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William Rowley (1867-1954)

William Rowley was born at Newport in Shropshire. He trained at Headingley College and joined the China Mission in 1899. He spent his entire active ministry in the Hupeh district and was successful in building up a flourishing mission. In his later years in China, Rowley was one of the champions of the policy of encouraging the development of Chinese leadership.

Rowley retired in 1937 but remained in China. He was interned at Shanghai during the war and after the Communist victory in the civil war, he reluctantly returned to England where he made his home in Scunthorpe.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1954, Methodist Recorder April 22 1954 and papers of Harold Burgoyne Rattenbury (MARC)

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