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Army chaplains mark royal centenary

Thomas Baldwin reports on a significant anniversary for army chaplains.

ON 22 February 1919, King George V bestowed the prefix ‘Royal’ on the then Army Chaplains’ Department in recognition of its outstanding service and sacrifice during the First World War.

100 years later to the day, the Queen, King George’s granddaughter, attended a special service marking the anniversary with the Army chaplaincy community, in the Royal Military Chapel at Wellington Barracks in London.

The service reflected upon the sacrifice and service of military chaplains, linking their work in the past to their function today and reflecting on the enduring need for chaplaincy in the future.

It culminated in an Act of Dedication, in which the new Chaplain General, the Ven Clinton Langston, asked all serving Royal Army Chaplains’ Department (RAChD) Chaplains to reaffirm their commitment before God and to rededicate themselves to the Service of soldiers in the presence of their Royal Patron and the Commander Field Army Lieutenant General Patrick Sanders. Army Chaplains across the world who for operational reasons could not attend the service also paused, at this hour, for a moment’s prayer and reflection in a global act of unity and re-dedication.

The event was attended by many Church of Scotland chaplains. The Rev Dr Marjory MacLean, Convener of the Chaplains to Her Majesty’s Forces Committee and a former Royal Naval Reserve chaplain, said:

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