Born with Irish heritage to the vicarage in a deprived parish in Leeds. Studdert Kennedy got into Trinity College Dublin at the age of 14, though poverty meant he did not attend until later, graduating with a First Class degree. He was a popular teacher at Calday Grange Grammar School on the Wirral Peninsula before entering the Anglican Ministry; ordained in Worcester Cathedral in 1908 and married in 1914. He worked in deprived parishes: in Rugby, with his Father in Leeds and St Paul's in Worcester. He was known for his forgetfulness, his generosity (he famously gave away the marital bed to an old lady in need recruiting his wife to help carry the mattress) and his plain speaking.
He became a military chaplain (AKA the Padre) in 1915. He… Go to person page >