The Reverend Canon
|Archdeacon of Maidstone|
|Church||Church of England|
|Province||Province of Canterbury|
|Diocese||Diocese of Canterbury|
|In office||1942 to 1958|
Kenneth Julian Faithfull Bickersteth
5 July 1885
Ripon, Yorkshire, England
|Died||16 October 1962 77) (aged|
Canterbury, Kent, England 
|Years of service||1915–1919|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Awards|| Mentioned in Despatches |
The Rev. Canon Kenneth Julian Faithfull Bickersteth, MC , QHC (5 July 1885 – 16 October 1962) was an English Anglican priest, military chaplain, and headmaster from the prominent Bickersteth family. He served as Archdeacon of Maidstone from 1942–58. In 1953, he was appointed Honorary Chaplain to the Queen.
Bickersteth was born in 1885 in Ripon, Yorkshire, England, into a prominent ecclesiastical family.   He was one of six sons born to The Rev. Canon Samuel Bickersteth (1857–1937) and Ella Chlora Faithfull Monier-Williams (1858–1954).  His mother was the daughter of academic Sir Monier Monier-Williams, and she was "one of the five or six little girls in Oxford on whom Lewis Carroll modelled his Alice in Wonderland ". His nephew is Bishop John Bickersteth. 
Bickersteth was educated at Rugby School, then an all-boys public school in Rugby, Warwickshire.  He studied mathematics at Christ Church, Oxford. He graduated from the University of Oxford in 1907 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree; as per tradition,[ clarification needed ] his BA was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Oxon). 
After completing his undergraduate degree, Bickersteth spent a year teaching English in the British Raj.  He decided to enter the clergy and returned to England. He then entered Wells Theological College, an Anglican theological college to train for ordained ministry.  As a graduate, he only need to spend one-year training before ordination. 
Bickersteth was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1909 and as a priest in 1910.   From 1909 to 1912, he served his curacy at St Andrew's Church, Rugby, which was then in the Diocese of Worcester.  In 1912, he first moved to Australia where he had been appointed the chaplain to Melbourne Church of England Grammar School, an independent boarding school in Melbourne. 
In 1915, one year after the start of the First World War, Bickersteth returned to England with the intention of becoming a military chaplain. 
Between the wars, he was headmaster of The Collegiate School of St Peter in Adelaide, Australia, and then headmaster of Felsted School in Essex, England. From 1942 to 1958, he served as Archdeacon of Maidstone in the Diocese of Canterbury, Church of England. 
He died at Kent and Canterbury Hospital in 1962. 
On 9 June 1917, Bickersteth was mentioned in despatches by Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig.  On 1 January 1918, he was awarded the Military Cross (MC) "for distinguished service in the Field".  Though he was immediately given the ribbon to wear on his uniform, he had to wait till 1919 to receive the medal itself. That year, during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, he stood side by side with one of his brothers as they were both awarded the Military Cross by George V. 
On 3 November 1953, Bickersteth was appointed an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen (QHC). 
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