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Venerable Douglas Leslie Bartles-Smith

26 June 2014

Tribute to ex-royal chaplin and Town fan

Shrewsbury Town were this morning saddened to learn of the death of the Venerable Douglas Leslie Bartles-Smith at the age of 77.
 
Mr Bartles-Smith was born in Shrewsbury and attended Prestfelde School, Shrewsbury School and Oxford University, where he graduated with an honours degree in history.
 
He trained for the Anglican priesthood at the Wells Theological College in Somerset for two years before being appointed to St Stephen's Church in Westminster. 
 
Following his ordination as a priest he was appointed vicar of St Michael's and All Angels Church, Camberwell, after which he served for 10 years as vicar of St Lukes Church in Battersea, and then became Rural Dean of Battersea.
 
In 1985 he was appointed Archdeacon of Southwark and shortly afterwards was appointed Chaplin to Her Majesty the Queen. He retired back to Shrewsbury in 2004.
 
He was a lifelong supporter and season ticket holder of Shrewsbury Town.  
 
At his funeral his sons wore Shrewsbury Town ties, his granddaughter wore her Shrewsbury Town kit and the flowers on the coffin were in the club's colours.
 
Shrewsbury Town extend their sincere condolences to Douglas’s family and friends.


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