Army, Navy AND AIR FORCE Chaplains 1800 to 1960

Clergymen have been on ships of the British Navy since at least the 1600’s. Over the following two hundred years they increased in number, and a command structure evolved. In 1827 the Senior Chaplain at Greenwich Hospital was recognised as ‘Head of the Naval Chaplains’ with the title ‘Chaplain of the Fleet’. This rank was made equivalent to a Rear-Admiral. The title and scope of his authority was widened in 1888 to ‘Chaplain of the Fleet and Inspector of Naval Schools.’ 

The British Army also had Chaplains attached to various regiments since the 1600’s, and similarly for the next two hundred years they increased. It was on 1st April 1844 that Dr.George Robert Gleig was appointed Principal Chaplain to the Forces, and he laid the foundations for a modern Chaplain’s Department within the British Army.

Prior to 1858 the Army Chaplain’s Department was made up entirely of Church of England clergy, but in that year the Secretary of State for War increased the provision of religious observance by the appointment of fifteen Roman Catholic and five Presbyterian Chaplains.

During the Crimean War there were sixty Army Chaplains serving with the British troops, and twelve of them died there. In World War I the number of Army Chaplains killed in action was 179. Three Army Chaplains have been awarded the Victoria Cross for their gallantry.

For Army Chaplains there were four Classes, 4th Class = Captain, 3rd Class = Major, 2nd Class = Lieut-Colonel, 1st Class = Colonel. 

The Royal Navy Chaplains included on this list served at some time during their career on ships which were part of the Mediterranean Fleet, whereas the Army Chaplains spent part of their service based in Malta. This list is not complete, and it will be added to from time to time. The Chaplains are Anglican unless otherwise indicated.

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William Robert Fountaine ADDISON, the son of W.G.Addison, of Cranbrook, Kent. Ordained 1913. Joined the Army as Chaplain 4th Class. Married Christ Church, Brighton, to Marjorie Wallis, daughter of W.E.Wallis, of Caterham. Awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery at Sannaiyat, Mesopotamia, in 1916. He carried a wounded man to the cover of the trench and assisted several others to the same cover after binding up their wounds under heavy rifle and machine gun fire. By his example he encouraged the stretcher bearers to go forward and collect the wounded. London Gazette 26th September 1916. Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1924, then 1925 - 1927. Based at Christ Church Garrison Church, Pembroke Barracks

Edmund Albert ALDERSON, educated at St.Johns College, Cambridge University. Ordained 1865 by the Bishop of Rochester, became Chaplain to the Forces 1869. Served at Colchester 1871 – 1872, Bermuda 1873 – 1876, Sheerness 1876 – 1879, Gosport 1880 – 1882. Promoted Chaplain to the Forces 1st Class on 3rd June 1889. Served at the Barracca Garrison Church, Valletta. Died 28th January 1890, aged 49 years.

Charles Symes Leslie ALFORD, ordained 1909 by Bishop of Durham. Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class, served at Malta 1912 - 1916, based at Christ Church Garrison Church, Pembroke Barracks

Peter Muir Spurgeon ALLEN, Royal Navy Chaplain, serving in Malta 1953

A. ALPHONSUS O.F.M., Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces, serving at Tigne Barracks in April 1917

William Henry Percival ARDEN, ordained 1892. Assistant Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1894 - 1896

Thomas ASHE, Royal Navy Chaplain serving on HMS Phoebe in 1865

Alphonse ATTARD OFM, Royal Air Force Roman Catholic Chaplain, awarded the O.B.E. in New Year’s Honours List 1956. He wore the uniform of a Squadron Leader for the presentation at the Palace, Valletta, by Governor Sir Robert Laycock in January. He had been a Chaplain to the Forces during World War One serving in Flanders. He transferred to the Royal Air Force shortly after the end of WWI and served in Malta 1940/1941, Egypt, Palestine and Cyprus. 

Thomas AUSTIN, ordained 1881 by the Bishop of Worcester. Royal Navy Chaplain 1882. Chaplain on HMS Penelope  in 1882, present at the bombardment of Alexandria, for which he received the Egyptian Medal, the ‘Alexandria’ clasp, and the Khedive’s Bronze Star. Served on HMS Revenge 1897 - 1900

Francis Drake BACKHOUSE, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class 3rd Janaury 1878, serving in Malta 1881 and 1882

Charles Frederick BAINES, ordained 1887. Served in South Africa 1899 - 1900 awarded medal and clasps. Chaplain to the Forces 3rd Class, serving in Malta 1900 - 1904

A. BAJADA O.F.M., Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces, serving at Mellieha Camp in April 1917

J.A.A. BAKER, Wesleyan, serving at St. David's Hospital and All Saints Camp in April 1917

J.W.J.BAMPFIELD, Chaplain to HM Dockyard, 1871

William Alleyne BARKER, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class 1st April 1868, Served in Malta in 1873

Frederick J. BATEMAN, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class 16th October 1875. Served in Malta 1877 to 1879

Gordon Hinton BATEMAN, ordained 1914. Chaplain to the Forces in 1920, served in Malta 1924 to 1929, based at Christ Church Garrison Church, Pembroke Barracks

Samuel St.A BAYLEE, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Edinburgh, 1st October 189John Herbert BAYNHAM, ordained 1899 by the Bishop of St.Albans. Chaplain to the Forces 1900. Served in South Africa 1900 to 1902, then returned to Aldershot 1902 - 1904. Served in Malta as Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class, 1904 to 1907

Charles Leslie Halifax BEARDMORE, ordained 1906 by the Bishop of London. Chaplain to the Forces 1909, served in Malta 1914 to 1915

Daniel Douglas BENNETT, ordained 1872 by the Bishop of Durham. Appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 17th July 1880, served in Malta 1882 to 1887

John Harcourt BERRY, ordained 1875. Royal Navy Chaplain 1876. Served on HMS Superb in 1882, present at the battle of Alexandria, for which he received the Egyptian Medal, the ‘Alexandria’ clasp, and the Khedive’s Bronze Star. Became Chaplain of the Fleet and Inspector of Naval Schools 1899 to 1901

Francis BICKERSTAFFE-DREW, appointed Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 27th January 1892, promoted 3rd Class on 1st February 1903. Served in Malta 1900 to 1903

Jacob BLACKBOURNE, ordained 1886. Served in South Africa 1899 to 1901, Mentioned in Despatches twice. Appointed Chaplain to the Forces 2nd Class 29th November 1905, and promoted to 1st Class 29th November 1910. Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1908 to 1911

Oswald William Charles BLOGG, ordained 1901 by the Bishop of Lichfield. Royal Navy Chaplain, served on HMS Temeraire 1909 - 1910, HMS Invincible 1910, HMS Triumph 1910. Changed his surname to DE BLOGUE

Anthony Gerard BORG, Roman Catholic Chaplain Royal Navy, serving in Malta 1958

Emmanuel BORG, Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces, serving in Malta 1943

R. BORNE O.P., Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces, serving at All Saints Camp in April 1917

Herbert Wright BRIERLEY, ordained 1933. Chaplain Royal Navy 1935. HMS Nelson 1937, serving in Malta 1940

George Wallace BRIGGS, ordained 1900, Royal Navy Chaplain 1902. Served on HMS Illustrious 1902 to 1904, and HMS Euryalus 1909

William Arthur BRIGGS, ordained 1905. Royal Navy Chaplain 1905, served on HMS Euryalus 1914 to 1917, and HMS Venus 1917 to 1919

William Christopher Thomas BRISCOE, Roman Catholic Chaplain Royal Navy, serving in Malta 1958

Thomas BROOK, ordained 1896, Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class, served in Malta 1903 to 1908

John R. BROOKS, Senior Roman Catholic Chaplain Royal Air Force in 1956

R.C. BROWNE, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 9th August 1862, servin in Malta 1870 and 71

Stephen Swetenham BROWN, ordained 1867, and became Royal Navy Chaplain in 1872. Served on HMS Resistance 1872, HMS Glasgow 1872 to 1875, HMS Malabar 1875 to 1876, HMS Duncan 1876 to 1878, HMS Monarch 1878 to 1882, HMS Asia 1882, HMS Northampton 1882 to 1884, and HMS Indus 1884 to 1886

Guy Arnott BROWNING,  Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1903 served on HMS Exmouth

Arthur BUCKLEY, Royal Naval Chaplain, appointed to HMS Hercules on 27th November 1872

John Booth BUDDS, ordained 1870, Royal Navy Chaplain 1871. Served on HMS Monarch 1882 to 1885, present at the bombardment of Alexandria, for which he received the Egyptian Medal, the ‘Alexandria’ clasp, and the Khedive’s Bronze Star

A.E.F. BUGEJA, Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces, serving in Valletta in April 1917

Reginald Heber BULLOCK, promoted Chaplain to the Forces 1st Class on 23rd April 1881, serving in Malta 1885

T.W. BURRIDGE, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class 1st June 1861. Serving in Malta 1866

C. CALLEJA-SCHEMBRI, Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces 1903

Donald CAMPBELL, Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1915

Alexander CAMPSIE, Presbyterian Royal Navy Chaplain 1920 – 1932

Thomas Wilfred Liddle CASPERSZ, ordained 1901 by the Bishop of Winchester. Royal Navy Chaplain,  serving on HMS Venerable 1902 to 1905, HMS Ganges 1905, HMS Boscawen II 1905 to 1906, HMS Hibernia 1907 to 1909

Mgr. Canon J. CASSAR, Roman Catholic Chaplain HM Fleet in April 1917

Robert CATTERALL, Roman Catholic Chaplain Royal Navy, serving in Malta 1950

P. CAVENDISH, Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1903

T.H. CHAPMAN, appointed Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 13th May 1888, promoted 3rd Class in 1903. Served in Malta 1900 to 1903

Marcus Wellesley CHURCHWARD, born 11th November 1860, ordained 1884 by the Bishop of London. Appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 19th September 1890, served in Malta 1898 to 1902

Sydney CLARK, promoted Chaplain to the Forces 2nd Class on 16th October 1869, served in Malta 1870 to 1874

R.G. CODRINGTON, promoted to Chaplain to the Forces 3rd Class on 15th January 1871, serving in Malta 1874 and 1875

T. COLDMAN, Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1914. Served at the Barracca Garrison Chapel

Charles William COLES, ordained 1895 by the Bishop of London. Royal Navy Chaplain, served on HMS Aboukir 1902 to 1905

Charles Thomas COMBER, born 18th July 1826, at Taunton, Somerset. BA at Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1849. Chaplain Royal Navy. Served on HMS Princess Royal during the Crimean War 1855. Recipient of the Baltic, Crimea and Turkish Crimea Medals. Vicar of Abbots Bickington-cum-Bulkworthy, North Devon. Died 31st December 1879, at Lymscott, North Devon, aged 54 years

A. COPPERSTONE, Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces, serving at Cottonera Hospital and Corradino Detention Barracks in April 1917

Charles J. CORFE, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Alexandra, on 5th February 1886

David Peloquin COSSERATT, was born in Exeter, Devon, on 19th February 1772. He served as Chaplain to the Forces in Malta after his arrival from Egypt in 1801 until his death there in 1809

John Arthur COUGHLAN, Roman Catholic Chaplain Royal Navy, serving in Malta 1949

Thomas Lloyd COUGHLAN, the first Roman Catholic Military Chaplain appointed in Malta, 4th Class 1st April 1859. Serving in Malta 1865 and 1866

William COWAN, of Banchory, Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1915

H.Tudor CRAIG, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 1st June 1863, serving in Malta 1870 to 1872

F. GRECH O.P., Roman Catholic, serving in Vittoriosa in April 1917

M. CULLEN, Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1903

S. CURMI-CECI, Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1903

John Neal DALTON, ordained 1866, by the Bishop of Oxford. Royal Navy Chaplain, served on HMS Bacchante 1879 to 1882

J. DARMANIN, Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces 1903. Serving at St.Andrews and Benghisa in April 1917

Irving DAVIES, Methodist Royal Navy Chaplain in Malta 1920

Alfred Wilkinson DAWES, ordained 1896. Appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class, in Malta 1909 to 1912

Richard Albert DEANE, ordained 1915. Chaplain, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Serving in Malta 1940

William DEARDEN, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1863 served on HMS Magicienne

Reginald DOLBY, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Collingwood, on 7th November 1889

Daniel DONOVAN, appointed Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces, 4th Class on 9th March 1861, serving in Malta 1867 to 71

John A. DOUGHERTY, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Australia, on 25th December 1890

Charles Edward DUNANT, Chaplain Royal Navy, serving in Malta 1949

J. DUNPHY, Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class. Serving in Malta 1914

Charles James DUTHIE, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class, 4th December 1867. Serving in Malta 1872

John Cox EDWARDS, Royal Navy Chaplain on HMS Alexandra in 1882, present at the bombardment of Alexandria, for which he received the Egyptian Medal with the ‘Alexandria’ clasp, and the Khedive’s Bronze Star. Held the post of Chaplain of the Fleet and Inspector of Naval Schools from 1888 to 1899

John Scandrett EDWARDS, born 11th May 1852, married, Chaplain to the Forces served at Barracca Garrison Church. Died 17th August 1892 in Malta, aged 40 years

Michael EGAN, Chaplain Royal Navy 1935

Stanley Moorcroft EPPS, ordained 1924. Royal Naval Chaplain. HMS Arethusa 1935 – 1936, Portsmouth Barracks 1936 – 1937, HMS Malaya from 1937

Archibald Hugh Conway FARGUS, ordained 1906 by the Bishop of Winchester. Served as Chaplain to HMS Encounter 1907 to 1910, HMS Jupiter 1910 and 1911, HMS Prince George 1911 and 1912, HMS Zealandia 1912, HMS Prince of Wales 1912 and 1913. Temporary Royal Navy Chaplain 1915 to 1919. He became Chancellor of St.Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Valletta, 1919 to 1922

John Peter FARRELL, Roman Catholic Chaplain Royal Navy, serving at HMS St.Angelo, in 1946

A.E. FARRUGIA-BUGEJA, Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1903

E.W.G. FERRIS, Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class, serving in Malta 1913

F. FERRIS, Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1903, By 1917 he was Mgr. Canon F. FERRIS, and serving at St. John's Hospital, Sliema, in April 1917

Denis Beauchamp Lisle FOSTER, ordained 1913. A.C.G. Mediterranean 1938. In Malta 1941

W. FOSTER-JONES, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1903 served on HMS Vulcan

Thomas Henry FOULKES, born 12th March 1855, ordained 1880 by the Bishop of London. Promoted Chaplain to the Forces 3rd Class on 1st March 1899. Served in Malta and Crete 1896 to 1901

Thomas FOX, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1881 served on HMS Superb

Walter Bernard Kendall FRANCIS, ordained 1886 by the Bishop of Rochester. Royal Navy Chaplain 1888, served on HMS Bulwark 1899 to 1902

Alexander Hugh GAGE, ordained 1899, Royal Navy Chaplain, 1900. Serving on HMS Formidable 1901 to 1904. Retired 1916

Thomas Gifford GALLWEY, ordained 1838 by the Bishop of Lincoln. Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1844 served on HMS Formidable

 Frederick L. GASCOIGNE, promoted Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces on 1st Class 11th August 1884, serving in Malta 1890

Giuseppe GAUCHI, Roman Catholic Priest, appointed by the British in May 1842, to serve Roman Catholic soldiers in the British Army on the island of Gozo, at £ 10 per annum, paid by the Paymaster of the Royal Malta Fencibles

Abbe GAUCI AZZOPARDI, was the first Roman Catholic Priest to be appointed on a full time basis to minister to Roman Catholic’s in the Royal Navy. He was appointed in January 1867 but died later the same year

Arthur Augustus Lynn GEDGE, born 8th October 1856, Chaplain to the Forces 1886, at Aldershot till 1888. Then Winchester 1888 - 1890, Gibraltar 1890 - 1894, Egypt 1894 - 1895, Shorncliffe 1897 - 1899, Natal 1899 - 1900, Shorncliffe 1900 - 1903. During his service in Natal he was Mentioned in Despatches, and received the South African War Medal with three clasps. Senior Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1903 to 1907

George Kenneth GIGGALL, Chaplain Royal Navy, serving in Malta 1950

Edward GLYNN, Roman Catholic Chaplain Royal Navy, serving in Malta 1953

George Nelson GODWIN, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 1st January 1877, serving in Malta 1879 to 1881

George GOODENOUGH, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Trafalgar, on 2nd April 1890

Henry P. GOODRIDGE, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Swiftsure, on 11th May 1872

William Henry GOUDGE, Royal Navy Chaplain 1903. Serving on HMS Russell 1903 and 1904, HMS Queen 1904 to 1906, HMS Black Prince 1906 to 1908, HMS Bacchante 1908 to 1910

Charles GREEN, promoted Chaplain to the Forces 2nd Class 16th May 1861, and 1st Class on 16th May 1866, serving in Malta, 1863 to 1866

E. GRIMA, Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1903

John HACKETT, appointed Chaplain ot the Forces 4th Class 2nd March 1878, served in Malta 1882

Willoughby Charles HAINES, ordained 1883, Chaplain to the Forces 1887. Served with the Ashanti Expedition 1895 - 1896 (Star), and South Africa 1899 - 1901 (Medal and 3 bars). Senior Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1905 to 1908

Montagu Thomas HAINSSELIN, ordained 1896, Royal Navy Chaplain 1903. Chaplain at Bighi Royal Naval Hospital 1910

William HALL, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1903 served on HMS London

Robert Edward Vernon HANSON, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 3rd Class 1st July 1911. Served in Malta 1913 and 1914. Transferred to the Royal Air Force in 1918

Edward John HARDY, promoted Chaplain to the Forces 3rd Class on 13th September 1887, serving in Malta 1890

Henry HARE, Chaplain to the Forces, served in Malta 1858 to 1862

William HARE, Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1847 to 1856. He left Malta in January 1856 to take up a post in Dublin.

C. HARKER, Senior Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces 1915

William Stuart HARRIS, appointed a Royal Navy Chaplain in 1879, and his first ship was the Indian troop-ship Crocodile.  He was in the Mediterranean on HMS Temeraire from 1881 to 1886. In 1882, he was present at the bombardment of Alexandria, for which he received the Egyptian Medal with the ‘Alexandria’ clasp, and the Khedive’s Bronze Star. From 1886 to 1888 he was on the Indus at Devonport, the receiving ship for Stokers. He returned to the Mediterranean in 1888 on HMS Alexandra, but only for one year, but was back again in 1891 as Chaplain to the Malta Dockyard and Bighi Naval Hospital, where he worked unceasingly until 1896. Back in England he served at Haslar Hospital and Eastney Barracks, before being appointed Chaplain to the Fleet and Inspector of Naval Schools in 1901.

Richard S. HARTLEY, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Temeraire, on 20th October 1887

John Alexander HATTON, born 28th May 1857, ordained 1881 by Bishop of Cork. Chaplain to the Forces 1890. Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 2nd Class 1904 to 1908. Retired in 1917

Frederick Henry HEMUS, Roman Catholic Chaplain Royal Navy, serving in Malta in 1948

Arthur Price HILL, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1881 served on HMS Defence. On board  HMS Alexandra in 1882, present at the bombardment of Alexandria, for which he received the Egyptian Medal with the ‘Alexandria’ clasp, and the Khedive’s Bronze Star

Edward HILLMAN, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 11th July 1860, serving in the Cottonera District, 1865 to 1867

H.A. HINDLE, Wesleyan, serving at Australian Hall, Pembroke, in April 1917

Alexander Hugh HORE, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class 10th April 1861. Served in Malta 186 

Charles Josiah HORT, ordained 1879 by the Bishop of Worcester. Appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 1st September 1881. Served in Malta 1883 to 1885 

William George HOWARD, ordained 1886 by the Bishop of Colchester. Chaplain to the Forces 1895.  Served in Malta 1900 to 1904

Richard B. HOWE, Chaplain to H.M. Malta Dockyard, and Bighi Royal Naval Hospital 1858 to 1862. Chaplain to HMS Hibernia 1865

William George HOWELL, Roman Catholic Chaplain Royal Navy, serving in Malta 1957

Lewis Arthur HUGHES, Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1905 to 1909. Married 1st January 1906 to Aimee Hester Cleveland, the daughter of the late Colonel Cleveland of the 98th Regiment

Henry C. F HUNTER, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Edinburgh, on 27th August 1887

Charles W. C. INNES, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1903 served on HMS Hibernia

Frank Hilton JACKSON, ordained 1897, Royal Navy Chaplain 1898. Served on HMS Dido 1898 to 1902, awarded China Medal 1900. On HMS Irresistible 1902 to 1904, HMS Illustrious 1904 and 1905, HMS Albion 1905 and 1906

W.S. JAFFRAY, appointed Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces 1st Class 29th November 1910. Serving in Malta 1914

Frederick John Page JELLICOE, Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1903

Edward Herbert Fuller JENNER, ordained 1874 by the Bishop of Ely. Appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 25th March 1882. Served in Malta 1884 to 1889

John E.S. JOHNSON, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Inflexible, on 1st July 1890

Maurice JONES, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 1st November 1890. Served in Malta 1894 to 1900, and also the ‘Army Guild of the Holy Standard’

Percy Herbert JONES, Royal Navy Chaplain 1896. Served on HMS Renown 1902 to 1904

J. Alfred KAYE, United Board, serving at Mosta, Ghain Tuffieha, Mellieha and Imtarfa in April 1917

W. KEATING, Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces in 1906

Samuel KENAH, ordained 1865 by the Bishoip of Kilmore. Royal Navy Chaplain 1867. Served on HMS Alexandra 1880 to 1882

Brian Macmahon KENNEDY, Chaplain Royal Navy, serving in Malta 1951Frederick John KING, Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class. Served in Malta 1908 to 1912

John KINGSTON, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1881 serving on HMS Agincourt.

Edward KITSON, Royal Navy Chaplain, serving on HMS Princess Charlotte, in 1841. Married in 1841 to Ann Jane Bredin, daughter of Colonel Bredin, Royal Artillery

Edwin Caleb Wardle KNIGHT, ordained 1931. Chaplain to the Forces 1937, serving in Malta from 1938

D. LANE, Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces 3rd Class 7th January 1909. Served on Malta 1910 to 1913

J.E. LANGLEY, United Board, serving at St. George's Camp in April 1917

John LAVERACK, Methodist Minister. Served Aldershot Camp 1873, Malta Garrison 1874 - 1877, Aldershot Town 1877 - 1880, Malta Garrison 1880 - 1900. His wife Catharina Laverack, died 11th March 1882 in Malta, and buried in Ta Braxia cemetery

Samuel Joseph LAVERY, Roman Catholic Royal Navy Chaplain, serving in Malta 1955

George LAWLESS, Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1858

William LE GRAVE, appointed Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 18th January 1878, serving in Malta 1885

John Thomas Howe LE MESURIER, Chaplain to the Forces in Malta from 1812 to 1846

Augustine Standish LESTER, ordained 1899 by the Bishop of Winchester. Royal Navy Chaplain 1901.  Served on HMS Duncan 1903 to 1905

John King LETHBRIDGE, born 1st September 1843, the second son of John King Lethbridge, at Tregeare, near Launceston, Cornwall. Educated at Washam College, Oxford University. Ordained in 1870 by Bishop Trower. Vicar of Laneast, Cornwall 1870 – 1876. Appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 3rd December 1875, serving in Malta 1876 to 1881

W.L. LEVACK, of Leuchars, Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1915

Arthur James LLOYD, ordained 1933. Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1936 – 1937

Harold Quintus LLOYD, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1919 served on HMS Egmont

Michael LONGRIDGE,  ordained and became Royal Navy Chaplain in 1908. Served on HMS Resolution 1898 and 1899, HMS Arethusa 1899 to 1902, HMS Glory 1902 to 1904, HMS Indus 1904 to 1906. Served in Malta 1913 to 1917

William J. LOUGH, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class 5th July 1876 Served in Malta 1878

Arthur M’CARTHY, appointed Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class 30th April 1864, promoted to 3rd Class on 15th January 1871, serving in Malta 1872 to 1875

James Desmond McCARTHY, ordained 1901, Royal Navy Chaplain 1902. Served in HMS Montagu 1903 and 1904, HMS Royal Sovereign 1904 and 1905, HMS New Zealand 1905 to 1907, HMS Egmont for Bighi Naval Hospital 1907 to 1910. HMS Prince of Wales 1910 to 1912

Maurice Percy McCREADY, ordained 1911 by Bishop of Armagh. Chaplain to the Forces 1913, served in Malta 1919 to 1924

Thomas Hubert McDONAGH, Roman Catholic Chaplain Royal Navy, serving in Malta 1952

Hamilton MacDONALD, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1893 served on HMS Vulcan

George Haynes Whitla MacDOWALL, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1881 served on HMS Minotaur

Charles McECHERN, of Tighnabruaich, Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1915

Alexander MacINNES, Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1915

Albert Glenthorn MACKINNON, Senior Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1915

Christopher Bernard MAHON, ordained 1938. Chaplain General, in Malta 1945

Alfred MALIM, ordained 1867 by the Bishop of Chichester. Before coming to Malta he served as Chaplain to the Forces at Portsmouth 1874 to 1876, Bermuda 1876 to 1878, Colchester 1878 and 1879, Shorncliffe 1879, Aldershot 1879 to 1884, Shoeburyness 1884 to 1893, Egypt 1893 and 1894. Promoted Senior Chaplain to the Forces 1st Class 1st December 1894. Responsible for the improvement of the interior of the Barracca Chapel. Married to Edel Emilie Marie Elise Malim. Left Malta 1900, for England, retired 1903, died 31st March 1920, in Yelverton, Devon

H. MARSHALL, Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class. Serving in Malta 1913

Frederick Jeremiah MATTHEWS, Royal Navy Chaplain on HMS Invincible in 1882, present at the bombardment of Alexandria, for which he received the Egyptian Medal with the ‘Alexandria’ clasp, and the Khedive’s Bronze Star

William Herbert MAUNDRELL, ordained 1906, Royal Navy Chaplain 1907. Served on HMS Monmouth 1908 to 1910, HMS Neptune 1911 to 1914, HMS Iron Duke 1914, HMS Majestic 1914, HMS Prince George 1914 to 1916. Appointed to Malta Dockyard 1921

Alfred Edmund MAXWELL, Roman Catholic Chaplain, Royal Navy, serving in Malta 1939

Robert MENZIES, Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1915Charles P. MILES, Chaplain to the Forces in Malta, 1862

E. MICALLEF, Roman Catholic, serving at Imtarfa Hospital and Delimara in April 1917

C.C.F. MILES, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1903 served on HMS Hermione

John Castleton MILLER, appointed Chaplain to the Forces in Malta in 1805 and he remained in this post until 1813 when he became Chaplain to the Government.

William Herbert Latimer MILLER, ordained 1904 by Bishop of Cork. Appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class 8th January 1908. Served in Malta 1910 to 1914. With the Army in France 1914 to 1919, awarded the DSO in 1917

Horatio MILLETT, Royal Naval Chaplain appointed HMS Invincible, on 3rd November 1875

Eric MILNER, Chaplain Royal Navy, serving in Malta 1952

Walter Hebden MILNER, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 27th November 1875, serving in Malta 1877 to 1882

Arthur Cyprian MORETON, ordained 1891 by the Bishop of Chichester. Served for 21 years as a Royal Navy Chaplain. On HMS Pembroke 1900, HMS Prince George 1900 - 1901, HMS Implacable 1901 to 1904, HMS Boscawen III 1904 and 1905, R.M.Dept Walmer 1905 to 1907, HMS Prince of Wales 1907 to 1910, HMS Jupiter 1910 and 1911. HM Dockyard and Hospital Hong Kong 1911 to 1914, HMS Indus 1914. He was on board HMS Invincible 1914 and 1915, at the battles of Heligoland Bight and The Falklands. Then on  HMS Impregnable 1915 to 1917, HMS Vivid 1917. Dockyard and Royal Naval Hospital Bighi 1917 to 1921. On leaving the Navy he was appointed as Chancellor at St.Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Valletta 1922 to 1926, when on the death of Canon Shaw he moved to Holy Trinity Church, Sliema, until 1928 when he retired due to ill health. He died 14th December 1936.

Tudor Phillips MORETON, Chaplain to the Forces. Served in Malta 1903

D.A. MORRISON, appointed Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class 12th January 1905. Served in Malta 1910 to 1913

David MORTON, Royal Navy Chaplain, serving on HMS Madagascar in 1830

Thomas F. MORTON, Royal Navy Chaplain HM Malta Dockyard in 1881

Samuel Sheppard Oakley MORRIS, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1881 served on HMS Garnet. He was the appointed Chaplain on HMS Victoria on 19th December 1889, and was on board in 1893 when the catastrophic collision with HMS Camperdown took place, and died when the Victoria went down. A brass plaque in his memory was installed in a Royal Navy church, and is now in the Maritime Museum, Vittoriosa.

D.A. MORRISON, appointed Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces 4th class on 12th January 1905. Served in Malta 1910 to 1913

Giovanni MUSCAT, Roman Catholic Priest, appointed by the British in May 1842, to serve Roman Catholic soldiers in the British Army in the East Coast area, at £ 10 per annum, paid by the Paymaster of the Royal Malta Fencibles

Oscar MUSPRATT, ordained 1931. Chaplain to the Forces, serving in Malta 1943

Bernard NAVIN, born 11th July 1911, the son of Anne and Denis Navin. Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class in 1939. Served with the B.E.F. in 1940, then posted to Malta in October 1940 as Senior Chaplain to the Forces. He remained on Malta until September 1944 when he moved to Burma and the 14th Army until June 1945. Promoted 3rd Class in 1947. Served in East Africa from October 1947 until June 1949. Became Senior Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces, Middle East Land Forces in November 1949. Promoted 2nd Class in January 1950

Richard L. NEALE, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1881 served on HMS Excellent

Arthur Fowler NEWTON, ordained 1890 by the Bishop of Worcester. Served as acting Chaplain to the Forces in South Africa 1901 and 1902. Chaplain at Odessa 1907 to 1910. Chancellor of St.Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Valletta, 1910 to 1912

D. NICKERSON, promoted Chaplain to the Forces 1st Class on 10th January 1897, serving in Malta 1900

Albert Springett NORFOLK, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 18th February 1879, serving in Malta 1885

Victor William NORRIS, ordained 1940. Chaplain Royal Navy 1946. On HMS Fieldfare 1946 – 1948, HMS St.Angelo 1948 – 1949, HMS Forth 1949 onwards

Richard Henry O’DONOVAN, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1903 served on HMS Gladiator

F.A. O'FLYNN, Church of England, Chaplain to the Royal Navy in April 1917

John James Evans O’MALLEY, ordained 1909. Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1919 to 1923, A.C.G. Western Mediterranean 1936 - 1938

F.J. ODELL, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed to HMS Agamemnon, on 15th January 1887

Maurice C. O’DELL, born in Dublin, the son of Thomas O’Dell. Educated at Dublin University.  In 1862 serving on the island of Mauritius. Promoted Chaplain to the Forces 2nd Class on 3rd September 1868, serving in Malta 1870 to 1874. Promoted to 1st Class on 3rd September 1873

Matthew R.S. ONSLOW, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Colossus, on 14th February 1890

H.C. ORR, Church of England, Chaplain to the Forces, serving at Mellieha Camp in April 1917

Leslie OWEN, Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1916 to 1919

William PARGETER, Graduated M.D., from Marischal College, Aberdeen in 1786, but in 1795 abandoned medicine and became a Naval Chaplain. Served on HMS Alexander at the Battle of the Nile in 1798. Came to Malta and was Chaplain of the Garrison 1801. He conducted the funeral of Sir Ralph Abercrombie.  Retired from the Navy in 1802. Died in Oxfordshire 1810

H.L. PARKER, Chaplain to the Forces, serving in Malta 1914

Willoughby Chase PARR, born 24th April 1853, ordained 1877. Appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class in 1888, and promoted 3rd Class on 10th October 1898.  Served in Malta 1896 to 1901

J.R. PAYNE, Chaplain Royal Australian Air Force, serving in Malta 1953

James PAYTON, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1881 served on HMS Tourmaline

C.A. PEACOCK, Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class. Served on Malta 1910 and 1911

Arthur Godolphin PENTREATH, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 2nd Class 5th May 1909. Served in Malta 1899 and 1900 and 1911 to 1913

Henry PEVERLEY DODD, Methodist Minister at the Church in Floriana 1901 to 1904

Benjamin C. PIDCOCK, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Colossus, on 13th April 1886

Antonio PIROTTI, Roman Catholic Priest, appointed by the British in May 1842, to serve Roman Catholic soldiers in the British Army in the Cottonera area, at £ 20 per annum, paid by the Paymaster of the 88th Regiment

Frances Edward PITMAN, Royal Navy Chaplain on HMS Sultan in 1882, present at the battle of Alexandria, for which he received the Egyptian Medal, the ‘Alexandria’ clasp, and the Khedive’s Bronze Star

George Edward Chatham PITT, Roman Catholic Chaplain Royal Navy, serving in Malta 1960

Arthur Wiliam PLANT, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1903 responsible for H.M. Dockyard and Royal Naval Hospital Bighi

Frank Lovell POCOCK, ordained 1934. Royal Navy Chaplain 1936. HMS Pembroke 1938

William PONSFORD, promoted Chaplain to the Forces 1st Class on 1st May 1880, serving in Malta 1890

J.D’arcy W. PRESTON, Assistant Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1858

Reverend PRIMROSE, Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1915

William Sidney RANDALL, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 26th August 1882. Served in Malta 1887 to 1900 and 1901 to 1904

Philip Foster RAYMOND, ordained 1880 by the Bishop of St.Albans. Senior Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1900 to 19

Joseph REED, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1881 served on HMS Triumph

Charles Freeman REILLY, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 18th June 1882, serving in Malta 1890

Patrick RICE, Roman Catholic Chaplain Royal Navy, serving in Malta 1954

Raymond William RICHARDSON, Royal Navy Chaplain, serving in Malta 1952

John Alfred RIVINGTON, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1881 served on HMS Temeraire

James Stuart ROBSON, Navy Chaplain to the Dockyard 1852. His wife Louisa died 28th January 1855, when he was serving as Chaplain HM frigate Leander. Three months later he was ashore in the Crimea and was with the Naval Brigade from May til July

H.C. ROE, Royal Navy Chaplain, serving on HMS Trafalgar in September 1897

Giovanni ROMEI, Roman Catholic Priest, appointed by the British in May 1842, to serve Roman Catholic soldiers in the British Army in the Floriana area, at £ 20 per annum, paid by the Paymaster of the Royal Malta Fencibles

Robert O’D ROSS-LEWIN, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1881 served on HMS Audacious.

William A. RUTHERFORD, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed to HMS Pallas on 16th January 1873, and in 1881 served on HMS Asia

Edward RYAN, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 1st May 1883, serving in Malta 1895

John Edward SABIN, promoted Chaplain to the Forces 1st Class on 1st January 1864, serving in Malta 1875 to 1881. He was with the British Army in the Crimea from July 1854 till May 1856 and was promoted ‘For meritorious service in  superintending the Department in Constantinople and the hospitals in connection with it’. 

F. SADLEIR, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 14th March 1867, serving in Malta 1873 to 1875

John Andrew SCEBERRAS, appointed full time Roman Catholic Priest for men in the Royal Navy in 1867 following the death of Abbe Gauci Azzopardi.   

Gerald Joseph SEASTON, Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces, serving in Malta 1941

H.G. SELLERS, Wesleyan, serving at Fort Manoel in April 1917

Lorenzo SHEPHERD, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1881 served on HMS Thetis

William Harold Davis SHEPHERD, Roman Catholic Chaplain, Royal Navy, serving in Malta 1937

Samuel Allen SHONE, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1881 served on HMS Tamar

Gustavus Aird SIM , Presbyterian Chaplain to HM Fleet, 1897. Was Minister at St.Andrews Scots Church, Valletta, 1896 to 1920

Walton Sudbury SKIDMORE, Royal Navy Chaplain 1938. Serving in Malta 1953

Ernest EDMONDS-SMITH, ordained 1905 by the Bishop of Manchester. Senior Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1913 to 1920. Previously had been acting Chaplain to the Forces Woolwich 1909 and 1910, Aldershot 1910, Chaplain to the Forces Tidworth 1912

Edwin SMITH, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class 1st October 1856, served in Malta 1860 to 1864

George SMITH, promoted to Chaplain to the Forces 3rd Class on 10th February 1890, and 2nd Class whilst in Malta  in 1895. Previously had served as acting Chaplain to the Forces in the Zulu War of 1879, present at Rouke’s Drift and Ulundi. (Medal and clasp). Served throughout the Egyptian War of 1882. (Medal and Khedive’s Star). Served in the Sudan Expedition in 1884 at the engagement in El Tab. (Mentioned in Despatches, two clasps). Served in the Nile Expedition of 1884 -1885 (Clasp). Died 26th November 1918, aged 73 years, buried in Preston Cemetery, Lancashire. His biography ‘Padre George Smith of Rorke’s Drift’ written by Canon William Lummis.

D. SOMERVILLE, Assistant Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1858

William Francis SORSBIE, born 19th July 1861, ordained 1887. Appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 11th September 1890, served in Malta 1892 to 1898

Frank Cole STEBBING, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1881 served on HMS Iron Duke

Frank White STEWART, Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class, served in Malta 1906

Basil Wilberforce STOTHERT, Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class, served in Malta 1906

Samuel Kelson STOTHERT, born 1827. Joined the Royal Navy in 1853 and in 1854 as Chaplain on HMS Queen was sent ashore in the Crimea to serve with the Navy Brigade before Sebastopol. He sent a series of letters to his family in England in which he describes the actions and the horrors involved in this war. Apart from HMS Queen, he also was on HMS Victoria, HMS Britannia, HMS Revenge, HMS St.Vincent, and HMS Caledonia. He retired from the Navy in 1869 and became the incumbent at Holy Trinity Church, Sliema for 1870 and 1871, after that he returned to England and was Rector of Ordsall, Nottinghamshire until his death in 1892

J. STRICKLAND S.J., Roman Catholic, serving at Ghain Tuffieha in April 1917

Joseph Cecil TAYLOR, ordained 1931. Chaplain Royal Navy 1937. HMS Maidstone 1938

Frederick Forsyth THOMSON, appointed Chaplain to the Forces on 1st October 1855, serving in Malta 1860 to 1865

Arthur Richard THORNLEY, Royal Navy Chaplain, serving in Malta 1952

George Morrow TICHBORNE, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1903 served on HMS Bacchante

Matthew TOBIAS, ordained 1905 in Dublin. Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class, served in Malta 1912 to 1916

Charles E.O’Hara TOBIN, Chaplain to the Forces 1915

Francesco TONNA, Roman Catholic Priest, of the Domenican Order, appointed by the British in May 1842, to serve Roman Catholic soldiers in the British Army in the Valletta area, at £ 35 per annum, paid by the Paymaster of the 19th Regiment. He continued to carry out his duties until 1864 when the first Catholic Chaplain to the Forces was appointed. In all he had been ministering to Catholic soldiers for around thirty years

Giovanni TONNA, Roman Catholic Priest, appointed by the British in May 1842, to serve Roman Catholic soldiers in the British Army in the West Coast area, at £ 5 per annum, paid by the Paymaster of the Royal Malta Fencibles

George H. TREHEARNE, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Benbow, on 6th December 1889

William Guise TUCKER, Royal Navy Chaplain on HMS Minden in 1836, aged 24 years. Chaplain Royal Naval Hospital Bighi, in 1847. Made Chaplain to the Fleet in 1865 and remained in this post until 1871

John Hugh Knyvet UPCHER, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1881 served on HMS Invincible.

Ernest J. VAUGHAN, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Undaunted, on 18th February 1890

G. VERZIN, January 1905, appointed Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces in Malta. He had previously served in Crete

John VIRTUE, promoted Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Forces 1st Class on 2nd February 1875, serving in Malta 1877 to 1882

H.O. WAGSTAFF, Wesleyan, serving at Fort Ricasoli, and Margherita Hill Chapel in April 1917

Francis Joseph WALKER, ordained in Dublin in 1904. Became Chaplain to the Forces at Chatham 1907 and 1908, Tidworth 1908 to 1912, Tientsin China 1912 to 1914, on active service China 1914 and 1915, British Expeditionary Force 1915 to 1919. Senior Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1919 to 1925

Horace Septimus WANSBROUGH, Royal Navy Chaplain, in 1892 served on HMS Howe

Douglas James Noel WANSTALL, ordained 1927, Chaplain Royal Navy 1928

Auguste B.S. WEST, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Agamemnon, 2nd December 1890

Graham WHITE, Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1915 to 1919

George WHITTAKER, Chaplain Royal Navy, serving in Malta 1931

William J. WILBY, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Carysfort, on 3rd July 1887

Ralph V. WILSON, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Thunderer, on 7th December 1886

Douglas Percy WINNIFRITH, ordained 1900. Chaplain to the Forces in Malta 1908 to  1912. Author of the book ‘The Church in the Fighting Line’ published in 1915

Hugh S. WOOD, Royal Navy Chaplain, appointed HMS Dreadnought, on 29th October 1886

William Watson WOOD, appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class 1st July 1858, serving in Malta 1860

Alwyn Lumley WRAGG, Royal Navy Chaplain, serving in Malta 1952

Harry Ovenden WRENCH, ordained 1836 by the Bishop of London. Appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 18th March 1858, served in Malta 1865 to 1867

Frederick George WRIGHT, ordained 1882. Served in Vancouver, Canada 1883, Purleigh, Essex 1883 – 1885. Appointed Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class on 7th April 1885, and working in Portsmouth until 1886. Devonport 1886 to 1890. Malta from 1890, promoted to 3rd Class whilst serving in Malta 1895

W.M. YORWERTH, United Board, serving at Floriana in April 1917

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