Hall, Alfred William (1889-1962)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

ALFRED WILLIAM HALL: born in Clapton, Gloucestershire in 1889. He was trained at Hartley College, and entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1915. During the first world war he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Greece and Palestine. 

He was most at home in country circuits, where by far the greater part of his ministry was spent, as the following list shows : Pocklington, Stanley, Patrington, Wells, Wisbech, Wellingborough, East Suffolk, Skegness, Brigg, Sutton and Kirkby, Talke, and Malton. Wherever he went he endeared himself to his people by his genius for friendship and his willingness to serve his Lord to the uttermost in whatever capacity. 

Always a lover of good books, he read widely in both general and theological subjects, not only in his active ministry, but also in his years of retirement. His preaching was marked by sincerity, thoughtfulness, and felicity of expression. He was a true pastor to his people, sharing in their concerns, and ever ready to give encouragement, comfort or advice, as need arose. Nor were his interests limited to local affairs; to Overseas Missions, for example, and to the cause of refugees, he gave generous support. He enjoyed gardening, and was particularly fond of flowers. He retired to Withernsea in 1955, and continued to preach until a month before his death. He died on 28 August 1962, in the seventy-third year of his age and the forty-seventh of his ministry.


Alfred was born on 1 April 1889 at Clapton, Gloucestershire, to parents Alfred, a carpenter, and Ruth.

In the 1911 census return, Arthur is described as a PM evangelist.

He married Gertrude Barron (1889-1953), daughter of Rev. Sydney A Barron, in the summer of 1920 at Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

He married Ida Hall in early 1954 at Hull, Yorkshire.

Alfred died on 28 August 1962 at The Royal Infirmary, Sutton Branch, Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1915 Pocklington
  • 1916 Chaplain H.M. Forces
  • 1919 Stanley
  • 1920 Patrington
  • 1924 Wells
  • 1927 Wisbech
  • 1930 Wellingborough
  • 1933 E Suffolk
  • 1938 Skegness &c
  • 1941 Brigg &c
  • 1946 Sutton & Kirby
  • 1950 Talke
  • 1953 Malton
  • 1955 Withernsea (S)


Methodist Minutes 1963/180

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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