'Woodbine Willy 1883 - 1929 by Shirley Soper

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'Woodbine Willy 1883 - 1929  by Shirley Soper

'Woodbine Willy 1883 - 1929 by Shirley Soper
Geoffrey Anketell Studdard Kennedy was an English Anglican Priest who became much better known as 'Woodbine Willie' during the First World War.
At the outbreak of the war Geoffrey volunteered as chaplain to the army on the western front where he gained his nickname 'Woodbine Willie'.
He was often in the thick of it and would give out Woodbines and spiritual aid to soldiers on the troop trains, in the field and to the injured and dying.
On his return to civilian life it was said that he was a changed man and spoke only of peace. He, like so many, could not erase the horrors of war.
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