Mexborough and Swinton Times June 22, 1928
Rescued Child from Drowning.
Before the ordinary business of the Doncaster West Riding Police Court commenced on Tuesday, the presiding magistrate (Mr. G. Cooke-Yarborough). presented to Joseph Leslie Driffitt (17) of Frederick Street, Goldthorpe, the Royal Humane. Society’s certificate for gallantry in rescuing a drowning boy from some water at Barnburgh on Easter Monday.
Mr. Cooke-Yarborough said it was a privilege to congratulate the youth on a feat of gallantry.
‘”I am informed,” said the Chairman, “that on April 9—Easter Monday—your attention was ‘called to three boys struggling in the water. Two managed to scramble to the bank, but a little boy of ten was obviously drowning.
You, without hesitation, with all your clothes on, went into the water which was seven feet deep, rescued the boy and brought’ him to the bank. If it had not been for what you did he would certainly have been drowned. It Is something, you will remember all your life and so will the boy, Leslie Wroe. ”
Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Wednesday 20 June 1928
Goldthorpe Youth’s Bravery Recognised.
A Goldthorpe youth’s bravery in rescuing a boy from drowning was recognised at the Doncaster West Riding Police Court yesterday, when the chairman, Mr. G. E. Cooke-Yarborough, presented the Royal Humane Society’s certificate for gallantry in life-saving to Joseph Leslie Triffitt (17), of Frederick Street, Goldthorpe, who is employed an engine-driver at Barnbturgh Colliery.
The Chairman said it was privilege to con gratulate Triffitt on a feat of gallantry, and in his judgment it was very proper that what the lad did should be made as public as possible.
He was informed that on April 9th, Easter Monday, Triffitt was walking on Barnburgh Craggs when his attention was drawn to three boys struggling in the water. Two of the boys scrambled out but one, ten years old, was obviously drowning.
Without hesitation, and with all his clothes on, Trifiitt went into the water and brought the boy to the bank. Had it not been for Triffitt the boy would undoubtedly have drowned.
The boy he rescued was Leslie Roe (10), of 41, St. Mary’s Road, Goldthorpe.