Marsh, Stanley Albert (1894-1973)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

 STANLEY ALBERT MARSH: born in 1894 at Street in Somerset. He entered Hartley Victoria College in 1915. At the end of that year he served under the United Army Board as officiating minister to the troops at Witley Camp, Surrey then under the Primitive Methodist Church’s Home Missions auspices at Guildford, which post included military hospital work. After that he served for seven months at Melton Mowbray in an emergency appointment. He returned to college in 1919 and was ordained in 1921. 

On 16th July, 1921, he married Elsie G. Powell at Guildford. His circuits were Northampton 3, Dunstable, Croydon (Laud Street), Cannock, Bloxwich (Pinfold), Birmingham (Quinton), Leeds (Horsforth and Kirkstall), Pontefract (Micklegate) and Pontefract. He also gladly accepted responsibility in committee at both District and Connexional level. 

In 1960 he and Mrs. Marsh retired to Knebworth. However, after he had suffered a coronary thrombosis, they came to Newcastle-under-Lyme to live with their daughter, Frances. Mrs. Marsh died there. 

Stanley Marsh was a choice spirit and his radiance spoke of the serenity he knew within his soul, for all through the years he had walked closely with God. He loved to preach and his people loved his preaching. His well-stored mind and his delight in poetry revealed the mystic experiences that were his. He offered Christ to all and to any, while his pastoral concern was inspired by his Christ-like compassion that was one of God’s richest gifts to him. He had no difficulty in getting alongside people whatever their station and he had a passion for souls, His integrity of spirit was manifest. To share fellowship with him was untold joy, and to pray with him opened the gateway to heaven. 

His pride in his family, his son and two daughters and their love for him, bespoke the family of God. He partook of the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Christmas Eve, 1973, shared Christmas Day dinner with his daughter, and in the evening journeyed on to heaven. So God’s saint went home in the eightieth year of his age and the fifty-seventh of his ministry.


Stanley was born on 30 July 1894 at Street, Somerset, to parents Edwin James Marsh, a shoemaker, and Frances Wall. He was baptised on 14 September 1894 at Street.

Before entering the ministry Stanley worked as a machinist in a shoe making factory (1911).

He married Elsie Gertrude Powell (1890-1969) on 16 July 1921 at Guildford, Surrey. Birth records identify three children.

  • Frances Powell (b abt1924)
  • Margaret E (b1927)
  • John S (b1931)

Stanley died on 25 December 1973 at Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire.


  • 1915 UAB Witley Camp
  • 1916 Guildford
  • 1919 Hartley
  • 1921 Northampton III
  • 1926 Dunstable
  • 1930 Croydon
  • 1935 Cannock
  • 1940 Bloxwich Pint
  • 1946 Birmingham Quinton
  • 1952 Leeds Horsf
  • 1956 Pontefract Micklegate
  • 1958 Pontefract
  • 1960 Knebworth (S)


Methodist Minutes 1974/146

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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