Ambrose Reeves

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Richard Ambrose Reeves was an Anglican priest[1] and opponent of Apartheid[2] in the 20th century.

He was born on 6 December 1899,[3] educated at Great Yarmouth Grammar School[4] and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and ordained, after a period of study at the College of the Resurrection at Mirfield, in 1927.[5] After a curacy at St Albans, Golders Green[6] he held incumbencies at St Margaret, Leven,[7] St James Haydock and St Nicholas, Liverpool. In 1949 he was ordained to the episcopate as the 3rd Bishop of Johannesburg[8] a post he held until 1961 when he was deported. He then became an assistant Bishop, firstly in the Diocese of London and then Chichester. A Sub-Prelate of the Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem, he died on 23 December 1980.[9]

Church of England titles
Preceded by
Geoffrey Hare Clayton
Bishop of Johannesburg
1949 – 1961
Succeeded by
Leslie Edward Stradling


  1. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  2. ^ Time Magazine
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ Boon, Michael. "Great Yarmouth's School". The Owl Service, 2010, p.232. ISBN 978-0-9567512-0-1.
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  6. ^ Photos of church
  7. ^ ”Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689-2000” Bertie, D.M: Edinburgh T & T Clark ISBN 0-567-08746-8
  8. ^ "New Bishop Of Johannesburg Canon R. A. Reeves appointed", The Times, 25 February 25 1949, p. 7.
  9. ^ The Times, Saturday, Dec 27, 1980; pg. 12; Issue 60811; col E Obituary The Right Rev Ambrose Reeves