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William Harrison Hudspeth (1887-1976)

William Harrison Hudspeth was born at Willington, Co. Durham, and was educated for the Methodist New Connexion ministry at Ranmoor College.

In 1909 he travelled to China as a junior colleague of the famous missionary Samuel Pollard.

He returned to Europe after several years and saw service in France during World War 1 before going up to Cambridge University to study Oriental Languages and Anthropology.

After graduation he returned to China to work with the montagnard Miao people and native Chinese, acting for many years as the Secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society.

In 1939 nearly five million copies of the Bible were distributed in China, largely through his efforts. During World War 2 Hudspeth suffered internment by the Japanese. After liberation he went to Canada as the Bible Societies representative and retired to England in 1953.

Source: Oliver Beckerlegge, United Methodist Ministers and their Circuits 1797-1932 (1968), The Methodist Recorder 1976, May 20th, p.14 and William Leary, Ministers and their Circuits 1969-1989

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