1941

January

As the War enters its Second year Canon Eddershaw’s Message
Tells the severe position England was in at that time
To be met with defiance and determination echoed by the Home Guard
The Weslyan Church holds a Xmas Party for 130 Evacuee Children
and we hear more stories from soldiers at the front
The Spitfire fund passes the £1,000 mark helped by a successful Messerschmitt 109 exhibition at the Station Hotel
There’s a Fatal Accident as Lorries collide
And a man commits suicide at the Butterbusk crossing

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February

Fund Raising was important in Conisborough & Denaby in February 1941
The Spitfire Fund ended with over £1,000 raised
The District geared up for the War Weapons week with the highlight a letter from Douglas Bader
The target was to raise £60,000 for 3 Bombers;
The ‘Conisborough Castle’, the ‘Denaby ‘
and one to be named by school children
And there’s a presentation to a Postman,
Fire Watching Orders, News from the Front
and another miner is killed at Denaby Main

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March

In March 1941 Conisborough held its best ever Parade and hands over the Spitfire cheque
Children impressed with Posters about the War and Conisborough and Denaby reach their target to buy 3 Bombers
A Miner is crushed and suffocates with his False Teeth and there’s an inquest on the death of another miner
The Ministry of Food reject a request for extra rations and there’s a thin case for the slaughter of pigs
There’s more exploits of local men in the front line and pictures of weddings from these times

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April

In April 1941 Denaby Villagers saw ‘talkies’ for the first time
A wide range of gifts are given to the Fullerton
The Council debates whether to give tenancy to a 15 year old
We hear of a Conisborough sailor in the battle of Matapan
and Denaby United are closing in on the Championship with free scoring Ardronscoring a hat trick
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May

In May Fullerton Hospital appeal for eggs
The Home Guard outboxes the RAF
while Gas Masks and sirens are in the news
and 1900 Firewatchers are needed
The father of Conisborough Council passes away
and the Co op declars a ‘Divi’ of 1/1 in the £
Evening Institute has a successful year
and Denaby United are champions!

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June

In June 1941 a 14 year old boy dies after a Pit Accident
and another child dies through a fallen spouting
There’s more new of local men in the forces
and 1,000 are now fighting for their country
The Council debate making up Army pay
whilst 6 year old twins collect for the Air Raid distress fund
Cricket continues and we have United’s annual report,
with Wally Ardron scoring 38 goals
and pictures from 7 wartime weddings
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July

July brings more stories from the Front
In Army, Navy and Air Force, in Europe and the Middle Eastas the war intensifies, with Soldiers missing and dead
The Home Guard watches training films at the ‘Globe’ and the School Governors discuss Scabies and ‘Dig for Victory’
while the Council’s topics are Communal Feeding and Air Raid Shelters
The Special Police have received half their uniforms and the Youth Movement hold a Youth Rally
The Colliery Death Fund holds its Annual Meeting and a Miner Dies when a Hard Hat could have saved him

and many thanks to Lynda Povey for help with the transcription

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August

In August 1941 Miners work after a fatality
and a miner is sent to Prison
for refusing to work at a pit
There are pictures of the Home Guards NCO’s
and news about the War Savings campaign
and long service Colliers
while Denaby & Cadeby hold a Cricket Festival
and enjoy an unbeaten month

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September

In September 1941 we read stories about Denaby’s young evacuees
and the Home Guard at Camp Mission
Another miner dies after being hit by a Tub
and the Medical Report shows all round improvements
Emergency Powers for the Civil Defence
shows how everybody was involved
echoed by Gas Masks at School, Comforts Fund
and the WVS second birthday

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October

In Wartime Conisbrough and Denaby during October 1941 the Food and Savings Committee’s were meeting regularly
with Planning for the Warship Week
high on the Agenda
There were better Pay and Holidays
for the Staff of the Isolation Hospital
Denaby United are still searching for their first win and News from the Front includes a Commissioned Officer, a lady in the ATS and a fighting family of five from Denaby

and many thanks to Lynda Povey for help with the transcription

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November

In November 1941 the Council decided to modify the Blackout
A well known local Trade Unionist dies
There’s a new licensee at the Lord Conyers
and planning is underway for the Warship week
More stories of local patriots emerge
with the Saxton family providing 9 members of the Forces
United gain their first wins
With over 30 goals in the month to savour

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December

As 1941 draws to a close the main story is
The Conisbrough Warship Week
where Conisbrough and Denaby’s target was to raise £70,000
to buy MTB 215 (Motor Torpedo Boat)
We show the build up to the Week.
the numerous Adverts from local businesses
and the results and pictures of the Thornycroft 55 foot MTB
There are more stories from all the services at the front
and complements to the ‘Specials.’
and United give a great show at Bramall Lane
and have a 11 goal thriller with Thurcroft

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