James Walkey

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The Venerable James Rowland Walkey [1] CBE, was an amateur sportsman in the first half of the twentieth century who later became an eminent[2] Anglican Chaplain.[3]

He was born into a military family on 10 April 1880[4] and educated at Plymouth College and Christ's College, Cambridge. During his varsity years he was awarded a Blue for Rugby and, after joining the British Army as a chaplain, was its 100-yard champion in 1906. In that year he married Bijou Frances Paske [5] daughter of the Colonel Commandant of the Notts and Derbyshire Regiment with whom he had one son and six daughters. He was mentioned in despatches during World War I and at its conclusion joined the fledgling Royal Air Force Chaplaincy Service. After serving at Uxbridge (during which time he became its Fencing champion) he held posts [6] in Iraq and the Middle East before becoming an Honorary Chaplain to the King [7] and eventually its Archdeacon [8] (Chaplain-in-Chief).[9] Later he held incumbencies at Wateringbury, Worting,[10] Angmering,[11] Haversham and Moreton. He retired just a year before his death on 8 January 1960.[12]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Genealogical web site
  2. ^ London Gazette
  3. ^ airmans guide to The Bible
  4. ^ His father was Colonel Rowland Walkey, RA > “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  5. ^ Pask family web site
  6. ^ LG
  7. ^ Honorary Chaplain to the King
  8. ^ "New Chaplain-In-Chief To R.A.F.", The Times, Friday, 3 Nov 1933; pg. 16; Issue 46592; col A
  9. ^ Retirement
  10. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1947-48 Oxford, OUP,1947
  11. ^ Angmering Parish Incumbents
  12. ^ "Obituary Rev. J. R. Walkey", The Times, Thursday, 14 Jan 1960; pg. 17; Issue 54668; col B
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Sidney Lampard Clarke
Chaplain-in-Chief of the RAF
1933–1940
Succeeded by
Maurice Henry Edwards