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Diary of 1941 – Some Notable Dates

January 1942

South Yorkshire Times – Saturday 03 January 1942

Diary of 1941 – Some Notable Dates


2—Death of Mr. Spencer Baker, for 16 years Clerk to Conisbrough Council.

(Article Conisbrough site)

17— Farewell presentation to the Rev. B. Russell, Vicar of Wath for five years.

(Article Wath site)


9—Death of Mr. J. E. Cliff, former Mexborough councillor and local preacher.

(Article Mexborough site)

11—Wombwell’s oldest resident. Mr. Joseph Taylor, died, aged 96.

22—Mr. W. P. Turner elected President of Mexborough Montagu Hospital.


1—Don and Dearne War Weapons Week raised £400,913.

3—Death of Mr. James Clayton (77), of Mexborough, who had record of 55 years’ service with South Yorkshire Times Printing Co., Ltd.

7—Death of Mr. Robert Claytor, Chairman and Managing Director of Mitchell Main Collieries, Ltd.

(Article Wombwell site)


5—Wedding of Mr. Horace Williams, son of Mr. Tom Williams, M.P. for the Don Valley to Miss Mary Morrison, daughter of the Home Secretary, Mr. Herbert Morrison.

15—Princess Royal visits Rotherham’s Municipal Restaurant (Westgate), Food Advisory Bureau and the Central Hospitals Supplies Services Depot.

18—Death of Dr. J. M. Rutherford, Wath, aged 40.

21—Mr. A. R. Martin, Mexborough, takes over as headmaster of Darfield Modern School.


10—Sergt. Gordon Wall, Goldthorpe, awarded Military Medal for bravery at Sidi Barrani.

21—Death of Coun. T. J. Gregory, ” father ” of Conisbrough U.D.C.

(Article Conisbrough Site)


1—Death of Mr. J. Siddall (62) Mexborough, who retired from West Riding County Council in March after 21 years’ service

30—Mr. D. E. Nash, Wombwell, appointed Clerk to Worsborough U.D.C. on retirement of Capt. C. M. Clegg.


19—Mr. Tom Williams, M.P. for Don Valley, appointed a Privy Councillor.

26 —Reported that Acting Wing Commander R. E. Sharp, Conisbrough, had been awarded D.F.C.

(Article Conisbrough Site)


1—Mr. H. E. Sparkes, Postmaster at Mexborough for nine years, appointed postmaster at Chorlton-cum-Hardy.

9 —Funeral at Darton of Mr F. R. Fishbourne (64), formerly stationmaster at Penistone and Mexborough.

15—Wing Commander D. R Bader, famous legless pilot, taken prisoner by Germans.

23 —Death of Mrs. M. Singleton, J.P., first and only woman member of Mexborough U.D.C.

28—Acceptance of living of Tankersley by the Rev. T. G. Rogers, Vicar of Swinton, reported.


6—Death of Canon S. T. G. Smith, Vicar of Attercliffe, and formerly Rector of Wombwell.

26—Vicar of Kilnhurst, Rev. E. J. Cheverton, accepts living of St. James’s and St. Christopher’s, Shire Green.

28—Death of Mr. G. Taylor (88), ex-Mexborough councillor and one of oldest residents.

(Articles Mexborough & Wombwell sites)


2—Resignation announced of Mr. E. Sutcliffe, senior master at Mexborough Secondary School for 35 years.

4–Montagu Hospital decided to purchase Whateley House adjoining Hospital grounds.

10—Reported that Battery Sergt. Major J. W. Stocks, Swinton, had been awarded D.C.M. for conspicuous gallantry at Dunkirk.

(Article Swinton site)

13–Mr. Cecil Mason, J.P., Normanton, appointed postmaster at Mexborough.

Mr. E. J. Jenkins resigned chairmanship of Rotherham United Football Club. Ltd., after 18 years on the Board of Directors.

31—Reported that Sergt. Donald Diggles, Wombwell, had been awarded D.F.M.


13—Visit of Princess Royal to Mexborough in connection with A.T.S Recruiting Week.

(Article Mexborough site)

28—Announced that Lieut. O. A. Baylis. Wath, former international hockey player, had been awarded M.C.

(Article Wath site)


8—British Restaurant opened at Wath.

(Article Wath site)

8—Mr. R. G. Moorman, manager of South Kirkby Employment Exchange, took over as manager at Mexborough Exchange following promotion to a post at Hull of Mr. I. C. Smith.

13—Conisbrough Warship Week raised £73,894.

(Articles Conisbrough site)