Robert was born 23 October 1890 at Clayton le Moors, Lancashire, to parents William Spedding, a PM minister, and Mary Jane Kewley.
Before entering the ministry Robert was a bank clerk (1911). Robert served in the Tank Corps in WW1.
He became a Unitarian minister after leaving the Methodist Church.
He married Llynn Bannister (1894-2001) in the summer of 1918 at Grimsby Registration District, Lincolnshire. Birth records identify three children.
- Brian Harold (1920-1994)
- Colin Raymond William (1925-2012) – chairman of UK Register of Organic Food Standards (1987-99); knighted in 1994
- Mona I (b1926) – married Herbert C Gatehouse in 1957
Robert died on 28 May 1961ay Pant Derw, Betws-y-coed, Caernarfonshire.
- 1914 Cleethorpes
- 1915 Chaplain H.M. Forces
- 1919 Shotley Bridge
- 1921 Skelmersdale
- 1923 Cannock
- 1927 Liverpool I
- 1932 Luton I
- 1937 resigned
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
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