OF PONTEFRACT Pontefract has lost a leading townsman of the mining community, an honoured and trusted official, and St. Joseph's church a loyal and devoted parishioner by the death on September 12 of Alderman John Joseph Frain, LP., aged 54.
A colliery worker and an ardent trade unionist, he had been for many years secretary of the local Mineworkers' Association, and was recently invited to be Parliamentary candidate for Dewsbury, As a member of the Town Council he rendered notable service arid there was wide acclamation when he was elected to the mayoralty shortly before the war. At the time of his death he was Chairman of the Education Committee and a keen educationist whom all parties respected. He leaves a widow and a daughter and son. who is With the Forces.
The Mayor of Pontefract (Mr. F. W. Lane), the local M,P.s (Mr. 6„ G, Barstow and Mr. T. J. Brooks). members of Pontefract and West Riding Councils and officials of the Mineworkers' Association were present at the Solemn Requiem Mass at St. Joseph's on Friday last. The Rev. C. Doherty was the celebrant, assisted by the Revs. T. G. O'Connor and P. Creed. The funeral poecession was one of the largest and most impressive ever wituessed in the town.
COMMANDER A. J. CALVIN, R.N.R.
PIONEER OF CARDINAL'S OWN SCOUTS News has just been received of the death in action of Commander A. J. Galvin, D.S.C., R.D., R.N.R.
Educated at Clapham College, Commander Galvin was up to the outbreak of war an officer in the Merchant Marine and Royal Naval Reserve, and in 1940 was awarded the D.S.C. for unfailing courage, endurance and resource in JIM. trawlers, drifters and minesweepers in their hard and perilous task of sweeping the seas clear of enemy mines, and in combating submarines. He was later in command of a destroyer.
Aged 40, he was one of the original members of the 8th Westminster, the Cardinal's Own, Scout troop.
The death occurred in Nottingham City Hospital last week of Mrs. Jane Turner, a leading member of the Nottingham City Section of the Catholic Womeit's League. A parishioner of St. Augustine's, Nottingham, and the widow of a well-known Catholic printer, she was an active worker at the Nottingham C.W.L. Canteen and a member of its management committee. The funeral 'was on Monday following a Requiem at St. Barnahas Cathedral, Nottingham.