J. Sydney Helps (1876-1929)
J. Sydney Helps was born in Swansea. His family moved to Bath while Helps was very young and he was converted at the age of twelve. As a teenager he went into business in London and became a local preacher and a candidate for the ministry in 1899.
After training at Richmond, he was appointed to the Chinese Wuchang District in 1902.
With the exception of one year spent as a chaplain during World War 1, he remained in China until the civil disturbances compelled his return to England in 1927.
He was subsequently appointed to the Oldham Road Circuit in Manchester but his health gave way in 1928 and he died just over a year later.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1930