a member of the Royal Army Chaplains' Department Howson served in Germany during the period 1977to 1997.

"Howson's endeavours not only make the historical content of the diaries widely accessible, but also give a detailed glimpse into another world." MODERN BELIEVING

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Title Details

203 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

1 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Church of England Record Society

Imprint: Boydell Press