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Obituary: Padre Reverend William ‘Bill’ Henry Greenway Bristow

March 1, 1926 - January 22, 2018

A TEENAGER who enlisted as a signalman and fought in one of the last naval battles of the Second World War and subsequently became a Church of Scotland minister has passed away.

Reverend Bill Bristow was 18 when he joined the Royal Navy’s Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) 497, based at Lowestoft, and saw action in the English Channel.

Following his wartime service Rev Bristow studied divinity, graduating in 1951 to become assistant minister at St Marchar’s Cathedral Aberdeen and subsequently minister at Haugh of Urr Kirkcudbrightshire. In 1954, the musical minister gifted on piano, organ, bagpipes and violin with an accomplished tenor voice, rejoined the military as an army chaplain, Padre Bristow.

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