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Harold C. Willans (1902-70)

Harold C. Willans trained for the Wesleyan ministry at Handsworth and was appointed to the Burma District in 1923 where he worked in both evangelism and education. In 1932 he was appointed British and Foreign Bible Society Agent in Rangoon.

In 1936 Willans was diagnosed as having polio which led to severe muscle wastage in his arms. Despite this handicap he continued his ministry and after the Japanese invasion in 1942, he moved his office to the oilfields in Central Burma where he relieved one of his colleagues. A continued presence soon became impossible and the mission was evacuated to India.

Willans returned to Burma after the war and commenced the work of reconstruction. His declining health forced him to accept superannuation in 1957 and he moved back to England.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1970 and papers of Harold Burgoyne Rattenbury (MARC)

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