The King's Royal Rifle Corps


The Rev Robert Coulson


Coulson was commissioned into the KRRC in 1918 at the age of 19. He served in Russia and went to Murmansk with a small British unit where he took part in ‘a merciless winter campaign’. He later went to Germany as an intelligence officer in the army of occupation. He subsequently served in India and retired from the army in 1930. He re-inlisted in 1940 and acted as liason officer with the Royal Army Chaplains.

Robert Gustavus Coulson was born of British parents who lived in St Petersburg, on 10th Oct 1899. When the Russian Revolution came the family were forced out of the country, losing all their property in Russia and Estonia. Coulson was educated in England, at Tonbridge School, and went on to Sandhurst. He married Pamela Perry in 1828 and they had two daughters.

He is now best known for writing several books, mostly religious. He was ordained in the 1940s and founded the Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer which still has branches throughout Britain, Australia, America and Ireland. His books and texts include:

Human Needs in Modern Society (co-written with B T Reynolds)
Into God: An Exercise in Contemplation (1956)
I Am: The Exercise of Supreme Sovreignty
The Balcony
The Uneasy Triangle
Towards the Conversion of England (contributed under chairmanship of Bishop Chavasse of Rochester)


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by Stephen Luscombe