Geoffrey Anketell Studdert-Kennedy

STUDDERT-KENNEDY, Geoffrey Anketell. b. Leeds, 27 September 1883; d. Liverpool, 8 March 1929. Of Irish extraction, he was the seventh son of the Vicar of St Mary’s, Leeds, a poor industrial parish where he grew up and formed a lifelong sympathy with the underprivileged (an aisle is dedicated to his memory in Leeds Parish Church, now Leeds Minster). He was educated at home, at Leeds Grammar School and at Trinity College, Dublin. After two years as a schoolmaster, he was ordained (deacon 1908, priest 1910) and held curacies in Rugby (1908-1912) and St Mary’s, Leeds (1912-1914). He was vicar of St Paul’s, Worcester (1914-1921) and Chaplain to the Forces from late 1915 until 1919. He quickly...

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