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Bailey, James William
c1856 – 1917

James William Bailey was the son of Robert Bailey. Robert was born c1831 in Huddersfield. He married Charlotte Lilley 11 February 1855 at St John the Baptist in Kirk Heaton.

James, an only child, was born c1856 in Huddersfield. In 1871 the family were living at 1 Herbert Street in Saltaire with Robert working as a tobacco maker and James as a cotton dyer. By 1881 they had moved to 22 Caroline Street in Saltaire.

James, working as a painter, married Clara Walker, 1 December 1881 at Braford Cathedral. Clara was a weaver living at 18 Mary Street in Saltaire. They had two children; Ethel (b 1888) & Fred (b1890).

In 1887 the family were living at 16 Mary Street in Saltaire before moving to 27 Albert Road (renumbered 53) in 1891. By 1896 they were living at 7 Lower School Street in Saltaire with James working as a caretaker for Salts Schools. From 1900 they lived at 3 Lower School Street.

James died in 1917. His widow, Clara, lived at 10 Whitlam Street in Saltaire, until her death in 1939.

Bairstow, John
24 May 1855 – 27 March 1922

John Bairstow was the son of Thomas Bairstow. Thomas was born 1 May 1822 in Wilsden. He married a widower, Margaret Robinson (nee Croft) around 1852.

John, the second child of six, was born 24 May 1855 in Wilsden. In 1861 the family were living at 36 Helen Street in Saltaire with Thomas working as a gas fitter. In 1871 they were living at 33 George Street in Saltaire with John working as an apprentice wool comber.

John married Elena Stoney 26 December 1874 at Bradford Cathedral. They had five children: Mary Miranda (b1875), Annie (b1878), Thomas Henry (born 1884), John (b1889) and Edmund Gordon (b1890). In 1881 they were living at 24 Titus Street in Saltaire with John working as a wool comber setter. In 1891 they were living at 26 Albert Road (renumbered 51) in Saltaire.

John and his family immigrated to the USA in the autumn of 1891. Sailing from Liverpool aboard the “City of Berlin” they arrived in New York 5 September 1891. In 1900 they were living at Burlington on New Jersey with John working as a comb setter. By 1910 they had moved to Camden in New Jersey.

They lost their youngest son, Edmund Gordon, when he died 15 October 1916. John lost his wife, Elena, 1 June 1918. John died 27 March 1922 and was buried alongside his wife in Harleigh Cemetery.

Baumann, Edward Louis
c1854 - 21 December 1924

Edward Louis Baumann was born c1854 in Vienna, Austria. Working as a waiter he married Sarah Blandford 31 August 1873 at St Lukes in Bradford. Before they had children Sarah died in 1878. Edward then married Sarah Emma Bell 14 August 1880 at Bradford Cathedral.

In 1881 they were living at 50 Victoria Street in Bradford with Edward working as manager of a wine store. Sarah died childless in 1879. Edward then married Sarah’s younger sister, Martha. He became a citizen of the UK 4 February 1889.

In 1891 Edward was inn keeper at the Sun Hotel in Shipley. By 1901 he was retired living at 5 Castle Road in Shipley before moving to 13 Cross Banks in Shipley. Despite being married three times, Edward had no children. He died 21 December 1924, leaving £2930 in his will to his widow (worth £160k in 2015). Martha died 15 June 1925 leaving £5707 in her will (worth £305k in 2015).

Edward was a member of the Shipley Guild of Help. In September 1914 he joined the Board of Governors of The Titus Salt Charity, the body that ran Saltaire Hospital. Edward was an active figure in Saltaire during the war years and supported many causes.

Bayliffe, Fred
c1862 - 1934

Fred Bayliffe was the son of Joseph Bayliffe. Joseph was born 1837 in Kendal, Westmorland. He married Sarah Healey in 1859 in Huddersfield.

Fred, the eldest of eight children, was born c1862 in Lockwood, Huddersfield. The family lived in Aldmondbury, Huddersfield with Joseph working as a woollen weaver. In 1881 Fred was also working as a weaver.

Fred married Clara Donkersley 13 May 1883 at the High Street Chapel in Huddersfield. They had eight children, but five of them died young including Elsie (1894 - 21 January 1911). The three who lived to adulthood were Florence (b1885), Wilfred (b1886) and Herbert (b1891). In 1891 the family were living in Headingly, Leeds with Fred working as a weaving overlooker. By 1901 they were living at 2 Gordon Terrace (renumbered 53 Bingley Road) in Saltaire. From 1904 to 1910 they lived at 2 Maddocks Street in Saltaire. In 1911 they were at 36 Marlborough Road in Shipley. By 1915 they were back in Saltaire at 51 Titus Street.

Fred was the secretary of the Shipley Liberal Association. Fred died in 1934.

(Note – surname often spelt as “Bayliff”)

Bayliffe, Herbert
1890 -1966

Herbert Bayliffe was the son of Fred Bayliffe. Fred was born c1862 in Lockwood, Huddersfield. He married Clara Donkersley 13 May 1883 at the High Street Chapel in Huddersfield. They had eight children, but five of them died young.

Herbert was born 1890 in Huddersfield. He was baptised 25 January 1891 at a Methodist New Connexion Chapel in Leeds. In 1891 the family were living in Headingly, Leeds with Fred working as a weaving overlooker. By 1901 they were living at 2 Gordon Terrace (renumbered 53 Bingley Road) in Saltaire with Wilfred working as a woollen weaver. From 1904 to 1910 they lived at 2 Maddocks Street in Saltaire. In 1911 they were at 36 Marlborough Road in Shipley with Herbert working as a weaving overlooker.

Herbert married Florence E Keleher in 1913. They had a daughter, Winifred born in 1915. In 1916 they were living at 17 William Henry Street in Saltaire.

When military conscription was introduced in 1916 it proved to be very unpopular. In Shipley a protest group was formed, calling themselves “The Shipley Council Against Conscription.” Herbert was their secretary.
In July 1916 as an overlooker at Saltaire Mills he appeared before the Shipley Tribunal seeking exemption on conscientious grounds. His appeal was refused, and he was given a certificate for non-combatant service. (We do not know if Herbert served or not.)

Herbert was a member of the Shipley Divisional Labour Party. In April 1919 he and his family moved to Calverley.
Herbert and his family spent some time abroad, returning from Karachi Pakistan 28 April 1925. Herbert died in 1966.

(Note – surname often spelt as “Bayliff”)

Bayliffe, Wilfred
29 November 1886 - 3 June 1950

Wilfred Bayliffe was the son of Fred Bayliffe. Fred was born c1862 in Lockwood, Huddersfield. He married Clara Donkersley 13 May 1883 at the High Street Chapel in Huddersfield. They had eight children, but five of them died young.

Wilfred was born 29 November 1886 in Huddersfield. He was baptised at the Salem Methodist New Connexion Chapel in Berry Brow, Huddersfield 26 December 1886.
In 1891 the family were living in Headingly, Leeds with Fred working as a weaving overlooker. By 1901 they were living at 2 Gordon Terrace (renumbered 53 Bingley Road) in Saltaire with Wilfred working as a woollen weaver. From 1904 to 1910 they lived at 2 Maddocks Street in Saltaire. In 1911 they were at 36 Marlborough Road in Shipley with Wilfred working as a spinning overlooker.
Wilfred married Ivy Paley in 1912. In 1915 they were living at 36 Caroline Street in Saltaire. From 1923 they lived at 49 Alexandra Road in Shipley. Around 1930 they moved to Keighley, then they moved to Crossflatts Bingley around 1945.

Wilfred died 3 June 1950 at Bradford Royal Infirmary. He left £743 14s (worth £22k in 2013) to his widow.

(Note – surname often spelt as “Bayliff”)

Beaver, William
1845 – 12 January 1916

William Beaver was born 1845 in Baildon, the youngest of five children to Joseph & Elizabeth Beaver. The family lived in Baildon, Joseph died 23 May 1850.

William married Martha Jane Ince 31 October 1864 at Bradford Cathedral. They had seven children, six of which are:-
Emily b1867
Rose Hannah b 1870
James b1872
Eliza b1875
Joseph b 3 May 1876 (served in WW1) 
John William b1882

In 1871 & 1881 they lived at Upper Green Baildon with William working as a cotton dyer. By 1887 they were at 43 George Street in Saltaire, moving to 38 George Street around 1894. By 1898 they were living at 48 Titus Street in Saltaire. In 1901 they were at New Hirst Cottage in Shipley with William a retired chimney sweep. In 1911 they were living at 7 Wycliffe Road in Shipley with William working as the groundsman for Saltaire Cricket Club. William was the first professional to play for Saltaire Cricket Club, where he excelled as a bowler.

William's wife, Martha, died in 1913. William was living with his son, Joseph, at 6 Victoria Road in Saltaire when he died 12 January 1916. He was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley 15 January 1916.

Bennett, Pickles
1854 – 30 October 1916

Pickles Bennett was the son of John Bennett. John was born c1818 in Shipley. He married Nancy Watson 6 November 1843 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1851 they were living at Heaton in Shipley with John working as a coal miner.

Pickles, the third of four children, was born 1854 in Shipley. The family lived at 19 New York in Shipley. In 1871 Pickles was working as a coal miner, later he would work as a stone miner.

Pickles married Dinah Frear 3 October 1880 at St Wilfrid’s Calverley. They had two daughters; Mary born 1880 and Annie born 1893. In 1891 they were living at 8 New York in Shipley. Dinah died in 1893 and she was buried at St Paul’s Shipley 30 May 1893.

Widowed Pickles married Elizabeth Ponder 6 April 1896 at St Wilfrid’s Calverley. They had two sons; John born 1899 and Watson born 1906. From 1897 to 1901 they lived at 22 Murgatroyd Street in Shipley. They moved to Saltaire in 1901 living at:-
24 Mary Street – 1901 to 1905
19 Fanny Street – 1907 to 1908
7 Bath Buildings – 1909 to 1910
23 Ada Street – 1911 onwards

Pickles died 30 October 1916 and was buried 2 November 1916 in Hirst Wood Cemetery in Shipley.

Biltcliffe, Sam
30 October 1880 - 1969

Ref. Article appearing in Saltaire WW1 Diary, 12 March 1915

Sam Biltcliffe was the son of Henry Smith Biltcliffe. Henry was born c1846 in Newmill near Huddersfield. He married Annie Charlesworth in 1874.

Sam, the fourth of six children, was born 30 October 1880 in Kirkheaton near Huddersfield. In 1881 the family were living in Kirkheaton with Henry working as a butcher. By 1891 the family had moved to Saltaire, living at 14 Constance Street. By 1901 they were at Dove Hall in Baildon with Sam, following in his father’s footsteps, working as a butcher.

Sam married Sarah Petty in 1909. In 1911 they were living, without children, at 69 Bingley Road (originally 10 Gordon Terrace) in Saltaire. In 1915 they were living at Midgley Farm Cottage in Baildon. By 1923 they had moved to Guiseley and from 1926 they lived in Menston.

Sam died in 1969 at Shardlow in Derbyshire.

Boddy, John
1843 – January 1915

Ref. Article appearing in Saltaire WW1 Diary, 15 January 1915

John Boddy was the son of William Boddy. William was born c1815 in Yorkshire. He married Eliza Shuttleworth (born 1809 in Newcastle) 6 December 1835 at Bradford Cathedral. They lived in Bingley with William working as a labourer in an iron foundry. William died 14 January 1850 and Eliza died 22 January 1871.

John, the third of four sons, was born 1843 in Bingley. He married Mary Ann Uttley 24 December 1864 at All Saints Bingley. They had four children; James b1866 in Bingley and three born in Saltaire: Joseph, 1869; William, 1873; and Emma 1880.

In 1871 they were living at 32 Caroline Street in Saltaire. In 1881 they were at 12 Shirley Street, moving to 9 George Street by 1887. Around 1889 they had moved to 26 Shirley Street. From around 1896 they were living at 15 George Street where John remained until his death.

John worked at Saltaire Mill for fifty four years in various jobs; warehouseman, weft man, worsted overlooker and clerk. He was an active member of the Saltaire Wesleyan Church and at one time or another held practically all the offices open to a layman.

John died early in January 1915 and he was buried at Nab Wood Cemetery 7 January 1915.

Bould, John
1892 – 1965

John Bould was the son of George Bould. George was born 1850 in Kinver in Staffordshire. He married Hannah Ollerenshaw 21 June 1875 in Ashbourne in Derbyshire. George was a gardener and in 1881 and 1891 he lived with his family at Brighouse.

John, the second youngest of nine children, was born 1892 in Brighouse. In 1901 and 1911 John lived with his family at 74 Victoria Road in Saltaire.

Working as a joiner, John married Edwina Haley 16 September 1916 at St Pauls in Shipley. They had a daughter, Kathleen, born in 1922.
From 1921 John and his family lived at 1 Harold Place in Saltaire. They moved to 5 Harold Place in 1935, where they were still living in 1962.
John died in 1965; Edwina died four years later in 1969.

Bradley, Abraham
1876 – 1936

Abraham Bradley was the son of James Bradley.
James was born c1849 in Bingley. He married Selina Briggs 25 October 1869 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1871 they were living in Baildon with James working as a stone mason.   
Abraham, the fourth of six children, was born c1876 in Shipley. In 1881 the family, without James, were living in Idle. By 1891 Abraham and three of his sibling were adopted by James & Ida Beaver. They were living at 37 Mary Street in Saltaire with Abraham working as a spinner.
Abraham, an iron foundry worker living in George Street Shipley, married Ada Elizabeth Ibbetson 17 May 1897 at St Pauls Shipley. They had five children, two of whom died in infancy:-

Clara (24 February 1898 - 1986)
Mercy (1906 – 1946)
Elizabeth (b1908).

Abraham and his family moved around Saltaire & Shipley as follows:-

1899 – 20 Beatrice Street Shipley
1901 – 23 Caroline Street Saltaire
1904 – 24 Titus Street Saltaire
1911 – 24 Oxford Street Shipley
1915 – 42 Rhodes Street Saltaire
1922 – 14 George Street Saltaire

When Abraham moved to Rhodes Street in 1915 he was working for himself as a window cleaner.
Abraham died in 1936 and was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley. Ada died in 1946 and was buried alongside him.

Briggs, Charles Hawkswell
14 December 1851 – 19 November 1917

Charles Hawkswell Briggs was the son of unmarried mother, Lydia Briggs who was born 1830 in Gomersal. Charles was born 14 December 1851 in Gomersal.

Lydia married John Booth 18 June 1867 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1871 they were living in North Bierley with Charles working as a commercial clerk and his step father as a maltster.

Charles married Emma Jane Crossland in 1878. In 1881 they were living in Gomersal with Charles working as a bookkeeper. By 1891 they had moved to Bradford in Cleckheaton. From around 1901 they lived in Baildon Green. Charles worked as cashier/company secretary at Saltaire mills from 1893 until his death. His duties included representing the company at the Shipley Military Tribunal and collecting the rent from Sir James Roberts’s tenants in Scotland.

Charles and Emma had five children:-

Edith Lydia (b 22 April 1878)
Mary (b1881 – died in infancy)
Amy Evelyn (b 31March 1887)
William John (19 July 1890 – 1975)
Thomas Arthur (3 November 1894 – 1972)

Charles died 19 November 1917 when he was in Greenock in Scotland. His funeral took place at Saltaire Congregational Church, where he had been a deacon for 22 years, on Friday 23 November 1917. There were representatives at the funeral from the church, the Providence Place Congregational Church Cleckheaton, and the Baildon Lodge of Freemasons (of which he was a member). Employees at Saltaire Mills attended and his friends included Sir Ellis Denby, Mr A Bagnall and Mr Joe Charlesworth. Mr F A Ackroyd represented Sir James Roberts who was unable to attend through illness.

Charles was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley. In his will he left £1,080 18s 6d (worth c£55k in 2015) to his wife, Emma. She died 14 May 1938 and was buried alongside him.

Butterfield, John
1859 – 14 September 1934

John Butterfield was the son of Craven Butterfield
Craven was born 28 September 1835in Thornton, Bradford. He married Martha Lilley in 1858.

John, the eldest of five sons, was born 1859 in Shipley. In 1861 the family were living at 3 Ada Street in Saltaire with Craven working as a warp dresser. By 1871 they were living in Bradford. In 1881 they were living at 20 Spring Place in Shipley with John working as a warp dresser.
John, a warp dresser living at 40 Windsor Road in Shipley, married Mary Lilley 29 October 1884 at St Pauls Shipley. Mary was the niece of her mother in law, Martha. In 1891 & 1901 they lived at 12 Ashley Road in Shipley with John working as a hairdresser. They had three children; Florence (born 1890, died 1893), Lily (b1886) and James Arthur (b1895).

In 1911 they were living at 1 Gordon Terrace (now 51 Bingley Road) in Saltaire. John was a member of the Shipley & District Hairdressers Association. By 1920 John and his family were living at 34 Springswood Avenue in Shipley. John died 14 September 1934 at Salts Hospital. He left £896 8s 3d (worth £56k in 2013) to his widow and son.  

Carr, Henry
1855 – 1924

Henry was born 1855 in Barnsley, the youngest of five children to John Henry Carr and his wife Ann. They lived in Barnsley with John working as a turner and brazier.

Henry married Miranda Oddy in 1876. They had three daughters, all born in Saltaire; Sarah (b1878), Florence (b1881) and Alice (b1886). From before 1881 to 1894 they lived at 18 Amelia Street in Saltaire with Henry working as a worsted overlooker. Miranda died in 1893 aged just thirty nine.

Widowed Henry, living at 31 Constance Street in Saltaire, married Anne Elizabeth Brotherton in 1895. They had one son, John Francis, born in 1896. He died in WW1 serving his country.

From 1897 to 1911 Henry and his family lived at 21 Jane Street in Saltaire, they then moved to 60 George Street. Anne died in 1921. Widowed Henry moved to 15 Fanny Street before he died in 1924.

During WW1 Henry served as secretary of the Shipley & District Ambulance Corps.

Charlesworth, John
7 July 1856 – 26 September 1914

John Charlesworth was the son of son of Joseph Charlesworth. Joseph was born c1818 in Hepworth, near Holmfirth. He married Ann Moorhouse 12 September 1841 at All Hallows Kirkburton, near Huddersfield. In 1851 they were living in Hepworth with Joseph working as a shopkeeper.

John, the second youngest of nine children, was born 7 July 1856 in Saltaire. In 1861 the family were living at 11 Victoria Road in Saltaire with Joseph running a grocery shop as a family business. After Joseph died 8 September 1868, his widow, Ann ran the business which by 1871 had moved to 1 Victoria Road.

John married Lucy Ann, daughter of William London, 12 May 1879 at St Pauls Shipley. Lucy was a mill worker and her father, William, was a grocer at 1 Daisy Place in Saltaire.
By 1881 John was running the family business, with two of his sisters, Annie & Ellen, running a confectioners next door at 2 Victoria Road. By 1897 the two businesses combined and were run by family in the same premises until around 1935.
John & Lucy had five children, all born in Saltaire; Annie (b1880), George (b1882), Joseph (b1884), Alice (b1888) & Walter (b1890).
John was a prominent churchman, being a warden at St Peters Shipley. He was a Freemason and held the post of Worshipful Master at Airedale Lodge in Shipley. He was member of the Shipley Bowling Club and the Shipley Unionist Club.
John died 26 September 1914 and after a well-attended funeral he was buried at Hirst Wood.

Crossland, Lister
1876 – 1955

Lister Crossland was the son of Shaw Crossland. Shaw was born 1852 in Denby Dale near Huddersfield. He married Hannah Hinchcliffe 7 July 1873 at Cumberworth near Huddersfield

Lister, the third of seven children, was born in Skelmanthorpe near Huddersfield in 1876. The family lived in Skelmanthorpe with Shaw working as a weaver.

By 1901 Lister was employed as a house painter. Lister married Amy Busfield in 1905. They had a daughter, Vera, born in 1909. In 1911 they were living at 11 Shirley Street in Saltaire with Lister working as a house painter. By 1915 they were living at 16 George Street in Saltaire.

Amy died in 1934, Lister remained in George Street until around 1940. Lister died in 1955.

Dracup, Nellie
9 October 1904 – 5 April 1950

Nellie Dracup was the daughter of Frank Dracup. Frank was born 20 October 1875 in Saltaire. He married Mary Elizabeth Raistrick 11 May 1898 at St Paul Shipley. Frank was living at 52 Victoria Road and Mary at 20 George Street in Saltaire. In 1901 they were living at 26 Fanny Street in Saltaire with Frank working as a mechanic.

Nellie was born 9 October 1904 in Baildon. She was baptised 24 July 1904 at Saltaire Congregational Church. By 1911 the family were living at 17 Maddocks Street in Saltaire with Frank working as an iron turner in a worsted mill.

Nellie gained a scholarship to Salts School in 1915. In 1932 she married Edward West, a bank employee.

Nellie died in Salts Hospital 5 April 1950. Her widow, Edward, a bank manager, lived at 77 Kirkgate Shipley until he died 17 February 1956. Her parents are buried together in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley; Frank died 2 August 1959 and Mary died 18 April 1953.

Drake, Denby
1880 - 1967

Denby Drake was the son of Samuel Drake. Samuel was born 1846 in Guiseley. He married Ann Denby 26 April 1869 at St Pauls Esholt. In 1871 they lived in Baildon with Samuel working as a shoe maker. By 1873 they had moved to Esholt with Samuel working as a farmer.

Denby, the youngest of five children, was born 1880 in Esholt. He was baptised 16 May 1880 at St Pauls Esholt. The family continued to live in Esholt until Samuel died in 1886. By 1901 his widow, Ann, was living in Baildon with Denby working as a shoemaker.

Around 1905/6 Denby moved to 17 Victoria Road in Saltaire and opened up a shoe repair shop. Denby married Lois Holdsworth 4 December 1906 at St Johns Greengates in Bradford. They had two children; Hilda Mary born 21 May 1907 and Norman Denby born 11 November 1908. The family lived at 17 Victoria Road until around 1919.

Denby was elected President of the newly formed Shipley Boot Repairers Association 15 February 1915. He died in 1967 in the district of Northallerton in North Yorkshire.

Feather, Briggs
1860 – 7 October 1916

Briggs Feather was the son of John Feather. John was born c1826 in Keighley. He married Elizabeth (surname unknown) around 1844. In 1851 they were living in Oakworth with John working as a wool comber.

Briggs, the second youngest of seven children was born 1860 in Haworth. The family were living in Haworth in both the 1861 and 1871 censuses with John working as a weaver. By 1881 they had moved to 8 Ferrands Road in Shipley. Briggs, a bootmaker, married Lavinia in 1883. They had four children: Elizabeth (b1885), Olive (b1889), Hannah (b1892) and Frank (b1895) who served in WW1.
In 1892 they were living at 10 Ferrands Road in Shipley. By 1911 they had moved to 73 Bingley Road in Saltaire (formerly 12 Gordon Terrace) with Briggs running a boot shop.

Briggs died 7 October 1916 and was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley. His widow, Lavinia, died 18 November 1938 and she was buried alongside him.

Fieldhouse, Jabez
1854 – 6 November 1914

Jabez Fieldhouse was the son of George Fieldhouse. George was born c1815 in Baildon. He married Ann Hill 26 December 1839 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1851 they were living at King Street in Bingley with George working as a wool comber.

Jabez, the second youngest of seven children, was born 1854 in Bingley. In 1861 the family were living at Lane Top in Burley. 1871 finds them in Saltaire at 22 Constance Street with Jabez working as a bookkeeper. In 1881 he was a wool sorter and lodging at 17 Kirkgate in Shipley.

Jabez married Esther Illingworth 28 January 1884 at Bradford Cathedral. They had 11 children, but only six survived to adulthood; Sam (1881 – 29 September 1901), Alice (b1885), Emily (b1886), Annie, Miriam (b1893) and Harold (1895 – 14 July 1938.)

In 1887 they were living at 21 Amelia Street in Saltaire. They moved to 4 Oxford Street in Shipley in 1891. By 1900 they were at 7 George Street in Saltaire.

Jabez died 6 November 1914 and he was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley. From 1919 his widow, Esther, was living at 27 Dove Street in Saltaire. She died 19 November 1929 and was buried alongside Jabez.

Fox, Smith
1855 - 1922

Smith Fox was the son of Parker Fox. Parker was born 4 June 1834 in Bradford. He married Martha Smith 23 July 1855 at Bradford Cathedral.

Smith, the eldest of six children, was born 1855. In 1861 the family lived at 3 Wright Street in Bradford, with Parker working as a worsted spinning overlooker. By 1871 they were living at 38 George Street in Saltaire. Smith was a mill worker, at first a spinner then as a wool sorter.
Smith married Emma Wilson 4 November 1882 at Bradford Cathedral. They had five children; Edith Alice (b1883), Ernest (b1885), Harry (b1888), Arthur (b1892) and Annie (b1895).

The family lived at 4 Herbert Street in Saltaire until around 1891 when they moved to 25 Birklea Street in Bowling. By 1900 they were living at 3 Birch Grove in Keighley. In 1911 Smith was boarding, without his family, 136 Coates Road in Bradford.

Smith played cricket for Saltaire Cricket Club and died in 1922.

Fry, William & Clifford

The Fry family through William and then Clifford, his son, served the people of Saltaire for over 45 years.

Fry, William  
1838 – 23 November 1916

William, the son of Humphrey Fry, was born 1838 in Wellington in Somerset. In 1861 he was living in a boarding house in Derby and working as a railway porter.

William married Mary Ann Dunn in 1862; they had five sons and two daughters. In 1871 there family were living in Otley with William working as a railway station master. By 1873 they had move to Saltaire with William working as the secretary for Salts Schools and the other schools in Saltaire. He held this position until the schools were passed over to the Shipley Education Committee in 1900. William held the post of clerk/secretary of the Saltaire Institute from 1874, he was also the clerk to the Sir Titus Salt Charity, the body that governed Saltaire Hospital.

From before 1881 to 1887 William lived with his family at 24 George Street in Saltaire. Between 1887 and 1902 they lived at 5 Myrtle Place in Saltaire. His wife, died in 1901; widowed William lived at 71 George Street in Saltaire before moving to 233 Bingley Road in Shipley. Through failing health and the loss of sight in his left eye William resigned from his positions in September 1914. In his last few years he held the post of consulting librarian for Shipley Council.

William died 23 November 1916 and he was buried, alongside his wife, two days later at Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley at a well-attended funeral. In his will he left £248 13s 5d (worth c£23k in 2015) to his sons Ernest & Clifford and his son in law, George Leslie Armstrong.

Fry, Edgar Clifford
1874 – 11 May 1950

Edgar Clifford, the fourth son of William, was born in 1874 in Saltaire. Clifford (as he was known) was educated at Salt Schools. In 1891 & 1901he was working as a clerk for a stuff merchant.

Clifford married Sarah Marie Thread 8 April 1903 at St Andrews Bradford. They had one son, Geoffrey Keith Fry, born 4 June 1905. They lived at 10 Albert Road (renumbered 19) in Saltaire with Clifford working as an account for Joseph Dawson, a textile manufacturing company in Bradford. In 1919 the family moved away from Saltaire to live at 6 Beechwood Avenue in Shipley.

Clifford served as chairman of the Institute Club committee who ran the club for Shipley Council. He was also honorary secretary for the Social Evenings which were a feature of the Institute. In 1926 he was presented with a silver fruit bowl for his services to the Conversazione.

When his father’s health was fading he assisted him by becoming deputy clerk of the Sir Titus Salt Charity. Upon his father’s death he declined the role of clerk and instead accepted the position of honorary secretary for the charity. He held this position with throughout the war. In March 1919 the charity reluctantly accepted his resignation and thanked him for his valuable work. Clifford was a Unionist, and as such he held the post of Vice-chairman of Shipley Unionist Club.

Clifford and his wife left the Shipley area around 1926 and by1950 they were living in Birkby near Huddersfield. Clifford died 11 May 1950 at Trinity Street Nursing Home in Huddersfield. In his will he left £472 4s 3d (worth £14k in 2015) to his son Geoffrey who was working as a mill manager.

His widow, Sarah, moved to Rastrick and she died 26 August 1959 at Thornhill Nursing Home in Lindley Huddersfield. In her will she left £2829 12s 9d (worth £59k in 2015) to her son Geoffrey.

Furniss, Thompson
1852 – 1929

Thompson Furniss was the son of Henry Furniss. Henry was born c1809 in Pontefract. He married Ann Berry in 1830 at St Wilfrids Calverley. In 1841 they lived in Idle with Henry working as a wool comber. In 1851 & 1861 they were living in Victoria Buildings in Shipley with Henry switching from being a wool comber to being a night watchman.

Thompson, the youngest of seven children, was born 1852 in Shipley. In 1871 the family were living at 21 Hall Lane in Shipley with Thompson working as a hairdresser. Thompson married Ruth Ann Maud in 1874. They lived in Titus Street in Saltaire until moving to 79 Victoria Road in Saltaire around 1879. Here Thompson ran a barbers shop until his death in 1929. He was president of the Shipley & District Hairdressers Association.

Ruth & Thompson had five children; Harry (b1874), James (b1876), Willie (b1877) Emily Maud (b1880) and Bertha (b 1884). Willie Furness served in and survived the war. Bertha married Fred Rhodes who also served in and survived the war.

(Note – surname often spelt as “Furness”)

Gill, Robert
1858 - 10 April 1927

Robert Gill was the son of William Gill. William was born 1834 in Leeds. He married Ellen Outhwaite in 1852.

Robert, the third of six children, was born 1858 in Leeds.In 1861 the family were living in Leeds with William working as a watchman. By 1871 they had moved to 8 Mary Street in Saltaire with William still a watchman and Robert working as a spinner. William died in 1877. By 1881 widowed Ellen and Robert, now a wool comber, were living at 43 Helen Street in Saltaire. Ellen died in 1916.
Robert married Lucy Ann Hey 6 August 1892 at Saltaire Congregational Church. They had one daughter, Ada, born 1897 in Saltaire.  By 1895 they were living at 28 Titus Street in Saltaire. Remaining in Saltaire from 1904 they lived at 19 Whitlam Street before moving to 16 Herbert Street around 1914.

Robert died 10 April 1927. In his will he left £147 11s 6d (worth c£8,500 in 2015) to his daughter, Ada Thornton (she had married George Thornton in 1922) and to his brother in law, John William Hey.

For over forty years Robert was the scorer for Saltaire Cricket Club and a member of Saltaire Congregational Church Choir.

Haigh, Alfred
1870 – 1930

Alfred Haigh was the son of Jabez Haigh. Jabez was born 1848 in Shipley. He married Mary Hall 27 July 1867 at Bradford Cathedral.

Alfred, the eldest of three children, was born 1870 in Shipley. In 1871 the family were living at 129 George Street in Shipley with Jabez working as tin plate worker. By 1881 they had moved to 48 Croft Street in Shipley with Alfred working as a worsted spinner.

Alfred married Mary Ellen Greenwood 30 April 1888 at Bradford Cathedral. They had twelve children, two of whom died as infants. In 1891 & 1901 they were living in Raglan Street in Shipley with Alfred employed by Shipley UDC as a gas lamp lighter. By 1907 they had moved to Saltaire, living at 1 George Street, moving to 18 George Street around 1910. By 1928 they were living at 51 Briggate in Shipley.

Alfred died in 1930. His widow, Mary, lived at 5 Albert Terrace in Saltaire until her death in 1932. Their children were:-

  • Jabez (1889 – 1935) – a shoe maker, he married Alice Screen at All Saints Normanton 16 July 1921.
  • John Willie (1892 – 29 November 1928) – a quarryman, he married Hannah Webb 23 January 1915 at St Peters Shipley.
  • Annie (1895 – 1943) – married Robert Dale 3 July 1915 at St Peters Shipley
  • Harry (born 1897)
  • Ernest (born 1899)
  • Ellen (1901 – 1919)
  • Florrie (1903 – 1921)
  • Alfred (born 1905, died 21 days old)
  • Edith (1906 – 1981) – married Horace Hirst 7 April 1928 at St Pauls Shipley
  • Lily Haigh (1909 – 1985) – married Jack Brook 1934
  • Rose Haigh – twin sister of Lily – born 1909.
Hall, Grace
1874 – December 1945

Grace Hall was born in 1874 in County Durham. In 1896 Grace married James Wallace, a quarryman.

James was born in Saltaire in 1870 to William Wallace and Jane Chew. They lived at 6 Dove Street in Saltaire with William working as a pointsman on the railways.

Grace and James lived at 1 Ashley Road in Shipley, they had five daughters:-
Ethel (1899-1976)
Bertha (1900-1970)
Doris (1902-1980)
Lily (1904-1991)
Carrie (1909-1993)

Sadly James died 10 June 1915, aged just 45. He was buried at St Pauls in Shipley four days later. Grace lived her widowed life at 3 Dove Street in Saltaire until she died in December 1945. Grace was buried alongside her husband 12 December 1945.

Harrison, Florrie
1889 - 1921

Florrie Harrison was the daughter of Alfred Harrison. Alfred was born c1852 in Bradford. He married Eliza Poole 15 October 1879 at Saltaire Congregational Church. They lived at 4 Mawson Street in Saltaire until 1908 when they moved to 72 Victoria Road in Saltaire. They had four children, but only Florrie and her elder sister, Louisa, survived to adulthood.

Florrie was born 1889 in Saltaire. She worked as a school teacher and possessing a charming voice, she sang on various occasions in and around Shipley.

Sadly Florrie died, a spinster, in 1921, aged just 32.

Heaton, John
c1857 – 11 October 1916

John Heaton was the son of Joseph Heaton. Joseph was born c1819 in Baildon. He married Sarah Bradley 3 September 1844 at All Saints Otley. They had a daughter, Mary, born in 1847. In 1851 they were living in Baildon with Joseph working as a warp dresser. Sarah died in 1854. Widowed Joseph married Mary Vint in 1855.

John, the second of seven children to Joseph and Mary, was born c1857 in Baildon. In 1861 the family were living at Tong Park in Baildon. By 1871 they had moved to Saltaire living at 5 Higher School Street. John worked as worsted spinner then as a wool sorter. In the 1891 census they were living at 66 George Street in Saltaire.

Joseph died 21 January 1893 and was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley. Around 1895 John moved with his widowed mother, Mary, to 16 Titus Street in Saltaire. Mary died 14 May 1910 and she was buried alongside her husband.

John never married. In the 1911 census he was living at 16 Titus Street with his spinster sister, Anne. John died 11 October 1916 and Ann 11 August 1919. They were both buried with their parents.

Holgate, Colin
4 September 1897 – 1971

Colin Holgate was the son of Levi Holgate. Levi was born c1865 in Shipley. He married Emily Ada Pitts, 20 November 1886, at Bradford Cathedral. In 1891 they were living at 3 Alexander Square in Shipley with Levi working as a plush weaver.

Colin, the youngest of three children, was born 4 September 1897 in Shipley. In 1901 the family were living at 19 Beatrice Street in Shipley with Levi working as a musician. From 1906 to 1916 the family lived at 6 Higher School Street in Saltaire. Levi died in 1920; Emily died in 1940.

Colin, working as a mill hand, married Elizabeth Alice Groncutt, 25 September 1916, at St Peters in Shipley. At 23, Elizabeth was four years older than Colin.

Colin and Elizabeth lived at 91 Browgate in Baildon from 1920 to 1923. They moved to 15 Rhodes Street in Saltaire in 1924, where they remained until 1960. In 1962 they were living at 35 Nab Wood Crescent in Shipley.

Colin died in 1971. His widow, Elizabeth, died 17 July 1987 in Scarborough.

 

Howker, James
c1836 – 4 July 1914

James Howker was the son of John & Mary Howker. John was born c1813 in Haworth.

James, the second of four sons, was born c1836 in Stanbury near Haworth. In 1851 the family were living in Stanbury with both John and James working as wool combers.

James married Elizabeth Newton in 1861. They had thirteen children:-

John Newton (b1862)
Ellen (1864 – 9 August 1913)
Ann (1865 – 30 April 1937)
James William (b1866)
Sarah (1870 – 17 March 1897)
Mary Elizabeth (1872 – 12 June 1884)
Willie (b1874)
Ada Hannah (1875 – 29 November 1876)
Newton (1877 – 27 April 1953)
George (1878 – 7 May 1879)
Wright (1879 – 1918)
Arthur (1881 – 21 February 1945)
Edwin (b1882)

In 1871 the family were living at 16 Whitlam Street in Saltaire with James working as an overlooker. By 1881 they had moved to 43 Titus Street in Saltaire, where they remained the rest of their lives.

James died 4 July 1914 and was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley. Elizabeth died 18th January 1920 and was buried alongside him.

Illingworth, Percy Holden
19 March 1869 – 3 January 1915

Ref. WW1 Diary, 8 January, 1915

Percy Holden Illingworth was the son of Henry Illingworth. Henry was born 6 November 1829 in Bradford. His father, Daniel, founded Whetley Mills in Bradford. Henry, with his brother Alfred, would eventually run the mill between them. Henry married Mary, daughter of Sir Isaac Holden, in 1860. In 1861 they were living in Horton, Bradford.

Percy IllingworthPercy, the fourth of five children, was born 19 March 1869 in Bradford. In 1871 the family were living in Manningham. By 1891 they had moved to Wood End Hall in Thornton Le Street, near Thirsk. Henry died 23 September 1895. In 1901 Percy was living with his widowed mother at Lady Royd Hall in Allerton.

Percy was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge where he studied law. He became a barrister and he was called to the Bar, Inner Temple 19 November 1894. He served in the Boar War 1899 – 1902.

Percy IllingworthRepresenting the Liberal Party Percy lost the 1900 General Election in Shipley by just 61 votes. However he became the M.P. for Shipley when he was elected, unopposed, in the 1906 General Election.

Percy married Mary Coats 16 January 1907 in Paisley. Mary was the daughter of George Coats of the firm Coats Ltd. Of Paisley. They had three sons.

Percy held various junior Government post including Chief Government Whip from 1912. He died suddenly 3 January 1915 from food poisoning due to eating a bad oyster. He was buried in the family vault at Undercliffe Cemetery in Bradford. 

Ince, James
1882 – 22 March 1946

James Ince was the son of John Ince. John was born c1852 in Bradford. He married Grace Firth 12 January 1876 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 they were living at 18 Upper Green in Baildon with John working as a warp dresser.

James, the third of six children, was born 1882 in Baildon. By 1891 the family had moved to 11 Upper Green in Baildon. In 1901 James was working as a general labourer and was the head of the house at 37 Helen Street in Saltaire. Living with him was his mother and three of his siblings.

James, a spinning overlooker living at 16 Park Street in Shipley, married Martha Hannah Smith 16 February 1907 at St Pauls Shipley. From before 1911 to 1919 they lived at 22 Herbert Street in Saltaire.

Martha died in Bradford in 1941. James’s home was 36 Kingston Road in Thackley when he died at Bradford Royal Infirmary 22 March 1946. In his will he left £4345 16s 4d (worth c£164k) to his brother, Ernest, and a Norman Keighley.

In 1916 James appeared before the Shipley Military Tribunal and appealed against military service as a conscientious objector. His appeal was refused, but we do not know if he served his country or not.

Kay, James Edgar
1875 - 9 May 1937

Ref. WW1 Diary, 9 April, 1915

James Edgar Kay was the son of John Kay.
John was born c1833 in Hutton Rudby in North Yorkshire. He married Emma Light in 1856. In 1861 they were living at 37 Ada Street in Saltaire with John working as a plumber. By 1871 they were living at 64 George Street in Saltaire.
James, the youngest of six children, was born 1875 in Saltaire. In 1881 & 1901 the family were living at 21 George Street. By 1897 James was a plumber working for his father at 10 Bingley Road in Shipley. John died in 1901 and James carried on running the business.
James married Alice Mary Pickles in 1901. They had a daughter, Margaret, born 1910. By 1911 they were living and running the plumbing business at 54 Bingley Road in Shipley.
Alice Mary died in 1927; widowed James married Florence Spencer in 1928. Whilst the business continued to operate in Bingley Road, the family moved to Ilkley.
James died in 1937, leaving his widow living at 6 Easby Drive in Ilkley. He left £21,377 3s 1d (worth £1.3 million in 2015) to her in his will.

(In 2006 – 54 Bingley Road became part of the Co-op grocers.

Kendall, Eliza
1845 – February 1916

Eliza was the daughter of William Kendall. William was born 26 August 1798 in Idle. He married Mary Moreing 3 August 1819 at St Peters in Leeds.

Eliza was born 1845 in Idle, the youngest of nine children. The family lived in Idle with William working as a wool comber. In 1861 & 1871 Eliza was working as a weaver.

Eliza married Young Dewhirst 3 September 1876 at St Wilfrid, Calverley. From 1881 to around 1891 they lived at 21 Dove Street in Saltaire with Young working as a gas stoker and Eliza as a weaver.
In 1911 Eliza was boarding with her sister, Esther, at 22 Titus Street in Saltaire. Eliza died in February 1916 and she was buried 9 February 1916 at St Paul’s in Shipley.

Kendall, Esther (also written as Easter)
c1837 – 19 December 1915
[Relating to War Diary, 31 December 1915, ref. Esther Crossland]

Esther was the daughter of William Kendall. William was born 26 August 1798 in Idle. He married Mary Moreing 3 August 1819 at St Peters in Leeds.

Esther was born c1837 in Idle, the seventh of nine children. In 1841 the family were living in Idle with William working as a wool comber. In 1851 they were still in Idle with William working as a wool comber and Esther as a worsted rover.

Esther married John Crossland 28 November 1858 at St Wilfrid Calverley. They had four children; - William (b1863), Arthur (b1865), Kendall (b1867) and Sarah Ellen (b1869). In 1861 & 1871 they lived in Idle with John working as a stone mason. John died in 1873 aged just 34.

Widowed Esther married Richard Crossley, a violinist, 7 October 1876 at St Peter Leeds. They had one child – Walter (b1879). From 1881 to 1897 they lived at 29 Caroline Street (now two houses combined as one at 48 George Street) with Richard working as a weaver. In 1897 they moved to 52 George Street in Saltaire. Richard died in 1900.

From 1903 twice widowed Esther lived at 22 Titus Street in Saltaire. Her sister Eliza lived with her. Esther died 19 December 1915.

Laughlin_Adeline
1904 – 12 June 1964

Adeline Laughlin was the daughter of Simeon Laughlin.
Simeon was born 1868 at Elmswell in Suffolk. He married Amelia Pedley 9 July 1892 Bradford Cathedral.  Simeon, an assurance agent, was living with the Pedley family at 31 George Street in Saltaire. (Walter Pedley, a younger brother of Amelia lost his life in WW1.)

Simeon, a house painter, and his wife spent most of their married lives moving around Saltaire:-

1895 – 28 Helen Street
1897 – 26 Caroline Street
1898 – 27 Caroline Street
1903 – 43 Ada Street
1914 to 1936 – 51 George Street

Simeon died in 1942 and Amelia in 1951.
They had two daughters:-

Adeline was born in 1904. In 1915 she gained a first class certificate for pianoforte playing at the London College of Music examination held in Bradford. Her music teacher was Annie Louise Sanctuary.

Adeline, a weaver, married Arthur Thomas Smith, a grocer’s assistant from Shipley, 1 September 1926 at St Peters Shipley. In 1930 they were living at 5 Glenaire Drive in Shipley. Arthur died 26 July 1944; Adeline died 12 June 1964. They are buried together in Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley.

Annie was born in 1911. She was working as a weaver when she married William Harrison, a labourer from Shipley, 5 August 1933 at St. Peters Shipley. In 1936 they were living at 10 Glenholm Street in Shipley.

Lofthouse, Ann
c1825 – 30 December 1916

Ann was born c1825 in Saxton, Yorkshire, the eldest of nine children to farmer Robert Lofthouse and his wife, Eleanor.

Ann married James Newton 4 March 1849 at St Wilfrid Calverley. They had a son, John, born in 1850 in Pudsey. Sadly John died in 1866 aged just sixteen. The family lived in Pudsey with John working as a stone delver/quarryman. James died in 1877 aged just forty nine.

In 1881 widowed Ann was a shopkeeper in Pudsey.
Ann married Benjamin Pratt in 1886. They lived at 18 Albert Terrace in Saltaire with Benjamin working as a warp dresser in Saltaire Mills. Around 1894 they moved to 5 Almshouses (renumbered 28 Victoria Road) in Saltaire. Benjamin died in 1898 aged 70.

On Friday 22 December 1916 Ann had a fall in her house whilst dusting a rocking chair, fracturing her left thigh. She had lost the use of the right arm and leg. Ann died 30 December. An inquest concerning her death was held at the Saltaire Institute on Tuesday 2 January 1917, by Mr E W Norris (Deputy Coroner). Dr Emerson said he was of the opinion that death was due to a cerebral haemorrhage, accelerated by the fracture of the thigh. A verdict was returned in accordance with the medical evidence.

Longbottom, Alfred
1850 – 11 October 1915

Alfred Longbottom was the son of John Longbottom.
John was born c1819 in Halifax. He married Hannah Jagger 26 September 1841 at St John the Baptist Halifax.

Alfred, the fifth of nine children, was born 1850 in Shelf. In 1851 the family were living in Hipperholme with John working as a dyer. In 1861 they were living in Baildon. In 1871 they were living at 86 Leeds Road in Idle with Alfred working as a stone dresser.

Alfred married Mary Illingworth 22 December 1872 at Bradford Cathedral. They had three children; James (b1873), William (b1874) & Sarah (b1876). In 1881 they were living at 27 Cowling Road in Idle with Alfred working as a railway labourer. Around   1887 they moved to 6 Mary Street in Saltaire. From 1891 they lived at 18 Constance Street with Alfred working as a stone dresser.

Alfred died in October 1915 and he was buried at Hirst Wood Cemetery Shipley 11 October. Mary was buried alongside him 12 April 1926.

Lonsdale, William
1880 – 18 June 1959

Ref. Article appearing in The Saltaire Sentinel, January 2015

William Lonsdale was the son of Hartley Lonsdale. Hartley was born 1854 in Colne, Lancashire. He married Mary Ellen Hey in 1878.

William, the eldest of five children, was born 1880 in Bingley. The family lived in Bingley with Hartley working as a warp dresser. Following his wife’s death in 1888 Hartley married Elizabeth Lund in 1889. They had one daughter.

William married Mary Jane Baker in 1903. Whilst living in Bingley they had two children; Alfred Hartley (b1907) and Bertha (b1910). In 1911 they were living at 9 William Henry Street in Saltaire with William working at Salts Mill as a weaving overlooker. By 1915 they had moved to 34 Titus Street in Saltaire.

In July 1916 William, a conscientious objector, made an appearance before the Shipley Tribunal to appeal to be exempted from military service. His appeal was unsuccessful and he was ordered to undertake non-combatant service.
(Author’s note – we can find no record of any military service.)

The family moved to 9 Glenaire Drive in Baildon around 1929, where they lived here until the death of William. He died 18 June 1959 at the Duke of York Home in Bradford. 

Mansfield, Alfred
c1839 – 11 September 1915

Alfred Mansfield was born c1839 in Bradford. His mother was Alice Mansfield and his father is unknown.

In 1863 he married Nancy Neale. They had six children (all born in Saltaire):-
Amelia – born 1864, died 4 May 1882 
Zillah – born 1868
John William – born 1873
Albert – died 13 May 1876 just six days old
Phoebe – born 1878, died 1926
Ada – born 1881.

In 1871 the family were living at 19 Amelia Street in Saltaire with Alfred working as a worsted spinning overlooker. By 1881 they had moved to 4 Lockwood Street where they remained the rest of their lives. Alfred was a faithful member of the Rosse Street Baptist Chapel for many years and he was secretary of the Shipley Veterans Association.    

Alfred died 11 September 1915 and he was buried in St Paul’s churchyard 15 September 1915. His widow, Nancy, was buried alongside on 1 December in the same year.

Mawson, Thomas Ashton
1854 – 17 July 1915

Thomas Ashton was the son of George & Carol Mawson
Thomas was born 1854 in Liverpool. In 1861 the family were living in Kirkdale, Liverpool with George working as a grocer.

Thomas married Jane Milton 12 May 1872 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 they were living in Honley. They had three children: - Ashton (b1900), Arthur (b1884) and Harry (b1886). Jane died in 1889.

Living at 14 William Henry Street in Saltaire widower Thomas married Emma Sunderland (a widow, maiden name Halliday) 30 August 1890 at Bradford Cathedral. They had four children: - Clarice (b1893), Tom (served in WW1), Ada (b1898) and Charlotte May (b1900).

In 1891 the family were living at 24 Titus Street in Saltaire with Thomas working as a plush weaver. They lived at 30 Shirley Street in Saltaire from 1895. By 1901 they were living at 9 Shirley Street. From 1903 they lived in Shipley. By 1914 they had moved to 11 Constance Street in Saltaire. Working at Saltaire Mills Thomas died from anthrax 17 July 1915. (See war diary 23 July 1915.)

Midgley, Thomas
1838 – 1916

Thomas was born in Eccleshill in 1838, the youngest of six children to William (b1791 Keighley) and Martha Midgley. Thomas married Sarah Batt 23 August 1857 at St Peters Leeds. They had two children: James (b1860) and Annis (born 1863). In 1861 they were living in Calverley with Thomas working as a cloth fuller. Sarah died in 1864 aged just 27. 

Widowed Thomas married Amelia Rawnsley, 11 November 1865, at Bradford Cathedral. They had five children:
Job (1866 – 13 January 1953)
Maria (b1869)
Mary (b1870)
Sarah (b1873)
John (b1877)

In 1871 they were living in Armley. In 1872 they moved to 12 Dove Street in Saltaire where they remained the rest of their lives. Thomas worked as a yarn scourer in Saltaire Mills.

Thomas died in 1916 and his widow, Amelia, died in 1920.

Milton, Alfred
1889 – 13 April 1963

Alfred Milton was the son of Albert Milton. Albert was born c1863 in Wellington, Somerset. He married Emiley Cordingley in 1883 in Bradford.

Alfred, the second of seven children, was born 1889 in Shipley. In 1891 & 1901 the family were living at 1 Ada Street in Saltaire with Albert working as a woollen warp sizer then later as a milk dealer. Around 1905 the family moved to 1 Dove Street in Saltaire, where they remained until Albert’s death in 1936.

Alfred, working as a wool sorter, married Margaret Walker, 18 November 1916, at St Pauls Shipley. They lived their married lives in Shipley. Alfred was living at 17 Springswood Avenue in Shipley when he died at 13 April 1963 at Salts Hospital. He left £3,336 7s (worth c£63k in 2016) to his widow, Margaret.

Margaret died in 1981 in Keighley. Alfred’s elder brother, Holmes Milton , served in World War One.

Moore, Ethel
15 July 1890 – 1973

Ethel was the daughter of Henry Moore. Henry was born c1869 in Purton in Wiltshire. He married Rhoda Tuck 1888 in Keighley. Ethel was their eldest child, born 15 July 1890 in Haworth. They had three more children; Edith (born 1892), Albert (born 3 February 1894) and Fred (born 24 October 1895). Both Albert and Fred served in WW1.

In 1891 the family were living in Midgley with Henry working as a weaver. Henry died in 1899, aged just thirty.

In 1901 widowed Rhoda, working as a weaver, was living with her children at 38 Ada Street in Saltaire. By 1911 they had moved to 11 Katherine Street in Saltaire with Ethel and her mother both working as weavers.

Ethel married Robert John Thompson Middleton Rutherford at St Peters Shipley 29 January 1916. Robert was a clerk and he also served in WW1. They lived at 11 Katherine Street until 1925 when they moved to 13 Tower Road in Shipley, where they lived until 1956.

Husband Robert died in Blackpool in 1958 and Ethel died in Fylde, Lancashire in 1973.

Newsome, Reuben
c1851 – 4 May 1915
Ref. War Diary, 7 May 1915

Reuben Newsome was the son of James Newsome.
James was born c 1829 in Baildon. He married Lydia (date and maiden name unknown).

Reuben, who had a younger sister, was born c1851 in Shipley. In 1861 the family were living at 5 Herbert Street in Saltaire with James working as a weaving overlooker. By 1871 they had moved to 18 Victoria Road in Saltaire. Reuben was a book keeper in the mill, where he worked all his life. In 1881 they were living at 33 Albert Road (renumbered 65) in Saltaire. James died in 1888.

In 1891 Reuben was living with his widowed mother at 24 Victoria Road in Saltaire. Reuben married Sarah Brookshank in 1899. They lived at 73 Victoria Road in Saltaire. Sarah died in 1914.

Reuben died 4 May 1915 and was buried 7 May 1915 at St Pauls Shipley. In his will he left £71 11s 7d (worth £6,600 in 2014) to his married sister, Esther Taylor.

Newsome, Richard
1847 – April 1917

Richard Newsome was the son of Thomas Newsome. Thomas was born 1823 in Baildon. He married Rebecca (maiden name and date unknown).

Richard, the third of four children, was born 1847 in Baildon. In 1851 & 1861 the family lived in Baildon with Thomas working as blacksmith.

Richard married Miranda Giles (date unknown). They had two children; Alice born 1876 and James born 1882. In 1881 & 1891 they were living at Saltaire Park Lodge with Miranda’s father, Benjamin Giles, who was the park keeper. Richard worked at Salts Mill as a mechanic.

By 1900 Richard and Miranda were living at 46 Caroline Street in Saltaire. In March 1917 it was reported that they were taken to court to be evicted from their home.

Richard died in April 1917 and he was buried 25 April 1917 at Baildon. In 1918 his widow, Miranda, was living at 53 Victoria Road in Saltaire. Miranda died in 1920.

Paley, Joseph
c1843 – 23 March 1915

Joseph Paley was the son of Benjamin Paley. Benjamin was born c1814 in Baildon. He married Mary Renard 16 July 1832 at All Saints Otley. They lived in Baildon with Benjamin working as a wool comber.

Joseph, the fourth of nine children, was born c1843 in Baildon.
Joseph married Mary Hodgson 31 August 1862 at St Wilfrids Calverley. They had six children; Mary b1862, Oliver b1864, Ezra b1865, Martha b1868, John b1874 and Maria b1875.

In 1871 they lived in Baildon with Joseph working as a cotton warp dresser. By 1881 they were living at 16 Gordon Terrace (renumbered 81 Bingley Road) in Saltaire. In 1891 Joseph was a publican at The Ring of Bells in Shipley.

His wife, Mary, died in 1895. Later that year he married Mary Eliza Fox. In 1901 they were at the Bay Horse Inn in Baildon. Joseph retired and in 1911 he was living with his wife at 15 Westfield Avenue in Idle.

Joseph PaleyJoseph is best known for being a prize winning cornet player and the teacher and conductor of the Saltaire Brass Band from 1866 to 1894. Under his leadership the Saltaire band become one of the top bands in the country. Joseph’s son, John was also a renowned cornet player.

Joseph died 23 March 1915 at Clayton Workhouse Hospital and his funeral took place 26 March at Baildon Church.

Two of Joseph’s grandchildren, John Paley & Ralph Paley gave their lives serving their country in World War One. Joseph was a descendant of William Paley, a renowned philosopher.

Palliaser, Harry
1864 – 5 December 1916

Harry Palliaser was the son of Benjamin Palliaser. Benjamin was born 1831 in Shipley. He married Elizabeth Grear 30 December 1854 at Bradford Cathedral. They lived in Shipley with Benjamin working as a stone dresser.

Harry, the third of six children, was born 1864 in Shipley. He married Martha Hannah Wood, 18 May 1884 at Bradford Cathedral. The couple had thirteen children, five of whom died as infants.

In 1891 they were living at 4 Princess Street in Shipley with Harry working in stone quarry. They moved to 10 Alexander Square, Shipley in 1895. Then in 1906 they moved to 3 Baker Street in Saltaire where they would live the rest of their lives.

Harry died 5 December 1916 and he left £310 11s 10d (worth c£25k in 2016) to Martha. Martha died 18 December 1951 and she left £428 12s 6d (worth c£13k in 2016) to Joseph Murgatroyd.

Parkinson, Frank Buxton
1867 – 31 December 1936

Frank Buxton Parkinson was the son of Thomas Parkinson.
Thomas was born c1840 in Bradford. He married Mary Emily Buxton in Hunslet in 1866.

Frank, the eldest of seven children, was born 1867 in Bradford. In 1871 the family were living at 38 Albert Road (renumbered 75) in Saltaire with Thomas working as a commission agent. They had a servant living with them. In 1881 they were living at 10 Park View Terrace in Manningham, with one servant.

Frank, a stuff warehouseman, married Sabina Heaton, a dressmaker living at 66 George Street in Saltaire, 12 July 1890 at Bradford Cathedral. They had four sons and a child who died in infancy:-

Frank (born 1891) – served in WW1
George (8 May 1893 – 1974) – served in WW1
Harold (1895 – 1 March 1951) – served in WW1
Ernest (1899 – 2 March 1916)

In 1891 they were living at 18 William Henry Street in Saltaire. By 1901 they were living at 2 Moorhead Lane in Shipley with Frank working as a stuff buyer. In 1902 they were living at 8 Bromley Road in Shipley, moving to 16 Highfield Terrace in Shipley around 1906.
From 1911 they lived at 3 Albert Road in Saltaire, (renumbered 5), moving back to Highfield Terrace around 1920. Their final move was to Morecambe in Lancashire around 1934.

Frank died 31 December 1936 at 31 Erving Terrace in Morecambe. In his will he left £520 14s 6d (worth c£33k in 2016) to his son, George a textile company director. His widow, Sabina, died 11 December 1952 at 359 Carlton Terrace in Morecambe. In her will she left £1401 4s 6d (worth c£36k in 2016) to her son, George.

Pedley, Peter
12 July 1859 – 4 November 1915

Peter Pedley was the son of Joseph Pedley. Joseph was born c1827 in Hebden Bridge. He married Elizabeth Brown 30 December 1850 at Calverley.

Peter, the middle child of three, was born 12 July 1859 in Tong Park, Baildon. In 1861 they lived at Picadilly in Shipley with Joseph working as an overlooker. By 1871 they had moved to Kays Cottages in Shipley. Joseph died in 1880. In 1881, widowed Elizabeth was living at 5 Kaye Street in Shipley with Peter working as an iron moulder.

Peter married Annie Elizabeth Booth 13 November 1886 at St Wilfrid Calverley. They had nine children, of which six survived to adulthood:-
Louie (b1890)
Florrie (b1893)
Carrie (b1895)
Herbert (b1897)
Lawrence (b1898) – served in WW1
Edith (b1900)

In 1891 they lived in Idle with Peter working as an iron moulder. In 1901 they were at 98 Leeds Road in Shipley and 1911 at 41 Aire Street in Windhill. Around 1914 they moved to 28 Shirley Street in Saltaire.

Around May 1915 Peter got a job at the Airedale Mills as a wash bowl feeder. He died 4 November 1915 from anthrax. There was an inquest into his death, where the jury found he died from anthrax contracted by inhalation whilst following his employment.
His widow, Abbie, continued living at 28 Shirley Street until she died in 1937.

Phillipson, George Wade 
2 February 1835 – 11 April 1898

George Wade Phillipson was the son of John Phillipson.
John was born 1802 in Staveley in Westmorland. He married Jane Stevenson 30 December 1829 in at St Marys in Kendal.

George, the third of eight children, was born 2 February 1835 in Staveley. In 1841 the family were living in Kendal; by 1851 they had moved to Winksley, near Harrogate, with John working as a bobbin turner.

George married Mary Ann Harrison 1 July 1857 at the Register Office in Cockermouth in Cumberland. In 1861 they were living in Winksley with George working as a jobbing turner. By 1871 they were living at 42 George Street in Saltaire with George working as wood turner.
From 1878 to 1888 George was a grocer; he had a shop and living premises at 1 & 2 Katherine Street in Saltaire. In 1891 the family were living in Moorhead Lane in Shipley. In 1892 they had a shop and living premises at 15 Bingley Road in Shipley. From 1894 they had a shop and living premises at 4 & 5 Daisy Place in Saltaire.

George died 11 April 1898; two days later he was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery in Shipley. From 1905 to 1908 Mary lived at 13 Jane Street in Saltaire. Mary died 22 July 1915 when living with her daughter, Edith, at 94 Bradford Road in Shipley. She was buried in Hirst Wood alongside her husband.

George & Mary had seven children:-
Charles (1859 – 1864)
Isabela (1861 – 1864)
Edgar (1864 – 1916)
Harry (6 August 1866 – 19 January 1943) – moved with his family to Brisbane in Australia. Sailed from London 18 June 1913. Died in Brisbane.
Fred (1869 – 5 July 1931) – moved to Brisbane in Australia. Arrived in Melbourne 24 December 1892. Was living with his brother when he died.
Edith (1872 – 10 August 1944) – married Sydney Loyd Goldsbrough 14 July 1896.
Ida (1884 – 1957)

Poole, Eliza
1848 – 11 December 1915

Eliza Poole was the daughter of John Poole. John was born c1815 in Bradford. He married Mary Fieldhouse 25 December 1835 at Bradford Cathedral.

Eliza, the second of four children, was born 1848 in Bradford. In 1861 the family were living at 24 George Street in Saltaire with John working as an overlooker. In 1871 they living at 45&46 Titus Street, where John ran a grocer’s shop until around 1879.

Eliza married Alfred Harrison 15 October 1879 (possibly in the Saltaire Congregational church). Alfred was born in Bradford in 1852. He worked as a wool combing overlooker. They had two children who died in infancy and two daughters, Louisa born 1883 and Florrie born 1889. They lived at 4 Mawson Street in Saltaire until around 1909 when they moved to 72 Victoria Road in Saltaire.

Eliza died 11 December 1915 and was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley. Her widower, Alfred, died 9 November 1932 and was buried alongside her.

Pouncey, Raistrick
1892 - 1966

Ref. Article appearing in Saltaire WW1 Diary, 14 April 1915

Raistrick Pouncey was the son of Alma Pouncey.
Alma was born 1852 in Bradford. He married Evangeline Raistrick in 1874. In 1881 & 1891 they lived in Calverley near Leeds.
Raistrick, the second youngest of nine children, was born 1892 in Calverley. By 1898 the family had moved to 2 William Henry Street in Saltaire, where remained until around 1918. Alma worked as a painter’s labourer until his death in 1916. In 1911 Raistrick was working as a gardener.
Raistrick, working as a munitions worker, married Jane Proffitt 19 August 1916 at Sion Jubilee Baptist Church in Bradford. He was living in Shipley when he died in 1966. Jane died in 1979.

Renard, Edward
6 February 1854 – 5 January 1915

Ref. Article appearing in Saltaire WW1 Diary, 15 January 1915

Edward Renard was the son of John Renard. John was born c1817 in Wapping, Middlesex. He married Margaret Brafield in 1847 in Bermondsey, London. John was the licensed victualler of the Simon the Saviour public house in Bermondsey until his death in the 1860s.

Edward, the youngest of four children, was born 6 February 1854 in Bermondsey. In 1871 he was an out of work auctioneer’s clerk living with his widowed mother who was the licensed victualler of the Prince Regent public house in New Brentford, London.

By 1881 Edward was a certified art master living with his retired mother in Chelsea, London. Edward married Louisa Haley 16 August 1883 at St John’s Halifax. They had one child, Beryl Louisa, born 1887 in Saltaire. The family lived at 32 Albert Road (renumbered 63) in Saltaire from c1885 to c1889. Edward was the headmaster of the School of Art in Saltaire. In the same year as the Saltaire Exhibition (1887) he was instrumental in starting the Yorkshire Union of Artists.

In 1891 Edward and his family were living at 61 Kirkgate in Shipley. By 1901 they had moved to Newark, Nottinghamshire and by 1911 they were in Eastbourne, Sussex.

Edward died, aged 60, in Eastbourne 5 January 1915. In his will he left £460 16s 11d (worth c £41k in 2013) to his widow and his spinster daughter.

Rennard, Fred
12 July 1888 – 4 September 1957

Fred Rennard was the son of Joseph Rennard. Joseph was born c1858 in Leeds. He married Annie Brown 3 October 1879 at St Paul’s Shipley. They had nine children, but three died in infancy.

Fred, their third child, was born 12 July 1888 in Shipley. In 1891 the family were living at 5 Dawson Street in Windhill with Joseph working as a gas stoker. Around 1896 they moved to 26 Shirley Street in Saltaire. In 1901 Fred was working as a bobbin pegger. Around 1904 the family moved to 14 George Street in Saltaire. In 1911 Fred was working as a weaver overlooker.

Fred married Amy Jackson, a domestic servant, 22 January 1916 at St Bartholomew’s in Armley. They had two children, a son Peter Jackson, a company secretary, (23 January 1925 – 16 February 2003) and a daughter Audrey (who married Stanley Beever).

Fred & Amy lived all their lives at 54 Scarborough Road in Shipley. Fred died 4 August 1957 at the Duke of York Home in Bradford. He was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery in Shipley. Fred left £26,487 4s 8d in his will (worth c£580k in 2015).

Amy, his widow, died 22 March 1984 aged 92.

Riley, Benson
27 January 1853 – 14 June 1929

Benson Riley was the son George Riley. George was born c1829 in Idle. He married Elizabeth Denison 25 July 1851 at St Wilfrid Calverley.

Benson, the eldest of twelve children, was born 27 January 1853 in Idle. In 1861& 1871 the family were living in Idle with George working as a rope maker and in 1871 Benson was working as a wool sorter.

Benson married Ann Helliwell 28 June 1873 at St Paul Shipley. They had five children; - George (b1874), Joseph (born 1876), Mary (b1878), Bentham (b1881), Maud (b1883), Willie (b1886).
In 1881 they were living at 78 Aire Street in Shipley. Around 1894 they moved to 19 Albert Road in Saltaire (renumbered 37). Ann died in 1902.

Widowed Benson married Anne Elizabeth Heaton 25 July 1908 at St Paul Shipley. In 1904 they were living at 101 Saltaire Road in Shipley. By 1910 they were at 30 Ada Street in Saltaire. Around 1912 they moved to 35 George Street in Saltaire. From 1918 they lived at 26 Park Street in Shipley.

Benson died 14 June 1929.

Riley, Eric
11 November 1904 – 1992

Eric Riley was the son of Arthur Riley. Arthur was born 1865 in Saltaire. He married Emma Giles in 1894. In 1896 they were living at 26 Herbert Street in Saltaire. By 1900 they had moved to 1 Higher School Street in Saltaire with Arthur employed as a house painter.

Eric, the youngest of three children, was born 11 November 1904 in Saltaire. He was baptised 19 March 1905 at Saltaire Congregational Church. Eric, living with his family at 77 Victoria Road in Saltaire, gained a scholarship to Salts School in 1915. By 1926 the family were living in Baildon.

Eric married Ida Wade in 1928. At first they lived with Eric’s parents at Ellenthorpe Road in Shipley. By 1932 they had their own home at 7 Nab Wood Gardens in Shipley; they were still there in 1962.

Eric died in 1992. His parents are buried together in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley; Arthur died 14 May 1935 and Emma died 10 January 1936.

Ripley, John Thomas
1871 – 1946

John Thomas was the son of Joseph Ripley. Joseph was born c1829 in Bradford. He married Elizabeth Briggs 2 August 1852 at St Wilfrid Calverley.

John, the youngest of three sons, was born 1864 in Bradford. In 1871 & 1881 the family were living in Albion Street, Shipley with Joseph working as a stone mason and John as a bobbin pegger.

John married Margaret Ann Adlum 6 May 1893 at St Wilfrid Calverley. They lived at 26 Ashley Road in Shipley with John working as a wool warehouseman labourer. In 1907 they moved to 28 Mary Street in Saltaire where they remained until Margaret died 31 May 1916. They had no children.

Widowed John married Ruth Hannah Hudson in 1918. They lived all their years at 23 Dove Street in Saltaire.

John died in 1946. Ruth died 4 April 1947 and she left £752 8s 3d (worth c£27k in 2016) to the bank in her will.

Robinson, William Batley
1847 – April 1917

William Batley Robinson was the son of John Robinson. John was born 1826 in Heckmondwike. He married Maria Batley in 1850 in Dewsbury.

William, the elder of two sons, was born 5 April 1851 in Dewsbury. In 1861 & 1871 the family were living in Dewsbury with John working firstly as a wool spinner then secondly as a green grocer.

William married Emma Hartley 31 January 1885 at Birkenshaw. They had three children; Harold (born 1886), Elsie (1888) and Edith (1891). In 1891 they were living in Guiseley with William working as a Police Constable.

By 1901 they had moved to 8 George Street in Saltaire. In 1911 William had retired from the police force and was living with his wife, Emma, at 22 Victoria Road in Saltaire.

William died 8 November 1914; in his will he left £260 13s 6d (worth c£2k in 2017) to his widow, Emma. In March 1917 it was reported that Emma was taken to court to be evicted from her home.

Sanctuary, George
1857 – 12 October 1932

George Sanctuary was the son of Thomas Sanctuary. Thomas was born 1831 in East Walton in Norfolk. Working as a labourer he married Elizabeth Atkinson 5 June 1854 at All Saints Bingley.
George, the second eldest of nine children, was born 1857 in Cullingworth. The family were living in Keighley in 1861 with Thomas working as a coachman and groom. By 1871 they were living at Rose Cottage, 12 Victoria Park in Shipley with Thomas working as a gardener and George as a factory operative.

George married Hannah Maria Broadley in 1876. By 1881 they were living at 46 George Street in Saltaire with George working as a spinning overlooker. From 1889 to 1896 they lived at 28 Albert Road (renumbered 55); they then moved to 68 George Street where they remained the rest of their lives.

George died 12 October 1932 and was buried at Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley. Hannah died 28 January 1940 and was buried alongside him. They had nine children born in Saltaire, with the following seven surviving to adulthood:-

George Frederick (1878 - 11 March 1953)
Edith Alice (1880 - 11 January 1936)
William Thomas (b1882, served in WW1)
Rawson (1885 - 18 November 1949)
Clifford Ewart (13 February 1889 - 6 December 1960)
Annie Louise (30 August 1893 – 1980)
Jack (11 July 1903 – 1989)

Sanctuary, Jack
11 July 1903 – 1989

Jack Sanctuary was the son of George Sanctuary. George was born 10 January 1857 in Cullingworth. He married Hannah Maria Broadley in 1876.  In 1881 they were living at 46 George Street in Saltaire with George working as a worsted spinning overlooker. In 1891 the family were living at 28 Albert Road (renumbered now as 55). In 1901 & 1911 they were living at 68 George Street in Saltaire.

Jack, the youngest of seven children, was born 11 July 1903. He was baptised 2 September 1903 at Saltaire Congregational Church. Jack was awarded a scholarship at Salts School in 1915.

Jack lived with his family until 1939 at least. Following his father’s death in 1932 the family moved to 36 Wellington Crescent in Shipley in 1935.

Jack died in 1989 at Tunbridge Wells in Kent. He had an elder brother, William Thomas, who served in WW1.

Sanctuary, Norman
1878 – 24 August 1948

Norman Sanctuary was the son of Jacob Sanctuary. Jacob was born c1844 in West Walton in Norfolk. He moved with his family to Cullingworth in Yorkshire before 1851. In 1861 they were living at 5 George Street in Saltaire, Jacob was a warp twister and his father, John, worked in a combing shed.  Jacob married Margaret Ann Brook 18 May 1867 at Kirkgate Chapel in Stephen Road, Bradford. In 1871& 1881 they were living at 13 Titus Street in Saltaire.

Norman, the fourth of six children, was born in Saltaire in 1878. His older brother, Fred, served in WW1. In 1891 & 1901 the family were living at 75 George Street in Saltaire, by 1901 Norman was working as a house painter. They moved to 21 George Street around 1908. From 1918 the family lived in Ferrand Road, Shipley.

Norman married Mary Ellen Flatley in 1941. They lived at 14 Sunny Mount in Keighley. Norman died 24 August 1948 and left £386 8s 11d to his widow, Mary (worth c£13k in 2016). Mary lived out the rest of her life at 14 Sunny Mount, dying 30 April 1962 in Bingley Hospital.

Sharpe, Edward Stevenson
9 November 1878 – 10 July 1958
[Updated 5 July 2016]

Edward Stevenson Sharpe was born 9 November 1878 in Londonderry in Northern Ireland. He was the son of John William Sharpe, a Presbyterian Minister.

In 1902 Edward gained a degree in medicine and surgery at Edinburgh University. By 1908 he was a physician and surgeon practicing in the Shipley area and he was one of the doctors who attended Salts Hospital.

From 1908 Edward lived at 1 Myrtle Place in Saltaire. He married Ethel Rebecca Jackson 25 August 1909 at St Paul Shipley. They had three daughters; - Kathleen Laurentia (born 1910), Joan McMormick (13 January 1913 – 1990) and Mary Dorrien (born 1915). From 1924 the family lived at 227 Bingley Road in Shipley, where they remained the rest of their lives.  

During World War One Edward was the Commander of the Shipley Volunteer Force, who had their headquarters at Albert Road School in Saltaire.  

Edward died 10 July 1958 at Bradford Royal Infirmary and he was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery. In his will he left £12,878 (worth c£270k in 2016) to his daughter, Joan. His wife, Ethel died 16 March 1979 and was buried alongside him.

Smith, Kirk
1862 – 1903

Kirk Smith was the son of Hardisty Smith. Hardisty was born 1838 in Horsforth. He married Mary Ann Kirk 9 April 1860 at St Oswald Guiseley. In 1861 they were living in Horsforth with Hardisty working as a woollen weaver.

Kirk, the elder of two sons, was born 1862 in Horsforth. In 1881 the family were living in Headingley Cum Burley with Kirk working as a twister.

Kirk married Sarah Jane Senior 15 December 1883 at St George’s Church in Leeds. They had five sons all of whom served in World War One; Leslie, Hardy, Harold, William & Gilbert. They had two daughters; Florrie & Carrie, who married George Henry Bower who also served in the war.
In 1891 Kirk and his family lived in Headingly Cum Burley, by 1901 they had moved to 25 Jane Street in Saltaire. Kirk died in 1903; his widow, Sarah, died in the same house in 1923.

Smith, Wilkinson
1855 – February 1914

Wilkinson Smith was the son of John Smith. John was born c1825 in Shipley. He married Mary, (date and her maiden name unknown). 

Wilkinson, the third of six children, was born 1855 in Bingley. In 1861 the family were living in a temporary hut in Barden in North Yorkshire. John was working as a carter at a public works. In 1871 they were living at 32 Albert Street in Shipley with John working as a farm labourer and Wilkinson as a yarn scourer. Wilkinson was a scourer all his working life.

Wilkinson married Elizabeth Atkinson 28 November 1874 at Bradford Cathedral. They had seven children, two of whom died in infancy; Fred (b1876), Henry (1879 – 1920), Mary (b1881), Harold (1890 – 1933) and May (1892 – 1916).

In 1881 Wilkinson and his family were living at 18 Queen Street in Shipley. By 1887 they had moved to Saltaire living at 16 Albert Road (renumbered 31); 24 Jane Street from 1897 to 1901; 14 George Street from 1901 to 1905; then from 1905 at 10 Jane Street.

Wilkinson died in February 1914 and he was buried 25 February 1914 in Hirst Wood Cemetery. His wife, Elizabeth, was buried alongside him 6 June 1918. Their children; May, Henry and Harold were buried with them.

Stirk, William
c1848 – 30 September

William Stirk was the son of William Stirk (Snr).
William (snr) was born c1816 in Eldwick. He married Martha Bland 9 July 1837 in Otley.

William, the fourth of seven children, was born c1848 in Baildon. In 1851 the family were living in Baildon with William (snr) working as a woolcomber. By 1861 they had moved to Shipley with William (snr) working as a worsted spinner. In 1871 they were living at 34 Albert Road (renumbered now 67) in Saltaire with William (snr) working as a wool dyer and William as a weaver. In 1881 they were at 27 Earle Street in Shipley with William (Snr) working as a yeast dealer and William as an overlooker.

William (snr) died 8 November 1885 and was buried in St Pauls Churchyard in Shipley. His wife, Martha, died 27 February 1888 and was buried alongside him. Four of their children were buried with them:-
Mercy (1850 – 21 February 1877)
Hannah (1852 – 8 April 1876)
Mary Ann (1855 – 1 March 1875)
Sam (1856 – 8 November 1867)

William, living at Croft Street in Shipley, married Sarah Stancliffe, a weaver living at Victoria Road in Saltaire, 20 February 1886 at Bradford Cathedral. They had one child, a daughter, Martha Elizabeth, born in 1887. The family lived in Saltaire all their lives. In 1889 they were at 6 Amelia Street, moving to 9 Edward Street. In 1903 they moved to 25 Dove Street.

William died 30 September 1915 and he was buried at Nab Wood Shipley. Sarah died 15 April 1930 and was buried alongside William. Their daughter, Martha, married Charles Houlden in 1918. They lived at 2 Myrtle Place in Saltaire. Martha died 10 April 1951 and was buried with her parents.

Stolworthy, Henry
1840 – 19 February 1928

Henry Stolworthy was born 1840, in Fetwell, Norfolk, the fourth of five children to John & Maria Stolworthy. In 1851 the family were living in Bradford with John working as a taker in of alpaca goods and Henry as an errand boy.

Henry married Fanny Briggs 5 February 1859 at Bradford Cathedral. They had three children, Annie, Eileen and Walter. Henry worked as a joiner and model maker. In 1861 they were living at 10 Amelia Street in Saltaire. Fanny died in 1869 and she was buried at St Paul’s in Shipley 20 October 1869.

Widowed Henry married Betsy Longbottom 22 May 1870 at Bradford Cathedral, they had no children. They lived at 10 Gordon Terrace (renumbered 69 Bingley Road) in Saltaire. From 1893 they lived at 49 Caroline Street. Betsy died 7 February 1916 and she was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley. Henry moved to 12 Ashley Road in Shipley in 1920. He died 19 February 1928 and he was buried alongside Betsy.

Daughter Annie was born in 1862, being baptised 25 June 1862. She married Fred Hirst, a painter, 20 Dec 1883 at Bradford Cathedral.

Daughter Ellen was born 15 January 1864. She married Joseph Fearnley, a plush twister, 2 April 1887 at Bradford Cathedral. They had a daughter, Ethel, born in 1889. They emigrated to America in 1891. In 1900 they were living in New Jersey with Joseph working as a silk finisher. Ellen died 16 January 1949 in Philadelphia.

Son Walter was born in 1865. He worked as a mechanic and he married Sarah Ellen Chattaway 22 December 1883. Walter died in 1885 aged just nineteen. He was buried 22 April 1885 at St Paul’s in Shipley.

Storey, Wilton Saddler
5 October 1889 – 30 March 1975

Wilton Saddler Storey was the son of Thomas Sadler Storey. Thomas was born c1857 in Northallerton. He married Sarah Ann Broadley 3 January 1880 at St John the Baptist in Halifax. In 1881 & 1891 they lived at Norwood Green in Halifax with Thomas working as a farm labourer.

Wilton, the second youngest of seven children, was born 5 October 1889 in Norwood Green, Halifax. The family moved to Shipley in 1893 living at 4 Jennings Street. From 1898 to 1906 they lived at 5 Amelia Street in Saltaire, then they moved to 49 George Street.

Thomas was a nursery gardener.Wilton, a weaving overlooker in Salts Mill, married Hannah May Emsley in 1914. They lived at 15 Salisbury Street in Shipley from 1918 to 1926; at 56 Pratt Lane from 1928 to 1934. From 1934 they lived at 8 Norwood Avenue.

Hannah died 2 October 1949 in Shipley. Widowed Wilton died 30 March 1975 at Willerby in North Humberside.

Thornton, Arthur
1854 – 18 April 1915

Arthur Thornton was the son of Thomas Thornton. Thomas was born 15 August 1814 in Haworth. He married Ann – maiden name and marriage date unknown. In 1851 they lived in Wilsden with Thomas working as a weaver.

Arthur, the youngest of seven children, was born 1854 in Wilsden. He was baptised 8 Oct 1854 St Matthew Haworth.
By 1861 the family had moved to Saltaire, living at 17 George Street. In 1871 they were living at 3 Fern Place with both Thomas and Arthur working as warp dressers.
Arthur had a son, Fred, in 1875 with a Mary Elizabeth – maiden name and marriage date unknown.

Arthur married Jessie Harriet Goodacre in 1881. They had eight children: Tom (b1882), Arthur (b886), Albert (b1888), Beatrice (b1889), Ada (b1890), Edwin (b1893), Jesse (b1895) and Robert (b1897). In 1901 Arthur was working in Saltaire Mills as a warp dresser and living with his family at 10 Constance Street. By 1911 they had moved to 8 Albert Road (renumbered 15) in Saltaire. By 1915 they were living at 68 Victoria Road in Saltaire.

Arthur died 18 April 1915 and was buried two days later at Hirst Wood Cemetery. Jessie died in 1928. Arthur was a renowned cricketer, with a long connection with Saltaire Cricket Club. Four of their sons: Albert, Arthur, Edwin & Robert, fought in World War One.

Todd, Joseph
1839 – 1913

Joseph Todd was the son of Mark Todd. Mark was born c1792 in Alwoodley, near Leeds. He married Sarah Park 13 March 1831 at Bradford Cathedral.

Joseph, the fifth of ten children, was born 1839 in Headingley. In 1851 the family were living in Windhill with Mark working as a wool comber and Joseph as a worsted spinner. In 1861 Joseph was a boarder with the Shaw family in Windhill.

Joseph married Mary Ann Lee, born 1846 Charlestown, in 1863. They had three children, but one died as an infant. Emma was born in 1867 and Alice Ann in 1870. In 1871 the family were living at 22 Leeds Road in Windhill and in 1881 they were at 27 Hall Lane in Windhill. By 1891 they had moved to Saltaire, living at 62 George Street. In 1901 they were at 27 Maddocks Street, moving to 47 Caroline Street in 1908.

Joseph died 17 April 1913 and was buried in St Paul’s churchyard, Shipley 21 April 1913. Mary Ann died 2 May 1916 and was buried alongside her husband 5 May 1916. Their spinster daughter Alice Ann lived at 47 Caroline Street until 1934.

Urwin, James
1860 – 3 October 1926

James Urwin was the son of Anthony Urwin. Anthony was born c1835 in Bradford, He married Ether Bennett 24 July 1854 at Bradford Cathedral.

James, the third of six children, was born in 1860 in Esholt. In 1871 the family were living at 25 Mary Street in Saltaire with Anthony working as a mill labourer and eleven year old James working as a spinner. In 1881 James was a wool comber living with his parents at 20 Constance Street in Saltaire.

James married Jane Murgatroyd 13 October 1886 at Bradford Cathedral. They had five children: - Fred (b1890), Lizzie (1892), Annie (1894), George (1897) and Willie (1900). Both Fred and George served in WW1.

In 1890 James lived with his family at 4 Cowling Street in Shipley. By 1901 they had moved to 1 Mary Street in Saltaire with James working as labourer in an iron foundry. From 1907 to 1920 they lived at 35 Dove Street in Saltaire. From 1921 until their deaths, home was 6 Merton Street in Shipley.

James died 3 October 1926 and Jane died 4 February 1934.
James was an Oddfellow, having been instituted as a member of the Loyal Tree of Life Lodge in 1887. He was appointed the Grand Master of the Shipley District of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows.

Wainwright, Harrison
9 July 1872 – 1943
[Revised and corrected 11 Sept 2016]

Harrison Wainwright was born 9 June 1872 to Jane Wainwright (b 1846). It is not known who his father was. Harrison was baptised 5 January 1873 at Bradford Cathedral. Jane married Albert Ernest Merry (b Banbury, Oxford in 1845) 7 May 1881 in Bradford. They had two daughters;- Louise (b1883) and Sarah Jane (b1866). 

Harrison, living in Manningham and working as a woolcomber, married Emily Hudson 26 November 1892 at Bradford Cathedral. They had 6 children, with one dying in infancy:-
Elsie (b1894)
Fred (1896 – 26 November 1915)
Minnie (b1897)
Florence (b1899)
Albert (b1902)

In 1901 the family were living at 146 Hollings Road in Bradford, with Harrison working as a woolcomber. In 1904 they were living at 13 Sun Place in Baildon, moving to 16 Melbourne Street in Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 7 Dove Street in Saltaire with Harrison working as an overlooker. By 1920 they had moved to Bingley.

Harrison died 3 December 1943 at Sydenham Place in Bradford. In his will he left £196 12s 2d (worth £8k in 2015) to his widow Emily.

Walker, John Edward (Neddy)
13 March 1844 – 26 June 1916

John Edward Walker was the son of John Walker. John was born c1801 in Clifton, near Brighouse. He married Mary Ann Armitage 23 December 1833 at St Peters Birstall, near Batley.

John Edward, known as Neddy, the fifth of eight children, was born 13 March 1844 in Hunsworth, Cleckheaton. The family lived in Cleckheaton with John working a cart driver/labourer and Neddy as a mechanic.

Neddy married Sarah Jane Stead 28 January 1882 at Halifax Parish Church. They had five children: - Ellen (1884-1958), Mary (1886-1968), Herbert (1888-1980), Wilfred (1893-1972) and Harold (1894-1973). All three sons served in, and survived, the First World War.

In 1892 the family lived at 7 Bath Buildings in Saltaire (demolished in 1936). In 1901 they were at 28 Shirley Street in Saltaire, moving to 5 George Street around 1905.

Neddy died 26 June 1916 and was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery. His widow, Sarah, died 2 April 1926 and was buried alongside him.

The Wall Family

Michael Wall – head of the family
c1849 – 16 April 1900

Michael was born c1849 in Limerick in Ireland. He married Bridget Mary Kenny in 1875 in Limerick. In 1881 and 1891 they lived at Knottingley in Yorkshire with Michael working as a sail maker. Michael Wall died 16 April 1900 at 6 Katherine Street in Saltaire of pneumonia exhaustion.

Bridget Mary – wife of Michael Wall
c1857 – 28 March 1928

Bridget was born c1857 in Limerick. Following her husband’s death she lived with her children at 6 Katherine Street in Saltaire. They remained in Saltaire moving to 11 George Street by 1905. Bridget worked as a maternity nurse. She died 28 March 1928 and I her will she left £140 (worth c£8k in 2015) to her eldest son, James.

Michael and Bridget had thirteen children, four of whom died in infancy.

(Three of the sisters married three brothers (Moore)).

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James Wall – eldest son
1876 – 11 March 1943

James was born c1876 in Sheffield. He worked as an engine tender in a factory/chemical works. James married Martha Ellen Leach in 1913. In 1918 they were living at 5 Wycliffe Road in Shipley. By 1921 they had moved to 82 Saltaire Road in Shipley.
James died 11 March 1943 and Martha died in 1951.

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Mary Ann Wall – eldest daughter
5 October – 20 July 1952

Mary was born 5 October 1877 in Limerick in Ireland. She married Benjamin Wiseman Wensworth (born c1874 Wetherby, Yorkshire) in 1901.
In 1901 they were living in Knottingley with Benjamin working as a cooper. Around 1905 they moved to Saltaire, living at 14 Whitlam Street with Benjamin working as a tramway conductor. In 1914 they were living at 19 Jane Street in Saltaire; 1929 found them at 15 Albert Road in Saltaire.
Benjamin died in 1931. Mary died 20 July 1952, leaving £292 8s 10d (worth £7.5k in 2015) to her two eldest children.
Benjamin & Mary had five children:-
Catherine (6 January 1902 – 1979) married James Burden in 1934.
Vincent Michael (1903 – 1966)
Bernard (1905 – 2 December 1976)
Les – died young
Gerard (1910 – 1939)

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Margaret Wall – third child
1881 – 25 June 1931

Margaret was born 1881in Knottingley in Yorkshire. Margaret worked as mohair twister. She never married and from 1905 lived at the family home, 11 George Street in Saltaire. Margaret died 25 June 1931.

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Elizabeth Wall – fourth child
17 February 1884 – 1970

Elizabeth was born 17 February 1884 in Knottingley in Yorkshire. Elizabeth worked as a twister and a lining weaver. She married Thomas Moore (a grocer’s assistant, born Whitby 1884). Elizabeth died in 1970.

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Josephine Wall – fifth child
1 November 1886 – 1935

Josephine was born 1 November 1886 in Knottingley in Yorkshire. Josephine worked as a lining weaver. She married Dennis Gilbert Moore (a tailor’s cutter, born Whitby 22 November 1885) on 18 June 1914 at St Mary & St Walberga's Church in Shipley. They had five children:-
Leonard Joseph, born 10 August 1915.
Eileen, born in 1918
Bernard, born in 1920
Cyril, born c1923
Winifred, born in 1925
Josephine died in 1935 and Dennis died in Lancaster in 1969.

Josephine Wall marries Dennis Gilbert Moore, 1914
Photograph courtesy of Philip Hoare (son of Leonard Joseph Moore) with thanks.

Left to right, standing - Henry E Moore, Bridget Wall, Alphonsus Wall (?)
Left to right, seated - Rose Margaret Wall (?), Dennis Gilbert Moore, Josephine Moore, Kathleen Wall.
The two young girls are unknown.

For large image follow link >

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Alphonsus Wall - sixth child
1890 – 1959

Alphonsus – sixth child >

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Kathleen Wall – seventh child
15 June 1894 – 30 May 1966

Kathleen was born 15 June 1894 in Knottingley in Yorkshire. Kathleen worked as a lining weaver. She married Henry E Moore (manager of a silk textile mill, born Whitby 1885) in 1918. Kathleen died 30 May 1966.

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Gabriel Wall - eighth child
26 March 1896 – 1969

Gabriel – eighth child >

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Francis Bernard Wall - youngest child
c1898 – 8 September 1938

Francis Bernard – youngest child >

Watts, William
1863 – 31 October 1935

William Watts was the son of Joseph and Hannah Watts.
Joseph was born c1832 in Halford in Warwickshire. The family lived in Halford with Joseph working as a farm labourer.

William, the third of seven children, was born 1863 in Halford. He married Elizabeth Ann Shaw 25 December 1889 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1891 they were living in Horton with William working as a house painter. From 1901 they were living in Saltaire; firstly at 1 Helen Street, then from 1907 at 29 Shirley Street.

Elizabeth died 9 July 1915 and was buried three says later in Hirst Wood Cemetery in Shipley. In 1933 widowed William moved to 40 Annie Street in Shipley. He died 31 October 1935 and was buried alongside his wife. They had seven children, one of whom died in infancy:-

Joseph (b1892) – served in WW1
Maria (1893 – October 1949) – married Edwin Harry Jones 16 April 1921 at St Peters Shipley. Buried in Hirst Wood 31 October 1949.
Edith (1896 – 24 January 1928) – married Ernest Sheard in 1924. Buried alongside her parents.
Minnie (1897 – 23 December 1923) – never married; buried alongside her parents.
William (b 23 April 1900) – accounts clerk; married Winifred Boggett 23 July 1934 at Ferrybridge.
George (1905 – 1968).

Wilson, Mathew
c1832 – 1884

Mathew Wilson was born c1832 in Bramley. He married Christiana Wray 22 July 1855 at St Peters in Leeds. They had five daughters; Sarah (b1861), Ellen (b1867), Grace (b1869), Florrie (b1872) and Christiana (b1877).

In 1861 & 1871 they were living in Bramley with Mathew working as a stone mason. By 1877 they had moved to Saltaire living at 20 Jane Street.

Mathew died July 1884 aged just 52. He was buried 5 July 1884 at St Pauls churchyard in Shipley. His widow, Christiana, remained in Saltaire, living from 1889 at 17 Jane Street. By 1897 she had moved to 15 Dove Street. From 1911 she lived at 15 Jane Street.

Christiana died 5 October 1914 and was buried alongside her husband two days later.

 
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