Hudson Jermy, Evangelist (1870 - 1954)

The above postcard was purchased on eBay in 2009. It shows Hudson Jermy, Evangelist, standing at the back of his horse drawn "Gospel Mission Car" with an unidentified boy playing a portable piano. The card was published by E. Buck of Clitheroe. The reverse of the card is addressed to Mr J Brunskill of Rorkey Farm, Crosby Ganett, Kirkby Stephen, in what is now Cumbria. The message says With very kind regards to all and best wishes for a happy Xmas and New Year. It is signed by Mr H. Jermy. The date the card was posted is not clear, but it may be 23 December 1910.

A search of the 1911 census records March Jermy, aged 41, in his Gospel Mission car in Aldbrough, near Darlington, Yorkshire. He is listed as an Evangelist, with no other occupation, who was born in Wroxham, Norfolk. It would appear that his vehicle was parked outside the United Methodist Church in Aldbrough at the time of the 1911 census.

Fortunately, in my database of Jermy families, I have a record of a March Jermy who was born in Wroxham in March 1870. He was the youngest child of William Jermy and Eleanor Hudson, who were married in St Mary, Wroxham on 14 September 1848. His father William was an agricultural labourer, who died shortly after March's birth, in May 1870. March was obviously brought up by his mother, who is listed as a washerwoman in subsequent census records. March is listed as a scholar in the 1881 census, when he is living with the rest of his family in Wroxham. His mother subsequently died in December 1894. It would appear that March combined his mother's maiden name with his own for his subsequent evangelical career.

The 1891 census shows him staying as a lodger with Mary Koyles, aged 64, and her daughter Laura, aged 26, in Magdalen Road, Norwich. Mother and daughter are listed as housekeeper and dressmaker, respectively, whilst March, aged 21, is listed as a gardener. In the 1901 census he is listed as March H Jermy, Evangelist, living in his Gospel Van in Arnside, Westmoreland, with another evangelist John Burring, aged 26.

The 1939 Population Register lists him as living in "Wroxholme", Hillburne Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, as March Jermy, Private Secretary, Retired. His date of birth is given as 10th March 1870. Living with him is his elder sister Eliza, who is listed as a housekeeper. He died on 21 February 1954, aged 83, and according to his will he was living with friends Mr & Mrs Leeks of 8 Kenlam Road, Wisbech St Peter, Cambridgeshire. He left them the bulk of his estate, and £25 to his nephew Reginald Spinks Jermy, of Wroxham.

A similar postcard was sold on eBay in March 2021. This one was addressed to Mrs Ebdell, Great Asby, Appleby, Westmorland, and posted on 22 December 1909 at Crosthwaite, Kendal. The message says With very kind regards to both and best wishes for a happy Xmas. Mr H Jermy, Stoneydale Grange, The Sands, Lancs.