George, Walter (1851-1912)

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

Mr. Walter George was born June 13th, 1851, at Potter Heigham, Norfolk, and died Nov. 28th, 1912, at South Shields. He located in South Shields in 1870 and four years later was converted in the Tyne Dock Chapel.

He was a true servant of Christ and a loyal member and official of the Primitive Methodist Church. His religion was a constant and daily experience. For over 30 years he worshipped at the Laygate church. His geniality and transparent goodness made him a very acceptable class leader. He revelled in the means of grace, was one of a fast disappearing race who by their quaint remarks and joyous responses in the service gave encouragement to many a preacher. 

A large company assembled at the funeral, at which the Revs. W.R. Hetherington and F. Hobson took part.


Walter was born on 13 June 1851 at Potter Heigham, Norfolk, to parents Mark George, a farm labourer (1861), and Elizabeth Lambert. He was baptised on 12 October 1851 at Potter Heigham.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Walter.

  • 1871 labourer
  • 1881 labourer at alkali works
  • 1891 general labourer
  • 1901 corporation labourer
  • 1911 cobbler

He married Amelia Gray (1848-1928) on 11 January 1872 at Potter Heigham, Norfolk. Census returns identify six children.

  • Edward William (1873-1937) – a cooper (1891); a cycle maker (1911)
  • Amelia Elizabeth (1874-1893) – a servant (1891)
  • James Mark (1876-1946) – a foreman blacksmith (1911)
  • Alice Mary (1879-1958) – married Samuel Ward Garbutt in 1902
  • Walter Robert (abt1883-1897)
  • Arthur (b1889) – a blacksmith (1911)

Walter died on 28 November 1912 at South Shields, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/329

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