Buckley, Stanley Edwin (1888-1946)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

STANLEY EDWIN BUCKLEY: born at Scarborough in 1888. A son of the manse, he was trained at Hartley College and entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1913. His life was completely dedicated to the service of his Master, and he was willing to go anywhere for Him. The first seventeen years of his ministry were spent pioneering in Rhodesia. A skilled carpenter, he taught the natives the art of building, and laboured with his own hands in the erection of churches and schools. Humble in spirit, he understood the significance of the washing of the disciples’ feet, and often guided himself to some task that needed to be performed in the interests of the Kingdom of God. The hammer and the trowel, the brush and the duster, were part of the equipment he used for the glory of God—but only a part. 

He had a well-stored mind that enabled him to grapple with the problems that confronted men in Africa and at home, and audiences on his English circuits learned to expect from him messages that opened up the truth and pointed the way to eternal life. His sincerity, his friendliness, his understanding of the needs of others, enabled him to exercise a gracious pastoral ministry; and his work as a hospital visitor and as an officiating Chaplain to the Forces bore much fruit. He was never weary of well-doing, and both in Africa and at home served with rare devotion. The end came abruptly, and he passed away on 15th March 1946, in the fifty-eighth year of his age and the thirty-third year of his ministry.


Stanley was born on 7 April 1888 at Scarborough, Yorkshire, to parents John Samuel Buckley, a PM minister, and Elizabeth Jones.

He married Florence May Brierley (b1894). Records identify one child.

  • Alwyn John Franklin (b abt1918) – a post office worker

Stanley died on 15 March 1946 in the Northumberland North First Registration District.


  • Hartley
  • 1913 Rhodesia SA
  • 1930 Dawley & Madeley
  • 1934 Colnbrook
  • 1936 Staines &c
  • 1940 N Sunderland


Methodist Minutes 1946/142

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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