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Reginald Heber Goldsworthy (1895-1938)

Reginald Heber Goldsworthy was born into a Methodist family in Bristol.

Inspired by a visit of the famous missionary Samuel Pollard, he became a local preacher and then candidated for the United Methodist ministry with the specific intention of becoming a missionary.

Appointed to overseas service in 1921, he served in South-west China for the rest of his life. During his last year he was placed in charge of the work among the Miao and Nosu peoples which had been pioneered by his hero Samuel Pollard.

Goldsworthy was murdered by Chinese bandits during an attack on his mission station on March 6 1938. He was the first Methodist missionary in South-west China to be martyred.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1938

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