Charles Saunders (bishop)

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Charles John Godfrey Saunders (1884 – 16 October 1973) was the Bishop of Lucknow from 1928 until 1938. He was born in 1884 and educated at Merchant Taylors' School and St John’s College, Oxford.[1] Ordained in 1912 he emigrated to India where he worked as a missionary with the SPG. From 1921 to 1925 he was Staff Chaplain at the headquarters of the Indian Army followed by another three years in a similar post serving the Metropolitan of Calcutta[2] before his elevation to the Episcopate. On returning to England he was Vicar of Uckfield, and an Assistant Bishop within the Chichester Diocese.[3] His last post was an honorary one[4] in retirement at Bristol where he died on 16 October 1973.


  1. ^ Who was Who 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ During which time he wrote Handbook for chaplains, India : a guide to the military, civil and ecclesiastical rules in force in India (Calcutta, Indian Army, 1926)
  3. ^ Ecclesiastical News New Assistant Bishop For Chichester (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times Friday, 3 Feb 1939; pg. 18; Issue 48220; col G
  4. ^ As part of the hospital chaplaincy team, in which capacity he wrote A History of the United Bristol Hospitals (Bristol, Board of Governors of the United Bristol Hospitals1960)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Herbert Westcott
Bishop of Lucknow
1928 – 1938
Succeeded by
Sydney Alfred Bill