Hall, Walter (1860-1910)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W.A.
Mr. Walter Hall, Ryhill, Barnsley Second Circuit, passed away on July 23rd, 1910, at the age of 49. Our brother was born at Thringstone, Leicestershire. The Primitive Methodist training he received there has resulted in a life of rare usefulness. He was converted in his home church. Twenty-nine years ago he removed to Barnsley. His ability to undertake public work was soon recognised, and he became an acceptable local preacher. For twenty-three years he served in this capacity. His fine presence, powerful voice, his gift of sacred song, his robust thought won him a hearty welcome wherever he went. He revelled in open-air services, and camp meetings were his delight.
Five years ago he suffered a serious accident, which injured his head. His condition was most critical for a long time, but happily, he recovered. He was unable, however, to engage further in public work. He was a patient sufferer, and bore the affliction with manly fortitude.
Mr. Hall was a Trustee for our splendid property at Ryhill. He also held the offices of Trust Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and Assistant Class Leader. For many years he was engaged in Sunday School and Temperance work. He was a loyal Primitive Methodist, faithful in the discharge of his duties, and constant in his attendance at the services of the Church.
A sudden seizure prostrated him on Sunday, July 17th. Despite all loving attention serious symptoms developed, and he passed to his eternal reward on the following Saturday.
His widow and family, five sons and three daughters, are left to mourn the loss of a Christian husband and father.
Walter was born in 1861 at Thringstone, Leicestershire, to parents Walter Hall, a coal miner (1861), and Eliza Smith.
Walter was a coal miner.
He married Sarah Johnson (18611922) in late 1881 in the Ashby de la Zouch Registration District, Leicestershire. Census returns identify eight children.
- George Herbert (1882-1958) – a coal miner (1901); colliery deputy (1911)
- Florence Amelia (1883-1964) – married George Henry Childe, a coal miner, in 1904
- Ernest Arthur (1886-1952) – a coal miner
- Frederick James (1887-1948) – a coal miner (1911); a masseur & herbalist (1939)
- Sarah Jane (1891-1961) – married John William Locking, a farm labourer (1939), in 1912
- William Henry (1894-1973) – a coal miner (1911)
- Beatrice May (1896-1963) – married Joseph Ellam, a colliery deputy (1939), in 1919
- Walter (1900-1964) – a coal miner
Walter died on 23 July 1910 at Ryhill, Yorkshire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/821
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