Croix de Geurre on Display

South Yorkshire Times January 22, 1966

On Display

The Warrant from an award of the Belgian Croix de Geurre – a medal won by a former Conisbrough Urban Council chairman during the First World War – is soon to hang in the entrance to the council offices in High Street.

The late Mr George Oldfield, three times chairman of the council, who died about 12 years ago, won the medal and the military medal, as a member of the 9th Battalion Yorks and Lancaster Regiment.

Mr Oldfield, formerly of the Daylands Avenue, Conisbrough and 21 years a councilmember, was also mentioned in dispatches and recommended for the D. C. M. Some years ago he gave the warrant to form a Conisbrough resident. Mr Philip Brocklesby, now of Tealby.

For Council

Now Mr Brocklesby has offered the warrant to the Conisbrough authority, who agreed on Wednesday that it should framed and placed in the offices.

The clerk, Mr E. T. Mellor, said “I understand Mr Brocklesby discussed with Mr Oldfield and idea to form a British Legion Museum in Conisbrough and was given the warrant. Mr Brocklesby was unable to go ahead with the idea. Both men served with the same regiment, and jointly revived the British Legion Conisbrough branch in 1938. Mr Oldfield became chairman, but stood down in 1946. He served in the home guard during the Second World War and received a certificate for “devoted service” from the Legion.