Noble, Dr Walter James
1879-1962; e.m. 1900

Missionary in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), born at Darlington on 2 February 1879. He was employed by the North Eastern Railway before offering for the ministry. After training at Didsbury College, he went out to southern Ceylon, where he served for 22 years (1900-22) before becoming one of the MMS Secretaries (1922-47), proving himself a skilful chairman of committees and a lucid and compelling missionary advocate. He was President of the 1942 Conference and in retirement was active in the World Methodist Council. A keen cricketer, he once took the wicket of George Hirst with one of his leg breaks and was also remembered for his BBC Epilogue on the evening of the death of George VI. He died at Herne Bay on 21 February 1962.

  • Walter J. Noble, Something to Remember (1957)
  • Methodist Recorder, 16 July 1942; 1 March 1962
  • Conference Handbook, 1942