Wilson, Alfred (1887-1908)
Transcription of Obituary in the Christian Messenger
Mr. Alfred Wilson was one of the most ardent workers among the young men connected with the Mount Tabor Church, Birkenhead, and his death at the early age of twenty-one years is deeply deplored by a host of friends.
The circumstances of his death were exceptionally tragic. In July he went with a friend for a brief holiday to Keswick, and immediately upon his return was attacked with severe illness, which proved to be enteric fever. The best possible medical attention and nursing were secured for him, but, not-withstanding all that was done to save his life, the disease terminated fatally within a few days. His death profoundly impressed both the church and the neighbourhood, and a very large concourse of people attended his funeral. Many beautiful wreaths were placed upon his grave, and every token of respect was shown for his memory.
He was a bright and intelligent young man, and full of promise. His fine devotional spirit and the high standard of conduct which so prominently characterised him won the esteem and love of all who knew him. Modesty and sincerity, diligence and fervency, with a kindly and lovable disposition, were among the many excellencies of his character. From his earliest years, when his mother heard him praying at his little bed-side for the poor drunkard, his sympathies were with religious life and service. At the age of eleven years he gave himself publicly to Christ and the church. In every variety of Christian work he was to the fore, as local preacher, Sunday school teacher, Band of Hope Secretary, Christian Endeavourer, etc. He had been asked by his Circuit to prepare himself for the ministry of the Church. In all his work he was exceedingly popular and eminently successful. He was a general favourite, and will be greatly missed. His place will be difficult to fill, and much sympathy is felt for his mother and family in the great loss which they have thus sustained. The tribute of the Church to his worth and work is a very real one, but perhaps the most beautiful tribute is that of his own mother, who tenderly described him as “a good and loving son.”
Family and other information
I have not been able to identify the names of Alfred’s parents. He was born abt 1887 at Tranmere, Birkenhead, Cheshire.
Christian Messenger 1908/372
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