Harrison, Frederick George (1861-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.S.

Mr. Frederick G. Harrison was born at Lydney, Gloucestershire, on August 27th, 1861; was married to Miss C.M. Beard, of Lydney, on June 22nd, 1884, and became a member of our Church in 1887, since when he has filled most of the offices of the Church—Sunday school teacher and superintendent, class leader, temperance worker, society steward, and local preacher for about twenty years. On removing, four years ago, to Gorseinon, he soon heartily joined in starting in this place the Forward Movement of the Swansea Circuit. 

His passing will be a most serious loss. He was so genial, it was always a pleasure to associate with him, while his energy, enterprise, persistence and other qualities, commanded success in everything to which he gave his hand. After a sickness of a few hours only he passed away on January 13th, 1915. The large attendance at the funeral on January 16th; and at the “In Memoriam” service on the following evening—Rev. J. Sadler officiating on both occasions—testified to the high esteem and affection in which he was held.


Frederick was born on 27 August 1861 at Lydney, Gloucestershire, to parents William Harrison, a general labourer (1881), and Winifred King Sadler.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Frederick.

  • 1881 iron puddler
  • 1891 coal trimmer & agent
  • 1901 timekeeper in tin works
  • 1911 fried fish seller

He married Caroline Matilda Beard (1859-1929) on 22 June 1884 at Lydney, Gloucestershire. Census returns identify five of seven children.

  • Caroline Matilda (1886-1939) – married Arthur Richard Williams, a tinman (1911), in 1908
  • Gilbert Victor (1888-1941) – a tinman (1911)
  • Edward George (1890-1955) – a tin plate coater (1911)
  • Moses (1894-1964) – a mineral water salesman (1939)
  • Edith (1897-1974) – married Horace John Hancock, a blade grinder in tinworks (1939), in 1923                 

Frederick died on 16 January 1915 at Gorseinon, Glamorgan.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/330

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Caroline married Charles E Philpotts in 1916.

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