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James Maxwell Gratton (1896-1971)

James Maxwell Gratton was born at Leominster in Herefordshire.

He was educated at Kingswood School and then joined the army for service during World War 1.

After the war he trained for the Wesleyan ministry at Didsbury and Handsworth and was appointed to the China Mission in 1922.

He was evacuated with other missionaries during the disturbances of 1927 but returned to China after one year, serving at Wesley College in Wuchang.

After his return home in 1939, Gratton was a circuit minister for two years before joining the army chaplaincy. He saw service in Africa and after the war went back to China for three years.

When China was closed to missionaries, Gratton returned to the circuit ministry in England until superannuation in 1961.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1971

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