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Diary of 1941 – Some Notable Dates

January 1942

South Yorkshire Times – Saturday 03 January 1942


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

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


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

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.

2—Death of Canon H.F. Greenwood, Vicar of High Melton

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 Clayton, Chairman and Managing Director of Mitchell Main Collieries, Ltd.

22—Ven. R. W. Stannard, Archdeacon of Doncaster, appointed Vicar of High Melton


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.

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. Gregory, “father” of Conisbrough U.D.C.


1—Death of Mr. J. Siddall (82), 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.


1—Mr. H. E. Sparkes, M.M., 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.

6—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.


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.

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

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


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

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


8—British Restaurant opened at Wath.

13—Conisbrough Warship Week raised £73,344.