Bagnall, Ernest James Talbot (1866-1951)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919

Early years

Ernest was born in 1866 at Wednesbury, Staffordshire to parents David and Mary Ann. David was a grocer by trade and held the position of Sunday School Superintendent for over sixty-five years. His brother Arthur was also a PM Minister.


Ernest had the opportunity to tour the Holy Land and also visited Germany in 1909 as a representative of the British Churches.

For five years Ernest served as General Orphanage Secretary. He was also President of the London Christian Endeavour Federation.

His obituary records that Ernest had an extremely attractive manner, a real gift for friendship, an alert and well-ordered mind, an obvious sincerity, a deep personal experience of Christian redemption, and an intimate sense of continuous fellowship with his Lord. Such gifts made him a diligent pastor and a powerful preacher.


Ernest married Lydia Mary Knight (1874-1963) in late 1895 at Reigate, Surrey. Census returns identify four children.

  • Douglas James Talbot (1897-1990) – a public analyst (1951)
  • Arthur Gordon (b1899) – a journalist (1933); an advertising executive (1957); emigrated to South Africa
  • Hilda Mary (b1902)
  • David Norman Knight (1906-1990)

Ernest died on 15 February 1951 at West Ealing, London, W13.


  • 1890 Redhill
  • 1893 Chalfont St Giles
  • 1897 Croydon
  • 1903 Forest Hill
  • 1913 Harringay
  • 1919 Reading
  • 1924 Ealing
  • 1930 Ealing (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/548; 1919/520; 1924/752

Methodist Minutes 1951/140

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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