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Royal Army Chaplains Department

       The Army Chaplains Department dates back to 1796, all army Chaplains are officers and are ordained ministers of the church, they are the only branch of the British Army who do not carry weapons.

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    Those known to have served with

    Royal Army Chaplains Department

    during the Second World War 1939-1945.

    • Banting Gareth Bernard. Chap. (d.10th Oct 1944)
    • Nesbitt Gerard. Padre (d.5th July 1944)
    • Williams Arthur Wellesly P.. Chaplain. (d.16th Dec 1943)

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    There are 1 pages in our library tagged Royal Army Chaplains Department  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.

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    Chaplain. Arthur Wellesly P. Williams Royal Army Chaplains' Department (d.16th Dec 1943)

    At the age of Seventy am still in the throes of completing the story of my Papa's service as a padre with the 8th Army, attached to 113 Field Regt, Royal Artillery. It's based on my family's recollections, Papa's letters, the official - anodyne - report of his death and the remarkable and totally coincidental meeting I had with one of his brother officers who was in his unit and was present when Papa stepped onto a mine. 'What Really Happened' will never be the definitive version, but unless there is more information out there, it'll have to do. Should anyone wish to read it, I would be delighted to attach the piece to an e-mail. It should only take ten minutes or so to read. However, if there's anybody out there who can give me more details of 113's service up to the hideous battle for the Monastery I should be eternally grateful and will edit my piece accordingly.

    I make occasional pilgrimages to his War Grave at Minturno and will be there with my daughter, her husband and their son next week. So if anyone tries to contact me and doen't receive a prompt reply, you'll know why.

    Nigel Parry Williams

    Padre Gerard Nesbitt CdeG, MID Att. 8th Btn. Durham Light Infantry Royal Army Chaplain's Department (d.5th July 1944)

    Fr Gerard Nesbitt (Centre) N. Africa

    Rev. Gerard Nesbitt was a teacher as St Cuthbert's Grammar School, Newcastle before he joined the DLI in 1940. He served in North Africa and Sicily before joining the D-Day landings. He was killed by a stray shell as he was burying his predecessor. He was awarded the French Croix de Guerre and was also Mentioned in Dispatches as confirmed in the London Gazette dated 12th January 1944.

    Gerry McGregor

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