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Person: CARLILE, Reverend Wilson  (1847-1942)

Biographical summary of this person
Full name
Reverend Wilson CARLILE
Gender
male
Relevance of this person
Founder and leader of the Church Army
Main period of activity
1880s-1940s
Other internet resources
see record in Wikipedia
Relationships to other people

father of CARLILE, Miss   (fl. 1890s)

related by marriage to STURDY, Reverend H.C.  (c.1844-1919)

Chronology
Date
Age
Event/activity
14 January 1847
born at
1882
~34
founder
1882
~34
leader
26 December 1895
48
lecturer
[Magic lantern exhibition] (lantern entertainment, London, England, 26 December 1895)
1901
~53
lecturer
[Magic lantern lecture] (lantern lecture, Warrington, Cheshire, England, 1901)
1903
~55
lecturer
[Magic lantern lecture] (lantern lecture, Sidmouth, Devon, England, 1903)
26 September 1942
95
died at
22 February 1943
archive entry
National Probate Calendar Index of Wills and Administrations, 1943 C-D p.35
– occupation “Clerk [i.e. clergyman]”
Short biography

Wilson Carlile was born in 1847 in Brixton. He suffered from a spinal weakness all his life, which hampered his education. He entered his grandfather's business at the age of thirteen but soon moved on and learnt fluent French, which he used to good advantage in France trading in silk. He later learned German and Italian to enhance his business, but was ruined in a slump in 1873. After a serious illness, he began to take his religion more seriously and became confirmed in the Church of England. He acted as organist to Ira D Sankey, during the Moody and Sankey missions and in 1881 was ordained priest, serving his curacy at St Mary Abbots in Kensington, together with a dozen other curates. The lack of contact between the Church and the working classes was a cause of real concern to him and he began outdoor preaching. In 1882, he resigned his curacy and founded the Church Army, four years after the foundation of the Salvation Army. He continued to take part in its administration until a few weeks before his death on 26 September 1942.

Lucerna ID  6000183

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 30 June 2019

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