Page 14, 28th October 1938

28th October 1938
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Page 14, 28th October 1938 — 1930, of St. Philip's, Uckfield, left that parish on his
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1930, of St. Philip's, Uckfield, left that parish on his

appointment to a new field of duty at West Grinstead. On Wednesday last week he revisited the town, seemingly in his usual health, but shortly after his return home in the evening he collapsed and died from a seizure.

Since his ordination twenty years ago, Fr. Milton had held curacies in a number of centres in the diocese of Southwark before taking charge at Uckfield, where the congregation parted with deep regret from a priest who had won general esteem in the little town, particularly for his interest in youth. In this respect Fr. Milton followed in the footsteps of another of Uckfield's former rectors, Fr. Philip Fletcher, the founder of the Guild of Ransom.

The requiem and funeral took place on Monday last.

The Rev. Francis Clarke

Parish priest from 1927 until be retired this year of St. James the Less, Rawtenstall, Lanes, the death took place at Brooklands, Cheshire, last week, at the age of 77, of the Rev. Francis Clarke.

Born at Horwich, near Bolton, Fr. Clarke was educated at Ushaw College, Durham, and Oscott College, Birmingham, and was ordained at Portsmouth for the Southwark diocese in 1887. In 1899 he came to Salford and was appointed curate at the English Martyrs, Urmston.

Thereafter he held successive curacies at St. John's Cathedral, Salford (1900-1), St. Edmund's, Miles Platting (1901-5), and All

Saints, Barton, Manchester (1905-7). In 1907 he became parish priest at St. Joseph's Shaw, Oldham, and there he remained until his appointment to Rawtenstall twenty years later. He celebrated his golden jubilee as a priest at Rawtenstall last year.

The interment took place at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Moston, Manchester, on Tuesday, following Requiem Mass in the cemetery chapel.




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