Rev Samuel Pollard and Rev R.Heber Goldsworthy graves in SW China

Destroyed in the Cultural Revolution but rebuilt by order of the Chinese Government

Sam Pollard and Heber Goldsworthy graves
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Guizhou Province SW China

Sam (age 23) set off for China with a friend from school, Frank Dymond, who was to to work closely with Sam for many years as a missionary, in January 1887.

The  original photo is on display in Lake Chapel, Shebbear.  The following information is printed beneath it.

The final resting place of two Bible Christian/Methodist Missionaries is at Stone Gateway, Guizhou Province, SW China.

The graves of Rev Sam Pollard (1864-1915) and Rev R. Heber Goldsworthy (1895-1938) were broken down during the Cultural Revolution, by the Red Guards, but, by Government Order dated July 1996, they have been rebuilt, and the site made a National Memorial – to be preserved for ever.  The graves were photographed 7.9.1995.  Sam’s grave is in the foreground.

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  • Hi Ann, I would be interested to know the name of the book you mention. I am the grandson of Rev Heber Goldsworthy and my late father, David Heber, collated a lot of information on his father. We have numerous black + white negatives of his time in China, and yes, he was killed by bandits who tried to rob the mission station.

    By Paul Goldsworthy (18/11/2015)
  • I have today acquired a copy of a book written by Rev R Heber Goldsworthy on the history of one of the BC causes in the Aberavon Circuit. It also appears from another source that he was murdered by bandits in China, which may be worth more exploration.

    By Ann Swindale (04/08/2015)

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