Julian Bickersteth, Chaplain to the Forces

Julian Bickersteth was born in Yorkshire in 1885. He was the third son of the Reverend Dr Samuel Bickersteth, then Vicar of Leeds, later Canon of Canterbury Cathedral and Chaplain to the King. Educated at Rugby and Christ Church, Oxford, Bickersteth was ordained in 1910 before going out to Australia in 1912 as chaplain to Melbourne Church of England Grammar School. He returned to England in late 1915 where he joined the 56th (London) Division as senior chaplain. He served with them on the Somme.  The recording below is from his diary entry for Sunday 25th June 1916...

Julian Bickersteth died in 1962, aged 77. He was awarded the Military Cross and twice mentioned in dispatches.

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