Willcox, Arthur Ernest (1870-1938)

Christian Messenger 1904


ARTHUR E. WILCOX: was amongst those who exercised a quiet but zealous and effective ministry in the Methodist Church. Entering the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1896, he served in widely separated areas and everywhere won the esteem and love of the people. Most conscientious in the discharge of his duties, he spent himself freely in service for others. With no ambition save to serve the Lord he loved, he was gentle in spirit, considerate and tactful by nature, and sought always to be a living example of the truths he taught. A most diligent and faithful pastor, he was always welcome in the home, and in times of trouble brought comfort to many souls. Always confident of the saving and healing blessings of the gospel, his pulpit messages were persuasive and inspiring. On retiring in 1931, through the long years of suffering he manifested a wonderful spirit of patience. He was a good man, full of the Holy Ghost and of faith, and passed away on March 19, 1938.


Arthur was baptised at Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, on 2 October 1870. His parents were John, a draper’s porter, and Rebecca.

The 1891 census return identifies that Arthur worked as a clerk before entering the ministry.

Arthur married Elizabeth Martha Agnes Butt (abt1872-1951)) in early 1902 at Hackney, London. Census returns and birth records identify five children.

  • Arthur Drummond (1903-1967)
  • Walter Robert (1904-1974) – a clerk to council (1951)
  • John Frederick (1907-1978) – an optician (1951)
  • George Matheson Willcox (1912-1940) – died in WW2
  • Alec Henry F Willcox (1917-1986)

Arthur died on 19 March 1938 at Blackpool, Lancashire.


  • 1896 Saffron Walden
  • 1898 Wickhambrook
  • 1900 St Day
  • 1903 Tredegar
  • 1906 Northampton I
  • 1909 Leicester II
  • 1914 Glasgow II
  • 1918 Dalton & Millom
  • 1921 Manchester X
  • 1926 Manchester V
  • 1928 Rochdale
  • 1931 Manchester (S)


Methodist Minutes 1938/194

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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