To my remarks the other evening on the work of the late Rev. A. W. E. McComb I think I can add that few clergymen in the city can have been known so widely as he was. Not that his parish was unusually large, but his ministrations as chaplain at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital made him known to many hundreds of people each year.
Here, on a Sunday, he would be seen at a very early hour and it was said that on Church festivals such as Easter Day and Whit-Sunday he would rise at 4 a.m. to be ready to administer communion to patients and staff who desired it.
His brief addresses at the Hospital Sunday service were models of what was fitting for such an occasion. At last night's service, conducted by the assistant chaplain, the Rev. H. C. Light, a special prayer for the late chaplain was included.
Manly and Straightforward
HOSPITAL patients appreciated Mr. McComb's visits. He made no attempt to preach at anybody; rather, the chaplain's visit would consist of a straightforward, manly chat, with a total absence of any artificial bedside manner.
Mr. McComb was very interested in the Hospital's blood transfusion service, and had, I believe, more than once given his services in this branch of healing.