Rev.W.H.Hudspeth Leaving For Canada
The North-China Daily News,Sunday,October 19,1947.
The Rev.W.H.Hudspeth,M.B.E,general secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society for China and Indo-China,is leaving today for a similar post in Canada and Newfoundland.
During his eleven-year term as general secretary of the local organization,with headquarters in Shanghai,the Rev.Mr.Hudspeth has supervised the translating,printing and publishing of the New Testament and the Bible for distribution to the Chinese,Mongols,Tibetans the tribesmen of West China and the Indo-Chinese.
In 1940 alone,the China Bible House printed and published 158,000 copies of the Bible 23,000 of the New Testament and 2.800.000 portions of the Bible and distributed some four million of them.
A graduate of Queens’ College Cambridge the Rev.Mr.Hudspeth came to China in 1909 .After studying the Chinese language for year,he went to North-East Yunnan into what was then known as tribal country where he worked as a missionary among the Miao Chia,aborigines of the region.
In 1916,he spent six months in Japan during which time he was engaged in translating and printing the New Testament for the Miao Chia. These tribesmen had no written language,but the missionaries had devised phonetic symbols on which the spoken language was based and taught them to the tribesmen.
When the Chinese Labour Corps were sent to France in 1917,under the Treaty of Alliance between China and Britain,the Rev.Mr.Hudspeth accompanied them as liaison officer appointed by the British Government.There he served as a deputy assistant adviser in China affairs with the rank of staff captain in the British Army and was mentioned several times in dispatches.
He returned to China in 1921 and for many years in North-West Kweichow and North-East Yunnan he directed educational and religious work among the Chinese and the tribal people.Several of his Miao Chia pupils passed the final graduation examinations in West China University,Chengtu.
In 1932,the Rev.Mr.Hudspeth was appointed chairman of the South-West China Methodist Mission,and four years later came to Shanghai as general secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society for China and Indo-China.
He was interned by the Japanese in the notorious Bridge House on October 29,1942 and transfer red to Haiphong Road Camp on January 28, 1943 where he remain- ed until he was taken to Feng Tai,Peiping in July1945shortly before he was released when the war ended.
The Rev.Mr.Hudspeth has been a member of the Shanghai Rotary Club for many years,during which time he has delivered lectures and helped to enliven Rotary sessions.
A farewell tea party was given the Rev.Mr.and Mrs.Hudspeth by the China Bible House on Friday at the Foreign YMCA Chinese members of the Rev.Mr.Hudspeth’s staff also gave a farewell tiffin in his honour yesterday.
They will leave by air this morning for Hongkong,staying there until Wednesday when they will board a BOAC plane for London headquarters of the worldwide organization. After a short stay in London they will leave for Toronto,Canada, the Rev.Mr.Hudspeth’s new headquarters.