Maxwell, William Hamer (1875-1943)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

WILLIAM HAMER MAXWELL: born at Huddersfield in 1875. He accepted the call to the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1905. During his faithful ministry his chief interests were with young people, who always found in him a wise counsellor and friend; he was an able and passionate advocate of temperance and the great social questions. Many times he was urged to enter political life, but though social problems were on his heart he felt that his supreme business was to do the work of an evangelist. 

Throughout his ministry he fought bravely against sickness, and his own weakness made him tender in his dealings with all who were in trouble. In 1931 he was compelled through ill-health to become a supernumerary, but after two years’ rest he returned to the full work for a further seven years.  Though naturally of a reserved nature, his generous spirit, the brave way in which he overcame physical weakness, and his faithful presentation of the Gospel made him friends wherever he served. 

He entered into life on September 6, 1943, in the thirty-ninth year of his ministry.


William was born on 6 July 1875 at Huddersfield, Yorkshire, to parents Gilmer, an iron polisher (1881), and Rebecca.

William was a builder’s clerk before entering the ministry (1901).

He married Lilian Hollingsworth (1876-1965) in the summer of 1909  in the Glanford Brigg Registration District, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Phyllis Hollingsworth (1910-1987) – married John Herbert Roworth, a transport manager for agricultural fertiliser manufacturer and cattle feed distributor (1939), in 1936   
  • Kenneth Gilmer (1917-2006) – a gold beater (1939)

William died on 6 September 1943 at Bolton, Lancashire.


  • 1905 Scotter
  • 1906 Hartley
  • 1908 Kennington Park
  • 1909 Pocklington
  • 1912 Blackburn III
  • 1913 Cockermouth
  • 1914 Welshpool
  • 1915 Easingwold
  • 1917 Bedford II
  • 1918 Mirfield
  • 1920 Swinefleet
  • 1923 Weobly
  • 1924 Littleborough
  • 1927 Bacup
  • 1931 Weobly (Sup)
  • 1933 Swinefleet (Ac)
  • 1934 Nelson & Caerphilly
  • 1935 Byrnmawr


Methodist Minutes 1944/121

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Your email address will not be published.