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The Terminus

The Terminus pub in Conisbrough are one of our logo sponsors for the  Montagu Cup.  The wonderful photograph (below) adorns the wall of the pub.  It shows Conisbrough volunteers for the war in 1914.


The following Conisboro’ young men have enlisted for military service :
Charles Hill; Reginald Clarkson;  Louis Moore; Wm. Lewis; Harry Appleyard; Walter Robinson; John Booth; William Gilmore.  Mexborough & Swinton Times — 5th September 1914
Photo Credit:  Conisbrough and Denaby Heritage Society

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Mexborough & Swinton Times — 5th September 1914

Steve Pugh - owner of the Terminus:
The newspaper report states that the men in the photo joined up on the same day in 1914 at the recruiting office in Brook Sq. As it happens, this is where my main business is located today. The photo was taken across the main road outside the old garage at the bottom of Clifton Hill.
In the original photo you can see a sign saying "Repaired" in the background and the name of the owner.  I got the photo from Conisbrough & Denaby Heritage Society, all they knew was a woman dropped it into the Library on one of their open days with a list of names and why it was taken. At least one of the names she gave is contradicted by the newspaper article though.


Reginald Clarkson
Reg Clarkson COULD be Reginald Mark Clarkson Born March 8th 1895 Died : 1977 (1st Quarter) Dewsbury

Kate Dooney found this out:
Reginald Mark Clarkson was born on 8th March 1895 in Conisbrough and died 24th March 1977 in Dewsbury. His dad was Robert John Clarkson from Braithwell and his mum was Emily from Conisbrough.

In 1901 they lived on New Hill, Robert was a painter & paper hanger.

In 1911 they lived at 36 Low Road and Robert was down as a master painter house, reg was working with his dad as apprentice house painting. He has a couple of brothers and sisters, again someone might recognise names, Kathleen Harriet (1897), Fred (1899), Margaret Rachel (1902) Harold (1906).

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William Gilmore
Kate Dooney found this out:
William Gilmore. I saw the records on here that showed that he was a teacher, and that helped me find his full army records saying he was a teacher on it. But, unlike the clipping on here it says he was promoted a few times and became a corporal. He got injured shortly after, his knee. But he did return as he had medals for France and Sierra Leone 1916-17. His number is 50241.

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William Gilmore
Mexborough & Swinton Times—5th February 1918

Harry Appleyard
There were 2 x H Appleyard from Conisbrough that served in World War One.
One is listed on the  war memorial in the  village.  The other lived until 1965
We are almost certain that it is Harry Appleyard - born 1894, died 1965).

Kate Dooney found this out:

Harry was born on 22nd January 1894 in Conisbrough. His dad was also Harry and was a grocer and his mum was Sarah Maria Brown (dressmaker), both born in Conisbrough. 1901 they lived on March street, 1911 they lived at 27 New Hill. Someone might recognise some names here, but Harry has plenty of brothers and sisters, he was the oldest, then Florence (born 1898), Gertrude (1901), Eric V (1905), Joseph (1907), Hilda (1910), William Haywood (1913), Elizabeth (1914) and finally George (1916).

Harry married Kate Longbottom in June 1920, but I haven’t found any record of them having any children. They might have though. In 1939 they are down as living at 43 March Street and Harry is a company director, but it doesn’t say where.

Michele Watkin added:

I have been in touch with Harry's grandaughter .. Harry survived the war..Was in the artillery and then in transport corps
Constance Harry's grandaughter is a family friend. Her mum who was Harry's daughter my husband grew up next door to all his life ..they were like family xx and constance still is xx

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Harry is likely to be on this photograph. From his obituary, Harry started coal deliveries when he came home. The truck states coal deliveries on the signage.

John Booth

Kate Dooney found out:
John Worth Booth, born 1894 in Conisbrough.

His dad was John Ezra born in Conisbrough and his mum was Adeline Rawding from Lincoln.

In 1901, I can’t read the writing very well, but it looks like they lived at Claremont (?). John was a stationery Gas Engine Driver at the sickle works. .

In 1911 they lived at 10 Castle Grove Terrace.

Children they had George (1896) and Elenora (1900).

I couldn’t find any further records, or even death records.

Walter Robinson

Kate Dooney found out:

Walter Robinson born 1892 in Handsworth. The records again are sparse, so I didn’t find much.

I didn’t find a dad, but his mum was Caroline born in Chesterfield.

In 1911 they lived on Atherstone Road with Caroline, a brother Thomas William (1887) an insurance clerk and Walter, he was a repairer of under ground wagon at the mines.

William or Reg Lewis

Kate Dooney found out:

I couldn’t find any records for Reg Lewis, but I did for the name in the paper clipping in the post, William Lewis. Born 29th December 1893 in Conisbrough and died 30th March 1958. His dad was William Lewis from Conisbrough and his mother Jane Elizabeth Elliott from Jump.

In 1901 they lived on March Street, William was a bricklayer.

In 1911 they lived at 46 Silverwood View and then William junior was a ‘motty lad at pit top’. As for kids to keep an eye on names was Lillie Lauretta (1892), Frank (1894), Walter Elliot (1898), Hilda Elizabeth (1899), Gertrude (1902), Demus (1906), Harry (1907) and Elizabeth (1910).

In April 1920 he married Hilda Mary Williams. I only found one child, that was Roy Ellie Lewis born 14 October 1926 (someone might know him).

Charles Hill

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Louis Moore

Nothing so far.

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This is the building in the background of the photograph.  The building is still standing and is the home of Clifton Motors, next to the traffic lights in Conisbrough.  Just across the road from the Terminus.

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The Gurney Shop

Many small businesses which start from humble beginnings often grow into larger concerns.  This was the case with A G Gurney.

Originally he ran a cycle business from a ramshackle stone built property situated in what we now call Brook Square.  Later, the business was transferred to more commodious premises on the opposite side of the road.  Gurney continued to sell cycles but as motor vehicles became more widely used the nature of his business changed.  He operated a motor vehicle repair garage in association with H E Nicholson. Although this must have been regarded as a state of the art operation at the time, it would seem quite backward today. Gurney and Nicholson are reported to have had a fair slice of the Conisbrough trade.

Shortly before the outbreak of the second world war the two partners business was acquired by Ernest Bonnett.  During the war years the premises were used by the army for vehicle repairs, soldiers were also billeted in rooms above the workshops.
On the cessation of hostilities a new business was commenced there by E Whyers and E Stanley who traded under the name of Conisbrough Motor Company.  This lasted until January 1983 when the premises had a further change of ownership becoming Crossbow Motors.


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