Randles, William (1868-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.W.W.

The Everton Road Church, Liverpool III. Circuit, sustained a severe loss when, on October 17th, 1913, William Randles heard the “home call.” Associated with Primitive Methodism from childhood, he served as Sunday School superintendent, choirmaster, class leader, trustee and Trust treasurer. His manly character, genial presence and unfailing kindness endeared him to all with whom he had to do, while his zeal for Christian service was a consuming passion. During the long months of sickness he bore his affliction with Christian fortitude. 

At the age of forty-five he joined the choir invisible, leaving a widow and four children to mourn their loss. Prior to the interment in Kirkdale Cemetery on October 23rd a service was held in Everton Road Church, at which the Revs. J.W. Waddell, T.A. Fairweather, G. Hunt, F.W. Henshall and Mr. M. Jones took part.


William was born in the spring of 1868 at Liverpool, Lancashire, to parents Peter Randle, a labourer (1871), and Harriet Whitby.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1881 scholar
  • 1891 plasterer
  • 1901 brick setter, plasterer & paperhanger
  • 1911 paper keeper

He married Isabella Sumner (1861-1950) in late 1891 at Liverpool, Lancashire. Census returns identify four of six children.

  • Elsie Marion (1894-1981) – a dressmaker’s apprentice (1911); married Albert Brandon, a bank clerk (1921), in 1917
  • Cyril Whitby (1897-1984) – a nurse (1921); mental nurse (1939)
  • Dorothy Isabelle (1899-1985) – a shop assistant (1921); married John R Griffith, a secondary school mathematics teacher (1939), in 1929
  • John Hallam (1902-1982) – general repairs to property (1921)

William died on 17 October 1913 at Liverpool, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/245

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Williams probate records gives his death as 19 October 1913, not 17 October as stated in the obituary.

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