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.
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Saltaire War Diary: 28 April 1916
The Library report for the month of March, showed the number of borrowers’ cards in force as 2,813, and the issue of books as – Saltaire, 5023; Windhill, 2,470.
The application of the Shipley Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund for permission to use the rooms at the Institute and the Carnegie Hall, in connection with their monthly street collections, was agreed to.
It was recommended that Messrs. Cowgill, Hill, and Hirst be a sub-committee to make an inspection of the Saltaire Institute and the Victoria Hall, and report as to the work required in the painting, cleaning, and decorating both inside and outside these premises.
Councillor Cowgill, in moving the adoption of the minutes of the Libraries Committee said they had asked the council to approve the appointment of a sub-committee to go into the question of getting out some estimates as to the repairing and decorating of the interior and exterior of the Saltaire Institute.
He did not think that any member of the Council or very few people outside who knew anything about the Institute would deny the necessity for a thorough renovation. They would all agree, of course, that it might be questionable to whether the present was the proper time to put the scheme into operation.
At any rate he hoped the Council would sanction the appointment of that sub-committee. It would simply make investigations, and report later on as to what they thought was the probable cost of going through the whole Institute with the possible exception of the Victoria Hall. Not only the inside but the outside needed attention.
It had been pointed out to the Libraries Committee more than once that the stonework required attending to. It was weathering considerably, and he might add that special attention had also been drawn to the condition of the stone lions in front of the Institute. They were weathering badly in certain places. It was advisable that some work of a protective character should be done, particularly to that ornamental part of the building.
The minutes were adopted.
Saltaire Angling Association
From Mr Pickles, the secretary of the Saltaire Angling Association, we learn that the River Aire is now in splendid condition for angling. During the last week-end a few nice trout were taken from the Cottingley Bridge length. One angler had a nice basket of six fish averaging over eight ounces. The annual match on Shipley Feast Monday will this year take place at Ulleskelf.
Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital
The annual meeting of the Board of Governors of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital was held on Wednesday night.
Mr B Allsop was unanimously re-elected chairman, on the motion of Mr E L Baumann, seconded by Councillor C E Learoyd, both members speaking in terms of high praise of the services rendered to the Board by Mr. Allsop.
In taking the chair, Mr Allsop said that the number of in-patients and out-patients during the past year constituted a record for the institution. Owing to the increased price of commodities the expenditure on upkeep had gone up considerably, but fortunately they had an increased income from subscriptions and donations, which in present circumstances was very gratifying.
Mrs F F Rhodes, a new member of the Board, was thanked for having obtained promises of annual subscriptions to £ 9 8s. Mrs Titus Salt said a donation of eight guineas from the Shipley District Billiard League was very creditable to that body. Mr W Cryer explained that the donation was the result of collections made at the league matches. Reference was made also to a “thank offering of £10.
Death of Octogenarian
One of the oldest residents of Saltaire was interred at the Parish Church burial ground on Saturday, in the person of Mrs Allen. The deceased, who was in her eighty-fifth year, was in her earlier days a prominent worker at St. Peter’s Church, and one of the pioneers at that church.
She was a native of Saltaire and until recently her home was in Titus Street. Her son, Mr Harry Allen, is well-known in the district, at one time being a book keeper in the employ of the Windhill Co-Operative Society. He is at present secretary to Messrs. Sheldon in Leeds.
(In 1911 Mrs Allen was living at 3 Titus Street in Saltaire.)
Shackleton - In loving memory of my dear son, Sam, who lost his life on the troopship, Monitor, April 16th 1915
We often sit and think of him
And often call his name
But the only answer that we get
Is his picture in a frame.
40 Helen Street, Saltaire.
22 April 1916 at St. Pauls Shipley.
John Morrison, a labourer aged 20, married Edith Adelaide Wilkinson, also aged 20.
They both lived at 30 Rhodes Street, Saltaire.
Saltaire War Diary: 21 April 1916
Saltaire Institute Society
The seal of public approval has been set upon the newly-formed Saltaire Institute Society, which bids well to attain its object of reviving the reputation which the Institute formerly enjoyed for high-class lectures. Shortly arrangements for the next season are to be discussed.
When times are happier than they are at present the Society hopes to make the magnificent institution given to the district by Sir Titus Salt a really “live” centre for intellectual and social enjoyment.
The Society has been fortunate in securing as secretary, Mr Douglas Smith, some idea of whom enthusiasm may be gathered from the fact that he personally sold £30 worth of tickets for the two lectures given recently.
At the Saltaire Congregational Church on Sunday, special anniversary services were held, the preacher in the morning was the Rev F Wrigley, B.A., and in the evening the preacher was Professor E J Price (United College, Bradford).
Special anthems were rendered by the choir. The morning anthem was, “Oh Worship the Lord” (Alfred Hollins), and in the evening the anthem was “Blessed be the God and Father” (Dr Wesley). The soloists were Misses Lilian Brown and Elsie Hill. The organist was Mr W Sutcliffe (chapel organist). Collections on behalf of the church Funds realised £6 18s 8d.
Billiard League Finance
The annual balance sheet of the Shipley and District Billiard League, just shows a balance on the right side of 16s 1½d. Club collections at matches have been contributed as follows:-
Shipley Working Men’s Club, £1 10s 3½d
Shipley Liberal Club, £1 9s
Windhill Liberal Club, £1 3s 6d
Saltaire Institute Club, 13s 1d
West Ward Liberal Club, 13s 6d
Friendly Hall, 11s 5½d
Windhill Conservative Club 1s 6d.
Total £6 7s 4d.
In subscriptions, £4 4s has been paid, and 7s 6d was the proceeds of the play-off game with West Ward Liberal Club. In the semi-final, 13s 8½d was realised at the Working Men’s Club, and 8s at the Windhill Liberal Club, whilst in the final played at the Shipley Liberal Club, 17s was collected. The “Rest” match at the Saltaire Institute brought in 10s.
This year’s grant to the Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital amounted to £8 8s.
Well-known Anglers Death
We deeply regret to record the death of Mr William Henry Pickles, who for a long period had been a most enthusiastic angler. Not only in local contests but also over a much wider area he was a well-known competitor.
He had been associated with the Saltaire Angling Association since its inception in 1867; and in addition to serving on the committee was secretary for a period of eighteen years. Some time ago the members recognised his services by making him a suitable presentations. Mr Pickles was in his 70th year.
Cricket Season Opens
Saltaire won their opening game in the Bradford Cricket League on Saturday 15th April. In a low scoring game Saltaire scored 128. In reply Queensbury only scored 38 with Sydney Barnes taking seven wickets.
Thornton – In loving memory of Arthur Thornton, who passed away on April 18th 1915, in his 61st year; also of his daughter, Beatrice Alice Burnett (nee Thornton), who died March 30th 1915, in her 26th year.
From mother, sons and daughters, 68 Victoria Road, Saltaire.
(Colin Coates: Arthur Thornton had four sons who served in the war – Albert, Arthur, Edwin and Robert.)
Mrs Butler, widow of the late Thomas Butler, 12 Helen Street, Saltaire, desires to return thanks for kind expression of sympathy and floral tokens in her sad bereavement.
Saltaire War Diary: 14 April 1916
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Mr E W Norris (Deputy District Coroner) and a jury of which the foreman was Mr Richard Dewhirst, held an inquest yesterday (Thursday) at the Shipley Fire Station, on the body of a butcher named Thomas Butler, of 12 Helen Street, Saltaire, who was found with his throat cut on Tuesday afternoon at the Shipley Slaughterhouse.
The first witness called was Jane Elizabeth Butler, wife of the deceased who said her husband was a journeyman butcher and slaughter man, and was 28 years of age. She saw him for the last time alive at about half past ten on Tuesday morning.
In answer to questions by the Deputy Coroner, witness said her husband had constantly suffered from colds, but had not been medically attended of late. He had no worry or trouble that she was aware of. About a fortnight ago he complained about pains at the back of his head. He happened an accident some 14 years ago when a 100 pounds fell on his head.
“Had your husband attested under the Derby Scheme? – No”
John Lambert, tripe dresser of 2 Mount Street Shipley, said he last saw the deceased at the Shipley Slaughterhouse at about quarter to two on Tuesday. At the time witness was in the waiting room, and deceased went past on his way to the lavatory. Not long afterwards witness heard a scream as of someone groaning, and on the door being burst open by him and the manager of the slaughterhouse deceased was found lying in a pool of blood.
Joseph Charles Parker, a butcher of 22 Dockfields Road Shipley, admitted having burst the door of the lavatory open. The deceased’s throat was clean cut through to the bone. The last time he saw Butler alive he was unusually quiet.
Sam Hill, butcher, said the deceased had been in his employment about 12 years. He cried out several times about pains in his head.
The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased had cut his throat whilst of unsound mind.
(Author’s note – Thomas Butler was born c1888 in Hampshire. In 1911 he was living at 12 Helen St. with his wife Jane, daughter Lilian aged 2 and son Edward aged 1.)
Dogger Bank Battle
Mr Filson Young, the famous writer, who as Lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, was on board H.M.S. Lion during the battle on the Dogger Bank, gave a lecture at the Saltaire Institute on Wednesday night, on “With the Battle Cruisers in the North Sea”.
The chair was occupied by Sir Ellis Denby, president of the newly formed Saltaire Institute under whose auspices the lecture was given. There was a large audience, and the lecturer was followed with rapt attention from start to finish.
The Saltaire Cricket Club is this season looking forward to a successful season, although the outlook doesn’t look so promising. Practically the same team as last year with the exception of the clever batsman Syd Smith, who has already enlisted in the R.A.M.C., will be available. He joined at the back end of last season.
The club will again have the services of the world’s greatest bowler, S F Barnes, and in addition A Welburn, the clever batsman who played last season with Great Horton and H I Pratt, the well-known Bradford League Cricketer, who needs no introduction.
All the committee and players have attested, and the majority of the second eleven players and members have done likewise. One of the members, namely Arthur Driver, has already won the D.C.M.
We understand that the club is going to strongly support youthful talent this season, and there will be a good chance to discover some promising young talent.
None of the veterans seem inclined to launch out, but the club is hoping to persuade them to do so should necessity arise. One of the staunchest veterans of the club, namely the late Mr W Beaver has passed away during the year.
(Colin Coates notes: Arthur Driver born 13 December 1894 died 1973. In 1911 he was a bank clerk living at 18 Victoria Avenue in Shipley.
St Peters – 8 April 1916 –
Fred Ogden, aged 21 of 26 Rhodes Street, Saltaire married May Doris Bacon, aged 18, of 31 Constance Street, Saltaire.
Abbott – Ridley, the dearly loved child of Whitely and Harriet Zilla Abbot, who died April 9th, 1916, aged 7 years, 53 George Street, Saltaire. Thanking friends for their kind sympathy and floral tributes.
12 April 1916 –Hirst Wood - Bernard Gaunt Stenson, aged 8 months, of 26 Shirley Street, Saltaire.
Saltaire War Diary: 7 April 1916
Mr Harry Roberts Enlists
Though allowed three days in which appeal against the decision of the District Tribunal on Wednesday of last week, Mr J H N Roberts, managing director of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills, presented himself for service at the recruiting headquarters at Keighley on the following day, and was granted fourteen days leave of absence in order to arrange his affairs.
Mr Roberts is the only surviving son of Sir James. He has taken an active part of the business, and he and his father are the only managing directors of the concern. Sir James has made it clear that it was from no desire on the part of his son that an appeal for exemption has been made. In fact Mr Roberts expressed a desire to enlist more than a year ago, and when the Derby scheme was inaugurated he was one of the first in Saltaire to attest.
Mr Roberts takes an unusual interest in the Shipley Veterans Association, of which he is president, and he is very popular amongst those with whom he comes in contact with.
Queen Mary’s Guild
The Shipley Branch of the Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild is to be addressed on Tuesday next, at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, by Lady Catherine Milnes Gaskell, who is acting as president for the West Riding in connection with the guild.
At the request of Lady Milnes Gaskell, the organisation of the work in Shipley was undertaken by Lady Denby, and there are now no fewer than 600 members of the branch participating in the work of making the special garments required in military hospitals. About 3,125 garments have already been sent to the authorities in York, whence they are distributed to various hospitals.
On the occasion of Lady Milnes Gaskell’s visit Lady Denby is entertaining the members of the local branch to afternoon tea.
Drowning Tragedy at Saltaire
The body of a woman was recovered from the River Aire, near Hirst Mill, Saltaire on Wednesday, and it has been identified as that of Mrs Elizabeth Nicholson, wife of Mr Oliver Nicholson, civil engineer, 12 Oakfield Grove, Oak Lane, Bradford. She was sixty-three years of age, and had recently suffered from influenza.
(Colin Coates: Elizabeth Roberts was born c1853 in Lincolnshire. She married Oliver Nicholson 1 February 1875 at Bradford Cathedral. They had six children, but Elizabeth outlived all but one of them.)
St Peters Shipley 6th April 1916
Ernest Longbottom, a soldier aged 23 from Girlington, married Mabel Elsie Giles, aged 27, of 48 Victoria Road Saltaire.
(Mabel had two brothers, William Giles and Frank Giles who both served in WW1.)
Saltaire War Diary: 31 March 1916
Sir James Roberts and His Son
(Report in the Yorkshire Evening Post – Wednesday 29 March)
A good deal of interest centres in the appeal of Mr J H N Roberts which came before the Appeal Tribunal of the West Central District of the West Riding of Yorkshire at Bradford this afternoon.
Mr Roberts, who is the son of Sir James Roberts, is managing director of the firm of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co. (Ltd.), of Saltaire Mills, which employ some 2,500 people and pay something like £10,000 per annum in rates to the Shipley District Council. Over a month ago a claim was laid before the Shipley Military Tribunal, which refused the application.
Mr C H Briggs, who made the application at the Shipley Tribunal a month ago, said that Mr Roberts, in addition to being managing director, was also manager of the wool department and of the dress goods and linings department.
Sir James Roberts in a letter to the Tribunal said: “There is no unwillingness on my son’s part to serve. Early on in the war he pressed me hard to consent to his enlistment. I pointed out to him that that was impossible, that is I could not have my frequent holidays in Scotland I could not do my work, and if he were not at Saltaire the business would have to shut down. You must not take this appeal that is to be made as being made by my son. It is being made for my benefit, for the benefit of Saltaire and of the country.
I think we have shown no disinclination to do our bit. At the beginning of the war, when we went on short time, we intimated that the rent collector would not be paying any calls, and no arrears of rent would accrue. We promised that in cases where heads of families were in service, the income of the family would be maintained. Since October 1914, my place in Scotland has been given over to the reception of wounded soldiers at my own entire cost.”
Sir James Roberts in making the appeal to-day, said that having regard to the publicity which had been given the given to the case, and to certain allegations which had been made against himself, he should be glad to make a short statement.
At the present time, when most people were doing everything possible, and were given their best in order to win this war, he had felt the allegations rather severely to the effect that he had threatened to close the Saltaire works if his son was not relieved from military service. He need hardly say that unless he thought his son indispensable to the Saltaire business his son would have enlisted a year ago.
Sir James said he observed to his son at the time that he would not deserve the name of Englishman if he was not anxious to go to into the Army at that time. But without his son’s assistance it would be impossible for him to carry on the business at Saltaire. During the previous two tears he had found it necessary, in order to keep himself fit, and in condition, to spend something like one third of that time in Scotland.
Sir James said the he had difficulty in persuading his son that it was his duty to give up the idea of enlisting, which he did with considerable reluctance. When the group system was adopted, his son said he supposed there would be no objection to his attesting, and Sir James agreed; and his son attested within a few days of the adoption of the system.
When the application for exemption came before the Advisory Committee, which was composed of gentlemen all over the Shipley Parliamentary Division, Sir James saw the military representative within a few days after the meeting, at which the application was considered, and he was informed there was no demur on the part of any of the members of the Committee that his son was indispensable to the business. These representations he supposed would be made to the Shipley Tribunal, and Sir James considered the matter so far as any suspense or anxiety as to what would happen to his son was at an end, because under Rule 17 –
The military representative at this point interrupted, and asked Sir James to confine himself to the facts of the case.
Sir James, proceeding, said he was asked, after the application had been refused by the Shipley Tribunal, what was to be done in the case of additional applications for exemptions that would shortly come before the Tribunal, and he told Mr Briggs that, having regard to the fact that his son was called up on the 8th of March, they might be withdrawn. He told Mr Briggs that he could not carry on the business without his son, and that he could repeat that if he thought proper to the Shipley Tribunal.
At this point, the military representative suggested that he should examine Mr Roberts, who stated that in the original notice the claim was that he was in a reserved occupation, but the appeal notice was on different lines.
Mr Roberts said he was 29 years of age, and had been in his father’s business for 12 years, holding a responsible position for eight years. He was an active managing director.
The Military Representative: Do you consider in the national interests that it is necessary for you to remain with your father?
Mr Roberts: Yes
The Military Representative: Would it be possible to carry on your father’s business, if you were not there?
Mr Roberts: I don’t think so. It usually depends on my father’s health.
The Military Representative: Is your father not in good health?
Mr Roberts: Not particularly.
The Military Representative: Does your father regularly attend the business?
Mr Roberts: He is at the mill about two-thirds of the year.
The Military Representative: Do you regularly attend the Saltaire mills?
Mr Roberts: Yes
The Military Representative: What holidays are you in the habit of taking?
Mr Roberts: A fortnight in September and probably another seven or eight days.
The Military Representative: To come down to the bed rock, are you indispensable in the business or are you not? Are you the controlling mind when your father is not at the works?
Mr Roberts: Yes
The Military Representative: But your father is only away for about three months in the year?
Mr Roberts: Four
The Military Representative: Would it not be possible for your father at a time like this not to go away for so long?
Mr Roberts: I don’t think so.
Another member questioned Mr Roberts, who said there were two directors of the firm, his father and himself. He agreed that was less than the usual number in a large firm.
Another member: You say that no efficient substitute could be obtained to take your place?
Mr Roberts: Yes
Another member: Why do you say that?
Mr Roberts: It would take considerable training.
Another member: But there are people in the mill who know the work besides you?
Mr Roberts: No, not the work, the general supervision.
Another member: They could easily learn it?
Mr Roberts: I don’t think so.
Another member: Is there any serious hardship to yourself or the firm if you left?
Mr Roberts: I would not suffer myself, but the business would lack control.
The Tribunal retired to consider a batch of cases, including Mr Roberts’s, and on returning to court they intimated that no statement was to be made as to the result of appeals in individual cases.
(Author’s note – The tribunal was presided over by Mr Duncan Law and the Military Representative was Second Lieutenant E M Molesworth.)
(Report in the Yorkshire Post – Thursday 30 March)
Though the decision was not officially announced separately, our Bradford correspondent understands that the tribunal refused Mr Roberts’ appeal. As no application was made for leave to make further appeal in case of an adverse decision, it is assumed that further application will have to be made if another appeal is to be made.
Comforts for the “Pals”
It is well known that many local men are serving with the “Pals” at the front, and since leaving Egypt where they were originally drafted to, and taking up their quarters in France, many letters have been received complaining of the intense cold.
This week the Ladies’ Committee that is connected with the Saltaire Institute, have forwarded to Capt. Watling, 16th West Yorks. Regt., a number of parcels containing scarves and mittens to be distributed among the Shipley lads.
This is the first opportunity the Ladies’ Committee have had of doing anything for the “Pals” since they went on active service, and the fact that they are remembered by the good people at home will be appreciated. The secretary of the committee is Mrs J L Foy.
A children’s concert held on Saturday afternoon at the house of Mrs Guerin, Victoria Road, Saltaire, in aid of the supply of postage stamps for the wounded soldiers at the Bradford War Hospital has realised £1 10s.
The youthful artistes – not one of whom exceeded the age of ten – had worked enthusiastically for a few weeks, rehearsing and selling tickets – printed by Master Jack Rooum – at one penny each for their concert.
The names of the children were Misses Ethel Burgess (10), Maud Guerin (10), Clara Saynor (10), Carla Rhodes (9), Edna Pearson (9), Alice Bould (5) and Master Jack Rooum (7).
(Author’s note - Maud Geurin (1906 – 1975) lived at 73 Victoria Road with her parents, Lewis & Jane Elizabeth. Maud married Harold Lockwood 25 July 1927 at St Pauls Shipley.)
Salts High School
Dealing with the finances of the Salt High Schools, the chairman said that a year ago the boys’ school showed a balance to the good of £264, whilst the girls’ school was overspent to the extent of £1,634.
The figures were now £308 to the good on the boys’ school and £1, 817 owing by the girls’ school, leaving a net deficit of £1,509. A year hence it was estimated that this adverse balance would have been increased to £1,710.
Councillor T Hill: What a pleasant outlook!
In the discussion which ensued the financial position of the Salt High Schools was attributed to some extent to the reduction of the fees a few years ago. The suggestion was made that the Shipley District Council should be asked to pay fees in respect of Salt scholarship holders.
Miss Unwin said that the difference in the financial position of the two schools was partly accounted for by the fact the boys’ school go a larger proportion of scholarship pupils whose fees were paid by the county authorities.
Wanted – Female Assistant for Bakery; to sleep out. – Apply Miss Charlesworth, 2 Victoria Road, Saltaire.
Craven – Wilson – On the 25th March 1891, at Saltaire Congregational Church, by the Rev J A Hamilton, Percy Lot, son of Lot Craven, Rock Bank, Bradford, to Lucy Ann Wilson, niece of the late Benjamin Ingham (dyer), Birk Lane Shipley – Bolton View, Bradford.
Smith – Mrs Smith and family thank all relations and friends for the kindness and sympathy shown to them in their sad bereavement – 72 George Street, Saltaire.
St Peters, Shipley – 25 March 1916
Harry Atkinson, 22, a riveter, married Emma Beanland, 20.
They both lived at 15 Caroline Street in Saltaire.
Saltaire War Diary: 24 March 1916
Batch of Objectors at Shipley
A meeting of the Shipley Military Tribunal was held on Wednesday evening at the Council Office. Councillor Thomas Hill presided and other members present were Councillors C E Learoyd, F Rhodes, T F Doyle and Mr Ernest Illingworth and Mr J A Burton (representing the Military Authorities).
There were 52 cases to be dealt with and of these 22 were conscientious objectors. A large number of the public attended and the accommodation of the room in which the Tribunal was held was taxed to its utmost.
(Of the reported cases one was from Saltaire).
Fred Rennard, an overlooker at Saltaire Mills said he knew he could have got exemption by claiming to be in a reserved occupation, but his conscience would not allow him to appeal on that ground. He did not believe all that he read about the atrocities in Belgium.
Mr Burton: Would you like to leave the wife whom you recently married to the tender mercies of the Germans?
Rennard: I am claiming to stop here to look after her.
Mr Burton: By asking her to cook your breakfast and dinner?
Rennard: Well I need looking after.
Mr Burton: I cannot congratulate your wife!
The application was refused.
Military Tribunal – Editorial from the Shipley Times
A large batch of “conscientious objectors” appeared before the Shipley Tribunal on Wednesday evening, and they brought a good many sympathisers with them. It was evident to the careful listener that most of them had been trained for the occasion, but even with their statements cut and dried they by no means made a creditable show.
One man objected to everything and really did not know what he wanted. Even when the Tribunal granted what he asked for, he observed, “I shall appeal against your decision.”
With one or two exceptions, these men of conscience had the same tale to tell, and their attitude was well summed up by the Military Representative, who said they were prepared to remain in England enjoying all the comforts and privileges they could get, while others were making great sacrifices to maintain those priceless possessions.
One man who, singularly enough is in the Army Pay, actually declared that “there is no work in England to-day that is not either directly or indirectly connected with the war.” Still this same person objected to being connected with the military machine. The truth is that he is ready to render service to the nation provided that he remains in perfect safety in England, has a good bed, regular meals and receives good wages. What a sensitive conscience and what a patriotic spirit!
After sitting through the whole business we could not help thinking that had been much “conscientious humbug.” Men who are determined to escape military service can soon discover that they have extraordinarily sensitive consciences. Those who have a desire to preserve their own skins and spend their lives in comfort and ease, need to be constantly remind that others are pouring out their life’s blood for their country, which is not without its conscientious cowards.
We have heard some of these latter profess to be so gentle that they “couldn’t kill a fly.” Poor things! The wonder is they ever grew up. Wives whose husbands have fought for their country in this supreme crisis in our history, and fathers and mothers whose sons are nobly ding their duty in the battle line, will read the paltry excuses of many “conscientious objectors” with feelings of indignation and disgust.
Saltaire Institute Society
An effort is to be made to revive the reputation which the Saltaire Institute (part of the Salt Schools Trust) formerly enjoyed for high-class educational and re-creative facilities. To that end a Saltaire Institute Society has been formed, with Sir Ellis Denby as president, and it is gratifying to know that the movement has won the cordial approval and support of the Salt family and of a number of prominent residents, including several who took an active interest in the work of this character carried on at the institute several years ago.
Lady Denby is forming a ladies committee to assist in the realisation of the objects of the society.
For obvious reasons the committee (which includes the local clergy and ministers, the chairman of the Shipley District Council and Education Committee) are not attempting anything in the nature of an extensive programme for the remainder of the present season. They have, however, made arrangements for two lectures, the net proceeds of which will be handed over to the Shipley Branch of Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild.
Mr Filson Young, the war correspondent and novelist, will give the first lecture on the “Navy in the Present War.”
The second lecture is arranged for Wednesday April 12th and will be given by the well- known writer and “Spy,” Mr William Queux, the subject of the lecture being, “The German Spy.”
The Institute Society has secured the services of two capable officials in Mr J Douglas Smith (who has been prominently connected with amateur operatic work in Bradford) as secretary and Mr E Clifford Fry as treasurer.
(Colin Coates: Mr Filson Young published the first book about the sinking of the RMS Titanic, called Titanic, published in 1912 only 37 days after the sinking.)
St Peters – 18 March 1916
Albert Jones, aged 23, mechanic, of 13 Ada Street Saltaire married Maggie Cash, aged 21, of 31 Whitlam Street, Saltaire.
Saltaire War Diary: 17 March 1916
A meeting of the Shipley Recruiting Tribunal was held on Friday evening at Somerset House, Councillor Thos. Hill (chairman) presided, and others present were Councillors F Rhodes, C E Learoyd, T F Doyle, and Mr Ernest Illingworth, together with Mr J A Burton, the military representative.
There were thirty-one cases for consideration, the bulk of which were unmarried men. The appeals were refused entirely in six cases, seven were postponed, four claims to be in certified occupations were allowed, three applications were put back to May 1, two to June 1, four to July 1 and five to August 1.
(Colin Coates: There were no cases from Saltaire in the report, although not all thirty-cases were reported on.)
Theft from Salt Schools
John Pickles, a Guiseley soldier, and a fifteen year old Windhill boy were charged at the West Riding Police Court, Bradford, on Monday with stealing two overcoats from the Salts Schools. Pickles was further charged with being absent from his regiment, the 11th West Riding.
It was stated that the coats belonged to two boys who attended the Salts School, and were stolen on Thursday afternoon last. One was valued at 35s, and was subsequently sold to a business man named Philip Cooper, who carries on business under the name of Winestone, in Saltaire Road, Shipley. And who stated that he gave 2s 6d for it. The other coat was found in the possession of the boy, who was wearing it. Two days prior to the theft the boy had sold his own overcoat to the man Cooper.
On being charged the boy said, “A soldier stole them, and he gave me this one.”
Both pleaded guilty, and it was stated that the boy had not previously given any trouble. He had, however, expressed a desire to join the Navy.
In reply to the Chairman, the boy said he met the soldier at Shipley. Pickles suggested that they should take the coats.
The Chairman asked the boy if he was prepared to stick to his work and behave himself in the future, but the lad replied that he did not want to go back to that class of work.
The father said that the lad wanted to join the Navy, and he was prepared to let him do so if the Bench set him at liberty.
The boy was bound over for twelve months and placed under the supervision of the Probation Officer.
It transpired that Pickles had been in the Army nineteen months. He had been sent as a member of an escort for another absentee, and instead of turning up absented himself.
He was committed to goal for one month for the theft of the coats, and at the expiration of the sentence was ordered to be handed over to the military authorities on the charge of being an absentee.
Cooper was reprimanded by the Chairman for giving such a small price an article which he must he must have known was worth much more. He must have known that the coat was worth 35s. On hearing this Cooper laughed, whereupon the Chairman of the bench observed: “You need not laugh; you might be found yourself in a difficult position. I hope you will take this as a warning.”
Fishing Match in the Aire
The Saltaire Angling Association held a fishing match on Saturday, under rather rough weather conditions, at the Baildon Bridge length of the Aire. The following were the prize winners:-
- J H Roberts, Bradford (13 ½ oz.) Silver medal heaviest fish
- J Bowe, Bradford (3 oz.)
- T Hartley, Shipley (2 ¾ oz.)
- H Thornton, Shipley (1 oz.)
The prizes were on the sweepstake system.
Billiards – Shipley and District League
Saltaire Institute, receiving 200 points, beat Idle Liberals, who received 125 points, 1230 to 1207 in the semi-final, played this week. Details as follows (Saltaire player first):-
F White 107 v A Stansfield 150
E Armitage 138 v A Simpson 150
F Stringer 150 v W Keighley 139
N Sanctuary 150 v H Russell 87
R Illingworth 150 v J Cordingley 123
H Jolley 102 v F Ryecroft 150
R Power 143 v J Briggs 150
A Thompson 90 v E Raistrick 133
11 March 1916 at St Peter Shipley
Arthur Roberts, 45, Widower, wool comber, Bingley married Hannah Stephenson (nee Illngworth), 51, widow, 32 Helen Street, Saltaire.
Saltaire War Diary: 10 March 1916
Appointment of Officers
The annual meeting of the Shipley West, South and Central Wards, Polling District Unionist Association was held last week. The reports for the year were adopted, and the following officials were appointed for the West Ward:-
Chairman – Mr J A Burton
Hon. Treasurer – Mr T H Cockshott
Hon. Secretary – Mr W H Bland
Hon. Auditor – Mr E C Fry
Delegate to the Shipley Division Unionist Association – Mr J A Burton
Delegates to the Shipley Unionist Association – Messrs. G H Eady and F B Parkinson
Delegates to the General Council – J E Kaye and J E Wilson.
(Colin Coates: Saltaire was in the West Ward.)
Prudential Agent’s “Annual”
The eighth annual tea and social, promoted by the Shipley Branch of the National Association of Prudential Agents was held last Thursday, when a company of about thirty agents, and their wives, took tea together at Messrs. Hardcastle and Frankland’s café in Saltaire.
(Author’s note – Misses Hardcastle and Frankland ran a confectionery business at 20 Bingley Road from c1903 to c1923. Since 2006 the building has been Lloyds Pharmacy.)
The Saltaire Wesleyans have again been fortunate in securing the services of perhaps the most popular preacher of their denomination – the Rev. Mark Guy Pearce of London. He preaches morning and evening next Sunday in the Saltaire Wesleyan Church, and gives his popular lecture on, “A bit of bread” on the Monday evening.
Owing to the exceptionally rough weather prevailing on Saturday, February 26th, the Saltaire Angling Association were unable to carry through their fishing contest. This match will now be held on Saturday, March 11th, at the advertised time and place.
Confectionery – Wanted Female Baker – Apply GH Wood, 57 Bingley Road, Saltaire
Letter to the Editor
(Published in the Yorkshire Post – Wednesday 8 March 1916)
Re Saltaire Mills
To the Editor of the Yorkshire Post
Sir, - Like many others who know Saltaire, I have been greatly interested in the correspondence you recently published regarding the future of the above mills. If they were closed this would be a calamity not only to Saltaire, but also to the nation, and every step should be taken to prevent it. May I therefore put forward the following suggestions:-
- That Sir James Roberts should see convincing evidence is produced to the Central Tribunal that his son Mr J H N Roberts is the acting responsible manager of the mills, and that, if Sir James is well, he and his son should appear in person in support.
- If the appeal is unsuccessful, that the whole of the workplace and inhabitants of Saltaire and district, the Shipley District Council, and the Bradford Chamber of Commerce, should present a petition to Sir James Roberts asking him to make strenuous efforts to carry on. Sir James is not only a captain of industry, but also a born organiser.
Certainly a large factory with resources almost unequalled in the North for dealing with materials in their rawest state on the railway and canal sides, and turning it out again, dyed, finished, and packed ready for home, Colonial, or foreign trade, should not be closed down in these days, - Yours, etc.
H Barker – Ripon, March 7, 1916.
| Saltaire War Diary: 3 March 1916
Tribunal – First open Meeting – Friday 25th February
The first meeting in public of the Shipley Recruiting Tribunal was held last Friday (25th February) at the District Council Offices (Somerset House). Councillor Thomas Hill (chairman) presided and other members of the Tribunal present were Councillors C E Learoyd, T F Doyle, F F Rhodes and Mr Ernest Illingworth. Mr J A Burton J.P. attended (military representative).
Twenty-two applications by or on behalf of men who had attested under Lord Derby’s scheme were considered. Of these, ten were refused, eight were granted postponements, and three were declared to be exempt through their being at present engaged in reserved occupations, whilst one application was withdrawn.
Appeals were made by Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co. Ltd., on behalf of Mr Joseph H N Roberts (described as managing director), Mr Harry Griffiths (chief clerk, and foreman in the worsted coating department), Mr James A Midgley, (designing room clerk) and Mr Percy G Baker (clerk of works).
Mr C H Briggs was present on behalf of the firm.
With respect to Mr Griffiths, the chairman said that the Tribunal had carefully considered the appeal but from the particulars given they were unable to find sufficient grounds to grant the application.
Mr Briggs: I am sorry to hear you say that Mr Chairman. This man is indispensable to us on the manufacturing side of the business. Several men have gone out of this department, and if Mr Griffiths is not allowed to remain, the business will be dislocated. I appeal to you to grant him exception. It takes some time to train a man for this particular work and we cannot put a woman in. Neither can we get a man to take his place. Mr Griffiths is present, and will answer any questions you care to put to him.
The Chairman: He is not the chief man in this department?
Mr Briggs: No, but one man cannot do everything.
The Chairman: There is a head of the department?
Mr Briggs: Yes, but he is not always at Saltaire. He goes to Bradford every day and has a multitude of other duties to perform. Therefore there must be someone to take up certain particular parts of his work.
The Chairman: The point that weighed with the Tribunal was that he was not the head of the department. Cannot you bring another man in to do his work or lift someone up into his position?
Mr Briggs: You cannot lift them up because we have not men to lift up.
The Chairman: How many men have you lost out of your department?
Mr Griffiths: Four out of a total of nine
Mr Burton: I do not find this man’s name in the list you supplied me with of men likely to require consideration. When did you discover that he would be indispensable?
Mr Briggs: The name had been overlooked, but we sent a special request to you afterwards.
The Chairman: I am very sorry that the tribunal cannot allow this appeal.
Mr Briggs remarked that if the company took a different view he supposed they would be able to make a further appeal. The Chairman replied that he understood there is a district tribunal, but the clerk (Mr I Lindow) will give you full particulars.
In regard to Mr James Arthur Midgley, Mr Briggs said the former held an important position, and the company could not well do without him.
The Chairman: How many men are there in the department?
Mr Midgley: There were nine, but three have already gone, three were called up under the Derby scheme, and one is awaiting orders from the Navy. I am the only one for whom the firm is appealing.
The Chairman: You have replaced these men with girl clerks. I suppose there will be a head of the department?
Mr Briggs: Mr Harry Roberts is the head of that department.
The Chairman: So that Midgley is in charge under Mr Roberts
Mr Briggs: Mr Harry Roberts wished me to especially his name. He appeals to you to grant this application.
Mr Burton: May I ask, are the circumstances likely to be easier in a month’s time than they are now?
Mr Briggs: I am afraid from the way in which you are handling these cases, the circumstances are going to be worse. You have got my back against the wall now, and I have to fight for these men because if we do not get them excused there is going to be a dead-lock in our business such as never ought to arise or be threatened. We must have somebody else to manage matters at corners or else, where are we going to be – I cannot tell you where.
Councillor Rhodes: There will be dislocation all round, Mr Briggs.
Mr Briggs: I was told that there is inconvenience all round.
The Chairman: In this case we appreciate the fact that this department has done a good deal to help the cause for which we are all fighting, and the Tribunal will grant the he should be put back to May 1st so that arrangements may be made in the meantime to ease the situation.
With respect to Mr P Gordon Baker, Mr Briggs said that the Tribunal had already received a good many particulars. With the Tribunals permission he would add some more facts.
The Chairman intimated that they were fully alive as to the man’s duties and while they admitted that he held an important position they were of the opinion that he could be replaced by a man who was ineligible for the Army.
Mr Briggs observed that that was hardly the proper way to look at the matter. In his opinion the man who occupied the position today was the best man and should be allowed to remain. “We should not be asked to go back” added Mr Briggs, “We want to go forward.”
The Chairman: We have a duty to perform and we are only following out our instructions. If the position can be filled by a man ineligible for the Army it should be so filled.
Mr Briggs: This man was put into his present position three years ago because he was a capable man
The Chairman: We know for a fact that a position such as he holds can be easily filled, temporarily by a component man.
Mr Briggs: I must differ from you with respect to it being easily filled.
Mr Illingworth: I should like to ask if they have a staff of mechanics at the mill.
Mr Briggs replied in the affirmative and at the same time, he would remind them they owned about 850 houses in addition to the mills, and it would take a man years to make himself familiar with the duties that are now being carried out by Mr Baker.
Mr Burton: But you must make an effort
Mr Briggs: We have made an effort.
Mr Burton said he was urged to impress upon everybody the need for personal service to the nation.
The application was refused.
The application on behalf of Mr Joseph Greenwood, (warehouseman in the Yarn Department at Sir Titus Salt Bart., Sons and Co. Ltd.) was withdrawn.
Mr Briggs said that Mr J H N Roberts was unable to appear personally as he had to go to London.
The Chairman: Mr Roberts must be fully acquainted with the Lord Derby scheme, and also with the fact that all available men are necessary. The Tribunal wonders what reason he had for thinking that the regulations under the Derby scheme did not apply to him.
Mr Briggs said that Mr Roberts was the managing director of the company, and also the manager of the wool department and the dress goods and linings department. He was of the opinion that Mr Roberts should be classified under the reserved occupations.
Councillor Rhodes: What do you mean by saying he is the manager of the wool warehouse?
Mr Briggs: He is the manager of that department.
Councillor Learoyd: There are men who do the work under him?
Mr Briggs: Yes
Councillor Rhodes: But that department would go on without him
Mr Briggs: No – Mr Harry Roberts is the manager practically of the whole concern, in his father’s absence.
Councillor Rhodes repeated that the department could go on as well without Mr Roberts.
Mr Briggs: I think you would not say so if you knew anything about it.
Councillor Rhodes: I know a good deal about it.
Councillor Learoyd suggested that Mr Roberts could scarcely be expected to be responsible for the various departments referred to by Mr Briggs.
Mr Briggs: Do not attempt to depreciate Mr Roberts in my presence!
Councillor Learoyd: There is no question of depreciation whatever. We are trying to get to the facts of the case. We are here to do our duty, and we have to be exceedingly careful. Mr Roberts is an attested man and there are lots of people watching this case. That remark was uncalled for.
Mr Briggs: I beg your pardon if I have made a mistake.
The Chairman: You have put on your appeal form that he is in a reserved occupation.
Mr Briggs: Well I thought, being so closely in touch with the wool trade, he might be designated as such.
The Chairman: We cannot trace his position amongst the reserved occupations.
Mr Burton: If he had been described as the head of the wool sorting he might have come within the list.
Mr Briggs: If a mistake has been made in the wording, there remains the means of amending it. Undoubtedly he is the head of the wool department, the dress goods and lining department, and spinning.
Councillor Rhodes: It is utterly impossible for one man to be the head of all those departments.
The Chairman: What proportion of the managers in the employ of the firm, have joined the colours.
Mr Briggs: We have none; they are nearly all over military age.
The Chairman: The application is refused.
Mr Briggs: The clerk must take our notice to appeal against your decision. I must tell you gentleman that you are seriously interfering with the management of our business in taking the line of action you have done. You cannot make a managing director out of anybody.
Councillor Learoyd: I think these remarks should not be allowed
Mr Burton: You cannot address the Tribunal now after they have given their decision.
Mr Briggs: Very well sir.
A “cramper” at Sir Titus Salt Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., applied to be put back for domestic reasons, stating that he was the only support of an aged aunt, the latter being in receipt of the old age pension.
Mr Burton: You are asking the Tribunal to exempt you from being called up as a soldier because your absence would cause great distress and trouble to your relative?
The Cramper: Yes
Mr Burton: If you joined the Army and paid your aunt 6d. a day, she would receive a grant from the government of 9s. – It is a question whether I could allow her 6d. per day.
The application was refused.
Tribunal – Thursday 2nd March
A meeting of the Shipley Military Tribunal was held last night (Thursday 2nd March), at Somerset House. Councillor Thomas Hill (chairman) presided, and in addition to the clerk (Mr I Lindow) were Councillors F Rhodes, C E Learoyd, T F Doyle, and Mr Ernest Illingworth.
The Clerk said that he had received the following letter, under date Feb 28th, from the firm of Sir Tuts Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd.,-
“Dear Sir, - I have to say that no further appeals will be made to your Tribunal for reservations in regard to names submitted to you on the 21st February, being the fourth lot of groups. I am instructed by senior principal to say that these works will be closed as soon as possible after Mr J H N Roberts has gone (as he is summoned to report himself at Keighley on the 8th March), as he – my senior principal – does not feel equal to carry on this undertaking alone. The strain would be unbearable.
We have been asked by the Board of Trade to do what was possible to keep up our export trade, and with this object in mind our Russia representative returned to Russia at the end of December and orders are being sent on by him regularly, which we cannot execute, and we are recalling him. The same remarks applies to our Buenos Aires representative. It is impossible for us to continue trading if our office, and particularly our shipping clerks are withdrawn. – Yours faithfully C H Briggs, Sec. Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd.
After that letter, proceeded the clerk, he received notices of appeal to go to the Central Appeal Tribunal to object to the decision of the Shipley Tribunal. The appeals were in respect of Mr J H N Roberts, Mr P Gordon Baker and Mr James Arthur Midgley. In the case of the first two, the Tribunal refused exemption, whilst in regard to the other he was granted exemption until May 1st. He had that day, in respect of those appeals, received the following letter from Sir James Roberts, Bart. :-
Milner Field, Bingley March 2nd, 1916
Dear Mr Lindow, - I was asked this morning if I had any objection to the letter written by Mr Briggs on the 28th ult. going into the newspapers. Not having seen the letter since it was written, I had not a clear idea of its contents, and I sent word to the mill asking for a copy, which I have before me.
Since that was written a notice of appeal has been given, and should the decision of your Tribunal be upheld, the letter will again apply. It must not be thought that the decision to close down has been lightly come to. It has taken too many years of laborious effort to build up a business like ours for that to be the case.
There is no unwillingness on my son’s part to serve. Early on in the war he pressed me hard to consent to his enlistment. I pointed out to him that that was impossible, that if I could not have my frequent holidays in Scotland I could not do my work, and if he were not at Saltaire the business would have to shut down.
I was warned two years ago by Dr Brein Russell that I must take my holidays if I wished to continue long in business, and at the same time he told me that humanly speaking I could with care expect a long life. I said I was anxious to live, to bridge over the interval until my two grandsons could take a hand in my business. If this prospect was removed, one of the main incentives would be gone.
You must not take this appeal that it is to be made as being made by my son. It is being made for my benefit, for the benefit of Saltaire, and of the country. My son says that two members of your Tribunal are West Ward, and therefore Saltaire representatives on the District Council and he assumes that in voting against exemption in his case, they consider that they are acting in accordance with desires of the Saltaire people. I think we have shown no disinclination to do our bit.
At the beginning of the war when we were on short time, we intimated that the rent collector would not be paying any calls, and no arrears of rent would accrue. We promised that in cases where heads of families were in service, the income of the family would be maintained. Since October 1914, my place in Scotland has been given over to the reception of wounded soldiers at my own entire cost.
Mr Briggs’ letter of the 28th ult. looks rather bald. I am informed that its contents were widely known within an hour or two after it was written. You may cause that letter to be published if you think any useful object is to be attained, but if you do, let the contents of this letter be published along with it in their entirety.
I learned of the decision of your Tribunal with much surprise, as Mr Burton had told me that the Advisory Committee (including himself) were unanimous that my son’s was a case for exemption.
I ought to have been present at the Guildhall meeting yesterday, but instead I was forced home by ominous premonitions of pneumonia. I have read the speeches made there, through the whole of which the importance is insisted upon, not only of providing the men, but of keeping up our industries.
The necessity of closing down at Saltaire I contemplate with horror, the loss would be enormous, to me and others, and I need hardly say that physical limitations are the only ones that could cause this step to be taken. What I wish to do is to clear myself of responsibility for taking such a step.
Yours very truly, JAMES ROBERTS
P.S. – I am rather tired with writing this letter – too tired to take a copy of it. May I ask you to be good enough to let me have a typed copy.
The Clerk added that copies of the first letter had been sent to the London Authorities, but no reply had yet been received.
Councillor Learoyd observed that the receipt of the letters did not affect that Tribunal at all. They had made their decision according to the evidence placed before them and to the best of their judgement, and the matter was finished so far as they were concerned.
Councillor Rhodes said that if there was an appeal to the Central Tribunal it would be necessary for the Tribunal to state on the application form the reasons for their refusal of the application at Shipley.
The Clerk: These appeals are here, and this Tribunal before separating tonight will have to decide upon the reasons for the decision before the reasons for the decision before these forms can be sent to London.
The Chairman: I take it that after all the talk there has been, these two letters should be published.
Councillor Learoyd: I take it they will be published.
Councillor Rhodes: There is no objection.
Councillor Rhodes: The letters have nothing to do with our work, and when that is done our responsibility finishes.
Councillor Rhodes: We have no power to reconsider anything now.
Councillor Learoyd: We have no power nor any desire.
Councillor Rhodes: Even if we had, we have no power.
Councillor Learoyd: There was no dissentient voice. The Tribunal was absolutely unanimous in arriving at the decision.
The Chairman: I quite agree with what Councillor Learoyd says. We have done our work to the best of our ability, and we cannot undo it now. The letters have now been read, and I propose that they be handed to the Press.
Councillor Rhodes: I second that with pleasure.
The Chairman: That they be given to the Press to do what they like with them.
Councillor Rhodes: I think they ought to be handed over. It makes no difference to us what the Press do with them.
Shipley Times Editorial – Don’t Bully the Tribunal
Those who were present at the first open meeting of the Shipley Recruiting Tribunal, on Friday evening, must have been struck with the thought that there is a right and a wrong way of stating a case.
These tribunals are constituted by Parliament for dealing with claims for exemption and by those who go before them they should be regarded in the same light as are a judge and jury in a Court of Assize, and should be treated accordingly. It should also be borne in mind that attempts to brow beat or bully a court of this kind generally recoil on the heads of those who resort to such methods. People who honestly feel they are entitled to exemption on personal or business grounds, or because they are engaged on work of national importance, should confine themselves to evidence in support of their claims, and not make comment which is calculated to discredit the bona-fides of the Tribunal.
At the next sitting the Tribunal will have a large number of claims for exemption, including several men who have conscientious objections to fighting the enemy. These are the first cases of the kind, which the Tribunal have had to deal with, and it will be interesting for the public to know what attitude the Tribunal take on this exceedingly difficult question. All other cases are considered by the military representative before being sent to the Tribunal, but these are dealt with by the Tribunal itself, and decided upon evidence which the appellants can adduce that their objections are genuine, and not adopted merely for the purpose of securing relief from military service.
(NB Colin Coates: In a report in the Yorkshire Post, dated Mar 1916, it stated that Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., paid £10, 000 annually in rates to the local council. This would be worth c£800,000 in 2016).
Shipley Soldiers Comforts Fund
The concert which was held at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Wednesday evening in aid of the Shipley Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts’ Fund was, from a musical point of view a great success, but the audience was by no means commensurate with the high quality of music provided.
The promoters had been fortunate in securing the gratuitous services of an accomplished band of artists, and it is to be regretted that the goodwill of the performers was not more amply rewarded by a larger attendance.
Organist wanted for Windhill Spiritual Church and School; state terms –
Apply to Mr Kitchen, 7 Mary Street, Saltaire.
Parkinson – On the second inst. At 3 Albert Road, Saltaire, Ernest Parkinson, the youngest son of Frank Buxton Parkinson and Sabina Parkinson, in his 18th year. Internment at Nab Wood Cemetery, March 4th at 2 o’clock.
(Authors note - 3 Albert Road is now re-numbered as No 5).
Saltaire War Diary: 25 February 1916
Shipley Recruiting Tribunal
The first open meeting of the Shipley Recruiting Tribunal is to be held tonight at Somerset House, under the presidency of Councillor Thomas Hill (chairman of the Shipley District Council).
Twenty-two applications for postponement of military service will be dealt with, and for the first time the Tribunal has the power either to grant absolute exemption or to exempt men service until definite dates.
All the claims except two are made by the men’s employers, and the occupations represented in addition to the textile industry, include shop assistants (butcher, tobacconist, grocer), painters, farmers, clerks and dentistry.
Local Soldiers Promotion
The news of the promotion to Sergeant of Allan Walsh, R.R.A., who, before the war resided with his wife at 4 Fern Place, Saltaire, will be welcome news to his numerous friends in the district. He enlisted at the outbreak of the war and went to France in July, 1915.
So far he not sustained the slightest injury. His promotion to sergeant was exceedingly popular with the men of his company, and, as an instance of the affectionate relationship which exists between the men and himself, in a recent letter to his wife, Sergeant Walsh said that he had received an offer of the rank of Quartermaster Sergeant in another company, but so insistent were the men that he should remain with his old comrades, that he had decided to refuse the proffered appointment and stay where he was. So delighted were the men that in order to demonstrate their gratification they made a collection amongst themselves and with the money raised brought a handsome signet ring, bearing the R.F.A. crest and presented it to Sergeant Walsh. The latter in his letter, adds that the present will be valued as one of his most treasured possessions as long as he lives.
He has recently been in a rest camp behind the firing line, but expresses the hope that he will soon go forward again, as he prefers the actual fighting to the monotony of the camp. He is shortly expecting to come over to this country on leave. Sergeant Walsh was only married shortly before going to France.
The numerous friends of Mr Arthur Gregory (of Lytham), formerly secretary of Saltaire Cricket Club, will be pleased to hear that he is progressing surely if slowly. Arthur has had a hard time of it, and once it was feared that he would be unable to pull through.
He has just gone into the country to recuperate. That he may soon be restored to health and strength is the sincere wish of all who know him. In a letter which we have received from him, Mr Gregory, who is Assistant Traffic Manager for the West Lancashire District (General Post Office), says that after his “rest,” he hopes to be able to continue his “innings,” and not to be “out” for many years to come.
The monthly meeting of the Board of Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held on Wednesday night, at the Hospital. Councillor C E Learoyd presided in the absence of Mr B Allsop (chairman). The others present were, Mr E L Baumann, Mr Walker Cryer, Mr T Kendall, and Mr F Lister.
The monthly report stated that there had been 69 out-patients, and eleven in-patients at the beginning of the month, nineteen had since been admitted, making a total of thirty. The number of patients discharged was twenty-five and at the time of the meeting there were five in the hospital.
The following donations were sent: Messrs J Parkinson and Son, £10; Bradford Dyers Association, £5 5s. and a number of rabbits from Mr Crabtree, of Burnsall.
St Pauls Shipley - 19 February - William Haworth, a fitter aged 28, of 5 Rhodes Street Saltaire married Lucy Birch Bamforth, aged 25, of Staveley Grange.
St Peters Shipley – 21 February – William Johnson, a driver in the Royal Field Artillery aged 24, of 37 Caroline Street Saltaire married Sarah Elsie Wakefield aged 24, of 6 Lockwood Street Saltaire.
22 February – Hirst Wood – May Smith, aged 24, of 16 Jane Street Saltaire
Brook – In loving memory of Thomas Brook, who departed this life Feb 24th 1915.
He is gone, he is gone to the regions of light;
He was with us last year, but in heaven tonight.
To part with my father was a trial severe,
Yet he is far better off with Jesus than here.
From his daughter, 16 Whitlam Street, Saltaire
| Saltaire War Diary: 18 February 1916
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Girls High School
In aid of the local War Relief Fund, the pupils of the Girls’ High school, Saltaire, are engaged in the preparations of a dramatic and musical entertainment entitled, “The Sea Power of England” (by Lady Stachey), which will be produced shortly.
Shipley Textile Society
The next meeting of the Society will be held in the Technical Schools on Monday February 21st, when a lecture will be given by Mr T Barrett (of the Bradford Technical College). The subject will be, “Pencil and Brush in Textile Design.”
Chair to be taken at 7.30pm by Mr W Popplestone (Director of Education).
The meeting is free and open to the public.
Company Orders for week ending Sunday February 27th 1916
Saturday Feb 19th – General parade, Albert Road, 2.15pm
Sunday Feb 20th – Church parade to St Peter’s (a good attendance is requested), Albert Road 10am
Monday Feb 21st – 1) Platoon No 1, Otley Road, 8pm; 2) Platoon No 2, Rifle Range, 7.30pm; 3) Signallers Section, Albert Road, 7.45pm.
Tuesday Feb 22nd – 1) Platoon No 3, Albert Road, 8pm; 2) Derby Recruits, Albert Road, 8pm.
Wednesday Feb 23rd – 1) Shooting (for all members), Rifle Range, 7.30pm; 2) Signallers’ Section, Albert Road, 7.45pm; 3) Military Council, Albert Road, 8pm; 4) Band Practice, Albert Road, 8.15pm.
Thursday Feb 24th – 1) Platoon No 1, Rifle Range, 7.30pm; 2) Platoon No 2, Albert Road, 8pm; 3) Derby Recruits, Albert Road, 8pm.
Friday Feb 25th – Platoon No 3, Rifle Range, 7.30pm.
Saturday Feb 26th – No parade.
Sunday Feb 27th – General parade, Albert Road, 10am
By Order – F Rhodes.
| Saltaire War Diary: 11 February 1916
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Local Lads Doing Their Bit
Mrs Sam Bower of 10 Maddocks Street Saltaire has five sons and two son-in-laws serving in the Army. The second son, Private Gordon Bower, enlisted in October 1915 in the 1st 6th West Yorkshire Regiment, and a week ago he went to France. Private Harold Bower, the third son, who is in the 2nd 6th West Yorkshire Regiment is at present in training. He enlisted in October 1915.
Private George Bower who is serving with the 2nd 6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and is in training. He enlisted in December of 1914. Private R Roebuck (son-in-law) is in France serving with the Army Service Corps. He enlisted in October of 1914. Private S Hardcastle (son-in-law) is in the 1st 6th West Yorkshire Regiment. He enlisted in November 1914. For several months he has been at the front, where he has had many exciting experiences. Some time ago he was wounded and on his recovery he was sent to Mansfield.
Mrs Bower’s other sons, Mr S Bower and Mr John Bower, have attested under Lord Derby’s scheme.
(Author’s note – I can find no record of S. Bower. The 1911 census states there only four brothers.)
Notification of Tuberculosis
Mr Jennings Alderson (chairman), presided at the monthly meeting of the Shipley District Insurance Committee last Thursday evening at the Saltaire Institute. A resolution had been passed at the previous meeting urging that cases of tuberculosis should be notified to the insurance committee as well as to the local public health authorities, and at Thursday’s meeting a letter was read from the county committee stating that this suggestion could only be carried out into effect as a result of further legislation. The Chairman remarked that the resolution of the Shipley Committee asked the county authority to take the necessary steps to secure legislative action.
Dr Firth (Baildon) said it was compulsory for practitioners to notify to medical officers cases of pulmonary tuberculosis. There were however, various other forms of the disease. Doctors did not receive any fee for the notifications of births, and they were inclined to object to the tendency of the authorities to increase their clerical work.
Alderman H Dunn observed that medical officers of health should supply to the insurance committee copies of the notifications received from the doctors who were attending the cases.
It was decided to communicate further with the county committee on the subject, urging that the legislation was necessary.
“Olde English Faire at Saltaire”
Patriotic “At Homes” were held at the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday Schools on Friday and Saturday under the style of the “Old English Faire.”
In addition to helping the general fund in Shipley for the provision of comforts for local soldiers and sailors, the ladies associated with the three Wesleyan Churches in the (Saltaire, Shipley, and Hall Royd) districts are sending gifts to the men from these churches who have joined the forces. It was with the purpose of assisting the fund for the latter purpose, and also the British Red Cross Society that the “Faire” was organised.
The opening ceremony was performed on Friday evening by Lady Denby. Mr S Harland presided and was supported by Sir Ellis Denby, the Rev. David Ashby, and the Rev W B Pattinson.
The opening ceremony for Saturday had been well arranged and from a spectators point of view exceedingly pretty indeed. The actual opening was daintily performed by Miss Mary Roberts (elder daughter of the late Mr B F Roberts, and of Mrs Roberts, The Knoll, Baildon), and Miss Doreen Constantine.
An interesting feature of the ceremony was the procession on to the platform of about forty young children, each of whom handed to Miss Roberts a small donation in aid of the object of the “Faire.” Contributions were added by the “chairman” and Miss Roberts, and with evident the latter announced that the children’s offering amounted to £12.
The stalls were well patronised and they realised an amount of £120.
Mr Henry Stolworthy, a member of the North Bierley Board of Guardians, who resides at 49 Caroline Street, Saltaire, has just (7th February) suffered the loss of his wife. The sympathy of his large circle of friends and acquaintances, will go out to him at this period of sadness.
Eliza Dewhirst, aged 70, of 22 Titus Street in Saltaire, 9th Feb at St Paul’s Shipley.
| Saltaire War Diary: 4 February 1916
There are two generations of the family of Mr William Campbell, postmaster at Saltaire, serving their country in the war. Son Thomas, and his two sons, Fred and Tom, are all doing their bit in trying to defeat the enemy.
Sapper Thomas Campbell, although over 50 years of age, joined the forces on the outbreak of the war, and he is now serving on the Continent in the signalling section of the Royal Engineers. He is a native of Saltaire and before joining the forces was engaged in the Telegraphic Department of the Leeds Post Office. He is a crack billiards player, and has shown his exceptional abilities in this connection even since he went to France.
Sapper Fred Campbell, who is 20 years old, is also in the signalling section of the Royal Engineers. Before the outbreak of the war he was a telegraphist of the staff of the “Leeds Mercury.” He learnt telegraphy with his grandfather, and while living in Shipley was a companion of Corporal Driver, who has been awarded the D.C.M. In a letter to his mother, Sapper Campbell, gives a vivid account of the trying times experienced in the Sulva Bay evacuation. He says:-
“I am writing this letter in a very awkward position. No doubt before you receive this you will have read of the “Evacuation of Sulva Bay”. The bay was my base from the first day I arrived on the Peninsula (12th October) until the never to be forgotten night of the 19th and 20th of December. My experiences during this time were somewhat varied, but suffice to say my last night in Gallipoli will be put down as one of my red letter days.
About a fortnight before the evacuation I was appointed to join the Brigade on Chocolate Hill. Now Chocolate Hill had suffered more casualties than any other particular point along our front – the signal office had been blown in once. You can imagine I felt a little nervy on my way to my new post. My chum, Heller, and myself were relieving two divisional men working the Brigade Divisional Headquarters line. We arrived all right, though of course we had to go through the usual excitement of dodging stray bullets and snipers. We had a guide who knew the road perfectly so we don’t mind much. But I must confess the bullets were a little too lively, whizzing past our heads or our sides. I had very little sleep the first night on Chocolate Hill.
As the next fortnight gradually wore on, the rumours increased regarding an evacuation of Sulva. We often argued in the signal office how it would be done, and who would be left behind until the end to keep up communication. As the time drew near, and things were more or less settled, my chum and I arranged to toss for who should stay behind. The man who went ahead had a two and half hours start of the others, so would have a very good chance of getting clear if anything did happen.
Well, we tossed and I lost, so I had to stay behind to the very last. Everything arranged, it came to the last night. At eleven o’clock the majority of the troops left, leaving a few men to hold the whole line. Just fancy! A few men holding a Turkish army on a front of five or more miles. Two of us, a battalion operator and myself, in the office about 600 yards from the firing line, with our officer. This was the situation for two and half hours, everything was quiet! Not a rifle shot was heard, unless it was that of an occasional sniper. The Turks seemed to have become quiet as ourselves. Every now and then I would look up at the watch. At 1.30 am we were to leave, never have I known time to go so slowly. The battalion operator and I would talk and smoke to keep ourselves alive.
At last the O.C. arrived, ‘Everything quiet Campbell?’ ‘Yes sir; all quiet on our front’. ‘Right! Let the division know’. This done we broke communication with our neighbouring brigade. ’Now, Campbell, let the Division know we are closing down’ ‘Right, sir’. You can imagine how pleased I was to pack my set ready for starting. At last we said ‘good-bye’ to the officer. After cutting the line we met our O.C. at the bottom of the hill. So I can say I was one of the last two British soldiers on Chocolate Hill. Everything went off splendidly. We got away without a single casualty, unless you count a man hit on the head by a stray bullet a casualty; he was just behind me. The march down to the boat nearly killed me. I hope I shall never have another like it. After knocking about from one place to another we are now resting, and a well-earned rest too. I do hope it is some time before we go into action again”
While a member of the Airedale Cycling Club Mr William Campbell secured second prize in a 30 mile race, when 72 years of age. This was a marvellous feat for the old gentleman considering his years.
Sergeant W S Marshall, of the second Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, elder son of Mr and Mrs Marshall of 29 Whitlam Street, Saltaire, has been missing since November 11th 1914. He was a reservist and was called up on the outbreak of the war.
The last letter his wife received from him was dated November 5th 1914 at which time he was in good health. This week word has been received from the authorities that no further news had been received concerning him, and that he had not been traced as a prisoner of war.
Sergeant Marshall formerly resided at 30 Bishop Street, Manningham. His wife is at present living at 8 Buxton Street, Manningham.
His brother, Harold, is in the navy.
Saltaire Youths with the Colours
Two sons of Mr and Mrs John Gregory, of Victoria Rd., Saltaire, are in the Army. The youngest son Private Norman K Gregory enlisted in the Bradford “Pals” and is a former member of the office staff at Messrs. Driver Bros., (of Silsden). He has some thrilling experiences during the voyage from this country to Egypt.
The second son, Private Gilbert Gregory, enlisted in September of 1914, in the 16th West Yorkshire Regiment. Prior to enlisting he was employed at Bradford by the National Telephone Company.
The eldest son, Mr Arthur Gregory is not we are sorry to say in the enjoyment of good health. He was formerly secretary of the Saltaire Cricket Club for which organisation he rendered yeoman service. Up to being stricken down by illness four months ago, he was employed by the National Telephone Company as assistant manager for the Western Lancashire District.
Mrs S A Green of 12 Whitlam Street, Saltaire, has three sons and a son in law serving in the army.
Private A E Green who is in the 1st 6th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment is home on short leave. He enlisted in August of 1914, and went to the front in April of 1915. He has been in hospital for sixteen weeks suffering from rheumatic fever. At present he is having a well-earned rest at home.
Private Charlie Green enlisted in November of 1914, in the Royal Field Artillery. He is now in a hospital in Sheffield.
Bandsman Willie Green enlisted on the same date as his brother Charlie, and he is now in training at Wareham. He is a member of the band of the 12th Worcesters.
Mrs Green’s son-in-law, Private Arthur Kitchen, enlisted in November of 1915 in the Seaforth Highlanders. He is training at Ripon.
The Amateur Thespian Society are to produce “The Yeoman of the Guard” at the Saltaire Institute during the week commencing Feb 14th.
The society was formed in 1913 and originated with the St Paul’s Young Men’s Association. In the year they played “The Pay of the Pied Piper,” whilst last year they played “Iolanthe.” Since its formation the society has made great progress. The president is Mr F Rhodes, and Mr W Ward is the secretary and treasurer. On this occasion, the proceeds will be for the local charities.
An interesting event in connection with the Volunteer movement at Shipley took place in a field adjoining the grounds of Ferniehurst, Baildon, the residence of Mg G C Waud, on Saturday, when the Shipley Volunteers were formally “taken over” by the 3rd Battalion Bradford Volunteers.
About 300 of the Bradford members of the Battalion paraded with the Shipley Company, which was 160 strong, opposite the latter’s headquarters, the Albert Road School, Saltaire, and headed by the Shipley Brass Band, and the battalion’s drum and bugle band, proceeded
to Ferniehurst. A considerable number of “Derby” recruits who been drilling with the volunteers in Bradford and Shipley joining the procession.
At the meeting of the district Recruiting Tribunal, on Monday night, 16 men were granted postponement of service, 12 were found to be in reserved occupation, and instructions were given for 25 to be notified that their written statements were not regarded as satisfactory, but that they may appear personally in support of their application if they wish. In only one case was a definite refusal recorded.
Lady Denby is to open the “At Home” at the Saltaire Wesleyan Church tonight. The proceeds are to be distributed between the Shipley Wesleyan Soldiers’ Fund and the Red Cross Society. Both Lady Denby and Sir Ellis are keenly interested in all the local work for the soldiers but more particularly in the efforts of the Shipley Wesleyan Soldiers’ Fund Committee.
29 January 1916 at St Pauls Shipley
Arthur Henry Long, 29, master painter of 2 Birkland Terrace in Shipley married Nora Boocock, 28, of 10 Mawson Street in Saltaire.
29 January 1916 at St Peters Shipley
Robert John Thompson Middleton Rutherford, 25, clerk of 21 Shirley Street in Saltaire married Ethel Moore, 25 of 11 Katherine Street in Saltaire.
| Saltaire War Diary: 28 January 1916
Saltaire Soldier’s Thrilling Experience
Private Norman K Gregory of the 16th West Yorkshire Regiment, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Gregory of Victoria Road, Saltaire, has written to a friend relating his experiences during the voyage from this country in Egypt. He says:-
“It is the evening of Christmas Day, and I wish I could just transport you to where I am. It is a real education and I cannot help thinking that after all it is but a dream.
We arrived here last Tuesday (21 December 1915), I cannot tell you where I am but we are in tents on a big tract of sand. The sand is a comfortable bed, yet a great nuisance. We have to tie cloths around our rifles and even then the sand gets through somehow or another. Naturally we ate a large amount of it too.
Our sea voyage was a trifle too anxious and exciting for my liking. I was seasick for about three days in the Bay of Biscay, and had a sort of throw-me-over-board feeling. After I recovered I enjoyed the life until we cut a 3,000 ton steamer in two. The accident occurred about midnight and it was anything but pleasant waking up to that. We rescued most of the people on board, and I thought at first we were going down. Chased by submarines! How does that sound? It is a fact, I can assure you. We sent a shell into one of them, and were rewarded by a torpedo, which missed us by about 10 yards, thank goodness!
We called at Malta on the way here, but we were not allowed to land. It looked picturesque enough and was my first scene of the Oriental. However, we are ready for anything and I feel in the best of health, which is a good thing.
It is winter here and the natives are cold, but for us it is as hot as a midsummer day; if anything the sun is more powerful, so I don’t know what it will be like when summer does come. Down near to where we are encamped it is a fascinating sight to see the open-air cafes, etc. I have seen all kinds of nationalities, but I don’t care much for the Arabs.
We are not allowed in the native quarter, nor do I possess a desire to go there. I suppose we shall have a good deal to go through, in the course of which, I might enhance my knowledge and broaden my views of life.
We had a first class dinner on Christmas Day considering the circumstances. We had stew, Christmas pudding (cold), oranges, apples, dates and figs etc., - a right tuck in. We are hoping that next Christmas will find us back at home.”
Saltaire Institute as a Cinema Theatre
The proposal to establish a cinema theatre at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire has collapsed. The West Riding County Council (the licensing authority) required structural alterations estimated to cost £800 (value c£65k in 2016), and the special committee of the Shipley Council appointed to negotiate with the Imperial Animated Picture Company, who were anxious to lease the hall, are not prepared to recommend to the Council the expenditure of that sum.
The alterations included:-
New exits would have to be provided.
The side galleries could not be used unless exits into Exhibition Road were made.
The west gallery would have to be underdrawn with 6ins of concrete.
Alterations to the seating would be necessary.
Councillor Cowgill (chairman of the Libraries Committee) stated that critics of the scheme came from “a circumscribed quarter of the town” and that these critics should now be prepared to suggest other means of preventing the place from being a burden upon the rates.
The annual supper promoted by the men associated with the Saltaire Congregational Church and Sunday school took place on Saturday evening when a large number partook of the repast.
Those who presided over the tables were Mrs Pringle, Mrs W Bayliffe, Mrs Hustler, Mrs Stobart, Miss Jessop, Miss Margeson, Miss Witts, Miss Harris, Miss F Bayliffe, Miss Sutcliffe, Miss Spiers, Miss Bray, Miss Riley and Miss Harrison.
The following members of the 1st Saltaire Troop of Boy scouts under Drummer G Glover rendered valuable assistance. Privates J Dennison, E Exley, W Wade, H Whitham, F Stellings, J Hustler and O Hustler.
Subsequently a toast list interspersed with vocal and instrumental items was gone through under the presidency of the Rev P Drummond Pringle (pastor). Others present were Mr J W Sowden, Mr Thomas Whiteley, Mr Walter Popplestone, Mr Nathaniel Clark, Mr C A Pollard, Mr P G Wilson, Mr B Laycock, Mr H Williamson, Mr S Illingworth and Mr Wilfred Bayliffe.
Mr Wilfrid Bayliffe submitted the toast of the “Sunday School,” devoting his remarks mainly to the subject of the Young Men Class of which he is secretary. He said that fifty of their young men had enlisted, and they were expecting shortly to have their members further depleted. Three of their members had been killed – Driver Sam Shackleton, Corporal Joe Stead and Private Sam Spencer.
He (the speaker) was convinced that the young men would come back from the war with quite a different conception of life, and would put much more enthusiasm into the work of the school.
The class had been remarkably well served during the past year by such able leaders as Mr C A Pollard and Mr F G Wilson who deserved great credit for their endeavours to maintain interest in the class. The young men were proud of their leaders and hoped to have their services for years for many years to come.
Salts Hospital Board
The monthly meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held at the Saltaire Hospital on Wednesday evening. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presiding, and the other members were present Mrs Salt, Miss Dunn, Mr E L Baumann, Mr W Cryer, Councillor A Gill, Councillor John Pitts and Mr T Kendall.
It was stated that there were eleven in-patients at the hospital at the present time, and there had been fourteen operations performed during the month.
The following subscriptions had been received:-
Sir Titus Salts Ltd - £21
Midland Railway Company - £25 5s
Independent Order of Oddfellows (M.U.), Shipley District - £5 5s
North Bierley Guardians - £2 2s
Postmaster, Shipley (gains and fines) – 12s 6d
Misses Knott (thanks-offering) – 10s
Employees Charlestown Combing Co Ltd - £5
Employees Baildon Combing Co Ltd - £2 4s 10d
Employees Scott Engineering Co Ltd - £2 4s 6d
The weavers at Saltaire Mills - £1 3s 4d
Employees of Lee and Crabtree - £1 2s 6d
The Midland Railway Engineering Dept. - £1 1d
Employees of J R Fyfe and Co – 15s
Employees of the Shipley Urban District Council (Gas Dept.) – 11s 8d
Saltaire Congregational Church - £1 11s
A letter was read from Mrs Fyfe, resigning her position of Governor owing to indifferent health. A resolution was passed to the effect that the Governors received the resignation with much regret and thanked Mrs Fyfe for her services during many years.
Two presentations took place on Monday night at the Saltaire Congregational Sunday school. The members of the choir gave to Mr Geo Sutcliffe (organist and choirmaster), on the occasion of his leaving to take up a similar post at the Salem Congregational Church, Manningham, a handsome French clock (suitably inscribed). The gift was handed to Mr Sutcliffe by Mr N Clarke, who voiced the good wishes of the choir for the recipient’s future success. Mr F Dracup spoke in a somewhat similar strain, and Mr Surcliffe made a neat little speech in accepting the present.
Mr Robert Gill, who has been a member of the choir for forty years, was also presented with a cake stand by his colleagues as a mark of appreciation for his long services. The veteran vocalist was heartily congratulated on the way in which he had stuck to the choir and the hope was expressed that he would live long to enjoy the use of the gift.
Mr Gill is popular not only amongst local musicians but also in sporting circles. So long has he been scorer of the Saltaire club that he is regarded by the members as indispensable.
Pioneer-Sergeant Samuel Thomas Green of the 8th Battalion West Riding Regiment, who was wounded in action at the Dardanelles on August 21st last has arrived at his home, 13 Rhodes Street, and has had a very hearty reception by his numerous reception.
Workers Educational Association
The first of a series of ten lectures to be delivered under the auspices of the Workers Educational Association, by Mr G W Gibson, M.A. (of Halifax), on “The Growth of Democracy in Europe since 1815,” was given last Thursday evening at the Technical School.
Superior Useful Help or Nurse-Housemaid, fond of children; maid to do rough work; washerwoman; age, wage, reference – Mrs Sharp, 1 Myrtle Place, Saltaire.
| Saltaire War Diary: 21 January 1916
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The Saltaire weaving overlookers had their annual supper and concert on Friday at the Victoria Hotel. After a substantial repast, songs glees, duets etc. were rendered by Messrs P Seddon, H Sutcliffe, F Bradshaw, W Holroyd and H Holmes.
Mr A Whitham who presided, proposed the loyal toast, and said that as a result of the war the nation and the Throne had been welded more closely together than they had ever been before. The toast was proposed by Mr W Storey, who had said that although passing through strenuous times he was pleased to say the firm had a year of unbroken prosperity.
Altogether a very enjoyable evening was spent.
The annual meeting of the Saltaire Institute Club was held on Wednesday evening at the Saltaire Institute. Prior to the meeting, Mr E C Fry (chairman of the committee) entertained the members of the Free Libraries Committee of the District Council and the officials of the club to tea. Mr Fry presided at the meeting which followed.
In presenting the annual report and balance sheet, Mr F White (hon. sec. and treasurer) said that there was a decrease in membership of ten. There were 122 members, and in all probability this number would decrease still further during the present year. Twenty four members had joined Hi Majesty’s Forces, and out of that number two had obtained commissions after serving in the ranks, namely Second Lieutenant A R Jukes and Second Lieutenant T R Ibbetson. The committee heartily congratulated both of them upon their promotion.
The usual billiard handicaps had been played, and the club had only lost one match up to the present in the Shipley Billiard League, and were hoping to carry off the cup this year.
The club had been in existence about eight years, and during that time £315 had been handed over to the council from the profits. The amount paid in rent was £80, and in addition a new billiard table was bought at a cost of £57 to replace one taken for the use of the members of the Fire Brigade, making in all a total of £452. £102 had been paid to the council for gas, and £115 had been spent on billiard requisites and recovered billiard tables. The financial statement for this year showed a balance in the bank of £1 8s 6d, whist the cash in hand amounted to 13s 0d.
Mr J Walker was appointed hon. sec. and treasurer, and the following elected to the committee: Messrs. E C Fry, T Oxley, E N Armitage, H Feather, J Stringer and S Holdsworth.
Mr Fry, who presented to the club a framed roll of honour containing the names of the members with the colours, asked the executive committee to accept the gift which he had prepared, and to have it placed in the club room so that visitors might read, mark and learn who the men were who had sacrificed so much for the sake of their country.
A vote of thanks to Mr Fry was proposed by Councillor Thos. Hill (chairman of the District Council), who complimented the committee on the business-like manner in which they conducted the club.
Councillor C E Learoyd seconded and remarked that he was a member of the Institute club before he was eight years of age. (Laughter). The opinion had been expressed that some use might be made of some portion of the building, but whether the idea was practicable or not remained to be seen. It was the duty of the Libraries committee to try and popularise the Institute and to get people to take appreciate more the advantages of the reading room, and library. He was convinced that when the war was over, a great future awaited the Institute, and the Victoria Hall, as well as the buildings generally.
Councillor E Cowgill, who supported the resolution of thanks, said that the gift presented to the club by Mr Fry, would be a memento more valuable in his opinion, than anything else hanging in that room. A man could do no more than offer his all to the service of his country as those men had done.
Mr Fry briefly responded, and added that the welfare of the Institute club, had become part of his life interest, and almost part of his very being.
Arrangements have been made for a church parade to take place at the Parish Church on Sunday afternoon, the 30th inst. The Shipley Volunteer Corps accompanied by the band are to attend. They will fall in at Albert Road and the Derby recruits, members of the Recruiting Committee and the canvassers are requested to join in behind the Volunteers.
Saltaire Child’s Death
At an inquest held on the body of a child named Ralph Thorpe, aged 3 months, at the Saltaire Institute on Tuesday a verdict of “Death from natural causes” was returned. The mother Mrs Willie Thorpe, of 20 Dove Street, Saltaire stated that as usual the child went to bed on Saturday night. At about two o’clock she fed it and then fell asleep. When she awoke on Sunday morning about seven o’clock, the baby was dead. He had slept on the outside of the bed.
Coroner (Mr E W Norris): “Are you sure the baby’s head was not underneath the bed clothes?” “I am quite sure.”
Dr John Emerson said he had made a post mortem examination, and in his opinion the child died from asphyxiation.
Shipley Child’s Death
An inquest was held on Friday (14th), at the Saltaire Institute on the body of a child named Lawrence Richard Pickard, aged three years and eleven months, who died suddenly on the previous day. Evidence was given by Emily Pickard of 10 Melbourne St. Shipley, grandmother, who said that for two years the deceased had resided with her. The child’s mother was dead and his father worked in the South.
On the Wednesday he went to school and in the evening retired to rest about 8 o’clock, when he complained he was sick. At six o’clock next morning he seemed worse. She took him downstairs and placed him in front of the fire. Dr Emerson was sent for but before his arrival at seven o’clock the child had died. Witnesses stated the child suffered from black measles and convulsions.
Dr Emerson said that when he received the summons to attend the child he was at a case which he could not immediately leave, but when he did arrive at the house at about seven o’clock, the child had passed away.
As the result of a post mortem it was found that there was inflammation of one lung and also evidence of tuberculosis in the liver and lungs.
A verdict of “Death from natural causes” was returned.
Saltaire Congregational Prize Distribution
Upwards of 150 prizes have been obtained by the scholars at the Saltaire Congregational School.
Mr G Sutcliffe, who for ten years has capably discharged the duties of organist and choirmaster at the church, was the recipient of a canteen of cutlery on the occasion of his leaving to take up a similar appointment at the Salem Congregational Church in Manningham.
Mosley – In loving memory of my dear husband, Stephen Mosley, who passed away Jan, 22nd, 1905.
6 Shirley Street, Saltaire.
| Saltaire War Diary: 14 January 1916
Shipley Recruiting Tribunal
Under the first four groups called up the Shipley Tribunal have dealt with 66 appeals, 50 of which (chiefly cases of men employed in “reserved occupations”) have been granted. Several of those whose claims were not agreed to have intimated that they will appeal to the Central Tribunal in London.
The annual meeting of the Shipley District Insurance Committee was held at the Saltaire Institute on Thursday evening last.
The clerk (Mr T Laxton) read a communication from the County Committee stating that the Commissioners had extended the term of office of the present committee until the 31st March next. They reserved to themselves the right to further extend the period of office or to terminate it.
Councillor H Williams the chairman for the past year asked for the nomination of a chairman for the extended period.
Mr E A Dean proposed and Mr J Stephenson (Bingley) seconded the appointment of Mr J Alderson (Shipley) as vice-chairman for 1916 and the motion was unanimously adopted.
Mr Alderson, in taking the chair, thanked the committee for the compliment paid him, spoke of the work of the organisation and its possibilities during the coming year.
Although they possess no recognised committee for dealing with comforts for the troops, the members of the local Women’s Liberal Association have done an enormous amount of work since the outbreak of the war.
The work is kept going by the voluntary offerings of the members, who at each meeting make a collection. The first parcel of comforts supplied by the Shipley Women Liberals, was sent to Mrs Asquith, for distribution, whilst later, Mrs Percy Illingworth had, in them a very enthusiastic band of supporters. Much had been done for the Belgians.
The last parcel was forwarded to the Saltaire Congregational Sewing Party. It is proposed to send the next parcel to Lady Denby, who is keenly interested in the work of helping the soldiers and sailors and who is prepared to supply any local soldier or sailor with comforts.
Shipley Textile Society
The next meeting of the Shipley Textile Society will be held in the Technical Schools on Monday, January 17th, 1916, when a lecture will be given by Mr Ellis Foster (of Messrs. Prince Smith and Son). The subject will be, “Combing: A Comparison of Different Combs”. Chair to be taken at 7.30pm by Mr Stephen Binns. The meeting is free and open to the public.
A meeting has been arranged to the City of Bradford Technical College Textile Department on Monday February 14th 1916. Lady friends invited. Members desiring to go on this visit are requested to give their names to the secretary (Mr W Scott) on or before January 17th 1916.
Old Saltaire Cricketer’s Death
One of the best bowlers the Saltaire Cricket Club has produced died on Wednesday, in the person of William Beaver of 6 Victoria Road, Saltaire.
The deceased, who had attained his 70th year was the first professional engaged by the Saltaire club, and was the club’s groundsman for a considerable period. His love of sport never left him. Last year he received a medal for the best performance in a veterans cricket match at Saltaire Park, and he also won first prize in a veterans bowling handicap at Crowgill Park, Shipley.
A social gathering was held at the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School on Saturday evening, in aid of Foreign Missions. The first half of the evening was taken up with the presentation of a missionary sketch depicting a scene in the life of an Indian Pundit’s family. It was taken part in by Miss E Deacon, Miss Ruby Ashby, Miss Elsie Bentley, Miss May Bentley, Miss Eva Newall, Miss Elsie Hardaker, Miss Gladys Moore, Mr A Midgley, Mr A Raistrick. Two children also assisted – Misses Mary Allsop and Hilda Thomas.
The remainder of the programme consisted of a lantern lecture entitled, “Trinidad,” delivered by the Rev. W B Mattinson. The reverend gentleman has spent many years in Trinidad as a missionary, and his stories of native life and customs there were highly entertaining. Mr William Raistrick had charge of the lantern.
The proceeds amounted to upwards of £3.
St Peters Shipley 8 January 1916
Walter Ives, 23, wool combing overlooker, of Cottingley, married Elizabeth Crabtree, 22, of 10 George Street Saltaire.
| Saltaire War Diary: 7 January 1916
The first meeting of the Shipley Tribunal appointed to consider appeals by “Derby” recruits to be put into later groups, was held last night. A total of sixty seven men had given notice of appeal.
The Tribunal consists of Councillors T Hill (chairman), T F Doyle, C E Learoyd, F Rhodes and Mr Ernest Illingworth. A former member of the Council, Mr J A Burton represents the military authorities on the Tribunal.
At the invitation of the Shipley War Service Club over 400 children between the ages of three and ten whose fathers are with the Forces, were on Thursday last entertained to a social gathering at the Saltaire Institute.
An appetising tea was served in the social rooms of the Institute, and this arrangement left the Victoria Hall free for the entertainment and the distribution of toys from a Christmas tree. A Punch and Judy Show, a conjuring entertainment, and magic lantern exhibition, with games and dances at intervals, all appealed strongly to the youthful mind. Sir and Lady Denby, who had done a great deal for the welfare of the Shipley soldiers, visited the gathering.
Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital
At the last monthly meeting of the Governors, Mr B Allsop presiding, there were present in addition to the chairman, Miss Dunn and Messrs W Cryer and F Lister. The hon. Secretary (Mr E Clifford Fry) reported that the number of out-patients treated during the past month were 79, and in-patients 17. The number at present in hospital was 9. The following subscriptions and gifts had been received:-
Collections (Hospital Sunday) – St Paul’s Church £2, Providence Wesleyan Chapel £2, Windhill Wesleyan Mission £1 1s 3d, Rosse Street Baptist Church £1 3s, Bethel Baptist Church 8s 5d.
Employees Sir Titus Salt, Bart, Sons and Co., Ltd., £8 17s 9d.
Employees C F Taylor and Co., £6 14s 4d.
Employees J Parkinson and Son, £6 6s 8d.
Employees Airedale Combing Co., Ltd, £2 1s 9d
Staff Midland Railway Station, £2 0s 1d
Bradford City Tramways (technical department), £1 1s.
Windhill Industrial Co-operative Society, £25
Shipley Amateur Operatic Society, £15
Keighley Bros., Ltd., £1 1s
At Christmas Mr Harry Roberts kindly sent three brace of pheasants to the hospital.
At Otley, today, Jack West (22), an iron turner, of Shipley, was charged with having committed an assault on Nora McNicholas, an eight year old Baildon girl, in Saltaire Park on January 5th.
Mr H A Demaine of Bradford, in applying for a remand until Tuesday, said that the youth came of highly respectable parentage and he had been under the doctor for some time. Reasonable bail would be forthcoming.
Superintendent Warburton objected to bail on the grounds that the charge was too serious. A remand was granted until Tuesday, bail being refused.
Comfortable Apartments – with or without board, for person working at Saltaire Mills – Apply 3 Fern Place, Saltaire.
Saltaire War Diary: 31 December 1915
Saltaire Wesleyan Church
At these schools on Christmas Eve, a social gathering was held, under the auspices of the Band of Hope. There were about 60 present. Supper was served by Miss M Brook, Miss A Skirrow, Miss S Kitchen, Miss B Wilks assisted by Mr J Smith, and Mr William Raistrick. Subsequently the party went out carol singing, visiting a number of the sick members of the church.
On Wednesday evening the officers and minister (Rev B Mattinson) entertained the friends and families of the Shipley Soldiers and Sailors to the number of some 200, at a social gathering in the schoolroom. A very happy time was spent together.
Christmas Day was, as usual, ushered in at Shipley, by the ringing of church bells and the singing of carols.
At Saltaire Hospital, where there were fewer in –patients than usual, seasonable hymns were sung in the infirmary hall in Christmas Eve by the choir of St. Walburga’s Roman Catholic Church.
The customary special fare was held served to the patients on Christmas Day and yesterday afternoon they had the pleasure of listening to carol-singing by the choir of the Windhill Wesleyan Mission. A member of the choir at that place of worship is in the hospital as the result of an accident at his work.
Under the auspices of the War Service Club, about 470 children of local soldiers and sailors were entertained to a Christmas Treat yesterday, at the Victoria Hall in Saltaire. The children were provided with tea and a toy, whilst in the evening there was an entertainment. The arrangements have been in the hands of Mrs G Bever, Mrs Croft, Mrs Walker, Mrs D Pringle, Mrs C Ingham, Mrs G H Boyce and Miss Moss.
Two lance corporals in the 1st Duke of Wellington’s Regt., whose homes are in Saltaire, but who forbid us to publish their names, have sent us a letter from India protesting against the action of the military authorities in not allowing them to go to the Front and do their bit.
They complain that while “more men and still more men” are being asked for, they are having to take a back seat by being kept in India doing nothing different from what they do in time of peace.
“Why,” they ask, “should Territorials be sent to the Front first, while we are left behind? We offered to serve our King and Country in the event of warm but now when war is raging we are left behind.” They admit that they are in a safer place than the firing line, but declare that when they read of their comrades being shot down while they are not in a position to help they feel anything but happy.
Woman’s Work in War Time
Women have done nobly during the present conflict, and when the war is over – when the German eagle has stopped his screeching and has begun to be as gentle as a dove – it will generally be acknowledged that the fair sex have played no little part in the achievement of victory. English women even in lands across the sea are constantly giving evidence of their patriotism, and of their practical sympathy for Tommy and Jack. Here is evidence of that kind from an American paper which has been sent to us:-
“Mrs John Hollings (of Jamestown, New York), a native of England, has adopted a practical method of helping her country in time of war. Learning that the material of which flour sacks are made is, after being treated in a simple manner, also excellent material for bandages, she has secured sacks from local bakeries, prepared them for use and sent them to a hospital in England. In a letter of thanks the hospital authorities complimented Mrs Hollings on her thoughtfulness. She has now begun work on a larger scale. A baking company have agreed to supply flour sacks and she invites English women, and all other women interested in making the lot of the soldier in the English hospitals more comfortable, to join in the work of making large quantities of bandages.”
Mrs Hollings, the lady referred to, is the daughter of the late Mr Oswald Hainsworth, of Titus Street, Saltaire, where she was born. After having resided in Jamestown for over twenty years she returned to her native place two years ago, and on the outbreak of war went back again to America. She keeps a store, but spends all her spare time and also her evenings in working for the wounded British soldiers. Not only that, but she sends comforts for them, thus showing that although far away from the Homeland her heart is still here.
Letter to the Editor
“Sir, - I feel that few people will disagree with the expression of opinion by Sir Ellis Denby, when he said that the Victoria Hall at Saltaire should be used as a “great educational establishment for the uplifting of the people of Shipley.” There can be no doubt but that such was the feeling of the noble promoter when he erected that fine pile of buildings, and it would surely be to the everlasting shame of the people of Shipley were they ever allow it to be used for a degenerate purpose.
I hold no brief either for or against a cinema show, but we certainly think that there are more beneficial uses to which such a fine hall be put to. It is certainly not turned to the best advantage at present, but I incline to the belief that there is sufficient collective wisdom on the Shipley Council to adapt it to a purpose that is in keeping with that for which it was originally built. It is a problem that should not be difficult to solve.”
St Pauls Shipley 27 December 1915
Alfred Wilkinson of 13 Dove Street Saltaire married Alice Lake of 27 Windsor Road Shipley.
Fred Knowles of 29 Rhodes Street Saltaire married Rose Thomas of 13 Denby Place Windhill.
St Peters Shipley 25 December 1915
William King of Carlisle married Maud Riley of 35 George Street Saltaire
James Henry Clay married Harriett Elizabeth Connor, both of 9 Dove Street Saltaire.
Crossley – On the 19th December at 22 Titus Street Saltaire, Easter Crossley aged 72 years.
| Saltaire War Diary: 24 December 1915
Victoria Hall as Cinema Theatre
A meeting of the Shipley District Council was held on Tuesday evening.
In the minutes of the Libraries Committee it was stated that some discussion took place with regard to negotiations for the letting of Victoria Hall for a Cinema Theatre. The Chairman (Councillor Cowgill) reported that there had been an interview with the proposed leases, when the question of the rent to be paid, the restrictions to be imposed by the Council in regard to the pictures to be exhibited and the reservations as to the use of the Hall for public purposes had been under consideration, but there was no definite proposition for the consideration of the full Committee. There would have to be a further interview with the promotors before a report could be finally submitted to the Committee.
At a further meeting the Clerk read a letter from Mrs Titus Salt, asking the Committee to defer consideration of the matter for one month to give the members of the family of the Founder an opportunity of considering the scheme, and expressing their views upon it.
The Chairman reported that the Sub-Committee authorised to meet the promoters of the scheme were not in a position to report fully upon the matter until a further communication had been received from these gentlemen. He explained that no definite action would be taken without a full explanation being given to the Committee and the Council, and further consideration of the matter was deferred until the next meeting of the Committee.
Saltaire Brothers with the Colours
Mr and Mrs Milner of 9 Albert Road (renumbered 17), Saltaire, are proud of the fact that their three lads have responded to the call of King and Country.
Bombardier Laurence Milner, West Riding Howitzer Brigade, R.F.A., is the younger of two brothers. He joined the Army last May, and is now in training stationed at Newcastle. He is only 18 years old. In civilian life he was employed by Mr J Anderson, tailor of Bingley Road. He was also a member of the St Peter’s Church choir, and played with the St Peter’s Church Football Club.
His brother, Mr Harry Milner, has attested under Lord Derby’s Scheme, and he is in the group which are to be called up next month. He is 23 years of age, and is employed at the Hall Lane Co-Operative Stores. Mr Milner has gained for himself a good reputation as a singer and amateur actor. His career as a vocalist began at the age of eight, when he entered the St Peter’s Church choir. At present he is the principal bass singer at the Heaton Parish Church. He was a member of the Shipley Thespian Society and on their presenting Gilbert and Sullivan’ Fairy Opera, “Earl Iolanthe,” last year, he filled the important role of Lord Mount Ararat.
Another Saltaire lad who has been brought up by Mrs Milner from being a youth, is Private Edwin Elphee, of the Seaforth Highlanders. He joined about a month ago, on his recovery after an operation. He is 21 years of age, and at present is stationed at Ripon.
Treat for Children of Soldiers and Sailors
It was stated that an application from the Shipley Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Club, for the use of the Social Rooms and Kitchen at the Saltaire Institute, in addition to the free use of the Victoria Hall, for the entertainment of the children of soldiers and sailors, on the 30th December, has been granted by the Libraries Committee subject to the ordinary charges for these rooms being paid, and the additional labour required for the event provided for by the Club Committee. It was explained that the Committee had adopted the usual course in granting the free use of the Victoria Hall, but where other accommodation was required it must be paid for.
Councillors Rhodes, Hirst and Pitts thought the Council might wave any charge whatever for the use of rooms at the Institute for the object named. On the other hand, it was remarked by the chairman of the Libraries Committee that they had done very well in granting the free use of the hall, which included lighting and heating.
A café chantant was opened on Friday last at the Saltaire Congregational Sunday School in aid of the Bradford War Hospital Supply Department. Mrs Ward Smith, Mrs C W Boyce, Mrs Douglas Hamilton, Mrs V Scott and Miss Hadden, were the promoters. The room had been tastefully decorated, and a series of excellent entertainments had been arranged.
No Check to Freedom of Speech
At a meeting of the Shipley District Council, on Tuesday evening, Councillor Cowgill moved and Councillor Bateson seconded the adoption of the minutes of the Libraries Committee. Alluding to the refusal by the Libraries Committee of an application by the local branch of the Independent Labour Party for the use of a room at the Saltaire Institute for a meeting to be addressed by Mr Ramsey McDonald.
Councillor Cowgill said they wished it to be understood that they did not desire in any way to check the freedom of speech. The action taken they took was purely out of consideration for the safety of public property. They knew what had taken place in other parts of the country where Mr MacDonald had addressed meetings, and they were not desirous of running any risk of damage to public property.
Councillor Doyle said it seemed to him that the scheme was already in a state of coma, and he hoped it would not be long before they could give it burial. He added that he was glad the chairman of the Libraries Committee had thought it necessary to offer an apology. One would have thought that the people who asked for the use of the room would have accepted responsibility for the safety of the place. Evidently the conscience of the committee had pricked.
Councillor Cowgill replied that the committee failed to see how the promoters of the meeting could have accepted responsibility for damage which might be done to property. The committee knew that the promoters of the meeting were all men of too good sense to do any damage themselves, but the committee could not feel that the promoters would hold themselves responsible for what might be done by an unruly mob outside.
The minutes were passed.
St Pauls Shipley – 23 December – Ernest Thompson of 29 Caroline Street in Saltaire.
St Peters Shipley – 18 December – Otto Silvester of 41 Rhodes Street, Saltaire to Clara Wade of 8 Ferrand Road, Shipley.
| Saltaire War Diary: 17 December 1915
Victoria Hall as Cinema Theatre
The people of Shipley are keenly interested in the proposal of the Libraries Committee to let the Victoria Hall, on a lease as a place of amusement. In the present year the Institute of which the hall is a part has cost the rate-payers £200 (cost c£18k in 2015) in maintenance and the committee thought that an admirable institution of this kind ought to be utilised in such a way as to meet the public wants in accordance with the intention of the founder, and at the same time be made self-supporting.
Times have changed since the late Sir Titus Salt erected these buildings for the benefit of the public and attractions in other directions have reduced the demand for the use of the Victoria Hall. The result is that while the Shipley District Council have to keep the property in good condition they have little or no income from it.
Now that the opportunity has presented itself of letting it to a syndicate as a cinema theatre under conditions which will still allow of it being used by the public when occasion requires the committee feel justified in taking advantage of it.
Councillor Cowgill (chairman of the Libraries Committee) said at the last meeting of the Shipley District Council, that in the Saltaire Institute they had a very fine building, and one of which they were justly proud, but it was a structure which was not fulfilling its possibilities. It had had palmy days, but those days had gone. The conditions had changed considerably since the days when Sir Titus Salt built the Institute for the public benefit. It was not paying its way at present, and they would either have to put it to some use or make it a charge upon the rates.
Sir James Roberts, Bart., writing from Strathallan Castle, Machany, Perthshire, to a contemporary in regard to the decision of the Shipley District Council to allow the committee to enter into negotiations with the company, said:-
“I do not deny that ‘picture’ shows may have some educational value, but I am convinced that the extent to which they are used is subversive of such education as is necessary to the leading of useful, really enjoyable, and worthy lives.
One member of the Shipley Council argued that if the Victoria Hall were not let it would become a charge on the rates. As a large ratepayer I would gladly contribute my share, and, if necessary in excess of my pro rata proportion, rather than see the hall used for such a purpose, and the number of these galleries and shows increased.
When the war is over, even should it terminate as we hope and expect, we shall be face to face with necessity for very serious efforts, if we are to hold our own in industrial and commercial competition with nations that are being scientifically equipped – including those we are hoping to vanquish – and for this struggle ‘Pictures’ and ‘Cinemas’ are a poor preparation. I prefer to leave it for others to say whether the use it is proposed to make of that fine hall is in accordance with the intentions of the generous founder; but I have no hesitation in saying that it is bound to have the effect of discouraging the imitation of his example.”
The Rev P Drummond Pringle, pastor of the Saltaire Congregational wrote:-
“The Institute is a trust founded by the late Sir Titus Salt for certain clearly defined purposes, and that it was taken over by the Shipley Council on the distinct understanding that the Council should fulfil the trust both as to the letter and to the spirit.
Few contend that the proposal of the Libraries Committee is in accord with the spirit of the trust. The founder certainly did not build the Institute for the purpose of supplying permanently the kind of entertainment which cinema theatre provides, nor is it accord with his intentions that a few unnamed (Bradford and Shipley gentlemen) should be granted the right to exploit its exceptional advantage and facilities for their own profit. The idea of making a profit out of the Institute at all, whether by a public body or by private individuals, or by both combined as in this proposal, is alien to the whole spirit of the founder. Nor is there any doubt that those who are best entitled to speak for him take that view, and regard the proposal of the committee with justifiable indignation.
As to the letter of the trust, I am not in a position to give a legal opinion, but I think it is not improbable that should the committee persist in its mistaken enterprise the Charity Commissioner may be invited to do so.
Meantime most people will agree with the views of Sir James Roberts that the proposal is bound to have the effect of discouraging the imitation of Sir Titus Salt’s example. That might well prove to be a public calamity in so far as Shipley and Saltaire are concerned, and any body of men whose action renders such a calamity possible take upon themselves a grave responsibility.
The only argument advanced for this amazing proposal to divert a charitable trust to profitable uses for the Council, and incidentally for the enrichment of a few private individuals is that the Institute during the past very exceptional year has not paid its way. I am informed that the loss is very small indeed and if it is to be regarded as rent for a fine and costly building which was a free gift to the community it is almost negligible. Sir James Roberts indicates how that loss may be covered.
I trust that the libraries Committee elected to promote the educational advancement of the people of Saltaire will reconsider, and depart from its proposal that the splendid building devoted to and entrusted to them for this high purpose should be cheapened and vulgarised by the instalment therein of a permanent cinema theatre.”
Immediately after the publication of the letters from Sir James and Mr Pringle, a representative of the “Times and Express” interviewed the Chairman of the Libraries Committee (Councillor E Cowgill) with the object of securing his reply to the criticism levelled against the Committee.
During the interview, Councillor Cowgill said he greatly valued the town’s excellent possession in the Saltaire Institute, of which every citizen should be proud. He valued equally highly the memory of the generous founder, and therefore the sentiment and tradition, which in consequence of his (Sir Titus’s) life surrounded the noble bequest. What amazed him, however, was that the Libraries Committee should not be given credit for sharing with others those feelings, and in fact that they should actually be charged with acting quite regardless of such feelings. As he feared that there was an exaggerated or erroneous impression abroad, he had better relate the full facts of the case:-
“A number of local gentleman of standing and repute have offered to take over the Victoria Hall as a cinema theatre, and to use it at such times as it is not required for other purposes. In other words it would be available for public use or open to other lettings just the same as at present.
Under such conditions, therefore, I quite fail to see how control of the hall would be passing out of the hands of the Libraries Committee. So highly, indeed, we do value this public asset that were it to be so I question whether a single member of the Council would for one moment entertain the scheme.
Further the promotors are prepared to give every guarantee that nothing but the very best films would be shown. Neither is there any intention nor desire to disfigure the exterior of the building. No unsightly hoardings or signs would be fixed, the existing notice boards being regarded as ample for all advertisements.
Since I first knew Victoria Hall it has been let for almost every variety of purpose conceivable, including pictures, yet I have never heard of the slightest protest being made against such lettings. Not until now indeed, have we ever been charged with giving the building over for exploitation, and it has been left to Mr Pringle to make the charge.
The hall has been let repeatedly in the past to private enterprise whose main object was obviously to make profit on the engagement, yet such actions have never been regarded, so far as know, as granting (the right) to such persons (to exploit its exceptional advantages and facilities for their own private profit).
Saltaire Institute occupies a somewhat different position now from what it did prior to passing under the Council’s control, and while it is the bounded duty of public representatives to cherish the memories and associations connected therewith, it is surely their duty also to see that all the legitimate use possible is made of it.
I deeply regret that Mr Pringle should have gone out of his way to attribute motivates to the Libraries Committee calculated to reduce so venerable a building into a ‘cheapened and vulgarised’ condition.
If the exhibition of good cinema pictures be incompatible with the memory we would cherish of the ever-to-be-remembered founder, then my answer is much that the use to which the hall has been put in the past must not be repeated in the future.”
“The amount of income to be derived from lettings may not be the Alpha and Omega, but it is to be reckoned with, and you may say, therefore, that I have noted with great satisfaction the very kind promise made by Sir James Roberts in case the Institute should be a charge upon the rates.
Christmas Gifts for Local Soldiers
About sixty parcels (thirty-three to France and the Mediterranean) are being despatched to men associated with the Saltaire Congregational Church who are serving their country. The arrangements are being carried out by a committee consisting of the Rev. P D Pringle (chairman), Mrs Pringle, Mrs Briggs, Mrs Illingworth, Mrs Hall, Mrs G Sanctuary, Mrs T Thornton, Mr Albert Brear and Mr C Holgate.
There are about twenty-three members of the Saltaire Institute Club serving with the Forces and two of these, A R Jukes and T R Ibbitson have obtained commissions. The Roll of Honour at the West Ward Liberal Club, Saltaire, also contains several names. From both clubs members have in addition been attested under Lord Derby’s scheme.
Corporal C S Whalley, residing at 35 Ada Street Saltaire, who was wounded at the Dardanelles, where he received his last promotion, is now undergoing treatment in Cork Hospital, Ireland. He is in the 3rd Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and was called up as a reservist at the beginning of the war. He was sent to France, and invalided home from there to Gravesend Hospital in November 1914 and was afterwards drafted to the Dardanelles.
Saltaire Wesleyan Church
The concluding gathering in connection with the sale of work and “At Homes,” which was held last week at the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School, took place on Saturday. The promoters set out with the object of raising £200 for the Church Funds and as the Rev. B Mattison stated at the close of the bazaar more than that amount had been raised. It is expected that when all the expenses have been met the effort will have realised between £240 and £250.
The host and hostess on Saturday were Mr and Mrs W A Burrows. There was a large attendance, and the chair was occupied by the Rev David Ashby. During the afternoon and evening concerts were given by members of the Sunday school.
Harrison – On Dec 11th, at 72 Victoria Road, Saltaire, Eliza, beloved wife of Alfred Harrison, in her 69th year.
St Pauls Shipley 9 Dec 1915 – Norman Green of 17 Irene Street, Burnley married Gertrude Halton Henderson of The Institute, Saltaire.
St Pauls Shipley 11 Dec 1915 – Arthur Edward Barnard of 67 George Street married Ada Sunderland of 6 Balfour Street, Shipley
St Pauls Shipley 4 December 1915 – Nancy Mansfield of 15 Titus Street, Saltaire, aged 75.
| Saltaire War Diary: 10 December 1915
Saltaire Church: Sale of Work
A series of gatherings are being held this week at the Saltaire Wesleyan School, with the object of raising £200 for church funds. There was a large attendance at the opening on Wednesday when the sale of work was declared open by the Hon. Mrs Partington.
Amongst others present were Sir Ellis and Lady Denby (who officiated as host and hostess), the Rev W B Mattinson, Mr E Parkinson, Mr J W Hampson, Mr W E Metcalfe, and Lieut. Edward Parkinson.
Shipley Independent Labour Party
Another unsuccessful attempt has been made to arrange for Mr Macdonald to address a meeting at Shipley next Sunday. The Shipley I.L.P. made an application for the use of the Lecture Theatre at the Saltaire Institute, and in doing so stated that they desired to hold a private gathering to be addressed by Coun. T F Doyle, Coun. T Blythe, and Mr MacDonald, M.P. The application was considered last night (Thursday) by the Libraries Committee, who refused to allow the applicants the use of the room.
The Salt Schools Shipley
Professor William Bateson is this year’s president of the Salt Schools, and on Tuesday night he delivered before a large audience of the pupils and their friends in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, the customary presidential address, his subject being “Heredity and its bearing on human affairs.”
Soldiers and Sailors Comfort Fund
The following subscriptions have been received, per Lady Denby (proceeds whist drives), £20; per Sir Titus Salts, Bart, Sons and Co., Ltd. (Burling and Mending Dept. 5th Contribution), 18s 3d; “Tag Day,” Dec. 4th, proceeds of street Collection, £50 1s 3d - £70 19s 6d.
Berry – Brenkley – On December 6th, at the Hardrow Parish Church near Hawes, by the vicar, Rev C W Summerfield, Mr John Edward Berry of 18 Jane Street, Saltaire to Miss Elizabeth Brenkley, in service, Newlyn, Moorhead, Shipley.
| Saltaire War Diary: 3 December 1915
Saltaire Institute as Cinema Theatre
A meeting of the Shipley District Council was held on Tuesday evening. Councillor Thos. Hill (chair) presided, and the other members present were:- Councillors E Reynolds, A Gill, J W Moody, C E Learoyd, E Cowgill, Waugh, H Hirst, L Shackleton, John Pitts, Harry Pitts, J Booth, T F Doyle, A Linley, Barker, and E Bateson.
The chairman of the Council (the minutes of the Libraries Committee stated) had reported that he had been approached by a number of gentlemen resident in Shipley and Bradford who were prepared, if terms could be arranged, to take the Victoria Hall for a term of years for a cinema theatre.
The arrangement would provide that the Council should have the use of the hall for their own or other public purposes when they required it. The Libraries Committee, after considerable discussion, agreed that, if satisfactory arrangements could be made, it was desirable to enter into an agreement. Messrs. Cowgill, Gill, Hill and Learoyd were appointed a sub-committee to make further enquiries into the matter and report to a future meeting.
Councillor Cowgill (chairman of the Libraries Committee) moved that the body’s recommendation be adopted. By passing that resolution, the Council would not be in any way committing themselves, but would simply be giving sanction to open negotiations on the matter. If a satisfactory arrangement could be come to, the Council would be given an opportunity of discussing the matter. In the Saltaire Institute they had a very fine building, and one of which they were justly proud, but it was a structure that was not fulfilling its possibilities. It had had palmy days, but those had gone. The conditions had changed considerably since the days when Sir Titus Salt built the Institute for the public benefit. It was not paying its way at present, and they would either have to put it to some use or make it a charge upon the rates.
Councillor Doyle protested against the proposal. The former said he thought it would be a great mistake to sacrifice the institutional value of the building by handing it over to a cinema company. He did not think the founder of Saltaire ever thought of an attempt being made to make profit out of the institute.
Councillor Pitts also opposed the proposal on account of the sentiment attaching to the institution. He did not think the founder ever imagined that it would be turned into a cinema show. He, Councillor Pitts, did not think that big posters stuck upon the front of a beautiful building like that could look well, and he could not see how they could put restrictions on a syndicate in matters of that kind. Furthermore, he did not think that arrangements could be made whereby if the hall was leased the public could use the hall when they required. Sentiment counted for something, and if he were akin to the Salt family he would not like the idea of the place being used for a picture palace. He hoped that such a scheme would not be accepted.
The chairman, in reply to a question, said he was not in a position to divulge the name of the four gentlemen who had required about the hall. There would not be the slightest difficulty in making suitable arrangements for the hall to be used as a cinema theatre, and for the public to use it as occasion required. Some such arrangements had been entered into in respect to St George’s Hall in Bradford. There was no reason why a condition should not be laid down that flaring posters were not to be displayed on the building. Such conditions operated elsewhere. We are living in different times from the days when the institute was generously presented to the public, and he did not think that they would be doing anything to which the donor would have taken exception.
Councillor Harry Pitts said that it should be borne in mind that the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, could not be compared with a place like St George’s Hall, Bradford. The former was situated in one of the nicest districts in Yorkshire, and was given to the people by one of the best men who ever lived.
Councillor Cowgill said that there was a deficit on the Institute, and they were face to face with the question, whether they should make it pay or not out of the rates. If allowed to be used as a cinema theatre or something of that kind they would be making the institution more popular and getting a large number of people into it. They might, in that way, also considerably increase the number of readers at the library and the number of patrons at the reading room, to say nothing of the more frequent lettings of the various rooms. He valued the sentiment of the place, and he did not want to ride rough shod over it, but it was rather strange that they should talk about sentiment now when it had been let for similar purposes previously.
The recommendation was adopted.
Fred Wainwright, son of Mr and Mrs Harrison Wainwright of 7 Dove Street, Saltaire, who was a drummer in the Shipley Volunteer Corps, passed away on Friday, and funeral took place on Monday at Nab Wood Cemetery. The deceased youth, who was 20 years of age, was a great favourite in the Volunteer Corps, with which his father is also connected.
The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Beresford F Hope (vicar of St Peter’s Shipley). The Volunteer Force under Dr Sharpe attended and the principal mourners were:-
Mr and Mrs H Wainwright, Miss F Wainwright, Miss A Wainwright, Master A Wainwright, Mr H Wainwright.
Mr and Mrs H Skirrow, Mr and Mrs Merry, Miss S Merry, Mrs Whitwham, Mrs W Whitwham.
Mrs Whitaker, Mrs J Barrett, Mrs McLoughlin, Mr and Mrs F McLoughlin, Mrs Clay
Mrs Tatham, Mrs Tatham, Mrs Tenant, Mrs Wilkins, Miss A Crabtree, Mr Green.
Church with wonderful record
At the weekly intercession service on Monday evening at the Saltaire Wesleyan Church, the ceremony, unveiling of portraits of young men who have enlisted was performed by Lady Denby. The service which was conducted by the Rev W B Mattison was well attended.
In unveiling the picture, in which her own photograph appeared, Lady Denby expressed her pleasure in being present. She said how greatly honoured she felt at seeing her photograph in the picture, surrounded as it was by the photographs of 75 young men who had joined His Majesty’s Forces from that Church and Sunday School. As an old Sunday School teacher, she said her interest in the Work was undiminished, and she was glad to know the Sunday School at Saltaire was still in a very prosperous state.
The Rev Mattinson thanked Lady Denby for her services.
Sir Ellis Denby, in responding, congratulated the Church at Saltaire on the splendid response that had to His Majesty’s appeal for men to join the army at this critical time. It is a wonderful record that only one man has been rejected out of the 76 who had offered themselves.
Golden Wedding at Saltaire
Mr and Mrs Midgley, of 12 Dove Street, Saltaire, have just celebrated their golden wedding, they having been married at the Bradford Parish Church fifty years ago. Mr Midgley is in his 78th year, whilst Mrs Midgley is 76. Both are natives of Shipley, and have resided at their present abode for over 43 years. They are members of the Wesleyan Reform Chapel in Manor Lane, Shipley. Before his retirement some years ago, Mr Midgley was employed at Saltaire Mills as a yarn scourer. They have three sons, four daughters, and nine grandchildren. The aged couple are enjoying fairly good health.
| Saltaire War Diary: 26 November 1915
The friends of Harold Smith (Royal Field Artillery), third son of the late Mr Kirk Smith and of Mrs Smith of 25 Jane Street in Saltaire, will be pleased to hear that he has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Smith, who is twenty six years of age, has been in the Army eight years. He served five years in India, and on the outbreak of the war, proceeded from there to France, where he saw a good deal of fighting, being subsequently invalided home.
For excellence of service in the field he was promoted from Corporal to Second-Lieutenant. As a boy he was employed at Saltaire Mills, and afterwards at the Canal Ironworks in Shipley. At present he is training troops at Retford.
Mrs Smith has another son, Gunner William Smith, who also is in the Royal Field Artillery. He enlisted last August. Corporal Arthur George Knight, an adopted son of Mrs Smith, is also serving his country. He joined the Army nine years ago, the regiment of his choice being the Royal Field Artillery.
Bullet as a Memento
Pioneer Sergeant Samuel Thomas Green, of the 8th Battalion West Riding Regiment, who was wounded in action at the Dardanelles on August 21st, has had a narrow escape from death in a letter to his wife, who resides at 13 Rhodes Street in Saltaire.
Sergeant Green says he is keeping the bullet by which he was wounded as a memento of the day. At the time he was holding his rifle against his breast pocket, and the bullet went through the third finger of the left hand, passing on to the chest just over the heart. He adds that he does not want to experience another attack similar to the one on August 21st.
Sergeant Green, who is in convalescent camp was prior to the war a postman in Shipley. He served in the South African campaign.
Shipley Soldier’s Visit Home
Sergeant E H Thornton, only son of Mr and Mrs J W Thornton grocers and confectioners of 36 and 37 Titus Street in Saltaire, who has been home on leave returned to France on Friday morning.
He was one of the first to join No. 2 Company of the Shipley A.S.C. (mechanical transport) of which he was a member for rather less than four years. Shortly after the outbreak of war he joined the 2nd West Riding Field Ambulance, and trained at Doncaster and Leeds. He was subsequently selected to join the West Riding Casualty Station and went to France on April 13th.
Sergeant Thornton, who is a master cook, speaks highly of the admirable arrangements which are made for the feeding of the men, and also with regard to the treating of the wounded. When men came out of action, he said to our representative, they were in high spirits. This was especially so after an advance had been made. He and several of his colleagues had to deal with a large batch wounded after the battle of Loos, and he said that the men were quite happy despite their wounds.
Before the war Sergeant Thornton was employed as a traveller by the Midland Vinegar Company. He was married prior to going to France 7 months ago, and he is 26 years of age.
Former Saltaire Resident Lost at Sea
News has been received concerning William Edward James Barrell, who for resided in Maddocks Street, and later at 27 Freeman Street in Grimsby. When war broke out he joined the Navy as a mine sweeper, and his wife has received intimidation from the Admiralty that he was lost at sea on Monday November 15th during a very heavy storm.
The only son of Mrs Barrell of 88 Church Street, Manningham, he was thirty-seven years of age. Whilst at Shipley he was a member of the Rosse Street Baptist Church.
Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital
The monthly meeting of the Governors was held on Wednesday evening at the Hospital in Saltaire, and was presided over by the Chairman, Mr B Allsop, there being also present Mrs Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Messrs. E L Baumann, W Cryer, T Kendall, F Lister and J Pitts.
The hon. Sec. (Mr E Clifford Fry) reported that the number of out-patients treated during the month had been 83: In-patients 20, of which 16 had been discharged, leaving 9 at present in the Hospital.
Red Cross Work
The first meeting of the Sewing Guild of the Shipley and Baildon Branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies took place on Tuesday Nov 16th, when a very good start was made with garments for wounded soldiers in the women’s hospitals in France and Serbia.
By the kind permission of the Rev. P D Pringle, the committee are to have the use of the “Ladies’ Parlour” at the Saltaire Congregational Church School, for future sewing meetings, which will be held fortnightly.
The next meeting is on Thursday, Dec 2nd at 2.30pm., when it is hoped there will be an encouraging attendance of members and friends. An earnest appeal for garments for the wounded soldiers has been received from the organising secretary of the women’s hospitals, and the committee cordially invite all those who can sew or knit to be present at the meetings.
Saltaire Cricket Club
The annual meeting of the Saltaire Cricket Club was held last Thursday evening at the Victoria Hotel, Mr J A Burton presiding.
Mr Hy. Mann (sec) presented the annual report which stated that Barnes and two other professionals had been re-engaged for next season. Of the twenty three members of the club who had joined the Forces two had fallen.
The financial statement showed receipts amounting to £347, the chief item being £224 “gate” money (a record for the club). On the expenditure side the principal item was £103 for professionals’ wages. The season concluded with balance in hand of £26 compared with about £6 at the commencement.
Sir James Roberts, who was re-elected president of the club, was thanked for having again allowed the club the use of Saltaire Park.
Wesleyan Band of Hope
The annual tea and children’s entertainment in connection with the Band of Hope and Temperance Society was held at the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School on Saturday. About 350 persons partook of the repast.
BIRDSALL – Pte. John Thomas Birdsall, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regt., killed in action on November 5th 1915, age 28 years old. Only son of Mr & Mrs J Winterbottom, 23 Helen Street, Saltaire, and brother of Mrs Stead, 5 Field Street, Shipley.
(Author’s note – John never lived in Saltaire. His widowed mother re-married and moved to Saltaire, John remained in Shipley.)
| Saltaire War Diary: 19 November 1915
Lance Corporal Harry Skirrow (20th West Yorkshire Regiment) whose home is at 32 Whitlam Street, Saltaire, has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Joining the Army last May he was soon recognised as a recruit of great promise.
An exhibition of the works executed by the students in the various departments of the Shipley Technical College was held on Saturday afternoon.
A very high standard of excellence had been attained in the exhibits in connection with the School of Art. During the early part of the afternoon the students were assembled in several of the classes and the numerous visitors were afforded an opportunity of seeing a great variety of work in progress.
Students from the Salt’s High School were also given the opportunity to display their work in a special class provided for them.
In the gymnasium a large class of young men and boys including a number of scouts gave an admirable display. It is to be regretted that this fine gymnasium which is one of the best equipped in the North of England is not used in a larger measure by the people of Shipley.
A prominent feature of the exhibition consisted of lectures on “explosives” and “German gas and bombs” which were given in the Chemical Laboratory by Mr W P Winter (chief science master).
Several members of the Education Committee attended the exhibition including C E Learoyd (chairman of the Education Committee), Councillor Thomas Hill (chairman of the District Council), Councillor E Cowgill (chairman of the Libraries Committee), Councillor A Gill, and Mr W Popplestone (Director of Education and Principal of the Technical School).
The Swedenborgian Saltaire New Church Society are to hold a service on Sunday 21st November at their Place of Worship in Victoria Road, opposite the Wesleyan Chapel.
The preacher will be F W Richardson, City Analyst of Bradford. His subject will be, “The New Birth, is it Conversion or Reincarnation?”
Hymn books supplied. A cordial invitation to all. Service at 6.30pm.
Saltaire Men’s Own
Meeting to be held on Sunday November 21st at 3pm. Speaker will the Vicar of Shipley, the Rev. B Herklot. The Soloist will be Mr A Raistrick.
Open meeting for men and women. Come in crowds to hear the Vicar.
WOOD – In ever loving remembrance of a dear mother, who died November 18th, 1912.
The love of a friend may soon be forgotten,
Even that of a sister or brother.
But the love that shall live through the age of time,
Is the sweet cherished love of a mother.
From Mr and Mrs Wallace Wood of 9 Rhodes Street, Saltaire.
(Mary Jane Wallace Wood (nee Earnshaw) b 1847 d 8 November 1912)
Saltaire War Diary: 12 November 1915
The Christmas Comforts Scheme
As a result of the “Tag” day held last Saturday, for the Shipley Soldiers and Sailors Comforts Fund, £73 was realised, which includes the sum of 17s from the Burling and Mending Department of Saltaire Mills, and a donation of £3 from Mrs Kermode, The Elms, Moorhead Lane.
The large band of juvenile workers who were busy throughout the day selling flags were controlled from three centres – Somerset House, Carnegie Hall and the Saltaire Institute. The supervisors were; Mr W V Ambler (hon sec of the committee), Mr A Clark and Mr J A Leedal. The committee, who have the fund in hand, is at present working on behalf of the Christmas parcels scheme, by which it is hoped to present every Shipley man on service, with a suitable gift.
“Comforts” for Tommy
On Saturday evening, a concert and social evening took place in the Saltaire Wesleyan School, the object being to provide “comforts” for those who joined the Forces from the Saltaire, Shipley and Hall Royd Wesleyan Churches.
The principals were; Miss Hilda Cooke, Mrs Fred Holmes, Mr Albert Feather and Mr Arthur Wilkin, with Mr Edgar Aspinall as elocutionist. The Saltaire Wesleyan Choir, under the conductorship of Mr T Whittam, the organist and choirmaster, rendered several part songs.
Refreshments were served during the interval and a most enjoyable evening was spent. Great credit is due to Mr E Holmes for the excellent manner which the concert was organised. The proceeds amounted to over £13.
Shipley Volunteer Concert
A somewhat unique event will be held at Victoria Hall on Wednesday next. The gathering is promoted by the local Volunteer Corps, of which Councillor F Rhodes is president, and the object of it is to raise money to provide uniforms for the members who are not in a position to purchase their own.
Many prominent local people will be present, and it is anticipated this will be one of the most interesting social events of the season in Shipley. All the volunteers will attend in uniform.
Need for Economy
Sir James Roberts, presided on Sunday afternoon at the anniversary gathering of the Men’s Own Meeting in connection with the Saltaire Wesleyan Church. In the course of his remarks, Sir James said that the present crisis would tax all resources, both physical and pecuniary, to enable us to overcome the powerful and unscrupulous nations with which we were in conflict.
It would be a great glory if the voluntary system upon which we had been able to rely in the past, should again suffice to supply us with all the men we needed to carry the war to a successful conclusion. Everyone must hope that that would be the case, but should it unfortunately not turn out to be so, he thought there could be little doubt we should have to make up our minds to something which was quite foreign to us in this country – namely, compulsory service.
Whether were husbanding our financial resources to the full extent necessary it was difficult to say, but one often had doubts about it. Anyone who carefully studied the various warnings which the Prime Minister gave the country in his recent speech in Parliament must feel that it was “up to” him to do what lay in his power in order that economy which we were told was so essential might be practised.
A case in which pulmonary anthrax contracted by inhalation was found to have proved fatal was the subject of an inquiry at the Saltaire Institution on Monday, by Mr E W Norris (Deputy Coroner for the district) and a jury of which Mr A Dalby was the foreman. The investigation related to the death of Peter Pedley (56) of 28 Shirley Street Saltaire, who for near six months had been employed as a wash bowl feeder at the Airedale Mills, Otley Road, Shipley. Dr E W Eurich (Bradford) bacteriologist to the Anthrax Investigation Board was present as a witness, and Mr Francis Watson (Watson, Son & Smith, Solicitors, Bradford) appeared on behalf of the Airedale Combing Co.
The widow, Annie Elizabeth Pedley, said that her husband enjoyed good health up to Sunday October 31. Although under the impression that he was suffering from a cold, he worked the two following days. On Wednesday he remained in bed, and Dr Emerson, who was called in about 6.30pm said that he suspected anthrax. Dr Eurich attended the same evening, and Dr Emerson and his partner (Dr Sharpe) paid several subsequent visits before death took place half an hour after midnight on Thursday. In answer to questions witness further said that her husband had never spoken to her about his work. He had never said that his work was of a dusty or dirty nature.
George Bailey, of 11 Park Avenue Shipley, who had been Pedley’s foreman, said that for some days before his illness Pedley was handling East India and Cape mohair wools. The mohair had previously been sorted for quality, and also with a view to discovery of blood stained materials. The man did not touch skin material of any kind within a week of his illness. The wools were opened over a screen on a table where there was a downward draft, the object of which was to get rid of the dust. Pedley had been engaged in that class of work about six days when he stayed away ill. Whilst at work, he did not complain to witness about feeling unwell. Had he done so he would have been sent to the company’s doctor.
Replying to Mr Watson, the witness said that the Board of Trade regulations in regard to scheduled wools were duly exhibited in the mill and carefully observed.
In answer to a juryman, witness said deceased would not have been allowed to continue working if the downward draft through the screen had been stopped. The wool, the deceased had handled had not been steeped, because it did not come under the regulations in regard to steeping.
Dr Eurich deposed that on Wednesday evening he formed the opinion that Pedley was suffering from pulmonary anthrax, although the bacteriological examination of a sample of blood which he took on that occasion gave a negative result. Witness saw the body shortly after death, and took a drop or two of fluid from the chest, and on examination he found it to contain the anthrax bacilli. The man was dying when witness saw him on Wednesday night, and it would have done no good to make use of anthrax serum.
It was probable that Pedley first began to be affected by the disease on the Sunday. The stage witness found him in on the Wednesday night might have been reached the third or fourth day from the disease starting, but sometimes such a condition ensued within twenty four hours. Witness was satisfied that the man had contracted the disease by inhaling anthrax germs. The disease was much more dangerous when contracted that way than when the infection occurred externally. In the former type of case the morality varied from 96 to 98 per cent, whilst in external cases it was about 10%.
In answer to the Deputy Coroner, Dr Eurich said that the downward draught under the screen upon which the bales were opened would be effective in preventing the heavier forms of dust from rising, but the germs were very, very light, and some were almost bound to escape.
The Deputy Coroner: Would steeping the wool have been a proper precaution?
Dr Eurich: It would certainly have allayed the dust, but whether it is practicable is another matter. Steeping takes a certain time, and might be a commercial impossibility.
Continuing, witness said that Van mohair and Persian locks had to be steeped before the bales were opened. These were the only wools to which the steeping regulation was applicable. He might say that the regulations were being reconsidered at the present time by a Departmental Committee. So far as he knew all the demanded precautions had been taken by the Airedale Company.
The jury found that Pedley had died from anthrax contracted by inhalation whilst following his employment.
On behalf of the Airedale Combing Company Mr Watson expressed sympathy with the relatives and said that the company would be only too pleased to adopt any further precautions which might be suggested.
10 November 1915 St Pauls Shipley – William Sharp of 2 Higher School Street, Saltaire.
12 November 1915 – Hirst Wood Cemetery – Florence Helena Pringle, aged 20, of 2 Helen Street, Saltaire.
Saltaire War Diary: 5 November 1915
Motor Waggon Fatality
A coroner’s inquiry was held on Wednesday at Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital in reference to the death of William Jackson (37), of 2 Caroline Street, Saltaire, a mechanic, employed by Messrs F Wigglesworth and Co., engineers, Hirst Wood, Shipley, who received fatal injuries as the result of being run over by a motor waggon belonging to Sir Titus Salt Bart., Sons and Co. Limited, in Victoria Road, Saltaire on Monday afternoon last.
The evidence showed that Jackson had jumped on to the empty waggon whilst it was returning from Bradford to Saltaire. En route the driver had occasion to stop the waggon, and noticing the man, who was a stranger to him, sitting on the near side, remonstrated with him and told him that he must get off. Jackson demurred, remarking that he was going Saltaire way, and might as well have a ride. The driver was not aware when he resumed the journey that the man was still on the wagon. He could not, through the window at the back of his boxed in seat, see the sides of the front part of the vehicle.
Evidence of identification was given by the widow, Mary Ann Jackson, who said that her husband was an active man and had good sight.
Two witnesses - J W Bailey, 3 Lower School St., Saltaire and Hadyn Newton, 19 Wycliffe Place, Shipley stated that when the waggon was passing the Salt Schools in Victoria Road, Jackson jumped off and fell in front of a back wheel, which passed over the lower part of his body. He was picked up unconscious, and died five later just after his admittance to the Saltaire Hospital. The waggon, which was travelling at a speed of not more than seven or eight miles an hour, was pulled up within ten yards of where the accident happened, and the driver helped to carry the man to the hospital.
The driver of the waggon, John Groves of 4 Herbert Street, Saltaire said he was proceeding down Victoria Road when the accident happened. He knew the deceased was on the waggon when passing the Spotted House, opposite Manningham Park, and he requested him to get off. The deceased replied that he was going Saltaire way, and witness again told him that it would be better if he got off the vehicle. The first intimation that something had happened was when proceeding down Victoria Road. Witness felt the near back wheel lift up and the vehicle itself drop. On looking through the window he saw deceased lying on the road. Witness added he had had to stop the vehicle previously the same day on account of youths jumping on boys running behind. Witness’s duty was, of course, to keep a sharp lookout at the front when driving.
The Deputy Coroner remarked that that was the second fatal accident of its kind which he had investigated that week. At the previous inquiry it was suggested that schoolmasters might help to check the practice by warning boys of the dangers attending it.
There could be no suggestion of any blame attaching to the driver in the present case. He had given his evidence in a very straightforward manner. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death”
Mr C H Briggs, secretary to Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Limited, expressed the company’s sympathy with the widow and the family. He added that the driver was a thoroughly trustworthy steady, and most reliable man.
Fell on the Railway Line
Mr William Whiting (56) of White House, Bingley, travelled by the 6.26 Midland train from Bradford on Friday night with the intention of alighting at Saltaire. The train pulled up about 300 yards outside Saltaire station, and Mr Whiting, under the impression that it was actually in the station, opened the carriage door, and whilst attempting, as he thought to step on to the platform, fell by the side of the main line to the north.
The fact that the carriage door was open when the train reached Saltaire led to the line being searched and Mr Whiting was found in a benumbed condition and suffering from bruises on the chest and right hip. He was removed to Saltaire Hospital and detained.
Fieldhouse – In loving memory of Jabez Fieldhouse, who died November 6th, 1914
One year to-day has passed away
Since our great sorrow fell
And in our hearts we mourn the love
Of him we loved so well
Kind thoughts, they linger near our hearts
And tears they often flow
And to the place where he is laid
Our footsteps often go.
From Wife and Family – 7 George Street, Saltaire
Brook – In loving memory of our dear mother, Rachel Brook, who died November 5th, 1912
The midnight stars shine on the grave
Of one we loved but could not save
Someday, perhaps we shall understand
When we meet again in the Better Land
From her two Daughters – 16 Whitlam Street, Saltaire
Saltaire War Diary: 29 October 1915
A most successful meeting was held at the Saltaire Institute on Wednesday afternoon, when Miss Thurston gave an account of her experiences of Red Cross work in Belgium and Russia. The lecture was held under the auspicies of Shipley and Baildon Branch of National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies.
A collection was taken for the Scottish Women’s Hospitals. The amount collected was £3 12s., which will be added to the fund left over from the “Flag” Day of the Shipley and Baildon Suffrage Society for Scottish Women’s Hospitals for Foreign Service.
Recruits Wanted Shipley Corps
Men, outside military age, should apply at Headquarters in Albert Road, Saltaire
Company Orders for week ending Nov 7th, 1915
Sunday, Oct 31st – General Parade (bring rations), Albert Road, 9.30am
Monday, Nov 1st – (1) Platoon No 1, Otley Road, 8pm
(2) Platoon No 2, Rifle Range, 7.30pm
(3) Signallers’ Section, Albert Road, 7.45pm
Tuesday, Nov 2nd – Platoon No 2, Albert Road, 8pm
Wednesday, Nov 3rd – (1) Shooting for all members, Rifle Range, 7.30pm
(2) Signallers’ Section, Albert Road, 7.45pm
(3) Band Practice, Albert Road, 8pm
(4) Recruits’ Drill, Albert Road, 8pm
(5) Military Council, Albert Road, 8pm
(6) N.C.O’s drill, Albert Road, 9pm
Thursday, Nov 4th – (1) Platoon No 1, Rifle Range, 7.30pm
(2) Platoon No 2, Albert Road, 8.30pm
Friday, Nov 5th – Platoon No 3 Rifle Range, 7.30pm
Saturday Nov 6th – General Parade, Albert Road, 2.15pm
Sunday, Nov 7th – No parade
Company officer for the week, F E Williamson
Orderly Sergeant for the week, P Atkinson
By order, F E Williamson, Sub-Commandant
As the result of a whist drive held recently by the Central Sewing Party of the Ladies Committee, at the Saltaire Institute, in aid of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund, a sum of about £5 was raised.
Social and Dance
A social and dance, held on Saturday night by the twisters at Saltaire Mills, in aid of the Catholic Women’s League Recreation Hut Fund at Ripon, realised about £7. The money has been handed over to the local treasurer, Miss Mitchell, the matron of the Saltaire Hospital. This is the second effort which the twisters have made on behalf of the wounded “Tommies.”
Boy’s High School
At the Salt School sports this year prizes of only small value were given for the various events, and the money thus saved has been devoted to philanthropic efforts connected with the war.
The headmaster (Mr F J Fuller) reports that a distribution has been made as follows:-
Y.M.C.A Soldiers’ Huts, £3
Red Cross Society, £2
Red Cross Exhibition Fund, £1
Comforts for Shipley Soldiers, £2
Holiday Homes for Wounded Soldiers, £1 1s
Central Belgian Relief Fund, £2
Plum Pudding Fund for soldiers in France, 6s 6d
Making a total of £11 7s 6d.
The monthly meeting of the Board of Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held on Wednesday night at the Saltaire Hospital. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and other members present were Mrs Fyfe, Mr W Cryer, Mr E L Baumann, Councillors A Gill and J Pitts and Mr Thomas Kendall.
The monthly report stated that there had been 79 out-patients. At the date of the last meeting there were seven in-patients, and fourteen had since been admitted, making a total of 21. Of these 13 had been discharged, leaving 8 in hospital at the present time.
Donations had been received from:-
Shipley District of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, result of flower show, £12
Mr Henry Mason, £5 5s
Employees at Victoria Works, Shipley, £5 5s
Mrs Nixon (acknowledgement), 5s
J R Fyfe and Co., £2 2s.
Fruit and Flowers had been received from:-
St Peters Church, Shipley
Wesleyan Methodist Church, Windhill
Mrs Firth, Baildon
Windhill Congregational Church
Henry Russell, driver aged 22, married Alice Bainbridge, aged 26. St Peters Church 23 October 1915. Both lived at 3 Edward Street in Saltaire.
Robert Morton, engine man aged 33 of 5 Baker Street, Saltaire married Mary Ellen Halligan, aged 22. St Pauls Church 24 October 1915.
Edmund Heald, clerk aged 23 of 4 Daisy Place, Saltaire married Martha Ellen Varley, aged 24. St Pauls Church 28 October 1915
| Saltaire War Diary: 22 October 1915
Wanted – A Football
Driver Wilfred Kitchen of 2 Dove Street Saltaire, who is serving on the Continent, with the British Expeditionary Force, has written relating his experiences at the Front. He is engaged in taking munitions up to the trenches, which he says is very difficult and dangerous work.
They have their quite times he says as well as their rough times, and it gets to feel very much like being home. One of his companions in the trenches is Sam Hall, of Saltaire, and the two make a joint appeal to the people of Shipley for the gift of a football. With the coming of dull days, they require something with which to pass the time. He adds that matters are looking better in France, and the Germans are about “fed up.”
(Editor’s note – I can find no records of a Sam Hall in either Saltaire or Shipley. He could possibly be Sam Halliday).
The Saltaire Workshop Fatality
The adjourned inquiry relative to the death of Ernest Haigh (17), of 18 George Street, Saltaire, who was fatally injured whilst following his employment at the engineering works of F Wigglesworth and Co Ltd, Hirst Wood, Saltaire was held at the Saltaire Hospital on Monday afternoon before Mr E W Norris (deputy coroner for the district).
The inquiry was attended by Mr W J McCaghey (His Majesty’s Inspector of Factories), Mr Wm Walker (solicitor, Bradford) on behalf of the relatives; and Mr W C Stansfield (representing the Iron Trades Employers Insurance Association Limited, Leeds).
The evidence of two employees of the firm – James Kitson, 6 Watts Street, Laisterdyke and Jonas Sugden, 108 Willow Street, Bradford – was to the effect that Haigh, who had formerly been a dyer’s labourer, had been employed by the company for a little over a week and on the day before the accident readily consented to mind what is known as a side-planing machine. The machine was set for him by the planer in charge, whom he had instructed to summon in case anything required in connection with the mechanism.
The circumstances pointed to his having acted contrary to these instructions, the planer being of the opinion that the deceased had used a spanner to loosen the bolt which fixed one of the traverse stops, with the result that there was a sudden increase in the speed of the movable part of the machine, and he was caught between it and the edge of a rope pulley, which he was planning.
A skilled mechanic would have gone to the other side of the machine to adjust the traverse stop. It was not necessary, it was stated, to have a skilled man for the work which Haigh had been put to.
The factory inspector elicited a reply to the effect that beyond a general order to communicate with the man in charge of the machine of the machine if anything went wrong with it, no special instructions had been given to the youth that he must not tamper with the traverse stops.
The Matron (Miss Mitchell), said that deceased, when admitted to the hospital had already passed away. His injuries had been received most in the chest and abdomen. There were no broken bones.
Mr G W Brown, the works manager, said that labourers were anxious to be put in mind these machines because it meant higher wages. The most intelligent labourers were selected for this class of work. In a few weeks’ time such men were able not only to “run” the machines, but also to “set” them. Haigh told witness that he was 22 years of age.
The jury returned a verdict of “Death by misadventure”.
Scorer for Forty Years
Mr Robert Gill, who has been scorer for the Saltaire Cricket Club for more than 40 years, was on Saturday evening, the recipient of a purse of gold, whilst Mrs Gill was also presented with a suitable gift. The presents had been subscribed for, by the members of the club, and the presentation took place at the Victoria Hotel, Shipley.
Mr Ernest Butterfield (president of the club) occupied the chair, and amongst those present were Mr B Lambert (financial sec.) and Mr H Mann (corresponding sec.). The Chairman observed that Mr Gill had been scorer for the club during the past forty years. They had always found him a very quiet unassuming fellow, always at his post, and doing his duty well. Occasionally, the committee had had trouble with the team, but never with the scorer. (Laughter and Hear, hear). He (the speaker) felt sure that all who knew Mr Gill would join him in wishing all prosperity and a still larger connection with the Saltaire Club. (Applause).
The presentation was made by Mr C Myers, who said it was the wish of all those present that he should retain his health and remain with the Club until his service extended over half a century.
Mr Gill observed that the work had been a pleasure to him. That was the second occasion on which he had been honoured, and he much appreciated the good will of the members in making the presentation.
On behalf of the Ladies Committee Mrs Lumby made a suitable presentation to Mrs Gill, who briefly acknowledged the gift.
An excellent concert was contributed by Mr Harry Holmes, Mr Fred Halliday, Miss Dewhirst, Mrs Hall and Mr A Dalby (accompanist).
Gift from the Salt Pensioners
Mr John Kendall, of Ashville, Church Lane, Shipley, was honoured on Friday by the pensioners of the Sir Titus Salt Charity, in whom he has taken a great interest for a considerable period.
Mr Kendall, who was formerly a member of the Board of Governors and for some time chairman, was presented with a silver mounted walking stick which had been subscribed for by the pensioners, of whom there are thirty six.
The presentation was made by Mrs Ann Pratt (nee Lofthouse, oldest pensioner) who is ninety-one years of age. The venerable lady remarked the gift was only a slight expression of the deep gratitude they felt for the many favours they had received at his hands.
In a neat little speech, Miss Jowett (another pensioner) made reference to the excellent public work accomplished by Mr Kendall, and more especially to his efforts as a Governor of the Salt’s Hospital. Mrs Humphrey also paid tribute to Mr Kendall for the services he has rendered to his day and generation.
In responding, Mr Kendall remarked that the presentation had taken him very much by surprise. It was the first time in his life he had ever been the recipient of such a token of goodwill, and he accepted it with very great pleasure. He was deeply impressed by the spirit in which the gift had been made, and the latter would always be to him a priceless possession.
Mrs Ann Pratt, who made the presentation to Mr John Kendall on behalf of the pensioners, is ninety-one years of age, and is the oldest resident in Saltaire, holds strong views on certain phases on modern life and she enunciated to a “Times and Express” representative, who called upon her a few days ago.
The old lady resides alone in one of the Saltaire alms-houses and she follows her simple domestic duties as actively as many not half her years. Save for her sight which recently has given her a little trouble, she possesses, in a marked degree, the use of the whole of her faculties. What strikes one most is her common sense outlook of life.
Coming of a family noted for longevity, she was born in August, 1827, in the little farming village of Saxton, some 13 miles from Leeds. She was the eldest of a family of nine, two of whom passed away quite recently at the respective ages of 89 and 87. Three of her sisters are still living, the youngest being 77. Her parents also died at the old age of 89.
She has been married twice. Her first husband (whose name was James Newton) died at the age of 49. Her second husband, whom she married 28 years ago, was Ben Pratt, a warp dresser at Saltaire Mills, who died in 1899, at the age of 72. She has had one son, who died when sixteen years of age.
Asked to what she attributed to her good health and long life, she smiled and said, “God Almighty has preserved me. I don’t know why for I could have served Him better. My father was a very good man indeed, although he had somewhat a large family, and many times got no more than 12s a week, he managed to keep them all in reasonable comfort.”
They thought nothing of taking walks in those days, and tramping to York and back (a distance of 26 miles) was no uncommon occurrence. “But now-a-days” she added, “people are tired if they walk a quarter of a mile.”
A Bible which she proudly produced bore the inscription, “Ann Lofthouse, (Mrs Pratt’s maiden name) a reward for good attendance as a member of the Saxton Sunday School, 1837.”
Speaking of the treatment of children, Mrs Pratt said she thought that to-day parents do not look after their children as they used to do, but allow them to stay out until very late hours. They used to have to go to the church and Sunday school, and then go straight home. There was no running about the streets and lanes on a Sunday like there is now.
Many things have altered since Mrs Pratt was young, but in her opinion the changes has not been for the better. “If girls now-a-days would only stay at home more and read good books and learn household duties” she declared, “they would keep out of a lot of harm and do themselves much more good. I blame the parents in a large measure for not teaching them better.”
A reference to the war reminded her of her childhood’s days when her father and two uncles were pressed into service. She said she hoped to live to see the war over, for she was certain that the world would have improved in many ways.
Shipley & District Ambulance Corps - “OUR DAY”
To help at the Front our wounded from home and overseas.
We have been requested by the Headquarters Committee to commemorate the first anniversary of the amalgamation for war purposes, of the British Red Cross Society, and the order of St John.
A Tag Day will be held will be held on Saturday October 23rd.
Keep the Red Cross Flag flying.
All those desirous of helping to collect kindly give their names to:-
H Carr, 60 George Street, Saltaire, Hon Sec.
| Saltaire War Diary: 8 October 1915
The monthly meeting of the above Committee was held on Thursday evening last at the Institute, Saltaire, and was presided over by Councillor H Williams (Baildon).
Mr J Hudson read a note showing that the question of infection through telephone instruments had been the subject of a discussion between the County Committee and the Postmaster General, and the Department had informed the Committee of the result of certain experiments which had been made with telephones at a sanatorium, which seemed to indicate there was no great danger of infection if the instruments were cleansed in the ordinary way.
The chairman pointed out that this did not quite touch the matter as raised by the Shipley Committee, and also that the ordinary business telephone was often badly placed, and never received any cleansing of any character.
Mr Hobley said that the evidence in large business places was contrary to the conclusions arrived at by the Department, and indicated that some large concerns had been so impressed with the danger that each operator had to use a detachable mouthpiece.
Mr Hudson also reported that the discussion at the last monthly meeting of the committee on the question of the refusal of consumptive patients to undergo, or to continue, Institutional treatment, had formed the basis of a leading article in the “National Insurance Gazette” on 18th September. The writer had expressed the opinion that the subject was worth keeping in mind, and that some energetic body might perform a very useful purpose if it acquired the available facts and kept them ready for presentation to the powers that be. A case could certainly be built up in this matter, and it might be that Parliament, reviewing the full stamen of facts before it, would decide on some alterations in the Act, not necessarily in favour of compulsion immediately, but at least in favour of compulsory notification to Insurance Committees.
County Alderman Dunn expressed the opinion that Approved Societies should use their influence to get the patients to stay in the sanatorium.
On the reading of the minutes of the Shipley Urgency Sub Committee a discussion arose as to whether the period for which patients were granted sanatorium treatment was sufficiently long in some cases.
A discussion arose as to notifications under the Tuberculosis Order. The chairman, on being appealed to for a ruling as to whether this matter was one which the committee could consider, stated that he thought the committee was quite in order in discussing any matter relating to the good of the insured person provided that it made a recommendation to the County Committee upon which that body could act or which it could, if it thought fit, pass forward to the proper quarter.
The following resolution was passed and a copy ordered to be sent to the County Committee, “That in our opinion it is absolutely necessary that every medical practitioner coming across a case of Tuberculosis should at once notify the same to the Medical Officer of Health for the District, and that such notifications should be made compulsory by Order.”
County Alderman Dunn was asked by the vice-chairman (Mr Jennings Alderson) when the new sanatorium at Middleton near Ilkley was expected to be available, and was informed that it was probably only a matter of a few days before the institute would be opened.
The registration of Mr E Long as a representative of the Shipley and District Friendly Society and Trades Union Council and the appointment of Mr Alfred Pitts in his stead were laid before the Committee and referred to the County Committee, who have the power of Appointment.
The Ladies Committee of the Shipley Soldiers and Sailors Comfort Fund held a “Tag” day on Saturday, to raise money to provide Xmas parcels of clothing comforts for Shipley Soldiers and Sailors. Through the ladies sterling efforts, over £82 (worth £7.5k in 2015) was raised with expenses amounting to £8 10s.
The Ladies Committee was at first formed to relieve cases of distress arising out of the war. They also fitted up recruits as they enlisted, besides working for hospitals and the Red Cross. Up to May 31st, last, they had distributed over 13,000 garments. When the necessity for those efforts ceased owing to improved conditions of labour and the men being more quickly equipped by the War Office, the above-mentioned ladies formed themselves a committee to provide warm clothing for Shipley Soldiers and Sailors until the need should arise for them to continue their work for the distress again.
Youth Killed at Saltaire Works
At the engineering works of Messrs. F Wigglesworth and Company (Limited), Hirst Wood, Saltaire, yesterday, Ernest Haigh (17) of 18 George Street, Saltaire, was attending to what is known as a side-planer when he got caught in the machine. His body was severely crushed, and he died whilst being conveyed to the hospital.
[Colin Coates: Ernest was the son of Alfred and Mary Ellen Haigh. Notes appear on Alfred Haigh in the Extra Biographies section].
The National Union of Women’s Suffrage (Shipley and Baildon Branch)
A lecture will be given by Miss Thurston, on Red Cross work in Russia and Belgium, at the Saltaire Institute, on Wednesday 27th October, at 3pm. Chair: Mrs F T Woods (The Vicarage, Bradford). Tickets 6d each.
Shipley Textile Society
The Opening Meeting of the above Society will be held in the Technical Schools on Thursday, October 21st. When a Lecture will be given by Mr M Fort of the Bradford Technical College: Subject, “The Present Position of the Dyeing Industry.” Chair to be taken at 7.30pm by the President, S Hainsworth. The meeting is free and open to the public.
11 October at Hirst Wood – Alfred Longbottom, aged 65, of 18 Constance Street Saltaire.
| Saltaire War Diary: 8 October 1915
New Engine at Saltaire Mills
The firm of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., have put in a new turbo-generator, made by the British Westinghouse Manufacturing Company of Trafford Park, Manchester. The objects will be attained by the new engine are:-
- To displace the engines previously scattered about the works
- To secure economy in steam consumption.
The latter object is eminently desirable having regard to the high price to which coal has now reached.
The turbo was started by the grand-daughter of Sir James Roberts (head of the firm), namely, Miss Mary Roberts, after whom it was named. Miss Roberts is the daughter of the late Mr Bertram F Roberts. Also in attendance where her brothers, James Denby Roberts and William Denby Roberts and her sister, Berry Roberts.
The engine will develop 1,500 horse power, and it will produce power not only at a greatly reduced expenditure of steam, but the quality of the power also, will be much superior. There are no dead centres, as in the case with ordinary reciprocating engines, but the whole motion is rotary. The generator and its exciter are all on the same shaft, and from a large switchboard behind, the power can be distributed to any part of the works.
Amateur Operatic Society
The Shipley Amateur Operatic Society are producing the “Mikado” in the Victoria Hall Saltaire each evening next week. Needless to say all the profits go to our local charities. This society was launched only last year but its initial performance of “Patience” proved a distinct artistic success and resulted in a handsome sum being handed over for local charitable purposes.
The society has experienced the usual difficulties created by these times, many of their members being absent with H M forces or engaged on munition and government work. These difficulties have however been successfully surmounted and the principals and chorus promise to be a very good combination.
The caste this year includes Miss Annie Cockcroft, and Miss Effie Ilkley both well known in local musical circles; Mrs Jackson, (nee Miss Ethel Bird) who has played in principal roles for the Keighley Amateur Operatic Society on many occasions. Mr Arthur Wilkinson, of Bradford, needs no introduction. He is sure to be most diverting in the role of “Ko-Ko” in which part he will have full scope for whimsicalities. In Mr Morris Kellett, too, the society have gained a valuable acquisition.
Several original members of the society have fortunately been able to lend their services to the society. Miss Mabel Booth is sure to enhance the well-deserved reputation she gained last year as “Angela, ”with Charlesworth George, Vincent Ward and Arnold Lee, all of whom rendered yeoman service last year, the principals altogether are sure to prove a most excellent combination.
With this society the chorus work is no mean feature of the production. Under the able directorship of Mr Vincent Calverley, they have attained a very satisfactory degree of proficiency. With Mr F K Hewitt again figuring as producer the artistic success of the performance is assured.
In short we have no hesitation in predicting that the production will be a musical and artistic treat. With the two-fold appeal of a good production and a worthy object we feel sure that the public of Shipley and District will give this enterprising opportunity society a full measure of support.
Wanted – respectable Men and Women Lodgers – Apply 48 Rhodes Street, Saltaire
Stirk – September 30th, 1915 at 25 Dove Street, Saltaire, William Stirk, in his 67th year.
Saltaire War Diary: 1 October 1915
Sir Titus Salt’s Charity
The pensioners of the Sir Titus Salt Charity and a number of friends were entertained to a garden party on Saturday afternoon (18th of September) at Ashville, Church Lane in Shipley, the residence of Mr John Kendall, who was for almost twenty five years a member of the Board of Governors of the charity, and chairman for several years.
The weather was somewhat unfavourable for a gathering of that description but not withstanding that fact the function was particularly successful.
Amongst the guests were Sir Ellis Denby, Mr and Mrs T Whiteley, Mr Dunn and Miss Dun, Mr B Allsop (the present chairman of the Governors), Councillor and Mrs C E Learoyd, Mr and Mrs J E Shackleton, Mr and Mrs E E Airey, Mr and Mrs J S Kelley, Mr and Mrs Selkirk, Mrs J R Fyfe, Mr and Mrs Francis Lister, Mr Percy Atkinson, Mr and Mrs B Greenwood, Mr Clifford Fry (hon. secretary of the Sir Titus Salt Charity), Mr T Luxton (clerk to the Governors), Mrs F Shaw, Mrs Thornton and Miss Birch.
Those who sent apologies regretting their inability to attend were Mr and Mrs T Kendall, Mrs Titus Salt, Councillor A Gill and the matron of Saltaire Hospital (Miss Mitchell).
Twenty five pensioners – twenty four women and one man – put in an appearance. The oldest was 90 years of age and the youngest 61, the average age being nearly 74. Mrs Pratt of Victoria Road, Saltaire, had the honour of being the oldest person present. She celebrated her 90th birthday on August 4th. A native of Saxton, about 14 miles north of Leeds, she came to live at Saltaire 23 years ago.
An appetising tea was served, and the pensioners also received a suitable gift each. After tea the guests spent a happy time in the drawing room. Selections were given on a gramophone belonging to Mr Percy Atkinson, whilst a number of the pensioners gave recitations, and one who had passed the allotted span of life actually danced an Irish Jig and a Scotch reel. The Shipley Brass Band discoursed music on the lawn.
A vote of thanks was accorded Mr Kendall for his generosity, on the motion of Mr B Allsop, seconded by Councillor Learoyd. Mr Allsop spoke in terms of high appreciation of the services which Mr Kendall has rendered to the town of Shipley, and observed that only those who had worked with him could thoroughly realise how valuable his services had been.
Councillor Learoyd said that it was a great trouble to the Board of Governors when Mr Kendall resigned his position on account of indifferent health, and they were hoping that before long, they would have him back amongst them on the Board, for which he done so much in the past.
In responding, Mr Kendall said he had devoted a fair amount of time to public work, but the work in which he had been most deeply interested was in connection with the Salt Trust. He became a Governor of the Salt Schools and the Salt Trust in 1890, the year after he was elected for the first time on the Shipley School Board, and he thoroughly enjoyed the work. His health was now much better than it had been, and he was looking forward to the time when he would again be able to make himself of some service to his native town.
Saltaire Hospital Governors Meeting
The monthly meeting of the Board of Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held on Wednesday night at the Saltaire Hospital Hospital. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and the other members present were Mrs Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Mr W Cryer, Mr F Lister and Mr E L Baumann.
The monthly report stated that there had been 90 out-patients. At the date of the last meeting there had been eight in-patients and twenty had since been admitted, making a total of 28. Of these 21 had been discharged, leaving seven in the hospital, at the present time.
Donations have been received from the Saltaire Cricket Club, £20; Bradford Cricket League, £10 10s; employees of John Smith (Shipley) Ltd., £1 1s ; Mr Gordon Binns (as an acknowledgement), £1; and the employees of Messrs. Lee and Crabtree, 12s 3d.
The twisters at Saltaire Mills had forwarded £6 15s, the proceeds of a concert and dance held for the benefit of wounded soldiers who were admitted to hospital.
The following gifts were announced:
Rev J W Hind (Frizinghall), Mr Kershaw, Mrs Smith, Mrs Boocock, Miss Schulten and the Glen residents’ flowers.
Miss Brown, Victoria Park, scrap book.
Shipley Corps of the Salvation Army, gifts for the wounded soldiers.
A deputation from the Shipley Hospital Demonstration Committee, consisting of Mr A Waugh and Mr J Hudson, attended the meeting and reported that the “tag” day and demonstration in Saltaire Park, held last month, had realised £115 for the hospital. Mr J Hudson said that it had been a great success considering the demands which were being made on people at the present time, and Mr Waugh remarked that the splendid result was due in a large measure to the excellent working committee.
Mr Allsop said that as chairman of the Board it gave him great pleasure to congratulate the Demonstration Committee on the most excellent result which had been achieved. It showed that the public had perfect confidence in the Institution, and it was gratifying to know that such a spirit prevailed. Mr Waugh briefly responded.
Youth, strong, smart, wanted. Apply S and S Whittingham Fish and Game Salesmen, Gordon Terrace, Saltaire
Wanted Gramaphone and Records, must be good condition, state make and price. Charles Wilson, 24 Fanny Street, Saltaire.
Humour and Pathos of Recruiting
The visit of the West Riding’s Flying Column to Saltaire towards the end of last week in continuation of its recruitment march aroused considerable interest. As the column passed through the streets, the inhabitants turned out in large numbers, and the soldiers had the hearty reception which they richly deserved. Lads cheered them to the echo, and not a few grown-ups gave vent to their feelings in a similar fashion. The jury at an inquest at Saltaire were on the point of being sworn, but such was the enthusiasm of the men that even this process was suspended for a few moments, and the men mounted chairs to watch the boys in khaki pass.
But there was another side to the picture. Many of the women who had hurriedly left their homes to get a glimpse of the soldiers were seen wiping tears from their eyes as our brave lads went marching merrily by. Some of them had suffered bereavement as the result of the war, and others were doubtless thinking of their dear ones who are gallantly defending the flag if freedom and honour.
Wilson – In loving memory of our dear mother, Christiana Wilson, who departed this life October 5th, 1914.
You watched beside my bed,
Now I will watch for you,
And when you reach the Golden Gates
I come and lead you through
From her loving daughters – 15 Jane Street Saltaire
Emily Pearson baptised 29 September 1915 at St Pauls Shipley
(Sadly Emily died in 1918, aged just 3.)
| Saltaire War Diary: 24 September 1915
Recruiting Meeting at Saltaire
A detachment of the West Riding Regiment’s flying column, under the command of Colonel John Land, V.D., accompanied by the band visited Saltaire at noon yesterday with a view to securing recruits.
The men were entertained at the Royal Café, Saltaire, by Sir James Roberts, and subsequently a meeting was held opposite the entrance to Saltaire Mills. Sir Ellis Denby presided, and others on the platform were C H Briggs, Col. Land, Major E P Learoyd, Capt. Ellison, Capt. Rutherford, Lieutenants Goldthorpe, F W Smith, D Smith and Pogson, and Second Lieutenants Longbottom and Wharton.
Sir Ellis Denby, on behalf of those present, extended a warm welcome to Col. Land and his men. He then went on to say that men were urgently needed for the Forces, and it was to be hoped that there would be an eager response by the young men of Saltaire.
Neuve Chapelle Hero
Private Otto Silvester, of 31 Rhodes Street, who a short time ago was discharged from the Army as “medically unfit,” has seen much active service. The injuries which resulted in his disablement were received in the great battle of Neuve Chapelle.
He is not a Shipley man, but came to live in the district some three years ago, and was employed by Mr W P Butterfield, tank maker, Woodbottom, Baildon. He was born in a town about two miles from Salt Lake City, and came over to this country with the famous Buffalo Bill as an expert knife thrower. Subsequently he worked for Mr W Marshall roundabout proprietor.
He fought in the South African War, and was with the column who relieved Ladysmith. After the war he served in India. On the 5th of January last he enlisted in the 1st West Yorks. Regiment, and he went to the Continent soon afterwards.
The first time he was in action was at Armentieres and he was later in the thick of the fray at La Bassee, where he received a bullet in the left shoulder. To use his own words he was “knocked out” at Neuve Chapelle, after which he was unconscious for 48 hours. From the 14th of March until the time he was discharged he lost five stones in weight. He was wounded in the right arm, got two bullets in the left shoulder, two in the left groin, and pieces of shrapnel in the right ankle and right shin bone. His sight is also affected as a result of a bullet having penetrated his head.
The harvest festival was celebrated at the Saltaire Congregational Church on Sunday when the preachers were the Rev F H Toseland and the Rev P Drummond Pringle. At a service held in the afternoon an address was given by the Rev T O Harrison. Mr N Clarke presided. At this service a collection was taken on behalf of the Shipley Children’s Farmhouse Fund. In the morning the choir sang the anthem “Sing to the Lord of Harvest” (Maunder) and at the evening service the anthem was “The Wilderness” (Goss). Mr G Sutcliffe (organist and choirmaster) was at the organ.
Lance-Corporal Percy Smith Lund, whose parents reside at Cottingley, and who is a member of Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the 1st/6th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Bradford Territorials), was on September 14th at Saltaire Wesleyan Church married to Miss Gladys Feather, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Brigg Feather of Gordon Terrace, Saltaire. The officiating minister was the Rev W B Mattinson.
The bride, who was attired in a covent costume, and wore a black velour hat, with a sports mount, was given away by her father. The bridesmaid, Miss Olive Feather (bride’s sister) wore a saxe blue satin dress with black hat and back fox fur. Trooper Frank Feather (only brother of the bride) and a member of the Yorkshire Dragoons was best man. After the ceremony the happy couple journeyed to Whitley Bay for a short honeymoon, Lance Corporal Lund returning to the trenches the following Thursday morning.
Previous to the outbreak of war Lance Corporal Lund was a member of the Shipley Detachment of the Royal Army Medical Corps. After being stationed at various training camps in England, he crossed to France in the spring. Having been in and about the trenches for a number of months he has witnessed many exciting scenes.
A day or two before he left the trenches for a short furlough at home he went with two comrades down to the headquarters, and was sighted by an enemy airman. As they were returning the buzz of a shell was heard by the three men, who at once fell flat on the ground, the shell bursting within four foot of them. Such incidents as this serve to dispel the idea that ambulance man are never in danger, for, says Lance Corporal Lund, the Germans take no notice whatever of the armlets which denote they are non-combatants.
It is also very interesting to hear him relate some of his experiences in France and Belgium. He says the Germans are often firing shells between 15cwt and 20cwt, for no military purpose whatever. All the damage they do is to destroy buildings. Many of them cost £500 each. Lance Corporal Lund says the French soldier is a splendid fighter when alongside the British and he thinks that the coming winter would see the war finished if only the British had more men. At some parts of the line the 6th West Yorkshires were only about 30 yards away from the enemy when he left.
A Fatal Altercation
At the Saltaire Hospital yesterday the Deputy Coroner, Mr F W Norris held an inquest on the body of a married women named Elizabeth Shepherd of Hird Street Shipley. A charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm upon her was on Monday at the Bradford West Riding Police Court was served against a window cleaner named Arthur Gornall, a single man of 24 Albert Terrace Saltaire, who was remanded. Mrs Shepherd died at the hospital on Wednesday.
Police Superintendent Keel and Inspector Beston attended the inquiry, whilst Gornall was present in charge of two warders from Wakefield Goal.
Herbert Shepherd, iron grinder, gave evidence of identification. Witness last spoke to her on Sunday night, when she was at home. Witness went out leaving her in the house. She said she was not going out. Witness knew the man Gornall by sight, but did not know whether deceased knew him or not. He (witness) had not seen her with Gornall. His wife had a black eye about six weeks ago, and on one occasion when witness arrived home he found Gornell on the sofa worse for drink. Deceased was downstairs, and in his opinion was not intoxicated at all.
Supt. Keel asked witness where he was at nine o’clock on Sunday night, and he replied that he was at the Woolcombers’ Club (Shipley). His wife was brought home unconscious about ten minutes past nine. He spoke to her but received no reply.
Samuel Farrar, barman, 9 Elliot Street Shipley, who is employed at the Junction Hotel vaults said the deceased called occasionally. He saw her there on Sunday night about eight o’clock, when she came in by herself. She had two drinks, and left the house about a quarter to nine. There were four wooden steps leading from Commercial Street into the vaults. Witness heard a thud at a quarter past nine, and he found the deceased lying at the bottom of the steps. He had not hear quarrelling. Witness knew Gornall and saw him in the vaults on Sunday night. He could not say whether Gornall and the deceased left together.
In reply to a juryman, witness said he did not hear any screams, all that he heard was a thud. Gornall came to the house about half-past six on Sunday evening and had a pint of beer. He then left and came back in an hour. Witness did not remember hearing the deceased say anything to Gornall when he came in.
Mrs Farrar, wife of the last witness, said she assisting her husband on Sunday night. Gornall was not in the same room as the deceased, the jug department dividing the two rooms. Deceased spoke to Gornall across the room and paid for him a drink. Whilst in the house the deceased and Gornall seemed very friendly.
In reply to Gornall, witness said she did not tell him to go outside and see if deceased managed all right.
Percy Lester, 17 Waverley Street Shipley said that he was in the tap room at the Junction Hotel vaults on Sunday night. He saw the deceased and Gornall in conversation together. Later he saw the deceased come falling down the steps head first. Her head struck the floor.
Witness saw Gornall standing at the top of the steps with his hands in his pockets.
Mrs Clark of 12 Baker Street, Saltaire, with of Police Constable Clark, said that just after nine o’clock on Sunday night her and her husband were on the opposite side of the road to the Junction Hotel. Near the door there were two men talking, and on the top step was a women. One man was tall and she heard him say “I am not going to take any more of your source.” He then struck the women and afterwards dealt a blow to the other man. The woman felt backwards way down the steps. The husband of the witness went across and said to the man: “You have had enough, go home.” The man replied “I am going home.” The witness afterwards saw her husband going in the direction of the police station with Gornall. She did not know what became of the other man.
A juror: Are you sure Gornall was the man who struck the woman!
Witness: Yes he struck her on the chest.
Police Constable Clark spoke to hearing two men talking loudly near the Junction Hotel. Deceased was standing in the doorway in front of Gornall and he struck her with his fist. Witness asked Gornall what was the matter, and he replied, “There is two of them trying to pick a quarrel with me.” Gornall was taken into custody and he afterwards said that he only pushed her. Witness did not know what became of the other man whom Gornall struck. Gornall was very excited. On being charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on the deceased Gornall replied, “I know nothing about it.”
In reply to Gornall the witness said the other man did not strike the woman.
Miss Mitchell the matron at Saltaire Hospital said deceased was admitted at half past ten on Sunday night. There were no external wounds and the deceased smelt strongly of drink. She was unconscious and remained so up to her death on Wednesday morning.
Dr Jenkins (of Windhill) who made a post mortem examination said the skull was not fractured. The cause of death was pressure of blood on the brain caused, in his opinion, by a violent blow on the skull. The injury might have been brought about by a fall. There was no evidence from the examination that the deceased had been a chronic drinker.
The jury retired twice, and on returning the second time the foreman announced they were of opinion “that the deceased met her death as the result of an unpremeditated blow or push given by Gornall thereby causing her to fall down the steps.
The Coroner said that amounted to a verdict of manslaughter.
Much interest centred in a wedding which was solemnised at the Saltaire Congregational Church on Wednesday afternoon, the contracting parties being Mr Herbert W Walker, elder son of Mr and Mrs J E Walker (of Manningham) and Miss Florrie Harrison, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs Alfred Harrison (of Saltaire). The bride is well known in musical circles as a soprano vocalist, whilst for several years she has been a member of the Saltaire Congregational Church.
The church had been prettily decorated for the occasion, and the ceremony, which was performed by the Reverend P Drummond Pringle (pastor) was witnessed by a large congregation.
The bride, who was given away by her father, was becomingly attired in a white silk crepe de chine gown. The bodice, which was made pinafore style, had a vest and sleeves of ninon over point lace, and was ornamented with pearls. The full skirt was gathered into a yoke. Her veil was arranged in the form of a mob cap, caught up with lovers knots of orange blossom. She carried a bouquet of white roses and white heather (the gift of the bridegroom).
The bridesmaid, Miss Doris Walker (sister of the bridegroom) wore a dress of embroidered voile with a brocaded belt. Her white velour hat was trimmed with shaded roses and pale blue velvet ribbon streamers. Her bouquet (a gift of the bridegroom) was composed of pink carnations.
The best man was Mr Ernest H Wadsworth (cousin of the bridegroom), of the Leeds University Officers’ Training Corps, whilst the groomsmen were Corporal P Walker (brother of the bridegroom) and Lance Corporal A Newton (both of the 16th West Yorkshires). Suitable selections were played on the organ by Mr George Sutcliffe (organist and choirmaster).
After the ceremony a reception was held at the Saltaire Congregational Sunday School, and later in the day the happy couple left for St Annes on their honeymoon.
On Monday evening last a deputation, consisting of Mr J W Sowden, Mr Albert Brear, Mr V Woodhead and the pastor of the church (Rev P Drummond Pringle) waited upon Miss Harrison to present her on the occasion of her marriage with a splendid canteen of cutlery, which had been subscribed for by the members of the congregation, the officers of the Sunday school, and the members of the “Women’s Own”.
(Florrie was born 1889 in Saltaire to Alfred & Eliza Harrison. Alfred was a combing overlooker. The family lived at 4 Mawson Street in Saltaire from before 1881 to 1909 when they moved to 72 Victoria Road in Saltaire. Once married Florrie lived with her husband at 7 Glen View Terrace in Shipley).
| Saltaire War Diary: 17 September 1915
A Fine Saltaire Record
Mr and Mrs Clay of 9 Dove Street, Saltaire, have five sons, a son-in-law and four nephews serving with the Colours. The sons are Private George Clay (Brownroyd, Bradford), Private Edward Clay (Pontefract), Private William Henry Clay (The Green, Idle), Private Thomas Clay (Barnsley), all of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry; and Private Vincent Clay RAMC (of Saltaire). The eldest son is thirty-nine years of age, and the youngest aged just eighteen.
Private William Henry Clay has seen much active service in the present war. He had terrible experiences during Whitsuntide, he said: “I received a very bad shock last Tuesday. There was a party of us on guard at the ammunition waggon, just behind the trenches, and a constant bombardment was going on from Saturday until Tuesday. A “Jack Johnson” blew our magazine to blazes, and killed the sergeant and four others. How I escaped with my life is a miracle to me. I don’t remember much of what happened. I can tell you it gave me a terrible shaking up. I hope I don‘t get another like it while this war lasts. I wish it was over and everybody was nicely settled down again.”
The Struggle Against The Turks
On Sunday morning, Mrs Green of 13 Rhodes Street Saltaire, was officially notified that her husband, Pioneer Sergeant Samuel Thomas Green, of the 8th Battalion West Riding Regiment, had been wounded in action at the Dardanelles on August 21st.
Sergeant Green is in base hospital, and in a letter home says the wound is healing splendidly. He adds that he is going into a convalescent camp. Sergeant Green, who served in the South African campaign, was prior to the war a postman in Shipley.
The Recent Hospital “Tag” Day
A meeting of the Shipley Hospital Demonstration Committee was held on Thursday night at Somerset House with Councillor A Waugh (chairman) presiding.
The Treasurer (Mr Thos Kendall) reported that the total receipts of the “Tag” Day on Saturday, August 28th, and the sacred concert the following day amounted to £131 1s 11d. The expenditure totalled £15 9s 8d, leaving a balance of £115 12s 3d. It was decided to hand over £115 (worth over £10k in 2014) to the Saltaire Hospital.
Hospital Benefit Match
A match in aid of the funds of Saltaire Hospital took place in Saltaire Park on Saturday afternoon between teams selected and captained by W G Bateman (the Saltaire captain) and H I Pratt (a member of the Undercliffe eleven). Delightful weather favoured the event, which attracted a large crowd.
The match was twelve a-side, and S F Barnes (the famous bowler) was included in Bateman’s team, who compiled 135 runs. On this occasion, Barnes did not do anything with the bat, been given out without having scored. Pratt’s team responded with 113, the only player who made any real attempt to cope with the bowling being F Stead, who hit up 46 in merry fashion before being bowled by Williams. The remaining ten wickets fell to Barnes at a cost of 36 runs.
During an interval Barnes was the recipient of an interesting presentation at the hands of Councillor Thomas Hill (chairman of the Shipley District Council), the ceremony taking place on the balcony of the pavilion.
Mr F White presided, and amongst those present were Mrs Hill, Mr B Allsop (chairman of the board of governors of the Saltaire Hospital), Councillors F Rhodes and T F Doyle, Mr H Mann (secretary of the club), and Mr E Butterfield (chairman of the committee). The two with which Barnes made such outstanding records had been mounted in silver, the inscriptions recording ten wickets for 14 runs against Baildon Green on May 16th, and his ten for 33 against Bowling Old Lane in the Priestley Charity Cup semi-final at Cottingley Bridge on August 2nd.
During the afternoon music was rendered by the Canal Ironworks Band (Shipley) and the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir. After the match, on the invitation Mr W G Bateman, the teams and officials had tea at the Victoria Hotel, Saltaire Road, Shipley
It is expected that as a result of the effort of the effort the committee will be able to hand over about £28. (Value over £2,500 in 2015). A sum of £14 2s 3d was realised from the sale of about 3,000 “tags”. The committee desire to thank all who in any way contributed to the success of the effort.
The late Mr Alfred Mansfield
The funeral took place at the Parish Church on Wednesday afternoon of Mr Alfred Mansfield of 4 Lockwood Street Saltaire, who died on Saturday, aged seventy-six. Mr Mansfield was secretary of the Veterans Association, the members of which meet at the rooms of the Rosse Street Brotherhood. As a token of respect the flag was hoisted half-mast.
Before the internment a service was held at the Rosse Street Baptist Church conducted by the Rev H W Burdett and Mr Wm Hulme. In the course of a short address Mr Burdett said that the deceased gentleman had been a faithful member of the church for many years, and was at one time a worker in the Sunday school. During recent years he had devoted himself with untiring effort to the Veterans Association. He would be greatly missed by the members of that body.
The following members of the Veterans Association attended the funeral:-
R Brooks, J Bolton, G Harrison, F Jones, F White, G Brumfitt, W Horner, W Jackson, J Simpson, E Whitaker, E Holdsworth, J Dean, J Cousin and J Shaw.
Shipley Amateur Operatic Society
The members of the Shipley Amateur Operatic Society are now busily engaged in the rehearsal of “The Mikado,” which is to be performed at the Saltaire Institute during the week commencing Monday October 11th.
Last year, when these amateurs made their debut in “Patience,” they were enabled to hand over £30 to the Shipley was distress fund. The proceeds of this year’s performances will be allocated to the local war funds and the Saltaire Hospital.
After the success of last year’s effort, the public will look forward with pleasurable anticipation to the society’s presentation of “The Mikado.” The principles will include Mr George Charlesworth and a number of well-known Bradford amateurs, who are kindly giving their services. Mr A Wilkinson can be relied upon for a successful impersonation of “Koko.” Sir Ellis Denby is the president of the Shipley Society and Lady Denby is also taking a keen interest in the forthcoming production.
The Autumn Term will commence on Tuesday 21st September at 9 am.
Boys High School – Head Master F J Fuller with staff of Ten Assistants
Girls High School – Head Mistress Miss H Byles with staff of Twenty Assistants
Copy of the Schools Prospectus may be obtained at the Education Office, Saltaire Road, Shipley – Walter Popplestone, Secretary.
| Saltaire War Diary: 10 September 1915
The Volunteers, looking very spic and span in their new uniforms, started out from their headquarters, the Albert Road School, shortly after ten o’clock last Sunday morning, about 100 strong. It was a delightful morning for military exercise in the open.
Before leaving the parade ground it was necessary to make sure that the uniform was worn correctly. The N.C.O’s conducted a preliminary inspection of their platoons, and then followed a critical examination by the Commandant. After one or two minor errors had been corrected – perhaps the haversack strap was over the wrong shoulder, or had not been passed underneath the shoulder strap – the order, “Move to the right in fours – form fours – quick march” was given, the drummers and buglers got to work, and the men swung out of the school yard into Albert Road.
The company was led by Commandant E S Sharpe, assisted by Commander F E Williamson (second in command), Platoon Commanders R O Ackernley and H Bow. From the top of Albert Road they proceeded down Saltaire Road and Victoria Road, and thence through the Glen Wood, and on to the moorland heights.
When the company halted at Dobrudden Farm, the sky became overcast for a time, and the men began to wonder whether they had been wise in turning out without mackintoshes. It was not long, however, before the clouds dispersed, and the day proved to be one of the most perfect that the company have been favoured with for their manoeuvres.
Special Cricket Match
Saltaire Hospital is in luck’s way just now. A fortnight ago a “tag” day, etc., realised well over a hundred pounds and tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, in Saltaire Park, there is to be a special cricket match in aid of the hospital. The match will be between teams selected and captained by W G Bateman (the Saltaire captain) and H I Pratt.
Barnes, the famous bowler, who will assist Mr Bateman’s side, is to be the recipient of an interesting presentation at the hands of Councillor T Hill, Chairman of the Shipley District Council. The two balls with which he has made such outstanding records whilst playing with Saltaire have been mounted in silver, and the inscription records his ten wickets for 14 runs against Baildon Green, and his ten for 33 against Bowling Old Lane in the Priestley Charity Cup semi-final at Cottingley Bridge on August 2nd.
In addition to the match tomorrow there will be music by the Canal Ironworks Band and the Saltaire Male Voice Choir. All spectators (including members of the Saltaire Club) will pay for admission to the match and a number of ladies will help to swell the proceeds by the sale of tags.
Picture House Schemes
It is rumoured in Shipley that the two new picture house schemes are contemplated, one on the low side of the Bradford and Keighley Road, opposite the bottom of Victoria Park, and another on a portion of the site where the Royal Jubilee Exhibition was held at Saltaire. The site spoken of for the latter scheme is at the corner where the Technical School leaves Saltaire Road. When the ill-fated Mid-Yorkshire tramway scheme was launched in Shipley this particular ground was occupied by a large corrugated iron tram shed, which has since been removed.
Before the Unionist Party secured a portion of Shipley Old Hall for club premises, some inquiry was made with a view to securing the site (which has recently changed hands) for the erection of a new club. Whether the projected new cinema house schemes will be proceeded with in war time we do not know.
It is interesting to recall the fact that when the Prince’s Hall and, later the Theatre de Luxe were built, many people in the town expressed the opinion that the craze for pictures was being created for in a way that would largely exceed the demand. The crowds of people who visit these places daily, however, clearly demonstrate how mistaken the pessimists were.
The Shipley Wesleyan Circuit gathering held at the Saltaire Schools last Saturday to welcome the three new pastors and their wives was of a character which all present felt could be regarded as a happy augury of a successful association with the various churches of the denomination in this district.
In accordance with the arrangement adopted some years ago the superintendent minister, the Rev. David Ashby, will devote himself chiefly to the work at Providence and Hall Royd Chapels, Shipley; the Rev W B Mattinson will be in charge at Saltaire; whilst the Rev. John Shenton’s duties will principally be in connection with the five Wesleyan churches at Baildon and Esholt.
Mr Mattinson humorously alluded to an old grudge which he had against Saltaire, and which dated back to the time when he and his colleagues in a football team met their Waterloo in a match against the Salt Schools’ combination.
The following successes of Shipley Technical School students in the Board of Education examinations are announced: Applied mechanics (machines and hydraulics), James S Ashby, pass; Arthur Raistrick, pass. Building construction, Tom Hutton, pass.
Hand Cart, suit joiner, window cleaner, chimney sweep; good condition: 25s – Evans, 2 Baker Street, Saltaire.
Ernest Theodore Whitesmith, 22, gardener, married Rhoda May Boyes, 19 – 28 August 1915 at St Peters.
| Saltaire War Diary: 3 September 1915
Saltaire Youth Killed
Mr and Mrs Albert Webb, of 9 Jane Street, Saltaire, have been officially informed that their only son, Private Albert Webb, of the Shipley Detachment of the Royal Army Medical Corps, was killed on August 9th. Private Webb, who was attached to the 1st/5th King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, and had been on active service about four months.
According to a letter from a comrade (Private Ernest Theobald, formerly of 5 Atkinson Street Shipley), a shell went through the roof of a dug-out and burst. Webb and another man were killed, and a sergeant died the following morning from wounds. Two other men were wounded, one of them being Theobald himself, who was sent to the Brabyns Auxiliary Military Hospital in Marple Bridge in Cheshire, his injuries consisting of flesh wounds in the leg.
As a boy Private Webb was employed in the offices at Saltaire Mills and subsequently became a fitter’s apprentice at the Canal Ironworks. He attended the Saltaire Wesleyan Church and Sunday School and was a member of the Trinity Rose Lodge of the Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds (Ashton Unity). The family have received many expressions of sympathy in their bereavement.
In the course of his letter Private Theobald says: “I will give you a few particulars as to what happened on that terrible day. Our line of trenches was near the Yser Canal. The big attack which took place at Hooge on the Monday morning was preceded on the Sunday night by a heavy bombardment on the part of our artillery. This commenced at 6.30pm on Sunday, and was kept up until midnight. Then at 10am the attack was made at Hooge. We had a lot of casualties, and the consequences was that we were up working like niggers all night and the next morning. As soon as we had a bit of dinner I took my boots of (my feet were soaking wet), and laid down on the floor of our dug-out. A shell came through the roof and burst. I came off luckiest of all.”
For Wounded Soldiers
Miss Mitchell, the Matron of the Saltaire Hospital, wishes in acknowledge receipt of the sum of £6 15s 1d, which, she has received for the benefit of wounded soldiers who may come to Saltaire Hospital. This amount represents the proceeds of a social gathering held at the Saltaire Institute on Saturday night in connections with the twisting department in Saltaire Mill.
Saltaire Hospital “Tag Day”
A very gratifying sign of an awakening of public interest in the needs of Saltaire Hospital was apparent in the Shipley district last weekend. It has always been more or less of a reproach to the people of Shipley that an institution which has done and is doing such beneficent work has been inadequately supported by the inhabitants. To some extent this has probably due to an impression that the very generous endowment of the Salts Charity, provided by the founder, Sir Titus Salt, was practically equal to the requirements.
The great development that has taken place in the Shipley district during the last decade or two has resulted in a corresponding increase in the work of the Charity, especially on the hospital side. Several years ago, it will be remembered, the hospital was enlarged to meet a pressing demand for accommodation, and since then the Governors have often emphasised the necessity of increased public support to meet the deficiency of the accounts.
That those appeals have not hitherto met with the response which might have been expected will be at once evident when it is stated the whole of the subscriptions and donations (including church and workshop collections) for the year ended March 31st has amounted to only £273, whilst the hospital expenses for the same period were £1,073.
Four years ago a committee was formed in Shipley with the object of promoting an annual demonstration for the benefit of the hospital. Up to this year the demonstration was limited to a Sunday concert in Saltaire Park, members of choirs connected with the various places of worship in the town taking part. In view of the success of “tag” days for war funds it was decided this year to combine such an effort with the Sunday concert, and result has abundantly justified this step.
The contributions which the collectors in the streets on Saturday received in return for hospital favours amounted in the aggregate to just over £90. The bulk of the coins (representing £74 15s to be exact) were copper, so that several thousands of people patronised the boxes.
Councillor A Waugh (the chairman of the committee) and other officials had to use a horse and flat cart on Monday morning to convey the collection to the Shipley branch of the Bradford District Bank. The copper coins weighed over 3cwt. The collectors are to be heartily congratulated on the results of their efforts. The following collected in the Saltaire section:-
Gladys Bennett, Oliver Clayton, Jesse Jackson, Margaret Binns, James Fagan, E. Fagan, Edith Halliwell , Emily Walton, Nellie Barber, Edith Raistrick, Nellie Brannigan, Mary Caine, Edith Excell, Rose Brannigan, Evelyn Jordan, Clara Brannigan, Ivy Wilby, Gertie Tomlinson, Annie Mulligan, Mena Kelcher, Winnie Rogers , Lucy Dugmore, Maggie Rogers, Winnie Brannigan, Mary Hall, Ida Hall, Vera Jordan, Denis Rodgers, Hetty Smith, Julian Dawson, Ada Wilkins, Annie Smith, Beth Tatham, Jack Wilkins, Edith Crabtree, Ada Crabtree, H. Jordan, Agnes Kitchen, Phyllis Slade, Lily Grey, Mary Ramsden, F Crowland, Hilda Lamb, Annie McDonald, Mabel Hodgson, Harold Hopkinson, Bertha Lovell, A Hainsworth, Irene Wright, Gladys Hustler, Frank Davison, Doris Hodgson, Phyllis Hustler, Margaret Robinson, Florrie Horsfall, John Robinson, Hilda Slinger, Mrs Clark, Miss Lister, M Hirst, Hilda Gregory, Leo McLoughlin, J Sellers, M Milton, Elsie McHugh, Violet Parrington, L Wilkinson, A Crabtree, A Casey, G Bacon, E Lancaster, Harry Thornton, Hilda Welbourne, H McBair, B Shackleton, Sarah Parks, Edna Pearson, Edith Horne, Evelyn Carney, W Oates, Lucy Dugmore, Sam Hainsworth, Willie Mawason, Harold Brayshaw, Annie Gargon, Alice Carpenter, Mary Carpenter and Marie Steele.
The Sunday Demonstration
There was a break on Saturday night in the spell of fine weather experienced during the week, and as the conditions were anything but promising on Sunday morning it was feared that the demonstration arranged for Saltaire Park in the afternoon might have to be postponed. Thankfully however the prospects quickly improved, and the afternoon was beautifully fine.
The procession arranged in connection with the demonstration aroused great interest, as shown by the crowds which lined the route to the park from the Windhill Recreation Ground. It was headed by the Shipley Volunteers, about eighty of whom were in uniform for the first time. Some other members of the Corps (including officers), whose uniform were not to hand, attended in mufti, wearing the official brassard. Along the route of the procession many complimentary references to the smartness of the uniform, and the soldierly bearing of the men (most of whom have had ten months training) were heard. Commandant E S Sharpe was in charge, assisted by Mr F Rhodes (president), Mr F E Wilkinson and Mr H Brew.
There was also a very imposing parade of Scouts from the Bradford Western Division, which includes the Saltaire and Windhill Corps. About 600 youths and boys connected with the movement attended, the officers in charge being District Scoutmasters White and Gorrell. The Scouts were accompanied by their band, which was in charge of S M Spenecely, assisted by Patrol Leader Preece.
Pavilion De Luxe, Shipley
A splendid picture of the procession which took place on Sunday afternoon on the occasion of the sacred concert promoted by the Shipley Hospital Demonstration Committee is being shown this week at the Pavilion De Luxe, Commercial Street, Shipley.
The film commences with the departure of the Shipley Volunteers (in uniform for the first time) from the Otley Road Council School, and afterwards gives onlookers a realistic idea of what constituted the procession as it passed along Saltaire Road.
Perhaps best of all are the incidents depicted in Saltaire Park, several well-known ladies and gentleman being easily discernible.
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