Some Wesleyan Methodist Ministers who served in the Armed Forces during WW1
Cecil George Dunkerley (1895-1966)
During the First World War he was a prisoner in Germany for two and a half years. He began his preaching ministry in the prison camp, but his experiences there impaired his health for the rest of his life. Following his release he was an invalid for a year.
Frank Fairfax (1887-1964)
One of the first ministers to join up, in 1914 he became a private in the infantry with the Bradford Pals, afterwards serving as a chaplain in France, and later as a chaplain to British prisoners of war in Switzerland.
Charles Edward Gentle (1886-1961)
Born in the Isle of Wight, in 1914, when stationed at Daventry, he enlisted in the Princess Beatrice Isle of Wight Rifles. A year later, on active service in India, he was asked to serve as a Chaplain to the armed forces, which he did until demobilization in 1920.
Hubert Vavasor Griffiths (1885-1965)
Having worked among servicemen in the Severn Valley Mission, at the outbreak of war in 1914 he volunteered for chaplaincy work. He served in France and Italy. He was mentioned in dispatches three times, and received the Military Cross in 1917 for service in the field. At the end of the war he was one of five Wesleyan ministers to receive a permanent commission.
Albert Swales Hullah (1885-1966)
He became a minister in the Irish Conference in 1911. Soon after the outbreak of the First World War he became a Chaplain in the Army. He was a contemporary of ‘Woodbine Willie’ in front line service in France, and was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous courage in March 1918. During the Second World War he volunteered for further chaplaincy service, although he was over age, and was a prisoner of war in German hands from May 1941 to September 1944, exercising a powerful ministry in the prison camp.
Arthur Sanderson (1887-1964)
From 1911 to 1932 he served in the Lucknow and Benares District of India, and during the First World War went with a contingent of Indian soldiers to France. They spoke mainly Hindi, and he was asked by the YMCA to act as their liaison officer and friend, as he understood their language and way of life.
Ernest Frederick Pugh Scholes (1868-1966)
In 1895 he went as a minister to China, where he spent most of his ministry. From 1917-18 he served with the Chinese Labour Corps in France.
Victor Donald Siddons (1892-1967)
He left ministerial training college at Headingley in 1915 to join the Yeomanry. He then entered the Royal Flying Corps and was stationed with Lawrence of Arabia, for whom he was pilot, being twice awarded the DFC.
Frederick Watkin Vaughan (1881-1965)
At the outbreak of war in 1914 he enlisted as a private soldier in the armed forces. He was promoted to the rank of Captain and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in action on the Western Front.