Men must not be taken from missionary work for military purposes

A missionary with Reading links reported on the – so far limited – impact of the war on the mission field in India.

THE REV. A. I. KAY

In an extremely interesting letter to the vicar, Mr Kay says:

It is encouraging to see the value Government puts on missionary work… A Missionary Doctor of our Mission was doing Army work at home. He was recalled at the request of the Government of India, as it was felt that his presence as a missionary doctor on the frontier made for the peacefulness of the wild tribes. Lately too over this new Defence Force there have been several expressions of opinion, and missionary work is almost looked upon as one of the essentials, from which men must not be taken for general military service. This, of course, is partly due to most of us being padres, but at the same time I don’t think any unordained missionaries are being called up for anything beyond local training.

Reading St. John parish magazine, July 1917 (D/P172/28A/24)

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