Daglish, William (1901-1960)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

WILLIAM DAGLISH: born at Annfield Plain, Co. Durham, in 1901. As the youngest son in a large Methodist family whose men were all engaged in the mining industry, it seemed natural that he should join them in working at the pit. He accordingly joined the staff in the colliery office and applied himself assiduously to his work. At eighteen he was given a Note to Preach, and at twenty was accepted for the Ministry, to which he had incessantly heard a call from his early youth.

Two years at Hartley College and probationary years at Harringay and Finchley, Pocklington and Eyemouth, were followed by terms at East London Mission, Buckley, Stockton, Hull, St. Helen’s, Brandon, and Deerness, and Stanley, his home circuit, where he will long be remembered with gratitude and affection. 

As a preacher he was expository and devotional; he always had a sound message, and gently led his flock into the pastures of fuller truth. As a pastor he gave himself with that strong tenderness, modesty, and fidelity which befit a man of God. He had a flair for administration and had disciplined himself in thoroughness, neatness, and efficiency. In 1959 the enlarged Newcastle District called him to be Secretary for Chapel Affairs. 

He had an affectionate and warm-hearted nature, and enjoyed sharing his truth, sympathy, and humour with every man. His friendships, increasing and ripening as he travelled, were as solid as his frame. He used the gifts with which he had been bestowed to glorify God along ordinary paths. He slipped peacefully away from this life on 25 February 1960, in the fifty-ninth year of his life and the thirty-sixth of his Ministry.


William was born on 26 October 1901 at Annfield Plain, Co. Durham.

He married Edith May Boustead (1903-2001) in the summer of 1928 at Annfield Plain, Co. Durham. Birth records identify two children.

  • Donald (1930-1990)
  • Audrey Mary (1935-2015) – married Andrew A Fleming in 1956

William died on 25 February 1960 at Stanley, Co. Durham.


  • Hartley
  • 1924 Harringhay
  • 1926 Pocklington
  • 1927 Eyemouth
  • 1928 E London
  • 1930 Buckley & Mold
  • 1933 Connah’s Quay
  • 1937 Stockton Park Row
  • 1941 Hull North
  • 1944 St Helens
  • 1950 Brandon &c
  • 1956 Stanley


Methodist Minutes 1960/194

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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