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Author Crerar, Duff, 1955- author

Title Padres in no man's land : Canadian chaplains and the Great War / Duff Crerar
Edition Second edition
Published Montreal ; Kingston : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014


Description 1 online resource
Series McGill-Queen's studies in the history of religion ; 16
McGill-Queen's studies in the history of religion ; 16
Contents Preface to the Second Edition: The Return of the Padre: Chaplain Studies since Padres in No Man's Land -- Introduction -- 1 Adventurers: Days of Preparation -- 2 Beginners: Turmoil in the Service -- 3 Officers: The Almond Reforms -- 4 Pilgrims: The Padre's Progress -- 5 Soldiers: The Service in the Field -- 6 Comrades: To Touch the Face of Battle -- 7 Preachers: The Voice of Consolation and Prophecy -- 8 Veterans: A Peace Endured -- Conclusion -- Appendix 1: Nominal List of Canadian Great War Chaplains -- Appendix 2: Chaplain Service Questionnaire, 1918 -- Appendix 3: Canadian Militia Chaplaincy Growth, 1896-1914
Summary Padres in No Man's Land is the compelling story of brave and deeply committed army chaplains who brought faith and courage to Canada's troops during one of history's most devastating wars. Tracing the growth of the Canadian Chaplain Service from its chaotic and controversy-ridden early days to its maturation as an efficient field force, Duff Crerar highlights both the role of the Service on the battlefield and the personal experiences of the chaplains. Refuting the widely held view that chaplains serving overseas were cloistered from front-line realities, Crerar describes the padres' experiences in camps, hospitals, and on the battlefield. He examines how they maintained their faith in the face of death and destruction, and explores the bonds forged between chaplains and troops. Padres in No Man's Land concludes in the postwar era with the decline of the chaplains' hopes for spiritual renewal upon their return to Canada - their dreams dashed not by the war, but by the subsequent peace
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Canada. Canadian Army. Royal Canadian Army Chaplain Corps -- Biography
Canada. Canadian Army. Royal Canadian Army Chaplain Corps -- History
World War, 1914-1918 -- Chaplains -- Canada -- Biography
Military chaplains -- Canada -- Biography
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Canadian
World War, 1914-1918 -- Chaplains -- Canada
HISTORY -- Europe -- Western.
HISTORY -- Military -- World War I.
Military chaplains.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Personal narratives.
Personal narratives
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780773581685