The role of United Board (Baptist and Congregational) military chaplaincy during the Second World War (1939–1945)
Allison, Neil Edward
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‘The role of United Board (Baptist and Congregationalist) military chaplaincy during the Second World War 1939–1945’ explores the role of British (with references to Empire) Baptist and Congregational Commissioned Chaplains during World War Two and chaplaincy developments after that war. This thesis does not primarily explore those chaplains who served as Officiating chaplains, Y.M.C.A. chaplains or those serving with Toc. H., though they may be occasionally mentioned to provide the larger context. This thesis aims to tell the story of chaplains from dissenting church traditions who served during World War Two. This history has received little recognition from, and has been largely forgotten by, Church and Chaplaincy historians. There is a wealth of information about Anglican chaplains and their work during World War Two, as most chaplaincy autobiographies and biographies were written by or about Anglicans. There are significantly fewer published autobiographies from Church of Scotland and Roman Catholic chaplains so historians have had to widen their research to find sufficient material for these denominational Chaplaincy histories. Very little has been written by or about British Baptist and Congregational chaplains and much of this information is gleaned from denominational articles that were often written after the war. Additional information has been gained from letters, memoirs written during and after the war and questionnaires answered by surviving veterans. This thesis seeks to explore two key areas of change within Free Church history. Firstly, it will seek to describe the work and understand the role of U.B. chaplains during the Second World War and how this Free Church chaplaincy developed particularly in the post 1960’s chaplaincy services. Secondly, it will seek to define the role of the British military chaplain and present a new role model that captures the Free Church culture and principles. This thesis will argue that ‘Liminal Ministry’ is the best way to define W.W.2 U.B. chaplaincy and offer this model for present chaplaincy service and selfunderstanding.
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