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Name: PEARSE, Francis Eling MA (Rev.)

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Birth Date: 25.5.1876 Wood Green, London

Death Date: 20.10.1955 Hawley, Hampshire

First Date: 1900

Last Date: 1925

Profession: Joined the UMCA, worked mostly at Kigongoi and Kazira, and subsequently was a Canon of Zanzibar cathedral. More than 30 years in the Mission field in Africa. Hon. C.F. Priest in charge in the Universities Mission

Area: Tanga, Tanganyika

Book Reference: Gillett, Red 25, EA & Rhodesia, Red 22, North

War Service: WW1 as a chaplain to the Forces

School: City of London School, St Austin's College, Canterbury & Hatfield Hall, Durham

General Information:

East Africa & Rhodesia - 10/11/55 - The Rev. Francis Eling Pearse, whose death in his 81st year is reported, served the Universities' Mission to Central Africa for 25 years, first arriving in Zanzibar in 1900. He was forced to return to England in 1905 after a severe attack of blackwater fever, but returned to Africa three years later. At the outbreak of the 1914-18 war he was on leave, and at the request of the War Office went back with the dual commission of political officer and temporary chaplain to the forces. After the war he returned to the mission station at Kigongoi and later served at Kigara, until his retirement from the mission shortly after the death of his friend Bishop Weston. He was made a canon of Zanzibar in 1923. In 1926 he went to Africa again for two years as assistant priest at Tsolo.

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