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THOMAS , ROBERT JERMAIN ( 1840 - 1866 ), missionary pioneer of the London Missionary Society ;

b. 7 Sept. 1840 at Rhayader, Rads. ; his father was a Congregational minister at that place and later at Hanover, Mon. He served as a teacher at Oundle in 1856 , and matriculated in the University of London . He offered himself to the missionary field, studied at New College , London , and graduated in the University ( B.A. ). Ordained in 1863 , he sailed for his appointment in Shanghai . He visited Korea in 1865 and gained some knowledge of its language. In 1866 he was given charge of the Anglo-Chinese school in Peking , but later he offered to join in an expedition to Korea , when he and all the passengers and crew were captured by the Koreans and put to death . He succeeded in throwing some of the Bibles on to the shore, and these were read with effect. In 1931 a ‘ Robert Jermain Thomas Memorial Church ’ was built near the spot where he died; this memorial was erected by the natives.

Sources:

  • E. Lewis Evans , Cymru a'r Gymdeithas Genhadol, sef hanes ei Chychwyn (1945) .

Author:

Reverend Dr Evan Lewis Evans, D.Th., (1898-1978), Pontardulais / Swansea

Published date: 1959