Larrad, Charles (1835-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by A.W.B.

The death of Mr. Charles Larrad, at the age of seventy-seven, removed a much respected brother from Curzon Street Church, Leicester. His connection with us extends over a period of fifty years, and he served in the capacity of Sunday School teacher and trustee. 

His chief delight was in things pertaining to Primitive Methodism. He was generous, even beyond his means, and frequently gave to special events anonymously, lest people should think he was giving more than he ought. In his affliction he knew “the peace of God which passeth all understanding.’’ He leaves eight sons and daughters, three of whom are members and earnest workers on Leicester Third Circuit. We buried him on June 14th, and felt that a good, kindly soul had gone home to God.


Charles was born in 1835 at Walton on the Wolds, Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, to parents Mark Larrad, a shoemaker, and Elizabeth Allen. He was baptised on 6 September 1835 at Walton on the Wolds.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Charles.

  • 1851 cordwainer
  • 1861 shoemaker
  • 1871 clicker
  • 1881 blocker shoe trade
  • 1891 cordwainer
  • 1901 shoemaker
  • 1911 laster

He married Mary Ellen Smith (1835-1910), on 13 April 1860 at Loughborough, Leicestershire. Census returns identify nine children.

  • John Henry (Harry) (1861-1890) – a commercial clerk & storekeeper     
  • George Smith (1863-1945) – a farrier (1911)
  • Elizabeth (abt1865-1925) – a shoe machinist (1891); married William Ford, a railway goods foreman (1911), in 1895
  • Mary (abt1867-1929) – married Frank Horace Meekins, manager of electric light plant (1911), in 1891
  • Charles Allen (1868-1952) – inspector of friendly society (1911)
  • William Arthur (1870-1957) – a boot blocking machine operator (1911)
  • Charlotte (1873-1967) – a machinist in the boot and shoe trade (1911)
  • Albert James (abt1876-1955) – a grocery shop assistant (1911)
  • Thomas Mark (1881-1955) – a printer compositor (1911)

Charles died on 10 June 1913 at Leicester, Leicestershire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/996

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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