Hull, Frank Ultimus (1878-1972)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

FRANK HULL: born at Martham in Norfolk in 1878. A son of the manse his family connections reach back to the early days of Primitive Methodism. Trained at Hartley College, he followed two of his brothers into the ministry, which he entered in 1903.

His stations included Leicester II, Church Gresley, Tunstall, Basingstoke, Weymouth, Talke, Penzance, London (Harringay), Southampton and Swindon. He had a strong personality, a soft, incisive, penetrating voice, and a fund of humour. He was an able administrator, and served in most of the District offices of his church. He took a lively interest in community affairs, and the welfare of industrial workers. He was an able advocate of total abstinence, and keen on youth work. He pioneered the graded Sunday School in several of his churches, and was devoted to the work of the Christian Endeavour movement. 

A number of building schemes gained impetus from his leadership. One of the outstanding conferences of the closing years of Primitive Methodism—that at Tunstall in 1929—owed a great deal to the excellent organisation under his chairmanship. Throughout his long retirement, upon which he entered in 1943, he sustained a life-long interest in out-door sports. He was intensely proud of his Primitive Methodist origins, and concerned lest the special contribution of his denomination might be lost in Methodist union. His love for his Church and his brethren never waned, and he kept himself well informed of the changes in stations and of developments in policy and administration. 

He died on Christmas Day 1972, in the ninety-fourth year of his age and the sixty-ninth of his ministry.


Frank was born on 29 June 1878 at Martham, Norfolk, to parents George Hull, a PM minister, and Clara Moore.

He married Amy Jane Alway (1878-52) in the summer of 1907 in the Chipping Sodbury Registration District, Gloucestershire. Census and birth returns identify three children.

  • Joan (1808-1968) – a school teacher (1939)
  • Frank Alway (1909-1996) – an elementary school teacher (1939)
  • David Michael (1911-2007) – a retail chemist and druggist (1939)

Frank died on 25 December 1972 at Penzance, Cornwall.


  • Hartley
  • 1903 Leicester II
  • 1907 Church Gresley
  • 1911 Tunstall
  • 1916 Basingstoke
  • 1921 Weymouth
  • 1924 Talke
  • 1929 Penzance
  • 1933 Harringhay
  • 1935 Southampton
  • 1939 Swindon Prospect Place
  • 1943 Worcester (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1973/144

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

No Comments

Start the ball rolling by posting a comment on this page!

Add a comment about this page

Your email address will not be published.