Niel Nye

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Niel (Nathaniel Kemp) Nye [1] (4 November 1914 – 9 January 2003) was the Archdeacon of Maidstone from 1972 [2] to 1979. [3]

Nye was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood, King's College London and Ripon College Cuddesdon. He was ordained deacon in 1937, and priest in 1938. [4] After a curacy at St Peter on the St Helier Estate in the Diocese of Southwark he was a Chaplain in the RAF, [5] from 1940 [6] during which he was a Prisoner of war in Italy. [7] He was Rector of Holy Trinity, Clapham from 1946 to 1954; Vicar of his old church on the St Helier Estate from 1954 to 60; and then Vicar of All Saints, Maidstone (Rural Dean) from 1960 until 1966; and then Tait Missioner for the Canterbury Diocese from 1966 until his appointment as Archdeacon. [8]

His Times obituary [9] described him as an

"influential pastor who combined commitment to his parishioners with deep personal devotion in an exemplary Anglican ministry which influenced several generations of clergy and laity alike"

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  1. London Metropolitan Archives
  2. Church News The Times (London, England), Thursday, Sep 21, 1972; pg. 16; Issue 58585
  3. Telegraph obituary
  4. Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: OUP, 1976 ISBN   0-19-200008-X
  5. National Library of Scotland
  6. London Gazette
  7. Camp 59 survivors
  8. ‘NYE, Ven. Nathaniel Kemp’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 25 Dec 2016
  9. The Times on-line
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