Burkitt, Walter Ewart (1895-1961)

Transcription of Obituary in Minutes of Methodist Conference

Born at Dalton-in-Furness in 1895.

A son of the manse, he was trained for the Ministry at Hartley College.

In the first World War he served with the Field Ambulance and Royal Air Force, and in I940 he undertook chaplaincy duty at home and abroad. He travelled in the following circuits : Harrogate, Rotherham (with his father, the Rev. Joseph Burkitt, as his superintendent minister), Middlesbrough, Southport, Halifax, Lancaster. Colne and  Stokesley.

In all these circuits he fulfilled a ministry which was splendid in fidelity, meticulous in administration, gracious in influence and large-hearted in pastoral sympathy.

At Middlesbrough he won and shepherded a host of young people into an experience of redeeming friendship with God. In the North Lancashire District he was Church Membership Secretary for seven years.

As a preacher he was always fresh and sometimes unusual ; and frequently he would let fall some wise saying which needy souls would pick up and cherish to their lasting enrichment.

All his churches owed much to his inspiring and energetic leadership, for he was intensely practical and his deep spiritual insight was linked with a robust faith and indomitable courage.

His war service in North Africa left its mark on him in suffering, but through Christ he was ” more than conqueror”.

He loved to help people, and always went the second mile with a gaiety of heart that was entrancing. This triumph of spirit and disregard of self came from a humble faith in God and a steady obedience to His will.

His dedicated personality made a deep impression on men and women and he won a unique place in their affection.

He died on 7 September 1961 aged sixty-six years, in the forty-sixth year of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1962


Walter was born on 2 March 1895 at Dalton in Furness, Lancashire, to parents Joseph, a PM Minister,  and Minnie.

Walter married Edna Morris (1902-1944) in the spring of 1922 at Knaresborough, Yorkshire. Birth records identify on child.

  • Linda (b1927)

Walter married Gladys berryman in the spring of 1945 at Middlesbrough.

Walter died on 7 September 1961 at Middlesbrough.


  • Hartley
  • 1915 Supply
  • 1919 Harrogate
  • 1922 Rotherham
  • 1925 Middlesbrough II
  • 1928 Southport II
  • 1933 Southport South
  • 1935 Halifax Eben
  • 1939 Lancaster Moor L
  • 1940 Chaplain H.M. Forces
  • 1944 Lancaster Moor L
  • 1950 Colne, Albion Rd
  • 1957 Stokesley
  • 1960 Middlesbrough (S)


Methodist Minutes1962/192

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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  • Thank you Christopher, Walter is my Great-Uncle

    By David Abel (16/02/2017)

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