Ernest Thorold

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The Very Rev. Ernest Hayford Thorold, CB,[1] CBE, DD, MA (17 February 1879 – 6 February 1940) was an eminent Anglican priest in the 20th century.[2]

He was born into an ecclesiastical family[3] in 1879 and was educated at Highgate School and The Queen's College, Oxford.[4]

He became a Chaplain to the British Armed Forces in 1906 serving in Shorncliffe, southern Africa [5] and Aldershot before gallant service in World War I where he was Mentioned in Despatches twice and awarded the OBE and CBE. He was Staff Officer to the Chaplain-General at the War Office from 1916 to 1921 and then Chaplain at the Royal Military Chapel, London.

He was Assistant Chaplain-General, Western Command from 1924 and an Honorary Chaplain to the King from 1926 – 1935.[6] He was then from 1935 – 1939 successively Chaplain to Kings George V, Edward VIII and George VI. [3] [7] After further commands with the Southern Command and the Aldershot Command he was Chaplain-General to the British Armed Forces (and also Chaplain of the Tower of London) from 1931 to 1939.

A Chaplain of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, he died on 6 February 1940.[7]


  1. ^ The Edinburgh Gazette 5 January 1934
  2. ^ The National Archives
  3. ^ a b His father was the Rev. A. C. E. Thorold, MA, Who was Who ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ University Intelligence. Oxford, 3 March The Times Friday, 4 Mar 1898; pg. 11; Issue 35455; col A
  5. ^ ”The Clergy List” London, Kellys, 1913
  6. ^ The London Gazette 3 July 1926
  7. ^ a b The Times, Thursday, 8 Feb 1940; pg. 11; Issue 48534; col E Obituary The Rev. Dr. E.H. Thorold
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Alfred Charles Eustace Jarvis
Chaplain-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Charles Douglas Symons