Chetwood, Harry (1875-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by F.T. Spreadbury

Mr. Harry Chetwood, of Bunbury, Cheshire, passed away to his heavenly rest on Monday, November 13th, 1916. He merited his rest, for he was untiring in his labours, large-hearted and generous in the support of his Church, crowding into his short life more than most of his contemporaries.

He started to. labour as a lay preacher at the early age of seventeen years. He came to the Nantwich and Burland Circuit in the year 1897, where he laboured for the remaining nineteen years of his life. He was one of the most acceptable and most hardworking of the lay preachers, beside filling many other important offices. His labours also extended to the Crewe, Chester, and other circuits. 

After a brief illness, he passed away at the early age of forty years. Numerous representatives from many Churches and Circuits attended the funeral, which was conducted by the Revs. I. Ashworth, F.T. Spreadbury, and the Revs. R. Armitage and A. Blackmore (Anglican).


Harry was born in the spring of 1875 at Hodnet, Shropshire, to mother Hannah.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Harry.

  • 1881 pauper inmate in workhouse at Ellesmere.
  • 1891 blacksmith
  • 1901 cycle maker
  • 1911 cycle and motor agent

He married Harriet Edwards (1875-1905) in the spring of 1900 in the Nantwich Registration District, Cheshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Douglas Harry (1905-1990) – a foreman motor mechanic (1939)

He married Harriet West (1886-1952) in the spring of 1907 in the Nantwich Registration District, Cheshire

Harry died on 16 November 1916 at Bunbury, Cheshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/368

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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