Cecil Alderson

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Cecil William Alderson was an Anglican Bishop of Damaraland, Bloemfontein, and Mashonaland.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 11 March 1900, educated at Merchant Taylors’ and St John’s College, Oxford, and ordained in 1926 after a period of study at Ely Theological College.

Clerical career[edit]

He began his career with a curacy at St Matthew, Westminster. From 1925 to 1930 he was Vice-Principal of his old theological college then a missionary in Likoma. In 1938 he became Warden of St Paul's College, Grahamstown, then Archdeacon of Port Elizabeth. He was Bishop of Damaraland from 1949 to 1951 when he was translated to Bloemfontein.[1][2] His last post was as Bishop of Mashonaland where he played a key role in the foundation of the Bernard Mizeki College from around 1958 till the time of his death.


He was admitted as a Sub-Prelate to the Order of St John of Jerusalem,[3] he died on 12 February 1968.[4]



  • "Obituary Rt Rev C. W. Alderson". The Times (57175). London. Feb 14, 1968. p. 12 col F. 

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Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
George Wolfe Robert Tobias
Bishop of Damaraland
Succeeded by
John Dacre Vincent
Preceded by
Arthur Henry Howe-Browne
Bishop of Bloemfontein
Succeeded by
Bill Bendyshe Burnett
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Edward Francis Paget
Bishop of Mashonaland
Succeeded by
John Paul Burrough