Hatfield, David Thomas (1877-1943)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

DAVID THOMAS HATFIELD: born in Liverpool in 1877, and after training at Hartley College entered the Ministry of the Primitive Methodist Church in 1907. He was by nature studious and endowed with a keen and original intellect, His interest in the people of the churches which he served was deep and sympathetic, and his friendships many and varied. With such gifts of mind and heart, his ministry steadily grew in influence, but a distressing complaint seriously handicapped him in his work and finally compelled his early retirement from active service. 

During the long years of his suffering the greatness of his spirit was most clearly revealed. His courage, humour, and patience never faltered. Affliction and disappointment brought no self-pity, no cynicism, and no bitterness of soul. As the body weakened, his faith and hope in Christ increased. Many have been enriched by his wisdom and inspired by his friendship and example. In word and life he was a worthy minister of the Gospel. He passed away on April 12, 1943.


David was born 8 March 1877 at Liverpool, Lancashire, to parents Thomas, a greengrocer (1881) and Elizabeth.

He married Gertrude Annie Winson (1888-1963) in the summer of 1912 in the Leicester Registration District, Leicestershire. Birth records identify two children.

  • Joan Margaret (1914-1995) – married Hugh Mantle in 1944
  • Lily (b1916)

David died on 12 April 1943 at Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1907 Redhill
  • 1909 Ryde & Ventnor
  • 1911 Lincoln I
  • 1912 Driffield
  • 1916 Tetney
  • 1918 Middlesborough I
  • 1924 Leeds IV
  • 1927 Scotter
  • 1928 Scotter (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1943/133

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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