REVNELL, Arthur Jesse 1877 - 1951 O.B.E.

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1952, page 126

Born at Clerkenwell in the year 1877. He began his work in the Wesleyan Methodist Ministry in 1901 after training at Richmond College.

After his first term in the Bombay and Punjab District, he returned from furlough in 1909 to become its Chairman.

In addition he was appointed Superintending Methodist Chaplain in India in 1910.

During the 1914—18 War he served as Chaplain in Mesopotamia for two years, being awarded the O.B.E. for the work he did there.

With the exception of this break the whole of his active ministry was spent in India, from whence he retired in 1944.

The officers and men of the services and their families in India throughout these years found in him a true friend and constant helper both in their general and individual spiritual needs.

Countless successive groups of servicemen and civilians, have cause to thank God for his words, his influence, and his friendship.

He is remembered with admiration and affection. During a period of partial blindness his patience was an inspiration to many.

His spirit of determination to overcome his handicap was shown in various ways, one of which was the learning of Braille.

He died 16th October 1951 in the seventy-fifth year of his age, and the fifty-first of his ministry.

He was a large- hearted padre, an able administrator, and, above all, a loyal brother.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1952

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