ELLIS, Alwyn John 1873 - 1949

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1950, page 121

Born in Norfolk in 1873, he was educated at King's Lynn and Owens College, Manchester, and at the School of Tropical Diseases.

He was accepted into the Ministry of the United Methodist Free Church in 1897.

For a short period he was assistant at Burnley to the Rev. Joseph Hocking, the novelist.

In 1898 he went to the West Indies. Three years were spent in Jamaica, where he held the office of Missionary Inspector of Schools.

The next seven years were spent at Bocas-del-Toro. He could tell some wonderful stories of strange and thrilling experiences in the Panama Revolution.

For a time he ministered to the Chirqui Indians, and later visited Chile and Costa Rica. Once, off the coast of South America, he suffered shipwreck, and during a rebellion was imprisoned for a month.

He returned to this country in 1905. He was always keenly interested in hospital work, and for a time acted as chaplain to the West Riding Hospital Board.

He became a Supernumerary in 1941, but he continued to preach to within a fortnight before his death.

He passed away on the 27th July 1949, after a brief illness, in the seventy-sixth year of his life and the fifty-fourth of his ministry.

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