Ross, Harry (1867-1947)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923

Early years

Harry was born on 3 October 1867 at Calverley, Yorkshire, to parents Joseph and Sarah Ann. Joseph worked as a wool weaver (1871). Harry was baptised at St Wilfred, Calverley on 27 September 1874, at the same time as older sisters Annie and Jane. In 1881, Harry was working as a woollen twist winder.

Harry joined the Church at the age of thirteen and immediately began to take an active part in its work. Preliminary training was received through Sunday school and Band of Hope. He went on the plan under the tutelage of Phillip Gibbon, who became a PM Minister.


Harry served terms as District Secretary to the Temperance, Orphanage and Missionary Committees. He also served as Connexional Orphanages Secretary.

Harry’s obituary records that his chief joy was to preach, and to that service he gave both heart and mind. To the end of his life be bore a clear and convincing witness as Methodist preacher, proclaiming the eternal Gospel in no uncertain voice.

In his pastoral work Harry was faithful, sympathetic and understanding.

Following his retirement, Harry settled in Leicester and for some years was Nonconformist Chaplain at the City Hospital.


Harry married Fanny Walmsley (1868-1948) in early 1892 in the North Bierley Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Freda (b1892)
  • Frances Hilda (1898-1956) – married Robert Oliver During in 1926
  • Edwin Harold Walmsley (1899-1960) – a PM Minister
  • George Ronald Percival (1902-1990)
  • Mabel Evelyn (b1910)

Harry died on 5 December 1947 at Leicester, Leicestershire.


  • Hartley
  • 1891 Malton
  • 1893 Stratford-on-Avon
  • 1894 Macclesfield
  • 1895 Burton on Trent
  • 1897 Filey
  • 1898 Dudley
  • 1900 Sileby
  • 1903 Scotter
  • 1905 Nottinghan VI
  • 1907 Long Eaton
  • 1908 Manchester VI
  • 1911 Newton & Hyde
  • 1915 Morely
  • 1920 Leeds I
  • 1923 Hinckley
  • 1928 Warrington
  • 1930 Hull IV
  • 1932 Leicester (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923/372

Methodist Minutes 1948/129

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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