Davey, Cyril James
1911-1998; e.m. 1933

Minister and prolific author, born at Bootle, Liverpool on 31 May 1911. He grew up and was educated in Redruth and trained for the ministry at Handsworth College. From 1939 to 1946 he was a Garrison Chaplain in North India and was then for many years the leading spirit behind the 'Wesley Lodge' reunions of those who had met at his New Delhi manse after Sunday evening services. From 1965 he was Home Secretary and Area Secretary for Europe at the Mission House and edited Now magazine, being known as 'Father of the House' before retiring in 1976. Among the causes with which he was involved were MHA and Casa Materna, Naples. He had a lifelong interest in journalism and authorship. His numerous publications include plays, biographies, travel books and two popular missionary histories, The March of Methodism (1951) and Changing Places for the 1986 Bicentennial celebrations. He was also a gifted speaker and broadcaster. He died on 29 September 1998.

  • Methodist Recorder, 5 Nov 1998