Padre Skinner's War

Arriving on Gold Beach in the first wave of the D-Day landings, Capt Leslie Skinner, chaplain with the Sherwood Rangers armoured regiment, saw it as his duty, if possible, never to have to report a soldier missing.

Often in extremely dangerous circumstances, he would retrieve the bodies of those killed in action and took upon himself the arduous task of identifying the remains of those trapped in tanks.

The first chaplain in Normandy in June 1944, he was also the first to cross the Rhine and hold a service in Germany, serving with the front line troops through to VE Day and beyond, and keeping a meticulous diary of the regiment's actions, its casualties and his determination to account for each and every man.

Extracts from his diary, read by his daughter Annette and two serving chaplains, are interwoven with memories of the Padre by three comrades - Capt John Semken, Lt David Render and Cpl Ernest Hawkins.

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Arriving on Gold Beach in the first wave of the D-Day landings, Capt Leslie Skinner, chaplain with the Sherwood Rangers armoured regiment, saw it as his duty, if possible, never to have to report a soldier missing.

Often in extremely dangerous circumstances, he would retrieve the bodies of those killed in action and took upon himself the arduous task of identifying the remains of those trapped in tanks.

The first chaplain in Normandy in June 1944, he was also the first to cross the Rhine and hold a service in Germany, serving with the front line troops through to VE Day and beyond, and keeping a meticulous diary of the regiment's actions, its casualties and his determination to account for each and every man.

Extracts from his diary, read by his daughter Annette and two serving chaplains, are interwoven with memories of the Padre by three comrades - Capt John Semken, Lt David Render and Cpl Ernest Hawkins.