South Yorkshire Times Nov 5, 1955
Mr. J. H. Rawding.
Director of Conisbrough Firm
We regret to record the death, which occurred suddenly late on Wednesday evening at his home, 121 Doncaster Road, Conisbrough, of Mr. John Henry Rawding , Managing Director of Messrs. George Booth and Sons Ltd., sickle manufacturers, of Burcroft, Conisbrough.
The product of his firm are known the world over and under his shrewd direction the business had shown considerable expansion over the years. Conisbrough products are on sale in every Continent and Mr. Rawding expended much business acumen and energy in helping to develop the company’s part in the export drive.
Mr. Rawding, who leaves a widow, was at work on the day of his death and in the evening had been to a private dinner with a business acquaintance at a Doncaster hotel.
A native of Sheffield, he was educated at Morley Place School, Conisbrough (Grammar) School, of which he was one of the original scholars.
In the 1914-18 war he served in France as a quartermaster-sergeant in the R.A.S.C. and in the 1939-45 war he worked diligently as a member of Conisbrough Savings Committee and his assistance during the various savings weeks was invaluable.
He was a member of Mexborough Rotary Club (attending the weekly club luncheon the day before his death) Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Conisbrough and Denaby Chamber of Trade, Conisbrough British Legion branch, Conisbrough Cricket Club and Conisbrough Conservative Association. Of a number of these organisations he was also vice-president, and he was also vice-president of Dearne Valley Divisional Conservative Association.
The funeral takes place today (Friday), a service in Conisbrough Parish Church at 12.20 being followed by cremation as Sheffield City Road Crematorium at 1.30 p.m.