Thomas Masters

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Reverend Thomas Heywood Masters, CBE (9 April 1865 – 1 September 1939) was an Anglican priest.[1][2][3]

Masters was born in 1865,[4] and educated at Withington High School, at Inverness College, in Hanover and at Christ's College, Cambridge.[5] Ordained in 1889, his first posts were curacies at St Peter’s, Caverswall and St Mark’s, Lakenham. He then held incumbencies at All Saints, North Scarle[6] and from 1901[7] at All Saints, East Meon.

During World War I he was a Red Cross Ambulance driver and then a Chaplain to the 4th Army: he was twice Mentioned in Despatches. When peace returned he became Vicar of St Peter’s, Petersfield.[8] After this he was Rural Dean of Portsmouth then Provost of Portsmouth Cathedral,[9] also becoming an Honorary Chaplain to the King.[10]

Masters died on 1 September 1939[11] and there is a memorial to him at East Meon.[12]


  1. ^ The Times, 28 April 1893; pg. 11; Issue 33937; col B, University Intelligence. Oxford, 27 April.
  2. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ Family genealogy site
  5. ^ "Masters, Thomas Heywood (MSTS886TH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  6. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  7. ^ "Ecclesiastical intelligence". The Times (36622). London. 26 November 1901. p. 8. 
  8. ^ A history of Christianity in Petersfield: the stories of the local churches: Petersfield, Petersfield Area Historical Society, 2001 Monograph No 4 ISSN 0262-5970
  9. ^ History in Portsmouth
  10. ^ Ecclesiastical News. New Chaplains To The King The Times, 22 October 1921; pg. 10; Issue 42858; col E
  11. ^ Deaths, The Times, 4 September 1939; pg. 1; Issue 48401; col A
  12. ^ Parish registers web-site
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Bernard Williams
Provost of Portsmouth
1930 – 1938
Succeeded by
Eric Noel Porter Goff