Fox, Herbert (1893-1964)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

HERBERT FOX: born in York in 1893, of a good Methodist family, and was brought up in our Monkgate Church. He was educated at Archbishop Holgate’s Grammar School in the City, and spent a few years in business before entering the ministry. He received his training at Hartley College, and commenced his ministry in 1915 at Biggleswade and then served in the following circuits: Douglas, Hurstbourne, Sheffield, Skelmersdale, Widnes, Goole, Pocklington and Pickering. In 1958 he superannuated and lived in the village of Shipton-by-Beningbrough, in the York (Clifton and Monkgate) Circuit. In the village chapel he was a tower of strength, and in the village community he gave useful service and was greatly respected. 

He always had a high regard for the Christian Endeavour Movement to which he owed so much. He had a special interest in the training of young local preachers and candidates for the ministry, and delighted to give them guidance and help. Throughout his ministry he won the affection of his people. His pastoral work was most effective and people found him so approachable, and so wise in his counsels. He was a good colleague, a wise superintendent, a kind but firm administrator, a diligent pastor, and a sincere preacher. 

On his retirement he continued to preach in the Churches of the District, and it was a grief to him when eventually he had to restrict his preaching appointments. He served as officiating chaplain at a local Royal Air Force Station, where his work was very much appreciated. He died on the 1 August 1964, in the forty-ninth year of his ministry, at the age of seventy-one.


Herbert was born on 15 July 1893 at York, Yorkshire, to parents George, an assistant inspector of postmen (1901), and Emily.

He married Ada Simpson (b1895) in the summer of 1921 in the Andover Registration District, Hampshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Marjorie (b1922) – married James W Marshall in 1944

Herbert died on 1 August 1964 at Shipton-by-Beningbrough, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1915 Biggleswade
  • 1918 Douglas
  • 1919 Hurstbourne Towers
  • 1922 Sheffield III
  • 1927 Skelmersdale
  • 1933 Widnes
  • 1937 Goole Carlisle Terrace
  • 1944 Pocklington
  • 1950 Pickering
  • 1958 York (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1965/177

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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