Revd Vivian Frederick Barnes Redlich-Photograph

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Leicester Cathedral

Peacock Lane




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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Photograph
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  • Paper Paper
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Lettering: Other
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Framed copy of a photograph accompanied by an associated extensive inscription. Please check with the Cathedral before visiting as it was last reported not to be on display.
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Photograph : REV. VIVIAN REDLICH. / ( Eldest son of CANON REDLICH, Rector of LITTLE BOWDEN ). / MARTYRED BY THE JAPANESE / in NEW GUINEA in 1942. Letter : " Somewhere in the Papuan Bush / July 27th 1942 / My dear Dad. / The war has busted up here. I / got back from Doguara and ran right into it, / and am now somewhere in my parish hoping to / carry on, tho' my people are horribly scared. / No news of May, and I am cut off from contacting her / my staff O.K. so far, but in another spot. / I'm trying to stick whatever / happens. If I don't come out of it just / rest content that I have tried to do my job / faithfully. / Last chance of getting word out, so / forgive brevity / God Bless you all. / Vivian " // THE ABOVE WORDS, RAPIDLY PENCILLED ON A SCRAP OF PAPER/ ARE THE LAST WORDS OF A MODERN MARTYR. SOON AFTER/ WRITING THEM VIVIAN REDLICH, A YOUNG ANGLICAN/ PRIEST WAS TAKEN BY THE JAPANESE FROM HIS/ MISSION HOUSE IN NEW GUINEA AND BEHEADED ON A NEARBY/ BEACH. THE STAFF WERE KILLED AND THE MISSION DESTROYED/ AT THE TIME OF THE FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION 1942/ VIVIAN REDLICH WAS A LEICESTERSHIRE MAN HIS FATHER BEING/ RECTOR OF LITTLE BOWDEN WHERE VIVIAN WAS BROUGHT UP./ VIVIAN WAS TRAINED AT CHICHESTER THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE AND/ AFTER A PERIOD IN ENGLAND SERVED FIVE YEARS WITH THE/ BROTHERHOOD OF ST ANDREW IN CENTRAL QUEENSLAND/ HIS TERM OF DUTY COMPLETED, HE OFFERED HIMSELF FOR WORK/ AS A MISSIONARY IN NEW GUINEA WHERE HE QUICKLY FOUND/ HIMSELF INVOLVED IN THE WAR WITH JAPAN/ HIS FAREWELL MESSAGE IS PRESERVED IN ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL. (Vivian's fiancée May Hayman, an Australian nurse, was bayoneted to death by the invading Japanese army).

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