Banham, Arthur (1874-1955)
Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference
ARTHUR BANHAM: born at Wisbech in 1874. He entered the ministry of the Primitive Methodist Church in 1903 and served in the following circuits: King’s Lynn, Great Yarmouth, Burnley, Chelmsford, Croydon, Hull, Middlesbrough, Plymouth (King Street), and Barton-on-Humber. In 1939 he became a supernumerary and retired to Topsham near Exeter. With the coming of the war a rearrangement of ministers in that circuit was made necessary, and he gladly accepted an invitation to serve again in the full work. He was stationed for almost three years at Exmouth (Tower Street), and finally retired there in 1942.
During his supernumeraryship he gave gladly of his time and strength to the work of preaching in the Exeter circuit. He was a wise and thoughtful preacher and his sermons were enriched by his wide reading and his up-to-date knowledge of men and affairs. His ability as an administrator was shown in his chairmanship of the Plymouth District and in various District secretaryships which he held during his ministry. His character showed forth the grace of God. He stood firm for righteousness and possessed outstandingly the grace of charity. In the homes of his people he bestowed the gifts of friendship and love; he was ever ready to bear another’s burden and always brought men nearer to God.
The end of his life was marked by much pain and suffering, but through it all his courage never faltered, and he never complained. Towards the end he said, ‘Only one thing matters, God’s love for us and ours for Him’. He died peacefully at his home in Exmouth on 31st January 1955, in the eighty-first year of his age and the fifty-second of his ministry.
Arthur was born 20 December 1874 at Elm, nr Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, to parents George, a plate layer, and Esther. He was baptised on 17 January 1875 at Elm.
Before entering the ministry Arthur was a pupil teacher (1891) and outfitter’s manager (1901).
He married Florence Emmeline Chapman (1878-1961) in late 1900 at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Census returns identify two children.
- Doris Emmeline (1901-1977) – married Arthur Davison Hays, a commercial traveller (1961), in 1931
- Herbert John (1903-1960) – a clerk in naval store (1939)
Arthur died on 31 January 1955 at Exemouth, Devon.
- 1903 Lynn
- 1907 Yarmouth
- 1912 Burnley
- 1914 Lynn
- 1918 Chelmsford
- 1921 Croydon
- 1924 Hull III
- 1928 Middlesbrough II
- 1932 Plymouth King St
- 1937 Barton on Humber Queen St
- 1939 Supernum
- 1940 Exeter (Ac)
- 1942 Exeter (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1932/272
Methodist Minutes 1955/133
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers