Badcock, Albert John (1905-1985)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

ALBERT JOHN BADCOCK, M.A.: born at Stourbridge, Worcestershire on 7th October 1905. He grew up in the Manchester VI (Great Western Street) Primitive Methodist Circuit, and was deeply influenced by the ministry of Rev. Herbert Leggate, MC. After Hartley College (1927-30) he served his probation in the Leighton Buzzard and Northwich circuits. He was ordained in 1934, and in the same year married Ivy Mary Felce of Bletchley, Buckinghamshire. She shared his ministry, and they rejoiced in their two sons, John and David, and their families, After serving in the Market Weighton Circuit he moved to Hull, remaining there throughout the War in the Hull (North) and Hull (Coltman Street) circuits. At the end of the War he moved to Wallasey, and while there attended Liverpool University and graduated in philosophy. Birkenhead and Southport Circuits followed, and then he returned to Wallasey as Superintendent. His last appointment was in Reading where he was Superintendent and Chaplain to Methodist Students in the University. He became a supernumerary in 1970, and after eleven years in the Swanage Circuit, Dorset, moved to Penarth in South Glamorgan. He died on the 14th January 1985, in the eightieth year of his life, and the fifty-fifth year of his ministry. At his own request, no further tribute is printed.


Albert was born on 7 October 1905 at Stourbridge, Worcestershire, to parents Albert Charles, a coach body maker (1911), and Edith Annie..

He married Ivy Mary M Felce (1911-2007) in the summer of 1934 in the Newport Pagnell Registration District, Buckinghamshire.

  • John (b1937)
  • David (b1944)

Albert died on 14 January 1985 at Penarth, South Glamorgan.


  • Hartley
  • 1930 Leighton Buzzard
  • 1932 Northwich Bourne
  • 1934 Martket Weighton
  • 1936 Hull Fount Road
  • 1937 Hull North
  • 1941 Hull Coltman
  • 1944 Wallasey
  • 1949 Birkenhead
  • 1952 Southport N
  • 1958 Wallasey
  • 1965 Reading
  • 1970 Wimbledon (S)


Methodist Minutes 1985/60

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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  • Thank you for this resume. He was a most wonderful Chaplin to students at the University of Reading. A powerful voice for Christian reason and understanding. His preaching was for me among the very I have been privileged to hear.
    Clive Rowe

    By Clive Rowe (25/10/2020)

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