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Chaplain James Harold Graven's Pyx
Chaplain James Harold Graven's Pyx

James Harold Graven, a Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) chaplain, carried this pyx on D-Day. It holds consecrated bread and wine for Christian services.

Graven joined the RCN in 1941 as a naval chaplain and was posted overseas in 1943. Appointed chaplain for the RCN's three flotillas of Landing Craft Infantry (Large), he accompanied them into action on 6 June 1944. One newspaper article described him as the "Royal Canadian Navy's invasion padre, although he looks more like a Commando than an apostle of God." Graven also obtained a motorcycle so that he could travel between bases in England to administer to the wounded returning from Normandy.

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