Mr. Riley Retires This Month

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Riley’s Coach Depot

Dorothy May Berry, born in 1904 in Parkgate, Rotherham, is my third cousin, thrice removed and daughter of Harry Berry and Agnes Wood. Dorothy’s brother, Frank, is also featured on this site.

In 1928, in Rotherham, Dorothy married Leonard Riley and together they issued two children.

It is interesting to note that Leonard’s brother, Cecil Riley, was the proprietor of the very well known Rotherham business, Riley’s Coaches, which was founded early in the 20th century. Riley’s coach depot was located on Sheffield Road in the Westgate area of Rotherham. Leonard and his family were a Westgate family, living there when the 1911 Census was conducted. Riley’s Coaches were taken over by Gordon’s Coaches of Rotherham in the 1990s.

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Rank Hovis Flour Mill

Below is a newspaper article pertaining to Leonard’s retirement in 1966. Leonard worked at the Rank Hovis flour mill, located on Canklow Road, in the Westgate area of Rotherham. Premier Foods, the owners of Rank Hovis, closed the mill in 2008 and it was demolished in January 2012.

THE ADVERTISER, SAT., JULY 23rd, 1966

Mr. Riley retires this month…

Mr. Leonard Riley, of 19, Beechwood Road, Rotherham, received two presentations at an informal gathering, at the Town Corn Mills of Hovis, Ltd., Rotherham, on Tuesday, from Mr. E. A. Williams, Activity Chief Executive (Technical), Flour Milling, Joseph Rank, Ltd.

Mr. Riley was first presented with a gold clock to mark the completion of 40 years with the firm, and was afterwards presented with an engraved silver cigarette box from his colleagues, to mark his retirement later this month.

Starting with the firm in 1922 as an accounts clerk Mr. Riley became commercial manager, a position which he has occupied for many years.

Mr. Herbert Graham, of 9, Nidderdale Road, Rotherham, was presented with a stainless steel tray and tea set and a coffee table and cutlery to mark 40 years service with the company. He is the head warehouseman.

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Priscilla Walker Berry & Jesse Early

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Effingham Street

The Early family joined my family tree when Jesse Early married my second great grandaunt, Priscilla Walker Berry, in 1870 at Saint Philip’s Church, Sheffield.

Priscilla, born in 1852 in Kirkstall, Leeds, is the daughter of Luke Berry and Jane Walker. Both of Jane’s parents were born near Barnsley, but at the time of her birth, Luke was working as an Engine Fitter in Kirkstall.

Priscilla, along with the rest of her family, moved to Rotherham in the 1850s.

Jesse was born in 1849 in Chesterfield. How he and Priscilla met, I have no clue.

Jesse was a well known Butcher in Rotherham, trading and living in Effingham Street. In the early 1900s, Jesse must have been feeling adventurous as by 1911 he was a Shopkeeper in Weston Super Mare although he and Priscilla did move back to Rotherham.

Priscilla and Jesse issued seven children, called, George Arthur (1870 to 1937), Walter (1872 to 1941), Frederick Ambrose (1875 to 1952), Ernest Albert (1876 to 1962), Florence Amy (1879 to 1948), Blanche Emily (1882 to 1901) and Bernard Vincent (1888 to 1919).

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Early grave

Despite being well known Rotherham people, Priscilla and Jesse only received short obituaries.

THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1918.

EARLY. – On Dec. 3, 1918, at Smeaton Villa, Albany street, Priscilla Walker, the patient and loving Wife of Jesse Early, aged 67 years. Interment at Moorgate Cemetery on Sunday, Dec. 8, 1918.

THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1920.

EARLY. – Feb. 10, 1920, at Barnsley, Jesse, the dearly beloved husband of the late Priscilla Walker Early, aged 70 years. Interment, Rotherham Cemetery, Sunday Feb. 15 at 1.45 p.m.

Winifred Pinder

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Winifred Pinder

Winifred Pinder, born in 1882 in Rotherham, is my second great aunt and daughter of Francis Pinder and Hannah Berry.

In 1908, Winifred married William Charles and together they issued five children.

Below is Winifred’s obituary published shortly after her death.

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Wyvenhoe

THE ADVERTISER, SAT., FEBRUARY 4th, 1956

CHARLES. – At her home, “Wyvenhoe,” Moorgate Road, on Saturday, January 28th, 1956, peacefully, after a long illness bravely borne, Winifred (formerly Pinder), dearly loved wife of William. Interred at Kimberworth Churchyard, on January 31st.

MRS. W. CHARLES

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Saint Stephen’s Church

The death occurred last Saturday at her home, “Wyvenhoe,” Moorgate Road, Rotherham, after a long illness, of Mrs. Winifred Charles, aged 74, wife of Mr. William Charles, a company director.

A native of Rotherham, she leaves, besides the widower, two sons and three daughters.

The interment took place on Tuesday in the Kimberworth Churchyard, a service at St. Stephen’s Church, Eastwood, being conducted by the Rev. R. C. H. Saunders.

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William & Winifred’s headstone

The mourners were Mr. William Charles, Mr. and Mrs. R. F. L. Charles, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Charles, Mrs. M. W. Whate (representing Mr. C. Whate), Misses B. and N. K. Charles, Mrs. E. Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. E. Early, Mr. F. Jarvis, Mrs. E. Green (representing Mr. L. Green), Mrs. C. H. E. Reading, Miss A. Charles, Mrs. M. W. Brown (representing Mr. G. Brown), Mrs. K. Bean, Mrs. E. Reading, Mrs. L. Charles (representing Mr. G. A. Charles and family), Mrs. M. Charles (representing Mr. H. W. Charles), Miss E. Charles, Mrs. W. Ball (representing Mr. D. G. Ball), Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Allott, Mr. D. Russell (representing G. R. Jones and Co., Ltd.), Mr. N. B. Winser and Mr. T. Holyoake (representing Rotherham Steel Strip Company), Mr. H. C. Renshaw, and Mr. C. Bryton (representing the Midland Bank). Also present from Rotherham Steel Strip were Messrs. W. Weldon, G. Burkinshaw, L. Riley, G. Scott, L. Beevers and H. Duce.

Frank Berry & Honor Brotherton

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Stone Row

Frank Berry is my third cousin, thrice removed and son of Harry Berry and Agnes Wood. Frank’s sister, Dorothy, is also featured on this site.

In 1915, Frank married Honor Brotherton, in Rotherham, and together, they issued two children, who were called, Alfred Kenneth (1921 to 1974) and Mona (1925 to 1989).

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Parkgate Iron & Steel Company

I’d known since 2005 that Frank’s parents had settled in Parkgate, Rotherham, after moving from Gawber, Barnsley, in the 1890s but it was not until last year, when I made contact with two of Frank’s granddaughters in one of my Facebook Groups, that I was able to move forward with this branch of the Berry tree.

Frank was born in the same year that his first cousin, twice removed, Luke Berry (my third great grandfather), died. I currently know of only two Berry families to settle in Rotherham, so Harry and Luke were no doubt aware of each other.

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Rotherham Hospital

Although Frank’s obituary below states that he was born in Parkgate, he was actually born in Gawber.

THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, JANUARY 25th, 1947.

DEATH OF MR. F. BERRY. – The interment took place in the Haugh Road Cemetery, Rawmarsh, on Wednesday, of Mr. Frank Berry, aged 55, of 30, Stone Row, Parkgate, whose death occurred in the Rotherham Hospital, Doncaster Gate, last Saturday.

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Moorgate Hospital

Mr. Berry, who was born in Parkgate, was employed as a ladle carriage driver by the Park Gate Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., for whom he had worked since he left school. He leaves a widow, a son and a daughter.

The service was conducted by the Rev. H. E. Sladden, and the mourners included: Mrs. H. Berry (widow); Mr. A. K. Berry (son); Miss M. Berry (daughter); Mr. and Mrs. L. Riley and Mr. H. Brotherton (brothers-in-law and sister); Mrs. P. Thompson, Mrs. S. Shaw, Mr. and Mrs. B. Cuthbert, and Mr. and Mrs. J. Maiden (brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law); Mr. and Mrs. H. Wood and Mr. and Mrs. F. Wood (uncles and aunts); Mrs. M. Bacon (cousin); Mr. M. Kavanagh, Mr. D. Shaw, and Mr. D. Cuthbert (nephews); Mrs. E. Denton, Mr. B. Denton, Mrs. E. Elvidge, Mr. W. McLane, Mr. H. Goodall, and workmates.

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Haugh Road Cemetery

THE ADVERTISER, SAT., FEB. 14th, 1948

BERRY (Honor). – Suddenly, after a short illness at Rotherham Municipal General Hospital, on January 30th, 1948, aged 50 years.

Mona Berry

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River Don

Mona Berry is my fourth cousin, twice removed and daughter of Frank Berry and Honor Brotherton.

In 1950, Mona married Ernest Burton and together issued one child that died in infancy.

THE ADVERTISER, FRIDAY, AUG 25, 1989

Missing woman found in river

A Rawmarsh woman who went missing from her home has been found dead in the River Don.

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Mona’s grave in Haugh Road Cemetery, Rawmarsh

The lifeless body of Mona Burton (64) who lived at Hawke Close, Rawmarsh, was spotted in the river at around 8.30 pm near to St Anns Bridge on Monday evening by a man walking his dog.

She had been reported to police as a missing person by her husband earlier that evening.

Firemen from Erskine Road and Oaks Lane Stations recovered the body.

A police spokesman said that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mrs Burton’s death.

Matthew Henry Pinder

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Matthew Pinder

Matthew Henry Pinder is my great grandfather and son of Francis Pinder and Hannah Berry.

Matthew was born in September 1869 in Waterworks House, at the junction of Frederick Street and Howard Street, Rotherham and lived in and around central Rotherham for all of his life; living on Frederick Street, Carlisle Street, Milton Road and Bethel Road.

In 1897, Matthew married Alice Cunnington in Bourne, Lincolnshire. Alice came from a deeply religious Methodist family. How Matthew and Alice came to meet is a puzzle, although Matthew’s family were also Methodists, so perhaps they somehow met through their respective Churches.

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Rotherham Waterworks

Matthew and Alice issued five children and they were called, John Francis (1899 to 1964), Edith Mary (1901 to 1952), Marjory (1907 to 1993), David Henry (1911 to 1968) and Philip Thomas (1919 to 1998). Edith Mary is my grandmother.

John (known as Jack) was a Company Secretary at Imperial Chemical Industries and lived at Home Farm, Fernhurst in Surrey. Jack married Christiana Bartholomew in 1922 and together issued one child called, Joan Mary. Jack, Christiana and Joan all died in fairly quick succession in the 1960s. Joan married Gordon Wright in 1946 and together issued three children. Gordon is/was in possession of a clock given to Matthew’s father, Francis, when he retired from Yates and Haywood in Rotherham.

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Frederick Street

Marjory obtained a Degree from Sheffield University in the 1920s and was a Teacher of French and Music at Shiremoor Modern School, Tyne and Wear. Marjory married George Alaister Turnbull in 1934 and together they issued two children. Marjory and her family resided in Morpeth, Northumberland.

David married Evelyn Wakefield in 1935 and they had no issue. David was a Waterworks Manager in Mundesley on Sea, Norfolk, which is where he and Evelyn lived. After David passed away in 1968, my grandfather, John Gilbert Mollekin, often visited Evelyn and semi-lived with her for a while (as friends).

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Howard Street

Philip married Mary Isobel Campbell in 1940 and together they issued two children. After Philip’s father, Matthew, had passed away, Philip’s uncle (Francis Thomas Pinder) advised him that he should pursue a career in the Royal Air Force. Philip became a Warrant Officer, served in World War Two and latterly worked in Scotland’s secret radar nuclear bunker. Philip and his family lived in Crail, Fife. Philip was also the Secretary of Saint Andrews Golf Club, Fife.

Because my grandfather, John Gilbert Mollekin, was a Signalman on the railways, he and his family were able to travel for free and my father recalled many happy memories of visiting David and Philip. My father kept in touch with Marjory and Philip until their deaths and visited Philip in Scotland for the final time in 1996. Marjory and Philip helped my father with his genealogical research and helped to identify ancestors on photos.

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Matthew, Jack, Edith & Alice

My father had been led to believe that Matthew was the Waterworks Manager for Rotherham. However, it transpired that it was actually Matthew’s grandfather, Luke Berry, that had occupied this role. Matthew did work in the Rotherham Waterworks Department though, setting off as a Stationary Engine Tender, then Engineer, then Inspector and finally the Corporation Superintendent for the Waterworks.

In 1901, just prior to my grandmother, Edith, being born, Matthew, Alice and Jack moved to 84 Bethel Road, Eastwood in Rotherham. This remained as the main Pinder residence until at least 1929, albeit for a brief period around 1910 when the family, for reasons not known to me, lived a few doors up at number 90.

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Jack, Edith, Marjory, David & Philip

Matthew died August 1922 in 84 Bethel Road from endocarditis and myocarditis. Basically, Matthew’s heart muscle had become inflamed, possibly due to infection that in turn caused a fatal infection of the inner lining of his heart.

THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 1922.

SLAVE TO DUTY.

DEATH OF AN OLD CORPORATION SERVANT.

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84 Bethel Road

An old servant of the Rotherham Corporation, in the person of Mr. Matthew Henry Pinder, water superintendent, passed away at 84, Bethel road, Rotherham, on Monday, at the age of 53 years. The deceased gentlemen, who succumbed to heart trouble after an illness of six months’ duration, was noted for his devotion to duty. Conscientious in the service of the public, he had an amazing capacity for work, and the fact that his constant energies affected his health did not restrain him from endeavouring to give of his best. In fact, his colleagues in the water department affirm that his end was hastened by unrelenting toil. He was a remarkable example of faithful and conscientious service.

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Masbrough Cemetery

Born in the waterworks house, Frederick street, in 1869, he started his working career at the old Dalton filter beds, afterwards going to the Aldwarke Pumping Station as driver of the pumps. He was called from there to become water superintendent, the position he held at the time of his death. He had been directly responsible to the waterworks engineer for the supply and distribution of water throughout the borough, and it is a tribute to his untiring efforts in restricting wastage that the consumption of water per head is one of the lowest in the country.

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Matthew’s grave

He was a prominent member and trustee of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows (Parkgate Lodge), and at one time was actively associated with the St. John Ambulance Brigade. During the war he served as a special constable, and was later awarded a medal. He leaves a widow and five children, the youngest being three years of age. His late grandfather, Mr. Berry, was engineer and manager of the Rotherham Waterworks, and was in charge of the erection of the pumping engines in Frederick street in 1855. The funeral of Mr. Pinder took place at the Masbro’ Cemetery yesterday.

PINDER. – On August 21, 1922, at 84 Bethel road, Matthew Henry, beloved husband of Alice Pinder, aged 52 years.

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Alice’s grave in Ruskington

Philip Pinder had told my father that Matthew’s headstone, in Masbrough Cemetery, Rotherham, had been cleared by the Council and we failed to find it on a number of visits to the cemetery. However, in 2013, I stumbled across Matthew’s grave purely by chance. I suspect that quite a lot of vegetation had been cut back, hence revealing the grave.

Matthew’s widow, Alice, ended up in Ruskington, Lincolnshire, living with her two elderly unmarried sisters. I don’t know when she left Bethel Road or when she permanently moved to Ruskington, but I believe that in between, she may have lived with her son Jack in both Rotherham and perhaps Surrey also. I know that in the mid 1940s, Alice was living in Wickersley with my father’s family. Alice died in 1959 and is buried with her two sisters in Ruskington Cemetery.

Francis Thomas Pinder

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Madie & Frank with children, Dorothy & Jim, circa 1920

Francis Thomas Pinder, born in 1884 in Rotherham, is my great granduncle and son of Francis Pinder and Hannah Berry.

In 1914, in Talbot Lane Methodist Church, Rotherham, Frank married Harriett Amelia English (known as Madie), daughter of James Everett and Alice English.

THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 1914.

PINDER – ENGLISH. – August 11, at Talbot Lane Wesleyan Church, by the Rev. J. (?) Havelock Thompson, Frank, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Pinder, of Carlisle street, to Harriet Amelia (Madie), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. English, of 22 (?), Tooker road.

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Talbot Lane Church

Together, Frank and Madie issued five children, called, Clifford James (1916 to 2010), Francis Henry (1917 to 1917), Dorothy Lois (1919 to 2001), Francis Alan (1921 to 2006) and Stanley English (1925 to 1993).

Frank and Harriet lived all or nearly all of their married life at 69 Bradgate Lane in Rotherham.

My father once recalled visiting Madie after Frank had passed away, and remembered copious quantities of cake and suchlike being offered to him, which was greatly received by his sweet tooth.

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Bradgate Lane

Below is a newspaper article(s) published shortly after Frank’s death.

THE ADVERTISER, SAT., MAR. 3RD, 1951

PINDER. – At 69, Bradgate Lane, on Tuesday, February 27th, Francis Thomas, dearly loved husband of Harriet Amelia Pinder.

MR. F. T. PINDER

The death occurred on Tuesday of Mr. Francis Thomas Pinder, aged 66, of 69, Bradgate Lane, Kimberworth.

Mr. Pinder was for some time employed by Messrs. Yates Haywood and Co. He then went to the Rotherham Power Station, then in its early days and was for many years a charge engineer.

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Frank’s headstone

A prominent figure in Rotherham Methodist circles, Mr. Pinder was for 35 years an active member of the Kimberworth Methodist Church.

Frank was buried with his parents and brother, Francis Clement Walker Pinder, who had died in infancy in 1881.

Madie lived to the ripe old age of 98, passing away in 1981 in Bedfordshire.