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THE CLERGY OF WORCESTER CATHEDRAL HAVE PUBLISHED A BOOK, MARKING THE CENTENARY OF GEOFFREY STUDDERT KENNEDY RECEIVING THE MILITARY CROSS.

Studdert Kennedy, better known by his nickname of ‘Woodbine Willie’ was a vicar in Worcester and the most famous chaplain of the First World War. He received the Military Cross in 1917 for bravery – retrieving the wounded from ‘no man’s land’ during battle. Even now, his life and writings inspire people to ponder war, life and religious belief.

The four clergy of the Cathedral, along with the Bishop of Worcester, Dr Mark Dorsett of the King’s School and Dr David Bryer, lay canon of the Cathedral and former director of Oxfam, have each written a chapter of the book, which invites readers to consider different aspects of the First World War in the light of faith. The book has already had strong endorsements from noted scholars of the First World War.

Canon Michael Brierley, one of the editors, said ‘We’re delighted to have produced this, and hope that it will be of interest to local historians, faith communities and people more generally interested in the First World War.’

The book will be launched at the Three Choirs Festival on Saturday 22 July, at 4.30pm in College Hall. Tickets for this event are free, but required for catering. They are available from the Three Choirs Office at www.3Choirs.org

The book is available in the Cathedral shop, priced at £15 (RRP £24).