Charles Symons

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The Very. Rev Charles Douglas Symons , CB, MC, DD, MA was an eminent[1] Anglican priest in the 20th century.[2]

He was born on 13 October 1885[3] and was educated at Kelly College, now known as Mount Kelly, Tavistock and Trinity College, Cambridge.He was ordained in 1908[4] and served with the Royal Army Chaplains Department from 1916 to 1944, the last five as Chaplain-General to the Forces.

An Honorary Chaplain to the King[5] and a Chaplain of the Order of St John of Jerusalem,[6] he died on 15 October 1949.[7]


  1. ^ Liddell Hart Papers
  2. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP 1940
  5. ^ The Army Honorary Chaplain To The King The Times Saturday, 23 Sep 1939; pg. 8; Issue 48418; col E
  6. ^ London Gazette 27 June 1941
  7. ^ The Rev. C. D. Symons The Times Wednesday, 19 Oct 1949; pg. 7; Issue 51516; col E
Military offices
Preceded by
Ernest Hayford Thorold
Chaplain-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Frederick Llewelyn Hughes