Smith, George Harry (1878-1937)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

G. HARRY SMITH: born in Hull in 1879. After serving for several years as a school teacher in Hull, he entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1905. The thirty-two years of his service were characterised by an unwavering consecration to his Church. Of studious habits, he made the pulpit the centre of faithful exposition, at the same time bringing to all his preaching a heart rich in experimental knowledge of the deep meanings of prayer and devotion. 

In pastoral work he wielded an influence which was particularly marked among the young. It was his gift to be able to enter into the thoughts and imagination of children with a sympathy and understanding so strong and sure that they knew him as a friend indeed. 

During the later years of his ministry he was called upon to face difficult problems, but his choice spirit remained unspoiled. Throughout the last weeks of his life he suffered severely, but his patience endured. To his rest and reward he passed on April 20, 1937, in quiet faith, sincerely beloved, deeply mourned.


Harry was born in 1878 at Hull, Yorkshire, to parents Joseph William Smith, a commercial traveller (1901), and Mary Elizabeth Pearson.

Harry died on 16 April 1937 at Hull, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1905 Pontefract
  • 1909 Richmond, Yorks
  • 1911 Norwich II
  • 1914 Pontefract
  • 1918 Howden
  • 1921 Hemsworth
  • 1926 Dalton & Millom
  • 1932 Burnley I
  • 1933 Burnley Wesley
  • 1935 Hull Jubilee


Methodist Minutes 1937/207

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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