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William Toase (1782-1863)

William Toase was born at Kilton near Guisborough in Lincolnshire. He was converted at the age of fifteen and entered the ministry in 1804. Fluent in French, Toase was appointed to the Channel Islands in 1807 and he subsequently became the first missionary to the French prisoners of war held onn the hulks in the River Medway. In 1836 he was appointed to Boulogne and then to Paris where he remained in charge of the French work from 1837 until superannuation in 1848.

Toase spent his retirement in the Channel Islands. He died suddenly on September 20 1863 just hours after preaching his final sermon.

Source: Hill's Arrangement 1858 and Minutes of Conference 1864

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