FULL NAME : WILLIAM EDWARD BANNERMAN
William Edward Bannerman was born in Natland, Westmorland on 3/1/1866, although the Cambridge University Alumni 1261 – 1900 gives his date of birth as 22/4/1867. His father was Edward, Vicar of Natland and his mother Catherine Mary (nee Hutton).
The 1871 Census records his estimated date of birth during 1868. He was living with his father Edward, aged 43, born in Bath, his mother Catherine, aged 31, born in Wastonwear, his sister Margaret Edith, aged 2, brother James Hutton, aged 8 months, a nurse and a general servant.
In 1881, aged 13, he was living at Crosscrake Vicarage, Westmoreland with his parents and siblings Margaret 12, James 10, Rhode M 8, David 6, Catherine 4 and Alfred 2, plus a servant.
He attended Heversham Grammar School and entered St John’s College, Cambridge on 9/10/1884. He achieved his B.A. in 1887 and his M.A. in 1892.
At the time of the 1891 Census he was, aged 23, living in as an Assistant Master at Darlington Grammar School.
He was ordained deacon in 1893 and priest at Lichfield in 1894 before taking up a position as curate of Horninglow, Staffordshire from 1893 to 1897.
He became vicar of West Haddon in 1897 until 1921 The 1901 Census shows him living at the vicarage, West Haddon, aged 34. with his wife, aged 30 and their children Catherine L aged 2, Hilda aged 1 and Valentine 2 months. Additionally there was a cook and two servants
From 1921 to 1939 he was vicar of Levens, Westmoreland from 1921 to 1939.
The military records in respect of Rev William are held in the National Archives at Kew – Ref. No. WO 339/56284 and show him as serving in the Army Chaplains’ Department from 1914 to 1922 although there are conflicting dates in the Cambridge University entry giving the dates as 1915 to 1917.
An entry in the Northampton Mercury dated 10/12/15 reported that “The Vicar of West Haddon, the Reverend W. E. Bannerman, has been accepted as Chaplain to the forces, and is now at Woolwich, preparatory to going to France”. A later entry dated 7/4/16 reported “The Vicar of West Haddon, the Reverend W. E. Bannerman, has been home for several weeks, having had an attack of tonsillitis. He is now much better and is expected to shortly leave to take up his work again as army Chaplain at Woolwich” [see below].
William Edward Bannerman died in Leitrim, Ireland on 5/10/1949. Probate was granted in Carlisle. The entry reports, “The Reverend William Edward Bannerman of Melvin Grove, Kinlough, County Leitrim died 5/10/1949. Probate Carlisle 30 November to Hilda Hutton Bannerman spinster and Eustace Reginald Butcher stockbroker. Effects £6055 0s 5d in England.
Jim Blakey 22nd March, 2017