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Donald Braithwaite Childe (1901-93)

Donald Braithwaite Childe was born into a Methodist family at Drighlington near Bradford in Yorkshire. He was educated at Morley Grammar School and was employed for a time in the woollen trade.

Childe became a local preacher at the age of sixteen and candidated for the Wesleyan ministry in 1926. After a pre-collegiate year in the Liverpool Mission, he trained at Handsworth and then spent nineteen years as a missionary in China. He was appointed Chairman of the Hong Kong District in 1939 and was interned by the Japanese between 1942 and the end of the war.

Upon his return to England in 1949, he was appointed a General Secretary of the Missionary Society with special responsibility for China and Burma. He was instrumental in negotiations with the United Methodist Church (USA) and autonomous Churches that resulted in experienced British missionaries being allowed to serve in the work of those Churches.

Childe retired in 1965.

Source: Minutes of Conference and Directory 1994

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