Broomhead, George William (1892-1976)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

GEORGE WILLIAM BROOMHEAD: born on 13th May 1892, at Loughborough. He was trained as a school teacher. Mainly through the influence of the Christian Endeavour Movement his call came to the ministry of the Primitive Methodist Church. Often he spoke of his indebtedness for the instruction and fellowship at Hartley College. He served in the following circuits: Custom House, Newark, Kilburn, Aylesbury, Lincoln II, Ashbourne, Codnor, Buckley and Mold, Altrincham, Newbury, and Orrell. 

In all his circuits the Lord blessed his work, and many remember gratefully his Christlike character and the zeal of his service. He had a high conception of the ministry, and forgetfulness of self shone through his life. He was completely dedicated to preaching. His sermons, which were expository and evangelical, evidenced thorough and prayerful preparation and were delivered fervently and lucidly. Several of the young men he trained for Church membership became ministers of the Gospel. He lovingly cared for people, and won the affection of young and old. 

In circuit and district affairs his business acumen was valued. His later years were shadowed by the prolonged affliction of his wife, to whom he gave tender and moving care. During his retirement in Northampton he was always welcomed in the pulpits of the circuit and other Free Churches. The aged residents of The Methodist Homestead were blessed by his chaplaincy there. In the Kingsley Park Church, after Sunday morning worship, he had a heart attack, and on 3lst May 1976 he died in Northampton Hospital in the eighty-fifth year of his age and the sixtieth year of his ministry.


George was born on 13 May 1892 at Loughborough, Leicestershire, to parents Samuel Broomhead, a hosiery machine fitter, and Harriet Attenborough. he was the only one of five children to reach adulthood.

He married Ethel Arnold (1886-1970)  in the summer of 1919 in the Ashby de la Zouch Registration District, Leicestershire. Records identify one daughter.

  • Elizabeth Mary (1928-2016) – married Mark Torpey in 1953

George died on 31 May 1976 at Northampton, Northamptonshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1916 Custom House
  • 1919 Newark
  • 1922 Kilburn
  • 1925 Aylesbury
  • 1929 Lincoln II
  • 1933 Ashbourne
  • 1936 Codnor
  • 1940 Buckley & Mold
  • 1945 Altrincham
  • 1949 Newbury
  • 1952 Orrell
  • 1959 Orell (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1977/61

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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