YEARS IN FOCUS
LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS FROM THE 1940s
PONTEFRACT IN 1946
1st MARCH 1946
AFTER NAVAL SERVICE
After Naval Service during the war, as a Lieutenant with the R.N.V.R.,
Mr. E.S.W. Marr, the second son of Mr. J.W. Marr, now of Scarborough, is
to take control of Hague Bros., Drapers, Pontefract. He succeeds to a
tradition which has continued for well over a century.
In 1823, John Shortcliffe opened a shop in Market Place, Pontefract, as
draper and outfitter. In 1878 the brothers Hague took it over, and
changed the name; and in 1891 their nephew, Mr. J.W. Marr joined them.
When they retired, he became, and has remained, the head of the firm.
His eldest son, Lieutenant- Commander G.T. Marr, completed 22 years at
sea last August, and was awarded the D.S.C. For fifteen months he has
been in Japanese waters, as the Navigating Officer of an aircraft
carrier; and when Japan surrendered, his ship accommodated for a
fortnight over 500 released prisoners-of-war. Mr. E.S.W. Marr has spent
the last three years attached to the Norwegian Navy, stationed in the
Shetland Isles, and has been mentioned for ''oustanding zeal and whole
hearted devotion to duty.'' When peace was declared, he went to Norway
with the King's party and took part in the peace celebrations there.
The third and youngest brother, went to France in the early days days of
the war; gained his commission at Dunkirk; was captured at
Knightsbridge, and spent three years in prisoner-of-war camps - the last
at Brunswick. He is now back in Germany with his regiment, the 5th Royal
Tank Regt. (Desert Rats).
Their only sister was engaged in radio-location work with the W.A.A.F.
before her marriage.
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in Focus is researched by Maurice Haigh and reproduced
with the kind
permission of the Pontefract and Castleford Express.