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Staff - Padres

There are photos of many member so staff for whom I have no names. See them here. If you know any of them please email them to me.

Rev J H Barr joined on Sep 13th - left Jul 19th but years not known!

1859 - 1870s
Rev. Henry O'BRIEN

1870s - 1879

Not known

1880 - 1891 Feb Rev T E M HUTCHINSON

Coach cricket and footbal teams
"Took a great interest in the Choir" (The Cadet Feb 1891 front page)

Resigned following a family bereavement.

Retained as a lecturer.

1891 Feb - ?? Mr C ARMFILED BA

"A worthy successor and one who seems to be followoing in his (Hutchinson's) footsteps well both at school and athletics". (The Cadet Feb 1891 front page)

1898 Rev F J ACKERS

1898 - 1899 Mar

His leaving date is unclear. The cadet 1910 dec page 208 states that he had been the ship's Hon Chaplain for 12 years pointing to him leaving in 1898. Other sources say Mar 1899.

After leaving he continued as coach of the ship's
gig crew. Photos with him present are 1898, 1899, 1903, 1904 and 1905 Gig Crew

As other vicars were definately in post in some of those years we must assume he left in 1899, especially as The Cadet (1901 April page 1) says there were six Padres and some gaps between 1899 and Parker's appointment in 1903.

On leaving he joined the Mersey Mission to Seamen as Canon and resigned that post late in 1910.

circa 1900 - 1903 Jun The Cadet (1901 April page 1) says there were six Padres and some gaps between 1899 and Parker's appointment in 1903.

Just three are listed below and with complete uncertainty over dates so there at least three missing names and periods with no Padre.

1889 Mar - 1900ish
??? - 1900 Jul

Presented with a silver platter May 1900 to celebrate his marriage but seems not to have been long in post. Details here.

He moved on to be Rector of Newhall, Derbyshire (The Cadet 1900 10 page 1)

1900 Sep - ???

"Has thrown himself into his new duties with a vigour which promises good results." (The Cadet 1900 10 page 1)

1903 Jun - 1910 April
Rev H Leslie PARKER

The Cadet article describing his departure says he joined in Sep 1901 yet earlier editions confirm the June 1903 date.

Described as “tactful, conciliating, keen and sympathetic, he has been a favourite alike with his colleagues and generations of cadets.”

"A grand understanding man."

The post of padre had been ill defined before his appointment and he also extended the roll into games master and sport. He was extremely well regarded.

Orgainsed the levelling and turfing of the new playing fields at Knowleley Rd, Birkenhead.

Left to become an Army chaplain at Chatham and in 1913 was posted to Malta where he lived at 44 Str Mezzodi (now South St) Valetta

Presented with a silver plate and silver.  cigarette case. The Cadet 1910 Apr page 121.

MiD by Sir John French early in 1916 for distinguished conduct in the field in France and Flanders MiD in 1917.

Obituary 1948

1902 - 1906
Rev Douglas HOBSON
(Long Tom)

An Assistamt Chaplain in the Mersey Mission to Seamnan (1902 - 06) he had a lot of contact with Conway as an assistant games master but was never actually chaplain.

See his entry in Academics

1910 Jun - 1913 Aug
Rev Joseph Fenner SPINK BA

Joined as padre and games master from Weymouth College.

"a gentleman with a high standard of morality and atrue sportsman"  The Cadet 1910 Apr page 121.
Educated at Cranleigh School (Senior Prefect and Capt of Cricket), St John's College, Cambridge (Sizer and Choral Scholar) and Ridley Hall.

He played for the Harlequins 1st and A teams rugby team as a three quarter.

- became Headmaster the Cathedral School Bristol. Click here
Obituary The Cadet 1964

1913 Sep - 1919 Dec (actually left July)
Rev John Henry BARR BA.

A graduate of Christ’s College Cambridge, a rowing, football. Swimming and water polo blue)

Previously curate of Beeston (Notts) where he played for Notts County XV.

Lived Southport and a member of the Southport Olympic Rugby Club.

Married 25th Apr 1916 to Miss Dorothy Ward of Chesterfield. Presented with a silver tea service by the cadets as a "token of the Cadets' appreciation of the interest he has always taken in thier welfare both spritual and physical." The Mgt Committe presented him with a canteen of cutlery.

He moved to the living of St James, Congleton, Cheshire.

The Cadet article about him on leaving

Crossed the Bar 11 Feb 1935 in Liverpool

Obituary 1935

1919 Sep 15th – 1925 Apr 25th
Rev Hugh Archibald JAMES

Profile 1919

“A great sportsman, active and quick in movement, much wider in his views on churchmanship and more tolerant.”

Left to be instituted and inducted as Vicar of St Annes, Sale, Cheshire on 11 April, 1925.

Mr James resigned the living in 1931 to go to Hartfield in Sussex, where later he died."

Leaving presentation 1924

1925 May 1st – 1926 Jul Rev W Wallace H NASH MA (Cantab)

Chaplain and Games Master

Educated at King's School, Bruton and Selwyn College, Cambridge and Wells Theological  College.

Army chaplain in Egypt during WWI

Played cricket for Gloucestershire and rugby for Bath.

Joining notice

Resigned to take an appointment with the Mersey Mission to Seamen.

1926 Jul – 192? (photo in The Cadet Easter 1927

Native of Portobello, Scotland.

Educated Edinburgh University and athletics blue.

1918019 Paymaster RNVR in the Med and Black Sea

Lived on board.

192? - 1928 Apr
Not known

1928 Apr - 1930 Jun 30th
Rev Dennis B HALL 

Joined from St Gabriel's Church, Sunderland


Served as AB in the RN during WWI.

Joining Notice

Profile and letters

Moved to be vicar of St  Michael & All Angels, Bishopston, Bristol, a large parish with over 18,000 parishioners. He reported in Dec 1931 that his working hours were from 6am up to 11pm every day.

In Dec 1931 he started  meetings for OCs in port at his vicarage on the Gloucester Rd, a forerunner to the Conway Club. "He had some Conway cinematic films to show" would that we  had them now.

Appreciation on leaving

1930 Summer - 1935
Rev Kenneth C EDMUNDS BA

Also Games Master.

Educated Highgate School and Caius College, Cambridge.

Member Catford Bridge RFC.
Ex Capt Ridley Hall RC and Caius College Wanderers.


Joined from St Peters, Brockley.

"Strong, spiritualistic personality, excellent fellowship, good sportsman and shipmate"

"We shall miss his fine cheery and kindly addresses which never failed to hold us young and adult alike."


After Conway he served as:

  •    Chaplain of Bradfield College 1935 1938
  •    Chaplain of King's College Budo, Uganda 1938 1946
  •    Rector of Bishop's Cleeve near Cheltenham in the  Diocese of Gloucester 1947 - 1982
  •    Honorary Canon of Gloucester Cathedral 1971
He retired in 1982 and crossed the bar in1984.

1935 - 39
Rev Canon T E DAVEY MA
A soldier who wore uniform

1939 - 1948
Rev. Trevor VICKERY
(Slippery Vic)

Taught Divinity and PT

BA (Wales)

Photo with 1943-4 Boxing Team

HIs dates clash with Davies below.


Rev Canon J S  BEZZANT

Listedb as Honorary Chaplain.

Not listed in 1941 Prospectus.


1940 Sep - At least 1941


Vickery above started in 1939 and apparently did not resign until 1948 yet The  Cadet (Oct 1941 page 179) clearly states that Rev Davies became Chaplain in Sep 1940 and came to live onboard.

He was appointed by the Mersey Mission to Seamen.


1948 - 1949 End of Easter term

Took up a Curacy at Chester.

1949 Summer term - 1952 Jan

Coached the cross country team.

BA (Durham)

1952 Jan- 1969 Sep
(The Little Man)

Joined Conway from TS Mercury.

Small and wiry, he was an Olympic long distance runner representing Great Britain in the Marathon at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. However no refernce can be found to him in Team GB or Olympic team lists.

He was an exponent of the Finnish Style of running which meant keeping your heel down and literally sloping over the ground to save energy. To make it more effective you had to lean forward slightly at a specific angle to provide the necessary thrust to maximize forward motion. In his day he could sure cover the ground and a truly remarkable speed and was the very devil to keep up with.

Fought in the Western Desert during WWII as a Sqn Ldr RAF.

As Padre he was allotted the task of holding and distributing pocket money to Cadets hence the phrase “Yes Yes - here's your five shillings”.


Left to become Headmaster designate of Rodbourne Colleg

1969 May - 1973 Rev. Alex HARRISON

“If memory serves he was an ex RAF sky pilot - I seem to recall the RAF wings on his vestments.”

Coached th 1st XV.

Seconded from the Missions to Seamen to replace Padre Turner who had resigned.

1973 - 1974 Paying Off Rev. H Roy CHALKLEY

Seconded from the Missions to Seamen.


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