Samuel Heaslett

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Memorial in Sheffield Cathedral

The Rt Rev Samuel Heaslett (1875-1947) was an Anglican bishop.[1]

He was born in Belfast in 1875 and educated at Durham University where he obtained a First Class degree in Theology. Ordained in 1900[2] he began his overseas mission career in the service of the Anglican Church in Japan as a Tutor at Osaka Divinity School after which he was a Missionary in Tokushima then a Professor at Tokyo Central Theological College[3] before elevation to the Episcopate as the 4th Bishop of South Tokyo[4] a post he held[5] until he was arrested and imprisoned by the Japanese wartime authorities shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.[6] Concurrent with his role as Bishop of South Tokyo, Heaslett also served as the Presiding Bishop of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai from 1933 to 1940.

Deported from Japan after four months,[7] Heaslett returned to England to become an Assistant Bishop within the Diocese of Sheffield.[8]

Heaslett, along with Bishop Charles S. Reifsnider of the US Episcopal Church, returned briefly to Japan in May and June 1946 as a part of a mission sent by Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher to show support for the Nippon Sei Ko Kai in its efforts to renew and rebuild at the end of the Second World War.

Heaslett died on 16 October 1947.[9]


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. ^ The Times, Tuesday, Jun 12, 1900; pg. 13; Issue 36166; col C Ordinations- London
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  4. ^ Bishop Designate Of South TokyoThe Times Wednesday, Oct 26, 1921; pg. 11; Issue 42861; col D
  5. ^ Yokohama church history
  6. ^ Time Magazine
  7. ^ National Library of Australia
  8. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  9. ^ Obituary Right Rev. Samuel Heaslett Assistant Bishop Of Sheffield The Times Saturday, Oct 18, 1947; pg. 6; Issue 50895; col E
Religious titles
Preceded by
Cecil Henry Boutflower
Bishop of South Tokyo
1921 – 1941
Succeeded by
Todomu Sugai