Clark, George (1851-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by F.E.T.

Mr. George Clark, of Riccall Society, in the Selby Circuit, entered the Homeland on July 8th, 1915, at the age of sixty-four years. The call came with tragic suddenness whilst following his daily occupation as a railway employé. 

Born at Riccall, he became a scholar in our Sunday school, and his life was spent in association with our Church. A local preacher thirty-five years, school superintendent forty years, class leader, society steward, and trustee, he rendered invaluable service to our Riccall Society and the Selby Circuit. He was a good man, a bright Christian, a devoted worker, a faithful friend, and given to hospitality. He set a fine example of consistency, devotion, and loyalty.

He leaves a widow and grown-up family actively associated with our Church. The funeral on July 10th was conducted by Revs. F. E. Thistlethwaite and L. Robinson. A memorial service was held on July 18th.


George was born abt1851 at Riccall, Yorkshire, to parents Samuel Clark, who worked the land (1861), and Hannah Harriman. He was baptised on 24 march 1852 at Riccall.

Census returns identify the following occupations for George.

  • 1861 scholar
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 railway labourer
  • 1891 railway platelayer
  • 1901 NEB platelayer
  • 1911 NE Rly. Co. platelayer

He married Hannah Stainton (1853-1931) on 19 April 1876 at Riccall, Yorkshire. Census returns identify six of eleven children.

  • Wilfred (1879-1947) – a plumber’s labourer (1911); a platelayer (1921)
  • Sidney (1885-1956) – a railway goods clerk (1921)
  • Gordon (1887-1955) – a miller’s clerk (1911); a flour mill cashier (1939)
  • Maria Olive (1889-1963) – married George Henry Stead, a sweet & yeast dealer (1921), in 1920
  • Charles Bertie (1894-1974) – grocer’s apprentice (1911); auction clerk book keeper (1921)
  • James Horace (1896-1978) – farm labourer (1911); butcher’s assistant (1921)

George died on 8 July 1915 at Riccall, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/246

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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