Ernest James McGlade

Ernest J. McGlade

Ernest J. McGlade

Ernest James McGlade, born in 1883 in Washington, Durham, married my first cousin, twice removed, Mabel Mollekin, in 1923.

Below are a couple of newspaper articles pertaining to Ernest’s retirement from the Central Motor Works company, in Rotherham, which he founded, along with his obituary.

The South Yorkshire and Rotherham Advertiser



AFTER being in the motor trade since 1908 and being an executive in it since 1911, Mr. E. J. McGlade, sales director of the Central Motor Works, Ltd., Wellgate, Rotherham, is to retire on March 1st.

Mr. McGlade, who at present resides at 52, Munsbro’ Lane, Greasbro’, plans to move to Wickersley in the next few months. He will remain a director of the Central Motor Works.

Central Motor Works Limited (advert) - 1936

Central Motor Works Advert – 1936

After early experience as a mechanic and an apprentice coach builder he joined the Yorkshire Motor Car Company in Sheffield in 1911, taking over the panel beating department. Later he took over the management of another branch of the company in Sheffield, until 1913, when he became stores manager for the Dart Motor Company in Sheffield. Within a year, he was in the Coldstream Guards in France, reaching the rank of Sergeant, and he was commissioned in the King’s Regiment in 1915.


While seconded to the King’s African Rifles, he spent two and a half years in East Africa, finishing his service there as Acting Adjutant of the 2/2 King’s African Rifles.

Ernest J. McGlade (2)

Ernest J. McGlade

After the war, he joined Laycock’s in their experimental departments at Millhouses while they were making the Charron – Laycock car. From that firm he went to the Maltby Engineering Company as manager. It was in 1921 that he joined Mr. Robert Pacey (still chairman of the Central Motor Works Ltd.) in Rotherham. Together with Mr. Pacey and Mr. O. Rodgers, they formed the Central Motor Works, Ltd., being himself director and secretary.

Mr. McGlade took over the sales side, and in those days it was common in the motor trade to work throughout the weekend, seeing to customer’s inquiries, those being the happy days when one could walk into a showroom and order a car for immediate delivery.

With the outbreak of the second World War, Mr. McGlade took up temporary duties with the Ministry of Supply in the Army auxiliary workshops of Northern Command, and remained with them for four years.

A director of Gepsco, Ltd., factors, of Rotherham, Mr. McGlade will retain that office. In 1930, he was chairman of the Sheffield branch of the Motor Trades Association, and he has also been actively connected with the Rotherham branch of the Commercial Travellers’ Association.


Director dies in retirement at Bournemouth

A Director of Central Motor Works, Ltd., Rotherham, Mr. Ernest James McGlade, died suddenly in hospital at Bournemouth, last Friday.

Mr. McGlade, who was born in Durham, lived in the Rotherham area for many years. He served his apprenticeship with Simplex Ltd., of Sheffield, who built the Simplex motor car during the early part of this century. During World War One, Mr. McGlade served as an Army Captain in South and East Africa.

Central Motor Works (site of), Wellgate, Rotherham - 08.06.17

Central Motor Works (site of) in 2017

He then opened the Pioneer Garage in Maltby, and in 1923 he joined Mr. R. Pacey and formed the Central Motor Works Ltd., where he was Sales Director until his retirement in 1954.

Mr. McGlade was a member of the Rotherwood Lodge of Masons, and when he retired to Bournemouth became a member of the Purbeck Lodge. He also became a member of the Durham Society and the Yorkshire Society.

He stayed on the Board of the Central Motor Works, and visited Rotherham every year.

He leaves a widow, Mrs. Mabel McGlade.

Cremation took place at Bournemouth yesterday.

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