To be published on 15 November 2016 by Helion & Company, Daring All Things is a unique and extraordinary autobiography, published for the first time 55 years after its completion shortly before Rev. George Kendall died suddenly in 1961, aged 79.
By the final years of his life, Kendall was the country’s most war-experienced chaplain, having spent eight years on the front lines in four different countries and serving a further three years post-First World War with the first British Army on the Rhine. In 1920, he was given the responsibility of being in charge of the exhumation of the battlefields of Belgium and France, and building the war cemeteries we know today. His work there culminated in the highly secretive process to select the body that became ‘The Unknown Warrior’ – and he ensured his safe passage to England, to be buried at Westminster Abbey.
The connection with the Salonika Front is that George Kendall arrived there with the 22nd Division from France at the end of October 1915 with his friend Maj. Gen. Hon F Gordon. He was later invalided home with malaria and dysentery and posted to Dublin and then France for the rest of the war. His Salonika account, published in The Guardian at the time, was entitled ‘The long white road to Monastir’. His account of the first few weeks of the campaign is contained in a chapter of his autobiography.
I am grateful to George’s grandson, Tim Kendall, for contacting the Society to tell us about the book.
Find out more:
- Helion & Company Limited website
- The Guardian, 11/11/2014: ‘Army chaplain who took the Unknown Warrior’s secret to his grave’