Yardley, Harold Francis. (Salford, England, March 11, 1911- ). United Church. Studied at Victoria University (British Columbia), after some experience as a lay-pastor, preferring ordination to a degree. Pastorates at Gainsborough, Saskatchewan, 1943-1945; in Ontario, Gananoque, 1945-1947, Courtice, 1947-1950, Embro, 1950-1954, Brantford, 1954-1960, Sarnia, 1960-1970; Claresholm, Alberta, 1970-1973, after which he retired to Calgary. Just before he retired, The Hymn Book (1971) and The Book of Praise (1972) included a sample apiece of his work.
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ST. BOTOLPH was composed by Gordon A. Slater (b. Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, 1896; d. Lincoln, England, 1979) and first published in Songs of Praise for Boys and Girls (1930).
The tune was named for St. Botolph's Parish Church in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, where Slater was organist from 1919…