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The Reverend Donald Peyton Jones DSC.

Discussion in 'Special Forces' started by Rover, Aug 27, 2019.

  1. Rover

    Rover Moderator

    Oct 23, 2008
    An SBS Padre remembered by many.

    12:03AM GMT 14 Jan 2005

    The Reverend Donald Peyton Jones, who has died aged 90, was a founder of the Royal Marines' Special Boat Service before he became a clergyman, emanating a salty and down-to-earth belief in the Almighty.

    As vicar of the North Devon fishing village of Appledore he wore a green Marines beret, white cassock and sandals. He liked to do his parish visiting on horseback, often leaving hoof prints in gardens, and allowed his two cream labradors to enter his church immediately before and after services. He was also an enthusiastic user of pubs where, he used to say, there was often more fellowship and more joy than in church. "A pub is a sort of confessional," he claimed. "People communicate freely after a few drinks; they tell you their personal problems."

    PJ went to Eastbourne College, and was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1933.

    After the war, PJ took over from Hasler the command of the Small Raids Wing, which had been melded into a team from a group of strong individuals, without breaking their characters. He devised many training methods which are still used, and turned the wing into No 1 SBS.

    On leaving the Marines as a major in 1959, he trained for the ministry at St Boniface College, Warminster. He served first as a curate at Wythecombe Raleigh, then moved to Salcombe Regis, where he championed local hippies.

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  2. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

    Aug 10, 2010
    This extract from the Daily Telegraph obituary:

    A German pilot who had helped to sink Coventry asked him after the war when he decided to become a priest. "When you were bombing me," PJ replied.
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