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1914 – 18 Chaplain Interview Record cards

These cards only relate to Anglican (Church of England) clergy who applied to become Temporary Chaplains to the Forces (T.C.F.) between late October 1914 and November 1918.

The vast majority of the candidates were interviewed by the Chaplain-General; Bishop John Taylor Smith. As Chaplain-General he was responsible to the recruitment of Church of England chaplains only.  Other denominations had their own structures to oversee the recruitment of chaplains.

C of E clergy applying to become chaplains had to attend an interview at the War Office in London, were the Chaplain-General had his office.  They were asked a series of questions.  Many chaplains memoirs refer to their initial interview with the Chaplain-General.

The personal Service Records for Army Chaplains who served during the First World War and who left the Army before 1922 are held at the UK National Archives in Kew in Series WO 339.  Not all the Service Record files have survived.  The main files were destroyed in the Blitz in the Second World War.


Hover over or touch the report cards below, to reveal information.

Report card
  • Date of Interview
  • Age at date of interview
  • Marital status
  • Number of children
  • Population of Parish and
    number of clergy
  • Preaches with or without notes
  • In brackets "R" indicates: can ride a horse
  • Address at date of interview
  • Medical examination
  • This box indicates the date that a candidate
    would be able to start if they are
    selected for a commission as a chaplain
  • Accepted for appointment
    as an Army Chaplain (yes/no)
  • Note: this is NOT
    an Army number


Report card back
  • Many of the cards have pencil notes on the reverse.
    This example has a note in Bishop Taylor Smith's
    distinctive handwriting.