Walter Baddeley

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Walter Hubert Baddeley (1894–1960) was the seventh Anglican Bishop of Melanesia, serving from 1932 to 1947. He was born in Portslade, Hove, Sussex, and educated at Keble College and Cuddesdon College before ordination. Baddeley was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in 1921, after which he served as both curate and vicar in the Diocese of York. Bishop Baddeley remained in the Diocese of Melanesia during World War II, paying particular attention to medical work among those injured in fighting with the Imperial Japanese Army.

He received an honorary S.T.D. (Doctor of Sacred Theology) degree from Columbia University in 1944. In 1945, Baddeley received the Medal of Freedom. After returning to England, he served as suffragan Bishop of Whitby from 1947 to 1954 and then as Bishop of Blackburn from 1954 to 1960.

Baddeley is listed in the Calendar of saints (Church of the Province of Melanesia).


In his novel HMS Ulysses, Alistair McLean named one of the fictional, later sunken, ships after Walter Baddeley.

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Frederick M. Molyneux
Bishop of Melanesia
Succeeded by
Sidney Gething Caulton
Preceded by
Harold Evelyn Hubbard
Bishop of Whitby
Succeeded by
Philip William Wheeldon
Preceded by
Wilfred Marcus Askwith
Bishop of Blackburn
Succeeded by
Charles Robert Claxton