Bullough, Fred Sydney (1880-1964)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

FRED SYDNEY BULLOUGH: born in New Wortley, Leeds, in 1880. He attended the Leeds Modern School and later Elmfield College, York. As a boy he went to the Church of England but when his father saw that his own Church was not holding his son’s interest he suggested that he should attend the Southfield Primitive Methodist Church, Armley, in the Leeds VI circuit. Immediately he was in a new world. Here were people with a living experience, each one a centre of influence. As he heard their joyful singing and listened to their earnest testimonies, religion came to life for him. Here he found his friends, his faith and a sphere of training for Christian service. 

From this Church he went to Hartley College and commenced his ministry in 1906. His circuits were: Walthamstow, Harringay, York, Kennington, Hull, Gateshead, Manchester, Leeds, Horbury, and Bradford. 

Through the years he assiduously maintained his habits of study, ever bringing his best to the pulpit. He was a useful man in debate. He was a faithful pastor. He brought his convictions to bear upon problems of personal, home, social and political life. He wanted the message of the sanctuary worked out in citizenship. He was a member of the Hartley College Committee and later of Wesley College Committee, Headingley. He rendered service with both Candidates’ and Probationers’ Examination Committees. He became a supernumerary in 1942 but continued to preach with much acceptance. 

During the war he tock oversight of the Thackley Church, and here he drew upon the store of wisdom and knowledge the years had brought to sustain his people through days of trial. He maintained his cheerfulness and courage in spite of increasing physical weakness and the sorrow of his wife’s death. He died on the 14 January 1964, in the eighty-fourth year of his age and the fifty-eighth of his ministry.


Fred was born on 10 July 1880 at New Wortley, Yorkshire, to parents Walter, a mechanic iron turner (1891), and Sarah.

The 1901 census return records him as an assistant in a stationer’s shop. In March 1903, Fred and his family had a narrow escape when a neighbours house was destroyed by a gas explosion (Leeds Mercury 21 March 1903). Fred himself had a narrow escape, when having smelt gas, he sought to find the source of the leak. On raising floorboards, with a lighted candle close by, there was a small explosion that threw him off his feet and caused minor burns to his face. The flame then traversed into the neighbours house causing the major explosion. The original cause of the leak had been a road roller passing over the gas main and damaging it.

He married Letitia Ann Cooper (1880-1963) in the summer of 1910 at New Wortley, Leeds. Records identify one child.

  • William Sydney (1914-2010) – a professor of Zoology

Fred died on 14 January 1964 at Bradford, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1906 Walthamstow
  • 1908 Harringay
  • 1909 York I
  • 1910 Kennington
  • 1914 Hull III
  • 1918 Gateshead II
  • 1923 Manchester VI
  • 1928 Leeds VII
  • 1933 Horbury Eben
  • 1937 Bradford Dudley Hill
  • 1942 Bradford Dudley Hill (S)


Methodist Minutes 1964/203

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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