Home Accident


Moorgate Hospital

John Henry Victor Scholes (known as Vic), born in 1918 in the Rotherham area, is my first cousin, twice removed and son of John Henry Scholes and Clara Rowbottom.

In 1943, in the Rother Valley, Vic married Mary Coggins.

Mary passed away in 2004 and below are newspaper articles pertaining to Vic’s death in 1970.


SCHOLES. – On July 1st, in hospital, John Henry Victor (Vic), aged 51 years, of 33, Vale Avenue, Thrybergh, dearly loved husband of Mary, and loving father of Sandra and Alan.

Some day we’ll understand.

SCHOLES. – Mrs. Scholes, Sandra and Alan thank doctors and staff of Moorgate General Hospital, Nurse Trimble, Canon Dixon, all relatives, friends and neighbours for help, sympathy and floral tributes; the Central Labour Club, Rotherham, Rotherham Co-operative Society for funeral arrangements, and special thanks to Mr. Bernard Pepper for all his kindness and help during Mr. Scholes’ illness.

Central Labour Club, Nelson Street, Rotherham - 22.07.15

Former Central Labour Club on Nelson Street, Rotherham


Home accident contributes to death

An accident at his home contributed to the death of a Thrybergh man, an inquest heard last Friday.

Mr. John Henry Victor Scholes (51), of 33, Vale Avenue, died in Moorgate General Hospital, Rotherham, on July 1st, following the accident at his home on June 23rd, and a verdict of death by misadventure was recorded by the Rotherham Borough Coroner, Mr. P. S. Gill.

In a statement, Mrs. Mary Scholes said her husband developed chest trouble in 1959 and had difficulty in breathing. He was helping to move some furniture at his home when he fell to the floor and complained of pain in his back but refused to see a doctor.

Eventually he did and he was admitted to hospital on June 26th.

Dr. J. Warrack, pathologist, said apart from his chest, Mr. Scholes was in “reasonable health.” The injury contributed to his death, although in a normal healthy person it would not have been so serious.

Sheeran – Taylor

Saint Gerard's Church, Thrybergh

Saint Gerard’s Church, Thrybergh

John Peter Sheeran, born in 1931 in the Rotherham area, is my second cousin, once removed and grandson of Clara Rowbottom and John Henry Scholes.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after John’s marriage to Mary Taylor.



The marriage took place at St. Gerard’s Church, Thrybergh, last Saturday, of Miss Mary Taylor, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Taylor, 25, Rockland Villas, Thrybergh, and Mr. John Peter Sheeran, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Sheeran, 16, Naylor Street, Parkgate. The Rev. J. J. O’Halloran officiated at Nuptial Mass, and Miss Mary Browne was the organist.

Both bride and bridegroom are teachers, the bride at St. Joseph’s School, Rawmarsh, and the bridegroom at St. Helen’s School, Hoyland.

The bride, given away by her father, wore a full-length ivory grosgrain gown with plain silk net veil and head-dress of stephanotis, and carried a bouquet of arum lillies, white roses and stephanotis.

Fullerton Hotel, Thrybergh

Fullerton Hotel, Thrybergh

She was attended by Miss Mary Flanigan (a friend), wearing a white shark skin ballerina-length dress, and Miss Veronica Sheeran (sister of the bridegroom) who wore a short white nylon dress with head-dress to match. Both carried posies of carnations and sweet peas.

The best man was Mr. Michael Sheeran (cousin of the bridegroom) and Mr. Terrance M. Sheeran (brother of the bridegroom) and Mr. Harry Ducker were groomsmen.

The bride’s mother wore a navy coat with white accessories; the bridegroom’s mother chose a mauve two-piece with black accessories.

A reception was held at the Fullerton Hotel, Thrybergh, and the honeymoon was spent at Torquay.

Among the presents were a blanket chest, cooking utensils and walnut egg cups from the staff and pupils of St. Joseph’s School, Rawmarsh, and an electric iron from the staff of St. Helen’s School, Hoyland.

Clara Rowbottom & John Henry Scholes


Netherfield Lane

Clara Rowbottom, born in 1879 in Parkgate, Rotherham, is my great grand aunt and daughter of Albert Rowbottom and Charlotte Yates.

In December 1903, Clara married John Henry Scholes. Together, they issued eight children, two of which died in infancy. One of their sons, John Henry Victor Scholes, is featured on this website.

Clara passed away in 1964.

Below is an obituary for John, published shortly after his death.


Parkgate Iron & Steel Company


DEATH OF MR. J. H. SCHOLES. The funeral took place at the Haugh Road Cemetery, Rawmarsh, the Rev. K. Shackleton officiating, of Mr. John Henry Scholes (76), of 37, Netherfield Lane, Parkgate, who died at his home last Saturday after a long illness. A native of Wentworth, he came to Parkgate 50 years ago, after living for some time at Upper Haugh. For 25 years he worked as a crane driver at the Park Gate Iron and Steel Works, and was a member of the R.A.O.B. Mr. and Mrs. Scholes had been married just over 50 years, having celebrated their golden wedding last December.


Haugh Road Cemetery

Besides the widow, Mr. Scholes, leaves three daughters and a son. Mrs. Scholes was unable to attend the funeral, at which the mourners were Mr. and Mrs. T. Shearham, Miss W. Scholes, Mr. and Mrs. F. Hudson, Mr. and Mrs. V. Scholes, Mrs. P. Hague, Mr. and Mrs. Brewer, Mrs. Green, Mr. T. Hughes, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon, Mr. P. Shearham, Mr. T. M. Shearham, Mrs. White, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Ofozzard, Mrs. Hutchinson, Mr. G. Deakin, Mr. T. Chandler and representatives of the Park Gate Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., Messrs. F. Burton and J. Clark.



Mrs. Scholes and family thank all relatives and friends for kindness, expressions of sympathy and floral tributes, and Doctors Hickey and Philpot and Mr. Deacon for kindness shown during their sad bereavement.