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THE REVEREND WILLIAM AYERST, BENGAL ECCLESIASTICAL ESTABLISHMENT :

Afghanistan War Medal 1878-80, no bar, (Revd. W.Ayerst, Ben.Eccl.Estabt.) correct style of engraved naming : (WILLIAM AYERST - Born Dantzig, Germany, on 16 March 1830, the eldest son of the Rev.William Ayerst, MA., vicar of Egerton, Kent : Educated King's College London, 1847-49, he became scholar and Lyon exhibitioner of Caius College, Cambridge, graduating BA. with a third class in classical tripos and junior optime in 1853 and MA. in 1856 : Ordained Deacon in 1853 and Priest in 1854, he served the curacies successively of All Saints,Grordon Square (1853-55); St Paul's, Lisson Grove (1855-57); and St Giles'-in-the Fields (1857-59) : Whilst working as a Curate in 1855 he won the Hulsean Prize at Cambridge and in 1858 the Norrisian Prize : In 1859 he went to India as Rector of St Paul's School, Calcutta and in 1861 he was appointed to a Chaplaincy on the Bengal Ecclesiastical Establishment and served as Senior Chaplain with the Khyber Field Force from 1879 to 1881, for which he was awarded the Afghanistan War Medal : On his return to London, he was appointed by the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst The Jews, the Principal of it's missionary college and Minister of the Jews' Episcopal Chapel, Cambridge Heath, but in 1882 accepted the Vicarage of Hungarton With Twyford And Thorpe Satchville, Leicestershire : In 1884 he opened the Ayerst Hall Hostel at Cambridge, designed to aid men of modest means to obtain a university degree and theological training : He resigned his living in 1886, but served as Curate of Newton, Cambridgeshire from 1888 to 1890, and continued his work at Ayerst Hall until 1897 : In 1885 the Church Party in Natal, South Africa, which had stood by Bishop Colenso after his deposition from the See of Natal, and continued after his death an independent ecclesiastical existence, formally applied to the English archbishops though the Church Council of Natal for the consecration of a successor to Colenso. The request was refused. After some delay, Ayerst accepted the offer of the bishopric, and again attempts were made to obtain consecration. This, in spite of Ayerst's persistency, was definitely refused on 21 October 1891 by Archbishop Benson : In his later years Ayerst lived quietly at Neasden, London, where he died on 6 April 1904 : He had married firstly in 1859, Helen Sarah Drawbridge, by whom he had ten children, of whom only three sons and a daughter survived him, and secondly in 1893, Annie Young Davidson : He had published, "The Influence of Christianity On The Language Of Modern Europe" ((1856) and "The Pentateuch It's Own Witness" (1858).) Sold with copy career details and copy entry 'Who Was Who 1897-1916' : Some contact marks and slight edge bruising : Rare GVF - £650