Flockton died in Newcastle General Hospital on 25 July 1945, aged 78.
‘The Steel Magnate’ - Henry Barnsley (1847-1922), Steel and File Manufacturer
A list of prominent moustachioed men from Sheffield’s past would not be complete without a representative from the city’s military fraternity, who were renowned for the proud displays of facial hair ornamenting their upper lips!
George Ernest Branson was born in Sheffield on 20 May 1860, the son of Charles Anthony Branson and his wife Henrietta. He was educated at Wesley College and afterwards joined his father in the family solicitors firm of Branson and Son of Bank Street, Sheffield.
Branson received his commission in the Hallamshire Rifles in 1880, being promoted to captain in 1884, and hon. lieutenant-colonel in 1900. He served as Lord Mayor of Sheffield 1913-1914. During his time as mayor, Branson oversaw the acquisition of Endcliffe Hall for use as the new headquarters of the Hallamshire Rifles, thereby saving the historic former home of Sir John Brown from demolition. Branson’s mayoral term also coincided with the outbreak of World War One, where he was instrumental in the formation of the Sheffield City Battalion.