Life's Vocation
This Is Your Life: Life's Vocation feature
Rev James Butterworth This Is Your Life Rev James Butterworth This Is Your Life James BUTTERWORTH

20 November 1955

The Methodist minister - whose pioneering youth work and fund raising led to the creation of Clubland, a Christian institution for underpriviledged children in Walworth, London - was surprised by Eamonn at the BBC Television Theatre.
Clubland was opened in 1939 by Queen Mary, a patron of the institution for many years.

     
     
  Rev Brian Hession This Is Your Life Brian HESSION

7 January 1957

Eamonn surprised the clergyman and filmmaker at the King's Theatre, Hammersmith.
Brian established The Dawn Trust, an organisation devoted to making religious films, and is author of the book, Determined to Live, in which he tells how he survived an operation for cancer after being given just a few days to live.

     
     
Rev Dr P B 'Tubby' Clayton This Is Your Life Rev Dr P B 'Tubby' Clayton This Is Your Life P B 'Tubby' CLAYTON

3 February 1958

The Anglian clergyman - who co-founded Talbot House, a rest home for soldiers, at Poperinge in Belgium in 1915 - was surprised by Eamonn in the audience at the BBC Television Theatre.
Talbot House led to the formation of the international Christain movement Toc H, which seeks to foster a spirit of friendship through acts of service.

     
     
Noel Duckworth This Is Your Life Noel Duckworth This Is Your Life Noel DUCKWORTH

12 January 1959

Noel was Chaplain to the 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment, and stationed in Malaya during the Second World War. Having been captured by the Japanese and imprisoned in Pudu Gaol and later Changi Prison, his courage and comfort as Chaplain inspired all who knew him. Eamonn surprised him outside the BBC Television Theatre.

     
     
  This Is Your Life Big Red Book Donald CASKIE

7 September 1959

The Church of Scotland minister - who risked imprisonment and death to help as many as 500 Allied service personnel flee France during the Second World War - was surprised by Eamonn in the foyer of the BBC Studios in Edinburgh.
As this was the 100th edition of This Is Your Life, Donald became the 100th subject.

     
     
  This Is Your Life Big Red Book Edmund ARBUTHNOTT

5 October 1959

The clergyman and charity worker was on a tour of the BBC Television Theatre when Eamonn surprised him.
Edmund - who survived a German bomb falling on his church in Bermondsey during the Blitz in the Second World War - was National Chaplain to the Young Christian Workers - an organisation he had helped to establish in England in the 1930s.

     
     
Rev David Sheppard This Is Your Life Rev David Sheppard This Is Your Life David SHEPPARD

3 October 1960

David was ordained in 1955 following a successful cricketing career and continued to play Test cricket sporadically until 1963, being the first ordained minister to do so.
Eamonn surprised him at the Islington Boys' Club, where his tribute included a message from Richard Attenborough.

     
     
Rev Clarence Wolfe This Is Your Life Rev Clarence Wolfe This Is Your Life Clarence WOLFE

17 October 1960

Clarence - the Warden and Chaplain of the Orphanage in Aberlour, a village in the Moray district of Scotland - was a father figure to hundreds of children and a driving force behind the home, masterminding publicity and fundraising efforts.
He was surprised by Eamonn in the audience at the BBC Television Theatre.

     
     
  Rev Edward Chad Varah This Is Your Life Edward Chad VARAH

20 February 1961

The Anglican priest and social activist was surprised by Eamonn in the audience at the BBC Television Theatre.
As Rector of the Church of St Stephen, Walbrook, in the City of London, the Reverend Chad Varah founded the world's first crisis hotline organisation, The Samaritans, in 1953, which offered telephone support to those contemplating suicide.

     
     
Father Mario Borrelli This Is Your Life Father Mario Borrelli This Is Your Life Mario BORRELLI

9 October 1961

In a This Is Your Life first, the production team travel outside the UK - to Naples - to surprise the Italian priest and educationalist - before returning to London's BBC Television Theatre for the live broadcast.
Borrelli established an international network of social support for the street urchins of Naples – the city's abandoned children.

     
     
  Canon Sydney MacEwan This Is Your Life Sydney MACEWAN

16 October 1962

The Glasgow born tenor singer of traditional Scottish and Irish songs was surprised by Eamonn at the BBC Television Theatre.
Sydney was ordained as a priest in 1944 but continued recording and touring, using the receipts of his concerts to provide funding for various church projects.

     
     
  This Is Your Life Big Red Book Paul BURROUGH

26 March 1964

Eamonn surprised the Anglican Bishop - a former prisoner-of-war who became a Missionary Priest in Korea - at the BBC Television Theatre.

     
     
  This Is Your Life Big Red Book Dominique PIRE

16 April 1964

The Belgian Dominican friar, whose work helping refugees in post-Second World War Europe saw him receive the Nobel Peace Prize, was surprised by Eamonn at the BBC Television Theatre.

     
     
Father Francis O'Leary This Is Your Life Father Francis O'Leary This Is Your Life Francis O'LEARY

9 May 1973

The Roman Catholic priest and missionary - who founded the St Joseph's Hospice Association, an international network of hospitals in some of the poorest parts of the world - was surprised by Eamonn in the audience at Thames Television's Euston Road Studios.
The priest had been tricked into attending the studio by Tom Brennand, one of the show's regular scriptwriters.

     
     
Fathers Michael and Kevin Doheny This Is Your Life Fathers Michael and Kevin Doheny This Is Your Life Michael and Kevin DOHENY

7 November 1984

Eamonn announces "Forgive me father for I have conned both of you" as he surprises the brothers and priests in the audience at the Royalty Theatre - each think the other brother is to be the subject!
Among those paying tribute to their charity work are statesman Edward Kennedy, actress Glenda Jackson and humanitarian Mother Teresa.

     

* the pre-1970 subjects were surprised by a different coloured book - see the Big Red Book feature for full details