Simon Phipps (bishop)
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In 1940, he was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards. He fought both in North Africa, where he was wounded, and in Italy. On 19 April 1945, in the Allied advance to the River Po, he was again wounded during a reconnaissance mission and was subsequently awarded the Military Cross.
In 1953, after a short spell as a curate in Huddersfield, Phipps was appointed Chaplain at Trinity. That appointment was followed by ten years at Coventry as an Industrial Chaplain, during which time he lived in a small council flat on a new housing estate. The modesty of his surroundings did not prevent him from entertaining his long-time friend, Princess Margaret, "to the great interest of his neighbours". His time in Coventry is generally thought to have formed one of the personally happiest periods of his ministry.
Phipps died in January 2001. In 1973, he had married Mary Welch, who died in 2000. They had no children. On his death, The Times recorded that Phipps had combined gentleness, tranquillity and sweetness of character with deep psychological insight and considerable strength of purpose.
- Edward H. Patey, Cathedral and Industry, in Simon Phipps: A Portrait
- Daily Telegraph obituary
- Caroline Gilmour and Patricia Wyndham, Simon Phipps: A Portrait (Continuum, 2003)
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