Busbridge, Egbert Neame (1847-1909)

Transcription of Obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by E.C.

Mr. Egbert N. Busbridge was born in Oundle, Northants. The removal of the family to London when he was quite young, led to his coming into contact with the Holloway Primitive Methodist Society, which was then in its infancy. He was attracted by the hearty services and was ultimately converted at a lovefeast. He at once united himself with the people of God and it proved to be a life-long fellowship. Mr. Busbridge at once threw himself into the work of the infant cause, becoming one of its most faithful adherents. 

In addition to being a trustee and class leader, he was for forty years Sunday School Superintendent and choir leader. During his long term of service, Mr. Busbridge was scarcely ever absent and never late. Whoever else might be neglectful, Mr. Busbridge was always in his place. He was not only a model superintendent but a most capable choir conductor. For forty-six years he trained the children for their anniversary, the singing always proving a special feature of attraction. 

Mr. Busbridge was incapable of anything mean and unworthy. Though loyal to his convictions and firm where firmness was required he was always courteous and free from bitterness. He was a fine Christian man and most exemplary in his conduct. This is the testimony of all who had the joy of knowing him. His death creates a gap difficult to fill. 

The end came suddenly and unexpectedly. Attending business as usual on Saturday, July 31st, he was taken suddenly ill and expired before medical aid could be summoned, from heart failure. 

The funeral was conducted by Revs.J. Hawkey and E. Clements, an old scholar, who gave the address in the chapel. The service was largely attended by members of the Circuit and representatives of Messrs. Shoolbred where the deceased had worked so long. The remains were laid to rest at Finchley. 

Deep sympathy is felt for the widow, who has been a true help-meet making possible the devoted work of her husband. The memorial service was conducted by Rev. J. Hawkey. It was a most impressive service and largely attended. Many have loomed bigger in the eyes of the connexion, few, however, have more faithfully served, and the faithful servant it is that will receive the great Master’s “Well done.”


Egbert was born abt1847 at Oundle, Northamptonshire, to parents Neame Busbridge, a tailor, and Ann French.

Census returns

  • 1871 grocer’s assistant
  • 1881 grocer’s shopman
  • 1891 grocer’s assistant
  • 1901 grocer’s assistant

He married Alice Molt (abt1844-1921) on 21 June 1870 at St Michael, Wood Green, Harringay, London. Census returns identify five of seven children.

  • Christopher Egbert Neame (1871-1953) – a bookbinder’s foreman (1909)
  • Ellen Ann (b1872) – married Harry Rooke, an insurance superintendent (1911), in 1897
  • Albert William (1875-1964) – a compositor (1911); a linotype operator (1939)
  • Percy Louis (1879-1881)
  • Arthur Sydney (1884-1965) – a printer’s apprentice (1901); printer (1939)

Egbert died on 31 July 1909 at 151 Tottenham Court Rd, London. His usual residence was in Woodstock Road, Finsbury Park.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/915

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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