Kenneth Sansbury

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The Right Reverend
Kenneth Sansbury
Bishop of Singapore
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Singapore and Malaya
In office 1961 to 1966
Predecessor Henry Baines
Successor Chiu Ban It
Other posts Warden of St Augustine's College, Canterbury (1952–1961)
Warden of Lincoln Theological College (1945–1952)
Ordination 1929
Consecration 1961
Personal details
Birth name Cyril Kenneth Sansbury
Born (1905-01-21)21 January 1905
Died 25 August 1993(1993-08-25) (aged 88)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglicanism

Cyril Kenneth Sansbury (21 January 1905 – 25 August 1993[1]) was an Anglican bishop in the second half of the 20th century.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Sansbury was educated at St Paul's School (London) and Peterhouse, Cambridge.[3]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Sansbury was ordained in 1929.[4] His first posts were curacies at Dulwich Common and Wimbledon.

From 1932 Sansbury worked as an SPG Missionary at Numazu, Japan serving in various churches of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai. in 1934 he was appointed Professor at the Central Theological College, Tokyo.[5] In 1938 British Ambassador Sir Robert Craigie appointed Sansbury as Embassy Chaplain. Until the outbreak of hostilities in 1941 Sansbury also served as chaplain to the British congregation at St. Andrew's Church, Tokyo.

After repatriation to Canada he became a World War II chaplain in the RCAF then Warden of Lincoln Theological College until 1952. From 1952 to 1961 he held a similar post at St Augustine's College, Canterbury when he was ordained to the episcopate[6] as Bishop of Singapore.[7] Returning to London he was an assistant bishop and General Secretary of the British Council of Churches. His last post was as priest in charge of St Mary in the Marsh, Norwich.


  1. ^ Independent Obituary
  2. ^ Bishops of singapore
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  5. ^ Webster, Alan (27 August 1993). "Obituary: The Right Rev Kenneth Sansbury". The Independent. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Diocese of West Malaysia
  7. ^ Mekong Messenger
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Henry Wolfe Baines
Bishop of Singapore
1961 – 1966
Succeeded by
Joshua Chiu Ban It