Stanley Edwin Buckley

Stanley Edwin Buckley


Reverend Stanley Edwin Buckley was born in Scarborough, England, April 1888.  As a youth, he apprenticed as a “joiner” (carpenter) and attended the School of Technology in Manchester, England.  He began studies at Hartley Victoria College, Manchester in 1910.   Set on being a missionary and acquiring additional skills, he spent one summer at a bricks work factory learning to make bricks.

Rev. Buckley entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1913 and, in that same year, traveled to Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) to begin service as a missionary with the Primitive Methodist Missionary Society (PMMS).  He would continue there for the next 17 years, primarily at the Kanchindu Mission, located in the inhospitable and remote Gwembe Valley.  Rev. Buckley was responsible for cutting a needed 150 mile wagon road to reach the railroad line in Livingstone, setting up a brick work and supervising the making of ½ million bricks used to construct mission buildings, and assisting in providing medical care.  It would later be reported: “A skilled carpenter he taught the natives the art of building, and laboured with his own hands in the erection of churches and schools.”  Rev. and Mrs. Buckley’s son was born in Zambia in 1917.

Rev. Buckley returned to England 1930.  He served as a Methodist Minister at a number of churches including the Seahouses Church, North Sunderland until his death in March 1946 at the relatively young age of 58.  His early death may have been caused, in part, by serious bouts of blackwater fever (complication of malaria infection) suffered while in Zambia.  Among his other interests, Rev. Buckley was an avid stamp collector.


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