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 George Scott Railton

George Scott Railton

Birth
Arbroath, Angus, Scotland
Death 19 Jul 1913 (aged 64)
Cologne, Departement du Gers, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Burial Stoke Newington, London Borough of Hackney, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 19877 · View Source
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Salvation Army Commissioner. Born at Arbroath in Scotland, the son of Methodist missionaries Lancelot Railton and his wife, Margaret Scott. He lost his parents at the tender age of 15. George worked on his own in London, seeking something that was more like the old Methodism of John Wesley. Eventually, he found the Christian Mission (now known as The Salvation Army) work of William Booth. Booth invited him to stay with him and his family and become the secretary of Christian Mission, a job George quickly accepted. He became the acting editor of 'The Christian Mission Magazine'. By 1880, Booth's son Bramwell had matured and became his father's secretary. George, who since his youth had wished to be a missionary, persuaded Booth to send him to New York to begin the Army's work there. He was well suited to such work, being a skilled linguist, dedicated, and hard-working, and both he and his superiors felt more comfortable with him on the frontier than at headquarters. With male officers being few in number, George took Captain Emma Westbrook and six other young women with the intention of training them for the work on the voyage to the United States. George and the girls made swift progress, joining with the unofficial work already begun by the Shirley family in Philadelphia. He also began the work in Newark, New Jersey, leaving two young women in charge. George soon departed for St. Louis, Missouri, in an effort to begin work there, but was unsuccessful. By 1881, he was needed by Booth and was on his way to begin missionary work in other lands. In 1884 George was married to Marianne Deborah Lydia Ellen Parkyn, a Salvation Army Sergeant in Torquay in Devon. Her father was a Free Church and he opposed the wedding, but, eventually he gave his consent and the couple were married by William Booth at Exeter Hall on January 17, 1884. They would have a child named David. In 1894 George was sent to Spain, where he remained until being recalled to England in the summer of 1895. Although by now his health was declining, he was called on to assist Bramwell Booth for whom he travelled the world inspecting the work of The Salvation Army. In 1899 George set sail for South Africa to negotiate with the political and military leaders before the launching of the Red Shield work amongst the troops. In his later years George continued to travel widely, visiting many countries on behalf of The Salvation Army, including China, Japan and Russia. While travelling to Spain, he endured a lay over and decided to visit with the quarters of the local Salvation Army officers. Nearly missing his train he rushed with heavy baggage to catch it, he made it to his seat before collapsing with a heart attack. George was 64 years old.

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  • Added: 28 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19877
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Scott Railton (6 Jul 1849–19 Jul 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19877, citing Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London Borough of Hackney, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .