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CWGC appoints Honorary Chaplain

15 August 2012

 

Padre Dave Kettle has been appointed as Honorary Chaplain to the Commission.  He will act as a point of contact for clergy and other religious leaders throughout the world who wish to know more about the Commission and its mission.  Padre Kettle will be available to advise on appropriate commemorative ceremonies at the Commission's sites by groups or individuals who may be unfamiliar with commemorative protocol but who wish to conduct a ceremony.  He will provide ceremonial advice and officiate where appropriate, and will make recommendations to religious leaders for input to annual commemorative events such as Remembrance Sunday and for special commemorative events held during the forthcoming WW1 Centenary.

 

Padre Dave Kettle was born and educated in Toronto, Canada.  He joined the Canadian Forces as a chaplain in 1981 and served at various forces bases, ultimately reaching the rank of Brigadier General and appointed Chaplain General to the Canadian Forces.

 

Padre Kettle has served in international missions in Croatia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Afghanistan and in 2000 received the Head of the Public Service award for his work on the Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Project which oversaw the transfer of the remains of the Unknown Soldier from the Canadian Vimy Memorial, France to the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

 

In 2009 Knox College conferred on Padre Kettle a Doctor of Divinity Degree for significant contributions in ministry and in 2010 he was appointed, with the rank of Commander, to the Order of Military Merit.  A year later he was appointed as a member of the Order of St. John and has served as the Dean of the Order in Canada.

 

Padre Kettle retired from the Canadian Forces in 2011 and joined the Canadian Agency of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as an Inspecting Officer in January of that year.  He is married, with one son and lives in Canada.

 

Padre Kettle's contact details are as follows:-

Telephone +1 613 992 3224

Facsimile +1 613 995 0431

Email: david.kettle@vac-acc.gc.ca