Person record: CARLILE, Reverend Wilson  (1847-1942)

Basic biographical summary of this person
NameReverend Wilson CARLILE
Relevance of this personFounder and leader of the Church Army 
Main period of activity1880s-1940s
Short biography

Wilson Carlile was born in 1847 in Brixton. He suffered from a spinal weakness all his life, which hampered his education. He entered his grandfather's business at the age of thirteen but soon moved on and learnt fluent French, which he used to good advantage in France trading in silk. He later learned German and Italian to enhance his business, but was ruined in a slump in 1873. After a serious illness, he began to take his religion more seriously and became confirmed in the Church of England. He acted as organist to Ira D Sankey, during the Moody and Sankey missions and in 1881 was ordained priest, serving his curacy at St Mary Abbots in Kensington, together with a dozen other curates. The lack of contact between the Church and the working classes was a cause of real concern to him and he began outdoor preaching. In 1882, he resigned his curacy and founded the Church Army, four years after the foundation of the Salvation Army. He continued to take part in its administration until a few weeks before his death on 26 September 1942.

Relationships to other peoplefather of CARLILE, Miss   (fl.1890s)
14 January 1847born atLondon, England
1882~34founderChurch Army
1882~34leaderChurch Army
26 December 189548lecturer[Magic lantern exhibition], London, England, 26 December 1895
1901~53lecturer[Magic lantern lecture], Warrington, Cheshire, England, 1901
1903~55lecturer[Magic lantern lecture], Sidmouth, Devon, England, 1903
26 September 194295died atunknown location
Lucerna ID no. 6000183Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 4 October 2016