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Alfred Gordon Simon (1884-1962)

Alfred Gordon Simon was born in Bristol, the son of Rev. J. S. Simon, the distinguished historian and President of the Wesleyan Conference. He was educated at Clifton College and Manchester University. Simon trained for the ministry at Headingley and was appointed to the China Mission in 1910.

Simon served for seventeen years in China and was for a time on the staff of Wesley College at Wuchang. He narrowly escaped with his life during the civic disturbances of 1927 after which he returned to England. Following a spell with the East Cornwall Mission, Simon served as Principal of Wesley College, Ashanti, Gold Coast District of West Africa between 1937 and 1945. After short terms in the Roseland and Tiverton Circuits, he went back to the Gold Coast for a final two years. He superannuated in 1949.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1962

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