Horace Dammers

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Alfred Hounsell Horace Dammers was an Anglican dean[1] and author[2] in the second half of the 20th century.

He was born in Great Yarmouth[3] on 10 July 1921[4] and educated at Malvern and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He served in the Royal Artillery during World War II and was ordained in 1948. His first posts were curacies in Adlington and Edgbaston. He was a Lecturer at Queen’s College, Birmingham and then Chaplain of St John’s College, Palayamkottai. Next he became Vicar of Holy Trinity, Millhouses. In 1965 he became a Canon Residentiary and Director of Studies at Coventry Cathedral until his appointment as the Dean of Bristol in 1973,[5] a post he held until retirement sixteen years later. He is the father of Jerry Dammers, founder of The Specials and Two Tone Records.

Dammers died on 23 August 2004.


  1. ^ "Dean of Bristol chosen", The Times 22 December 1972; pg. 3; Issue 58663; col E
  2. ^ Amongst others he wrote Great Venture, 1958; Ye Shall Receive Power, 1958; All in Each Place, 1962; God is Light, God is Love (1963); Lifestyle: a parable of sharing (1982), “ Preaching from the Cathedrals”, 1998; and “Thank You, Holy Spirit”, 2004 British Library website accessed 2 June 2010
  3. ^ Independent obituary
  4. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Douglas Ernest William Harrison
Deans of Bristol
Succeeded by
Arthur Wesley Carr