Smith, Ernest (1881-1949)

Christian Messenger 1913

Early years

Ernest was born in 1881 at Hull, Yorkshire.


His obituary records that Ernest laboured unceasingly in all his circuits to win a verdict for the Master. His ministry was rich in every way. As a preacher his outstanding gifts of exposition enabled him to bring from the Word of God ‘treasures old and new’. He read widely. His judgement of men and affairs was discerning. His keen interest in art and his knowledge of history enabled him to set forth the truth in telling fashion. As a pastor he was greatly beloved, his gracious personality endearing him to all. It was a great sorrow to him that ill-health necessitated retirement when he might have anticipated further year so service, but his fortitude in the limited service he was able to render in the Bournemouth (Punshon Memorial) Circuit was impressive.


Ernest married Alice Gertrude Jessop (1878-1955) in the summer of 1910 at Wakefield, Yorkshire.

Ernest died on 7 September 1949 at Bournemouth, Dorset.


  • Hartley
  • 1906 Filey
  • 1910 Chesterfield I
  • 1914 Hornsea
  • 1920 Harrow
  • 1926 Northampton
  • 1932 Bridlington
  • 1935 Hornsea
  • 1939 Southport N
  • 1944 Bournemouth (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine

PM Minutes 1950/124

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference.

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