Jacques, William (1885-1972)

Christian Messenger 1920


WILLIAM JACQUES: born in 1886 at Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, was trained for the Primitive Methodist Ministry at Hartley College. After ministering in the Mansfield and Huddersfield circuits, he became an army chaplain and served in Macedonia and South Russia. He returned home to serve Hull, Normanton, Newcastle upon Tyne (Central), North Shields, and Allendale circuits. He was a fine sportsman, excelling in soccer and cricket. All his ministry he delighted in the company of young people, and always with a concern for the old. This was evident in his preaching and pastoral care. He had a capacity for friendship and was an excellent colleague. On his retirement, he returned to Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, where he began his ministry. His quiet but confident faith and encouragement to younger ministers have been of great value. After a short illness he died in hospital on 1st April 1972 in the eighty-seventh year of his life and the sixtieth year of his ministry.


William was born on 15 October 1885 at Bishops Auckland, Co Durham to parents Anthony and Elizabeth. Anthony was a coal miner.

The 1901 census return describes William as a colliery joiner’s apprentice.

William married Margaret Irene Rouse (1895-1979) in the spring of 1916 at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

William died on 1 April 1972 at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1912 Mansfield
  • 1916 Huddersfield
  • 1919 H.M. Forces Chaplain, Aldershot
  • 1920 Hull I
  • 1926 Hull IV
  • 1930 Normanton
  • 1936 Newcastle Central
  • 1944 N Shields &c
  • 1952 Allendale
  • 1955 Mansfield (S)


Methodist Minutes 1972/187

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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