Education: Queen's College, Cambridge, where
Alfred graduated B.A. in 1889 and M.A. in 1902. Alumni Cantabrigiensis (transcribed at A
Cambridge Alumni Database) WALLER, ALFRED HAMILTON. Adm. a
scholar at QUEENS', Oct., 1886. S. of the Rev. Charles Henry (University
College, Oxford, 1859) [sometime Principal of the London College of
Divinity]. B. Oct. 25, 1867, at Islington. Matric. Michs. 1886; Scholar,
1887; B.A. 1889; M.A. 1902. Ord. deacon (Canterbury) 1890; priest, 1891;
C. of Tonbridge, 1890-3. C. of St John's, Waterloo, Liverpool, 1893-1902.
C. of Hoole, Cheshire, 1902-5. R. of St Peter's, Chester, 1905-13. V. of
Alsager, Cheshire, 1913-24. Died Aug. 21, 1924.
Brother of Charles C. (1887) and Edward H. M. (1890). (Crockford; The
Guardian, Sept. 12, 1924. The Cambridge yearbook and directory p718
(1906) Waller, Alfred
Hamilton, Queen's. Sch. 2nd Class Trip., 1889; 2nd Class Theol.
Trip., 1890, B.A., 1889; M.A., 1902. D., 1890; P., 1891. Rector of St.
Peter's, Chester. Trelawney, Vicarage Road, Chester.
Married: May Lewis on 26 October 1898 in West
Derby district, Lancashire, England
May was born in 1867 in Oxton, Cheshire, the daughter of Thomas Lewis and
Sarah M. _____
Oxford Road, Great Crosby, Lancashire
1901: Waterloo, Lancashire: May Waller, wife, is aged 33, born in Oxton,
1911: Chester district, Cheshire: May Waller is aged 43
Alfred was ordained deacon in 1890 and priest in 1891. He was curate of
Tonbridge from 1890 to 1893, curate of St John's, Waterloo, Liverpool from
1893 to 1902, curate of Hoole, Cheshire from 1902 until 1905, then rector of
St Peter's, Chester, from 1905 until 1913 and vicar of Alsager, Cheshire
from 1913 until 1924.
In 1891, a college friend of Alfred's, Frederick Muspratt was charged with
making death threats, and Alfred testified at a pre-trial hearing. Southland Times (Invercargill, New
Zealand) 18 August 1891 p4 A Ferocious Lover
Frederick James Muspratt, 24, was charged at Brighton Police Court
recently with sending to Ethel Guest, of 12, Walpole Terrace, Brighton, a
letter threatening to kill her.
Mr Marshall Hall, who appeared for the prosecution, said the case
was one of the most painful of its kind that had been brought before a
court of justice. The prisoner, who was an undergraduate at Cambridge
University, and was studying for the Church, was in a good position. He
had been engaged to Miss Guest for some time, and then it was alleged that
letters were sent by him to Miss Quest of such a character that her mother
felt compelled to make her daughter break off the engagement. The letters
showed that the prisoner had allowed his passion to overcome his sincere
affections, and all his connnnnications except one, which was burnt after
being received, were returned to the accused, together with the presents
which he had made to Miss Guest. The prisoner had followed Miss Guest's
friends about from place to place, and eventually the letter complained of
was received. The learned counsel added that the prisoner purchased a
large army revolver, bought a book of Shakespere's plays, and sent a
bullet through the pages of 'Othello,' and then forwarded the book to Miss
Guest. The pages of the volume were also streaked with blood. It was
further alleged that he wrote letters apparently in blood to Miss Guest
and another friend, but by mistake put them in wrong envelopes. As a
consequence of this treatment Miss Guest went in fear of her life.
Mrs Guest, the mother of the complainant, stated that she was a
widow, and that Miss Guest was her youngest daughter, her age being 17
years. About 15 months ago the prisoner became engaged to her daughter,
but it was broken off in February last. Since then she had received a
number of letters, in one of which prisoner stated that he could not live
and could not die without Ethel. He also wrote to Miss Amy, another
daughter, asking her to plead his cause, and stating that he did not wish
to bring shame or disgrace on two families by doing that which could not
In cross-examination Mrs Guest said the engagement was broken off
because she was disgusted with the violent temper the prisoner had
exhibited at her house.
The Rev. Alfred Hamilton Waller, curate of Tonbridge, stated that
he had been at Queen's College with prisoner. He received a telegram from
the accused asking him to do all he could, as he was utterly desperate. He
afterwards saw Muspratt at Brighton. The latter told him he had planned to
carry off Miss Guest, and had arranged all the details, but had failed to
carry it out, as one of the men who had promised to help him was afraid of
penal servitude. Prisoner gave him some details of his plan, and produced
a pair of handcuffs and a dagger. He said he had intended to use the
dagger on himself if he failed. He was going to settle a large sum of
money on Miss Guest, and if this failed witness understood the prisoner
would shoot himself and Miss Guest. He said he would take a 'first-class
ticket to eternity,' and if he could not have Miss Guest alive he would
have her dead. Witness told him be thought a little penal servitude would
do him good.
Evidence was given as to prisoner having purchased a revolver. A
number of witnesses were called, including a brother of Miss Guest, a
chemist at Brentwood, Essex, who deposed to prisoner calling on him and
asking him to use his influence to have the engagement renewed. Another
brother, an assistant army tutor, residing at Slough, had an interview at
Brighton with the accused, who was greatly excited, and produced a dagger
from his pocket. He afterwards took out a revolver.
The prisoner was committed for trial.
Death: 21 August 1924, in Scotland, of a
heart attack, on a walking holiday. Cheshire
CHRIST CHURCH, ALSAGER
In 1924, Christ Church faced another problem. Throughout the whole of the
year, there was no curate available at St. Mary Magdalene’s, and the
Reverend Waller, who wasn’t in the best of health, had to single-handedly
look after both establishments. Against doctor’s advice, he went on his
yearly walking holiday in Scotland and died of a heart attack.
Birth: England Birth Index
(4Q1867 Islington vol 1b p314); exact date from Alumni
Cantabrigiensis; exact place from 1881 census
Parents: 1881 census
Marriage: England Marriage Index
(4Q1898 W.Derby vol 8b p893); exact date from Stray
Leaves, A James Family in America; May birth from England Birth
Index (4Q1867 Birkenhead vol 8a p422) with exact place from 1901 census
Education: Bromsgrove School and University
College, Oxford, where Charles graduated B.A. in 1863 and M.A. in
1867. He became B.D. and D.D. in 1891. Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 Volume 4
p1489 (1888) Waller,
Charles Henry, 1s. Stephen Richard, of Ettingshall, co. Stafford, cler. UNIVERSITY
COLL., matric. 14 June, 1859, aged 18; scholar
1859-64, B.A. 1863, M.A. 1867, principal and chaplain London College of
Divinity 1865-84, minister of St John's Chapel, Hampstead, 1870-4; for
list of his works see Crockford.
Occupation: Clergyman and theologian.
Charles was ordained deacon in 1864 and priest in 1865. In 1864, he was
briefly curate to the Revd W. Pennefather, vicar of St Jude's, Mildmay Park,
Islington, but resigned owing to ill health. His wife's sister, Elizabeth
Stubbs was private secretary to Mrs. Pennefather at this time. Although the
Revd A.M.W. Christopher considered him to be a shy person, he recommended
him as a tutor to the Revd T.P. Boultbee, principal of the London College of
Divinity. Waller was appointed tutor in 1865 when the college was situated
at Kilburn, and he remained on the staff after it moved in the following
year to Highbury. From 1882 to 1899 he was the first McNeile professor of
biblical exegesis at the college, a post founded by Dean Francis Close in
memory of Dean Hugh McNeile “for the duty of preaching and expounding to the
people the true meaning and application of Holy Scripture”. Waller succeeded
Boultbee as principal in 1884 and remained in office until 1899. During his
time as tutor and principal more than 700 men were trained at LCD.
Alongside his college commitments, Waller was the Sunday curate of Christ
Church, Mayfair, from 1865 to 1869, reader at Curzon Chapel, Mayfair, in
1869, minister of St John's Chapel, Downshire Hill, Hampstead, from 1870 to
1874, and examining chaplain to Bishop J.C. Ryle of Liverpool from 1880-1899
(The Churchman 10 July 1880 p34)
Waller was an evangelical whose faith had been enriched while he was an
undergraduate at Oxford. He had heard the Revd J.W. Burgon preach a series
of seven sermons on the inspiration and interpretation of scripture, which
profoundly influenced his attitude to the Bible. The first sermon was
particularly significant: “I can never forget what I heard that afternoon. …
To his teaching, under God, I owe all I know of divinity” (The
Record, 17 August 1888). It was his conviction that biblical
criticism was responsible for unsettling Christian faith, and that “the one
shortcoming of the church at the present day was its neglect of the study of
dogmatic Christianity” (Church Association Monthly
Crockford's clerical directory (1868) p682 WALLER, Charles
Henry,St. John's Hall,
Highbury, N. - Univ. Coll. Ox. Scho. of 2nd cl. Lit. Hum. 3rd cl.
Math. 1st Denyer and Johnson's Theol. Scho. 1866; B.A. 1863, M.A. 1867;
Deac. 1864 and Pr. 1865 by Bp of Lon. C. of Ch. Ch. Mayfair, 1865; Tut. of
the Lond. Coll. of Divinity, St John's Hall, Highbury, 1865. Formerly C.
of St Jude's, Islington, 1864. Author, Letter
to Everyone who will know his Bible, Rivingtons, 1864.
In his last year as principal Waller was in poor health and took a six month
sea cruise to Australia. He retired in 1899 on a pension of £400 a year to
Little Coxwell, Faringdon, Berkshire.
Deborah Alcock wrote to Miss Kift lamenting Dr. Waller's death: The Author of the Spanish Brothers (Deborah Alcock)
Her Life and Works (Elizabeth Boyd Bayly, 1914) To Miss Kift.
May 21, 1909.
. . . The death of my old and valued friend, Dr. Waller, touched me more
closely even than that of our good and honoured King. Dr. Waller was
formerly Principal of the Highbury Theological College. He was English,
but married an Irishwoman, a niece of Dr. Stubbs, F.T.C.D. She used to be
staying with the Floods, and she and I struck up a friendship, which, when
she married, extended, very warmly, to her husband — a devoted servant of
God, a passionate lover and student of Holy Scripture, and a man of gifted
and original mind. I have a quantity of his letters, on many subjects. He
was most sympathetic about my books, which up to the last I never failed
to send to him. His illness was tedious and trying, but the end was most
peaceful. His wife, who was devoted to him, is quite calm, kept by a
strength not her own.
In 1957 a window was erected in Charles's memory in the chapel of the London
College of Divinity at Northwood, Middlesex (later the library of the London
Will: Charles's will, with two codicils,
proved on 16 June 1910, by Walter Augustus Ewen Waller
Education: Highgate Grammar School, and St
John's College, Cambridge, where Charles graduated B.A. in 1890 and M.A. in
1902. Charles also obtained an M.A. from McGill University, Montreal, in
1896 and an honorary D.D. from the Western University of Canada in 1913. Alumni Cantabrigiensis (transcribed at A
Cambridge Alumni Database) WALLER, CHARLES CAMERON. Adm.
sizar at ST JOHN'S, Aug. 11, 1887. S. of the Rev. Charles Henry
(University College, Oxford, 1859), of St John's Hall, Highbury, Middlesex
(and Arabella Maria Stubbs). B. Feb. 6, 1869, at Highbury. School,
Highgate. Matric. Michs. 1887; B.A. 1890; M.A. 1902. Ord. deacon (London,
for the Colonies) 1892; priest (Montreal) 1893; C. of
Church-of-the-Advent, Montreal, 1892-4. Resident tutor, at Montreal
Diocesan Theological College. M.A. McGill, 1896; Hon. D.D. Western Univ.
of Canada, 1913. C. of St Jude's, Montreal, 1894-7. Tutor, London College
of Divinity, 1897-1900. C. of Stoke Newington, Middlesex, 1899-1900.
Chaplain at Homburg, 1900-2. Principal and Professor of Divinity, Huron
College, London, Ontario Canada, 1902-40; Professor of Hebrew, University
of West Ontario Canada, 1909-40. Senior Chaplain, Huron College, 1915-45.
Married, 1924, in Montreal, Louisa Frances, youngest dau. of Alexander
Johnson, LL.D., Vice-Principal of McGill University. Disappears from
Crockford, 1948. Brother of Alfred H. (1886) and Edward H. M. (1890).
The Cambridge yearbook and directory p718
(1906) Waller, Charles
Cameron, St. John's. B.A., 1890, 2nd Class Trip., 1890. Ridley
Hall, Cambridge. D., 1892; P., 1893. Professor of Divinity in Huron
University. Huron College, London, Ontario, Canada.
Married (1st): Susanna Jane Gertrude Jerdon
on 8 November 1893 in St James the Apostle Anglican Church, Montreal, Canada Montreal Daily Witness 9 November 1893 p1 MATRIMONIAL.
The Church of St. James the apostle was the scene of a pretty
wedding yesterday afternoon when the Rev. C. Cameron Waller, eldest son of
the Rev. Chas. Waller, D.D., principal of St. John's Theological College
Highbury, London, Eng., was joined in the bonds of holy matrimony with
Miss Jerdon, only daughter of the late Mr. Archibald Jerdon, of Jedburgh,
Roxburghshire, Scotland. the bridesmaids were Miss Milda D. Leach,
daughter of the late Archdeacon Leach, and Miss Margaret W. Waud, eldest
daughter of Captain Waud. The best man was the Rev. C. Audley Mervyn, of
Christ Church Cathedral, the ushers being Messrs. Albert Day and Eric B.
Winbush, of London, England. A reception was afterwards held at the
residence of Professor and Mrs. Carus-Wilsen.
Susanna was born on 5 January 1856, in Edinburgh, Scotland, the daughter of
Archibald Jerdon and Margaret Hall. She emigrated to Canada in 1882. Susanna
died in London, Ontario, on 9 January 1923, aged 68, and was buried on 11
January 1823. In the manifest
the Cameronia 29 December 1914,
she is recorded as being 5'8¾" tall, of fair complexion with fair hair and
grey eyes, with a crooked 4th finger on her left hand.
Cambrian Villas, Queens Road, Richmond, Surrey
Rev. Terence E. Finley recalls
an anecdote about Louisa's determination to attend church regularly: Mrs. Waller ... was an ancient parishioner
when I was rector of St. John the Evangelist here in London. She would let
nothing stop her from getting to services even when she moved into a
retirement home in her 80s. When she had trouble getting a ride to church,
she could be found hitch-hiking her way in on Wellington Road.
One day when I visited, she refused to serve me tea until I was
chastised for 1) praying for the dead during the intercessions 2) not
using the full Ten Commandments at every service and 3) neglecting to pray
for the Queen on a regular basis.
Occupation: Clergyman and Professor of
Charles was ordained deacon in 1892 (London, for the Colonies) and priest in
Montreal in 1893. He was curate of the Church of the Advent in Montreal from
1892 to 1894, curate of St Jude's, Montreal, from 1894 to 1897, and also
served a curacy at Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal. Charles returned to
England in 1897 and was as tutor in St John's Hall, Highbury, London College
of Divinity (where his father was principal) for three years. He was also
curate of Stoke Newington, Middlesex from 1899 until 1900, then Chaplain to
the British Residents in Homburg, Germany from 1900 until 1902. He was
Principal and Professor of Divinty at Huron
College in London, Ontario from 1902 his resignation in April 1941.
Charles was also Professor of Hebrew at the University of Western Ontario
from 1909 until April 1944 and Senior Chaplain at Huron College from 1915
until 1945. At the 1911 census, Charles was earning $2150 per year.
The Windsor Daily Star 3 April 1941 p16 Huron Chief Resigns PostRev. C. Cameron Waller Quits
Principalship of College
LONDON, Ont., April 3. - Bishop Charles Seager, president of
Huron College Council, stated Wednesday that Rev. C. Cameron Waller, D.D.,
college principal for 39 years, had tendered his resignation but that no
action would be taken until the council meets. NO REASON
HURON COLLEGE is an Anglican
theological seminary affiliated with the University of Western Ontario,
and is one of the best known schools of its kind in Canada.
Specific reason for Dr. Waller's resignation was not made public,
but it is said to be due to his age. Close associates said Dr. Waller, who
is 72, had indicated several times his desire to retire to private life.
It is expected that his superannuation will take effect at the end
of the college term in June, and that he will also relinquish his posts as
professor of Divinity at the college, and professor of Hebrew at Western.
Both Bishop Seager, head of the Diocese of Huron, and Dr. W.
Sherwood Fox, president of Western, expressed regrets at Dr. Waller's
decision to leave academic life in which he had gained a distinguished
Despite his college duties, Dr. Waller found time for a number of
hobbies including woodworking and sketching. He has a summer home in the
Muskoka district, and in summers has been an ardent golfer and fisherman.
It was through his efforts that the Huron College chapel was built
in 1913. The design for the chapel was made by Dr. Waller. MANY
He has been lecturer in St Paul's Cathedral since coming to London.
He was a member of the executive committee of the Diocese of Huron for
nearly 25 years and has served on the Provincial Synod of Ontario and the
General Synod of the Anglican Church. He was president of the Canadian
Club and of the Western Ontario branch of the Canadian Author's
The Ecumenical Movement, or Federation of Christian Churches
throughout the world, received Dr. Waller's ardent support. In 1937 he was
sent as delegate to the world conference on faith and order at Edinburgh.
He was also chosen as a delegate to the Congress of Universities of the
British Empire in 1926, 1931 and 1936. Dr. Waller is a fellow of the
American Geogrpahical Society.
Notes: Who's Who in Canada p1039 (1914) WALLER, Charles
Cameron, M.A., D.D. - Principal and Divinity Professor, Huron
College, London; Professor of Hebrew, Western University, London. Born
London, England, Feb. 6, 1869, son of Rev. Dr. Charles Henry and Arabella
Maria (Stubbs) Waller. Educated: Highgate Grammar School, London; St.
John's College, Cambridge; Ridley Hall, Cambridge; McGill University,
Montreal (M.A.); Western University, London (D.D.); Tutor, Diocesan
College, Montreal, 1890-1897; Curate, Church of Advent; Curate, St.
Jude's, Montreal; Curate, Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal; Tutor, St.
John's Hall, Highbury, London, England, 1897-1900; Chaplain to British
Residents, Homburg, Germany, 1900-1902; Second Vice-President, Canadian
Club of London, 1914; First Vice-President, 1915. Author: "The Date of the
Epistle to the Galatians," 1910; Composer, song, "Canada, Land for Me,"
1911. Served as Private with Cambridge University Rifles, attached to
Company "B," Suffolk Regiment, England, 1886-1890. Married Susanna Jane
Gertrude Jerdon, daughter of Archibald Jerdon, Nov. 8, 1893; has one
daughter. Societies: A.F. & A.M.; S.R. (Senior Warden, Tuscan Lodge,
No. 195). Recreations: rowing, fishing, swimming, golf, gardening,
carpentry. Conservative; Anglican. Address: Huron College, London, Ont.
Charles emigrated to Canada in 1890 (1911 census). He returned to England in
1897 and spent three years there, followed by two in Germany before
returning to Canada in 1902. He and his family visited England in 1914,
presumably related to the death of his mother, and they are recorded
returning via New York, arriving there on 29 December 1914 aboard the Cameronia (manifest
the Cameronia 29 December 1914).
On that manifest, Charles is shown as being aged 45 years and 10 months,
6'0" tall, of dark complexion, with dark hair and brown eyes. He had a mole
on his left shoulder and left back.
Rev. Terence E. Finley recalls
an anecdote about his father and Charles Waller: My father loved to tell the story of his
wedding and honeymoon. Everything went well for the service on Saturday
and they made their way to a friend’s cottage in the Muskokas for their
The next morning they were relaxing in bed when suddenly they heard
the ‘put put’ of a motor boat coming closer. My father pulled on his
trousers and looked out to see Dr. Waller, the crusty principal of Huron
College, tying up to the dock. He had a cottage on the same lake.
When Dr. Waller spotted him he shouted out, “Hurry along Finlay,
Sunday services start in a half hour and Mrs. Waller and I are here to
give the two of you a lift to church.” Needless to say that had not been
the foremost thought in my father’s mind and I think he may have had a few
choice words for Huron’s evangelical bent.
Death: 11 December 1944, in London, Ontario, Canada, aged 76 The Windsor Daily Star 12 December 1944 p9 Dr. Waller Dies at 76Former Principal of Huron College
LONDON, Ont., Dec 12. - Dr. Charles Cameron Waller, M.A.,
D.D., distinguished Canadian teacher and scholar and pricipal-emeritus of
Huron College, where for 39 years he acted as principal, died last evening
at his home here. he was in his 76th year.
Although Dr. Waller resigned in April, 1941, as principal of Huron,
he continued until April, 1944, as professor of Hebrew as the University
of Western Ontario, a position he had held since 1902.
His career as professor and principal was one of the longest and
most distinguished in the educational history of the Dominion. Through his
teaching and principalship, Huron College attained a distinctive place
among theological colleges and graduates have achieved renown in the
Church of England in Canada.
In his time as theological tutor and principal, Dr. Waller had pass
through his hands several hundred young men, who always recalled with
gratitude the kindness, wisdom and sympathy of the white-bearded teacher.
INTERESTED IN COMMUNITY
Dr. Waller's interests were not confined to the college. He was
deeply interested in the community and cultural life of London and was a
past president of the Canadian Club, of which he was also honarary
president at the time of his death. He had been a member of the library
board almost sice the creation of a library at the University of Western
Dr. Waller was born in London, England, son the late Rev. Charles
Henry Waller D.D., and an Irish mother. He received his early education in
England at St. John's College and Ridley Hall, Cambridge, where he
received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in arts.
He came to Canada in 1890 and took an arts degree from McGill
University. He was tutor and librarian of the Montreal Diocesan College
until 1897, and during that period he was ordained deacon and priest, and
was licenced to the Church of the Advent, Westmount, from 1892 to 1894,
later serving curacies at St. Jude's, Montreal, and the cathedral.
RETURNED TO ENGLAND
Wr Waller returned to England in 1897 as tutor in St John's Hall,
Highbury, London College of Divinity, where he remained for three years.
The next two years he served as curate of St. Mary's, Stoke Newington, and
then went to Germany as chaplain at Hamburg until 1902, there pursuing his
studies in Hebrew and theology.
In 1902 he came to Canada as tutor at Huron College and his life
ever since has been bound up with that seminary and its associated
university. He designed Huron College chapel, built in 1913.
He is survived by his widow, L. Frances (Jill) Waller, a son, J.
Delancey C. Waller, a student at Ridley College; a daughter, Mrs. Pelham
Edgar of Ottawa, whose husband is a former professor at Trinity College
University of Toronto; a grandaughter, Jane Edgar, Ottawa; two sisters,
the Misses Elsie and Margery Waller, Turnbridge Wells, England. A brother,
the late Rt. Rev. E. H. M. Waller, was bishop of Majdas, India.
The funeral will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Church of St.
John the Evangelist.
Education: Charles attended Jesus College,
Cambridge. His name is among those Jesuans killed in the war listed in The
Chanticlere (Michaelmas 1919). Occupation: Officer in the Royal
Flying Corps. Charles was a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps. Death: 9 August 1917, at Hounslow,
Middlesex, England, in a flying accident. Flight 16 August 1917 p840 Fatal Accidents.
AT an inquest held on August 11th, on 2nd Lieut. C.
R. Waller, who was killed at Hounslow on August 9th, it was stated that
the pilot went up for an altitude test. He had never before flown more
than 3,000 ft. up, but on this occasion he went up to 16,000 ft. The
machine then nose-dived, righted itself, dived again, rolled over and
collapsed, the pieces being scattered over a large area. It was suggested
that the deceased became faint or had a heart attack. A verdict of
"Accidental Death" was returned.
The Straits Times 29 September 1917 p15 FAINTED AT
16,000 FT. "Unusual" Flight of An Airman
When he had ascended to a height of 16,000 feet, Sec-Lieut. C. R.
Waller, of Meopham, Kent, fainted in the air. An explosion occurred, and
Lieut. Waller was killed. This was stated at the inquest at Hounslow, when
the symptoms of air faintness were described.
The machine, it was stated, nose-dived, righted itself, then dived
again and rolled over. When the explosion took place, the machine was
blown to pieces.
Captain C. P. Inglefield said that Lieut. Waller had never before
flown more than 3,000 feet up, and it was unusual and dangerous to fly
16,000 feet at a first attempt. He thought that the officer must have
become faint or had a heart attack.
The Coroner: How can you tell that? - His flying cap was strapped
under his chin before he went up, but it was found unstrapped two miles
away. One of the first things a flying man does if he feels faint is to
unloose the strap.
The first symptom of faintness, said Captain Inglefield, is stars
moving before the eyes, when an airman should come down at once. Fainting
would cause a man to fall forward and lose absolute control of the
machine. It would need a strong man to fly at such a height.
A Juror: Would he know the air pressure? - No.
The Coroner: Would it not be useful to have an air pressure gauge
on the machine? - It would be very useful.
The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
War Memorial in Alsager, Cheshire where
Charles's name in memorialised
Charles's name is also inscribed on the war memorial in Alsager, Cheshire,
where his uncle was the rector. Census:
1911: Hastings district, Sussex: Charles Waller, pupil, is aged 12, born in
Married: Oscar Pelham Edgar on 20 June 1935
in the chapel of Huron College, London, Ontario, Canada
Ottawa Citizen 4 March 1935 p10
An engagement of unusual interest was recently announced in
London, Ont., that of Miss Dona Gertrude Cameron Waller, daughter of
Principal C. C. Waller of Huron College, to Professor Pelham Edgar, son of
the late Sir James Edgar and Lady Edgar of Toronto. The marriage will take
The Calgary Daily Herald 25 June 1935 p14
At London, Ontario, last Thursday, the marriage was solemnized in
the chapel of Huron College, with the bride's father, principal of the
college, officiating, of Dona Getrude Cameron Waller, and Prof. Pelham
Edgar, of the University of Toronto, son of the late Sir James and Lady
Edgar of Toronto. Prof. H. W. Auden of the University of Western Ontario
gave the bride in marriage, and the groomsman was Prof. Keith Hicks of
Trinity College, Toronto.
Oscar Pelham Edgar, usually known just as Pelham Edgar, was born on 17 March
1871 in Toronto, York county, Ontario, the son of James David Edgar and
Matilda Ridout. He married, firstly, Helen Madeline Boulton on 20 December
1893, in Toronto. Helen was the daughter of George D'Arcy Boulton and Julia
Boulton and was a writer. She died in 1933 in Toronto.
Edgar was educated at Upper Canada College. He received his B.A. from the
University of Toronto in 1892 and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University,
Baltimore, Maryland in 1897. He began his teaching career as modern-language
master at Upper Canada College (1892-1895). He was appointed to the staff of
the Department of French at Victoria College, Toronto, as Lecturer in 1897,
then as Head from 1901 to 1910. He also began to lecture in the Department
of English in 1902, later transferring permanently to the latter, where he
held full professional rank until 1938 and served as Head for twenty-eight
Edgar was a member of the Athenaeum Club, London, England; of the Canadian
Society of Authors where he served as Secretary; of the Tennyson Club,
Toronto, where he served as President; of the Modern Language Association,
Ontario, where he served as President; of the Ontario Education Society,
where he served as Secretary from 1908 to 1909; and of the Canadian Writers'
Foundation which was founded by Edgar. He was made a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Canada in 1915 and received its Lorne Pierce Medal for
distinguished service to Canadian literature in 1936.
Edgar published many reviews and articles, along with three
monographs: A Study of Shelley with Special Reference to his
Nature Poetry (1899), Henry
James, Man and Author (1927) and The Art
of the Novel from 1700 to the Present Time (1933). He also
contributed a chapter on Canada to The
Cambridge History of English Literature (1916), and acted as
Canadian advisor for the Dictionary of National
Biography (1911). Some autobiographical material was published
after his death in Canton, Ontario, under the title Across
my Path (1952), edited by Northrop Frye. Oscar Pelham Edgar died on
7 October 1848.
John's Ward, Toronto, York county, Ontario 1891:
John's Ward, Toronto, York county, Ontario 1901:
York county, Ontario 1911:
21 Elgin Avenue, Toronto, York county, Ontario
Canadian Forum 28 November 1848 pp169-70
reprinted in Northrop Frye on Canada pp79-80 (Northrop
The death of Pelham Edgar removes from the scene the greatest public
figure in Canadian literature. This seems to be the best title to
give him, as he was so much more than a critic, even than the "dean of
Canadian critics," as Mr. A.J.M. Smith calls him. He certainly was a
critic, and a very good one, in his own right. Many years before the
present uproar over Henry James began, he produced a pioneering study of
James described recently by an English reviewer as "still unrivalled for
clarity." But in Canada he was, besides a great teacher, a personal
influence of a unique kind. This was partly because he brought a very
cosmopolitan point of view to bear on Canadian literature - he knew French
literature, which he originally taught, as well as English - but even more
because he had a flair for discerning Canadian talent that at times verged
on the uncanny.
For instance, one of his first acts as professor of English in
Victoria College was to remove a young man named Pratt from psychology and
take him into his department. Pratt had at that time written nothing, but
his new chief thought he might some day. Later, he brought Marjorie
Pickthall to the library; then he befriended Raymond Knister, who would
have been one of Canada's best poets and novelists if he had lived longer.
He also turned down an application for a job inthe French department from
He belonged to the generation of Roberts, Carman, and D.C. Scott,
and was an intimate friend of all of them, as well as providing critical
standards for them. He was in a unique position to feel the maturing and
developing of Canadian literature, and as he grew older in years he grew
younger in spirit, because the people he helped got progressively younger
than he. For a great teacher, retirement from active teaching often seems
to wrench the king-pin out of life, and bring death in a few years. Not so
with Pelham Edgar. "I have a naturally retiring disposition," he remarked
demurely, and continued to organize the Canadian Authors' Association and
raise money for indigent authors while holding down a very responsible job
in Censorship at Ottawa during the war. When he was born, Canadian
literature was nothing much; today it's not bad. He had a lot to do with
making the difference.
Notes: Dona emigrated to Canada in 1902.
Dona and her family visited England in 1914, and they are recorded returning
via New York, arriving there on 29 December 1914 aboard the Cameronia
the Cameronia 29 December 1914).
On that manifest, Dona is shown as being aged 15 years, 10 months, 5'4¼"
tall, of fair complexion, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Education: Highgate Grammar School, and
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where Edward graduated B.A. in 1893 and
M.A. in 1897. Edward also obtained an Honorary D.D. from Trinity College,
Toronto in 1934 and an honorary D.D. from the University of Western Ontario
also in 1934.
Alumni Cantabrigiensis (transcribed at A
Cambridge Alumni Database) WALLER, EDWARD HENRY MANSFIELD.
Adm. pens. at CORPUS CHRISTI, Sept. 30, 1890. S. of the Rev. C. H.
(University College, Oxford, 1859). B. Dec. 8, 1871, in Hampstead. School,
Highgate. Matric. Michs. 1890; Scholar; B.A. 1893; M.A. 1897. Rowing
'blue,' 1893. Hon. D.D., Trinity College, Toronto, 1934; Hon. D.D.,
University of W. Ontario Canada, 1934. Ord. deacon (London) 1894; priest,
1895; Assistant Chaplain, St John's Hall, Highbury, 1894-7. Vice-Principal
of St Paul's (C.M.S.) College, Allahabad, 1897-1903; Principal, 1903-5.
C.M.S. Missionary at Benares, 1907-9; and Principal of Jay Narayan's
School, at Benares, 1907-9. C.M.S. Secretary at Allahabad, 1910-14; C.M.S.
Secretary for India and Persia. Bishop of Tinnevelly and Madura, 1915-23;
of Madras India, 1923-41. Author, Revelation
in Indian Church Commentaries; Divinity
of Christ; Priest and Parish
in India, etc. Married, 1897, Irene Juliana L. Doudney. Died May
16, 1942, in South Africa. Brother of Charles C. (1887) and Alfred H.
(1886). (Crockford; The
Times, May 19, 1942; Who's Who.)
The Cambridge yearbook and directory p718
(1906) Waller, Edward
Harry Mansfield, Corpus Christi. Sch. 2nd Class Trip., 1893.
B.A., 1893. M.A., 1897. D., 1894; P., 1895. Vice-Principal of St Paul's
Divinity College (C.M.S.), Allahabad. St Paul's Divinity College,
Group at Allahabad College (1900). Irene
(Doudney) Waller is in the middle row, second from right.
(click photo to enlarge)
Married: Irene Juliana Louisa Doudney on 17
September 1897, in Faringdon
district, Berkshire, England.
Irene was born in 1874 in Carlisle, Cumberland, England, and baptised on 4
November 1874, in St James, Carlisle, the daughter of David Alfred Doudney
and Georgina Fry.
In 1923, Irene started a women's group, the Guild of Service in Madras,
India. The guild's aim was to serve humanity not with a view to compete but
to co-operate with existing organisations, and to start new efforts. The
Guild grew to establish branches in many parts of India, and is still in
Census: 1881: Ore Rectory,
Ore, Sussex 1891: St Helen's Rectory, Ore,
Occupation: Clergyman, becoming Bishop of
Edward was ordained deacon in 1894 and priest in 1895. He was assistant
chaplain at St John's Hall, Highbury, where his father was principal, from
1894 until 1897. He was then appointed to St. Paul's Divinity College in
Allahabad, Madras, India, where he served as vice-principal from 1897 until
1903 and then as principal until 1905. He was then Principal of Jay
Narayan's School at Benares from 1907 until 1909 and secretary of the C.M.S.
Indian Group from 1910 until 1914. He was appointed Bishop of Tinnevelly and
Madura in 1915 and then translated to Bishop of Madras in 1923 where he
served until 1941.
The Church Missionary Gleaner 1 August
1900 pp124-5 The
BY THE REV. E. H. M. WALLER, Divinity
School, Allahabad. ON May 9th we had a
most interesting experience at Mohurrum time. Hussein, my munshi
(teacher), had long promised me that I should come and hear the preaching
at Mohurrum. At that time the Shiahs, a sect of Mohammedans, celebrate the
glories of Hassan and Husein, who were killed in the most cruel way; they
make out that Husein died for the sins of the whole world, and weep and
wail his death to any extent.
We were a little anxious as to whether it would be considered wise
to go, for most people thought there was going to be a riot in the city,
and troops had been paraded, &c. But personally I did not at all doubt
the bona fides of my munshi,
so Taylor, Holland, and I got into a gari
(light cart) at 10.20, and drove off to the Imam-bara, or large meeting
house, where the preaching is held. It is in a private house kept by a deputy sahib (a deputy magistrate).
According to their custom to honoured guests, he came out some way to meet
us, and shook hands with both his hands, and in the most beautiful Urdu
thanked us for coming.
Then we entered the place, and found a great number of people
assembled, and singing or chanting hymns. In a kind of side place where we
could see and hear all perfectly, three chairs had been put, and a boy
placed to waft a large fan to and fro behind us. The munshi
sat on the floor beside me, and kept up a running commentary all the time.
After the hymn our host got on to the mimbar,
or pulpit, and read a poem composed in honour of Husein. All the people
clapped or said "Wah, wah," or
wept, or repeated the end of each verse, and until they had done so he did
not go on with the next.
Then when all the poetry was over the mujtahid
(religious teacher) came in. He is such a holy man that he may not hear
poetry, which is forbidden to the Shiahs, but tolerated among the ordinary
people. He was dressed (above his ordinary clothes) in a black gown and
violet turban, over which he had a white cloth crossed under his chin.
We all stood up when he came in, and he went straight to the mimbar and sat down. Then he called
out to the people to recite a short prayer called the "Darud," which they
did, and after that he commenced praising God in most beautiful Urdu. Then
he told us that he was going to tell us about Ali, and Hassan, and Husein,
and said that not only the Mohammedans, but Hindus and English (Feringi,
corruption of Franks, he called us) would hear with interest.
So he went on about hospitality, and how its privileges have been
abused by the Mohammedans (Sunnis), who murdered these heroes; then back
again to the goodness and wisdom of God as seen in creation; talked about
the eyes, their communication with the brain, the accuracy of their
vision, even better than a photograph, which word came in the midst of all
the Arabic and Persian.
Then he told the people it was hot, and they must be tired, and
though he could not help talking of Husein, still they could go - he need
not go on preaching, &c. &c., they all begging him to continue. So
he told them one or two stories and worked them up with most vivid
accounts of the sufferings of these worthies, till they were howling and
sobbing and beating their breasts, and you could not hear a word he said.
Then by gesture, and by waving to and fro and slapping his knees most
vigorously, he kept them weeping until two people became insensible, and
the congregation was practically in hysterics.
One other subject which he introduced was prayer, and he told the
people to pray. They all shouted a prayer together, and he asked them what
they were afraid of - could not they shout louder than that? and so they
shouted. Then he said, if an enemy were running after them they would call
for help louder than that, and so they simply yelled.
When he had got the congregation into hysterics, they brought out
two coffins, one for Husein and one for the baby which was killed in his
arms. Then the congregation went mad; they rushed for the coffins, beat
their breasts, carried them round, beat them, howled, sobbed, and shouted
and made the most deafening noise till they were exhausted. The beating of
the breasts made an extraordinary loud noise.
Taylor was impressed with the unreality of their grief, which
collapsed as suddenly as it rose. Holland thought he could realize Acts
xix - the riot at Ephesus - after hearing the shouting of Husein's name.
What struck me most was the way they hardly applauded when God's
praises were sung, except unless a particularly neat phrase, or jingle, or
even pun, without which things Urdu oratory is nothing, came, and as soon
as Ali's or Husein's name was mentioned, were all shouting and weeping,
&c. It was a terrible object lesson in worshipping the creature rather
than the Creator.
for Edward Harry Mansfield Waller
Death: 16 May 1942, in South Africa The Indian Express 28 May 1942 p6 BISHOP
WALLER A TRIBUTE
Mr. Daniel Thomas, Advocate, Palamcottah and Lay Secretary of the
Diocesan Council, writes:
In the passing away of Bishop Waller, the Church of India has lost
one of its most significant figures during modern times. About 27 years
ago, he came down from North India to Palamcottah as Bishop of Tinnevelly.
in all India, Tinnevelly has one of the largest communities of Indian
Christians. At that time, for over one hundred years, the missionary
societies - the S.P.G. and the C.M.S. - had been working in the area. Each
had its own missionaries, its own congregations and its own system of
administration with separate councils and committees. the Bishop was
practically an outsider, who was called in to hold confirmations and to
preach an occasional sermon. Bishop Waller, with penetrating vision,
conceived the idea of amalgamating and unifying the work of the two
societies and carried out a scheme of diocesanisation by which all the
Christians of both societies were unified by a common Diocesan
administration with the Bishop at its head. This has proved a great
forward step in the life of the Tinnevelly Church. the difficulties to be
met, the prejudices to be overcome, the hammering-out and the implementing
of an entirely new Diocesan Constitution required supreme wisdom, patience
and tact. Bishop Waller possessed these qualities in an abundant measure
and successfully piloted the scheme. The Diocese of Tinnevelly, which till
then was subordinate to the Bishop of Madras, thereby, became an
independent Diocese. and as a result, the Church of Tinnevelly entered a
new life of unity, fellowship, and administrative efficiency and of
SEPARATION OF THE CHURCH OF INDIA
Not content with this great work, Bishop Waller was interested in
another great measure affecting the Church in all India. From olden times,
the system was prevailing by which the Bishops of Calcutta, Bombay and
Madras were appointed by the State and they took rank and precedence as
Government officers. The Church of india in those days was a branch of the
Church of England and was dependent on the latter Church in various
things. In fact, the Church in India was known and recognised under the
title "The Church of England in India." Obviously, this state of affairs
was something of an anomaly. The Church in India had its own separate life
to live, its own separate problems to meet. The path of progress and
advancement for the Church must be the path of liberty. Hence a scheme was
started by which the Church inIndia was to be made a separate Church
independent of the Church of England but in communion with it. The Bishops
of the Indian Church were to be elected by the respective Diocesan
Councils with the approval of the Metropolitan. There were great technical
difficulties and complications in carrying out this scheme. Bishop Waller
was deeply interested in this scheme and he rendered great service in
helping the Metropolitan to put it through. Thereby, the Church of India
attained its freedom. There his labours did not end.
WORK IN SOUTH INDIA
After he became Bishop of Madras, he worked heart and soul to work
out the union of all the Christian Churches in South India, including the
Lutheran and American Churches. In the whole of the non-Roman
Churches throughout the world, this scheme of union is something unique
and the carrying-out of the scheme will be a vast and far-reaching step in
the attainment of that devoutly-desired sonsummation - the unity of the
entire Christian Church. But the working-out of the scheme with the
consent of all the Churches concerned, is a matter of tremendous
difficulty and a strong representative committee with Bishop Waller as one
of its most enthusiastic members, has been hammering out the scheme for
several years past. Unfortunately Bishop Waller has not lived to see the
day when this long-desired union will become an accomplished fact. But the
Church in India will ever hold in grateful memory, the services rendered
by Bishop Waller in this great cause.
Bishop Waller had an attractive and impressive personality. His
intellect was keen and penetrating, his thought and speech had always a
quality of power and lucidity, going to the very heart of the subject and
he had a capacity for generous friendship with people of all classes and
creeds. His life and his memory will be cherished in the hearts of a large
number of friends all over India who regard his friendship as one of the
major blessings of their life.
Notes: Ella emigrated to Canada in
Death: 6 July 1914, in Toronto, York county, Ontario, Canada, in a
car-train collision, aged 16. Toronto Sunday World 7 July 1914 p7
WALLER - Ella Margaret Cameron, on July 6, 1914, elder daughter of the
Rev. Principal and Mrs. Cameron Waller of Huron College, London, Ont., in
an automobile accident in Toronto, aged 16 years.
Interment at London Ont.
Toronto Sunday World 7 July 1914 p1 STALLED AUTO ROLLED BACKWARDS ACROSS
THE PATH OF FREIGHT TRAINLONDON
GIRL IS HURLED TO DEATHOccupants
Leaped for Lives as Motor Made Descent - Ella Waller, Daughter of
College Principal, Succumbs to Injuries - Chauffeur Who Lost Control of
Brakes is Under Arrest
One person was killed and five others escaped death by
leaping to the ground when a heavy motor car stalled on the steep
Maclennan avenue hill, just north of the C.P.R. tracks back of St.
Andrew's College, and backed directly in front of the eastbound afternoon
C.P.R. freight bound for Lindsay.
The dead - Miss Ella Waller, of London
Miraculously escaped death - Principal Waller, of Huron College,
Rev. Francis E. Powell and his wife, pastor of St. Barnabas, the
Episcopalian Church, Hampton and Danforth avenue
Samuel Kennedy, 10 Fenning street, chauffeur
Two London girls, guests of Rev. Mr. Powell, whose names the police
have not yet ascertained. FIVE
LEAPED FROM CAR
The car commenced to climb the hill at but a slow rate of speed,
and stalled at a point about 25 yards away from the railway tracks. The
police think the chauffeur may have lost his head, at any rate he did not
grip the wheels with the brakes and the motor slid gradually backwards
down the hill, with the heavy freight pounding along at 20 miles an hour,
and bearing right down on the crossing. When the motor reached a point
twelve feet from the tracks, all but the Rev. Mr. Powell and Miss Waller
had jumped. The pastor then called to the girl to follow him and leaped to
safety, but Miss Waller, apparently too terrified to move, remained in the
car and was hurled with it twenty feet to the fence on the west side of
the roadway. Rev. Mr. Powell extricated her from the wreckage, and she was
conveyed to the General Hospital, where she died at 7 o'clock. CHAUFFEUR
Samuel Kennedy, the chauffeur, was afterwards arrested by the
police of No. 5 division on a charge of criminal negligence. He was
released late last night on $5,000 bail.
Owing to the fact that the car was backing but slowly down the
hill, none of the other five occupants was injured, with the exception of
the dead girl's father, who, suffering from the shaking he got in the
jump, and the shock of the death of his daughter, is very ill.
Miss Waller was found pinned between the fence and the frame work
of the car; her skull was fractured, and she was internally injured. Her
recovery was hopeless from the beginning. An inquest will be opened today.
Toronto Sunday World 10 July 1914 p1 JURY DECLARES CHAUFFEUR GUILTYInquest
Into Death of Miss Ella Waller, Victim of Crossing Accident, Results in
Manslaughter Verdict - Wilful Negligence Charged Against Samuel D.
"That Miss Ella Waller came to her death in the City of
Toronto, County of York, from injuries received by being crushed when a
Canadian Pacific Railway train struck a motor car in which she was riding,
and that the said injuries were caused by reason of the negligence of the
said motor car driver, and that the said Samuel D. Kennedy did in the
manner aforesaid wilfully kill and slay aforesaid Ella Waller, and we, the
jury, further state that the crossing where this accident occurred is an
exceptionally dangerous one and strongly recommend the city authorities
and the railway commission to take proper steps at this crossing in order
to safeguard the general public."
Such was the verdict returned last night by the jury investigating
the McClennan avenue crossing accident after listening to the evidence.
Witnesses varied a good deal in regard to the rate of speed of the train
when it was approaching and several other details, but all were agreed on
the fact that the chauffeur allowed the car to proceed backward down the
hill without power till it arrived at the track, where he gave the order
to "jump," and threw on his brakes. Chauffeur's
Kennedy, himself gave his evidence. He said he took all precautions
he could under the circumstances, notwithstanding the fact that houses and
trees obstructed his view of the railway track. He admitted that he could
have stopped the car before reaching the track, which he did not do. Upon
reaching the track he declared it was too late to start the car forward or
clear the track by moving backward, so he did the only thing he considered
County Crown Attorney Greer however took exception to this and
Chief Coroner Johnson's summing up was strongly against Kennedy.
Miss Waller was the daughter of Principal Waller of London College,
and was killed on July 6th when the motor in which she was riding was hit
at the Maclennan street crossing north of Summerhill avenue. Buried: London, Ontario, Canada
Occupation: Missionary with the Church
Missionary Society (C.M.S.) in Egypt. Emily ran a girls' school in Old
Cairo. Mercy and truth: a record of C.M.S. medical mission
work p197 (1900) THE
FIRST YEAR IN A MISSION HOSPITAL
BY E. K. BROWNE I HAVE not yet been a
year in Old Cairo and feel very incompetent to speak of the work, even in
the hospital, where I spend part of each day. At first the total ignorance
of the language is a great strain upon one in the hospital, for one is
unable to ask for a thing or explain if a thing is wrong in an emergency.
As one learns more of the language one does not feel so helpless, although
the desire to tell them the Gospel grows overpowering and everything else
sinks into insignificance beside it.
Both Moslems and Copts come into the hospital, and one almost
wonders sometimes which of them know most of the Gospel, such is the
ignorance and superstition of many of the Coptic women who cannot read.
And they seem to mourn for the dead with as much despair as the Moslems.
A little time ago the Coptic servant in Miss Waller's girls school
died. I sat with him during the morning before his death; his mother was
not there, but only his young sister, about sixteen, and her grief was
most difficult to bear. She begged me to give him nothing more. He
is tired, she said, and then, Where
are you going, oh my brother? over and over again. This boy was
really a Christian, we believe, but the girl seemed not in the least to
realize, although a Copt herself, that 'absent from the body is present
with the Lord.'
Miss Waller and I went in the evening after the mother had come
(the boy had been dead some hours before she came) and the wailing was
appalling. Miss Waller knelt down by the mother and told her that Elias
was with Jesus and free from all pain, and then there was silence while
she prayed for comfort and help for them from Him.
Many of those who come to the hospital go back to distant villages
and we never see them again. One boy, about eleven years old, a Moslem,
who was in the hospital for six or seven weeks, did not know the
difference, when he came in, between God and Mohammed; he thought God was
Mohammed and Mohammed was God.
Such was his ignorance; but soon he seemed most interested, and
begged me to give him a Testament to take with him. He could not read
himself, but said he would get somebody else to read it to him. He went
off to his far-off village, carrying his book, and said to me, I
will never forget Jesus - never. We have not seen him since. Old Cairo: January 1,
The following words were spoken
(in Arabic) at the grave, when a company of her friends, both Egyptian
and English, laid her to her rest. May the words issue in the spreading
of her influence in Egypt, to the glory of God.
MY Friends- no, Her Friends! It is of our best that
God has been taking these four years. But three years and a half ago we
gathered in this place round the last resting-place of that friend of
ours, that man of God, Mr. Adeney, whose memory is still green amongst us.
One short year later we met again to lay to her rest that woman greatly
beloved, the light of our eyes, whom not one of us forgets. And to-day,
the third time, we face each other once more round the grave of this dear
saint whom God has so suddenly taken to Himself. Said I not well that He
takes of our best? For who was nobler and truer than the first? who was
more loving and beloved than the second? and who could less easily be
spared than this dear one whom we mourn to-day? But if this is so, there
must be some special purpose, some special lesson He wills to teach us in
these terrible times. And we must
learn it !
We think back over the life of this our beloved in Egypt. She has
spent eight brief, full years in our midst, and how full of service they
have been! Before her marriage she worked much in the school, and many are
the girls, now growing or grown into women, who can testify to her
influence upon them then. She also laboured abundantly in the work of
visiting, which she loved. She mastered this difficult Arabic because she
mastered the hearts of the daughters of the Arabs. She spoke with rapidity
and ease because she so easily loved. One who went visiting in her
company, to see her methods of work, said, "She greeted those poor women,
kissed them, and spoke to them, as loving
them." That was the secret. And after her marriage she did not abandon
work for the Master, though the character of her work naturally changed
much. For she was "given to hospitality"; she made many at home; she was a
source of unity, not discord, of cementing, not separation, in our circle
can testify to have heard a hard or an unkind word from her? Not one, I
think. For she was ever calm and unperturbed. Nothing upset her. Therefore
her presence made for peace.
Not only so, but she was ever ready to do most useful direct work
for God. We have said that she had command of the language; so, if it was
the most ignorant fellah to be taught, or a circle of her servants, or
workers in the compound, or a Sheikh from the Azhar, she was ready and
able to teach. And how many are there who were taught by her and remember
the thoughts which she drew from the Word of God, of which her knowledge
was so deep!
One used to wonder at her knowledge of God's Word, but yet more at
her love for God's Son, which was very striking and beautiful. One felt
it. We remember well when she returned from England this last time, with
her little son in whom she rejoiced; and then, on almost the morrow of her
return, God's hand was laid upon the lad, and He took him away to Himself.
Did she murmur? Did she vex herself? Did she rebel? No! She said, "But for
the climate, he would not have died. I am glad, therefore, that by this I
know it was for the cause, for the work's sake, that he has been given!"
Noble words! in which she expressed her utter devotion to Jesus Christ,
and her willingness to sacrifice her very dearest for Him and His Kingdom.
Said I not well, then, that God takes of our best? But does He take
them that their work may disappear, their influence vanish, their tree
wither and grow barren? It is not so! And it rests with us to see that it
is not so. Her life and influence have not ended, but only just begun, if
we bear in our hearts her holy example, if you who were taught by her
remember and manifest forth her teachings. That is how she will live and
not die. For as we think of her now in this solemn arid pitiful hour,
standing round this bed of death, can we tolerate the thought of sin? Do
we not hate the thought of it? Do we not hate our sinful, selfish selves?
Do we not long to live more purely and nobly? So should it always be. Why
should it not so always be? We should always live as purely and as nobly
as if we were ever in the presence of the holy dead, as indeed we are. So
let it be, Amen.
Farewell, then, farewell, thou greatly beloved. We bid thee
farewell. Lovely and pleasant wast thou in thy life, lovely and pleasant
in thy death, with thy children about thee — one by thy side, him whom
thou gavest up for Christ, and one in thy arms, her for whom thou gavest
up thyself. Farewell! We return to the world, but we shall not forget. We
return to live more worthily of having stood here — more worthily of the
day when we ourselves shall be called away to our own last resting-place.
Mercy and truth: a record of C.M.S. medical mission
work p227 (1906) HOME CALL OF MRS. LASBREY
We report with deep regret the death on July 2 of Mrs. Lasbrey, wife of
Dr. F. O. Lasbrey, Old Cairo Medical Mission. She went out to Egypt for
the first time in 1897, and was married in 1902. Readers of MERCY
AND TRUTH may remember a very bright and
interesting article which she contributed to the magazine (August, 1905)
descriptive of the patients and the work generally in the hospital. We ask
for prayer for Dr. Lasbrey and the sorrowing friends, that God may comfort
them in their time of trial.
Blessed Be Egypt October 1906 p111 The whole missionary force in Egypt felt the blow
that fell on our friends of the C.M.S. in the sudden home-call of
the wife of Dr. Lasbrey. She had endeared herself to all with whom she
came in contact, and by her noble qualities of heart, and mental gifts,
she had won the highest regard of her fellow missionaries and of her
fellow Egyptian Christians. Everyone mourns her. Our deep heartfelt
sympathy is given to her husband and child and friends at home.
Rosalie Gertrude White in 1900 in Rochford
district, Essex, England
Rosalie was born in 1872, in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. She died in 1947 in Salisbury
district, Wiltshire, aged 76.
30 Roundhill Ct, Brighton, Sussex
1901: Wooburn, Buckinghamshire: Rosalie Gertrude Waller, wife, is aged 29,
born in Gt Yarmouth, Norfolk
1911: Wycombe district, Buckinghamshire: Rosalie Gertrude Waller, visitor,
is aged 39, born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
Marriage: England Marriage Index
(3Q1900 Rochford vol 4a p963); Rosalie birth from England Birth Index
(1Q1872 Yarmouth vol 4b p1) with exact place from 1901 census; Rosalie
death from England Death Index (1Q1947 Salisbury vol 7c p673)