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The Rt Rev Frank Oswald Thorne, CBE, MC,[1] DD was an Anglican[2] Bishop[3] in Africa[4] the mid 20th century.[5]
Born on 21 May 1892,[6] he was educated at St Paul’s and Christ Church, Oxford. After wartime service[7] with the Manchester Regiment he was ordained in 1922. His first post was as a curate at All Souls, Clapton Park. In 1925 he joined UMCA and became the first Warden of St Cyprian’s Theological College, Tunduru in the Diocese of Masasi. From 1936[8] to 1961 he was Bishop of Nyasaland. He died on 18 September 1981.[9]

Church of England titles
Preceded by
Gerald Wybergh Douglas
Bishop of Nyasaland
1936 –1961
Succeeded by
Donald Seymour Arden


  1. ^ Christies
  2. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  3. ^ National Archives
  4. ^ Library of Congress
  5. ^ DACB
  6. ^ Who was Who 1987-1990: London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 071363457X
  7. ^ London Gazette
  8. ^ Ecclesiastical News Triple Consecration In St. Paul's The Times Tuesday, Feb 25, 1936; pg. 17; Issue 47307; col E
  9. ^ Obituary Rt Rev F. O. Thorne The Times Wednesday, Sep 23, 1981; pg. 14; Issue 61040; col G



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