Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy
Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, MC (
June 27, 1883- March 8 1929), was an Anglican priestand poet. He was nicknamed 'Woodbine Willie' during World War Ifor giving Woodbine cigarettes along with spiritual aid to injured and dying soldiers.
Leedsin 1883, Kennedy was the seventh of nine children born to Jeanette Anketell and William Studdert Kennedy, a vicar in Leeds. He was educated at Leeds Grammar School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he gained a degree in classicsand divinity in 1904.
After a year's training, he became a
curatein Rugby and then, in 1914, the vicar of St. Pauls, Worcester. On the outbreak of war, Kennedy volunteered as a chaplain to the armed forces on the Western Front, where he gained the nickname'Woodbine Willie'. In 1917, he won the Military Crossat Messines Ridgeafter running into no man's landto help the wounded during an attack on the German frontline. He wrote a number of poems about his experiences, and these appeared in the books "Rough Rhymes of a Padre" (1918), and "More Rough Rhymes" (1919).
After the war, Kennedy was given charge of St. Edmund King and Martyr in Lombard Street,
London. Having been converted to Christian socialismand pacifismduring the war, he wrote "Lies" (1919), "Democracy and the Dog-Collar" (1921), "Food for the Fed Up" (1921), "The Wicket Gate" (1923), and "The Word and the Work" (1925). He moved to work for the Industrial Christian Fellowship, for whom he went on speaking tours of Britain. It was on one of these tours that he was taken ill, and died in Liverpool.
Books in Print
"The Unutterable Beauty" Diggory Press, ISBN 978-1846851100
* [http://www.lutterworth.com/lp/titles/afterwar.htm "After War, Is Faith Possible? An Anthology"] by G.A. Studdert Kennedy, edited and introduced by Kerry Walters, Lutterworth Press, 2008.
* [http://www.mun.ca/rels/restmov/texts/dasc/TUB.HTM "The Unutterable Beauty: The Collected Poetry" of G. A. Studdert Kennedy, 1927.]
* [http://www.mun.ca/rels/restmov/texts/dasc/IBSAC.HTM "I Believe: Sermons on the Apostle's Creed" by G. A. Studdert Kennedy, 1928.] First published as "Food for the Fed-up" (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1921).
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