Geoffrey Lunt

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Geoffrey Charles Lester Lunt MC (1885–1948) was an Anglican bishop in the 20th century.[1]

Born into an ecclesiastical family[2] and educated at Sherborne and Exeter College, Oxford[3] he was ordained in 1909. His first post was as curate at Christ Church, Clifton, Bristol,[4] after which he was secretary of the Church Missionary Society for Public Schools and Young People’s Work then vicar of St Paul’s, Bedminster. A chaplain to the Forces in France during World War I[5] he was awarded the Military Cross in the 1918 Birthday Honours. When peace returned he became vicar of All Saints, Northampton then archdeacon of Egypt. From 1928 he was vicar of St Mary’s, Portsea, Portsmouth, the largest parish of the city.[6] before his appointment to the episcopate as bishop of Ripon.[7] He was translated to Salisbury in 1946[8] and died in post two years later.[9]


Brother - Theodore Robert Woosnam Lunt (1879-1951)[10] His wife was Lillias M Sherbrooke (1889-1980)[11] His sister Mary Baskerville Lunt married Hugh Cecil Jenner (1872-1968) who was descended from Francis Lascelles (1744-1799) and the singer Ann Catley His son Ronald Geoffrey Lunt (1913-1994) was also a war chaplain who served with 7th commando in Libya;[12] and later the rector of Martley.


  1. ^ National Archives
  2. ^ Genealogical website
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ Church website
  5. ^ "No. 30716". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 May 1918. p. 6468. 
  6. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  7. ^ New Bishop Of Ripon Canon Lunt Appointed The Times Monday, 29 October 1934; p. 14; Issue 46897; col F
  8. ^ Ecclesiastical News Confirmation Of Bishop Of Salisbury's Election The Times Thursday, 10 October 1946; p. 7; Issue 50578; col C
  9. ^ The Times, Saturday, 18 December 1948; p. 6; Issue 51258; col G Obituary Bishop Of Salisbury
  10. ^ Lunt, Theodore Robert Woosnam (1901). The Story of Islam. London: United Council for Missionary Education. 
  11. ^ their marriage appears on Peerage website.
  12. ^ Portraits of Ronald Geoffrey Lunt at the National Portrait Gallery, London

External links[edit]

Portraits of Geoffrey Lunt at the National Portrait Gallery, London Edit this at Wikidata

Church of England titles
Preceded by
Edward Burroughs
Bishop of Ripon
Succeeded by
George Chase
Preceded by
Neville Lovett
Bishop of Salisbury
Succeeded by
William Anderson