Fidoe, William (1862-1939)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918

Early years

William was born in 1862 at West Bromwich. In early childhood the family moved to Lichfield.

William joined the church when aged eighteen and within nine months was taking appointments of the plan. He spent nine months as a hired local preacher at Silverdale before entering the Manchester College.


Whilst at York, William was Chaplain at Elmfield College.

William served as Building Committee Secretary of the York and Scarborough District for five years.

His obituary records that William was a conscientious pastor. His public ministry was instructive and evangelical. As an administrator he was tactful and patient. The many sorrows, which he endured so courageously, endowed him with a peculiar insight into the problems and needs of the people. The closing years of his ministry were mysteriously forceful.


William married Alice Atkins (1869-1948) in the summer of 1891 at Oldham, Lancashire. Census returns identify four of six children.

  • Norman Godfrey (1893-1918) – a banker’s assistant; killed in action in WW1
  • Gladys Marjorie (1895-1954) – a schoolteacher
  • Dorothy Muriel (1897-1989) – married William Bucknall in 1922
  • Gertrude Evelyn (1898-1971) – married John Thomas Strapps in 1924

William died on 17 November 1939 at Shipley, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1887 Ipswich
  • 1889 Banbury
  • 1891 Hambleton
  • 1892 Pickering
  • 1896 Preston Brook
  • 1900 Laxey
  • 1903 Keighley II
  • 1907 York I
  • 1910 Malton
  • 1915 Lincoln II
  • 1921 Tadcaster
  • 1926 Hemsworth
  • 1928 Shipley (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918/298

Methodist Minutes 1940/168

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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