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The Amazing Life of the Revd Hugh Cowell Kinred

Kinred came to Frenchay in 1914 after missionary work in the Far East, but left in 1915 to join the army as a front line soldier.In 1916 he saved the lives of seven of his comrades, by throwing himself on a bomb that landed in their trench. His bravery resulted in the award of the Military Cross. There was world - wide newspaper interest in him, and on 22nd August 1916 the Dailyn Mirror ran a front page story about his brave action. The Daily Mirror contacted us in 2015 as they were running the story again. The research we did for them forms the basis for this book.

His background may not have been what he claimed, and he led a life of more than usual interest. Being banned from preaching by the Archbishop of Canterbury was just one feature of his unconventional life.

The book costs 1.50 and is available in the museum.               



Frankie Went to Hollywood


The life of Francis George Packer who went to Hollywood and changed his name to Nigel de Brulier.

The book costs 3.50 and is available in the museum.


The museum is on the corner of Begbrook Park and Frenchay Park Road, and is open Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday afternoons. Admission is free.

If you can't get to the museum send us a cheque for the price of the book plus postage - to check the amount for postage, please  email  The cheque should be made payable to "Frenchay Village Museum" and the book will be sent to you.


                           Frenchay Village Museum

                           Begbrook Park

                           Frenchay, South Glos,     BS16 1SZ