Charles Ray (editor)

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Charles Ray (1875-1962) was a prolific editor of encyclopedic works, mainly for children, especially during the 1930s. His father was Charles James Ray (1848-1913), a boot manufacturer, and his mother was Lizzie Harvey (1851-1887).[1] He was born in Stepney, London in 1874,[2] and he married Florence probably around 1900. According to the 1911 Census, they had three sons and one daughter. They were Charles Aylward Ray (1902-1997) who was an industrial chemist; Kenneth Alfred Ray, (born around 1906); Florence Margaret Ray, (born around 1905); Lawrence Arthur Ray (born around 1910).[3] Charles Ray worked as editor with Amalgamated Press in London, and he contributed to The Children's Newspaper edited by Arthur Mee from 1919, and possibly also to the earlier Children's Encyclopaedia (1908-1910).[4] He retired in 1939 aged 65,[5] and he died in Cromer, Norfolk on 8 June 1962.[6]



  • The Life of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, with an introduction by Pastor Thomas Spurgeon. London: Isbister and Co Ltd; London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1903.[7]
  • Mrs. C. H. Spurgeon. [A biography.] (Contributor: Susannah Spurgeon) London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1903.
  • A Marvellous Ministry. The story of C. H. Spurgeon's sermons, from 1855 to 1905. London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1905.

Edited Works[edit]


  1. ^ Births and Marriages records available at
  2. ^ England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915, available at
  3. ^ Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK , available at
  4. ^ He is listed as one of the writers to the Children's Newspaper in this 'Look and Learn' website: Accessed 03.10.2013.
  5. ^ No works are recorded under his name after 1939.
  6. ^ London Gazette website: accessed 25.09.2013.
  7. ^ All his books and edited works are as recorded in the British Library catalogue at and other library catalogues.