The C of E’s youngest vicar

Birmingham Daily Gazette
Monday 25 November 1929

YOUNGEST VICAR
OAKENGATES CLERGYMAN’S NEW LIVING

The Rev Eric Victor Jones, youngest, son of Mr and Mrs Fred Jones of Stafford House, Oakengates, who was recently instituted to the living of Wrenthorpe, Wakefield, is only 28 years of age and is the youngest vicar in the Anglican Church.

Mr Jones received his early education at Wombridge Schools, and was afterwards transferred to Mirfield and Kelham College. When 23 he was ordained deacon, and in the next year became a priest. His first curacy was at Elland, Yorkshire, and after a short period he went to the West Indies where he did splendid work for two and a half years as a missionary.

He returned recently and only a fortnight ago was instituted by the Bishop of Wakefield to his present living. His wide circle of friends in Oakengates and district will be pleased to learn of his success, for when on a visit to his home at Oakengates, he has on each occasion conducted the services at the parish church. He is an eloquent preacher.