Tingle, Robert Lacey Aubrey B.Sc. (1889-1966)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

ROBERT LACEY AUBREY TINGLE, B.Sc.: born at Torquay in 1889. A graduate of Leeds University, his special interest in young people took him into teaching; and then came the call to the ministry. He travelled first at Nelson, and after a short term at Shipley he removed to Glasgow in the Pollokshaws Circuit. Two circuits followed in Lancashire: Manchester IX and Higher Openshaw. In 1935 he came to the Midlands where his people belonged, and had memorable ministries at Wigston Magna, Loughborough, and Coalville. On retirement he settled in Loughborough where he will be long remembered by people who loved this quiet, gracious man of the ready smile and bright, friendly spirit. 

In his early ministry, Aubrey Tingle had much to do with the Christian Social Union of the Primitive Methodist Church. His scholarly ability and his zeal were widely recognised. Many will think of him in connection with the work of the Group Movement: he delighted in gatherings for spiritual fellowship. His own winsome spirit was sensitive to everything lovely and good, and showed itself in warmth and understanding. His interest in his people was close and quick to help. He was one of the most serene and gentle of men, completely dedicated, and of a rare spiritual quality. 

He died on 4 June 1966, in the seventy-seventh year of his age and the forty-seventh of his ministry.


Robert was born on 13 January 1889 at Torquay, Devon, to parents William Tingle, a PM minister, and Mary Lacey.

He married Alice Appleby (1878-1966) on 27 October 1913 at Holdforth St PM Chapel, New Wortley, Yorkshire. Birth records identify three children.

  • Lacey Anthony (1915-1944) – an elementary school teacher (1939); died with RAMC on D-Day 1944, WW2
  • Margaret (b1921)
  • John A  (b1924)

Robert died on 4 June 1966 at Syston, Leicestershire.


  • 1919 Nelson
  • 1923 Shipley
  • 1925 Glasgow III
  • 1930 Manchester IX
  • 1935 Leicester Hinckley
  • 1941 Loughborough
  • 1948 Ashby de la Zouch
  • 1953 Loughborough (S)


Methodist Minutes 1966/218

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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