Percy Dearmer was born on February 27, 1867 at Kilburn, Middlesex, England. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Christ Church, Oxford in 1892 and a Master of Arts degree in 1896. Dearmer was ordained as a deacon in 1891 and a priest in 1892 after which he served the next few years at a number of different parishes. For fourteen years, from 1901-1915, Dearmer was vicar of St. Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill, London. With the help of Martin Shaw and Ralph Vaughan Williams, the three edited Songs of Praise, 1925 and the Oxford Book of Carols, 1928. Working for social issues, he was the secretary to the London Christian Social Union for 21 years, from 1891-1912, as well as a chaplain of the British Red Cross in Serbia during World War I. Starting in 1919, he was professor of ecclesiastical art at King's College, London, a position he held until his death on May 29, 1936. Many of the books that he wrote had to do with history, ecclesiastical arts, and social issues.
Source: The Hymnuts
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