Mylne, Clement Noble
1885-1970; e.m. 1907

BC missionary in China, born at Leyton on 4 March 1885. He was the last candidate for the BC ministry before the 1907 Union. After a year in college and one in Blackburn, he was appointed to the UM mission in Yunnan, China. With a break of four years between, he served for two terms in China, the first (1909-1916) chiefly in Nosu tribal work, where he used the Roland Allen methods to build up an extensive network of Bible study groups. and the second (1921-1927) mostly in the provincial capital. Ill health prevented further overseas service. During World War II, when stationed in Jersey, he suffered imprisonment by the occupying power for illegally possessing a radio. He died on 21 January 1970.

His daughter Vivienne Gower Mylne (1922-1992) was born on 19 October 1922 in China, and educated at a secondary school in Essex. When the Germans occupied Jersey in 1940 she was living with her parents and in January 1941 became a language teacher at Jersey Ladies' College. But three weeks after her appointment she was arrested for illegally distributing war news. Her nine months imprisonment in France permanently injured her health, leaving her with one working lung. With a post-war grant she was able to graduate from Oxford University in 1948. Her academic career took her to University College London, Swansea University College and in 1996 to Kent University where she was Professor of French, 1976 to 1985. In 1971 she was a founder member and first Secretary of the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, and its President in 1978 and 1979. Her published works included The Eighteenth-Century French Novel (1965).

Retiring to Oxford, she died there on 20 June 1992.

  • Methodist Recorder, 5 February1970
  • The Independent,, 5 & 13 July 1992
  • David M Chapman, Chapel and Swastika: Methodism in the Channel Islands during the German occupation, 1940-1945 (2009)


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