Harvey, Ernest William (1890-1962)

Transcription of Obituary in Minutes of Methodist Conference

Born at Chelsea in 1890. He was educated at Cooks Ground School and forsook a promising business career to join the Home Mission Department of the Primitive Methodist Church where he was engaged for a while on caravan missions.

He offered for the Ministry and was trained at Hartley College. His circuits were : Bournemouth. London Mission, Southampton,  Harwich, New Ells, Blandford, Frome, Windsor, Bayswater, Portland and Spen Valley.

Whether in town or country, mission or suburban church, he was quickly at home amongst his people and was held by them in deep affection.

In his early ministry he was keen on sport and shared with the young people the joy both of cricket and football.

His interest in music together with a fine tenor voice enabled him to give valuable help in choral efforts.

He was a good administrator, preacher and visitor, but he also won the hearts of his people by his sympathy and compassion. Those who came to him for help and advice found an ever ready listener and one who was willing to give himself for those who needed him.

His preparation for the pulpit was thorough. for nothing but the best was good enough for him in the  presentation of the Gospel.

Ill health compelled his retirement for a year, but it was characteristic of him that he afterwards resumed his active ministry for one further term.

In 1956 he retired to Portland, where he renewed old friendships and shared in the life of the circuit. Though no longer able to preach, his friendliness and counsel was much valued especially at the Easton Church.

When his activities were even more curtailed, his lively interest never waned nor did he cease to rejoice in the Gospel he proclaimed.

He died on 19 February 1962. in the seventy-second year of his age and the forty-fifth of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1962


Ernest was born on 21 June 1890 at Chelsea, London, to parents George, a chapel keeper (1890) and Caroline. Ernest was baptised on 27 July 1890 at St John’s, Chelsea.

He married Mildred Kate Paulding (1896-1971) in the spring of 1921 at Christchurch, Hampshire. Birth records identify one child.

  • Eric Bryan (1925-2017)

Ernest died on 19 February 1962.


  • Hartley
  • 1917 Bournemouth
  • 1919 London Mission East
  • 1921 Southampton
  • 1924 Norwich
  • 1926 New Mills
  • 1929 Blandford
  • 1933 Frome &c
  • 1937 Windsor
  • 1944 London Bays
  • 1949 Portland
  • 1952 Supernum
  • 1953 Spen Valley (Ac)
  • 1956 Portland (sup)


Methodist Minutes1962/206

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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