Funeral Service

One of the most important duties of the Chaplains was to ensure that the dead could be buried with dignity and according to their preferred religious practices. This was an essential role in the wider role of morale. Many soldiers needed to know that should they be killed in battle, every attempt would be made to see to their spiritual and ritual needs. It also allowed surviving members of unit to pay their respects to their fallen comrades. This picture is from the Great War but was repeated countless times before and since it was taken.

Army Chaplains Department

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