Horne, Edwin (1862-1914)

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

The Stewkley Circuit and surrounding district has recently suffered a heavy loss in the decease of Brother Edwin Horne, of Cottesloe Farm, Wing. In the midst of a more than useful life he was cut off. He passed away after a difficult and dangerous operation, consequent upon an accident caused by a kick from one of his horses. 

He was a most able and acceptable preacher, a resolute temperance advocate and a capable administrator of the local Free Church Council, of which he was secretary from the beginning. His labours and influence extended throughout North Bucks, and many pulpits of various denominations were freely open to him. His was indeed a gracious personality. 

The attendance at the funeral was one of the largest in the locality for many years. He leaves a widow and large family, who, with a wide circle of friends, deeply mourn his departure, but give God thanks for his noble example, his abundant labours, and imperishable name.


Edwin was born abt1862 at Newton Longville, Buckinghamshire, to parents Henry Horne, a grocer & straw plait dealer (1881), and Sophia Collyer.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Edwin.

  • 1871 scholar
  • 1881 plait dealer & PM local preacher
  • 1891 baker
  • 1901 farmer
  • 1911 farmer

He married Sarah Ann Coleman (1861-37) in the spring of 1883 in the Pancras Registration District, London. Census returns identify 9 children.

  • Sidney Wilfred Coleman (1883-1957) – farmer’s son working on own farm (1911); storekeeper (1939)
  • Henry William (1885-1966) – farmer’s son working on own farm (1911) ; farmer (1921)
  • Ethel Louisa (1887-1962) – married William G Rusbridge in 1918
  • Oscar Arthur (1889-1947) – farmer’s son working on own farm (1911); general farm worker (1939)
  • Dennis Arthur (1892-1915) – farmer’s son working on own farm (1911); died in WW1 at Gallipoli
  • Dorothy Elizabeth (1894-1961) – farmer’s daughter (assist in housework) (1911); married Edward William Frederick Page, a baker & confectioner (1939), in 1919
  • Gertrude (1896-1973)
  • Marie (1899-1978) – married Percy Weston Rushmer, a clerk in holy orders (1939), in 1922
  • Edith Winifred (1902-1985) – married Charles William Eric Dawson, an insurance company inspector (1939), in 1927

Edwin died on 20 September 1914 at Royal Bucks Hospital, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/496

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