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Clifford Vallance Cook (1906-72)

Clifford Vallance Cook was born in Bristol, the son of the Wesleyan minister Vallance Cook. After a year at Cliff College, he trained for the Wesleyan ministry at Handsworth. Cook served as a missionary in the Hunan District of China from 1929 to 1952. During the Japanese invasion, he served as the Missionary Committee representative with a particular responsibility for supplying money to missionaries working in occupied territory. In 1952 he transferred to Hong Kong and worked with refugees from Communist China. Cook returned to Britain in 1954 and after several years circuit ministry in Manchester and Gloucester, spent four years as the warden of Methodist International House in London. His last appointment was to the Hull circuit, where he died after a long illness.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1972 and Methodist Recorder February 17 1972, p.14

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