Rose, William Charles (1865-1950)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921

Early years

William was born on 4 January 1865 at Wimborne, Dorset. His father died when William was aged two. His mother was Helen, a boot and shoe dealer.

William was educated at Wimborne Grammar School.

William was converted at sixteen in the Wesleyan Church and almost immediately placed on the plan. He preached in huts, homes and the open-air services to navvies with striking success. William was received by Rev Thomas Champness, a well-known evangelist, into the Joyful News Home, and was then sent to take charge of a derelict cause at Camden Town. Later he went to Roker Lane Church, Pudsey. Transferring to the Primitive Methodist Church, William became West Midlands District evangelist for almost twelve months be fore becoming a candidate for the PM Ministry.


William served with ability and acceptance in town and country alike, his ministry being exercised in a wide range of circuits. Preaching with power, he was a faithful and beloved pastor. He took a keen delight in Nature.

Whilst at Motherwell, William was forced to give up active work through a breakdown in health, and retired to Worcestershire, where, as long as he could, he helped the cause he loved so well.


William married Florence Munslow (1874-1949) in the summer of 1895 at Redditch, Worcestershire. Census returns identify one adopted daughter.

  • Florence Greenaway Rose Barrett (1909-1994) – married George Frederick Hunt in 1935

William died on 6 August 1950 at St Neots, Huntingdonshire.


  • 1891 Leominster
  • 1893 Redditch
  • 1895 W Bromwich
  • 1900 Kings Cross
  • 1902 Dartford
  • 1903 Leigh
  • 1906 Bristol VI
  • 1909 Hull II
  • 1912 Brighton
  • 1915 Bradford VI
  • 1918 W Bromwich II
  • 1921 Brough
  • 1922 Motherwell
  • 1925 Worcester (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921/339

Methodist Minutes 1951/120

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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