Glassby, Thomas (1880-1941)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

THOMAS GLASSBY: born at Dewsbury, Yorkshire, in 1880. After a business training, and before entering the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1917, he served ten years as a lay evangelist. His first ministerial appointment was at St. George’s Hall, South-East London, and through all his circuit life the evangelical note predominated. 

He was a great-hearted Christian of transparent sincerity and a diligent student of the Word of God, a forceful preacher, a faithful pastor, with deep human sympathies and a quick understanding of his fellows. Endowed with splendid health—a strong body, an eager mind and a resolute spirit—he spent himself generously in the work to which he had been called and to which he had devoted his life. He had a keen sense of humour and a high standard of honour. His chief delight was to serve his Lord. His innate modesty and native reserve gave to his character an added worth for those who knew him best. 

He appeared to be quite healthy and strong until two days before he died. He passed to the higher service on May 10, 1941, in the sixty-first year of his age and the twenty-fourth of his ministry.


Thomas was born on 19 October 1880 at Thornhill, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, to parents Henry, a shoe maker, and Hannah Elizabeth. He was baptised on 21 November 1880.

At the time of his marriage Thomas was a journeyman joiner.

He married Annie Hobson on 12 March 1904 at Wellington Rd Chapel, Dewsbury, Yorkshire.

Thomas died on 10 May 1941 at Elland, Yorkshire. He was buried on 13 May 1941 at Holy Innocents, Thornhill Lees, Yorkshire.


  • 1917 London Mission SE
  • 1918 Craven Arms
  • 1919 London Mission
  • 1921 Leominster
  • 1924 Yarmouth
  • 1928 Sheffield VII
  • 1933 Haworth
  • 1935 Bradford Manningham


Methodist Minutes 1941/177

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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