Page 9, 29th March 1940

29th March 1940
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Page 9, 29th March 1940 — G. E. Anstruther, K.S.G.

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G. E. Anstruther, K.S.G.


George 'Elliot Anstruther, K.S.G., Assistant Editor of the CATHOLIC HERALD, died on Wednesday, March 20, following a stroke, at Clavering Newport, Essex, aged seventy.

Though he had been forced by a severe illness some two years ago to give up daily attendance at the editorial offices of the CATHOLIC Ilionun, he continued to write not only the weekly column " Persons and Places," which reflected so much of his rich store of knowledge of things and persons Catholic in England, but also obituary notices, book reviews, and other occasional paragraphs.

As he would have wished, he died in harness; his last column appeared after his death, and reached the office well on time with a memo. asking for possible short measure to be excused.

George Elliot Anstruther was born in London in 1870. He was trained early in journalism and was the only man to hold executive position on the staffs of three Catholic weeklies.

He was the editor of the Universe from 1906 to 1909. The Universe was not a big paper in his day. But he had to produce it almost alone. When he took a summer holiday he still had to supply leaders, and he wrote some of them sitting on milestones on country walks.

He was Assistant Editor of the Tablet for sixteen years from 1920 to 1936; he joined the staff under the late Mr J. B. Millburn, and served also under Mr Ernest Oichneadow.

In 1936 he joined the staff of the CATHOLIC HERALD in the same capacity, in which he continued till his death.

He was also Editor of the Westminster Chronicle and Was at work upon the current issue when he died.

From earliest youth he was closely associated with the work of the late Fr. Philip Fletcher, who, with the late Lister Drummond, founded the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom, of which Mr Anstruther was himself to be Secretary for many years. He was Organising Secrs ary of the Catholic Truth Society for eleven eventful years from 1909 to 1920, and it was in this capacity that he took the skill in public speaking that he had so far exercised only in the parks and public places with the Guild of Ransom, into every town and city in England.

He went everywhere on the business of the C.T.S. and made permanent friends for himself by his easy wit, brilliant conversation, and humble and unassuming dedication of himself to

Gods swA Assistant Editor of the Tablet and author of numerous C.T.S. pamphlets he was in constant demand as a lecturer on Catholic subjects, and in 1926 he was elected to go to the Eucharistic Congress at Chicago as lay speaker from England.

He remained until his death Honorary Secretary to the Permanent Committee of the Catholic Congress. In 1938 in recognition' of his many and outstanding works on behalf of Catholicism in England he was created Knight of St. Gregory the Great.

Among his works are: A Life of Hogarth, Catholic Answers to Protestant Charges, What is Orangeismt 7 he Protestant Platform, Caroline Chisholm, Edith O'Gorman and Her Book, A Hundred Years of Catholic Progress, Philip Fletcher.

Mr Anstruther married, in 1896, Lydia M. Richardson, who survives him, and leaves two sons and two daughters; one son is Fr. Godfrey Anstruther, 0.P., who is at present serving in Grenada, in the West Indies.

The interment took place at Old Hall, Ware, on Saturday last in the presence of Mgr. Canon Francis Bickford, V.G., M.C., President of St. Edmund's, Canon George Smith, and the Rev. Clement Rochford, parish priest of St. Edmund of Canterbury and the English Martyrs, the Divines from the College assisting as choir.

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