Healey, William Thomas (1875-1950)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1926
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1926

Early years

William was born in 1875 at Islington, London, to parents Thomas and Rebecca. Thomas worked as a potato porter (1881)

William worked as a salesman in Covent Garden Market before entering the ministry.

William was brought up within the PM Church and entered Hartley College in 1896.


William was particularly remembered in Luton and Bath where he spent almost half of his active ministry.

On retirement William returned to Bath where he served as chaplain at St Martin’s Hospital.

His obituary records that William was a faithful pastor, a tactful administrator and a preacher of quite exceptional ability. His sermons always showed signs of careful preparation, and were delivered with evangelical fervour. He had a very real religious experience, which sustained him throughout his ministry, and he was greatly loved by those who knew him.


William married Edith Knight (1879-1964) in the summer of 1902 in the Petersfield Registration District, Hampshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Evelyn Louise (1905-1999)
  • Clifford Toulson (b1909) – a pharmacist; moved to India in 1949

William died on 5 May 1950 at Bath, Somerset.


  • Hartley
  • 1898 Redhill
  • 1902 Romsey
  • 1905 Grantham
  • 1908 Woodfalls
  • 1911 Church Gresley
  • 1912 Bath
  • 1915 Luton III
  • 1919 Northampton I
  • 1922 Luton I
  • 1928 Reading
  • 1932 Harrow & Northwood
  • 1934 Bath
  • 1940 Bristol Eastville
  • 1941 Bath (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1926/486

Methodist Minutes 1950/149

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers



Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference.

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