SASRA History

Our Work commenced informally in 1818 amongst troops in the Woolwich Garrison.

The Association was then founded in 1838 to employ former soldiers who were committed Christians to read the Bible to soldiers of that generation, many of whom were illiterate - these former soldiers were called Army Scripture Readers.

Like ASR Bill Ransley.

The work expanded to such an extent that the Chaplain General placed it on a more formal footing by issuing a Charter in 1854.

In later years the Society amalgamated with another similarly-motivated Christian organisation, the Soldiers Christian Association, both of which had expanded their ministries into the Royal Air Force.

In 1938 the Army Scripture Readers and SACA amalgamated and in 1950 the name, The Soldiers' and Airmen's Scripture Readers Association was adopted (usually known by the acronym, SASRA)

The Association has been deeply grateful to have Royal Patronage for over a century, Her Majesty the Queen following King George V, the Duke of Connaught and King George VI in this role.

The Association has continued to work under the authority of Ministry of Defence Charters which have permitted the Scripture Readers to engage with service personnel on MOD premises with the permission of Commanding Officers and Chaplains.

The current President is General Lord Dannatt, a former Chief of the General Staff, who is supported by five retired senior Army officers as Vice-Presidents.

©SASRA 2018 | SASRA is a registered Charity in England and Wales: Charity No 235708 Also a charity registered in Scotland: OSCR No SC039130
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