He was educated at Rugby School and New College, Oxford. After graduation, he was an Assistant Master at Winchester College for ten years before becoming Vicar of North Bradley in Wiltshire. After a spell as Chaplain to George Ridding, Bishop of Southwell he became the first, and long serving, Bishop of Derby (then a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Southwell). In 1909 in a sideways move he was translated to the Diocese of Lichfield to be their suffragan Bishop of Stafford. His son, who perished in the First World War, was also a distinguished clergyman.
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- The Times, Saturday, 10 April 1915; p. 10; Issue 40825; col E "Obituary: The Bishop Of Stafford"
- “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
- The Times, Friday, 11 February 1870; p. 3; Issue 26671; col E University Intelligence
- The Times, Friday, 19 July 1889; p. 4; Issue 32755; col A "New Suffragan Bishop of Derby"
- The Times, Friday, 18 June 1909; p. 7; Issue 38989; col E "Bishop Were translated to Lichfield"
- The Times, Saturday, 18 January 1918; p. 5; Issue 41691; col E “Fallen Officers” (includes Rev Cyril Narramore Were)
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