Thomas Williams (Archdeacon of Craven)

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Thomas John Williams

Archdeacon of Craven
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Born9 May 1889
Died4 July 1956
Spouse(s)Ethel Marion née Roberts

The Venerable Thomas John Williams (9 May 1889 - 4 July 1956) was Archdeacon of Craven from 1949 [1] to 1956.

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Educated at Durham University and ordained in 1915, [2] Williams was awarded the Military Cross for his service as a Chaplain to the Forces during World War I. He was Vicar of Otley from 1937; and an Honorary Canon of Bradford Cathedral from 1939. [3]

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  1. The Times, Friday, 16 Dec 1949; pg. 2; Issue 51566; col C Ecclesiastical News Archdeacon Of Craven
  2. Crockford's Clerical Directory1947-48 Oxford, OUP,1947
  3. “Who was Who” 1897–2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN   978-0-19-954087-7