The Guards Depot

James B. Mollekin

James B. Mollekin

The 28th July 2017 marked the 65th anniversary of my father joining the Coldstream Guards. This was at a time when men were conscripted to join the Armed Forces, although as my father always pointed out, he wasn’t conscripted, but joined voluntarily; even serving an additional year, leaving in 1954.

I don’t remember how or the specifics, but even after my father had left the Coldstream Guards, he was in reserve for a number of years, almost going to Egypt to fight in the 1956 Suez Crisis. I seem to recall that he was actually on an aeroplane that was turned back at the last minute.

JBM (left)

James Mollekin (left)

My father had been a member of the Army Cadets as a teenager, along with his brother, John, and he took the decision to join the Army when he was aged 17. I think this decision was partly influenced by him losing his sister in 1946 and his mother had been in ill health for a couple of years, passing away just nine days before he joined the Guards.

My father’s first regiment of choice had been the Grenadier Guards, but his application failed so he applied for the Coldstream Guards instead. A medical examination revealed a heart murmur, but after some deliberation, it was determined that it would not affect his ability to join the Guards.

JBM - Sergeant Chandler's Squad, Coldstream Guards, Guards Depot, Caterham - October 1952 (1)

James Mollekin – October 1952

My father told me a number of stories regarding his time in military service; I wish I’d written them all down. But I do remember tales of him floating in the Red Sea during his time in Egypt, waiters bringing him Stella Artois when relaxing on the beach there, befriending the local Arab population (one loaned him a large knife for a while), missing out on ‘Trooping the Colour’ due to an injury to his foot sustained during training, which disappointed him greatly. I believe he was serving in Egypt when Queen Elizabeth II was Coronated. He also helped to sandbag Mablethorpe when there were devastating floods there in 1953. I even remember a tale of when he sneaked his dad and friend into his barracks in London for an overnight stay. In his spare time, my father would help wash pots in the Ritz or Savoy hotel.

JBM - Jordan - March to July 1953 (1)

James Mollekin in Jordan – 1953

Below is a piece of writing written by my father regarding his arrival at the Guards Depot in Caterham for the first time:-

I got off the bus, opposite to my intended destination. If I had any lingering doubts that it was right, the notice on the roadside, quickly dispelled them, as it was painted in bold black letters, “The Guards Depot, Caterham.”

I walked in to the entrance to the Depot, which was a stone built building of turn of the 19th century origin, and stopped at a wire gate.

JBM (left) - Egypt - March to July 1953

James Mollekin (left) in Egpyt – 1953

A tall sergeant appeared from the office, and came to a halt in front of me. I gave him my identification papers from the recruiting office in Sheffield, which he accepted without comment. Then I was startled to hear him bellow in the recesses of the office, “orderly, take this man to the waiting block.” A long lean guardsman emerged from the guard house, at a run. He came to a shuddering halt in front of the sergeant and stood erect with his arms at his sides. Then the sergeant commanded “double march left right,” and I was running behind the orderly, with my suitcase in my hand. I was to find that this mode of motion was the norm for all recruits at the depot.

No communication took place with the orderly and I, and I pursued him, at a frantic pace to the company stores. There I was issued with: bedding, four blankets, two sheets, a mug and knife, fork and spoon.

Medal for Suez Canal Zone 1951 to 1954

Medal for Suez Canal Zone

From there the orderly guided me to the waiting room, not at the same demented pace, but a slower one, as a concession to my new found burden from the company stores.

There were a few other recruits in the waiting block, so called because the new recruits were based, before they were assigned to their first squad.

There wasn’t much time left in the day, travelling down from Rotherham, meant it was afternoon before I got there. My memories of the first day are vague for some of the detailed happenings, but after tea in the cookhouse, it seemed to be quickly time for bed.


Interesting Maltby Wedding

Saint Bartholomew's Church, Maltby (19)

Saint Bartholomew’s Church

Harry Leonard Mollekin is my first cousin, twice removed and son of Herbert Mollekin.

In 1920, Harry married Elsie Hunt and below is a newspaper article published shortly after their marriage. I’ve transcribed the newspaper article exactly as it appeared, but it does state that ‘Ernest L. Mollekin’ married Elsie, which is obviously an error.




A considerable amount of interest was taken in the wedding at the Maltby parish Church on Wednesday morning, of Mr. Ernest L. Mollekin, third son of Mr. H. and Mrs. Mollekin, of “McLarren Crescent,” Maltby, and Miss Elsie Hunt, eldest daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. F. W. Hunt, of the White Swan Inn, Maltby. In the absence of the Rev. H. W. Mackay, the ceremony was conducted by the Rev. J. Greenwood, of the New Church.

The bride, who was given away by her uncle, Mr. J. Kirk, of Leeds, wore a pale mauve crepe-de-chine dress with Georgette over pearl and sequin net, and hat to match. She carried a bouquet of white carnations.

The bridesmaids, Miss Winnie Hunt (sister of the bride) and Miss Sybil Mollekin (sister of the bridegroom) were attired in pale blue silk dresses with trimmings of cream lace, and wore hats to match. They carried bouquets consisting of sweet peas. The bride’s mother (Mrs. Hunt) wore a pale grey crepe-de-chene dress with gold trimmings and hat to match, whilst the the bridegroom’s mother (Mrs. Mollekin) was attired in a navy blue silk dress with Georgette sleeves and gold trimmings.

Mr. Bert Mollekin (brother of the bridegroom) undertook the duties of best man.

The service was fully choral and the church was tastefully decorated. The organist, Mr. W. H. Hawcroft, played Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, and the hymns, “The Voice that breathed o’er Eden” and “O Father all creating,” were well rendered.

The bride’s mother held a reception at the White Swan Inn, where numerous friends were entertained.

The bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a diamond ring, and to the bridesmaids he gave gold brooches. The bride’s gift to the bridegroom was a pair of gold cuff links. The large number of wedding gifts included a cheque and household linen, Mrs. Hunt; furniture, Mr. and Mrs. Mollekin; inlaid mahogany clock, workmen at the Thurcroft Colliery, where the bridegroom is employed; silver flower vase, the Maltby Show Committee; eiderdown, Mrs. Pearson, of the Don John Inn; large rug, the staff of the White Swan Inn; and cheques, Mr. Bert Mollekin and Mr. and Mrs. Crompton.

The honeymoon is being spent at Llandudno, at the end of which the happy couple will reside at Thurcroft. The bride travelled in a fawn coloured costume.

Harry Leonard Mollekin


18 Tooker Road

Harry Leonard Mollekin, born in 1896 in Hull, is my first cousin, twice removed and son of Herbert Mollekin.

In 1920, in Rotherham, Harry married Elsie Hunt. Together, Harry and Elsie issued two children. Two of their great grandsons, James and Thomas Mollekin, are currently Britain’s tallest twins.

My father began working at the Parkgate Iron & Steel Company (near Rotherham) in 1956, as a Production Clerk, and he remembered seeing Harry working there.


Parkgate Iron & Steel Company

It is also of interest to note that Harry appears in the records of Barnsley Football Club as a player in 1920 and 1921.


Death of Mr. H. L. Mollekin

Mr. Harold Leonard Mollekin, of 18, Tooker Road, Rotherham, died last Sunday in Moorgate General Hospital. He was 79.

Mr. Mollekin, who was born in Hull, worked as a foreman bricklayer at the Park Gate Iron and Steel Company (now the British Steel Corporation) for 26 years until his retirement in 1962.


Moorgate Hospital

He served as a sergeant in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. during World War One, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 1919.

Mr. Mollekin leaves two sons and four grandchildren.

Cremation took place at Rotherham yesterday (Thursday).

The mourners included Mr. Ronald Mollekin, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mollekin (sons and daughters-in-law) and Mr. C. Lunn (friend).

MOLLEKIN. – Harry Leonard, aged 79, of 18, Tooker Road, Rotherham, husband of the late Elsie Mollekin, father of Ron and Roy, died in Moorgate General Hospital, on Sunday, February 22nd.

Pretty Ceremony

Saint Bartholomew's Church, Maltby (19)

Saint Bartholomew’s Church

Dorothy Mollekin (known as Dollie), the daughter of John Mollekin and Jennie Slingsby, is my great aunt and sister of my grandfather, John Gilbert Mollekin.

Dollie was born 1899 in Hull and in 1923 married Frederick James Shearing. Together, they issued four children.

Dollie lived on the next street, at 47 Springfield Road, Listerdale, to my father’s family home on Melciss Road.


47 Springfield Road

I have fond memories of visiting Dollie every Christmas, bearing gifts, with my father. Before or after seeing Dollie, we would visit her sister, Jennie, who lived in Rotherham. My father always used to tell me though that I should not let on to either sister that we had visited the other. I do not know why Dollie and Jennie didn’t speak, but I suspect it was over the living arrangements of their father after his wife had died in 1943. I did let slip during one visit however to Dollie that we’d visited Jennie. The response was a stare and silence!


Dollie with son Doug

I remember Dollie having a fine collection of various soft toys on a bed in one of her spare bedrooms. She kindly invited me to take one and I chose a Golliwog. Dollie helped my father with his Mollekin genealogical research in the 1980s and I remember her giving to him a couple of 19th century German religious books. She also gave my father the address of my American cousin, to whom he wrote a number of years later.

Myself, my father and my sister last visited great aunt Jennie, perhaps in the summer of 1984 or 1985. Jennie gave me a pound and I remember her proudly showing us a clock that had been awarded to her husband for long service in his workplace. Jennie made us promise that we would visit again and we agreed, but we never did. We visited the following Christmas and there was nobody home. My father assumed that she’d passed away. Years later I discovered that Jennie hadn’t died until 1993; her husband, John Trevis Webster, had died in 1987. They’d died without issue but had left over £100,000 that I imagine wasn’t claimed and went to the Crown.


Helena Kohler, Jack Mollekin, Dollie Mollekin & Hilda Mollekin

Dollie’s husband, Frederick, died relatively young in 1950.


SHEARING. – On May 22nd, at Rotherham Hospital, Doncaster Gate, Fred, aged 55, loved husband of Dorothy, and dear father of Donald, Douglas and Dorothy.

Mrs. Shearing and family thank the doctor and staff of Princess Mary Ward for their kind attention; also Cannon Sorby-Briggs and all friends for their kindness during Mr. Shearing’s long illness.

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Rotherham Hospital

Dorothy died in 1992 and I remember attending her funeral.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Dorothy’s marriage to Frederick.


A Maltby Wedding.


No wedding of recent years in Maltby has attracted more attention than that of Miss Dorothy (Dollie) Mollekin, second daughter of Mr. J. and Nurse Mollekin, of “Rossmoyne,” Rotherham road, Maltby, to Mr. Fred Shearing, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Shearing, of Munford, Norfolk. The wedding took place on Thursday at the Parish Church, Maltby, and was as pretty as it was interesting. The officiating clergymen were the Rev. H. W. Mackay (Vicar of St. George’s, Sheffield, and late Vicar of Maltby), assisted by the Rev. C. E. Hughes, M. A. (Vicar of Maltby). The service was fully choral, the hymn “The Voice that Breathed O’er Eden” and the 67th Psalm being sung. Mr. Laver officiated at the organ, and played the “Wedding March” as the bridal party left the church. The bride looked charming in a dress of ivory crepe-de-chene, trimmed with silver, and with veil of orange blossom, and she carried a bouquet of arum lilies and chrysanthemums. She wore a gold bangle, the gift of the bridegroom. She was given away by her father, and was attended by “Flossie” and “Ivy” (sister and cousin) as senior bridesmaids, and Misses Lily Cook and Kathy Chapman as smaller bridesmaids. The senior bridesmaids wore pale blue crepe-de-chene, trimmed with silver, and veils with forget-me-nots. They carried bouquets of chrysanthemums, and wore gold brooches, the gifts of the bridegroom. The little girls wore pale blue opals, with lace slips over. They carried baskets of chrysanthemums, and wore silver pendants, presents of the bridegroom. The bride gave the bridegroom gold cuff links. The bride’s mother was beautifully dressed in brown satin, with oriental trimmings and hat to match, and Mrs. Shearing was attired in mole crepe-de-chene, with hat to match. Mr. C. P. Howden was best man, and Mr. J. Mollekin acted as groomsman.


Dollie on her 90th Birthday

After the ceremony, a reception was held in the Leslie Avenue Primitive Methodist schoolroom, kindly lent for the occasion, and there were about 80 guests. Speeches were made by the interested parties and the clergy, and the happy couple were heartily toasted. Later in the day they left for St. Helens, where the first part of the honeymoon will be spent. The bride travelled in a fawn velour coat with hat to match, and wore a charming set of fox furs the gift of the bridegroom.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Shearing are well-known and very popular in the village, the bride coming off an old Maltby family, whilst the bridegroom was until recently a familiar figure on the football field.


Shearing grave

The presents, which were numerous and costly, included the following:- Bride’s parents, household linen and cheque; bridegroom’s parents, silver teapot and set of vases; best man, clock; Mr. and Mrs. H. Mollekin, chair; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Mollekin, counterpane; Messrs. J. Thompson and Duckmanton, pictures; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Brown, jardiniere; Mr. Whalley, tablecloth; Mr. and Mrs. Pearse, afternoon tea and tray cloths; Mr. and Mrs. Gurney, cushion; Mr. Jack Mollekin, dinner service; the Rev. and Mrs. Mackay, pictures; Miss Vera Kitchen, tablecloth; Mrs. Wade, bolster and pillow cases; Miss Violet Hinchliffe, pillow cases; Mr. and Mrs. Pearson, rug; Mr. and Mrs. Nadin, chair covers; Mrs. Cooper Sykes and Mrs. Brown, blankets; Mr. and Mrs. G. Cooke, towels; “Dot and George,” pans, hall brushes, etc.; Mrs. Tomlinson, tablecloth; Mrs. Rosewarne, teapot, hot water jug and stand; Harold and Ethel Gorrell, pair vases; “Mabel, Dorrie, Ivy, and Sybil,” pictures; Mr. and Mrs. G. Smith, biscuit barrel; Mrs. J. Chapman, cushion cover; Miss L. Cook, egg cups; Mr. and Mrs. Roebuck, fish knives and forks; Mrs. E. Bowman, tea knives; Alderman and Mrs. Dunn; Mr. and Mrs. Armitage, sugar silfter; Miss Stacey (Wallasey), clock; sister and brother-in-law, carvers; Mr. and Mrs. P. Butler, silver vases; Misses Kohler, Brass candlesticks; Mr. H. Thompson, dessert spoons; Miss Chapman, silver butter dish; “Baby,” butter knife; Miss J. Mollekin, plant pot; Miss Blacker, bread fork, butter and jam spoons; Mr. and Mrs. Webb, silver sugar scoop, Mr. and Mrs. A. Howden, cake stand; Mr. and Mrs. Plant, cut glass water jug; Mr. and Mrs. Tysoe, silver knife rest; “Leslie,” silver cruet; “Sid. and Lil.,” afternoon teaspoons and cruet; Mrs. Scattergood, jam jar; Mrs. C. Arnold, cruet; Mr. J. Duckmanton, silver picture frames; Mr. and Mrs. H. Shearing (Southend), tea service; Mr. and Mrs. Harlow (Ripley), stainless knives and forks; Misses Cheesborough, stainless knives and forks; Mr. and Mrs. McLaren, fruit bowl; Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Howden, cheese dish; Miss Johnson, teapot and jug; Mr. and Mrs. Scilletoe (Munford), wine glasses; B. Thompson (Sandbeck), plant pot; Mr. B. Dowson and “Cora,” hand-painted table centre; Mr. S. Heathcote, oval mirror; and others.

Maltby Wedding Bells


The bride and bridegroom leaving the Church

Sybil Mollekin, born in 1903 in Pontefract, is my first cousin, twice removed and daughter of Herbert Mollekin.

Below is a newspaper article pertaining to Sybil’s marriage to Donald Jack Rallison-Sadler. Herbert saw no more of his children marry as he died just three months later. Herbert can be seen, stood behind the bridegroom, in the wedding photo published here.





Saint Bartholomew's Church, Maltby (19)

Saint Bartholomew’s Church

A large number of people assembled inside and outside St. Bartholomew’s Church, on Monday, to witness the wedding of Mr. Jack Sadler, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Sadler, of Sandbeck, to Miss Sybil Mollekin, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Mollekin, of The Grange, Maltby. The Revs. H. R. Everson and L. R. Healey were the officiating clergymen.

Given away by her father, the bride was a charming figure in a tight-fitting -gown of ivory satin beaute, with long sleeves and a dip at the back. The corsage and bouffant skirt were relieved with diamante, and from the bow in beaute at the hip trailed a dainty spray of orange blossom. Her long veil of net was gathered into a wreath of orange blossom, and her beaute court train was lined with quilted georgette in pink. She carried a bouquet of lilies and white heather.

Carr Lane, The Grange, Maltby (Copyright Ann Mollekin)

The Grange

Miss Ivy Mollekin, the bride’s sister and only bridesmaid, wore a beautiful picture gown in daffodil taffeta, long wisps of tulle falling picturesquely from the corsage. Her daffodil hat, in soft French felt, had a sweeping brim edged with narrow net, and was relieved with two Richelieu motifs. Her bouquet consisted of lilies and bronze chrysanthemums.

Carrying the train were two dainty little folk in white silk net-frilled from the waist-trimmed with rosebuds. They were the Misses Mary and Nora Mollekin (nieces of the bride) and they wore little wing bonnets relieved with silver and rosebuds.


Queens Hotel

The mother of the bride wore a gown of black georgette, into which were introduced Oriental colourings in chenile. Her black hat was trimmed with a diamante clasp, and she carried white carnations.

The mother of the bridegroom chose a gown of Lido blue satin merve, trimmed with apple green georgette, and a hat to match, relieved with velvet flowers.

The best man was Mr. H. Clarkson, of Conisbro’, a friend of the bridegroom, and the groomsmen were brothers of the bride. Messrs. Stanley and Sydney Mollekin. Mr. W. Wreakes was the organist.

After the reception, held at the Queen’s Hotel, Maltby. Mr. and Mrs. Sadler left for Hunstanton, the bride wearing a navy face cloth coat with reversed insertions over a pink chenile jumper suit, together with a metal-trimmed navy felt toque.

The bride received a leather coat from the bridegroom, to whom she presented a signet ring.

To Miss I. Mollekin, the bridegroom gave a gold slave bangle, and to the trainbearers he presented gold lockets.


Jack & Sybil

The following are among those who presented gifts to the bride and bridegroom: – Mr. and Mrs. H. Mollekin, carpets and house linen; Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Sadler, kitchen ware; Mr. and Mrs. E. Mollekin, black plush rug; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Mollekin, mahogany mirror; Mr. and Mrs. Hy. Mollekin, silver teapot; Mr. and Mrs. Sid. Mollekin, chamber service; Mr. and Mrs. Stan Mollekin, tea service; Miss Ivy Mollekin, cushion; Mr. and Mrs. H. Brooks, silver butter, biscuit, and cheese dish; Mr. and Mrs. McGlade, pictures; Fred, Claud, and Jack, paintings; Mr. and Mrs. Pearse, dinner service; Mr. and Mrs. Skerrow, fish eaters; Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Booth, mahogany Westminster chime clock; Mr. and Mrs. J. Dickinson, eiderdown; Mr. and Mrs. T. Fawcett, bedspread; Mr. and Mrs. C. Tanner, eiderdown; Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Booth, vases; Mrs. Wheat, tray; Mr. and Mrs. F. Sadler, oak mirror; Mr. and Mrs. O. Sadler, fruit dish; Miss Waine, teapot; Miss Hastings, basket chair; Mr. and Mrs. F. Whiteley, “Ewbank” Cyril and Gwynne, pans; Mr. and Mrs. Hanson, pictures; Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Jones, brass kerb and companion set; Mr. and Mrs. Crowther, fruit dish; Mr. and Mrs. Fawley, pans; Mr. and Mrs. G. Crowther, bedspread; Baby Jack, picture frame; Mr. and Mrs. Lidgett, coffee spoons; Mr. and Mrs. A. Clarkson, cheque; Mr. F. Hawes, knives; Mr. and Mrs. J. Mollekin, salad bowl; Ald. and Mrs. Dunn, silver syphon holder; Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Downey, salad bowl; Mr. R. Rowbottom and Miss Law, silver cake basket; Mr. and Mrs. E. Smith, silver cruet; Dr. and Mrs. Dufty, tea cosy and table runner; Mr. and Mrs. Goodenough, fish servers; Miss Mason, jam dish; Mr. and Mrs. H. Smith, glasses and jug; Mr. and Mrs. T. Baines, biscuit barrel; Mr. and Mrs. M. Vasey, glass fruit dish; Mr. and Mrs. T. Bowett, case teaspoons; Mr. T. Trueman, carvers; Mr. and Mrs. Simpson, salad servers; Mrs. Bewicke, pickle jar; Mrs. M. and W. O’Neil, clothes brushes; Miss M. Taylor, cut-glass flower vase; Mr. A. G. Dickinson, cut-glass bowl and jug; Misses A. and H. Brown, gramophone and records; Mr. and Mrs. E. Rosewarne, fish eaters; Mr. H. McNought, pouffee; Mr. and Mrs. Beeden, cushion; Misses Ellis, electric lamp; Mrs. Patrick, cut-glass bowl; Mr. and Mrs. E. Davy and family, cut-glass bowl and tea cosy; Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Marsh, carvers; Mr. and Mrs. F. Hunter, fruit bowl; Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Lant, hot water jug; Mr. J. O. Brown, cut-glass vases; Mr. H. Clarkson, cake basket; Mr. Betts, handbag; Baby Basil, silver basket.

Matthew Henry Pinder


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.




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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.


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.


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.

Fashionable Maltby Wedding



Mabel Mollekin, born in 1897 in Pontefract, is my first cousin, twice removed and daughter of Herbert Mollekin.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Mabel’s marriage to Ernest James McGlade. Mabel and Ernest issued one child, called, John Herbert McGlade





The marriage of Miss Mabel Mollekin, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Mollekin, of The Grange, Maltby, to Mr. Ernest James McGlade, only son of the late Mr. Joseph McGlade and of Mrs. McGlade, of 33, Oxford street, Rotherham, which was celebrated at Maltby Parish Church on Tuesday afternoon, was the most attractive, from the spectacular point of view, that has taken place in the Rotherham district for some years. A large crowd gathered near the gate of the church to await the bride, and the church itself was filled with guests and wellwishers. The bride entered the church through a porch hung with sweet smelling flowers, and the altar rail and sanctuary were also florally decorated, the predominating colours of the flowers being pink, mauve and white.

Saint Bartholomew's Church, Maltby (19)

Saint Bartholomew’s Church

The bride who was attended by four bridesmaids, wore a lovely gown of ivory silk chiffon velvet, made with tablier of the material, from which hung a deep pearl fringe, which was hand made. The under dress was of moire silver cloth. Three yards long was the train of chiffon velvet, richly embroidered with pearls, faced back with moire silver cloth, and finished off with Georgette rosebud trimmings. In one corner of the train was embroidered a double horseshoe, in the opposite corner a true lover’s knot, while in the centre was a wild rose, all these embroideries being done in pearls. Wild roses in pearls fell from the shoulders, where the train was fastened to the dress by means of pearl cabuchons. The bridal veil of silk net, rich embroidered at the corners and with a designed border, was mounted on a coronet of orange blossom. Another delightful feature of the bridal gown was the waist line ornamentation, the central motif of which was a large wild rose done in pearl beads. The sleeves and neck were of silk Georgette, finished off with Georgette rosebuds. The bride also wore a necklet of pearls, and carried a bouquet of Harrissi lilies, white sweet peas, asparagus fern, and Gypsy Filler, and streamers of varied fern. Her shoes were of ivory satin, each fastened at the side with two crystal buckles.

The Rev. Chas. E. Hughes, M.A., Vicar of Maltby, officiated at the ceremony, which was choral, the singing being led by the boys of the church choir. Mr. A. Cooper, the organist of Sandbeck, played a delightful selection of wedding music on the organ, and the hymn sung was: “The voice that breathed o’er Eden.” What was regarded by onlookers as a happy omen for the newly wedded couple was the warm sunshine which followed a somewhat dull morning, and coming through the windows of the church, made a delightful picture of the bridal group in front of the alter. At the conclusion of the ceremony the bells of the church rang a merry peal.

The best man was Mr. Stanley Mollekin, and the groomsman Mr. B. Mollekin, both brothers of the bride, who was given away by her father.


The four bridesmaids were Misses Dolly, Ivy and Sybil Mollekin, sisters of the bride, and Miss E. Marrison, niece of the bridegroom. The train bearer was Miss Nora Crompton, niece of the bride.

All the bridesmaids wore pale mauve chiffon velvet, with double sleeves, the upper sleeve flowing with cape-like effect from jewelled cabuchons at the shoulders, and lined with crepe-de-chine.



In the dresses of Miss Sybil Mollekin and Miss Marrison, the two first bridesmaids, the cape linings were in pale pink, and the rouleau ceintures were in pink and mauve. The gowns of the other two bridesmaids were similar, with the exception that they were trimmed in pale blue. The dresses were designed on straight lines, and were finished off with paste buckles at the sides. They were sleeveless, and were piped round the collars. All the bridesmaids wore mauve shoes and stockings, and mauve tulle Dutch caps, mounted on coronets of white heather. They also wore strings of pearls, the gifts of the bridegroom, and carried bouquets of pink lilies and roses and white sweet peas, with asparagus fern, Gypsy Filler, and streamers of fern.

Miss Sybil Mollekin carried an exquisite silk chiffon velvet cushion, embroidered with the bride’s monogram, on which the bride knelt before the alter.

The little train bearer wore a bouffante dress of ivory taffetas, with silk guipure motifs let in round the skirt, and little puff sleeves. She wore a silver wreath round her hair, and she also wore a signet ring, the gift of the bridegroom.

Mrs. Mollekin was beautifully gowned in hydrangea blue satin beaute, with insets of lace of gold flowers and oriental coloured leaves in the corsage, and side panels of the same lace on her skirt. The waste line was finished with pipings of the same material as the dress, and tiny buttons. The long bell sleeves of the gold lace ended in a deep band of the satin beaute. Her wide-brimmed hat was of blue panne velvet, trimmed with shaded hydrangea blue plumes.

Mrs. McGlade wore a smart costume of stone coloured broche marocain, with vest of oriental georgette. The corsage, and the side panels of the skirt, were richly embroidered with Egyptian colours, and buckles to match caught up the draping at the waist line. Her hat was of dull blue ornamented with white ospreys.

A reception was held by Mr. and Mrs. Mollekin at the Oriental Cafe of Messrs. Hy. Gough Ltd., Maltby, where over eighty guests were present.

Later, the bride and bridegroom left for London for their honeymoon, which is being spent in London and the South of England. Mrs. McGlade’s travelling dress was a smart nigger brown three-piece suit, with which she wore a large brown hat with blue paradise plumes, and a silver fox fur, the gift of the bridegroom.

The gift of the bride to the bridegroom was a signet ring.

The bridal gown, and all the other dresses described, were made by Miss R. Webb, late of Mme. Jarold, Howard street.


The oriental Cafe at Maltby is always an attractive place in which to have lunch or tea, but on this occasion it had been transformed into a veritable dining room de luxe, with Turkish carpets on the floor, and tables laid out in such a captivating manner as would be calculated to delight the most meticulous epicure. The floral decorations of the tables were large white chrysanthemums and sweet pea, and among these were arranged abundant sprays of white heather, altogether giving a most artistic effect. On the principal table was the wedding cake, made by Messrs. Hy. Gough, Ltd. It weighed over thirty pounds and was over four feet in height. Made in three tiers, it was a work of art, ornamented with silver horse shoes, white heather, and graceful contrivances of the artist in confectionery. The topmost tier was surmounted with artificial flowers which spread gracefully over the cake.

As the wedding party arrived the cafe orchestra, consisting of four instrumentalists, played Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, and they continued to delight the guests with their playing during the afternoon.

The menu for the wedding breakfast was as follows:-

Hor d’oeuvres.
Scotch Salmon (cold) and Cucumber Mayonnaise.
Cold Roast Chicken. York Ham.
Cold Roast Duck. Ox Tongue,
Cold Roast Sirloin Beef. Horseradish Sauce.
Cold Roast Lamb. Mint Sauce.
Charlotte Russe.
Compote of Fruit and Cream.
Cupid Sundae (American).
Cheese Savoury.

Carr Lane, The Grange, Maltby (Copyright Ann Mollekin)

The Grange

The party visited The Grange to view the wedding presents, and afterwards were served with afternoon tea at the Oriental Cafe, where they bid Mr. and Mrs. McGlade a heartfelt “bon voyage” as they started on their honeymoon.

For the evening party the cafe was converted into a ballroom. Downstairs was a beautifully carpeted and comfortable lounge. Another room served admirably as a supper room, and there was also a well supplied buffet. The whole of the arrangements were in fact a triumph for the management of the cafe.

A great feature of the dance was that the cafe orchestra played the very latest music – 1923-24 music, and their excellent playing increased the golden opinions which this orchestra had already won. The festivities were continued until half-past one in the morning.


The presents were as follows:-

Mr. and Mrs. H. Mollekin (father and mother of the bride), cheque.
Mr. and Mrs. B. Mollekin (brother and sister-in-law of the bride), eiderdown.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Mollekin (brother and sister-in-law of the bride), chamber service.
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Mollekin (brother and sister of the bride), cut glass salad bowl and tray.
Mr. Stanley Mollekin (brother) and Miss Wrigley, tea service.
Miss D. Mollekin (sister) and Mr. H. Brooks, silver egg stand.
Misses Ivy and Sybil Mollekin (sisters), easy chair.
Masters Claude, Fred and Jack Mollekin, pictures.
Mrs. McGlade (mother of the bridegroom), furniture.
Mr. and Mrs. Crompton (sister and brother-in-law of the bride), tortoise trinket set.
Mr. and Mrs. H. Nicholson (sister and brother-in-law of the bride), silver fish servers.
Mr. and Mrs. H. Mollekin (brother and sister-in-law of the bride), biscuit barrel.
Mr. and Mrs. Pearson (aunt and uncle of the bride), double dinner service.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Mollekin (aunt and uncle of the bride), silver tea pot.
Miss Edith Marrison (niece of the bridegroom), satin cushions, hand-painted.
Mr. and Mrs. Skerrow, white sheets and handmade pillow cases.
Mrs. Collishaw, linen duchess set.
Ald. E. and Mrs. Dunn, caserole.
Misses Ellis, silver sugar scope.
Mrs. Sykes, rose bowl.
Mrs. Crowther, tea pot.
Miss Taylor, silver butter cooler.
Mrs. Fells, crumb brush and tray and afternoon tea spoons.
Mr. and Mrs. N. Howard, silver candlesticks.
Messrs. J. Mason Ltd., cut glass silver-mounted flower vase.
Mr. and Mrs. T. Fawcett, bread board and tray.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Sykes, eiderdown.
Mr. and Mrs. Willis, silver sugar scope.
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Booth, case afternoon tea knives and forks.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Smith, cheque.
Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Allison, silver fruit stand.
Mr. and Mrs. Dobson, gong.
Mr. and Mrs. Brooks, silver toast rack.
Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers, silver fruit bowl and stand.
Messrs. Warner, Earnshaw and Parker, canteen of cutlery.
Mr. W. Wolstenholme, silver crumb tray.
Miss Hunter, fruit stand.
Mrs. Hunter, photo and frame.
Mr. and Mrs. Conray Tate, silver cake stand.
Dr. and Mrs. Dufty, satin cushion.
Mr. and Mrs. T. Bains, table cover.
Miss Nora Crompton, cut glass hair tidy.
Mr. and Mrs. F. Lidgett, poufe.
Miss D. Firth, hand-made supper cloth.
Mr. and Mrs. Flatters, sardine dish and servers.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Howard, biscuit and cheese dish.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Kohler, toast rack.
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Lant, caserole.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Davy, clothes brushes and mirror.
Mr. and Mrs. G. Crowther, silver bon-bon dish.
Mrs. Berwick, hand-painted satin cushion.
Mr. and Mrs. R. Pacey, silver fruit dish.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Allsop, poufe.
Mr. and Mrs. Farrow, bronze plant pot.
Mrs. H. Fisher, bronze crumb brush and tray.
Master Neville Crompton, silver jewel case.
Mr. and Mrs. Felstrope, cut glass bowl.
Mr. and Mrs. Whiteley, fish eaters.
The Gardeners (The Grange), carvers.
Mr. and Mrs. Fisher and Miss Fisher, silver mustard pot.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Handford, fish eaters and case.