Leach, Frank (1895-1969)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

FRANK LEACH: born in Oldham in 1896 in humble circumstances; the hard life of his early days quickened in him a lively concern for social righteousness and justice. He served in the Army in the First World War, but having been discharged on medical grounds he worked in Germany for two years with the Y.M.C.A., ministering to the material and spiritual needs of the soldiers. On return to civilian life he volunteered for further service with the Y.M.C.A., but another call came to the Christian Ministry, in the Primitive Methodist Church. 

On his acceptance Mr Leach was sent to Hartley College, thereafter beginning his ministry in South Wales. Among the circuits in which he subsequently worked mention must be made of the Durham Coast; from this circuit two men, having been greatly influenced by Mr Leach, entered the Ministry. In the Durham Coast Circuit, and in others, he was involved in amalgamation and rebuilding schemes, tasks to which he gave himself with zest and joy. In his last circuit, Morley, Mr Leach is remembered as a friendly and homely man and one whose preaching still proclaimed the social Gospel as he had learned it and preached it in his early days. From Morley also comes the recollection of one who greatly encouraged his young colleagues. 

On his retirement in 1960 he returned to the Shaw and Royton Circuit and later went to live in his native Oldham. It was whilst on his way to an appointment that he met with an accident; after some weeks in hospital he seemed to have made sufficient recovery as to be ready to return home, but there was a change for the worse and death came on 10 April 1969 in the seventy-third year of his age and the forty-seventh of his ministry.

Family

Frank was born on 12 May 1895 at Oldham, Lancashire, to parents James, a cotton mule minder (1911), and Elizabeth Alice.

At the time of the 1911 census Frank was working as a cotton mule piecer.

He married Maggie Hill (1899-1956) in the summer of 1926 at Oldham, Lancashire.

Frank died on 10 April 1969 at Oldham, Lancashire.

Circuits

  • 1920 Derby II
  • 1921 Hartley
  • 1923 Docking
  • 1924 Leytonstone
  • 1926 E London Mission
  • 1928 Blackwood
  • 1931 Aberavon
  • 1933 Presteign
  • 1936 Chesterfield
  • 1939 Newcastle, Staffs
  • 1942 Burton, Parker
  • 1945 Horden
  • 1946 Durham Coast
  • 1948 Goole, Carlisle Terrace
  • 1949 Workington
  • 1954 Morley Ebenezer
  • 1958 Morley
  • 1960 Shaw (Sup)

References

Methodist Minutes 1969/204

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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