Conisborough Armistice Parade

November 1928

Mexborough and Swinton Times, November 16, 1928

Conisborough Armistice Parade

Rain came down to mar the Conisborough ceremonies, with the result that the route for the procession was curtailed and the parade arrived at church before three o’clock.

The parade formed in Brook Square and consisted of members of the British Legion, the Conisborough Division of the S.J.A.B., the Nursing Sisters, the Fire Brigade, and other organisations. The Denaby Main Salvation Army Band headed the procession. The S.J.A.B., Conisborough Division, was under the command of Supt. C. Farrell, and Mr. C. J. Pickett, M.C., took charge of the whole. The Parish Church was packed to overflowing. Councillor C. E. Webster, vice-Chairman of the Conisborough Branch of the British Legion, read the Lesson. The vicar, the Rev. H. Lee, preached the sermon.

After the service the procession moved off to Coronation Park for a short service and the wreath laying. There, at the base of the War Memorial, was mounted a guard of honour, of N.C.O.’s of the 5th K.O.Y.L.I. under Sergeant C. Squires resting on arms reversed. After a prayer the “Last Post” was sounded by Bugle-Major Parker, of Doncaster, and a Silence was observed prior to the sounding of the “Reveille.”

Wreaths were then laid by Mrs. T. Purdy (who lost two sons in the Great War), on behalf of British Legion ; by Supt. C. Farrell for the Conisborough Division of the S.J.A.B., by the Nursing Sisters; Mr. C. Knight for the Parish Church Choir; and by several private mourners. The singing of “Abide with me,” and the national anthem concluded the ceremony.