From Rangoon, Burma. He arrived here at 10am today. [Hugh Vincent] Shepherd and his wife are both here and H B R duly delivered Mr Willet's message. He also sent off the cable "Hallelujah Rattenbury" and thought that Emily would understand. He hopes that Morley[?] will send it on with despatch. The telegraph clerk wanted to know if they were code words.
He has just brought the diary up to date. He does not know if he can keep it up from now.
H B R is to preach here at 6 pm. The text "O that men would praise the Lord seems appropriate".
He is thinking of his family at High Leigh. 'One more week of approximate contact and then off into the blue'.
- Hugh Vincent Shepherd (1891-1967) was born in Cardiff. His training for the Wesleyan ministry at Didsbury College was interrupted by the outbreak of World War 1, during which he served as a commissioned officer. He completed his ministerial training at Handsworth and after three years circuit ministry in London, was appointed to the overseas mission field in 1924. Shepherd served in Burma for twenty-two years. For six years he was Principal of the High School at Mandalay and he also opened up new work in the oil fields. In 1933/4 he was Acting Chairman of the District and Superintendent of the Leprosy Home. Evacuated to England during the Japanese occupation, Shepherd was appointed to return to Burma in 1944 as the District Chairman. However, a medical examination in Calcutta revealed that he had leprosy and he spent the next two years receiving treatment in India. After his recovery, he served in the Church of Southern India before returning to Britain and the circuit ministry in 1951. Shepherd superannuated in 1960. Source: Minutes of Conference 1967.