Source: Chaplains in the HEIC 1805 to 1835 (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: WILLIAM CHESTER was born in 1787. He was a descendant of Sir Robert Chester, owner of the manor of Cockerhatch in the county of Herts. His father, William Chester, who died in 1812, married a daughter of Henry Seymor, who owned property in the county of Dorset. William Chester married Mary Anne Harcourt, and had eleven children before he entered the service of the East India Company in 1833. He was instituted to the Rectory of Walpole in the county of Norfolk in 1824, but there is no local evidence that he ever resided there. He was permitted apparently to appoint a curate to carry on the parochial work. On arrival at Madras he was sent to Vizaga patam, and there he died in 1836.