Haswell, Charles Thomas Rowland (1903-1965)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

CHARLES THOMAS ROWLAND HASWELL: born at Tranmere, Birkenhead, in 1903. He was accepted for the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1926 and after serving in Banbury he entered Hartley College for training in 1928. He completed his probation in Bolton and from thence served in the following circuits: Oldham (Hollinwood), Hull (Holderness Road), Bridlington, St Helens and Prescott, Birmingham (Moseley Road and Sparkhill), Bristol (Kingswood), Manchester (Eccles), and Glossop (Hadfield). 

During the war as a Royal Air Force Chaplain he served with distinction in Africa. Known to all his friends as Rex, he was a large-hearted man who gave his best in service for his Master and his Church. Keenly interested in young people, he took an active part after the war in moral leadership courses, being Brigade Chaplain for a number of years to the Royal Army Cadet Force at Warwick. 

A good pastor and helpful preacher, he exercised a ministry of kindly sympathetic encouragement. He had a rich sense of humour and will be long remembered by many. During later years he worked under the difficulty of indifferent health, yet served faithfully to the end. He was a good colleague. 

After a full day in circuit work he died unexpectedly on 27 August 1965, in the sixty-third year of his life and the thirty-seventh of his ministry.


Charles was born on 5 November 1903 at Tranmere, Birkenhead, Cheshire, to parents John Charles Haswell, a paper warehouseman (1911), and Isabella Rowland Jones. His brother John was also a PM minister.

He married Margaret Edith Shepherd (1897-1973) in the spring of 1932 at Birkenhead, Cheshire.

Charles died on 27 August 1965 at Glossop, Derbyshire.


  • 1926 Banbury
  • 1928 Hartley
  • 1930 Bolton II
  • 1932 Oldham
  • 1937 Hull Holderness Rd
  • 1941 Bridlington
  • 1943 Chaplain, H.M. Forces
  • 1946 St Helens &c
  • 1951 Birmingham Moseley
  • 1956 Bristol, Kingswood
  • 1958 Supernum
  • 1959 Eccles
  • 1964 Glossop


Methodist Minutes 1966/189

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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  • This was my grandfather. I have a number of his RAF medals and his pocket watch presented to him on 4th August 1937 from washbrook church.
    He had one son, my father John Anthony Haswell ( 17.11.36 – 31.10.20) who him and his wife Edith adopted.

    By Paul Haswell (21/08/2021)

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