Hammond, William Arthur (1853-1931)
William was born in 1853 at Downham Market, Norfolk to parents William Hammond and Martha Fayers. William was a PM Minister.
William was converted at the age of ten during a service conducted by his father. He became a local preacher at the age of seventeen. The 1871 census records William living with his parents and working as a grocer.
For fifteen years, William was Missionary Committee Secretary in the Norwich District. He held the same position in the Hull District. He was also a member of the General Missionary Committee for many years.
In 1904, William was Secretary of Conference. He became Book Steward in 1910. In his last year of office as Book Steward, his work was tremendously affected by the War, which hit the publishing business particularly severely, reducing the book-buying public to fill the ranks of the army and navy, and diverting the attention of all classes from the reading of bound volumes to a feverish perusal of the newspapers.
William was President of Conference in 1918.
William married Clara Buckle (1851-1925) in the summer of 1876 at Stowmarket, Suffolk. Census returns identify two of three children.
- Clarissa Martha (1877-1930) – married Edgar Jackson, a Baptist Minister
- Lizzie Ethel (1879-1955) – married Percy Reginald Williams, a warehouse assistant (1911)
William died on 10 November 1931 at Haywards Heath, Sussex.
- 1873 Buckingham
- 1874 Cardiff
- 1875 Bethnal Green
- 1876 Morden
- 1878 Haywards Heath
- 1880 Briston
- 1883 Lowestoft
- 1888 E Dereham
- 1894 Yarmouth
- 1901 Norwich
- 1906 Hull I
- 1910 Book Steward
- 1915 Brighton
- 1926 Brighton (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908/423; 1915/587; 1919/3; 1923/611; 1932/124
PM Minutes 1932/313
R Newman Wycherley, The Pageantry of Methodist Union, 1932, p207
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers