Faulkner, George (1886-1962)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

GEORGE FAULKNER: born in Somersal, near Uttoxeter, in 1886. He became a Local Preacher in the Uttoxeter Circuit, and, on moving to Birmingham, linked himself with the Birmingham Mission. He spent a short time at Cliff College, after which he was accepted for the Primitive Methodist Ministry and was trained at Hartley College. He travelled in the following circuits: Poplar, Crewe, Chippenham, Hammersmith and Bayswater, Stokesley, Chesterfield, and Kiveton Park.

He retired in 1952 to the Sheffield North Circuit, serving for a short time as an active Supernumerary, and then for eight years as Chaplain to Grenoside Mental Hospital.

He was a good all-round circuit minister. His pulpit ministry was forceful, clear and arresting. He was a first-class administrator, thorough in all things. He is best remembered, however, as a pastor who loved his people and moved amongst them as a man of God. He was a man of wide sympathies, yet strong convictions. He was greatly loved. 

During the last few months of his life, he suffered much weakness, and, knowing that his earthly work was done, he waited quietly and calmly for the call to the larger life beyond. He died on 25 November 1962, in the seventy-sixth year of his age, and the fiftieth of his ministry.


George was born in 1886 at Somersal Herbert, nr Uttoxeter, Derbyshire, to parents James, a wheelwright and builder (1891), and Elizabeth. He was baptised on 17 January 1886 at Somersal Herbert.

The 1901 census return identifies George as a farm servant living with an uncle.

He married Charlotte Adeline Tristram (1879-1937) in the summer of 1916 in the Aston Registration District, Warwickshire.

He married Ellen Mather in late 1950 at Holywell Cross Church, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

George died on 25 November 1962 at Sheffield, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1912 Poplar
  • 1918 Crewe II
  • 1921 Chippenham
  • 1924 Crewe I
  • 1927 Hammersmith
  • 1933 London Bayswater
  • 1935 Stokesley
  • 1938 Chesterfield Hy X
  • 1945 Kiveton Park
  • 1852 Sheffield N (S)


Methodist Minutes 1963/189

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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