RepositoryJesuits in Britain Archives
Ref NoABSI/SJ/98
TitleFr Charles Annacker SJ (1868-1920)
DateLate 19th century-1920
DescriptionThis collection contains Fr Annacker's scholastic qualifications and an obituary.
Admin_HistoryFr Charles Annacker was born 20 May 1868 in Manchester to devout Catholic parents, of German origin. He was educated at Salford Grammar School, at St Bede's Manchester College and at Mount St Mary's, where he was also a successful athlete. He joined the noviciate 7 September 1887. Fr Annacker spent part of this period with the French Province, popularly called the Paris Province among fellow novices at Slough. Having passed the London Matriculation examination with honours, Fr Annacker went on his Juniorate at Roehampton, following that with Seminary in 1891, where he successfully passed the Final London Examination in 1892. He was noted to have strong interest in history, geography, and music, with some knowledge of French and German.

He had a love of sport, having a surprisingly accurate knowledge of football and cricket, and had been a keen golf-player at St Beuno's. Fr Annacker was also known to dislike all kinds of politics. He taught at the Mount between 1895-9 before going to St Beuno's in 1889 for theology. He was ordained on 31 July 1902 and sent to Valkenburg to finish his theology, and later to Tronchiennes in 1903-4 for his Tertianship. He took his first vows as a Spiritual Coadjutor on 2 February 1905 while teaching at the Mount. The following year he was sent to Garnethill where he taught the fourth form. Within a few years three of his former pupils won the coveted Snell Scholarship tenable at Balliol College, Oxford. He was regarded by his pupils with great respect.

Fr Annacker died suddenly, though after a period of declining health, 25 October 1920, the third anniversary of his brother Henry in Glasgow. He was buried in Dalbeth Cemetery.
Related MaterialFor photographs see SJ/PH/10
AccessConditionsThe papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to archive material in the Jesuits in Britain Archives.

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