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The Friendship Inn


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The Friendship Inn, Manchester Road, Stocksbridge. Click on a photo to enlarge it and for more information.

Postscript to the book:

Each pub has been researched to around 1939 but I would like to add the following information to the chapter on The Friendship Hotel.  After the death of Tom Batty on the 15th May 1939, the pub was bought by Truswell's Brewery.  The first landlord they installed was George Henry Rogerson.  He and his wife Florence had a son called Joseph, who was born in 1915.  Young Joe was a fairly well-known golfer, who played at the Sitwell Park Golf Club in Rotherham and played with the County team.  He helped his father in the running of the pub, including keeping the books, and when the 1939 Register was taken at the start of WW2 he was recorded as also working as an ambulance driver.  At some point he joined the R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve, serving with 153 Maintenance Unit.  Sadly, Joe did not survive the war.  He was captured by the Japanese in 1942 and held in a Prisoner of War Camp in Java.  Joseph Rogerson, prisoner no. 797, died of bacillary dysentery on the 28th May 1943 (as did a great many other men, it being a highly contagious disease).  He is commemorated on the Stocksbridge Clock Tower War Memorial.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records Joseph Rogerson, no. 952920, as being buried in Grave 4.A.1. at Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia.  He was a Leading Aircraftsman with the R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve although some records say he was a Private and others a Lance Corporal.  He was 28 years old.


One 98 page document I have seen, now declassified, has 96 pages listing all the deaths of men from the allied countries in the Java P.O.W. camp from 1942- 28th June 1945 .  Common causes of death included dysentery of various forms, beriberi, malaria, malnutrition.  A great many were listed as drowned, but I don’t know where or how.  I would say that the majority of deaths were caused by dysentery.  Other causes of death were “broken neck,” “bayoneted in chest and stomach, sudden death,” “bayoneted and skull fractured,” “death by air raid,” “syphilis,” “leprosy,” “beriberi and bayonet wound through the forehead,” as well as cancer and heart failure.

Below: a record for Joe Rogerson from the Japanese Index Cards of Allied Prisoners, ref. WO 345/44

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