William Longden Oakes (1886-1972)
William Longden Oakes was born in Derby and was educated at a grammar school in York. He trained for the Wesleyan ministry at Handsworth and in 1909 was appointed to the Hunan District of China. His overseas ministry lasted until 1917 when he returned to the circuit ministry in England. Oakes superannuated in 1955.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1973