Woodbine Willie Paperback

An Unsung Hero of World War One

by Bob Holman;


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Fascinating biography of Anglican priest who volunteered as a chaplain on the Western Front during the First World War

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Woodbine Willie

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Woodbine Willie is the incredible bibliography of an unsung hero in World War One – Rev. Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy.

The soldiers Chaplin on the infamously dangerous Western Front, Woodbine Willie volunteered his services as an Anglican Priest during the bloody battle. He cared for the wounded, ministered to the dying and rallied the down-hearted and spiritually bruised young men. He was even awarded a Military Cross for running into No Man’s Land to help the wounded in the middle of a heavy battle.

With countless stories to tell, this biography has collected the life of the courageous man through original interviews with people who knew and loved him. From his childhood and education, to the tranches, to helping war-torn Britain recover – this book offers more than a glimpse into a modern-day inspiration.

About the Author

Bob Holman, described by the Daily Telegraph as 'the good man of Glasgow', has made a mission of living alongside the disadvantaged of British society. An accomplished writer, who contributes regularly to the "Guardian", he is the author of several books, including "Keir Hardie" (Lion Books).

Woodbine Willie by Bob Holman was published by Lion Hudson in March 2013 and is our 7557th best seller. The ISBN for Woodbine Willie is 9780745955612.

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Publisher's Description

Woodbine Willie was the affectionate nickname of the Reverend Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, an Anglican priest who volunteered as a chaplain on the Western Front during the First World War.

Renowned for offering both spiritual support and cigarettes to injured and dying soldiers, he won the Military Cross for his reckless courage, running into No Man's Land to help the wounded in the middle of an attack. After the war, Kennedy was involved in the Industrial Christian Fellowship, and he wrote widely.

This superb biography is based on original interviews with those who knew and loved him. A deep and real concern for his fellow men drove him relentlessly, and this book shows how vital was the role he played, on the battlefields of the trenches and then the slums.

Bob Holman, described by the Daily Telegraph as 'the good man of Glasgow', has made a mission of living alongside the disadvantaged of British society. An accomplished writer, who contributes regularly to the "Guardian", he is the author of several books, including "Keir Hardie" (Lion Books).

Contents

Chapter 1: Childhood and Education, 1883–1904
Chapter 2: Into the Church, 1905–14
Chapter 3: Worcester and War, 1914–16 26
Chapter 4: The Wandering Preacher, 1916–17
Chapter 5: Rough Rhymes, 1917–18
Chapter 6: On the Front Line Again, 1917–18
Chapter 7: The Hardest Part, 1918
Chapter 8: From Local Priest to National Preacher, 1919–21
Chapter 9: The National Figure, 1921–29
Chapter 10: More Books Including a Novel, 1923–29
Chapter 11: The Death of Studdert Kennedy, 1929
Chapter 12: The Man, His Message and His Methods
Personal Observations: Towards a Better Society

Endorsements

“No one is more equipped to recover the memory of this great and complex figure than Bob Holman.” – Richard Holloway, Former Bishop of Edinburgh.

“This is a fascinating tale of an inspiring figure.” – Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, London.

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Details for Woodbine Willie

Page last updated 25th September 2014
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLion Hudson (March 2013)
Weight222g
Number of Pages224
Thickness19 mm
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
ISBN9780745955612
ISBN-100745955614
Product Code4037566
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