Marsh, Charles Henry (1886-1965)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

CHARLES HENRY MARSH: born in Nafferton, E. Yorks., in 1886, into a family with strong Primitive Methodist traditions. He began his working life as a clerk in the office of a N.E. Railway station. He was converted early in life and entered the Primitive Methodist ministry in 1912. 

After training at Hartley College he travelled in the following circuits: Hull I, Barton-on-Humber, Beverley, Tetney, Gainsborough Hull V, S. Bank, Patrington, and Hornsea. 

In all these circuits he exercised a gracious and fruitful ministry. An effective preacher and a devoted pastor, he followed faithfully the example of his Lord and Master. In him people caught a glimpse of the love and compassion, care and concern of Jesus Himself. 

On retirement in 1952, he settled in Withernsea, the town where he had lived as Superintendent of the former Patrington circuit. Here he continued to play an active part in the life of the Church. During retirement he was twice called back into active service owing to the illness of the Superintendent. On these occasions he delighted to resume the task of pastoral visitation, a part of the work he considered of vital importance. He was held in high esteem by the members of the church and the inhabitants of the town. All who knew him were glad of his friendship. A quiet man, he made his presence felt by his friendliness, his sincerity, and, above all, his deep Christian faith.

He died peacefully in his sleep on 11 December 1965, in the eightieth year of his life and the fifty-fourth of his ministry.


Charles was born on 23 August 1886 at Nafferton, Yorkshire, to parents George, a threshing machine stoker (1891), and Charlotte.

Before entering the ministry, Charles worked as a railway clerk (1901).

He married Sarah Davison (1884-1964) in the spring of 1916 at Nafferton, Yorkshire. Birth records identify four children.

  • Eva (1917-1971) – a school teacher (1939); married Tom Jarratt in 1950
  • Mary (1919-2002)   – a Civil Service clerical assistant (1939); married Norman Clubley in 1947
  • Charles Donald (1921-2002)
  • Albert Laurence (1924-2012)

Charles died on 11 December 1965 at Withernsea, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1912 Hull I
  • 1916 Barton on Humber
  • 1919 Beverley
  • 1921 Tetney
  • 1925 Gainsborough
  • 1929 Hull V
  • 1934 S Bank & Eston
  • 1940 Patrington
  • 1946 Hornsea Market Place
  • 1952 Withernsea (S)


Methodist Minutes 1966/198

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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