Essex Regiment & Essex Militia History

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Religion

At the start of the Great War a much higher percentage of people were practicing Christians than is the case nowadays.

The Royal Army Chaplains Department was responsible for catering to the religious needs of all soldiers.

The Chaplains used a command structure with military ranks although normally referred to as Chaplain or Padre. They were drawn from all of the main faiths found in the UK.

Services were regularly held in the reserve areas especially before major advances.

Chaplains were allowed into the front lines and made regular visits to talk to the men and provide religious support as required.

179  Chaplains died and 3 were awarded the VC during the Great War which is a testimony to their  proactive approach to tending the wounded and dying in dangerous areas.