George Stanley Birch


Parkgate Iron & Steel Company

In 1953, in Kimberworth, Rotherham, my second cousin, once removed, Margaret Clare Hutchinson, married George Stanley Birch.

Below are George’s obituaries.


BIRCH. – George Stanley, aged 36 years, of 15, Longlands Drive, Thrybergh, suddenly on March 22nd, dearly loved husband of Clare and father of Linda, Ruth and David.


BIRCH. – Mrs. A. L. Birch and Mrs. M. C. Birch express most sincere thanks to the Rev. N. Sloan, Canon G. K. Dixon, relatives, friends and neighbours, also workmates at Park Gate Iron and Steel Co., for kindness and messages of sympathy received in their sad bereavement.


The death occurred suddenly at the Park Gate Iron and Steel Company on March 22nd, of Mr. George Stanley Birch, aged 36, of 15, Longlands Drive, Thrybergh.

Mr. Birch was born at Dalton and had lived all his life in the Dalton and Thrybergh area. He was employed in the power services department at the Park Gate Iron and Steel Co., and had previously been employed as a signalman with British Railways. He also served on the Hospital Services Committee and the Production Committee at the works.

He was an active member of the Dalton Methodist Church, being the organist there. Mr. Birch was also a keen amateur photographer.

The funeral service took place at the Dalton Methodist Church last Saturday conducted by the Rev. N. Sloan, with a reading given by Canon G. K. Dixon. The organist was Mr. W. Slater.

The mourners were Mrs. M. C. Birch (widow), Miss L. Birch (daughter), Mrs. A. L. Birch (mother), Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hutchinson (father-in-law and mother-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. W. Birch (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hartley (brother-in-law and sister), Mr. L. Hutchinson (brother-in-law), Mrs. D. Cousins, Mr. and Mrs. G. Barnes, Mr. G. Bentham (uncles and aunts), Mr. F. Bambridge, Mr. D. Milton, Mr. T. Doyle, Mr. J. Goodlad, Mr. and Mrs. W. Walls, Mr. R. Price, Mr. K. Slack, Mr. P. Slack, Mr. J. Tuke, Miss E. M. Hardesty, Mrs. E. Plant, Mrs. A. R. Tinker, Miss W. Dolan, Mrs. C. Beardsmore, Mrs. Hinchcliffe, Mr. and Mrs. L. Hartley, Mr. G. Taylor (also representing Mrs. Taylor), Mr. and Mrs. T. Green, Mrs. Wilbourne (also representing Mr. and Mrs. Maxfield), Mrs. G. West, Mrs. Buxton, Miss R. Buxton, Mrs. J. Hynes, Mrs. Haith, Mrs. Doughty, Mrs. G. K. Dixon, Mrs. N. Sloan, Mrs. Lindsay, Mrs. L. Nightingale, Mrs. J. Brack, Mrs. Grundy, Mrs. Ramsden, Mrs. Mountford, Mrs. Etchells (friends), Mr. H. E. Elliott, Mr. K. Hyner (representing the Park Gate Iron and Steel Co.).

Margaret Clare Hutchinson

Margaret Clare Hutchinson, born in 1930 in the Rotherham area, is my second cousin, once removed and daughter of Amy Yates Smith and Wilfred James Hutchinson.


HUTCHINSON. – On Thursday, 28th December, 1933, at 88, Browning Road, Amy Yates, the beloved wife of Wilfred James Hutchinson, in her 24th years.

The newspaper article below describes Margaret’s marriage to George Stanley Birch in Saint Thomas’s Church, Kimberworth. Although the article states that Margaret is the daughter of ‘Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hutchinson’, her biological mother died when she was three years of age.

Margaret’s mother, uncle and grandfather all died at relatively young ages.

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Saint Thomas’s Church



The marriage took place at Kimberworth Parish Church last Saturday of Miss Margaret Clare Hutchinson, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hutchinson, 68, Watson Road, Rotherham, and Mr. George Stanley Birch, second son of Mrs. and the late Mr. F. S. Birch, 25, Magna Lane, Dalton. The Rev. G. Needham officiated.

The bride, given away by her father, wore a gown of white figured satin brocade, with full-length veil and orange blossom head-dress, and carried a bouquet of red roses, freesia and fern.

She was attended by Miss F. M. Evans in pink taffeta and head-dress to match, and carrying a bouquet of tulips, freesia and fern, and Miss J. Cousins (bridegroom’s cousin) in pale blue silk trimmed with white lace and carrying a basket of tulips and fern. A page boy was Master Leslie J. Hutchinson (bride’s brother).

The best man was Mr. W. G. Birch (bridegroom’s brother) and the groomsmen Mr. C. Barnes (bride’s uncle) and Mr. D. Atkinson.

Former Teacher Dies

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Doncaster Road Congregational Church

In 1897, in Rotherham, my first cousin, thrice removed, Walter Early, married Lucy Helena Hutchinson. Below is Lucy’s obituary.


EARLY. – On July 8th, at 42, Haugh Lane, Sheffield, Lucy Helena, aged 87 years, wife of the late Walter Early, and dear mother of Dorothy, Clarice, Alan, Lily and Mabel.


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Lucy’s grave

MRS. LUCY EARLY, 87-years-old former Rotherham school-teacher and church worker, died this week at her home in Haugh Lane, Sheffield.

Mrs. Early and her late husband, Mr. Walter Early, were members of the former Doncaster Gate Congregational Church, Rotherham, before moving to Sheffield, and were married at that church.

Mrs. Early, whose maiden name was Hutchinson, taught at the Wellgate and Thornhill Schools. Mr. Early was owner of a number of Rotherham sweet shops, named “Dainties.”

During their stay at Sheffield, both were prominent members of the Endcliffe Park Congregational Church. Mr. Early was treasurer and a deacon, and Mrs. Early did a great deal of work with the church’s women’s section.

The funeral and service took place at the Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham, yesterday.