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Obituary.

REV. F. H. STOKES.

The Rev. Francis Herbert Stokes, who died on February 21 at the age of 75. was one of the oldest priests in the Church of England, and one of the Bishop's chaplains for many years. He was born in Eng land in 1854, and was the second

son or uenerai sir jonn stokes, ot the Royal Engineers. Sir John was a member of the Suez Canal Board, and earlier in nis life he organised a Turk ish contingent during the Crimean war. Mr. Stokes came to South Australia in 1878, to join his uncle (Mr. F. W. Stokes), who was associated in the ownership of pastoral property in the north. Later Mr. Stokes took up farming near Mount Remarkable, and in 1837 he came to Adelaide to study for the Church of England priesthood. He was ordained a deacon in 1889, and a priest in 1890. For some tune he worked in the Bishop's Home Mission Society, and in 1892 he went to Wil lunga, as rector of the parish, which included Willunga, Noarlunga, and Al dinga. He was transferred to St. Cuthbert's, at Prospect, in 1896, and three years later he became rector of the Church of Epiphany at Crafers. In 1909, owing to ill-health, Mr. Stokes retired from the active ministry, and for some years he lived at Henley Beach. The last eight or nine years of his life were spent at Glenelg. He has left a widow, who was the youngest daughter of Mr. William Giles, 'the first manager of the South Australian com pany. There are four sons and one aaughter living. Mr. Edward Stokes, headmaster of Queen's College, North Adelaide; Dr. Alfred Stokes, of Glenelg; Mr. Maynard Stokes, of Messrs. Elder, Smith & Co.; Mr. John Stokes of Wai kerie; and Mrs. Kenneth Stokes, of Me dindie. The youngest son (Francis Herbert) was killed at the landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula, in 1915.

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