Rev Benjamin Howard Sackett MA, BD

FatherRev George Whitefield Sackett (1873-1955)
MotherElizabeth Finlay Kingston (c 1873-1936)
Rev Benjamin Howard Sackett
(Src: Sunderland Daily Echo, 10 Jul 1937)
Rev Benjamin Howard Sackett MA, BD, Congregationalist minister, son of Rev George Whitefield Sackett and Elizabeth Finlay Kingston, was born in Morley, YorkshireG, on 29 April 19031,2,3 and died aged 95 in Sefton, LancashireG, on 7 March 1999.2,4 He married in Rotherham, YorkshireG, in 1933, Winifred Faith Milnes, daughter of William Hall Milnes and Harriet Ellen Howe.5,6,7 Winifred was born in RotherhamG on 11 October 19138,3 and died aged 82 in SeftonG in January 1996.9
     Benjamin served in a number of parishes during his ministry: Roker [Sunderland], 1933–37; West End, Sowersby Bridge, 1937–41; Eccleshill, Bradford, 1946–50; and Wycliffe, Warrington, 1950–71. He was a Royal Air Force chaplain from 1941 to 1946. He retired to Southport.2,10
     In 1911 Benjamin was living at 14 Beaumont Street, Todmorden, YorkshireG, in the household of his parents George and Elizabeth, and was recorded in the census as Benjamin Howard Sackett, aged seven and born in Morley.11
     In 1921 he was living at The Manse, South Ockendon, EssexG, in the household of his parents George and Elizabeth, and was recorded as Benjamin Howard Sackett, a shipping clerk, aged 18.12
     At the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, Benjamin and Winifred were living at 14 Rochdale Road, Sowerby Bridge, YorkshireG, where Benjamin was a Congregational minister.13

Edinburgh University Degrees
Bachelor of Divinity
Benjamin Sackett, M.A.

Edinburgh Evening News, 30 Jun 1932

Pulpit Notes
The newly apointed minister of Roker Congregational Church, Mr B. H. Sackett, begins his ministry at Roker to-morrow, when he will preach at the morning and evening services on "The Minister's Calling and Message."
     A reception will be held for Mr Sackett in the church schoolroom on Wednesday night.

Sunderland Daily Echo, 7 Jan 1933

Ordination at Roker
Distinction for Family
Three Generations of Ministers

An interesting fact revealed by the Rev. Benjamin H. Sackett, at his ordination in Roker Congregational Church, Sunderland, last night, was that both his father and grandfather were Congregational miisters and his great-grandfather was a lay preacher.
     The Rev. G. W. Sackett, Mr Sackett's father, took part in the service.
     "I was born in a Congregational manse," said Mr Sackett, "and lived at home for the first 15 years of my life. I then went into an office in London as a junior clerk, but I have nearly always felt the call to do some sort of Christian work. Until I became 21, however, it had never occurred to me that I might serve in the Christian ministry. My call came quite spontaneously."
Unanimous Invitation
     Mr Sackett said he greatly appreciated the honour Roker Congregational Church had done him in asking him to become their minister.
     Mr E. B. Frail, church secretary, said there was complete unanimity in asking Mr Sackett to become their minister—they had been without a minister since April, 1931, and it was in October, 1932, that they first met Mr Sackett.
     "He had other calls, but it is to his everlasting credit that he chose the most difficult church," added Mr Frail, "and we think he will be a worthy successor to those ministers who have led our church through the past 140 years."
     In his charge to Mr Sackett the Rev. Principal E. J. Price said that the problems of the church members were the minister's problems.
     On behalf of Mr Sackett's fellow students at Yorkshire United College, Bradford, his former teachers, and the college governors, he congratulated him.

Sunderland Daily Echo, 14 Mar 1933

Young President
When the Rev. B. H. Sackett, M.A., B.D., was inducted to the presidency of the Sunderland and District Free Church Council he commented that it must be very many years since there was so young a president of the Council.
     It is just about two years since Mr Sackett came to the Roker Congregational Church, which was his first appointment. He came direct to Sunderland from the Yorkshire United College, Bradford, which is one of the Congregational training colleges for the North of England.
     Born at Morley, he is a son of the manse, his father, the Rev. G.W. Sackett, being minister of the Congregational Church at Stocksbridge, near Sheffield. His grandfather, the Rev. Benjamin Sackett, was also in the Congregational ministry. He took his degrees of M.A. and B.D. at Edinburgh University.

Sunderland Daily Echo, 23 Feb 1935, p. 2

Pastor Leaving Roker.
Mr Sackett's Call
The Rev. B. H. Sackett, of Roker Congregational Church, is leaving Sunderland at the end of September to become minister at Sowerby Bridge, Halifax.
This announcement is made by Mr. Sackett in the current issue of "The Congregational Monthly," in which he states that it was not until after a great deal of thought he decided to go.
"The more I thought about it," he continues, "the stronger became the urge to accept. Apart from the unanimity of the 'call' and the greatness of the opportunity at Sowerby Bridge, I have felt for a few months that a change of miinister at Roker would be in the best interests of the church.
"Five years of the same mind in the case of the first pastorate, unless, of course, the personality and the circumstances are exceptional, seems to me to be long enough."
Mr Sackett resumed his duties on Sunday after two months' illness.

Sunderland Daily Echo, 10 Jul 1937

Tributes to Roker Minister
Gifts and Good Wishes at Farewell Gathering
Glowing tributes to the good work of Rev. and Mrs B.H. Sackett during their five years' stay in Sunderland were paid at a farewell gathering in Roker Congregational Church, which Mr Sackett is leaving to take over the ministry of the congregational Church at Sowerby Bridge.
[List of presentations not transcribed]

Sunderland Daily Echo, 29 Sep 1937

 Notes & Citations

  1. General Register Office, Online Index to Births, "Jun qtr 1903. Sackett, Benjamin Howard. Mother: Kingston. Dewsbury. 9b:591."
  2. Website The Surman Index Online (Dr Williams's Centre for Dissenting Studies) (, "Sackett, Benjamin Howard MA BD
    b. 29 April 1903 Morley, Yks
    (s. of Geo. Whitfield S (d. 1955); g'son of Benjamin S (d. 1900) qqv)
    Yks. Un. C
    [Parishes] Roker 1933–37; West End, Sowersby Bridge 1937–41; Chap. RAF 1941–46; Eccleshill, Bradford 1946–50; Wycliffe, Warrington 1950–71
    Ret. Southport.
    d. 7 Mar 1999
    m. Winnie. d, Jean & Judith
    cf. Hawthorn, "Centy, Wycliffe CC Warrington" (1951) p. 17
    URCYB 2000 304."
  3. 1939 Register.
  4. "England & Wales deaths 1837–2006" (Findmypast transcript), "Mar 1999. Sackett, Benjamin Howard, b. 29 Apr 1903. Sefton North. 0341B:55B:248:399."
  5. General Register Office, Online Index to Marriages, "Mar qtr 1933. Sackett, Benjamin H. Spouse: Milnes. Rotherham. 9c:959."
  6. General Register Office, Online Index to Marriages, "Mar qtr 1933. Milnes, Winifred F. Spouse: Sackett. Rotherham. 9c:959."
  7. Census.
  8. General Register Office, Online Index to Births, "Dec qtr 1913. Milnes, Winifred F. Mother: Howe. Rotherham. 9c:1548."
  9. "England & Wales deaths 1837–2006" (Findmypast transcript), "Jan 1996. Sackett, Winifred Faith, b. 11 Oct 1913. Sefton North. 0341A:49A:099:196."
  10. British Newspapers Collection, "Sunderland Daily Echo" (Findmypast image), 7 Jan 1933, Pulpit Notes; 10 Jul 1937, Pastor Leaving Roker; 29 Sep 1937, Tributes to Roker Minister.
  11. 1911 England census
    14 Beaumont Street, Todmorden, Yorkshire West Riding
    6 rooms
    George Whitefield Sackett, head, 38, married, Congregational minister, b. Oxon, Langford
    Elizabeth Finlay Sackett, wife, 38, m. 8y, 3 ch, all living, b. London, St George's-in-the-East
    Benjamin Howard Sackett, son, 7, b. Yorks, Morley
    Winifred Sackett, dau, 6, b. Yorks, Morley
    Irene Sackett, dau, 3, b. Yorks, Todmorden.
  12. 1921 England census
    The Manse, South Ockendon, Essex
    9 rooms
    George Whitefield Sackett, head, 48y 3m, married, b. Langford, Oxfordshire, Congregational Minister, Congregational Church, South Ockendon
    Elizabeth Finlay Sackett, wife, 49y 0m, married, b. St George in the East, London, home duties
    Benjamin Howard Sackett, son, 18y 2m, single, b. Morley, Yorkshire, shipping clerk, Scruttons Ltd, Stevedores & Master Porters, 16 Fenchurch Avenue, EC3
    Winifred Sackett, daughter, 16y 9m, single, b. Morley, shorthand-typist, Baptist Missionary Society, 19 Fennivals St, EC4
    Irene Sackett, daughter, 13y 11m, b. Todmorden, Yorkshire.
  13. "1939 Register" (Findmypast image), Sackett household, 14 Rochdale Road, Sowerby Bridge U D, Yorkshire (West Riding): Benjamin Howard Sackett, b. 29 Apr 1903, married, Congregational minister; Winifred Faith Sackett, b. 11 Oct 1913, married, unpaid domestic duties.
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