Buck, Charles Edward (1878-1944)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

CHARLES EDWARD BUCK: born at East Tuddenham, near Norwich, in 1878. A native of East Anglia, the greater part of his ministry was given to London circuits. After his retirement he continued to serve, and at the time of his death was assisting the Reverend James E. Thorp in the Whitechapel Mission. He served the Primitive Methodist Church in several District Offices, but preferred the work of the ordinary minister by which our Church lives. His tender sympathy made him a real Barnabas to many who found life hard and difficult. All his circuits profited by his diligence and devotion. Everything affecting the life and work of the churches was important—it was the King’s business. He had reserves which could be and were rallied to meet every need. He gave his whole life ‘to serve the present age’. His unexpected death leaves many of us poorer in friendship but

For those we love within the veil,
Who once were comrades for our way,
We thank thee, Lord.

After a lifetime of devoted service to the Methodist Church he answered a sudden call on 25th July 1944, in his sixty-sixth year and the thirty-third of his ministry.


Charles was born in 1878 at East Tuddenham, Norfolk, to parents Robert, who worked the land, and Phoebe Hannah. He was baptised on 7 July 1878 at East Tuddenham.

Before entering the ministry Charles worked as an assurance agent (1901).

He married Ethel Gibbs Hankin (1880-1929) in the summer of 1916 in the Rochford Registration District, Essex. Records identify one daughter.

  • Mary Rowena (1917-2008) – married Cyril J Cornwell in 1974

He married Daisy Maud Plummer (1891-1979) in late 1934 at West Ham, London.

Charles died on 25 July 1944 at Wanstead, Essex.


  • 1912 Chichester
  • 1914 London M, SE
  • 1916 Chelmsford
  • 1918 Luton II
  • 1921 Hounslow
  • 1930 Maldon
  • 1931 London Enfield
  • 1934 Leytonstone
  • 1937 Forest Gate
  • 1939 Staines (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1945/117

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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