Rev Reginald Arthur John Chute
Vicar of Canvey Island 1927-1928
Reginald Arthur John CHUTE was born in 1884 to Rev John Chute and his wife Emily of St Jude’s Vicarage, Hunslet, Yorkshire. The Chute family were originally from County Cork where Reginald’s grandfather was also a clergyman.
He attended Leeds Grammar School and Queens College Oxford, as a Hastings Exhibitioner, studying Classics. He rowed in the College Eight. He studied Theology at Ripon College, and was ordained at Saffron Walden in 1910.
From 1909-1917 he was the Curate at St Peter & St Paul, The Green, Chingford. From 1917-1921 he was the Curate-in-Charge at St Luke’s Church, Leyton. It was during this time i n 1918 he signed up to the Royal Army Medical Corps as a stretcher-bearer spending time in France before being demobilised in 1919.
On the 25 Feb 1927 he returned from India on the British & Indian Steam Navigation Company’s ship Malda after spending six years in Jamalpur, India on loan as a Chaplain to the Railways.
Following his return to England he became the Vicar of Canvey for a short time (1927-1928) before moving to St Andrew’s, Leytonstone 1928 –1942.
He was quote in ‘The Newsman’ on the 1st October 1927 as saying:
- I am glad to announce at last that there is a boom in something good. The Vicar of Canvey, the Rev. R. A. J. Chute, states that there has been such a large number of baptisms during the past few weeks that it has been impossible to find room to include all the names in the Parish Magazine.
Not a lot is known of his time on Canvey if anyone can remember him please let us know.
He married Florence Myers in 1931 at the age of 47 the couple had one child Hilary. He later moved to Chappel and Wakes Colne (near Colchester) from 1942-1956. He was appointed a Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral. He retired to Saffron Walden and died in 1967.