Leonard Ernest Hickin (1906-76)
Leonard Ernest Hickin was born in Birmingham. He was trained for the Wesleyan ministry at Headingley after working as a lecture assistant at Birmingham Technical College, and for five years as an industrial chemist at Fort Dunlop.
Hickin was appointed in 1932 to develop work at Haigh College, Fatsham in China. The war with Japan forced the school's evacuation to Hong Kong, and Hickin was prevented by the outbreak of World War 2 from returning after home furlough in 1939. During the war years he taught chemistry at Truro School and then served as a circuit minister. In 1945 he went back to China and remained there until the Communist victory in 1949 when he returned to home circuit work. He superannuated in 1968.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1976