"Woodbine Willie" Exhibition

The exhibition at Leeds Parish Church commemorating the the life and times of the Reverend Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy was formally opened by the Lord Mayor of Leeds on Sunday 23rd May, in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire and the Mayor of Wakefield. Father Geoffrey is one of the most acclaimed citizens of Leeds and his exploits as a First World War military chaplain earned him the nickname "Woodbine Willie". The exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of Geoffrey's ordination as priest on 29th May 1910. The Rector of Leeds has said of Studdert Kennedy, "we are very proud of him as a church and as a city for all the things he did for people in the First World War. It was a terrible experience - he brought humanity and pastoral care in the most difficult and unpleasant circumstances".

 

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