Horne, Edwin de Jersey O.B.E. (1883-1970)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

EDWIN DE JERSEY HORNE, O.B.E.: born at St. Helier, Jersey, on 4 June 1883, a son of the manse. After serving in the teaching profession with conspicuous success, he entered the ministry of the Primitive Methodist Church in 1906, receiving training at Hartley College. He served in the following circuits: Woburn Sands, Walthamstow, Chichester, Barnoldswick, before becoming an Army Chaplain in 1916. After a year of Home Service he joined the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. He was in the battle of Gaza and was present at the capture of Jerusalem. Mentioned in despatches by General Allenby, ‘for gallant and distinguished service in the field’, he was later awarded the O.B.E. His genial disposition and sympathetic understanding endeared him to the men he served. 

After six years he returned to serve in the East London Mission, Tottenham, London (Forest Gate), London (Brentford). On retirement he returned to Tottenham and later became an active supernumerary at Walthamstow. The last fifteen years were spent in the Hunstanton and Docking Circuit, where he continued to serve churches throughout the neighbourhood and gave tremendous help to the circuit when illness, and later death, depleted the circuit staff. In the pulpit and in the pew he was a source of help and inspiration. 

His fine physique and powerful voice added to his natural ability and zeal for the preaching of the Gospel. Throughout his ministry his friendliness provided opportunities for effective pastoral work. To the end he remained resolute and determined, bearing pain without complaining, and retaining an interest in the work of the Church. He died in a nursing home on 3 June 1970, in the eighty-sixth year of his age and the sixty-fifth year of his ministry.


Edwin was born on 4 June 1883 at St Helier, Jersey, to parents John Thomas Horne, a PM minister, and Rachel Cossey.

Before entering the ministry Edwin was a pupil teacher in a board school (1911).

Edwin died on 3 June 1970 at Hunstanton, Norfolk.


  • Hartley
  • 1906 Woburn Sands
  • 1908 Walthamstow
  • 1910 Chichester
  • 1915 Barnoldswick
  • 1916 Aldershot, Chaplain H.M. Forces
  • 1922 E London
  • 1927 Tottenham
  • 1935 Forest Gate
  • 1940 Brentford &c
  • 1947 Tottenham (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1970/193

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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