The Death of William Booth, Founder of the Salvation Army – 20 August 1912

Posted on August 19th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

William Booth, the Methodist preacher from Sneinton in Nottingham who founded the Salvation Army, died in London on 20 August 1912 – he was 83.

To mark the day, here is a detailed newspaper obituary of William Booth that was published in ‘The Western Times’ on 23 August 1912.

historical newspaper report about william booth

historical newspaper report about william booth

Western Times – Friday 23 August 1912

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7 Responses to “The Death of William Booth, Founder of the Salvation Army – 20 August 1912”

langton munengamiAugust 20th, 2013 at 11:10 am

a touching experience of a great Evangelist and General/Founder of a great International
organisation renowned world wide. I salute, MHSRIEP

The British Newspaper ArchiveAugust 20th, 2013 at 11:54 am

Thanks for the post, Langton – we glad you liked reading this newspaper article on William Booth. Regards, Grant.

Paul ManoharanAugust 20th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Remembering General William Booth, the ambassador of God with gratitude who liberated the Dalit communities in India.

Jonathan RobertsAugust 21st, 2013 at 8:39 am

Thanks for posting this. It was big news at the time, such was the impact Booth and The Salvation Army had made in its spiritual and social mission. When Booth died, many predicted the Army would collapse – but it didn’t and it continues to grow. In 1912 it was at work in 50 countries – today it is in 126!

The British Newspaper ArchiveAugust 21st, 2013 at 9:29 am

You’re welcome, Jonathan – we’re glad you liked the post. Yes, we noticed yesterday that various people from the Savlation Army (from all over the world) tweeted about William Booth, so he certainly left a powerful legacy. Regards, Grant.

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