Travel Communion Set

Contributed by Robert Harris

Travel Communion Set

"Air Ministry" Communion Set
Silver chalice and paten, glass wine and water cruet with silver caps, and a wooden host box.
This was issued in 1941 to RAF Chaplain, Revd Dermot Bowers, serving in Africa and Italy in WW2.
After the war, in his native Ireland, Revd Bowers continued to use the set with the housebound. He and the set travelled the world. For a while, he was Rector of Bangkok; his final parish was Douglas in the Isle of Mann.
I knew him in Rotherham, England, where he settled in retirement. When he died in the 1980s, his widow [Monica] gave the set to me, and I still use it regularly. I have promised to pass it on when I no longer need it.
All the silver is hallmarked and marked "Air Ministry."

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