EVERY, EDWARD FRANCIS

1862 - 1941 from England


Anglican bishop, the second son of Sir Henry Flower Every (10th Baronet) and Mary Isabella Every née Holland, was born in Burton-on-Trent, Staffs, on 3 April 1862. After gaining his degree at Trinity College, Cambridge, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1885 in the Diocese of Durham.

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His qualities of leadership and sympathetic character, which emerged during 17 years' work in the north of England, his interest in the mission field and the fact that he was single, marked him out as a most suitable candidate for the vacant bishopric of the Falkland Islands. He was consecrated on 13 July 1902. On his arrival in South America, he quickly realised that there had to be a division of the territorially vast diocese under his care. This took place in 1910; the result was that he became Bishop in Argentina and Eastern South America, and a new bishop, Laurence BLAIR, was appointed to the Falkland Islands and the West Coast countries. However, with the resignation of Bishop BLAIR in 1914, Every resumed responsibility for the two dioceses for the years of World War I until the appointment of Bishop DE JERSEY.

In his book South American Memories of Thirty Years, Every describes two of the visits he made to the Falkland Islands. The first was in 1916 when he was travelling on a Pacific Steam Navigation Company (PSNC) ship travelling between Montevideo and the West Coast. He was present at the lecture in the Stanley town hall by Ernest SHACKLETON, who had only the previous day, on 31 May, reached Stanley from Elephant Island and South Georgia. The other visit he recounts was his final one to the Islands. It took place before the end of World War I, when the numbers of ships calling at the Islands was at a low ebb. Every found himself inadvertently stranded in the Islands for over three months, having arrived on the last PSNC steamer to call before the curtailment of the PSNC service. He describes the people he met and their farms on a visit he made to both East and West Falkland.

After a long, distinguished episcopate Every retired from his duties in South America in 1937, and became rector of Egginton, Derbyshire and assistant bishop. He had been awarded the CBE in 1936. He died on 16 January 1941. He was the author of The Anglican Church in South America, 1915, SPCK, London, Twenty-five Years in South America, 1929, SPCK, London, South American Memories of Thirty Years, 1933, SPCK, London, and a number of short church histories.

Authors

Jeremy Howat