Aldridge, Harry (1874-1953)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925

Early years

Harry was born in 1874 at Walsall Wood, Staffordshire.

Harry was converted at a Camp meeting at Walsall Wood and was immediately made a Sunday School teacher. At the age of sixteen he was on the preacher’s plan, and after serving two years as a hired local preacher in the Cross Keys and Bristol V circuits, he entered Hartley College to prepare for ministry.

Ministry

His obituary records that Harry had an impressive personality, was a keen lover of good literature, and had an alert mind and independent judgement. His ministry revealed a devoted and continuous culture of mind and spirit; his preaching was rich in expository teaching and fervent in evangelical appeal. His deeply sympathetic and generous nature found full and free expression in his pastoral ministry, through which he gave comfort and confidence to those in suffering, sorrow, or anxiety.

In his districts Harry served as Secretary of the Temperance, Christian Endeavour, Local Preachers Training and Building Committees.

After retirement in 1946, having completed fifty years of active ministry, Harry rendered efficient service to the South London Mission, after which he went to live in Harrow.

Family

Harry married Annie May Roe (1885-1972) in the spring of 1907 at Uxbridge, Middlesex. Annie was a daughter of Rev Harvey Roe. Annie was a cultured speaker and frequently appeared in PM pulpits and on the Temperance platform.

  • Lois Annie Alice (1908-2001) – married Arthur Thomas Ellis in 1934
  • Clarice Mabel (1909-2001)

Harry died on 31 December 1953 at Harrow, Middlesex.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 1896 Watford
  • 1899 Kingston-on-Thames
  • 1900 Scarborough II
  • 1903 York I
  • 1907 Hammersmith
  • 1910 Scarborough II
  • 1913 Willenhall
  • 1917 Long Eaton
  • 1921 Driffield
  • 1925 Oldham II
  • 1931 Manchester IV
  • 1933 Manchester Higher Ardwick
  • 1935 Marple
  • 1944 Woodley
  • 1946 Woodley (Sup)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925/261

Methodist Minutes 1954/129

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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