Mexborough & Swinton Times June 17 1916
Valued Poor Law Official
Death of Mr J.A.V.N. Jeffrey
We regret to record the death of Mr Joseph Alfred Vincent Novell Jeffrey, of Forge Farm, the Poplars, Kilnhurst, at the age of 49 years, which is occurred in a private nursing home in Newton le Willows, on Monday.
The deceased gentleman was a native of Kilnhurst, being the son of the late Mr William Jeffrey, grocer. His early manhood was spent with his father in the business, but at 30 he was appointed relieving officer by the Rotherham Board of Guardians.
Four years ago he received the appointment of Registrar of Births and Deaths in the Rawmarsh, Swinton and Wath district, holding the position to the time of his death.
About a month ago he took a temporary position in Messrs Hadfield offices, Sheffield, leaving his) daughter as his deputy in the registrar work, but after a week in his new occupation he had a nervous breakdown, and succumbed as stated..
He was a Churchman, and during the incumbency of the Reverent Philip Houghton was warden at Kilnhurst Parish Church for five years. He also took an active interest in Sunday School work.
Mr Jeffrey was an enthusiastic conservative in politics, and took an active part in local Parliamentary elections. He was a great worker for charity. His hobby was photography, and he was a very proficient amateur, being a member of the Rotherham Photographic Society.
He was also a member of the special constabulary in the Swinton district. he leaves a widow and one daughter,