Porter, Hilda, MBE

Missionary in China and founder of Methodist International Houses. She was born on 2 May 1892 and began her working career with her father's engineering firm in Barnsley. In 1920 she offered to the WMMS for work in China and after elementary medical training served in Suchow, Central China for five years. In 1934 she was appointed Secretary for Women's Work (China) and Home Organization at the Mission House. She became particularly concerned for overseas students seeking accommodation in post-war Britain. A Committee for the Care of Overseas Students was formed and eventually she became warden of the first International House, in Inverness Terrace, London. She died on 26 November 1976.

  • P.M. Webb, Women of our Time (1963) pp.71-6
  • Methodist Recorder, 9 Dec. 1976
  • Brian Frost, with Stuart Jordan, Pioneers of Social Passion (Peterborough, 2006)