New book: ‘Daring All Things – The Autobiography of George Kendall (1881-1961)’

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.

Cover image of 'Daring All Things - The Autobiography of George Kendall (1881-1961), published by Helion & Company Ltd, November 2016.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.

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Author: Andy Hutt

Andy's interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Arthur, who served in Salonika as a sapper with the Royal Engineers from 1916-1918. Opinions expressed in these posts are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.

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