Wykes, Charles (1847-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G.P.C.

Aylstone Park Church, Leicester II. Circuit, has suffered a great loss in the passing of Mr. C. Wykes. He was a native of the Circuit, being born at Rutly in July, 1847. Converted to God when a boy, in youth he removed to Leicester, and at once connected himself with our Church, becoming an active worker. He took part in the missioning of Aylstone Park, and in the formation of the Society. 

A faithful worker in all departments of the Church’s life, he took an active part in all its exercises. He seemed to live for the Church’s welfare. He took an active part in the Primary Department of the Sunday school and helped it to achieve signal success. Most regular in his attendance at his class, the C.E. and other week night meeting’s, he was also a liberal supporter of the funds. 

His death was most sudden and unexpected. Revs. N. Jefferson and G.P. Clarke officiated at the funeral service. He was buried in the Knighton Churchyard. Our prayer and sympathy are for the surviving family.


Charles was born in July 1847 at Ratby, Leicestershire, to parents Charles Wykes, a carpenter (1861), and Martha Harvey.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Charles.

  • 1861 carpenter
  • 1871 carpenter
  • 1881 brickyard labourer
  • 1891 labourer in brickyard
  • 1901 clay grinder
  • 1911 brickyard labourer

He married Ann Herbert (1845-1909) on 21 June 1869 at Countesthorpe, Leicestershire. Census returns identify four of nine children.

  • Lizzie Ann (1873-1949)  – married Arthur Herbert Williamson, a town postman (1911), in 1898
  • Sarah Tomblin (1877-1951) – a heel builder (1911)             
  • Charles Henry (1880-1937) – a gas fitter (1901)
  • Annie (1883-1945) – a heel builder (1911)

Charles died in late 1914 at Leicester, Leicestershire. He was buried on 8 December 1914 at St Mary Magdalen, Knighton.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/496

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Charles was born at Ratty, Leicestershire, not Rutly as identified in the obituary.

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