Rev Alfred Barrett Sackett
|Father||Jeremiah Sackett (1836-1918)|
|Mother||Sarah File (1838-1896)|
In 1871 Alfred was living at Townland Green, Woodchurch, KentG, in the household of his parents Jeremiah and Sarah, and was recorded in the census as Alfred B Sackett, aged eight and born in Barham, Kent.9
In 1899 Alfred was an army chaplain (Wesleyan) in the Eastern District Command at Abbey Field, Colchester, EssexG. He also shared the preaching in churches at Culver Street, Colchester, at Hythe, and at Mile End.10
In 1901 he was living at 57 Spencer Place, Potter Newton, Leeds, Yorkshire West RidingG, and was recorded as Alfred B Sackett, a Wesleyan minister, head of household, married, aged 38 and born in Derringstone, Kent. Living with him were his wife Lydia, 41, born in Liverpool, and their children, Alfred, six, and Dorothy, aged one. Also in the household was a female general domestic servant.11
Alfred Barrett Sackett was Chaplain to the Forces 1904–1919, serving in Gibraltar from 1914. He was promoted from Chaplain 4th Class (equivalent to Captain) to Chaplain 3rd Class (equivalent to Major) on 21 May 1918.12,13,14,15 In recognition of his work Alfred was appointed OBE in June 1919.16,17 Alfred made at least two return trips to England during his ministry in Gibraltar. He returned via Southampton on 20 August 1909, sailing second-class on the Yorck, his wife and daughter Dorothy having gone ahead in the preceding month as first-class passengers on the Olympia via Liverpool. He returned to Gibraltar from Liverpool on 9 November 1909 on the Bülow. He and his wife returned to England on 18 January 1913 arriving at Liverpool as first-class passengers on the Olympia. Their children, Alfred and Dorothy, attended school in England, joining their parents in Gibraltar each July (1912, 1913, 1914) at the start of the long school holiday.18,19,20,21 Lydia travelled to Gibraltar from Liverpool, departing on 3 November 1915 on the Scindia.22 In 1920 he was the senior chaplain at the Garrison and Naval Port Mission in Portsmouth, HampshireG.23
In 1921 Alfred was living at 1 Chichester Villas, Sandgate, KentG, and was recorded in the census as Alfred Barrett Sackett, a Wesleyan minister, head of household, aged 58. His wife Lydia, 61, was living with him.24
He was listed in the 1922 Sandgate directory, living at 1 Chichester VillasG.25
At the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, Alfred and Lydia were living at Holly Bank, Chalford Hill, Stroud, GloucestershireG. Alfred was a retired Methodist minister.26
Alfred was granted administration on 10 September 1949 of his wife Lydia's estate, valued at £557.27
Alfred left a will which was proved on 28 April 1951 by his son Alfred and daughter Dorothy. His estate was valued at £3,062.28
George by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India, &c.
To Our Trusty and well beloved Alfred B Sackett Greeting.
We reposing especial Trust and Confidence in your Loyalty Piety and good Conduct, do, by these Presents, Constitute and Appoint you to be an Officer in the Army Chaplains' Department of Our Army from the Thirtieth day of August 1914. You are therefore carefully and diligently to discharge your Duty as such in the rank of Chaplain to the Forces, 4th Class, or in such higher Rank as We may from time to time hereafter be pleased to promote or appoint you to, of which a notification will be made in the London Gazette, by doing and performing all and all manner of things thereunto belonging. And you are to observe and follow such Orders and Directions from time to time as you shall receive from Us, or any your superior Officer, according to the Rules and Discipline of War, in pursuance of the Trust hereby reposed in you.
Given at Our Court at Saint James's the Twentysecond day of August 1914 in the Fifth year of Our Reign.
By His Majesty's Command.
The Reverend Alfred B Sackett
Chaplain to the Forces, 4th Class
George the Fifth by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India, and Sovereign of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire to Our trusty and well beloved Alfred Barrett Sackett Clerk in Holy Orders
Greeting whereas We have thought fit to nominate and appoint you to be an Officer
of the Civil Division of Our said Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, We do by these presents grant unto you the Dignity of an Officer of Our said Order and hereby authorise you to have hold and enjoy the said Dignity and Rank of an Officer of Our aforesaid Order together with all and singular the privileges thereunto belonging or appertaining.
Given at Our Court at Saint James's under Our Sign Manual and Seal of Our said Order, this Third day of June 1919, in the Tenth year of Our Reign.
By the Sovereign's Command.
[signed Edward P]
Grant of the dignity of an Officer
of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire
to the Reverend Alfred Barrett Sackett
Sackett, Alfred Barrett (O.B.E.) 1862 - 1951
Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1951, page 137
Born of Kentish stock on 6th July 1862. His father worked under the Rev, Charles Garrett in the Manchester Lay Home Mission where, while still in his teens, Alfred became the leader of the young men’s class, a Local Preacher, and a candidate for the ministry.
Trained at Richmond College, he entered upon his ministry in 1889, when he was sent to London as chaplain to the Guards.
Thirty years of his ministry were spent among sailors and soldiers. His conspicuous success as a padre led to his call to the Gibraltar garrison, where he served for fifteen years. Conditions on the Rock provided no accommodation for the thousands of men when on leave so, single-handed, he established The Welcome Home, where many tired bodies were to find comfort and many weary souls found peace. When The Welcome was full to capacity, he turned his church pews into beds, and when the church could hold no more he took men into his own home, where they slept on his study floor and even on the stairs.
For his work among men of the Royal Navy and the Army he was decorated with the O.B.E. There followed a fruitful period of service at Portsmouth and Shorncliffe Camp, where, as at Strood, Colchester, and Leeds, his ministry was marked by his passion for evangelism. During retirement, while living with his daughter at Rochester, Alfred Sackett commenced a remarkable ministry, which continued even after he was stricken with the illness which took him from us.
His certainty of God was the root from which his gracious life and his amazing ministry flowered. At eighty-eight years of age he was still canvassing for Jesus, in which holy occupation his familiar figure was seen distributing tracts to cinema queues and visiting business houses and homes in the city.
He became superintendent of the Sunday-school and attended the Youth Club regularly.
To enter his home was soon to discover the place where memory of his gracious wife and pride in the achievements of his son and daughter made eventide all he desired. He was in his eighty-ninth year when he died on Sunday the 28th January 1951, and had served Methodism for nearly sixty-two years.
—My Wesleyan Methodists online
Children of Rev Alfred Barrett Sackett and Lydia Anne Sandford
Notes & Citations
- General Register Office, Online Index to Births, "Sep qtr 1862. Sackett, Alfred Barrett. Mother: File. Bridge. 2a:541."
- 1939 Register.
- General Register Office, Online Index to Deaths, "Mar qtr 1951. Sackett, Alfred B, 88. Chatham."
- Probate record.
- General Register Office, Online Index to Marriages, "Sep qtr 1893. Sackett, Alfred Barrett. Wirrel."
- Letter from Edmund Sackett, to Chris Sackett, dated 19 November 1994.
- General Register Office, Online Index to Births, "Dec qtr 1859. Sandford, Lydia Anne. W Derby. 8b:256."
- General Register Office, Online Index to Deaths, "Sep qtr 1949. Sackett, Lydia A, 89. Chatham."
- 1871 England census
RG10, piece 955, folio 56, p 25, GSU roll 827245,
"Townland Green, Woodchurch, Kent
Jeremiah Sackett, head, married, 34, carrier, b. Kent, Hythe
Sarah Sackett, wife, 32, b. Elizabeth Town, New Jersey, America
Alfred B Sackett, son, 8, b. Kent, Barham
George F Sackett, son, 7, b. Kent, Barham
Walter Sackett, son, 6, b. Kent, Barham
Susannah Sackett, dau, 4, b. Kent, Barham
Sarah A Sackett, dau, 3, b. Kent, Barham
Leonard Sackett, son, 2, b. Kent, Barham
Bertha Sackett, dau, 10 mos, b. Kent, Barham
George B File, visitor, married, 25, miller & baker, b. Kent, Barham."
- Website Kelly's Directory of Essex (Ancestry.co.uk) (http://www.ancestry.co.uk), 1899. Essex. Colchester. "Military. Eastern District Command.
Central Offices, Abbey field. Chaplain's Department. Rev. A.B. Sackett, Wesleyan."
"Places of Worship. Wesleyan, Revs. Robert Corlett Cowell & Alfred Barrett Sackett (Culver street) 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; wed. & sat. 7 p.m.; (Hythe) 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; thurs. 7.30; (Mile End) 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; thurs 7.30 p.m."
- 1901 England census
"57 Spencer Place, Potter Newton, Leeds, Yorkshire West Riding
Alfred B Sackett, head, married, 38, Wesleyan minister, b. Derringstone, Kent
Lydia A Sackett, wife, 41, b. Liverpool, Lancashire
Alfred B Sackett, son, 6, b. Strood, Kent
Dorothy M Sackett, dau, 1, b. Colchester, Essex
Alice Lowe, serv, single, 20, general servant (domestic), b. Little Oakley."
- Letter from Edmund Sackett, to Chris Sackett, dated 6 July 1997 , "Grandfather Alfred Barrett Sackett was Chaplain to the Forces 1904–1919."
- "Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards" (Findmypast transcript).
- "British Army Medal Index Cards, 1914-1920", digital image, The National Archives, "Sackett, Alfred Barrett, Royal Army Chaplain's Department, Reverend, Theatre of War Gibraltar entry 5 Aug 1914. WO372/17."
- "The London Gazette" (Findmypast image), 29 Aug 1914, p 6881, "Army Chaplains Department. The undermentioned Acting Army Chaplains to be temporary Chaplains to the Forces. Dated 30th August 1914: 4th Class. Reverend Alfred B. Sackett."
18 Mar 1916, p 3027, "Army Chaplains Department. The dates of appointment as temporary Chaplains to the Forces, 4th Class, of the undermentioned are as now stated, and not as in the Gazettes indicated: Notified in the Gazette of 29th August, 1914. 5th August, 1914. The Reverend A. B. Sackett."
2 Jul 1918, p 7729, "Army Chaplains Department, The Rev. A. B. Sackett, temp. Chapln. to the Forces, 4th Cl., to be an Hon. Chapln. to the Forces, 3rd Cl. 21st May 1918."
- Letter from Edmund Sackett, to Chris Sackett, dated 6 July 1997.
- "The London Gazette" (Findmypast image), 27 Jun 1919, p 8093, "The King has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of His Majesty's Birthday, to give orders for the following promotions and appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. To be dated the 3rd June 1919. To be Officers of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order: The Reverend Alfred Barrett Sackett, temporary Chaplain to the Forces, for services in connection with the "Welcome Home," Gibraltar."
- "UK Incoming Passenger Lists 1878–1960" (Ancestry image), "Mrs R Sackett, British, Olympia first class, arr. 24 Jul 1909 Liverpool, from Gibraltar
Miss Dorothy Sackett, British, Olympia first class, arr. 24 Jul 1909 Liverpool, from Gibraltar
Revd A B Sackett, minister, British (English), Yorck 2nd class, arr. 20 Aug 1909 Southampton, from Gibraltar."
- "UK Outward Passenger Lists 1890–1960" (Ancestry image), "Reverend A B Sackett, clergyman, British, dep. Southampton, 9 Nov 1909, to Gibraltar, 2nd class, ship Bülow, Norddeutscher Lloyd line."
- "UK Incoming Passenger Lists 1878–1960" (Ancestry image), "Revd A B Sackett, Anchor Line Olympia 1st class, arr. 18 Jan 1913 Liverpool, from Gibraltar, last permanent residence Gibraltar
Mrs Sackett, Anchor Line Olympia 1st class, arr. 18 Jan 1913 Liverpool, from Gibraltar, last permanent residence Gibraltar."
- "UK Outward Passenger Lists 1890–1960" (Ancestry image), "Mr A B Sackett, age 12+, Miss D M Sackett, age 12+, dep. London, 26 Jul 1912, to Gibraltar, 2nd class, ship Mooltan, P & O Steam Navigation Co."
"Mr A B Sackett, age 12+, Miss D M Sackett, age 12+, dep. London, 25 Jul 1913, to Gibraltar, 2nd class, ship Mooltan, P & O Steam Navigation Co."
"Master A B Sackett, age 12+, Miss D M Sackett, age 12+, dep. London, 24 Jul 1914, to Gibraltar, 2nd class, ship Maloja, P & O Steam Navigation Co."
- "UK Incoming Passenger Lists 1878–1960" (Ancestry image), "Mrs L A Sackett, age 56, 1st class, dep. Liverpool, 3 Nov 1915, to Gibraltar, ship Scindia, Anchor Line."
- Website Kelly's Directory of Hampshire (Ancestry.co.uk) (http://www.ancestry.co.uk), 1920. Hampshire. Portsmouth. Places of Worship, "Portsmouth Wesley Circuit. Portsmouth Wesleyan, Garrison & Naval Port Mission; Rev. Alfred B. Sackett O.B.E. supt. & sen. chaplain; Revs. J. Henry Martin & William Williams."
- 1921 England census
1 Chichester Villas, Sandgate, Sandgate, Kent
Alfred Barrett Sackett, head, 58y 11m, married, b. Barham, Kent, Wesleyan minister, Sandgate
Lydia Anne Sackett, wife, 61y 8m, married, b. Liverpool, Lancashire, home duties.
- Website Kelly's Directory of Kent (Ancestry.co.uk) (http://www.ancestry.co.uk), 1922. Kent. Sandgate. Private Residents, "Sackett Rev. Alfred Barrett (Wesleyan), 1 Chichester villas."
- "1939 Register" (Findmypast image), Sackett household, Holly Bank, Chalford Hill, Stroud R D, Gloucestershire: Alfred B Sackett, b. 6 Jul 1862, married, Methodist minister (retired); Lydia A Sackett, b. 21 Oct 1859, married, unpaid domestic duties.
- "England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills & Administrations), 1858–1995" (Ancestry image), "Sackett Lydia Anne of 70 Priestfields Rochester (wife of Alfred Barrett Sackett) died 8 July 1949 Administration London 10 September to the said Alfred Barrett Sackett retired methodist minister. Effects £557 10s. 9d."
- "England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills & Administrations), 1858–1995" (Ancestry image), "Sackett Alfred Barrett of 70 Priestfields Rochester died 28 January 1951 at St Bartholomews Hospital Rochester Probate London 28 April to Alfred Barrett Sackett schoolmaster and Dorothy May Sackett spinster. Effects £3062 18s. 8d."
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|Sackett line||8th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet|
|Charts||Line 3 (English)|
Descendants of Jeremiah Sackett
|Last Edited||6 Mar 2023|