St John's Church, Stratford, E15
Rev. Raymond Percy Pelly (Vicar 1881-1889)

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Rev. Raymond Percy Pelly
Reverend Raymond Percy Pelly was born on 17th March 1841 at Upton in West Ham, Essex. He was the son of Raymond Pelly and Louisa Fry.

His mother, Louisa, was the daughter of Elizabeth Fry, famous for her efforts to reform the prison system in Britain in the early nineteenth century. Wikipedia Reference (external link)

His Father was the son of Baronet Sir John Henry Pelly, Director of the Hudson's Bay Company & Governor of The Bank Of England.

On 4th February 1864 he married Alice Schaffalitzky Larkins, daughter of Colonel George Larkins of the Bengal Artillery. They had eight children, Douglas (1865), Alice (1867), Ellen (1870), Margaret (1871), Raymond (1882), Dorothy (1884), Ina Marjorie (1885), & Raymond (1888).

He studied at Trinity College Cambridge gaining a B.A. in 1864 and an M.A. in 1867. He was ordained Deacon in 1864 by the Bishop of Winchester and as a Priest in 1865 by the Bishop of London.

He was curate of Mitcham, Surrey (1864/5), curate of Wanstead, Essex (1865-69), Vicar of Matlock Bath from 1869 to 1875 and of All Saints, Woodford Wells (external link), until 1881, when he came to St John's.

After leaving St Johns in 1889 he was Vicar of St Mary's, Saffron Walden (external link) until 1896 and then Vicar of Great Malvern, Worcester (external link), until 1909. He also held the office of Hon. Canon of Worcester in 1901.

He died on 17th October 1911 at Hollington, St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex (external link)

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