Brock, Frederick (1893-1956)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

FREDERICK BROCK: born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1894, and the grandson of a Methodist minister. After leaving school, he became a junior reporter on the Melton Mowbray Times, which his father edited. He trained at Hartley College, entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1916, and served in the following circuits : Douglas, Stoke and Longton, Nottingham, Dawley and Madeley, Helmsley, Otley, Rotherham, Melton Mowbray, Stafford, Bingley, Leeds, and Withernsea.

He was an outstanding and compelling preacher, with an original approach to his subject. He had a keen sense of humour, and a genuine interest in people which won him many friends. He was a prolific reader and a faithful pastor. He was a sick man when he came to his last circuit, but during the three months in which he was able to exercise his ministry he made an amazing impression not only upon his own congregations, but on the religious life of the whole community. He died on 30th March 1956, in the sixty-third year of his age and the fortieth of his ministry. His death was mourned with a sense of personal loss by all who knew him, but for him it was the triumph to which he had looked forward.


Frederick was born on 11 October 1893 at Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, to parents Frederick Herbert Brock, a newspaper editor, and Emma Codd.

He married Alice Elizabeth Evans (1896-1929) in the summer of 1920 at Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. Records identify two children.

  • Frederick Albert (1921-1944) – died in WW2
  • John Trevor (b1928) – a school teacher

He married Mary Louisa Atkinson (1906-1991) in early 1935 at Rotherham, Yorkshire.

Frederick died on 30 March 1956 at Withernsea, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1916 Douglas
  • 1918 Stoke & Longton
  • 1920 Nottingham IV
  • 1923 Dawley & Madeley
  • 1925 Helmsley
  • 1926 Otley
  • 1932 Rotherham
  • 1935 Melton Mowbray
  • 1939 Stafford
  • 1944 Stoke Tunstall Jubilee
  • 1947 Bingley Zion
  • 1951 Leeds Rich Hill
  • 1955 Withernsea


Methodist Minutes 1956/199

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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