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Engagement – Commander Begbie and Miss Lockwood

October 1937

Mexborough and Swinton Times October 15, 1937.

The engagement was announced on Wednesday of Miss Ella Millicent Lockwood, of the Hawthorns, Bolton-on-Dearne, to Commander H. H. G. Begbie, R.N., of Warmsworth, sports and welfare officer to Manvers Main Collieries, Ltd.

Miss Lockwood, who was born at Bolton, and attended Mexborough Secondary School, is well known throughout the Dearne district for her talented performances in local amateur operatic society productions. She is a member of the Doncaster, Mexborough, Wath, and Dearne District (formerly Bolton and Goldthorpe) Societies. Miss Lockwood played the lead in the Dearne Society’s production of “The Quaker Girl.” She is well known as a professional teacher of dancing.

Commander Begbie has done much to encourage and organise sport for the company’s employees at Manvers Main and Barnburgh.

He served with Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Spence Lyne (who was chairman of the committee responsible for the monster gala day organised earlier in the year by the company) and during 25 years in the Navy spent twelve as physical training officer. Before and after the war he was actively connected with the training of boys, earning distinction for his work in this direction. The organising of naval sports and galas was part of his job, and this experience admirably fits him for the position he now holds.

During the war he took part in the battles off Falkland Islands on H.M.S. Invincible, and also acted as P.T. officer to the 2nd Cruiser Squadron and the 4th Battle Squadron. After the war, and until his retirement in 1927, he was concerned almost entirely with physical training.