Spencer, William Green (1889-1941)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

WILLIAM GREEN SPENCER: a son of the Manse, who entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1912. For twenty-eight years he served his Church faithfully. His talents were as versatile as they were dedicated. He was interested ii national and social questions, and his last hours were spent in preparing the Temperance Report for the District Synod. 

He believed in the Christian faith with all his heart, and witnessed by his life to the truths he preached. He was essentially a pastor who loved his people and was loved by them. His gracious personality won the hearts of all, and a bright and cheerful disposition brought comfort and inspiration to many. We thank God for his friendship. 

He was suddenly called from his labours during an enemy air-raid on May 6, 1941, in the the fiftieth year of his age and the twenty-eighth of his ministry.


William was born on 25 September 1889 at Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, to parents William Sunlay Spencer, a PM minister, and Ann Elizabeth Green.

William died on 6 May 1941 in the Honcray Estate , Plymouth, as a result of enemy action. He was a firewatcher in WW2.


  • Hartley
  • 1912 Wolverton
  • 1913 Harrow
  • 1916 Chinnor
  • 1920 Leeds IX
  • 1921 Leake
  • 1927 Leeds IX
  • 1930 Maidenhead
  • 1937 Plymouth King


Methodist Minutes 1941/177

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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