Hind, Harry Hush (1894-1974)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

HARRY HUSH HIND: born in Pelton, Co. Durham, on 19th August 1894. His family moved to Shotton where he grew up in a typical mining community. He bore the marks of the North-East, not only in his speech but in the warmth and compassion of his nature. The Primitive Methodist Church exercised a great influence upon him in those formative years. His father, who was a local preacher, and the Local Preachers’ Meeting deeply affected his life and led to his call to the ministry. 

Entering Hartley College his gifts were developed and he became a sound biblical scholar, possessing a retentive memory and the capacity to see the significant and underlying principles in a book or argument, thus enabling him to penetrate the truth. His wide interests and varied reading stimulated his keen philosophic mind and contributed to his great preaching ability. He knew for himself the secret place of the Most High and is remembered by many for the way in which, when they passed through sorrow and trial, he led them to an awareness of God. 

He was a wise counsellor, a staunch friend and a great encourager. His colleagues could rely upon his help in every way and knew that they were appreciated and valued by him for their own sakes.

Photography was one of his interests and he enjoyed the beauty of nature and the lovely things of life. He was a hard worker, conscientious in all his duties with a high sense of the call to the ministry and especially a sense of mission. There are many who have belonged to his men’s meetings who speak with gratitude of the inspiration and fellowship they enjoyed together for he was a man’s man. He liked people but above all he delighted to share his love of his Lord with them and through worship lead them to God. 

When he retired to Thornton in the Fleetwood Circuit he was happy to preach and worshipped regularly, greatly appreciating the ministry of his brethren. He served in the following circuits: St. Austell, Oxford, Grimsby I, Stockton-on-Tees, Chester-le-Street, Middlesbrough, Preston (Lune Street), Nelson (Lancs.), Darlington (South), Accrington, Leicester (Claremont Street and North), and Stanley.

He died in hospital on 13th December 1974 in the eighty-first year of his age and the fifty-seventh year of his ministry.


Harry was born on 19 August 1894 at Pelton, Co. Durham, to parents Edward, a coal miner, and Ann.

Before entering the ministry Harry was apprenticed to a blacksmith (1911).

He married Elizabeth Naylor (1895-1972) in the summer of 1922 in the Easington Registration District, Co. Durham. The 1933 Methodist Who’s Who identifies that they had one daughter.

Harry died on 13 December 1974 in the Blackpool and Fylde Registration District, Lancashire.


  • Hartley
  • 1918 St Austell
  • 1919 Oxford
  • 1920 Grimsby I
  • 1922 Stockton
  • 1926 Chester le Street
  • 1930 Middlebrough
  • 1936 Preston Lune
  • 1941 Nelson, Lancs
  • 1945 Darlington S
  • 1948 Accrington
  • 1951 Leicester Clare
  • 1952 Leicester North
  • 1956 Stanley
  • 1959 Fleetwood (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1975/178

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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