Bernard Corfield

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The Right Rev. Bernard Conyngham Corfield [1] was Bishop of Travancore and Cochin from 1938 to 1944.[2]

Corfield was born into an ecclesiastical family [3] and educated at St. Lawrence College, Ramsgate and Jesus College, Cambridge. After World War I service as a temporary Lieutenant in the RFA (during which he was mentioned in despatches twice)[4] he was ordained in 1920. He was Principal of the CMS School at Batala from then until 1928; and then held a similar post at Dera Ismail Khan until 1935. Returning to England he was Vicar of Christ Church, South Nutfield [5] until 1938 when he was elevated to the Episcopate.[6] Resigning his see in 1944 he became Rector of Stratfield Saye. In 1962 he was appointed the Chaplain of St John’s Hospital, Winchester,[7] and died in post on 22 July 1965.[8]


  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ National Archives
  3. ^ He was the 2nd son of the Reverend Egerton Corfield, a CMS priest in India, and grandson s of the Revs F. C. Corfield T. A. Anson, both of Derbyshire > “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ London Gazette
  5. ^ Photo of church
  6. ^ Ecclesiastical NewsThe Times (London, England), Thursday, Mar 17, 1938; pg. 17; Issue 47945
  7. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory Oxford, OUP, 1948
  8. ^ Rt. Rev. B. C. Corfield The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 24, 1965; pg. 8; Issue 56382.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Edward Alfred Livingstone Moore
Bishop of Travancore and Cochin
Succeeded by
Cherakarottu Korula Jacob