Conisborough Urban District Council – First Elections (pictures)

April 1921

Mexborough Times, April 9th

Conisborough Urban District

The First Election

Astonishing Labour Rout

Polling took place in the first election of a Conisbrough Urban District Council. The result was declared at 10 o’clock last night in the Church Hall, Conisbrough, by Mr H.M.Marshall, the returning officer.

The result was awaited by a large crowd, and most of the successes were greeted with cheers. Some surprising returns were announced.

The polls in the various wards were headed by Mr W.Smith, CG Wheeliker, Mr R Williamson, Mr H Hulley, and Mr J Brocklesby.

The astonishing feature of the election was the extraordinary ill success of the official Labour candidates,who onlyobtained two seats with 15 men, the two returned being Mr Shelton (Denaby), and Mr Urch (South), the chairman of the late Conisbrough Parish Council, and the only member of that body to secure election.

Of the late Denaby Parish Council, three of the four members contested were returned. Of the three “comrades” two were elected. No “Federation” candidate was returned. Seven independent candidates, contested separately, were returned.

The results are as follows:

North Ward.


Harold C. Harrison, colliery agent   595

Ralph Williamson, engineer   347

Thomas Oxley, “Comrades” secretary   312

Not elected:

Herbert Wray, pawnbroker   276
Philip Bond Saul, miner,  135;
George Smith, miner,  103;
Alfred Davies, miner  84

South Ward.


William Smith, schoolmaster  479

Silvester Charles Urch, glassworker   307

William Barker Wells, colliery weighman  266

Not elected:

Francis Ogley, gentleman, 249;
John William Raynor, barman, 176;
George Hedworth, colliery banksman, 155;
William Harrison Barwell, teacher, 142

East Ward.


John Brocklesby, gentleman   533

William White Norwood, veterinery  333

James Morratt Heys, teacher  233

Not elected:

Joseph Edward Platts, Fettler  207;
George Smithson, labourer,  207;
Ellis Broke, glass bottle makers manager, 165 ;
Thomas Hill, check weighman, 150;
Francis Hare, Butcher, 109;
Thomas Hagger , glass worker, 95

West Ward


Harry Hulley, colliery manager   494

Ernest Robinson, building contractor  367

Alfred Edward Berry, milk dealer  250

Not elected:

Phares Benton, colliery over man,  238 ;
George Andrew Chadfield, miner,  178;
Thomas J Gregory, miner,   177;
Harry Gomersall, glass worker,  129;
Francis George Clarke, miner,  77

Denaby Ward


George Wheeliker, colliery timekeeper  410
H Dutton
J Shelton

Not elected:

John Feeney, miner 221 ;
Job Pond Endledow,  works Foreman 241;
Joseph Braham,  miner 109

Mr William Smith, thanked the electors in the South Ward for electing him at the top of the poll. He would endeavour to do his best on the new Council in the interests of the whole of the district.

Mr S.C. Urch said he had got when he had expected to be – second on the poll. He was pleased the fight had been a clean one, and being a working-class man himself, he would work in the interests of the working classes.

Thanks were also recorded to the electors by other successful candidates.

North Ward




West Ward

Denaby Ward


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