Douglas Milmine

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Douglas Milmine CBE (born 3 May 1921) was the Bishop of Paraguay from 1973 to 1985.[1]


Milmine was educated at Sutton Valence School and St Peter's Hall, Oxford; and was ordained in 1947.[2]

War service[edit]

Milmine served in the RAFVR from 1941 to 1945. In 1943, while commanding a Halifax bomber, he was shot down and eventually captured: he was then a Prisoner of War until hostilities ceased.

“Actually, it wasn’t that bad – if you could survive boarding at an English public school then you could survive prison camp!”[3]

Early Ministry[edit]

He began his ordained ministry with curacies at St Peter and St James in Ilfracombe[4] and St Paul’s at Slough.[5]

Time in South America[edit]

In 1954 he moved to South America where he served in Chile, Bolivia and Peru and finally (until his ordination to the episcopate) as Archdeacon of North Chile, Bolivia and Peru.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Douglas Milmine married Rosalind Whitley in 1945; and they have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.[7]


On his return to England Milmine retired to Eastbourne; and served as an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Chichester.[8]


  1. ^ Significant dates in the history of SAMS
  2. ^ Crockford's clerical directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0)
  3. ^ Old Suttonian Newsletter, July 2014
  4. ^ Church details
  5. ^ Church website
  6. ^ ‘MILMINE, Rt Rev. Douglas’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2015 ; online edn, Nov 2015 accessed 21 March 2016
  7. ^ Old Suttonian Newsletter ibid
  8. ^ Chichester Cathedral
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Bill Flagg
Bishop of Paraguay
Succeeded by
John Ellison