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Colin Coates writes: The diary shows events in Saltaire from 100 years ago, and is published weekly. The primary source of our information is the Shipley Times newspaper which was published every Friday throughout the war years.
We have where possible, used the exact wording from the newspaper. Where appropriate, there are links to soldiers' biographies and the snippets section.

Please feel free to contact me on with any comments or queries.

Saltaire War Diary: 20 April 1917

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Saltaire are hoping for another successful season, although the outlook does not look promising. “Once more,” writes the secretary (Mr F Atkinson), “we shall the services of Sidney Barnes the great international bowler; also Bobbie Outram, our most successful batsman last season, who I feel sure, will be a greater success than ever. We are hoping for the services of H Sedgwick, but things are hardly settled as yet. I might mention that Sidney Barnes will act in the capacity of coach to the club for one or two nights a week. From last year’s eleven A Holmes, H I Pratt, J Handford, J Scull, and A Welburn have all joined up. Seeing that Alf Welburn is only stationed at Halifax, he has promised to play for us when military duties permit. The remainder of the team will again be available.
We have secured a number of new players including Percy Whitley, a clever wicket-keeper who has played nine consecutive seasons with Otley, and F J Wellen a fine batsman, who had a great season in first class cricket in the south last season. In addition we have secured Clem Smith, one of Saltaire’s own who for the last few seasons has played for Bingley, also W Moody and A Hodgson of Baildon Green, two clever players, who promised to play for us. We are also in negotiations with J Slack, of Baildon, who for a number of seasons was a member of the Windhill Cricket Club.
We are once again running a second eleven, as we have plenty of junior players to select from. We have discovered two very promising players from last year’s second eleven, both bowlers, who we are hoping will make a name for themselves.
I regret to say we have lost a very promising lad – namely Joe Firth (Nabe Firth’s son), who was killed in action last July. Another of our members has gained the D.C.M. – namely J Beaver, son of our late groundsman W Beaver. This makes two our members who have gained the coveted honour, the other being Gunner Arthur Driver. Altogether over seventy of our players and members are in khaki.
I have just been informed that W G Bateman, our captain, will be joining up in the course of a few days, so we shall have to elect a new captain.”


An excellent concert arranged by Mrs Ashbourne and Miss Clegg was given by the wounded soldiers at Saltaire Hospital, on Monday evening. Songs and duets were ably rendered by Mr A S Hull, Mr Harry Holmes, Miss Simpson, and Miss Kendal. Mr Waite, who is a very clever mimic and entertainer also gave a good “turn.” A special feature of the evening was Miss Elsie Sykes, who was repeatedly encored. Her rendering of “The Army of To-day’s all right” brought the house down. Fruit and cigarettes were served to the soldiers.

Raising funds

One of the most successful events ever held in the district took place at the Saltaire Institute on Saturday. The object of the function was to assist the fund which has been established for the purpose of providing comforts for the members of His Majesty’s forces who are cared for in the Salt’s Auxiliary War Hospital.
The idea of engaging in such an enterprise originated with Miss Mitchell (matron of the hospital), who has taken a deep interest in the welfare of the “boys,” and who is a great favourite amongst them. No-sooner had this deservedly popular matron conceived the idea then she invited the cooperation of the employees at Saltaire Mills.
There was a ready response, everybody taking up the movement with enthusiasm, and at a meeting held at the hospital almost every department was represented. As a result of the meeting the following committee was formed for the purpose of carrying out the arrangements in connection with a function which it was agreed should take the form of a concert and whist drive. Patron, Sir James Roberts; President Miss Mitchell; secretary Mr Alfred Webb; treasurer Mr David Middleton; committee Mrs Webb, Mrs Woodward, Mrs Wilkinson, Mrs Metcalfe, Mrs Lee, Miss Webb, Miss Tennant, Miss Burroughs, Miss Lee, Miss Lord, Mr John Eastwood, and Mr Thomas Hewitt. The officials named gave themselves heart and soul to the work, and they are to be highly congratulated on what they have achieved.
The Victoria Hall had been tastefully decorated for the occasion, and presented a charming appearance. The platform was embellished with choice plants, whilst prominent in the bunting with which the room was adorned, was the national colours of the Allies.
In the absence of Sir James Roberts, Miss Mitchell presided, and she discharged her duties in a most graceful manner. Amongst those present were Councillors Thomas Hill, F Rhodes and T Doyle, Sister Rogers, Nurses Robinson, Farrow and Potts, and two “jolly Jack Tars” – Able seaman F S Dobson, Shirley Street Saltaire, and Carpenter A G Hall of Norwood Road, Shipley. Letters of regret for inability to attend were received from Sir James Roberts, Mrs F Rhodes and Mrs Heyes.
Miss Mitchell said: “Before we commence our concert I should like to express my regret that our patron, Sir James Roberts, is unable to be with us. It would have been ideal to have had him here this evening to preside over such a gathering of his own people and their friends. Almost every department has joined hands to help to make this evening a success. Sir James has been most kind in sending us game etc., from time to time ever since we have had the honour of entertaining the wounded men in Shipley, and he has also had the honour of entertaining the wounded at his own home in Scotland ever since the war began. It would have given him great pleasure to have been here.
We Shipley people are honoured by having the wounded soldiers in our midst, and we must see they are well treated. The workpeople at Saltaire have collected in their different departments’ sufficient money to defray all the ordinary expenses this evening. Mr Edwin Waddilove has very generously given a donation of £5, Lady Denby £1, and Councillor T Hill 10s. We thank Mr Charlesworth, Miss Davy, and Misses Clay and Taylor for all they have done and are doing to provide entertainment. Our thanks are also due to Lady Denby for the loan of the decorations; to Mr Kershaw for the loan of the plants; to the Library Committee of the Shipley District Council for the loan of the crockery and for many kindnesses and concessions made to us by them and their librarian, Miss Bell.
Our programme is rather long, when we consider what has to follow. No encores will be allowed. We must run through as quickly as possible, so that the dance may commence promptly.”
Those who contributed to the programme were Sapper G A Kay and Private A Dunn (wounded soldiers), Nurse Robinson, Miss Dennison, Misses Nellie Garrity, Doris Wainforth, Hilda Scott, and Mr Joe Charlesworth. A selection by children was given under the direction of Miss Clay and Miss Taylor.
An attractive programme was also submitted in the Lecture Theatre, under the chairmanship of Sergeant Ash, an inmate of the hospital, who lost a leg. The soldier hails from the Metropolis. He served in the trenches for nineteen months, and was wounded in the battle near Delville Wood. He said: “No doubt you are already aware the proceeds of this entertainment go to the Soldiers Comforts Fund. This fund provides the wounded soldiers of the Salt’s Hospital with many little extras ranging from all kinds of small comforts to motor rides during the summer months. I am afraid it would be very difficult to put into words how much we ‘boys’ appreciate your kind patronage here this evening. I should like to point out how by having purchased tickets you have all been doing your bit towards helping us in an indirect manner to defeat the Huns. For instance a good percentage of us who have in some way or another become unfit for further service in the field are helped back to a sound state of health whereby we are able to take our place once again in the ranks of the civilian workers. Thereby we shall be able to serve our country in some capacity, and ultimately help, as I said, to bring defeat to our enemies. This shows to you very plainly how by your kind help you are fitting us for the battle of the future. In conclusion just let me say a word with reference to the hard work of organisation of the concert by our worthy matron Miss Mitchell and a representative committee of employees from almost every department at Saltaire Mills. They have done splendidly, and they deserve our heartiest thanks.” (Applause.)
The concert was taken part in by Miss Davy, Miss Dennison, Misses Nellie and Mary Garrity, Florrie Durham, Laura Tomkins, Emiline Jordan, Hilda Kendall and last but not least Private A Dunn. The last named is a native of Scotland, and his home is in Glasgow. This brave soldier’s song was a parody of the song “Loch Lomond” and it pleased the audience immensely.
The prize winners in the whist drives were: Ladies: First (biscuit box, electro plated polished oak, given by Councillor F Rhodes), Miss Bennett (score 93); second (silver jam spoon), Miss A Berwick (91); consolation prize (what appeared to be a beautiful box of chocolates, but what in reality was a box of the much sought after tuber known as the potato, the gift of Miss Mitchell), Miss Spivey (68), Gentlemen: First Mr Ashworth (96); second, Mt Wright (92); consolation (another gift which in these days people have learned not to despise, namely a box of lump sugar), Mr Clifton (70).
The prizes were handed to the successful competitors by the matron.
Excellent services were rendered by the following, who discharged the duties of stewards: Mr Norman Keighley, Mr Harry Wolmersizer, Mr Enoch Milner, Mr Joe Lamb, Mr Harold Kendall, Mr Joe Collinson, Mr Fred Scarfe, and also by Mrs Snowball, Mrs Marks and Miss Leak, who assisted at the refreshment stall. Assistance in other directions was given by Mrs Spence, Mrs Hudson, Mr Charles Hall, and Mr Robert Gill.
The master of ceremonies for the whist drive was Mr Eastwood and for the dancing Mr A Webb. The stewards for the dancing were Mr D Middleton, Mr T Hewitt and Mr George Fawcett.
Music was discoursed in the Victoria Hall by Mr Slingsby’s orchestral band.
It is expected that the fund will have benefitted to the extent of over £50.

In Memoriam

Shackleton – In loving memory of Sam Shackleton – 40 Helen Street, Saltaire

Shackleton – In loving memory of my dear son, Sam Shackleton, who was drowned on the troopship, Manito, April 17th, 1915.

No sin nor care can reach him now,
An angel’s crown is on his brow.
- From Mother and Bros.

Saltaire War Diary: 13 April 1917

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Military Funeral

The sadness of war and the toll of battle was brought home somewhat on Monday last to the large concourse of people who assembled to witness the funeral of Private James William Robinson of the West Yorks.
Mr Robinson was a hairdresser by trade, and before being called up in October 1916, was manager of Mr Demos Barraclough’s shop in Gordon Terrace in Saltaire. He went out to France with his regiment early this year and was wounded soon afterwards. In the first week in March he was brought to Graylingwell Hospital in Chichester. Here every service and every kindness that mortal aid could give was rendered by doctors and nurses much to the comfort of his widow and relatives, but notwithstanding all attention he passed away on April 3rd.
His remains were interred in Nab Wood Cemetery on Monday, as has already been stated in the presence of a large number of his fellow townspeople who assembled to render honour to his memory. The coffin, covered by a Union Jack, was drawn from his late residence, 19 Whitlam Street in Saltaire on a gun carriage, and a squad of soldiers acted as bearers. There were large numbers of floral wreaths and many expressions of sympathy have been made to his widow and relatives.
The deceased who was 36 years of age, was of a very bright and cheerful disposition and had many friends. He leaves one child a boy aged eight. The Reverend W J Harris, of Windhill Congregational Church officiated at the house and the cemetery in place of the Rev P Drummond Pringle, who is at present away from home.

Prisoners of War

The Ladies Committee of the Shipley Soldiers and Sailors Comforts who have been working continuously since the commencement of the war are making a special effort on Saturday next, April 14th, for Shipley men who are prisoners of war. Last Xmas they sent out 1,100 cakes and 1,100 woollen comforts to our soldiers and sailors and prisoners of war. A continuous supply of food and clothing were also sent during the year.
Now that the committee can no longer send direct to the prisoners they keep in touch with the men by sending regular subscriptions through their regimental care committee, and the replies from the mem testify that they receive them.
The ladies are anxious that no Shipley man shall be missed, and therefore ask all relatives of men who are prisoners to kindly come with the Ladies Committee at the Institute, Saltaire, if they have not already done so, so that a continuous supply of parcels can be sent.


An interesting function took place recently at the Café Saltaire under the auspices of the Rising Son’s Sub-Division (Sons of Temperance). Brother Marwood Medd White (Saltaire) who was elected Grand Worthy Patriarch (West and North Yorkshire). The same day being made the recipient of a silver mounted walking stick, engraved as follows; - “Presented to Brother M. M. White, G.W.P. by the Rising Son’s Sub Division.”

(Colin’s note – In 1911 Marwood Medd White was a loom temple maker aged 32 living at 41 Mary Street in Saltaire.)

Band of Hope

Thirty one members of the Saltaire Wesleyan Band of Hope went on a ramble on Monday afternoon to Ilkley. They started from Saltaire at one o’clock and reached their destination at half past three. Some covered the return journey on foot, whilst others travelled home by train. Mr William Raistrick was the leader of the party.


We are asked to announce that almost all departments at the Saltaire Mills are helping in the party which is to be held tomorrow (Saturday) for the purpose of raising money towards the Saltaire Hospital Soldiers Comforts Fund.

Shipley Military Tribunal

A meeting of the tribunal was held on Thursday last.
Mr A C Garnham, baker, Titus Street, Saltaire appealed for Walter Nutton, Class A, 31, with two children. The applicant stated that he had advertised and done all he could to find a substitute, but without avail. Mr Burton (military representative) said he thought the applicant had not been persistent enough in the search for someone to replace the man, and pointed out it was manifest that a Class A man of 31 years of age would be far more useful in the army than baking bread at home. The appeal was refused, applicant not be to called up before May 30th.
J S Barker, a cloth percher aged 38, working in Saltaire Mills had his appeal postponed until June 30th. The following Saltaire Mills workers had their appeals postponed until September 30th:-

B Firth, 37, weaving overlooker
W Binns, 29, weaving overlooker
C Saville, 31, warp sizer
W Storey, 25, weaving overlooker
W Stansfield, 30, weaving overlooker
H Steel, 28, weaving overlooker
Willie Town, 38, weaving overlooker
S Law, 38, card fettler
J A Farndale, 39, drawing foreman
J Lamb, 38, spinning overlooker
J Wolmersizer, 36, spinning overlooker
J Booth, 33, twisting overlooker
A Slingsby, 29, spinning overlooker
J R Walker, 31, twisting overlooker
T Hewitt, 29, spinning overlooker
J Collinson, 27, spinning overlooker
F Scarfe, 26, spinning overlooker
H Wainwright, 41, spinning overlooker
W Lockwood, 32, foreman warping
A Wigglewsorth, 35, warp twister and loomer
A I Lyne, 35, spinning overlooker

W Mills, 41, hydraulic press packer (export trade)
A F Wilson, 37, hydraulic press packer
J E Stringer, 34, chief engineer
Fred Jowett, 36, stoker
H Cosford, 36, stoker
J E Wilson, 32, blacksmith

Saltaire War Diary: 6 April 1917

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Soldier Killed

The death of Private Frank C Mitchell formerly of Ingleside Grove, Shipley, will come as a shock to many people. He was in the Honourable Artillery Company, and has been killed in action, after being in the Army about six months.
Private was actively connected with the Saltaire Congregational Church, and was a well- known tennis player. His death is deeply regretted by all who knew him, and much sympathy is being expressed with his widow and relatives.

Saltaire Heroes

Military honours were accorded the funeral of the late Private John William McGarry which took place at Windhill Cemetery on Monday afternoon. Private McGarry was 29 years of age, and lived with his mother at 22 Constance Street, Saltaire, and before the war was a bricklayer’s labourer. He joined very early in the war, and he had been four or five months in France when he was wounded. Death took place in an Aberdeen Military Hospital.
John Willie Barnes, a nephew of McGarry, is serving with the K.O.Y.L.I. and has been wounded twice. He is 23 years of age, and before going to France, served at Salonica, where he was buried as the result of the explosion of an enemy shell, and narrowly escaped with his life. After going to France he was wounded, but has since recovered and returned to the firing line.
Private David Illingworth of Saltaire, is serving with the Seaforth Highlanders and he has been wounded.         

Soldiers’ Comforts Fund

The effort which is to be made by the girls from the spinning department Saltaire Mills under the direction of Misses Clay and Taylor, on April 14th, is likely to be a big affair. It is to take place under the patronage of Sir James Roberts, and although Sir James is unable to take the chair at the gathering, a worthy substitute is announced in the person of Miss Mitchell, the genial matron of the Saltaire Hospital.
In addition to an excellent concert programme, there will be a dance and whist drive. The proceeds will be handed over to the Soldiers’ Comforts Fund (Saltaire Hospital).

Cost of Libraries

The Libraries Committee estimated that a sum of £670 would be required to carry on the work of the two public libraries and to maintain the Institute at Saltaire. Owing to various economies effected in the way of withholding the appointment of a librarian, and in spite of the Institute being at the disposal, either rent free or at a very nominal rent, of many war charity organisations, there has been a saving effected of £50.
But for the coming year it is expected that the Institute will require considerable money spending on it to keep it in a moderate state of repair and cleanliness, and so there is put down in the new estimate for the year a sum of £770, as against £620 spent by this committee last year, and if this committee can keep within that figure they will do well.
(Colin’s note - £770 is worth c£50k in 2017.)

Shipley Military Tribunal

A meeting of the Shipley Tribunal was held on Friday evening. Over 40 men had been notified to attend for review of their certificates of exemption under the Army Council instructions. Nine of the men were employees of the firm Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., and had been previously exempted for varying periods. Of the whole of these under review, five were refused, in ten cases the previous decisions of the Tribunal were confirmed, and in the other cases varied periods of extension were granted.
The decisions concerning the Saltaire Mills employees were as follows:-
Ernest Hodgson, (18), 5 Thorncliffe Road, Manningham, Class C1, refused, but not to go until replacement found.
Thomas Priestley, (27), 25 Albert Road, Class C3, yarn packer, Sept 30th.
Willie Kaye (31), 74 Holme Top Street, Bradford, order clerk, previously exempted until to April 30th, now put off until Sept 30th.
J Collinson (27), 15 Helen Street, Class A, spinning overlooker, formerly June 30th, now Sept 30th.
T H Manners (30), 38 Ada Street, Class B1, stock keeper, formerly April 30th now Sept 30th.
Thomas Hewitt, (29), 3 Victoria Terrace, Class B1, Sept 30th
Hartley Steel, (27), 10 Lockwood Street, Class B1, weaving overlooker, Sept 30th.
Walter Binns, (29), 28 Mitchell Terrace Bingley, Class A2, weaving overlooker, Sept 30th.
A E Ingham, (26), 43 Mary Street, Class B1, yarn clerk, Sept 30th.

(Colin’s note – for explanation of the classification see WW1 snippet)

Saltaire War Diary: 30 March 1917

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Soldier’s Death

Gunner Harold Judson of 22 Ada Street Saltaire, has died at a casualty clearing station in France, after being wounded. He had only been on active service for nine weeks. He joined the R. F. A. in the early days of the war and he was 20 years of age.

Soldiers Wounded

Private J W McGarry of 22 Constance Street Saltaire, who has been serving in France, is now in hospital in Aberdeen, suffering from pneumonia and wounds.
His mother, Mrs McGarry, has received from him an interesting picture which was found in an old ruin in France. It depicts Christ, is dated June 17th 1689 and bears the following inscription in French: - “Souvenir of the 2nd century of the demands of our Lord. To the good Margaret Marie in order to adopt the image of the heart on the standard.”

Private Miles Raistrick of 12 Constance Street Saltaire is suffering from trench feet and is in Netley Hospital. He is in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.
(Colin’s note – Netley is near Southampton.) 

Soldier’s Promotion

Lance Corporal Norman Gregory, West Yorkshire Regiment, of 76 Victoria Road Saltaire has been promoted to the rank of Acting-Sergeant. He joined the Bradford “Pals” soon after its formation in 1914.

Saltaire Hospital

The monthly meeting of the Salts Hospital Board was held on Wednesday evening at the Hospital, Mr B Allsop (chairman) presiding, and others present were Mrs F Rhodes, Miss Dunn, Councillor C E Learoyd, Mr F Lister Mr Walker Cryer, Mr E L Baumann, and Mr E Clifford (hon.sec.).
The secretary reported that the following donations had been received during the month: Windhill Wesleyan Choir £3 19s; Councillor T Barker £2 2s; Mrs Davis (Baildon) £1; Employees Wilcock, Wood and Co. £1 13s 10d; Shipley District Council (School Clinic) £25; Total £35 5s 10d.
It was reported that during the month there had been 50 out-patients, 19 in-patients; there had since been admitted 23 making a total of 42. Twenty-five had been discharged, and there remained at present 17.
At the close of the public business Councillor Learoyd moved a vote of thanks to Mr Allsop for his services in the chair. He had always admired him for his courtesy to the members of the Board, and the business-like way in which he conducted its deliberations.
Miss Dunn seconded.
Mr Lister supported the motion, and remarked that in future the chairman would do well to keep a tighter hand on the expenditure. The people were all being advised by the Government what to do at home in regard to economy, and surely the same applied to public institutions. There was a bottom to the pocket of that Board, and the matter of purchases would have to be seriously considered in order that economy might be practiced either in rations or something else.
Miss Dunn: Either voluntary or compulsory (laughter).
Proceeding, Mr Lister observed that it would be up to the chairman to keep any eye upon the matter mentioned. He did not know who had the ordering of the things, but he knew who had to pay for them. It was their business to see that the hospital was economically managed, and as much care as possible exercised in the present strenuous times. Rations would have to be somewhat reduced. He often heard outside that the soldiers were only too delighted when they could be sent out of the other hospitals down to the one at Saltaire.
Mr Baumann: Yes, and of course we have to find the money for it, and if it falls to the Governors to make up the deficiency it will be still more in our favour. (Laughter.) Some of us will be wishing then we had not the appointment. (Renewed Laughter.)
Councillor Learoyd observed that they had all to have a learning and the work they had been asked to undertake was all knew to them. The Chairman, as well as the whole of the members were alive to the fact that they had to make the best use of the money. When they spoke about rations they did not mean that people would have to go short; they merely meant that the things which were dear should be eliminated, and other things used which were cheaper, but equally as good and nutritious. He did not think that there had been much opportunity up to the present to do anything in this direction, but he felt sure that Mr Allsop would keep the matter in view. There was no harm, of course, in members of the Board discussing the question of what should be done.
The motion was carried.

Performance at Saltaire Congregational School

A most interesting and beautiful entertainment was given in the Congregational Schoolroom Saltaire last Saturday evening. The operetta which was presented, “The Knave of Hearts” lent itself admirably to the conditions and possibilities of the performers, most of whom were connected with the Sunday school. Some tuneful music and the quaint humour of the piece very much suited the large audience.
Careful work had been put in by the trainers, Miss G Lane, Miss Doris Illingworth, Miss Thornton and Miss G Jowett. The Rev. P D Pringle, who presided, expressed the thanks of the officers and teachers of the thanks to the promotors and performers, and explained that the whole of the proceeds would go to the Sunday school funds.
The performance was repeated on Wednesday evening to another large audience.

Shipley Military Tribunal

A meeting of the Shipley Tribunal took place on Friday evening at Somerset House. There were 49 cases dealt with, seven of which were refused, one adjourned, 30 put off until September 30th and the others postponed for various shorter periods.
Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., appealed for three employees and the following decisions were arrived at:-
R J Hughes, boiler fireman, September 30th
L Guerin, 38 years of age, married, and passed for B2, loom fitter, September 30th
A Iredale, 40 years of age, and in class A, yarn scourer, September 30th.


Greenwood – On March 21st at 6 New Brighton, Cottingley, John Greenwood, late of Saltaire. Interred on Saturday at St Paul’s Shipley.
(Colin’s note – John was born c1844 in Bingley. He never married and worked as a greaser. In 1901 he was living with his spinster sister at 16 Fanny Street in Saltaire.)

Saltaire War Diary: 23 March 1917

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Saltaire Rose Show

That enjoyable function, the Saltaire Rose Show, will not be held this year, the calling up of so many local nursery gardeners, the restricted railway service, and other matters arising out of the War, being the cause.
It is sincerely hoped that before another year comes round circumstances will be different, and that the notable Saltaire event will be held.

The Saltaire Almshouses

A meeting of the Shipley District Council was held on Thursday evening with Councillor Thomas Hill in the chair.
Before the ordinary business was commenced, the Chairman said he desired to refer to the cases which were heard at the West Riding Police Court, at Bradford on Thursday 8th March.

“On that date” said Councillor Hill, “the Saltaire firm made applications to the magistrates for orders of ejectment against some of their tenants at Saltaire. The orders were obtained, and I presume the tenants will in due course be required to find new homes elsewhere. I have no comment to make upon that, except to express my sympathy with the tenants who have to vacate homes to which no doubt they have become greatly attached.
Council representing the Saltaire firm is reported to have said that if an offer by Sir James Roberts to the Shipley District Council had been accepted the congestion would have been avoided; Sir James said he would take all the almshouses over, and pay such a price for them as would bring in every pennyworth on income that the houses would produce, and also erect an up-to-date hospital and spend £25,000 on it in order to make the whole thing better, and turn the houses to their original purpose.
The District Council, as a Council, had nothing to do with the hospital scheme, but there are 43 cottages at Saltaire which are known as the Almshouses, and are vested in the District Council under the Shipley Improvement Act of 1901. The Council have never interfered with the tenants of these cottages since they obtained possession of them, but have simply re-let the houses as they became vacant, to what they considered the most likely tenants. 
At the present time nine of the houses are occupied by tenants who are now working at Saltaire Mill; twelve are tenanted by persons who formerly worked at the mill; twelve of the tenants have come from houses in Saltaire, some of them from under notice from the Saltaire firm; one house has been occupied by the New Church Society for a generation; and one is tenanted by a Belgian family. In fact, in the whole of the forty three houses, only seven are occupied by persons, have not had connection with Saltaire Mill or Saltaire. To say that the District Council are responsible is obviously contrary to fact. As a matter of fact, the Council have in practice assisted the Saltaire firm to find houses for their displaced tenants, and quite recently informed the firm, in writing, that the disposed tenants from Saltaire would have first consideration. In this and other matters the Council have always sympathetically considered the requirements of the Saltaire firm.
The possession of the Almshouses has nothing whatever to do with the congestion at Saltaire. The congestion is due to entirely to the scarcity of houses for the working people and the congestion will continue until more houses are erected. The District Council would have had the houses ready but for the war, and I take it that ultimately it will be the District Council who will relieve the congestion at Saltaire and other parts of the district.
The Council will never consent to the present tenants of the Almshouses being turned out of their houses to provide accommodation for persons who have no greater claim to consideration than themselves.
With regards to the scheme for the purchase of the Almshouses from the District Council, I understand there is some doubt as to whether the Council have any power to sell the property at all. Certainly they would not without the consent of the authorities in London. But even if they had this power, it would be the duty of the Council to offer the property for competition, and it is quite conceivable that property like this, with the possibility development, it offered without restrictions, would realise considerably more than the figure of about £10,000 which was mentioned at the time the scheme was discussed.”

Wounded Soldiers Entertained

On Wednesday, of last week, the wounded soldiers staying at Saltaire Hospital were entertained by the Women’s Co-operative Guild, in the Co-operative Hall, Westgate, Shipley.  The men were heartily welcomed by the members and were soon made to feel at home. Games of various kinds were played in the afternoon, and fruit, tobacco, cigarettes and cigars were handed round. A real Yorkshire tea had been provided, to which the men did full justice.
In the evening the chair was occupied by Mr F Holmes (chairman of the Society), and an excellent programme was gone through by Mrs Bishop’s Concert Party, which was much appreciated. Later the men had supper and were presented with a small money packet each, which had been subscribed by members and friends.
A hearty vote of thanks were accorded Mrs Bishop and her children for their delightful entertainment, also the Management Committee for supplying tobacco, cigars, cigarettes and matches. One of the soldiers, on behalf of his comrades, thanked the promoters for their kindness and wished the Guild and the Society every success. Tea, tobacco, etc. was sent to the soldiers who were unable to leave the hospital.

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Saltaire War Diary: 16 March 1917

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Soldier’s Death

Private Fred Horsfall, 1a, Wilmer Road, has been killed in action. He joined the Forces early 1915, and was in the West Yorkshires. He had served in Egypt and France. Prior to entering the Army he was an upholsterer, with a business of his own. His brother is with the Colours in the Balkans.

Soldier’s Promotion

The friends of Mr Thomas Kendal, of Shipley, who joined the Army a short time ago, will be pleased to hear that he has been promoted to the rank of Lance-Corporal. Mr Kendall is a member of the Board of Governors of the Saltaire Hospital, and has also rendered excellent service to the Shipley and District Friendly and Trade Society in the capacity of secretary.

Military Medal

Sapper Arthur Brown, Royal Engineers, of George Street, Saltaire has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in action. Sapper Brown is twenty-five years of age, and he has seen service both on the Gallipoli and in France.

Soldiers Wounded

Private James W Robinson, 19 Whitlam Street, Saltaire, and of the West Yorks., is in hospital suffering from a wound in the leg and the loss in his right thumb.
Corporal J Woodhead, Constance Street, Saltaire has been wounded. He is with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.

Saltaire Institute Society

To wind up the session of the Saltaire Institute Society a unique entertainment was given on Wednesday night. It was advertised as “a highly amusing entertainment, novel in character, and of exceptional merit”, and the performance was more than fulfilled in the actual performance.
“Percy French,” the entertainer, is an Irishman, of the same clan as our famous Field Marshall. He sings songs of his own composition, and sings them well, although in quaint fashion. In place of the piano he substitutes the more amusing and easily carried banjo, which he makes to speak his merry language. He is a rare raconteur and in addition to that he is a good water colour painter. With bits of chalk he drew sketches of high merit, whilst gaily singing his Irish songs.

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St Pauls Shipley 10 March 1917
Frank Burke, an overlooker aged 23 of 14 Maddocks Street, married Florence Annie Harrison, aged 23 from Shipley.

Saltaire War Diary: 9 March 1917

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Saltaire Ejectments

At the Bradford West Riding Police Court yesterday (Thursday), a number of tenants of houses in the Saltaire “model village” were proceeded against at the instance of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., for recovery of passion of their tenements under ejectment warrants. Mr Harold Newell (instructed by Messrs. Wade, Tetley, Wade and Scott) appeared on behalf of the company. The defendants were not legally represented.
The magistrates on the Bench were Ald. Forrest of Pudsey (who presided), Mr J A Burton, County Ald. Jonathan Greenwood, Mr Harry Greenfield, Coun. Thos. Hill, Coun. C E Seed and Mr F W Mowatt.
The first case heard was that against Richard Newsome, of 46 Caroline Street, Saltaire.
Mr Newell said that the application was for an order by way of execution or otherwise for the enforcement of an order of ejectment, which used to be obtainable quite easily under the Small Tenements Act, before the passing of the Courts Emergency Powers, 1914.
The firm for which he appeared, Mr Newell said, carried on a very large business at Saltaire. A large number of houses had been erected to meet the needs of the workers at Saltaire, and it had always been the custom that when people ceased to work at the mills their houses were let to new workers. There were at present a list of 36 people ready to work at the mills if houses could be found for them.
It was with the greatest reluctance that Sir James Robert, managing director of the mill, was asking these people to gout out the houses, but he was “between the hammer and the anvil.” The work of the mills must go on.
Following the exhibition at Saltaire, in 1887, which resulted in a loss, Sir Titus Salt and Lady Salt were asked if they would guarantee the loss, and the almshouses were given as a guarantee.
 If an offer made by Sir James to the Shipley District Council had been adopted the congestion would have been avoided. Sir James said he would take all the almshouses over and pay such a price for them as would bring in every pennyworth of income that the houses would produce and also erect an up-to-date hospital, and spend £25, 0000 on it in order to make the whole thing better and turn the houses to their original purpose.
Richard Newsome said he had received several notices to quit within twenty one days, and had failed to comply.
Defendant said he had been looking out for a house but could not get one.
The Clerk: Have you tried Bradford?
Defendant: No, I don’t want to come to Bradford, as my wife not so well. I have lived in the house twenty years, worked at Saltaire fifty years, and my wife has been in Saltaire sixty three years.
An order for possession was made, the Clerk intimating that unless he was out of the house within three weeks a warrant would be issued.
Similar orders were made in regard to Emma Robinson, George Kitchen, and Ruth Seevers. It was stated that the two daughters of the last-named were formerly employed at Saltaire Mills, but that one was now married and did not work, whilst the others worked elsewhere. One of the daughters who attended on behalf of her mother, said she had worked at Saltaire for fifteen years, and after having helped to make the business at that place she and her family were being treated like this.
In the case of Robert Dale, it was stated that he had worked at Saltaire, but was now engaged on munitions. Owing to the condition of his wife, he could not leave the house just now.
The Chairman said owing to the fact alluded to an order would be made to take effect at the end of six weeks.
Defendant: But where shall I put the furniture if I can’t get a house?
Ald. Forrest: That is your business not ours.

Non-Payment of Gas Charges

At the Bradford West Riding Police Court, yesterday (Thursday), the Shipley Urban District Council made application for the commitment of a judgement summons on Walter Stead, of 2 Edward Street, Saltaire.
Mr Albert Smith (chief collector) stated on behalf of the Council that an order which was issued in July last year for the payment of gas charges, had not been complied with. The amount owing was £2 17s 10d.
The defendant was a cloth finisher and his average wages were £2 7s 3d. In addition other members of the family were working and the income of the house was approximately £7 10s weekly. Stead has made repeated promises to pay but had not fulfilled them. The magistrates granted the application and committed defendant, who did not appear, to prison for 28 days in default of payment.

Saltaire Hospital

A concert party in charge of Mr W H Wood, of Idle Road, Undercliffe, which has done a good deal of entertaining at the St Luke’s Hospital, and other institutions, gave a n enjoyable concert at the Saltaire Hospital on Saturday evening.
A vote of thanks to the artistes was passed at the instance of Sergeant Major Grangley, seconded by Private Smith.

Saltaire Winner

Mr William James West of 66 George Street, Saltaire, won equal 3rd prize in the Potato-growing Competition organised by the “Shipley Times”.
(Colin’s note – William had three sons who served in WW1 – Fielding, James & Norman)

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Holdsworth – On March 3rd, at 41 Titus Street, Saltaire, Albert son of Edwin and the late Mrs Harriett Holdsworth, aged 51 years. Interred at Nab Wood Cemetery.

Saltaire War Diary: 2 March 1917

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Gunner Frank Laycock, R.F.A., of 2 Katherine Street, Saltaire, is reported to have been wounded. 


The monthly meeting of the Saltaire Hospital Governors was held on Wednesday evening at the hospital. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided and other present were Mrs F Rhodes, Miss Dunn, Councillors C E Learoyd, and John Pitts, and Messrs. Walker Cryer, E L Baumann, E Clifford Fry (hon. sec.) and Mr Thos. Laxton (clerk).
The Chairman announced that the Governors had invested £25 in the War Loan. The secretary reported that the number of out-patients numbered 53, in-patients at the date of the last report, 23, since admitted 15, making a total of 38. Since then 19 had been discharged leaving a total of 19. Of these 16 were military and three civilian patients.
The following donations were acknowledged: John Smith, thanks offering £3 3s, Bradford Dyers Assoc. Ltd., £5 5s, Mrs Fieldhouse, 10s.


The idea of forming a gardening brigade in connection with the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School has been eagerly fallen in with by the members of the various organisations associated with the chapel. So far the movement gives every promise of success, those behind it being most enthusiastic and willing to do what they can.

A Fatal Fall

An inquest was held at Saltaire Hospital on Saturday respecting the death of Mr William Wood (80), a retired coal merchant of 3 Alexandra Square, Shipley.
Martha Hannah Palliaser, 3 Baker Street, Saltaire (daughter of the deceased), said that her father on the previous Tuesday afternoon sustained internal injuries from which he succumbed.
Sister Susie Rogers of the Saltaire Hospital, said that the deceased told her that he was carrying coal for the fire when he tripped on the hearthrug. He was found there later by the daughter, and was removed to the hospital, where he died.
The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death.”


The application made at the Bradford West Riding Police Court, yesterday (Thursday), by Mr Wilfred Dunn for the transfer of an off-licence for the sale of wines and spirits at 12 Victoria Road in Saltaire, from Edwin Henry Wright to Charles Edward Haley was granted.

(Colin's note – 12 Victoria Road was the Albion Drug Store – they advertised regularly in the Shipley Times.)

Saltaire War Diary: 23 February 1917

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Saltaire Adult School

On Monday at the “Own Table Talk” we were favoured by the presence of Mr Walter Popplestone (Director of Education), who gave a very interesting and instructive talk on “Some Aspects of Education.”
In the course of his remarks, Mr Popplestone dealt with various reforms which the Education Authority had brought about, such as the feeding of necessitous children, medical inspection, dental treatment, and the care of blind, deaf and dumb, and mentally and physically defective children, all of which were undreamt of 10 or 15 years ago.
He also dealt with the half time question and hoped that after the war, drastic steps would be taken in the way of abolishing the half time system, and laid special emphasis on the raising of the school leaving age, and the great benefit to be derived by attendance at evening continuation classes after leaving school for a period of three to four years, urging that employers should make it possible for their employees to take advantage of these classes whenever possible.
He was very pleased to note that for the first time in the history of England, we had a thorough Educationist at the head of the board of Education which spoke well for the future of Education in this country, and alluded to the good that the open air schools were doing for consumptive children.
At the close of his remarks, he was asked several questions on the half time system, school leaving age, and continuation classes, which he answered satisfactorily. It was a most profitable and really educative address, which was very heartily appreciated by all present.

Eggs for Hospital

An egg collection took placed at the headquarters of the Salvation Army on Sunday, which resulted in 77 eggs being obtained. The services were conducted by Adjutant Soper. Afterwards the eggs were taken to the Saltaire Hospital for the use of the wounded.

Gardening Brigade

A meeting to organise a Gardening Brigade will be held in the Saltaire Wesleyan Schoolroom this Friday evening, at 7.45. Will all the men of the old Wesleyan Brotherhood desirous of rendering a bit of National Service in their spare time, please attend, and any other men or women who would like to join the Saltaire Wesleyan Gardening Brigade.

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27 February 1917 St Peters Shipley
James Hartley, a driver aged 27 married Ivy Palmer, a twister aged 22. They both lived at 2 Higher School Street in Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 16 February 1917

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Shipley Military Tribunal

A meeting of the Shipley Tribunal was held at Somerset House on Tuesday evening, Councillor Thomas Hill (chairman) presiding, and other members present were Councillor C E Learoyd, F Rhodes, T F Doyle, Mr Ernest Illingworth, Mr J A Burton (military representative) and Mr Isaac Lindow (clerk). There were 33 cases disposed of. In 24 instances the applicant was successful, and periods of exemption varying from four months to one month were granted. There were eight refusals, and one case was left over. The following cases involved those that worked in Saltaire:-

A youth named Percy Topham, described as a woolcomber, and employed by Sir Titus Salt Bart., Sons and Co., sought exemption on personal grounds. He was passed for Class A.
The Chairman: You do not state any grounds for appealing – I am the mainstay of the home. My father and brother are serving.
Who is at home besides you? – My mother and two sisters.
Of course your mother will have something from your father and brother? – Yes sir.
Your sisters will earn something? – No sir.
What age are they? – One is working half-time and the other is nine years of age.
Mr Burton: Does not the half-timer bring something in? – Yes sir.
Will you tell the tribunal to what extent the family depends upon you? – I take all my wages home.
You appeal for exemption but give no reason for doing so.
The Chairman: As you know, there is a big demand for soldiers at the present time, but the tribunal think that your family has done a fair share. I must warn you, however, that there may come a time when even you may have to go. You will be postponed until May 30th, but after that date if there is still a strong demand for men I do not hold out much hope of a further postponement.

A E Ridgway, Class A, a woolsorter, appealed on personal grounds. His mother stated the case.
The Chairman:  What does your household comprise of? – I have a married daughter and another son with me. My eldest son is serving with the colours.
Mr Burton: What is the age of the other son? – The Applicant: He is twenty years of age and is now in France. The youngest boy is a cripple.
What reason do you suggest why your son is really indispensable to your household? – I am partly dependent on him.
And you think you could not keep going without him – I could not as things are so dear.
You rely upon this son, and the younger one? – Yes, I could not thoroughly depend upon the other one. He is not always able to work.
Does the soldier make you some allowance then? – Yes 3s 6d a week
Councillor Learoyd: Do you only get 3s 6d? – Yes, but it comes to 9s altogether.
Mr Burton: That is very fair – Yes, but it costs more to send parcels. If he did not get a parcel he could not go on.
Your son is in the highest medical class of fitness and we want young men to get ready. It takes a long time to train and we are in the middle of a very stiff job. I can quite see the difficulty of your position, but the country at large is in still greater straits.
The appeal was refused, the applicant not to be called up before March 31st.

Application was made by Mrs Walbank for her grandson, Fred Walbank, a youth of 18 passed for Class B4, and employed by Sir Titus Salt Bart Sons & Co Ltd as an overlooker. Four of the applicant’s sons were in the Army and this young man was her only support.
Mr Burton: The household consists of this young man and yourself? – Yes no-one else.
Have you any income besides what he brings in? – No.
Councillor Rhodes: Is his father serving? – No, I brought him up since he was a boy.
Postponed to June 30th.

Mrs Abrahams appealed for son, G W Abrams, a woolcomber employed at Sir Titus Salt Bart Sons and Co Ltd. He was 18 years of age and had been passed for B2.
The Chairman: What family have you? – I have four children who are unable to work.
Is your husband working? – He is working, but not regularly. He has rheumatic in the shoulder.
Councillor Rhodes: You have no workers but him? – Yes, I have a daughter 15 years of age who is working.
Mr Burton: What does the household consist of? – My husband, four young children, and a daughter.
Postponement was granted to June 30th.

E Hodgson, motor driver, Sir Titus Salt Bart – Postponed

Mill Employee Scheme

A meeting of the employee at the Saltaire Mills was held in the mill yard on Monday afternoon when an address was given by Sir James Roberts, Bart., proprietor. Sir James expressed his willingness to purchase War Loan stock for his employees, and accept payment for the same by weekly instalments of 2s for each £5 of stock. He also offered to pay the last 5s, reducing the actual amount to be paid by the workers to £4s 10s, instead of £4s 15s, no interest to be charged for the advance.
The hope was expressed that at least 2,000 workers would avail themselves of the offer, which will remain open until Friday. It was pointed out that the wage bill at Saltaire had gone up by £1,000 per week, as compared with the amount paid before the war, although much of the machinery was idle for want of workers. Whilst it was admitted that food had become much dearer, it was stated that rents at Saltaire, an important item of domestic expenditure, were no higher than they were sixty years ago, when the houses were built.
The serious need for economy, Sir James said, was most pressing, and the best results were likely to be on the side which had the greatest financial staying power.

A Grateful Tommy

To the Editor of the “Express.”

Sir, - May I be permitted a little space in your paper to pass just a few remarks? I shall be leaving Shipley very shortly, but before doing so I take this opportunity of publicly expressing my appreciation and thanks to the matron and staff of the Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital for their kindness during my convalescence.
To the matron is due a special word of thanks. I wonder how many quite understand the onerous duties attached to this position. While admiring her professional qualities, one cannot but appreciate the tact and discretion displayed in fulfilling her duties to the “boys,” and (I say it in all respect) I suppose we are a pretty tall handful.
Never a day passes but it goes to prove that our matron is wholly bound up in the interests and comforts of her “boys.” I, not only personally, but I voice the thoughts of the “boys” who have gone, that when the time comes to say “goodbye” we feel we are losing a very good friend.
May I offer a respectful word of thanks to the ladies of the Soldiers’ Comforts Committee, who are so assiduously giving their services in providing all these comforts. Theirs is a labour of love, and any words of mine inadequately express all we feel that these ladies are doing for us. If they could only realise a part of the happiness that has been given to certain of our “boys” and the unstinted praise of all, they will understand the gratitude with which I feel I can write these words of thanks.

Last, but not least, to the citizens of Shipley and Saltaire, I offer the humble thanks of the “boys” and myself for the wholehearted co-operation that has been given in providing us with entertainment. It is hard to express one’s self fully, but the feeling is that we are living amongst friends who takes the liveliest interest in anything that promotes the welfare of the “boys”.
My friends, any thanks of mine but poorly express my appreciation, and I must leave the “boys” who will come after me to realise all you are doing to make us comfortable and happy. My convalescence at Shipley is a cherished memory, never to be forgotten, and I only ask to be privileged to renew the friendship at some future date. My friends, I thank you one and all. – Yours truly,
Private A W Patrick, 18th King’s Liverpool, Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, Feb 11th.

Saltaire War Diary: 9 February 1917

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In continuation of the lecture programme of the Saltaire Institute Society, Mr Gegorius Brown gave an illustrated lecture at the Victoria Hall on Wednesday night on “Austria-Hungary and the War.” This lecture should not have delivered until February 28th, but the lecturer at short notice took the place of Professor Bateson, who was prevented by indisposition from keeping his engagement to lecture on “Heredity.”
Sir Ellis Denby (president) occupied the chair, and after commenting upon the reason for the absence of Professor Bateson, referred to the kindness of Mr Brown in filling the appointment. It was not the first Mr Brown had stepped into the gap. On a previous occasion when there was some doubt as to whether the appointed lecturer should appear, he had been able to take his place, at the same time refusing to accept any fee. Before introducing the lecturer Sir Ellis called attention to the classical concert to be held on Wednesday at the Victoria Hall.

Saltaire Adult School

On Monday evening, Mr H Alderson gave an interesting and inspiring talk on “Psychic research.” After reading various extracts from such eminent men as Sir Oliver Lodge, Sir Wm. Crookes and others on the subject, he related some of his own experiences, which were really remarkable.
He proved to his hearers, that communication with the spirit world was possible, in spite of what sceptical-minded people may think about it, and the way in which he dealt with the various phenomenon occupied with the occult world, enthralled all who heard it.
Several questions were asked at the close, which the speaker answered satisfactorily, and after Mr Alderson had been thanked for his able address, the members dispersed, having got something to think about.
Councillor T F Doyle, is the speaker next Monday.


2 February 1917 at St Peters Shipley
Arthur Holt, a finisher aged 20, of Shipley married Edith Smith, a finisher aged 20, of 9 Herbert Street, Saltaire.

In Memoriam

Dewhirst – In loving memory of our dear Aunt, Eliza Dewhirst, who passed away February 6th, 1916.
They miss her most who loved her best.”
From Niece and Nephew, 39 Dove Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 2 February 1917

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Hospital Governors

The monthly meeting of the members Salt Hospital Board was held at the Saltaire Hospital on Wednesday evening. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and others present were Mrs F Rhodes, Miss Dunn, Councillors C E Learoyd, J Pitts, Messrs. E L Baumann, Francis Lister, Walker Cryer and Mr Thos. Luxton (clerk).
The Clerk reported that donations had been received as follows:-
Baildon Combing Co. £3 11s 1d.
F Wigglesworth and Co Ltd. £1 0s 7d.
Shipley District Council, Gas Department, £1 1s
Charlestown Combing Co Ltd. £4 10s
Bradford City Tramways, Technical Department. £1 1s.
F Hartley and Co Ltd. £5 £5s
J R Fyfe and Co Ltd. 13s 5d.
Engineers Department, Midland Railway. £1 11s 11d.
Postmaster, Gains and Fines Fund. 10s.
Hospital Sunday Collections:-
St Pauls Church Shipley. £3
Saltaire Congregational Church. £1 7s 4d.
General Donations:-
Harry Lee. £2.
Windhill Industrial Co-op Society. £25.
Sir Titus Salt, Bart, Sons and Co. Ltd. £21
Valley Scouring Co. £10 (per Mr Elstub).
J Parkinson and Son, £10.
North Bierley Guardians. £2 2s
Midland Railway. £5 5s.
Mrs Ernest Illingworth. £2.
Miss Mitchell. £1
Total £102 4s 4d.
(Colin’s note - £102 4s 4d is worth c£6,400 in 2017.)

The Clerk said that the number of out-patients during the month had been 44; the number of in-patients at the time of the last report was 23 and there had been admitted since 21. There had been discharged 23, and the total number remaining in the hospital was 21. There had been nine operations.

Hospital Rum

A meeting of the Salt’s Hospital Board was held on Wednesday evening, Mr B Allsop (chairman) presiding. The question of the purchase of rum at Christmas by the Matron was the subject of further discussion.
The whole of the public business having being disposed of, the Chairman intimated that the rest of the proceedings would be taken in camera. At this junction, however, Miss Dunn, who brought the matter forward at the previous meeting, interposed with the remark that before the Press retired she would like it to be publicly known that she intended to tender her resignation as a member of the Ladies Committee for Soldiers Comforts.
The Chairman: In my capacity as chairman of the Board I suppose I must accept it.
Mrs Rhodes: I suggest that Miss Dunn be asked to re-consider her decision.
Councillor Learoyd said it was very awkward for the Board that Miss Dunn should resign. He proposed a resolution appointing this Ladies Committee, and he would not have done so if the Governors had not been represented on the Committee by all the lady members of the Board.
Mrs Rhodes: It was very unfortunate that I was not present at the last monthly meeting, for then the matter under discussion could have been explained at once. It was very good of you, Mr Learoyd, to support our Ladies Committee.
Councillor Learoyd: Yes I think the Ladies Committee are doing a very good work.
Mrs Rhodes: Of course, that bill had been put before me and I had passed it.
Mr Cryer: You did object to the rum?
Mrs Rhodes: We did not object to the rum at all. The great mistake was, I think, that we did not call in Miss Mitchell (the matron) and tell her at the time that we did not intend buying the rum. We have so many different kinds of people contributing to our funds and we realised that there might be some who would object to the purchase of rum. It was really out of consideration for those people that we decided not to buy any. One of the members remarked that she did not see any objection to the inmates having a teaspoonful of rum, whilst another remarked that the committee were not justified in buying a bottle of rum out of the money given to the Soldiers Comforts Fund.
Councillor Learoyd: It has already been stated that the reason the Ladies Committee would not buy the rum was because of the mixed character of the subscribers to the Comforts Fund. In my opinion, that reason applies in a far larger degree to the subscribers of the hospital itself. Those who were responsible for establishing this institution did everything possible to keep intoxicants out, not only of the hospital, but of the locality over which they had any control. They would have nothing to do with either rum, beer or anything else of the kind. This attitude continued to be enforced up to the end, and the whole of Governing body have since tried to follow that lead.
Mr Baumann: The Matron got abused for her action, and I think it was abominable!
Councillor Learoyd: I thought it was very abominable, and I think so yet.
The Chairman: I think it was a great pity the matter was presented as it was. It would be very wise to let the matter drop.
Mr Cryer said that there could be no question of liquor traffic when they had to send out for a single bottle of rum.
Councillor Learoyd said that in the town itself it was very well known, and the chairman last week took occasion to say that the rum had been used as a food. Since then the general talk in the town has been that it was introduced as a beverage.
Mr Cryer: I do not remember there having been any spirits at this Board, with the exception of brandy. This is permissible for medicinal purposes. I have seen that, and passed the account for that reason.
The Chairman: We have had a bottle of brandy and a bottle of rum occasionally and I believe the bottle of rum has lasted a year, if not longer.
Mr Cryer: There is an account here for 8s for brandy. It is only a single bottle.
Councillor J Pitts: It appears there has been some misconception in regard to this matter, as Mrs Rhodes said.
Mrs Rhodes: Yes, there has been a misunderstanding.
The Chairman: If Mrs Rhodes had been here at the last meeting I think there would not have been all this commotion in the town.
Mr Baumann: I took the stand I did because I understood – and I think you all did the same – that the Ladies Committee had absolutely prohibited the supply of rum to the inmates of the hospital.
Councillor Learoyd: The Ladies Committee declined to sanction the expenditure from their fund; that was all.
Mrs Rhodes: That is so.
The Chairman: I am only sorry that things have been magnified in the way they have; it was a great misfortune.
In committee the Board decided to ask Miss Dunn to reconsider her decision.

Saltaire Adult School

In connection with above, Mr J Hudson, of Shipley, gave a very interesting and instructive address on Monday evening, on the subject of   “War Pensions.” He dealt chiefly with the allowance for soldiers’ wives and dependants, and allowances made to soldiers’ widows, whose husbands were killed during the war. He gave some very interesting information on the above points, and he also gave a very interesting description of the work done by the Shipley Pensions’ Committee.
At the close Mr Hudson was very heartily thanked for his address.


At the Saltaire Institute on Tuesday morning, before the Deputy District (Mr E W Norris) an inquest was held respecting the death of Harry Horatio Kitchener Bacon, the eleventh child of Jane Elizabeth Bacon, of 31 Constance Street, Saltaire. The child was seven months old, and died suddenly on Sunday. A verdict of “Death from natural causes” was returned.


During December, 5059 books were borrowed at the Saltaire Library.


27 January 1917 – St Peters Shipley
George Clifford Thompson, iron moulder aged 23, of Bingley married Ethel Bins, a munition worker aged just 17, of 24 Titus Street in Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 26 January 1917

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Saltaire War Diary, January 1917

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Soldiers Death

Ogden – Killed in action, December 7th, 1916, Private Joe Ogden, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, aged 32 years, eldest son of Mrs and the late Harry Ogden, of 26 Rhodes Street.
His country called, he answered,
He gave his life for one and all.

The Half Time System

On Monday evening at the Saltaire Adult School, Mr G Buttle introduced the subject of “Half Time Labour.” In the course of his remarks, he advocated the abolition of the system. The system was detrimental to the education of children as they were taken to work just at the age when the acquiring of knowledge was most important. He instanced the towns of Huddersfield, Batley and Dewsbury as having abolished the half-time system, and said how much better they were for having taken that course.
Several members gave their reminiscences of their early days of half-time labour, and how it affected them later in life. The subject was pretty well discussed from all points of view and at the close the following resolution was submitted and carried unanimously: “That we, the members of the Saltaire Adult School ask the Shipley Education Committee to give their unanimous support to the question of the Abolition of half-time labour.”
The subject of “War Pensions” will be introduced at the next meeting by Mr Joe Hudson, chairman of the Shipley Trades and Labour Council.

Egg Collection

A collection of eggs was taken to the headquarters of the Salvation Army on Sunday. And in consequence 48 eggs were received. Since Adjutant Soper (who is in charge in Shipley) came to the town two years ago, the Salvation Army have collected no fewer than 3,000 eggs. Those collected on Sunday were sent to Saltaire Hospital for the use of the wounded and in response the Adjutant has received the hearty thanks of Miss Mitchell (the matron). The eggs previously collected have been sent to the various hospital bases in different parts of the country.

Saltaire Institute Lecture

A lecture was delivered at the Saltaire Institute on Wednesday evening by Mr W Edwards, the headmaster of the Bradford Grammar School, in which he described the marvellous discoveries in Crete made by Sir Arthur Evans. The lecturer was illustrated by a number of lantern slides.
The chairman was Sir Ellis Denby (the president of the Institute Society), who remarked that the society was only young yet, but satisfactory progress was being made. If they continued to get such able lecturers as Mr Edwards they could look forward to the future with hop and confidence. (Applause.)

Wounded Entertained

A very pleasant half day was spent on Wednesday at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, when the Shipley and District Butchers’ Association entertained about 200 wounded soldiers. A substantial knife and fork tea was provided consisting of beef, ham, and tongue. The billiard room was at the disposal of the wounded soldiers during the afternoon and others indulged in whist and other games for which prizes were offered. After tea Councillor Waugh (president of the association) welcomed the soldiers, and in a few well-chosen words paid a tribute to their devotion and courage in “doing their bit for their King and country.
During the evening the soldiers were entertained by Mr Charlesworth George and his concert party, which consisted of Mr J Charlesworth, Mr Midgley, Miss Wheatley Jackson, and Miss Johnson. Mrs M Akam was the accompanist. Other artists included Mr Pollett with his performing dogs, Mr Harry Mitchell (female impersonator), Miss Lumb and Mr G H Hamley (humourist).
Mr John Walker had charge of the arrangements for conveying the wounded soldiers to and from Victoria Hall and special constables controlled the street traffic in the vicinity of the hall.
A word of praise is due also to the ladies, who worked so untiringly to make the functions such a success. Before leaving the soldiers were served with hot coffee and sandwiches, which proved to be very acceptable. During the evening Mr Isaac Lindow (Clerk to the Council) paid a short visit and chatted with the soldiers. Mr Ramsden of Victoria Road, Manningham, was the secretary and Mr H Feather, of Saltaire, discharged the office of treasurer.

Saltaire War Diary: 19 January 1917

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Hospital Rum

Letter to the Editor.
On reading the “Shipley Times” dated Jan 12th, I see the war on the run still continues, and it may be interesting to know that we “mere boys” are standing to again. There has been a slight attack from the direction of Shipley by “some” members of “some” order, who has not had “Somme.” That has failed miserably before the letters published on our side, and we are winning all round. I think neutrals had better take note, and remain neutral, or join our side. That bottle of rum, must certainly have been strong, as it has made many people talk.
One of the Rum Brigade, Salt Auxiliary Hospital.

Saltaire Institute Club

The annual meeting of the Saltaire Institute Club was held in the billiard room of the Institute on Thursday evening. Mr E Clifford Fry (President of the Club) occupied the chair. There were also present Councillors Cowgill (Chairman of the Libraries Committee), E Bateson, T F Doyle, T Hill, C E Learoyd, L Shackleton and Mr Isaac Lindow.
The Secretary, Mr J R Walker, in the annual report said that the war had taken 42 members of the Club, the membership having been reduced to 83, in consequence of this the income had been greatly reduced, not only in subscriptions, but in receipts for billiards and other items. This had been a serious drain on the resources of the Club. It was felt that it was their duty to keep the club as a going concern to cheer the “boys” on their return. In spite of adverse circumstances they had been able to close the year without a deficit.
The usual functions had not been held during, except the billiard tournament for which prizes had been provided by the committee. The balance sheet showed that the members subscriptions had fallen from £19 1s 6d to £10 8s 6d and the receipts from billiards were £45 1s 8d, as against £57 10s 8d, other receipts were similarly reduced. On the expenditure side there was also a reduction. They had been unable to pay anything to the District Council beyond the agreed rent of £10. In the previous year £20 was paid to the Council out of the club’s funds.
Councillor Cowgill congratulated the members on maintaining the club, and said he thought there was no ground for pessimism. The District Council were greatly indebted to the committee of the club in the way they had supported them in the maintenance of the club.    The Council felt that the club was doing a great service and if the advantages of the club were better known in the district it would be much better supported. It was an admirable club, conducted on the best lines and was a place where parents might allow their sons to go, without feeling any misgivings as to the result.
The new committee elected was as follows: - Messrs. G Armstrong, H Feather, E Hudsworth, T Oxley, A Wadsworth, F White and A Wigglesworth. Mr Walker was re-appointed secretary and treasurer. Messrs. H Barnes and W H Eccles were re-appointed trustees. Mr C E Fry was re-appointed president for the ensuing year.
A vote of thanks was accorded to the officers for their services during the past year. Mr Fry in his reply said that he had no misgivings with regard to the future of the club, and although they had some difficulties to contend with they intended to keep the club going and looked forward to the time when their fellow members now serving their country would be back with them. They were proud of the contribution they had made from the club to the army, and they hoped to see their members back again in due time and resume their contribution to the district and the profits of the club.
It was stated that the president, Mr Fry, had presented a roll of honour to the club of the members who had joined the forces. This was now exhibited in the club rooms.
(Colin’s note – I wonder what happened to this roll of honour?)

Saltaire Adult School

In connection with the above, a series of “Over-table Talks” have commenced and are to be held weekly on Monday evenings, in the Schoolroom, Saltaire Rd. The subject on Monday evening last took the form of a review of Professors Murray’s address on “Education” which he gave at Victoria Hall the previous Monday.
Mr J W Thornton ably introduced the subject, and dealt with all the important points. In the discussion the half-time question was touched upon, and as it is occupying the minds of our local ladies on the County Council at the present time, it was decided that next Monday evening, Jan 22nd, the subject of half-time labour would be introduced by Mr G Buttle. The meetings are open to the public.

Men’s Gathering

The men’s annual dinner in connection with the Saltaire Congregational Church was held on Saturday evening in the Lecture Room of the Sunday school. There was a large company present, including the Reverend P Drummond Pringle (pastor of the church), Mr J Sowden, Mr W Popplestone, Mr T Whiteley, Mr W Morrell, Mr C Pollard, Mr F Wilson, Mr G Midgley, Mr G Brown, Mr N Clarke, Mr B Laycock, Mr H Williamson, Second Lieutenant R Wilson and Mr W Sutcliffe.
The dinner was served by Mrs Pringle, Mrs Morrell, Mrs Laws, Mrs Brown, Miss Bray, Miss Hudson, Miss F Taberer and Miss Evans.
The after proceedings consisted of an interesting programme of toasts, interspersed with vocal and instrumental items.

Shipley Oddfellow Honoured

The new Grand Master of the Shipley District of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows is Brother James Urwin of Dove Street, Saltaire.
Instituted a member of the Loyal Tree of Life Lodge in 1887, he has throughout his career as an Oddfellow taken a very keen interest in the affairs of his lodge in the district. About 18 years ago, he passed through the chairs of his lodge, and did excellent work as a member of the Juvenile Committee. Ever since he joined the movement he was given himself heart and soul to the work, and he is thoroughly deserving of the high honour which has been conferred upon him. We trust that as an Oddfellow he has still many years of useful work before him.


Midgley – On Sunday January 14th, at Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital. Alfred Midgley, in his 50th year, for upwards of 20 years with the Prudential Assurance Company.

Saltaire War Diary: 12 January 1917

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Hospital Rum

Letter to the Editor.
Sir, - At a meeting of the Shipley Tent of the Independent Order of Rechabites last week, I was instructed to forward you a copy of the following resolution, which was unanimously adopted:-
“That, we, the members of the Shipley Tent I.O.R., protest against the use of intoxicants at Saltaire Infirmary, either as beverages or in connection with food stuffs, as their use is at all times fraught with danger to whoever partakes of them. And especially at this period, when wounded soldiers are among the inmates of that institution. It is inadvisable that temptation should be put in their way, and that, too, in contradiction to the wishes of the sub-committee of the Board of Governors.”
Yours, etc.
Thomas W Outhwaite
Leyburn Grove


Letter to the Editor
“Sir, - I have been in the hospital here for the past two months suffering from wounds, and now am happily discharged. May I crave the indulgence of a small space in your valuable paper to express my sincere and grateful thanks to the doctors, nurses and the whole of the staff for their kind sympathy and untiring efforts to alleviate the pain of the patients in their care.
I along with many others, will never forget our stay in the institution not the many kindnesses we have received at the hands of the people of Shipley and Saltaire, not only for their gifts of comfort of the body, but the many excellent arrangements to cheer us up by concerts, etc.
To one and all a British Tommy expresses his heartfelt thanks.
Private James Fuller – Royal Sussex Regiment.
Sir Titus Salt Hospital, Saltaire.

Shipley War Pensions Committee

Letter to the Editor,
Sir, - This Committee consists of the Chairman of the District Council, the Chairman of the Shipley Trades and Labour Council, the President of the Shipley Branch of Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild and eighteen others.
It was reported in your issue of the 5th inst. that at a meeting of the Committee held last Wednesday, when the question of the need for increased financial support was being considered, the clerk said that “they had not done very well at Saltaire,” and later, that “no collections were allowed at Saltaire Mills.” The Chairman said that “every available means had been tried at Saltaire.” A member of the Committee said he was “surprised at the attitude adopted,” and advised a visit to the ‘great Salts’ concern.” The Chairman replied that “his word might be taken that they wouldn’t go there.”
The impression intended to be created was that the proprietor of Saltaire would do nothing himself nor allow others to do anything, though it must have been known to the speakers that he was given in one week for the benefit of our soldiers, five or ten times more than any sum it is likely the Committee will have placed at its disposal by total contributions in a year. Is it too much to ask that these spiteful animosities should be laid aside during the war. They are contemptible at any time, but particularly so now.
It should be pointed out, though the public opinion at Shipley is fairly represented on the Committee, the same does not contain the name of a Saltaire householder, though one-sixth of Shipley’s population live in Saltaire.
Yours etc.  – An Employee at Saltaire Mills.

Wounded Soldiers Entertained

The Hall Royd and Charlestown Wesley Guilds entertained the wounded soldiers from Saltaire Hospital, at Hall Royd Sunday school, on Saturday last.
A first class concert was given, with the soldiers taking part in competitions during the interval. Afterwards a supper was provided with Charlesworth’s of Saltaire doing the catering. Each soldier was then given fruit, chocolates, and cigarettes.

Our Blinded Heroes

It was the turn of Shipley on Wednesday evening to have the privilege and pleasure of a visit from the famous blind musicians who have recently toured the large towns in the West Riding of Yorkshire. These musicians are attached to the National Institute for the Blind. By their efforts they have raised from each district visited substantial sums of money in aid of the St. Dunstan’s Hostel for men blinded in the war.
The Victoria Hall, in which the concert was held, was kindly lent for the occasion by the Shipley District Council, and the accommodation provided, though ample, proved to be little more than sufficient for the huge audience.
Many generous subscriptions had been received and the sum of at least £500 was assured. For a town the size of Shipley this is remarkable when it is remembered that amounts not nearly half so large have been raised in Leeds and Bradford. In fact the sum realised is a record for an enterprise of this character.

In Memoriam

Free – In loving memory of our dear daughter, Minnie, who departed this life, Jan 14th 1916.
We miss thee when the morning dawns,
We miss thee when the night returns:
We miss thee here, we miss thee there,
Dear Minnie, we miss thee everywhere.
- From Father, Mother and Family, 1 Shirley Street, Saltaire.
(Colin’s note – Minnie was born in 1899. She had an older brother, Andrew, who served in WW1.)

Saltaire War Diary: 5 January 1917

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Hospital Rum

A “Rum” Question

The report we published last week of the meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity, under the heading “A Rum” Question,” has created a good deal of comment. It now transpires that the discussion arose from a misunderstanding.
The Ladies Committee which was formed solely for the purpose of providing comforts for the wounded soldiers, decided not to purchase rum for the inmates out of the money collected for comforts for fear that the fund might suffer in consequence.
The Matron received a gift of £2 to spend as she thought fit, and having received no instructions to the contrary, either from the Governors or the Ladies Committee, continued her long established custom of purchasing a bottle of rum in order that the wounded Tommies at the institution might have “the real thing” in the way of Christmas pudding.

Rum Not Prohibited

Thinking that the Matron had acted against the wishes of the committee, Councillor Learoyd, on principle, took exception to the Matron’s actions, and considering the way in which it was introduced, one can easily see how he got a wrong impression.
The Ladies Committee, however, did not decide to prohibit the use of rum at Christmas. They made no stipulation in regard either to its use or no-use – the matters of that kind. We feel sure that if Mr Learoyd had been aware of the circumstances of the case he would have raised no objection, for he would be the last man in the world to rob Tommy of any little luxury which he might desire. We say this because it is possible for Mr Learoyd’s attitude to be misunderstood. He did not object to our heroes having their plum pudding or sauce flavoured with rum, but to the principal of a committee being over-ridden.

No Grounds for Complaint

In justice to the Matron (Nurse Mitchell), we ought also to say that she knows her duties too well to act against the wishes of those from whom she receives instructions. That the Matron is quite free from all blame is evident from the following communication, which we received as we were going to press, from Mr B Allsop, Chairman of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital:-
Will you kindly permit me to state with reference to the question of the purchase of a bottle of rum for patients Christmas fare, that information which has since come to my knowledge – and which would have been in the hands of the Governors at their last meeting, but for the illness of one of the ladies – entirely removes any ground of complaint against the Matron or anyone else concerned.

A Popular Matron

The Matron has had charge of the hospital for about nineteen years, and she has always been popular amongst the patients. She is a lady with high ideals, and her enthusiasm for the calling increases as time advances.
Those who know Nurse Mitchell will wonder least that she is such a great favourite of those who are treated at the institution. As the “boys” at the Salt Auxiliary War Hospital indicate in their letters on the “rum” controversy, they are going to stick to their sympathetic Matron as they stuck to the game at the Front.
Nurse Mitchell is proud to belong to the Roman Catholic Church. She is president of the local committee of the Catholic Women’s League, the object of which is to unite Catholics in a bond of common fellowship for the promotion of social, religious and intellectual interests.

“Absolute Piffle.”
To the Editor of the “Express”

Sir, - In your interesting paper, dated Dec 29th, appears an article entitled “A Rum Question.” It certainly is a “rum” question, and I would esteem it a favour from you, if you grant me a small amount of space to refer to it.
Is it such a great crime for us “mere boys” to have such a large amount of rum – about a teaspoonful in ever helping of pudding? In my opinion it is absolutely “piffle” to make so much fuss over a paltry thing like this, after having led lives we “mere boys” have led out there. We may be a lot of little children instead of men, but we have stared death in the face more than once.
I think our matron is quite capable of looking after us, and to a man we stick to her as we stuck to the guns at the front.

One of the “merest” boys
Saltaire Hospital

(Colin's note – the above is just one of several letters published in the Shipley Times, all in support of the matron.)

Powers of the Ladies Committee

(Colin’s note – this article was written for the Shipley Times by a member of the committee.)

For the benefit of those who read your report last week of the meeting of the Governors of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, I think some explanation is due, as there is some reflection upon the Matron. It is ridiculous; however it cannot be helped, but I will be as short and clear as possible.
The powers of the Ladies Committee are limited to collecting subscriptions and spending them for the benefit of the wounded men. It has no jurisdiction over the Matron, neither has it authorised any of its decisions to be placed before the Board. Moreover, it declines to be invested by inference with powers it has not accepted.
A bottle of rum has been bought at Christmas time by the Matron for nearly twenty years, and she received no instructions from the Board to discontinue the practice. Why she should be criticised, therefore, is beyond comprehension.
The Comforts Fund is to provide extra comforts, and not to relieve the hospital of any of its customary expenses, large or small, and nothing more must be inferred from the committee’s decision other than declining to pay out of the Comforts Fund any expense usually borne by the hospital.
Why some of the members of the Board should comment upon the matter or infer that because the Ladies Committee decline to buy a certain thing out of their funds that the certain things must not be bought out of any other funds I do not understand. In times like these one feels that no apology is required to touch a matter so trivial, but the reflection on the Matron makes it necessary.

Military Wedding

The marriage took place on Monday at the Saltaire Wesleyan Church, of Private Thomas Howcroft Hodgson, younger son of Mr and Mrs J W Hodgson of Cottingley; and Miss Annie Feather, only daughter of Mr and Mrs E Feather, Gordon Terrace, Saltaire.
The bride, who was given away by her father, was attended as bridesmaid by Miss Lucy Hodgson (sister of the bridegroom). The officiating minister was the Rev. W B Mattison, and the best man was Mr N Hodgson (brother of the bridegroom).
The bridegroom, who was former assistant master at the Woodbottom Council School, Baildon, is a member of the R.A.M.C.
After having served for a few months in France, he was invalided home in July and was for about three months in hospital. He is now stationed at Rugeley Camp, Cannock Chase in Staffordshire.

Nonagenarian’s Death

Mrs Ann Pratt, of 28 Victoria Road, Saltaire, passed away on Saturday night. The venerable lady was ninety-one years of age, and was the last of the original pensioners to live in the almshouses rent free.
Some little time ago, she had an illness and had since been subject to dizziness. On Friday, Dec 23rd, she had a fall in the house whilst dusting a rocking chair, fracturing her left thigh. She had lost the use of the right arm and leg.
At an inquest concerning Mrs Pratt’s death, held at the Saltaire Institute, on Tuesday, by Mr E W Norris (Deputy Coroner), Dr Emerson said he was of the opinion that death was due to cerebral haemorrhage, accelerated by the fracture of a thigh. A verdict was returned in accordance with the medical evidence.

In Memoriam

Lambert – In loving memory of our dear mother, who passed away Jan, 4th, 1914 - From Sons and Daughters – 7 Mawson Street, Saltaire.
(Colin’s note – Catherine Elizabeth Lambert (nee Burton) born 1853. Died at 23 Albert Road (renumbered 45) in Saltaire. Catherine had three sons who served in WW1; Arthur, Fred & John George).

Saltaire War Diary: 29 December 1916

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Salt’s Auxiliary War Hospital
How Tommy Spent Christmas Day

Letter to the Shipley Times from an unknown soldier in Saltaire Hospital

“With thanks to the kind people of Saltaire and Shipley and the efforts of our Matron, Miss Mitchell, the hospital larder contained all the things to ensure a festive time for us. The rooms were tastefully decorated and everything done to make the place as bright, home-like and cheery as possible.
On Christmas Day one of the wards was converted into a dining room.  Beds were pushed aside and a long table ran down the centre of the room. Every seat was occupied as a message from the King was read by Dr. Sharpe, after which we all joined in singing the National Anthem.
With this flow of patriotism having subsided, the door was flung open a great roast turkey was laid before the Matron at the head of the table. With skill and dexterity she carved the Turkey, and the others that followed, to give us all an ample portion. Having vanquished the Turkey, next came the Plum Pudding. It entered in flaming glory, decked with holly. Then to finish off there was delicious trifle and crackers. We were then entertained by the Shipley Band, and the Salvation Army Band, both of who played music that we greatly appreciated.
Following a few hours spent in contemplative serenity on our beds, the ward served as concert room where the daughter and nieces of Councillor Rhodes entertained us with songs and carols.
Our festivities did not end on Christmas Day, we have since then been entertained and had supper at both the Rosse St Chapel and the Salvation Army Citadel.
We cannot thank the people of Saltaire & Shipley enough for the way they are looking afters us. One of the boys came in here weighing 5st 7lbs, and within six weeks he had gained 2st 6lbs.
We wish you all a happy New Year and a speedy return of your loved ones.”

A “Rum” Question

The monthly meeting of the Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital Board was held at the Hospital on Wednesday evening, Mr B Allsop (chairman) presiding and others present were Miss Dunn, Councillor C E Learoyd, Mrs Frances Lister, Mr Walker Cryer, Mr E L Baumann, Mr Clifford Fry (hon sec) and Mr Thomas Luxton (clerk).
It was stated in the monthly report that the number of out-patients at the last meeting was 56 and in-patients 20. There had since been admitted 22, making a total of 42, of whom 20 had been discharged, leaving 22 in hospital up to date.
There has been some difficulty in obtaining a sufficient quantity of sugar, and the members were advised to get in touch with the Royal Commission. Articles had been given to the Hospital as follows:-
The Windhill Spiritualist Church, rest chair
British Red Cross Society, 36 rugs, to be used in place of blankets
Mr Coulter, Nab Lodge, large turkey
Sir James Roberts, none couples of rabbits
Mrs Clifford Roberts, two fowls
A Large number of gifts had also been sent in, and a full list supplied to the Soldiers’ Comforts Sub-Committee.
Application was made by a ward maid for war bonus.
In the general accounts it was reported that the Hospital Sunday collections were:-
St Peter’s Church, £2 2s.
Providence Wesleyans, £2
Bethel Baptist Church, 11s
Rosse St. Baptist Church, 11s
Total £5 18s
From the following employees:-
T Webster and Co., £1
Sir Titus Salt Bart., Sons and Co. Ltd., £9 11s 2d
Messrs. Lee and Crabtree, £1 5s
Total £11s 16s 2d.
Other donations were:-
I.O.O.F. (M.U.), Shipley, £7 7s
Mrs A Northrop, £5
Cryer Bros., £1 1s
Total £13 8s.
There was a grand total of £31 2s 2d.
(Colin’s note - £31 is worth c£2.5k in 2016)

Miss Dunn pointed out that whilst the members of the Ladies Committee had decided not to provide a bottle of rum for the inmates of the hospital for Christmas Day, one had been secured.
The Chairman: Well, it is the usual thing.
Councillor Learoyd said the question was one of principal and if the Ladies’ Committee had agreed not to supply the rum, the officials of the hospital had no right to over-ride that decision.
Mr Baumann: But you would not spoil the Christmas dinner, would you?
Councillor Learoyd said it made no difference to the principle involved whether the puddings were spoiled or not. When the members of a committee had spent their time voluntarily in considering a question, their decision ought to be respected. It was not a matter of whether or not the supplying of rum was advisable or inadvisable, when the Board had said that rum should not be supplied, it should have never been supplied.
Mr Baumann said that rum was absolutely essential for Christmas puddings and mince pies, and no doubt the matron had thought the committee had overlooked the item.
Councillor Learoyd said in doing so on her own the matron would be doing so on her own responsibility, and the Board should have an explanation of the whole matter.
Mr Fry said that the explanation given to him was that Mrs Northrop had handed the matron £5 with the observation that £3 was to be placed in the hospital accounts, and the rest could be disposed of as she (the matron) thought fit. That being the case, the matron had bought a supply of rum. Mr Fry added that when the committee had decided not to supply the rum their ruling should have been obeyed.
The Chairman remarked that the matron could have obtained the rum in some other way. It was customary to supply rum every year.
Mr Baumann repeated that the rum was absolutely essential.
Councillor Learoyd protested that when the committee had decided against rum the officials had no business to run counter to their orders. He would refuse to sit on a committee if what was passed was not carried out.
Mr Baumann said that doubtless the matron thought the committee had overlooked the item.
Councillor Learoyd: She is not paid for thinking in that way. She is paid for doing as she is told.
Mr Baumann said the matron was not, and should not be, an automaton.
Mr Cryer said that if the matron had received the balance of the £5 referred to, to spend as she wished, she was quite in order in spending it as she had done.
Mr Baumann said he held no brief for the matron, but they would all agree that she filled the position splendidly. If they continued giving those little “pin-pricks,” they might be losing her someday, and then it would be up with the whole show.
Councillor Learoyd said that should not alter the question. The Ladies’ Committee had the right to be obeyed.
Mr Baumann: She could have kept the money.
Councillor Learoyd said if Mrs Northrop had given £5 on the stipulation that £2 of it might be used for some other purpose than given to the hospital funds, the amount should not have appeared in the accounts.
The Chairman said he did not exonerate the matron from blame. She should have carried through the decision of the Ladies Committee.
Mr Baumann: You must give her a little latitude.
Councillor Learoyd: I should not bother anymore
Mr Baumann said it would not look like Christmas without a drop of rum.
Councillor Learoyd: Then move a vote of censure upon the Ladies Committee
Mr Baumann: Very well, I will do; they deserve it.
Miss Dunn said that many of the wounded soldiers were mere boys.
Mr Baumann said the men in the trenches received half a tumblerful of rum every day, and the drop they would get in the hospital would not hurt them.
The Chairman said the rum was used for cooking purposes.
Mr Baumann observed that the Ladies should not have decided against supplying the rum.
Councillor Learoyd: In that case the Ladies Committee was wrong, and the matron was right (laughter).
Mr Cryer moved that the accounts be passed subject to the matron being invited to discuss the question with the Board at the close of the public business.
Mr Baumann said that the Ladies Committee had done wrong in prohibiting rum.
Councillor Learoyd: You have no power to censure people who do public work without being paid for their services.
The motion was seconded by Mr Lister, who remarked that if anyone ordered poison without authority they should pay for it (laughter).
The motion was carried, Councillor Learoyd and Mr Baumann being the only dissentients. 


25th December 1916 St Peters Shipley
Joseph Watts, soldier aged 25, married Emma Hauxwell, aged 27, both of 29 Shirley Street in Shipley.


Midgley – On December 23rd, 1916 at 12 Dove Street, Saltaire, Thomas aged 79 years; Interred at Nab Wood Cemetery, on Tuesday December 26th.

Saltaire War Diary: 22 December 1916

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Some folk wish for things and think the things should come because they are wished for in a good cause; just as if the public ought to know instinctively. Other folk, more practical, ask with confidence for the things they want, knowing that they will come if the cause is only good enough.
For some time the boys had whispered amongst themselves that a piano would be a real boon and provide them with many hours diversion. These whisperings reached the ears of the matron (Miss Mitchell), who thereupon looked round for a suitable place in which to put one, when it came. This was practical forethought, for it would be useless asking for a piano and then finding it could not be housed.
A suitable place being found, the matter was then mentioned to the Editor of this journal, who simply wrote a paragraph saying that the loan of a piano would be very welcome. The very same day a considerable disturbance was heard on the stairs of the Salt Hospital, and after much tugging and heavy breathing the carriers put the piano in its place. It is all very easy. We decide a thing is needful or desirable, and mention it to the Editor of the “Express,” and our wants are quickly supplied.
Mrs Giles of 48 Victoria Road, Saltaire has lent us the wished-for instrument, and the Ladies’ Committee sincerely thank her on behalf of the boys, and hope her kindness will meet with its reward directly or indirectly in favours shown to her two soldier sons who are away.
Christmas holidays are close at hand and we are all engaged in supporting the traditions of the past, doing our best to make these days as bright as bright and as cheerful as we can. We may have meatless days, but we couldn’t think of “pudding less” Christmas days. Christmas puddings, had therefore, to be made, and during their preparation the boys were invited into the sacred precincts of the kitchen, each to give a stir for luck. Alas! Before he could be stopped one of them stirred the batter the wrong way, and quite a commotion ensued.
The Committee acknowledge with thanks the following:-
Miss Payne’s Class, Central Schools, various gifts.
Mr Metcalfe, Gordon Terrace, box of soap.
Mr Joseph Thorpe, 85 Bradford Road, cigarettes.
Windhill Congregational Primary Dept., fruit etc. and 10s.
Mrs Walker, Mrs Arthur Sowden, Miss Newhall, and Mrs Fox all gave cakes.
Lady Denby, two waistcoats.
Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild, four pairs socks.
Mrs Davy’s Working Party, six pair socks.
Mr Helliwell, 4 Jane Street, collected amongst fellow workers £1.
Mrs Wood, 25 Victoria Road, sent 10s 6d. contributed by the reelers of Saltaire Mills. These workers subscriptions are much appreciated.
Mrs Soyer, 13 Ashfield Road, sent three surgical mittens to be worn over splints, a most useful and acceptable gift for injured or wounded arms.
Other gifts were received from Mr Seeger, 10s; Mr Halliday, Mrs Boyce, Mrs Birbeck.

Music Exams

Leslie Vickerman and Joseph Smith, pupils of Miss Annie Sanctuary of Saltaire, were successful in passing first-class (primary division) at the examination of “The London College of Music” held recently in Bradford.

Concert Proceeds

The concert organised by Miss Maud V Stell, and given at Saltaire, on October 19th, realised the sum of £48, of which half has been handed to the Polish Victim’s Relief Fund, and half to the Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild.
(Colin’s note - £48 is worth c£3.8k in 2016.)


St Peters Church Shipley 16 December 1916
Stanley Thornton, a textile overlooker aged 24 married Mary Ethel Ridgway, aged 23, both living at 15 Shirley Street in Saltaire.
(Colin’s note – Stanley was born 18 October 1892 in Stanley (near Wakefield). He died 1 May 1920 aged just 27. He was buried in St Pauls Churchyard.) 


Clark – On Dec 13th, Mary Ann, of 39 Victoria Road, Saltaire. Interred at Undercliffe Cemetery.

In Memoriam

Crossley – In loving memory of our dear mother, Easter Crossley, who died Dec 19th 1915.

One Year has passed since that sad day,
When one we loved was called away;
God took her home, it was his will,
But in our hearts we love her still,
We often sit and think of her,
And think of how she died;
And wished we could have said good-bye
Before she closed her eyes.
- From her daughter and sons, 39 Dove Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 15 December 1916

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Shipley Military Tribunal

A meeting of the Shipley Tribunal was held at Somerset House on Friday evening, Councillor Thomas Hill, (chairman), presided. The applications dealt with numbered fifty, which included 9 by the firm of Sir Titus Salt, Bart, Sons and Co. Ltd.
L Crossland, described as a painter, and employed by Sir Titus Salt, Bart., sought exemption. He said he would be 40 years of age this month, and explained that he was a member of the fire brigade. Before becoming a painter he was a warper.
Mr Burton: Are you a skilled warper now?It is a few years since I was on the job.
The reason I asked is, because the time may come when a man who does know a trade such as you mention might be asked to take the place of a younger man, who was indispensable to the textile trade – I could take up warping again.
The Chairman: It would help the Tribunal if you could get work as a warp dresser, and then come here and give particulars of what you have done. For that purpose you will be put back until January 31st.
Councillor Doyle explained that the Tribunal desired him to replace a younger man for the army.
Mr Burton said: The real object was to liberate a younger man – Yes I see.
An enquiry at the employment bureau might help you, perhaps.
The Chairman: The point is to get a job where a younger man is liberated. If you can come back to the Tribunal with a satisfactory arrangement, the members will consider your case favourably.
The decisions in the other Saltaire Mills cases were; -
William Mills, maker up and packer, March 31st
Thomas Bancroft, turner, March 31st
Thomas Petty, grease extractor, March 31st
Herbert Speight, heald knitter, March 31st,
James Moir, piece passer, February 28th
James Sykes, assistant manager burling department, March 31st
A F Wilson, hydraulic packer, March 31st.

Treat To Wounded Soldiers

The wives and mothers of the men of the Shipley Division of the St John Ambulance Brigade, now serving their King and Country, were glad to do their “bit” by entertaining the wounded soldiers at present at the Saltaire Auxiliary War Hospital.
A splendid tea was provided, and was presided over by Mrs Bonner, followed by an enjoyable entertainment. Songs were rendered Mrs Weldon, Mrs Knox and Lieutenant Gross, who is leave recovering from his wounds, and at present a guest of Mr and Mrs Douglas of Church Lane. Mrs Dibbs played selections on the pianoforte; Miss Peggy Bonner was an efficient accompanist.
The Rev W Maynard, Dr Bonner, and Mr W E Sutcliffe did everything in their power to make the guests happy and comfortable. The convenient schoolroom was kindly lent for the occasion by the members of the Bethel Baptist Church. Mr and Mrs Gray (as caretakers) gave valuable help.

Salt’s Auxiliary War Hospital
(Report written by the Ladies Committee)

I wish that every mother in Shipley who has a wounded boy lying in some far away hospital could have the solace of knowing that her son was being as well cared for as the boys are cared for at Salt’s Auxiliary War Hospital.
We would like to acknowledge a very welcome addition to the hospital funds, a sum of £5 sent in by Mr Harry Laycock of The Grove, Moorhead who collected the sum from his friends.
The Commanding Officer of the Salvation Army (Adjutant Soper) left at the Salt’s Hospital today a basket of fine fresh eggs. We can only say we acknowledge with real feeling the significance of this very welcome gift. Every housekeeper knows that at present fresh eggs are a luxury, and every contributor may rest assured that the gift is fully appreciated.
Mrs Atkinson, of Robert Street in Windhill, and her friends, have sent in a present that contained a quantity of  Gillett razor blades and shaving sticks for all the boys – really a most welcome and practical idea.
Through the week our boys have been  well entertained by the Reelers of Saltaire Mill at The Café, Windhill, New Jerusalem Chapel and had a capital entertainment; Mr Walton, ventriloquist and Lyric Quartet. The Shipley Musical Union brought and fetched our lame boys, and their evening was a great pleasure.
We had from Miss Mitchell (matron) – who has voicing the wishes of the boys – a request for the loan of a small piano. If any lady or gentleman could lend such an instrument to us they would be conferring a great favour, and very largely contributing to the enjoyment of the boys.


Mr Jonas Dean, a well-known member of the Rosse Street Veterans Association, Shipley, has recently undergone a somewhat serious operation at the Saltaire Hospital. He is in the best of spirits, and his numerous friends will be pleased to hear that he is making satisfactory progress towards recovery.

Salt Schools

Professor Gilbert Murray, President of the Salt School for 1916, has recovered from his illness, and has fixed Monday evening, 8th January, 1917, for the delivery of his presidential address in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire.

District Insurance Committee

The monthly meeting of the committee was held on Thursday last, at the Institute, Saltaire under the presidency of Mr Jennings Alderson (chairman). It was remarked that the committee’s term of office would expire on 31st December, unless it was extended by the Commissioners. It was also reported that the application for sanatorium benefit to date were 203, and that 55 of the applicants had died, leaving 148 at present under treatment and supervision. During the month 65 applicants had been granted dispensary treatment and one hospital treatment. The grants for extra nourishment numbered 15. The business of the meeting was mainly formal, and there was no other item of public interest.

Inquest – Taxi-Cab Accident at Shipley

An inquiry was held on Monday afternoon at Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, by E Norris (deputy coroner), in reference to the circumstances attending the death of James Emmott (77) of High Bank Cottages, Moorhead Lane in Shipley, who was knocked down by a taxi-cab on Friday evening, Dec 1st, and died at the hospital on Friday last. Mr A V Hammond represented the family of the deceased, and there was also present Inspector Foulkes.
Charlie Emmott, who became famous as a Rugby footballer, and who is now a well-known broker, residing at 8 Ostler Street, Shipley, gave evidence of identification, said that his father’s sight was good, but that he was rather deaf. For an old man, he was a good walker, and every Sunday walked to and from Morton.  In answer to question by Mr Hammond, witness said his father had enjoyed excellent health, and used to help him (witness) with his work.
James Herbert Halliday, of West Bank, The Grove, Moorhead, Shipley, stated that on the evening of Dec 1st he engaged a taxi-cab to take him to Bradford. Whilst travelling down Moorhead Lane at a rate of not more than eight miles an hour, he suddenly caught sight of Mr Emmott in front of the car. Before the driver could pull up the man was struck. Replying to questions by Mr Hammond, the witness stated that the shock was only slight. The man was unconscious when picked up.
Miss Hannah Mitchell, matron of the hospital, stated that when Mr Emmott was admitted he was suffering from concussion and from abrasions of the face and hands. Dr Sharpe, who attended to the patient, appeared to think that the injuries were scarcely sufficient to account for the man’s death, and that he would recovered had it not been for his great age. He never thoroughly regained consciousness.
Herbert Greenwood, 27, Ostler Road, Shipley who was about thirty yards higher up the road when the accident happened, also gave evidence.
Albert Fozzard of 9, Trafalgar Street, Bradford, the driver of the taxi-cab elected to give evidence. He was driving very carefully, he said, as the night was very dark, and inclined to be foggy. The Bradford regulations allowed head lamps to be used and he preferred to have them, but he had none on the night of the accident. He had sidelights. He was within seven or eight yards of Mr Emmott before he saw him. He seemed to them to be standing in the road, his attention attracted by a man with a flash-lamp higher up the road. He started to walk across towards the causeway, crossing the front of the car and he (witness) was unable to avoid a collision.
Replying to the Coroner, the witness said he had not time to sound his horn. In reply to Mr Hammond he said he considered Moorhead Lane a dangerous road on such a night.
The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death,” and exonerated the driver of the taxi-cab from blame.


Smart Errand boy or Girl – Apply Jas. Smith and Sons, Gordon Terrace, Saltaire.


9 Dec 1916 – St Pauls Church Shipley
Alfred Garner, 26, Cloth Finisher of 70 Saltaire Road married Beatrice Green, 23, of 23 Albert Road.
(Colin’s note – 23 Albert Road is now numbered 45; Beatrice had three brothers who served in WW1 – Albert, Charlie & Willie.) 

 In Memoriam

Harrison – In loving memory of Eliza Harrison, a devoted wife, and mother, who died December 11th, 1915.
 – From husband and daughter, 14, Titus Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 8 December 1916

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Saltaire Hospital

Our wounded soldiers have spent a very pleasant week, having been entertained by the Congregational Church, War Service Club, Khaki Club, Pompoms Troupe, Saltaire Wesleyan Church (café chantant and entertainment) and the Wellfield Moravian (tea, supper and entertainment.)
Mr Buisson and Mrs Nicholson gave the boys a very enjoyable evening of music and readings at the hospital. 
We have received the following letter written by a wounded soldier at Saltaire Auxiliary War Hospital:

On behalf on my wounded comrades and myself I would like to thank the people of Shipley for the very great kindness they have shown for us in many ways. You may not think we appreciate your kindness in providing us with such splendid times as you have done, and are doing, but if you were to peep into our cupboards, when we speak among ourselves, you would realise how much you are doing for us, and be amply repaid.
No I won’t say repaid, for we can never repay you. Some if not all of you, have loved ones at the front doing their “bit,” and as I heard a lady say, you are trying to do your “bit.” But it is not a bit, ladies and gentleman, it is a very great lot.
When we boys have to go and take our places again in the fighting line, think of what a happy memory we shall take with us. Thinking and talking over the happy time we have had with you will help us to pass many a dreary hour. Many times I have heard my chums say, “If I got wounded again I would come to Shipley.” What greater proof than this could you all have of our appreciation and thanks? None, my friends, and wherever we go the memory of the good times and friends we have made will be carried with us.
There are many friends who have subscribed and supplied us with many dainties for our meals. To these, no mere words of ours can express our thanks. All have been very good to us in many ways, and my chums all wish me to say, “Thank God we are Englishmen.”
H Evans.

Comforts for Saltaire Soldiers

The sum of over £13 was raised for the Saltaire Congregational Church Soldiers and Sailors Sewing Party as the result of an entertainment organised by Miss Dracup and café held in the Sunday School in Victoria Road, Saltaire on Saturday evening.
Mr C H Briggs presided and the Rev P Drummond Pringle (pastor of the church) was amongst the assembly. A delightful programme was provided and it was greatly enjoyed.

A Voyage in Space

Professor Herbert Hall Turner, Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford University, delivered an interesting lecture on Wednesday at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, under the auspices of the Saltaire Institute Society. There was a large audience. Sir Ellis Denby occupied the chair.
Professor Turner conducted his audience on an imaginary journey in space, the means of travel being the telescope.

Palliaser – On December 5th, at 3 Baker Street, Saltaire, Harry Palliaser, the beloved husband of Martha Hannah Palliaser, in his 52nd year. Funeral on Saturday next, December 9th, at Nab Wood Cemetery, leaving the above address at 2 O’clock prompt. Friends please accept this (the only) intimation.

Saltaire War Diary: 1 December 1916

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Soldier’s Death

Gunner Herbert Cooper (18), younger son of Mr and Mrs Harry Cooper, of 1 Katherine Street, Saltaire has been killed in action in Salonika.
Herbert joined the forces on the 8th of April 1915, and he went to France in July of the same year. After a stay there of four months he went to the near East. Before entering the army he was serving an apprenticeship to a Bradford architect.

Soldier’s Merit

Private Sam Jeffrey, Bradford “Pals,” son of Mr and Mrs Henry Jeffrey of 14 Constance Street, Saltaire, has obtained the “Certificate of Merit”. It reads as follows:-
For gallantry and devotion to duty on November 13th 1916. When a dug-out was blown in by shell-fire he voluntarily dug out the wounded, and helped in removing them at considerable risk to himself, owing to the heavy bombardment.”
Before joining the army he was employed as a gardener by Mr Hockley, of Nab Wood, Shipley, and previous to that he had worked for a considerable time at the Saltaire Mills. He is 36 years old. In his last letter home he said:-
“I am pleased to tell you that I have received the certificate of merit for helping to save wounded from a dug-out that had been blown in. I and a number of stretcher bearers were fastened in a deep dug out with six wounded men, and we had to dig ourselves out. We carried two of the wounded who had broken legs to a place of safety. It was very hot work at the time. I consider myself lucky to come out without a scratch.”

Saltaire Hospital

A meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held on Wednesday, Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided. Others present were Mr Walker Cryer, Mr T Kendall, Councillor C E Learoyd, Mrs Rhodes, Miss Dunn and Mr Thos. Luxton (clerk).
The monthly report showed that there had been 77 out-patients. There were 23 in-patients at the beginning of the month; 29 had been admitted and 32 discharged, leaving 20 inmates at present.
The secretary (Mr E Clifford Fry) reported that a large number of articles had been received from Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild and from the British Red Cross Society.

“Dickens” Lecture at Saltaire

Under the auspices of the Study Course of the Saltaire Institute Society, a lecture was delivered at the Institute on Wednesday evening by Mr F J Fuller (headmaster of the Salt Boys’ High School), entitled “Charles Dickens.”

Great Loss to Shipley

The death took place on Thursday last of Mr William Fry, who for forty years, was chief librarian at the Saltaire Institute. Born in May 1837, he was in eightieth year, and not until less than three years ago did he fail to carry out his duties at the Saltaire Institute. He lost the sight of the left eye, and resigned his office, but in view of his long service and accumulated experience, he was given a position by the Shipley District Council as consulting librarian. In the meantime his strength had gradually failed and yesterday morning, about an hour after he had partaken of breakfast, he passed away.
Mr Fry was the son of Mr Humphrey Fry of Wellington (Somerset). He came first to Otley, where he was employed on the railway. There he was brought into association with Mr John Scriven, who pointed out to Mr Titus Salt the qualifications of Mr Fry for the management of the fine educational trust which was being established by Sir Titus Salt. From that time forward, Mr Fry was closely associated with all the educational affairs of Saltaire – the High schools, the Institute and the Technical School. For a considerable period he also discharged the secretarial duties of Sir Titus Salt’s Charity.
During comparative recent years, in which the management of educational affairs has been passing through various changes, there have been consequent alterations at Saltaire. For a time Mr Fry retained secretarial control at the High schools, then later the whole of the educational affairs of Saltaire passed into the hands of the Shipley Educational Committee, with Mr Popplestone as secretary and Director of Education. Mr Fry, however, continued to render useful service at the Institute.
Mr Fry married Miss Mary A Dunn, also of Wellington. There are five sons and two daughters. The eldest son, Mr Arthur Fry, is an artist in at Belfast; Mr Ernest Fry is in business in London; Dr Percy Fry is in practice at Sowerby Bridge; Mr Clifford Fry is secretary of Messrs John V Goodwin and Co., Bradford; and the Rev Cecil Fry is curate of Beeston (Notts.).
At the meeting of the Shipley Educational Committee on Tuesday, Councillor C E Learoyd (chairman), made a reference to the death of Mr William Fry. The deceased gentleman’s work had been the subject of satisfaction to those who had employed him in a public capacity. All were sorry he had been taken away even though he was ripe in years and full of honours. He moved that a letter of condolence be sent to the relatives. The members signified their approval of the resolution by rising in their places.
Mr B Allsop, chairman of the Governors of Sir Titus Salt’ Hospital alluded sympathetically at a meeting of that body on Wednesday night to the death of Mr William Fry, who was for many years secretary to the Governors. Although, he said, Mr Fry had reached a ripe age, the Governors, he was sure were all very sorry to learn of the death of an old servant who had done so much useful and conscientious work for the town for over forty years. The family, he was sure, would have the deep sympathy of every member of the Board.
Councillor E Cowgill (chairman) at the last meeting of the Libraries’ Committee, pointed out that Mr Fry had held a public position in the town for the past 44 years, and been in the service of the Council since 1902. He referred in appreciative terms of the way in which Mr Fry had served the town in various capacities, and he moved an instruction to the clerk to forward a resolution of sympathy with the family on the death of Mr Fry. The resolution was unanimously agreed to by the members signifying their by rising in their places.
The funeral took place at Nab Wood Cemetery, on Saturday afternoon. The service was conducted by the Rev P Drummond Pringle, pastor of the Saltaire Congregational Church.

The principal mourners were Mrs G L Armstrong and Miss Fry (daughters), Mr W Arthur Fry, Mr Ernest B Fry, Dr. Percy V Fry, Mr E Clifford Fry and the Rev G Cecil Fry (sons), Mr G L Armstrong (son in law), Mrs E C Fry (daughter in law), Mr Alfred Marshall (Otley), Miss Brearley (housekeeper), Nurse Henslaer, and Miss Bell (for many years chief assistant at the Shipley Libraries).

Saltaire Cricket Club

The annual general meeting of the Saltaire Cricket Club was held at the Victoria Hotel (the club’s headquarters) last Thursday evening. Mr J A Burton presided.
In his annual report, Mr Fred Atkinson (honorary secretary) said;-
As was the case last year, there was doubt as to whether cricket should be played or not. The Bradford League Committee unanimously decided to go on with it. Their reward has been duly acknowledged by the public, who have attended the matches in record numbers.
Our receipts this year are a record for the Club. On the 15th of July we had record gate for any one match, the opponents being Keighley. The total receipts (tax included) amounted to the sum of £489 0s 10d (worth c£36k in 2016). We have materially helped the country to the extent of £80 7s 4d, due of course to the entertainment tax. The profit on the year’s earnings is £12 12s 5d and we have a balance in hand of £39 2s 6d.
We had great hopes of lifting the cup this year, but once again our hopes were dashed. In the league we finished seventh; we played 20 matches of which 8 have been won, 6 lost and 6 drawn.
We all deeply regret the loss of one of our oldest members, namely J W Beaver, who was associated with the club for over 40 years, both as a groundsman and as a player. Another we deeply mourn for is Mr Naboth Firth’s son, Joe, who gave his life for his country. Joe was a very promising cricketer.
With regard to our charity cricket match and tag day, we were able to hand over to Sir Tutus Salt’s Hospital the sum of £22 10s 4d.
I think a word of special praise should be given to Mrs Joe Lamb, who has voluntarily looked after the pavilion all season.
Reference was also made to the fact that Turner Driver, an old member of the club, had been successful in obtaining the D.C.M.
The following officers were elected:-
President, Sir James Roberts; secretary, Mr Fred Atkinson; auditors Councillor T F Doyle and Mr Firth; committee, Messrs. E Butterfield (chairman), J Lamb, A Myers, H Noble, B Lambert, J Driver, H Hutton, R Gill, F Normington, J Halliday, E Lindley, W G Bateman, J Lockwood, A Milner, W B Keighley, B Riley, Schofield and Lupton.
The appointment of financial secretary was left with the committee.
 (Colin’s note – Joseph Firth was born 1896 in Shipley. He died in France 1 July 1916. His family lived at 2 Queens Road in Shipley.)


Woodend v Saltaire Albion
These two clubs met on Saturday last under very unfavourable conditions. Towards the finish the game became very rough, the referee having to administer several cautions. The two goalkeepers played very well, both doing some fine saving.  Kelcher, Smith and Parker were the pick of the winners, while Booth, Padgett and Horne played well for the losers. Score; Saltaire 5 goals; Woodend 2 goals.   


Bairstow – October 15th, at Camden, New Jersey, Edmund Gordon, youngest son of John Bairstow and Elena Bairstow, formerly of Saltaire, aged 26.

Saltaire War Diary: 24 November 1916

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Soldier's Death

Private J Halliday of the West Yorks., and only son of Mr and Mrs W Halliday, of 19 Constance Street, Saltaire, has been killed in action by the bursting of a trench mortar shell. He enlisted in November 1914 and had been in France for 14 months. He was 18 years of age, and prior to the war was employed by Messrs. John Robson & Son Shipley.
In a letter to the parents, the Rev. R Whincup says: “I am so very sorry for you in your great affliction. But your boy has died a very honourable and gallant death, and this a very great thing to have done. The death of all these fine boys in the Bradford Territorials is such a trouble to me.”
Second-Lieutenant E D Stansfield writes:- “It has been a great shock to all of us in D Company, as he was extremely popular amongst all ranks, being recognised as a jolly good fellow, and a soldier who could invariably be relied on to do his duty whatever job was given to him. On behalf of all members of D Company I beg to offer you the most sincere sympathy in your sad bereavement.” 

Successful Concert

What was described as an Alfresco Entertainment was given at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Saturday, by a number of local young ladies for the benefit of the Shipley Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Christmas Parcel Fund.
The event was arranged by Miss Annie Cockshott, of 51 Barrett Street, and the high quality of the entertainment provided reflected great credit on her. Miss Cockshott is herself a vocalist, and she is enthusiastic in any work which has for its object the assistance of the dependents of soldiers and sailors. As a result of the effort the handsome sum of £13 10s. has been realised. A number of wounded soldiers from the Saltaire Hospital attended by invitation.
The chief artistes were Miss G Bennett, Miss Mary Hill, Mr A Garrad, Miss Mary Kendall, Miss K Wensworth, Miss E Park, Miss B Ball, Miss Mary Goulden, Miss Edna Pearson and Miss Cockshott. Mr A Dean was the accompanist.
(Colin’s note – Alice Cockshott was born 1900 in Shipley. She married Walter Bramham in 1923. Annie died in 1950 and Walter died in 1954. They lived all their lives in Shipley.)

Popular Saltaire Huntsman

A few days ago, Mr John Lockwood, better known as “owd John” – reached his eightieth birthday, and in celebration of the event a suitable presentation has been made to him by those of his friends who, like him, are followers of the Airedale Beagles.
Mr Lockwood first followed hounds sixty-seven years ago in the Honley district, and has hunted regularly ever since. His acquaintances include all the masters and huntsmen within fifty years of Saltaire.
The old gentleman has been twice married, and each partner has borne him eight children, all of whom are still alive. His second wife had six children before her marriage to John.
 (Colin’s note – John Lockwood was born 13 November 1836. He married Ellen Schofield in 1857. Ellen died in 1875. John then married Hannah Buckley in 1878. John lived for a short while in George Street in Saltaire. He died in 1921 whilst living in Shipley.)


18 November 1916 – St Pauls Shipley
Alfred Milton, aged 27, a wool sorter of 1 Dove Street, Saltaire married Margaret Walker, aged 26 of Shipley.

22 November 1916 – St Peters Shipley
Matthew Lambert, aged 41, a miner from Nottingham, married widower Betsy Lister (nee Garett), aged 39 of 38 Mary Street in Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 17 November 1916

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Salt’s Hospital – Comforts for Wounded Soldiers

The Ladies’ Committee acknowledge with pleasure the substantial help accorded to provide funds for furnishing the wounded soldiers with comforts.
The workers at Saltaire Mills are coming forward handsomely, and the Committee are more than pleased to think that it is clear that our wounded men shall not go short if the workers can help it.
No one can say how long subscriptions to this cause may be required, and while the large donations are most welcome to build up a reserve, the committee would like to hint that regular small subscriptions given weekly are very acceptable.
The committee acknowledge with thanks the following gifts:
The Winders of Saltaire Mills (proceeds of social and dance), £8 7s 6d.
The Reelers and Hankers at Saltaire Mills, 18s.
The Weavers at Saltaire Mills, cakes, stamps, cigarettes.
Various gifts have been received, such as bacon, cakes, tinned fruits, cigarettes, books, magazines, money etc., from the following:
The Moravian Church, Rosse St. Sunday School, Baildon Masonic Lodge
Miss Payne Girls School, Mrs Brooks & Mrs Helliwell of Jane Street.
Mrs Harper & Mrs Clough, Mrs Smith, Mrs R Eccles
Mrs Swithenbank, Miss A Helliwell, Mrs Rand
Mrs Clapham, North Street, Baildon, Mrs Hardacre & Miss Pells of Baildon
Mrs Woodhead, Mrs Barraclough, Mrs Kitchen
Mrs Walker, Mrs Parker, Mrs Oates
Mrs Tillotson, Miss Booth, Mr Burton
Master Jeffrey Fry, Miss Marjory Fox, Mrs Dennison, Unionist Club
Mrs Illingworth, Mr Coultice, Mrs Holliday
Mrs Tempest, Mrs Oddy, Mrs Boardman
Mrs W Illingworth, Mrs Ackernley, Mrs Boyce
Mrs McHarg, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Briggs
Mrs E Briggs, Mr M Bower, Mrs Ezra Illingworth
Mrs T J Hayes, Mrs Coulter, Mrs A Sowden
Mrs Walker, Mrs Rand, Mrs Wolmersley
Mrs Denby, Mrs Emmerson, Mrs Stork
Mrs Bradley, Mrs Tymms, Mrs Clifford Roberts
Mrs Ezra Naylor, Mrs Percy Metcalfe, Mrs Wilson Bibby
Miss Dracup

The managers of the Princes’ Hall has most kindly given a general invitation to the wounded soldiers to visit the hall any afternoon free of charge. This is much appreciated.
Mr Ed. Waddilove very generously sent tickets for the Lifeboat Matinee, which the boys thoroughly enjoyed.
Mr Bolton, of Victoria Road, has kindly lent a gramophone, so extra records would be very welcome.
As the committee can buy tobacco, etc., duty free from the Queen’s London Fund, small money subscriptions for this purpose are preferable to gifts. The boys appreciated the three walking sticks from Lady Denby.
A further list of subscriptions will appear next week.

Social and Dance

A successful social and dance was held in the Royal Café, Saltaire on Saturday last when a party of wounded soldiers were entertained to supper. The affair was arranged by a party of winders employed at Saltaire Mills.
During a short interval Miss Smith, of Windhill, gave a Highland song and dance and responded to an encore with a Dutch song and dance. Mr Slingsby’s band was in attendance. Mr Sedgwick and Mr Clifton officiated as M. C’s. There was an attendance of over 200. Sergeant Woolley, in moving a vote of thanks for the hospitality so kindly showed them, said that he and his pals had had a most enjoyable evening.
The proceeds which have been handed over to Shipley Soldiers Comfort Fund realised £8 7s 6d.

Culture of Ancient Egypt

An interesting lecture was delivered in the Lecture Theatre at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Wednesday evening by Professor Armitage, who spoke upon the subject of “The impact of the Culture of Ancient Egypt across the whole world at about 1000 B.C.” The lecture was illustrated by a number of lantern slides.
The Rev P Drummond Pringle (pastor of the Saltaire Congregational Church) presided, and in introducing the lecturer, remarked that Professor Armitage came fully equipped for giving the most complete information on the subject on which he was to lecture. He had made the subject a life-long study and he was well acquainted with the ground of that ancient civilisation.

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Miss E Clegg and family wish to thank all friends for their floral tributes, and for their sympathy in their sad bereavement – 62 George Street, Saltaire.
(Colin’s note – this refers to the death of Harriet Clegg (nee Kaye) born 1844 died 1916. Her spinster daughter, Emily was born in 1873. Emily lived at 62 George Street until 1930, after which she lived in Shipley.)

In Memoriam

Wood – In ever loving memory of my dear mother, Mary Jane Wallace Wood, who died Nov, 18th, 1912.
The loving a friend may soon be forgotten,
Even that of a sister or brother,
But the love that shall live through the ages of time,
Is the sweet cherished love of a mother.
- Mr and Mrs Wallace Wood, 9 Rhodes Street, Saltaire.

(Colin’s note – Mary Jane Wallace Wood (nee Earnshaw) was born in 1863 and died in 1912. Her son Wallace Wood was born in 1890 and died in 1952. He lived at 9 Rhodes Street until 1921 after which he lived in Shipley.

Saltaire War Diary: 10 November 1916

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Absentees in Court

At the Bradford West Riding Police Court on Monday, Garner Hartley, woolsorter, of 23 Rhodes Street, Saltaire and William Hodgson, clerk, of 27 Maddocks Street, Saltaire, were both fined 40s under the Military Service Act and remanded to await an escort.

Shipley Military Tribunal

A meeting of the Shipley Military Tribunal was held at Somerset House last Friday evening. The applications included the following from employees at Saltaire Mills:-

James Ince, described as a spinning overlooker, based his appeal on conscientious grounds, and added he was employed upon work of national importance. A previous application had been granted on business grounds. (Colin’s note see diary 21 July 1916). 
The Chairman: Have you been medically examined?
The applicant: No
The Chairman: You are still in the same occupation?
– Yes

Mr Burton: Although you are a conscientious objector, you will quite understand that the country has a claim now upon the services of every man of military age? – I would rather not discuss the war, Mr Burton.
Have you ever thought of the war at all? I do not wish to show any disrespect to your conscientious objections, but I want you to tell the tribunal how you can do your “bit” as the phrase it. Have you made any sacrifices?
– My life has been all sacrifice. It has never been anything else.

Mr Burton: But that does not answer my question. Have you thought of any way in which you can do your “bit” along with the millions of others who are now making sacrifices of all kinds in the trenches? – According to Tribunal’s decision on my last appeal, they decision was I was engaged upon work of national importance. Therefore as a conscientious objector I appeal on grounds of national importance.
I wish you would answer my question. I asked you to tell me of the way in which you can take your place alongside the thousands of men and woman throughout the United Kingdom, who are making sacrifices to for their country. Have you thought it worthwhile to consider the matter? – I stated on my last appeal that I did not.
Mr Burton: I will not trouble you anymore.
The Chairman: You state here one or two reasons, but the point is are you claiming on conscientious grounds, or on the occupation you are in? – I am claiming under the provisions of the Military Services Act. It distinctly states that a conscientious objector – Councillor Rhodes (interposing): We want an answer, yes or no. We get no nearer to an answer.
– Oh yes we do. Under the Military Service Act, and also on account of my work, which is of national importance I claim exemption. I am still in the same occupation for which I was given postponement before.
Mr Burton: It was granted upon the firm’s application – No it was not
Are you sure?
– My appeal was made under the Military Service Act.

Councillor Rhodes: What are you claiming on now? – As a conscientious objector, and on account of my work.
The Chairman: No that is not the point
Councillor Rhodes: You are wanting to appeal on both. Will you take one or the other?
– I am taking the Military Services Act.

Councillor Rhodes: You want both.
Mr Burton: I ask the Tribunal to study the natural interests in either case. Whether you claim as a conscientious objector, or as a being in a certified trade, it is immaterial. I put it to the Tribunal that the needs of the nation over-ride both.
Councillor Doyle (addressing the applicant): You have just said that when you before the Tribunal on the last occasion, they gave you exemption because they were engaged upon work of national importance.
The applicant: Yes, I said that in my appeal.
Councillor Doyle: Then why have you found it necessary to do anything further than appeal on those grounds now?
– I have entered my appeal according to instruction, and it is left for you to judge. I have a few words to add, if you will allow me.

Mr Burton: Yes if you have any facts.
– I was going to say that since my last appeal I have had two managers from other firms, who have promised me exemption, and one has promised me 6s a week more.

Mr Burton: Promised you exemption! Will you give me the gentlemen’s name?
– I shall give you no names.

Mr Burton: In any case, I will make a note of it, and if it is required, will you substantiate that statement?
– Well, they promised to appeal (laughter).

Mr Burton: Ah! That is different. It is no use saying anything more. I wish you would try to be frank. Whether you are a conscientious objector and engaged in a reserved occupation or not, you are certainly not frank. I am not going to trouble you further. For you to say that someone has promised to get to you exempted, and then to say that someone has promised to appeal for you, are two different things.
The Chairman: Your appeal will be refused, but you will be granted a certificate for non-combatant service only.
The applicant intimated that he would appeal against the decision of the local Tribunal.

Application was made by the firm of Sir Titus Salt Bart, Sons and Co. Ltd., for Thomas Arthur Briggs, described as the foreman over the wool department. Mr Charles Briggs, father of Thomas and a manager at the Saltaire Mills made the application. He said that he had been unable to bring T. M. Briggs with him, as he was at the London Wool Sales. In this case exemption was asked for until Jan 1st.
He (Charles Briggs) had been instructed by Sir James Roberts to tell the Tribunal that firm had wired off to Port Elizabeth in South Africa to release T. M. Briggs, their wool buyer. The latter had received the wire and had replied that he would return to England at the earliest opportunity, which would not be before the end of the year. When this man arrived, Thomas Arthur Briggs would join the army. He would give the Tribunal an undertaking that his son should join up on January 1st.
Postponed to Dec 31st.

(Colin’s note – we have no record of whether Thomas joined the army or not.)

The decisions of other cases from workers at Saltaire Mills were as follows:-
Alfred Bartle, a plumber – adjourned a week
A Wigglesworth, warp twister – Feb 20th.

Shipley Women’s Liberal Association – Annual Meeting

The Honorary Mrs Oswald Partington was re-elected president. The following ladies were elected vice-presidents:-
Lady Byles, Lady Denby, Mrs P H Illingworth, Mrs Bever, Miss Gotthardt, Mrs T Hill, Mrs Ingham, Miss Ilingworth, Mrs F W T Newboult, Mrs G Sanctuary, Mrs Titus Salt, Mrs F Shaw, Mrs S Smith, Mrs J W Sowden, and Mrs Spencer.
The other officers elected were: Chairman, Mrs Ingham; honorary treasurer and honorary secretary, Miss Dunn, assisted by Miss L Sayner; honorary auditor Mr A Cousin; executive committee of 12 members; refreshment committee of 12 members; lecture committee of  6 members.

Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild

The Shipley branch of the Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild have sent to the Saltaire Hospital gifts of sheets, pillow cases and slippers, and have also made the Shipley Soldiers and Sailors gifts of shirts, socks etc.
In aid of augmenting the fund for the District Councils Christmas parcels, a whist drive and bridge drive will be held at the West Ward Liberal Club, Saltaire, next Friday afternoon at 2.45, whilst on the following Wednesday, Nov 22nd, a bridge drive will be held at the Unionist Club, Shipley at 2.45. The proceeds of both events will be given to the above object. 

In Memoriam

Fieldhouse – In loving memory of Jabez Fieldhouse, who died Nov 6th 1914
Deeply regretted.
Days of sadness still come o’er us.
Hidden tears oftimes flow;
For memory keeps our dear one near us,
Although he died two years ago.
- From his wife and Family, 7 George Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 3 November 1916

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Wounded Soldiers Entertained

A party of between fifty and sixty wounded soldiers was entertained at the Saltaire Congregational School, on Saturday afternoon and evening. The arrangements were carried out by the lady members of Shipley Golf Club, the host being Mr C H Tinsley. Mr J C H Ingham presided over the proceedings.
In presenting prizes to the men who were most successful in various competitions, Mr Tinsley said that the head of a Dutch firm with whom he and his partner did business had kindly offered a sum of money to be spent for the enjoyment of soldiers and they thought they could do no better than ask the ladies of Shipley Golf Club to spend it for them (applause).
After tea, a pleasant entertainment was given by Mrs Sands, Miss Bever, Miss Bower, Miss Davy, and Mr Stocks (humourist), Mr R A Millington being the accompanist.
Mr J W Sowden, in proposing a vote of thanks to Mr Tinsley, the ladies of the committee and the entertainers mentioned that Mr Tinsley was thoughtfully providing a present of postage stamps to the soldiers. One of the soldiers seconded the motion, which was carried with acclamation.


Saltaire Institute Society, Wednesday, Nov 8th, 1916.
Mrs St Clair Stobart will deliver her thrilling and highly interesting lecture, illustrated with Lantern Slides entitled “My Experiences with the Serbian Army in the Great Retreat”.
Mrs Stobart has had an extensive experience in the Balkans, having been through the Balkan War.
Admission 2s 6d, 1s 6d and 6d (children under 16 half price). Tickets may be obtained and seats reserved at the Library Saltaire Institute.
Doors open 7.30, commence at 8 – S Martin, Deputy Honorary Secretary.

Disgraceful Conduct at Saltaire Reading Room

Councillor Cowgill has from time to time had considerable trouble at the Saltaire Reading Room – he had no complaints from Windhill – with some person or persons defacing the periodicals.
It was not long ago he had a batch of magazines brought before his notice in the office at Saltaire, and the writing which had been put upon the magazines was simply abominable. Before he was able to put the magazines back upon the table, he had to get a piece of India rubber and erase the stuff from the paper. It was not fit for any pure-minded or decent persons to see.
He had not mentioned the matter before, nor would he have done so now, but for the fact that the same thing had occurred again. It was no use providing literature if they were going to have evil minded people abusing such literature.


28 October 1916 at St Paul’s Shipley
Edwin Gordon Thornton, an army clerk aged 24 of 68 Victoria Road in Saltaire, married Maud Dean, aged 24 of 96 Otley Road in Shipley.

28 October 1916 at St Peter’s Shipley
William Henry Metcalfe, a warehouseman aged 28 of 3 Daisy Place in Saltaire, married Annie Louisa Dinsdale of 16 Mary Street in Saltaire.

28 October at St Peter’s Shipley
Fred Johnson, a 48 year old widower who worked as an overlooker, of 19 Albert Terrace in Saltaire married Susannah Briggs of 39 Titus Street in Saltaire.

Silver Wedding

Haley – Preston. – At the Saltaire Wesleyan Church, October 30th 1891, James Haley of Shipley to Julia Preston of Saltaire.


St Pauls, 2 November 1916 - Pickles Bennett, aged 63, of 23 Ada Street in Saltaire.


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