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Description found in Archives

Canadian Chaplain Service [textual record]. 

Series consists of

Date(s)

1914-1920

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

12.0 m of textual records

Scope and content

Series consists of records created and/or maintained by the Canadian Chaplain Service.

Textual records
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Copyright belongs to the Crown.

Biography / Administrative history

The Canadian Chaplain Service began operating at Valcartier Camp in August 1914 and accompanied the 1st Contingent to England in October. The authorization establishing the Canadian Chaplain Service was granted in August 1915. The service was under the command of the Director of Chaplain Services, Hon. Colonel, J.M. Almond who was assisted by four Assistant Directors and a Deputy-Assistant Director. 280 chaplains from various religious denominations were represented in an establishment authorized in March 1917. These included 102 from the Church of England, 53 Roman Catholics, 58 Methodists and 13 others. Chaplains attended to the spiritual needs of members of the OMFC in camps, hospitals and Casualty Clearing Stations in England and France, and on the front lines they often accompanied the troops into battle, assisted medical officers, organized stretcher-bearing parties, and ministered to the wounded and dying.

Additional information

Custodial history
The records in this series were sent periodically to the Canadian Record Office and the Canadian War Records Office for safekeeping. At the end of the war the records were transferred to Ottawa where they were sorted and filed by subject and arranged into series by the Army Historical Section.

Source of title
Title is based on the contents of the series.

Accruals
No further accruals are expected.

Subject heading

1. Canada. Canadian Army. Canadian Chaplain Service
2. Canada. Armée canadienne. Canadian Chaplain Service
3. Chaplains. Canada. Canadian Army
4. Aumôniers. Canada. Armée canadienne

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