The Rev George Studdert Kennedy MC

The poet, Christian socialist and Anglican chaplain George Anketell Studdert Kennedy was attached to the Royal Fusiliers in June 1917 when they were fighting on the Messines-Wytschaete Ridge. He gave help and comfort to wounded and dying soldiers under almost impossible circumstances and handed out cigarettes. He was nick-named Woodbine Willie. He was born in Leeds on 27th June 1883 and lived until 8th March 1929 when he died on a lecture tour in Liverpool.

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by Stephen Luscombe