Chaplains

As a pacifist church at the outbreak of the First World War, the Primitive Methodist Church had no Army Chaplains, but it quickly realised there was a need for the growing number of its members that were enlisting. The Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian and Wesleyan Methodist churches already had their own recognised Chaplains, of which there were 117.

After initial discussions with the Wesleyans about joint Chaplains, the Primitive Methodist Church joined with the Baptist, Congregational, and United Methodist Churches to form ‘The United Army Board’. United Board Chaplains served troops of all four churches. By July 1915, 72 United Board Chaplains had been appointed, of which 13 were Primitive Methodists.  At the end of the war there were 43 Primitive Methodist Chaplains in post. The actual figure is higher than this as some had left before 1918. We would like to compile a record of all those who served – can you help?

Page link: Ernest S Emmitt
Ernest S Emmitt
Awarded the Military Cross
Page link: George Kendall OBE (1882-1961)
George Kendall OBE (1882-1961)
WW1 Army Chaplain
Page link: George Kendall's Communion Chalice
George Kendall's Communion Chalice
Used on the Battlefield in WW1
Page link: George Standing, CBE, DSO, MC (1875-1966)
George Standing, CBE, DSO, MC (1875-1966)
Senior United Board Army Chaplain
Page link: Harold Henry Woodward (1878-1949)
Harold Henry Woodward (1878-1949)
WW1 Primitive Methodist Chaplain
Page link: Joseph Firth OBE (1885-1973)
Joseph Firth OBE (1885-1973)
Awarded the Military Cross
Page link: Philip J Fisher
Philip J Fisher
'Khaki Vignettes'
Page link: Robert Featherstone Wearmouth (1882-1963)
Robert Featherstone Wearmouth (1882-1963)
Miner, Soldier and Minister
Page link: Thomas Sands
Thomas Sands
WW1 Chaplain
Page link: Tom Rowland Spray
Tom Rowland Spray
WW1 Army Chaplain (1915-19)