The history of Clophill, Bedfordshire, UK
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The Rev. Cecil Lloyd Matthews was a popular Rector who became an Army Chaplain in July 1915. By February 1916 he was serving in France. He developed unspecified throat trouble that persisted and was finally operated on. At the front he was popular and attained the rank of Major.
Despite expressing his wish to return to Clophill when he was demobbed he wrote an open letter saying that he taken a living in Leicestershire. One of the two reasons that he gave was that "there are some - I am glad to believe that they are only a few - who have made it clear that they would have no welcome for me." What had they said about the popular Rector? Later in his life he became Archdeacon of Leicester.
This is information gleaned from the 'Ampthill News' for the period of the war. Click title to expand an item.