Brake, George Robert (1879-1954)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920.

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

GEORGE ROBERT BRAKE: born at Odcombe, Somerset, in 1879. He entered the ministry in 1905, and was trained at Hartley College. His early hardships made study very difficult at first, and only stern self-discipline and long hours of toil enabled him, with the encouragement of his minister, to reach his goal. He began his ministry in the Docking circuit, and returned for a second term in 1920. His other circuits were Abertillery, Lydbrook, Oldham, Watton, Downham Market, Peterborough, and Swindon. 

He did all his work with amazing energy, but of all his activities in circuit and district, the one which possessed him with an absorbing passion was preaching the Gospel; he lived for preaching, and he preached with great vigour the day before he died. Mention must be made of his concern for the property of Methodism; he believed that our buildings should be worthy of the message preached in them. After forty years in the ministry, he retired to Sheringham, and in the Cromer, Sheringham, and Holt circuit he rendered most valuable service, his crowning achievement being the building of the Willie Long Memorial Church at West Runton. He was suddenly called home on 25th October 1954, in his seventy-sixth year and the forty-ninth of his ministry.


George was born on 3 March 1879 at Odcombe, Yeovil, Somerset, to parents George, a baker, and Elizabeth.

In 1901 George was working as a grocer’s assistant.

He married Alice Elizabeth Thompson (1876-1940) in the summer of 1909 in the Tonbridge Registration District, Kent. Birth Records identify two children.

  • George Thompson (1917-2001) – a Methodist minister (1939)
  • Reginald Frank Chant (1920-2004)

He married Winifred D West (1887-1952) in late 1941 at Swindon, Wiltshire.

He married Mary Thompson in early 1954 in the North Walsham Registration District, Norfolk.

George died on 25 October 1954 at Sheringham, Norfolk.


  • Hartley
  • 1905 Docking
  • 1908 Abertillery
  • 1911 Lydbrook
  • 1915 Oldham III
  • 1920 Docking
  • 1923 Watton
  • 1929 Downham
  • 1932 Peterborough
  • 1938 Quarry Bank
  • 1939 Swindon Regent St
  • 1945 Cromer &c (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920/244

Methodist Minutes 1955/124

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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  • I am the granddaughter of Robert Brake and daughter of George Brake. I have wonderful memories of my grandfather at Sheringham as a little girl. His shed at the bottom of the garden was his workshop where he made dolls houses for me and my cousin. When he died we were living in Didcot and I remember seeing grandpa still in bed when we got there. I believed he wasn’t dead but asleep. I loved him dearly although we didn’t see too much of him when we did it was with fond memories.

    By Barbara Elton (22/12/2020)

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