Saltaire Village, World Heritage Site
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Colin Coates, historian
WW1: The Saltaire Story
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Backhouse, Francis Norman
c1885 –????

Francis Norman Backhouse was the son of John Backhouse. John was born 1841 in Cumberland. He married Annie Langhorne in 1867 in Westmorland. From 1871 until after 1891 they lived in Bowness, Cumberland with John working as a farmer.

Francis, the youngest of six children, was born c1885 in Bowness. In 1911 he was boarding with the Briggs family in Bradford and he was working as a bank clerk.

Francis served with the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was living at 11 Albert Road in Saltaire (renumbered now as 21 Albert Road) when he attested 29 February 1916 and he was mobilised 10 April 1916. He was in Salonica in Greece from 9 August to 21 July 1919. He was discharged 3 August 1919.  

Bailey, Edgar
29 April 1899 – 1981

Edgar Bailey was the son of Stephen Bailey. Stephen was born 23 April 1867 in Bingley. He married Elizabeth Jane Peill 24 November 1984 in Bradford Cathedral. Stephen was a commercial clerk living at 15 Titus Street in Saltaire.

Edgar, an only son with an elder sister, was born 29 April 1899 in Saltaire. In 1901 the family were living at 21 Whitlam Street in Saltaire with Stephen working as a clerk/book keeper for a worsted manufacturer. By 1911 they had moved to 45 Caroline Street in Saltaire.

Enlisting in 1918 Edgar served with the 13th & 6th Battalions Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. Having survived the war he lived at 16 Rhodes Street in Saltaire. Working as a fitter, Edgar married Gladys Mary Murphy 3 June 1933 at St Pauls Shipley. The married couple lived at 22 Oxford St in Shipley.

Edgar died in 1981.  

Bailey, Fred
25 May 1890 – 20 May 1918

Fred Bailey was the only son of James William Bailey. James was born c1856 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. He married Clara Walker, 1 December 1881 at Bradford Cathedral. Both were living in Saltaire; James, a painter, at 22 Caroline Street; Clara, a weaver, at 18 Mary Street. They had a daughter, Ethel born c 1888.

Fred was born in Saltaire 25 May 1890 and baptised 3 August 1890 at St Pauls, Shipley. In 1891 the family were living at 27 Albert Road, Saltaire (now number 53); James was working as a plus dyer. In 1901 & 1911 they were living at 3 Lower School Street. James was a caretaker for Salt Schools and in 1911 Fred was a cabinet maker.

Fred was a Sapper with the 509th Field Company, Royal Engineers. He died of his wounds 20 May 1918. He is buried at Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge in Belgium.

Fred is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St. Peters and Saltaire United Reform Church. He left behind a widow (name unknown) who was living at 7 Wycliffe Place, Shipley.   

Bailey, Milton
c1878 – 1927

Milton Bailey was the son of Aaron Robinson Bailey. Aaron was born 6 October 1887 and he was baptised 1 April 1888 at All Saints Bingley. He married Mary Ann Dixon at Keighley in 1861. In 1871 the family were living at The Gate Inn in Wilsden with Aaron the inn keeper.

Milton, the ninth of eleven children, was born c1878 in Cullingworth. In 1881 the family were living at 32 Dove Street in Saltaire with Aaron working as a wool sorter. Aaron died in 1884, his widow continued to live in Dove Street. In 1891 Milton was working as a mohair spinner. Milton married Emily Wood in 1900 and they had two sons; Albert born 1901 in Baildon and Aaron Norman born in Saltaire 24 March 1904. In 1901 Milton, a wool sorter, and his wife lived with his widowed mother at 7 Gordon Terrace in Saltaire (renumbered now as 63 Bingley Road). By 1911 Milton and his family were living at 35 Whitlam Street.

Milton survived the war having served as a Private with the Northumberland Fusiliers and the Labour Corps. Milton died in 1927; his family continued to live at 35 Whitlam Street.

Milton had an elder brother, Walter, who also served his country in the war.  

Bailey, Walter
c1876 –????

Walter Bailey was the son of Aaron Robinson Bailey. Aaron was born 6 October 1887 and he was baptised 1 April 1888 at All Saints Bingley. He married Mary Ann Dixon at Keighley in 1861. In 1871 the family were living at The Gate Inn in Wilsden with Aaron the inn keeper.

Walter, the eighth of eleven children, was born c1876 in Cullingworth. In 1881 the family were living at 32 Dove Street in Saltaire with Aaron working as a wool sorter. Aaron died in 1884, his widow continued to live in Dove Street. In 1891 Walter was working as an office boy.In 1901 the family were living at 7 Gordon Terrace in Saltaire (renumbered now as 63 Bingley Road), Walter was working as a warp dresser. By 1911 the family were living at 25 Albert Road in Saltaire (renumbered now as 49 Albert Road), Walter was working as a warp sizer.

Walter survived the war having served as a Private with the Yorkshire Regiment. In 1918 he was living at 30 Dove Street in Saltaire.

Walter had a younger brother, Milton, who also served his country in the war.

Bainbridge, Moses
19 October 1895 - 1961

Moses Bainbridge was the son of Robert Bainbridge. Robert was born 29 October 1863 in Audley, Staffordshire. He married Hannah Adams 29 May 1884 at Prestbury, Staffordshire.

Moses, the youngest of seven children, was born 19 October 1895 in Stafford. By 1901 the family were living in Gargrave with Robert working as a blacksmith. In 1911 they were living at 20 Jane Street in Saltaire; Robert was working as blacksmith in a loom works and Moses was a mill hand.

Moses served with the Royal Field Artillery and survived the war. He married Hilda Smith 24 May 1920 at Hall Royd Wesleyan Church. They had four children, including; Dorothy (1921-1921), Eric (1925-1982) and Eileen (1934-2000). By 1937 they were living at 6 Rufford Avenue in Yeadon.

Moses died in 1961 in Otley. 

Baker, Harold
1891 –30 December 1919

Harold Baker was the son of John Baker. John was born c1853 at Goathland near Whitby. He married Mary Ellen Galleymore in 1873 at Keighley.  In 1891 Mary was living with six children, but not her husband at 38 Albert Road, Saltaire (renumbered 75). In 1901 the family, with John were living at 4&5 Albert Road, Saltaire, (renumbered 7& 9). John was a clerk of works in the building trade.

Harold, the youngest of six children, was born 1891 in Saltaire. He was working as a joiner when he married Florrie Elizabeth Bower 17 Dec 1910 at St. Peters Shipley. She was living with her family at 24 George Street in Saltaire. In 1918 Harold, and his wife were living at 2 Myrtle Place in Saltaire; they had two children. Harold worked as an assistant in the Surveyor’s Department of the Shipley Urban District Council.

Harold served his country and fought in the war. He died 30 December 1919 and was buried at Nab Wood Saturday 6 January 1920. He is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Nab Wood. Harold had an elder brother, Percy, who also gave his life in serving his country

Baker, Percy Gordon
6 December 1885 – 9 June 1918

Percy Gordon Baker was the son of John Baker. John was born c1853 at Goathland near Whitby. He married Mary Ellen Galleymore in 1873 at Keighley. In 1891 Mary was living with six children, but not her husband at 38 Albert Road, Saltaire (renumbered now as 75). In 1901 the family, with John were living at 4&5 Albert Road, Saltaire, (renumbered now as 7& 9). John was a clerk of works in the building trade.

Percy, the fourth of six children, was born 6 Dec 1885 in Keighley. In 1911 he was living with his family at 5 Albert Road, Saltaire, (renumbered now as 9). He was an assistant of works at Saltaire Mills, where his father was clerk of works. His younger brother James Stanley was also a clerk of works at the mill.

Percy left the mill on 18 April 1916 to join the Army. He completed an army course to be an Architectural Draughtsman on 14 June 1916. He enlisted with the Royal Engineers on 16 June 1916. He was discharged 1 June 1917, to undertake a Course of Instruction in Military Engineering. Upon completing this course 14 June 1917 he was recommended for a temporary commission in the Royal Engineers. Percy died 9 Jun 1918; he was a Second Lieutenant with the 81st Field Company, Royal Engineers. His company was attached to the 19th (Western) Division. They saw action at the Battle of Aisne from 27 May to 6 Jun 1918.

Percy is remembered at the Terlincthun British Cemetery in Wimille near Boulogne in Northern France. He is also remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St Peter’s.

Percy had a younger brother, Harold, who also gave his life in serving his country.  

Baldwin, Harry Duxberry
5 October 1885 – 20 October 1915

Harry Duxberry Baldwin was the son of William Henry Baldwin. William was born c1864 in Bingley. He married Sarah Duxberry in 1883.

Harry was born in Shipley 5 October 1894, the third of six children. In 1891 they were living at 62 Dale Street in Shipley with William working as a hairdresser. Harry was baptised 29 July 1894 at St Lukes Church in Morton (near Keighley). The family were living in Main Street, Morton. By 1901 they had moved to 29 Constance Street in Saltaire. Sarah was the head of the house and Harry was working as spinner. Harry married Agnes Wade 29 July 1906 at Bradford Cathedral. He was an iron labourer living at 8 Stirling Place, Shipley. In 1911 they were living in Shipley with his widowed mother. They had no children.

Harry served as a Gunner in the 11th Division Ammunition Park, Royal Field Artillery. He saw action in Gallipoli before dying of war wounds in Egypt 20 October 1915. He was buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military Cemetery in Egypt. He is remembered on the Nab Wood Roll of Honour. 

Barnes, John William
c 1894 - 30 September 1917

John William Barnes was the eldest of two sons to George Barnes and Margaret Alice McGarry.

John was born c1894 in Bradford. His father died when John was young and in 1901 he was living with his widowed mother at 8 Wycliffe Place, Shipley. By 1911 they had moved to Saltaire living with John’s grandmother, Mary Ann McGarry (nee Carrol), at 22 Constance Street.  John aged 17 was a canister maker.
John was a Corporal with “B” Company, 2nd Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He died aged 23 on 30 September 1917. His name is on the memorial at Nieuport, West Flanders, Belgium. He is also remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St Peter’s and Windhill Parish Church.

At the time of his death his mother had remarried and she was living at 3 Ada St, Saltaire.    

Barrell, William Edward James
26 June 1878 – 15 November 1915

William Edward James Barrell was the son of Thomas and Mary Barrell.

William was born 26 June 1878 in Shipley, the second of four children. In 1891 the family were living at 18 Barrett Street in Shipley with Thomas working as a bricklayer. By 1901 they were living 14 Maddocks Street in Saltaire. William was employed as a gardener whilst his father continued being a bricklayer.
William married Sarah Edith Womersley 3 August 1903 at Bingley Wesleyan Chapel. In 1911 they were living without children at 25 Freeman Street in Grimsby; William was working as a coal porter on the docks. As war broke out William joined the Royal Naval Reserve. On the evening of Monday 15 November 1915 he was a deckhand on HMS Pekin undertaking mine sweeping duties when in a heavy storm he was washed overboard; his body was never recovered.

He is remembered on panel 14 of the Chatham Naval Memorial and on the Roll of Honour at Rosse Street Baptist Church in Shipley.

Barry, Alfred Francis
1880 - 1937

Alfred Francis Barry was the son of Michael John Barry. Michael was born c1846 in Ireland. He married Mary Ann Owens in 1869. In 1881 they were living at 36 Victoria Street in Bradford; Michael was a master tinner & coppersmith.

Alfred, the youngest of four children, was born 1880 in Bradford. In 1901 the family were living at 4 Bingley Road in Shipley; Michael was a magistrate and builder, Alfred was a brass finisher.
In 1911 Alfred was an estate agent living with his wife, Margaret at 14 Bromley Road in Shipley. They had three children; Mary born 1905, Nancy 1907 and Brian (1 June 1909-1986).

Alfred fought in the war and survived. In 1918 the family were living at 8 Albert Road in Saltaire (now 15 Albert Road). They remained there until 1926 when they moved to 34 Bradford Road in Shipley. By 1933 they were living at 4 Avondale Crescent in Shipley. Alfred died in 1937.   

Bates, William
????–????

William Bates survived the war, serving as a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy. From 1915 he lived at 48 Rhodes Street in Saltaire. He married Kathleen Banks in 1916. By 1940 they were living at 60 Bradford Road Shipley. They were living at 62a Saltaire Road in Shipley when Kathleen died 26 November 1962 in Salts Hospital.

Baxter, Enoch  
???? – ????

In 1918 whilst serving his country Enoch Baxter was living with Mary Horsfall at 20 Herbert Street in Saltaire. The relationship between Mary and Enoch is not known.  

Baxter, Ernest
c 1883 – 5 September 1916

Ernest Baxter was the son of Frederick Baxter. Frederick married Annie Jones, 26 June 1880 at Bradford Cathedral. Annie was a weaver living at 51 George Street in Saltaire.

Ernest was born c1883 in Windhill, the second of eight children. In 1891 the family were living at 5 Spurr Yard in Shipley. Annie was the head of the household as husband Frederick was working away from home. In 1901 & 1911 they were living at 43 George Street in Saltaire. Both Frederick and Ernest were journeyman joiners.

Ernest joined the 1/6th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) as a Private. In 1916 his battalion were part of the 49th (West Riding) Division that fought in the Battles of the Somme. Ernest died of war wounds 5 September 1915 and his grave can be found at the Warloy-Baillon Cemetery in the Somme region of France. He is also remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and Windhill Parish Church.

Beaumont, Harry
1890 – ????

Harry Beaumont was the son of George William Beaumont. George was born c1861 in Silkstone (near Barnsley). He married Emma Lodge 10 April 1882 at All Saints Silkstone.  

Harry, the fourth of eight children, was born 1890 in Dodworth (near Barnsley). He was baptised 6 July 1890 at St Johns Dodworth. In 1901 & 1911 the family were living at Tanshelf, Pontefract with George working as a miner. By 1915 they had moved to 3 Shirley Street in Saltaire with George working as a weft man. 

Harry was a serving soldier when he married Annie Marston 2 January 1915 at St. Pauls Shipley. Harry survived the war and from 1924 onwards lived in Shipley. 

Beaver, Joseph
3 May 1876 – 1954

Joseph Beaver was the son of William Beaver. William was born c1845 in Bradford. He married Martha Jane Ince 31 October 1864 in Bradford Cathedral. In 1871 & 1881 they lived at Upper Green Baildon with William working as a cotton dyer.

Joseph, the second youngest of six children, was born 3 May 1876 in Baildon. By 1891 the family were living at 43 George Street in Saltaire with Joseph working as a butcher’s apprentice.
Joseph, a stone mason’s labourer, married Alice Timms 8 December 1897 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1901 they were living in Moorhead Lane with two daughters; Hilda May born 1898 and Edith Emily born 30 March 1901 (baptised 27 June 1901 St Pauls Shipley). By 1911 they were living at 6 Victoria Road in Saltaire with Joseph a fried fish shop manager.

Joseph, a butcher, enlisted 6 December 1915 as a reservist with the Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding Regiment). He was transferred to the 29th Battalion Durham Light Infantry and mobilised 28 August 1916. Joseph survived the war having trained as a Lewis Gunner. He was discharged 29 January 1919 when his family were living at 9 High Bank Cottages, Moorhead Lane in Shipley. Joseph died in the Worth Valley District in 1954.

Beck, James Booth
1875 – March 1945

James Booth Beck was the son of John Beck. John was born c1838 in Shipley. He married Hannah Book 13 May 1860 at St. Wilfrid Calverley.

James, the youngest of eight children, was born 1875 in Shipley. In 1881 the family were living at 25 Wrose Hill in Shipley with John working as a farmer. In 1891 they were living at 4&5 Butterfield Place in Shipley with James working as an apprentice joiner. In 1901 they were living in Farm Buildings in Wrose, Shipley with James a warp dresser. James married Eliza Dodgson 19 December 1903 at St Pauls Shipley. James was a carter living at 8 Ostler Road in Shipley and Eliza at 13 Gordon Terrace in Saltaire. They had two children; Edith born 19 October 1904 and Harold 15 July 1909. In 1911 they were living at 14 Fanny Street in Saltaire, where they remained throughout the war.

James served as a Private with the 10th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers having attested 29 July 1916. He fought in France from 16 December 1916 and survived the war being discharged 25 February 1919. James died March 1945 in Keighley.

Bell, Joseph
10 December 1887 – 1971

Joseph Bell was the son of William Bell. William was born c1849 in Hawksworth. He married Martha Wilkinson 30 July 1870 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1871 they were living in Idle with William a weaving overlooker. By 1881 they were living at 6 Cowling Street in Shipley.

Joseph, the youngest of eight children, was born 10 December 1887 in Shipley. By 1891 the family were living at 2 Dove Street in Saltaire. In 1901 they were living at 4 Gordon Terrace (now 57 Bingley Road). By 1911 they had moved to 19 George Street in Saltaire with Joseph working as a cloth finisher. Joseph married Emily Picker in 1911.

Joseph served in and survived the war. In 1918 the married couple were living at 8 Herbert Street in Saltaire. From 1929 until at least 1962 they lived at 12 Dove Street in Saltaire. Joseph died in 1971.   

Belton, Francis Joseph
30 January 1889 – December 1961

Francis Joseph Belton was the son of William Belton. William was born c1851 in Lincolnshire. He married Amelia Wilcock 28 October 1882 at St Mary Magdalene, Manningham.

Francis, the third of four children, was born 30 January 1889 and he was baptised 3 March 1889 at St Mary Magdalene, Manningham. In 1891 the family were living in Manningham with William employed as a clerk in a silk works. By 1901 they were living at 86 Fairfield Street in Bradford with William working as silk plush weaver. Francis, a tram driver, married Alice Scholefield 27 December 1913 at St Peters Shipley. Alice lived with her parents at 26 Albert Road in Saltaire (renumbered now as 51). Her and her husband continued to live there throughout the war.

Francis served as a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery. He attested 21 May 1915 and saw active service in France from 20 May 1916 until he was discharged 1 July 1919. Francis died December 1961 in the Bradford area.

Bentley, Albert
c1893 – 1953

Albert Bentley was the son of William Hirst Bentley. William was born c1865 in Baildon. He married Hannah Baxter in 1886. William was a farmer and they lived in Baildon.
Albert, the middle child of three, was born c1893 in Baildon. In 1911 he was a waggoner for a mineral water company.

Albert served as a Private in the 21st Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment. He saw action in France from 15 February 1916. He had 10 days leave when he married Melissa Tennant 11 September 1917 at Baildon Parish Church. They lived with Melissa’s parents at 4 Baker Street in Saltaire.

Albert survived the war and was discharged 24 February 1919. Albert lived with his family at 23 Wycliffe Road in Shipley from around 1929 until he died in 1953.

Berry, Aldam
1871 - 21 July 1945

Aldam Berry was the son of Thomas Berry. Thomas was born c1838 in Esholt. He married Mary Steel in 1864. 

Aldam, the third of four sons, was born in 1871 in Manningham. In 1871 the family lived in Manningham with Thomas a worsted overlooker. Thomas died before 1881, his widow living at 11 Elliot Street in Shipley with her four sons. In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 9 Jane Street in Saltaire with Aldam working as a warp twister. Aldam married Harriet Jane Martin 3 June 1903 at St. Pauls Manningham. They had two children; Annie born 28 October 1903 and Cecil Avanel 30 April 1907. In 1911 the family were living at 14 Jane Street in Saltaire with Aldam working as a warp twister.

Aldam enlisted 10 April 1915 with the 18th (Service) Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. However he was discharged 24 May 1915 on medical grounds. He had obstructions of his tear ducts and he refused to be operated on. His medical record states “not likely to become an efficient soldier” and “not likely to be of any use to us.”

From 1916 Aldam was a fruitier living above his shop at 7 Victoria Road in Saltaire. His wife Harriet died in 1920. Aldam married Minnie Kennedy 3 July 1922 at St. Peters Shipley. He passed his shop over to his son, Cecil and he moved to Lee Lane in Cottingley. Aldam died 21 July 1945 at Bingley Hospital; his widow, Minnie, was living at 61 North Street in Bingley.

Berry, Alfred
1887 – ????

Alfred Berry was the son of Alfred Berry (senior). Alfred (senior) was born c1859 in Warwickshire. He married Emily Cope 29 Oct 1885 at Wiggington in Staffordshire.
 
Alfred, the eldest of three sons, was born 1887 in Keighley. In 1891 the family were living at 6 Mary Street in Saltaire with Alfred (senior) working as a railway signalman. By 1901 they had moved to 18 Jane Street in Saltaire.

Alfred, working as a railway clerk, married Alice Ives 4 April 1910 at St. Pauls Shipley. They had a son, Eric, born 1 September 1911. They lived at 13 Edward Street in Saltaire (renumbered now as no.18).

Alfred enlisted 11 November 1915 and he was mobilised 29 April 1916. He served in the Railway Operating Division of the Royal Engineers. Joining as a Sapper he rose through the ranks to become a Company Sergeant Major and he was mentioned in despatches. Alfred was discharged 4 December 1919, from 1921 he and his family lived in Bingley. Alfred is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel and Saltaire URC.
Alfred had two younger brothers, Arthur & John Edward, who both fought in the war.

Their mother, Emily, committed suicide, 13 May 1919. Her drowned body was found in the Leeds Liverpool Canal at Jane Hills. She had suffered bouts of depression ever since her three sons were called up to serve their country.

Berry, Arthur
1890 – 19 September 1951

Arthur Berry was the son of Alfred Berry. Alfred was born c1859 in Warwickshire. He married Emily Cope 29 October 1885 at Wiggington in Staffordshire.

Arthur, the middle son of three, was born 1890 in Keighley. In 1891 the family were living at 6 Mary Street in Saltaire with Alfred working as a railway signalman. In 1901 & 1911 they were living at 18 Jane Street in Saltaire, with Arthur working as a weaving overlooker.
Arthur served in and survived the war. He married Mary Alice Mitchell in 1920. Arthur died 19 September 1951 at 3 Plumpton Walk Wrose Road in Bradford.
Arthur had two brothers, Alfred & John Edward, who also fought in the war.

Their mother, Emily, committed suicide, 13 May 1919. Her drowned body was found in the Leeds Liverpool Canal at Jane Hills. She had suffered bouts of depression ever since her three sons were called up to serve their country.

Berry, John Edward
1892 – ????

John Edward was the son of Alfred Berry. Alfred was born c1859 in Warwickshire. He married Emily Cope 29 Oct 1885 at Wiggington in Staffordshire. In 1891 the family were living at 6 Mary Street in Saltaire with Alfred working as a railway signalman.
 
John, the youngest of three sons, was born 1892 in Saltaire. By 1901 they had moved to 18 Jane Street in Saltaire. In 1911 John was working as a farm labourer and living with the Collyer family at White House Farm in Shipley. John married Elizabeth Ann Brenkley 6 December 1915 at Hardrow Parish Church near Hawes. In the war he served with the Royal Engineers. In 1918 he was living with his wife at 6 Beatrice Street in Shipley. By 1921 they had moved to 31 Ashley Road in Shipley. 

John had two elder brothers, Arthur & Alfred, who both fought in the war.

Their mother, Emily, committed suicide 13 May 1919. Her drowned body was found in the Leeds Liverpool Canal at Jane Hills. She had suffered bouts of depression ever since her three sons were called up to serve their country.

Binns, Andrew Leslie
c1898 – 15 February 1924

Andrew Leslie was the son of Andrew & Mary Ann Binns. Andrew was born 1861 in Alnwick in Northumberland.

Andrew Leslie, the second oldest of four children, was born 1893 in Nottingham. In 1901 the family were living in Sheffield with Andrew working as an upholsterer. By 1911 Mary Ann was a widower living her children at 5 Caroline Street in Saltaire (now 6 Caroline Street); Andrew Leslie was working as a packer in a worsted yarn warehouse.

Andrew Leslie served as a Private with the Royal Army Medical Corps. He survived the war but only by a few years; he died 15 February 1924 in Salts Hospital. He never married; at the time of his death his residence was 6 Katherine Street.

Birdsall, Harold
1885 – 1959

Harold Birdsall was the son of Marshall Birdsall. Marshall was born c1854 in Baildon. He married Mary Ellen Grierson 19 May 1877 at Bradford Cathedral. Marshall was a dyer living at 11 Dove Street in Saltaire. They lived at 4 Edward Street in Saltaire (now 9 Edward Street) from 1881 to around 1904 when they moved to 3 Oastler Road in Shipley.

Harold, the middle child of three, was born 1885 in Saltaire. He was working as a French polisher when he married Sophia Myers 13 May 1914 at St Peters Shipley. They lived with Sophia’s parents at 18 Oastler Road.

Harold served in and survived the war. He lived with his wife at 3 Beatrice Street in Shipley for a few years before living the rest of life at 18 Oastler Road. Harold died in 1959; he is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Saltaire URC.

Blackburn, George 
c1867– 24 September 1945

George Blackburn was born c1867 in Selby; parents unknown. In 1901 he was a servant at the Shoulder of Mutton public house in Baildon. By 1911 he was hotel barman boarding with the Excell family at 20 Albert Road (renumbered 39) in Saltaire. He remained there whilst he served his country and fought in the war. George never married and he lived at 39 Albert Road the rest of his life. He died 24 September 1945 and he left his estate to a spinster, Susan Excell.

Blezard, John
1892 – 1966

John Blezard was the son of James Edward Blezard. James was born c1851 in Settle. In 1871 he married Rebecca Robinson in Settle. In 1881 & 1891 they lived in Burton in Lonsdale with James working as a shoe maker.

John, the youngest of five children, was born in Burton in Lonsdale. In 1901 & 1911 the family lived at 9 Dove Street in Saltaire. In 1911 James was a boot repairer and John was a wool warehouse labourer. John married Mary Elizabeth Prince 4 October 1913 at St. Pauls Shipley. Throughout the war they lived at 31 Ada Street in Saltaire. They had at least three children; Joseph Edward (1920-1978), James William (1918-1989) and Robert (1920-1991).

John served as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery. He saw service from 31 May 1915 until he was discharged 25 February 1919. He had a slight disability having a gun shot wound in his left foot. John died in Bradford 22 March 1966.

Bolton, George Edward Aaron
c1893 – 1960

George Edward Aaron BoltonGeorge Edward Aaron Bolton was the son of Walter Bolton. Walter was born c1867 in Culling worth. He married Hannah Pickles in 1887. In 1891 they were living at 21 Conduit Street in Manningham with Walter working as a railway engine stoker.

[Photograph courtesy of Susan Killen]

George, the fourth of seven children, was born c1893 in Bradford. In 1901 they were living at 19 Amelia Street in Saltaire with Walter working as a storekeeper in an iron works. Hannah died in 1907, and widower Harry married Florence Hubbard in 1909. By 1911 they were living at Valley Street in Windhill with George working as mill hand.

George served as Private with Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) and he survived the war, despite losing half a muscle in his arm. George married Ethel Agnes Welbourn in 1913. They lived at 40 Whitlam Street in Saltaire until they moved to 25 Constance Street in 1935. From 1936 they lived at 75 Victoria Road. George died in 1960.

Harry, a younger brother of George, gave his life in serving his country in the war.

(Compiled with the help of Susan Killen, granddaughter of George.)

Bolton, Harry
c1896 – 12 March 1916

Harry BoltonHarry Bolton was the son of Walter Bolton. Walter was born c1867 in Culling worth. He married Hannah Pickles in 1887. In 1891 they were living at 21 Conduit Street in Manningham with Walter working as a railway engine stoker.

[Photograph courtesy of Susan Killen]

Harry, the fifth of seven children, was born c1896 in Saltaire. In 1901 they were living at 19 Amelia Street in Saltaire with Walter working as a storekeeper in an iron works. Hannah died in 1907, and widower Harry married Florence Hubbard in 1909. By 1911 they were living at Valley Street in Windhill with Harry working as mill hand.

Harry served as a Private with the 20th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. He died 12 March 1916; it was his first night in the trenches. He was buried at St. Tenant Communal Cemetery in Northern France. Harry is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Nab Wood.

George, an elder brother of Harry, also served his country in the war.

Bone, George William
1896 – 1966
[Updated: 30 December 2016]

George William Bone was the son of William Bone. William was born c1873 in Lambeth, London.  He married Mary Annie Hall in 1894 in Sculcoates, Hull.
George, the eldest of seven children, was born 1896 in Sculcoates. By 1911 the family were living at Barton upon Humber in Lincolnshire, with George working as a presser.

George enlisted 21 May 1913 when he was working as labourer in the mill at Saltaire. By this time his family had moved to 25 Constance Street in Saltaire. George was amongst the 94 officers and men of the Shipley detachment of the 2nd West Riding Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps who met on parade at their headquarters (Albert Road Council Schools) in response to the Royal Proclamation for mobilisation. The Shipley detachment was formed in 1909. After the men had passed the medical tests they were allocated to various regiments. Their duties would include maintaining a supply of pure water for the troops, rendering first aid and to supervise the general sanitary arrangements.

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Images, courtesy of Tricia Horsnell, granddaughter of George William Bone. Many thanks.
George William Bone, standing.
Below: George William Bone and his wife, Lily.

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George was allocated to the 4th Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He went to the front 13 April 1915. Here is an extract of a letter he wrote home in May 1915:-

“I have not had time to answer your letter before now, as we have been kept busy with the wounded. We were called to the trenches again on Saturday night (22 May) after we had been out only 24 hours. We went into the first line of our trenches and the Germans were only 170 yards off us. What our lads had to do was to climb over the parapets and ran half way across to the German trenches and then make another trench. On Saturday night they got one or two layers of sandbags into position and then to retire to our trenches. The Germans did not half let our lads have it as soon as they got over the parapet. We had seven wounded and two killed on Saturday night, and on Sunday night seven wounded and one killed.

By the way all the work is done at night; we were working hard all Saturday night and on Sunday night with nothing to eat after Saturday dinner until this morning, when your parcel arrived, for which I thank you very much.

Our company got back to their reserve billets for a bit of a rest at two o’clock this morning. As we were going down a road which runs between our trenches and the German trenches the enemy must have seen us, because they opened fire with their machine guns”

Continuing the letter on Wednesday 26 May George says they had been again in the trenches. The British soldiers succeeded in completing the trench previously referred to, and then the artillery on both sides got going. It was awful, George wrote:-

“We had to go over the tops of our parapets and fetch the wounded; shells were falling all around us, but we all had our work to do. Our brigadier says that we all worked like heroes. The doctor sent for some more R.A.M.C. men to come and relieve us and we were glad for a rest.

We came out of the trenches again on Tuesday, but I don’t know for how long. I was thankful when we got out of it I can tell you, but while we were there our only thoughts were how best to get the wounded away. I don’t know how the lads left in England who are physically fit dare hold their heads up. We think they out to come and join us.”

George survived the war and he had been promoted to a Corporal when he was discharged 9 April 1919. He was a warehouseman when he married Lily Alderson 28 June 1919. They lived at 5 Castle Street in Shipley. George died in 1966.

Boocock, Harold Craven
11 August 1895 – 8 October 1967

Harold Craven Boocock was the son of Sam Boocock. Sam was born 12 October 1862 in Baildon. He married Mary Jane Craven 20 March 1890 at Rosse Street Baptist Church in Shipley.

Harold, an only child, was born 11 August 1895 at 20 Gordon Terrace in Saltaire (this is now 89 Bingley Road). In 1901 the family were living at 45 Caroline Street in Saltaire with Sam working as foreman warp twister. By 1911 they had moved to 18 Victoria Road in Saltaire; Sam was working as a worsted millhand and Harold as a mechanic for a vice & tool maker.

Harold survived the war having served as a Driver in the Royal Field Artillery. Harold married Eliza Rhodes 28 July 1920 at Bingley Wesleyan Chapel. They had at six children; Walter (1922-1922), Geoffrey (1924-1924), Winifred (1924-1924), Philip (1925-1993) and Derek (1929-2003) and Gordon (b1938). Harold retired from Salts Mill in 1960 following 52 years service. Harold and his family lived at 18 Victoria Road in Saltaire until 1925. They then moved to 3 Lockwood Street in Saltaire where they remained the rest of their lives. Harold died 8 Oct 1967 and Eliza died in 1974.

[Compiled with the help of Clive Boocock, grandson of Harold.]  

Booker, Richard Bateson   
2 May 1876 – 1972

Richard Bateson Booker was the son of Robert Booker. Robert was born c1840 in Otley.  He married Hannah Bateson in 1872 in Bramley. Hannah had two children prior to the marriage, father unknown.

Richard was born 2 May 1876 in Addingham. The younger of two children he was baptised 19 May 1878 at St. Peters Addingham. The family were living in Addingham in 1881 & 1891 with Robert a silk carder and Richard a silk piecer. Richard, now working as a quarryman, married Sarah Ellen Woodward, 17 May 1898 at St. Pauls Shipley. They had three children; Wilfred born 1899, Annie 1900 and Susannah 1906. In 1901 they were living at 13 Wellington Street in Shipley with Richard working in a wool card room. In 1911 they were living at Mill Yard in Baildon Bridge with Richard working as boiler stoker in a worsted stuff factory.

Richard served in the war and survived. In 1918 he was living with his family at 36 Mary Street in Saltaire. In 1924 they were living at 6 Higher School Street in Saltaire. By 1931 they had moved to 8 Moor View Avenue in Shipley.
Richard died in 1972.

Wilfred, son of Richard, also served his country and fought in the war.   

Booker, Wilfred   
8 May 1899 – ????

Wilfred Booker was the son of Richard Bateson Booker. Richard was born 2 May 1876 in Addingham. Richard, working as a quarryman, married Sarah Ellen Woodward, 17 May 1898 at St. Pauls Shipley.

Wilfred, the eldest of three children, was born 8 May 1899. He was baptised 2 July 1899 St. Peters Addingham. In 1901 the family were living at 13 Wellington Street in Shipley with Richard working in a wool card room. In 1911 they were living at Mill Yard in Baildon Bridge with Richard working as boiler stoker in a worsted stuff factory.

Wilfred served in the war and survived. He lived his family until he married Harriet Watmough 14 October 1922 at Church of The Ascension, Kinsley near Wakefield. Wilfred was a police constable
Richard, father of Wilfred, also served his country and fought in the war.     
 

Booth, Fred
c 1894 – 16 April 1917

Fred Booth was the son of Jim Booth. Jim Booth was born c1876 in Idle. He married Harriet Bentley 25 May 1896 at St Wilfrid’s Church, Calverley.

Fred was born c1894 in Baildon, the eldest of four children. In 1901 the family were living in Shipley with Jim working as a quarryman. By 1911 they were living at West Terrace in Baildon without Jim; Fred was working as a tailor. Fred was a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) enlisting shortly after work broke out. He was employed as a tailor by Sunderland and Wilton’s Tailors in Kirkstall Road, Leeds.

Fred died 16 April 1917. He is buried at Dud Corner Cemetery in Loos, France. He is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St. Peters and Baildon. At the time of his death his family were living at 3 Albert Terrace in Saltaire.

Boston, Ernest William Henry   
3 January 1894 – 1976

Ernest William Henry Boston was the only child of Robert William Boston. Robert was born c1868 in Bradford. He married Emily Clarkson 3 October 1891 at St. John the Baptist Halifax. Emily died in 1900. In 1901 widower Robert, a weaver,  lived at 28 Lower Wharfe Street in Shipley. Robert married Martha Grace Newell 26 May 1909 at Wesleyan Chapel Shipley.

Ernest was born 3 Jan 1894 in Shipley. In 1911 the family were still living in Lower Wharfe Street with Ernest working as junior clerk for a stuff woollen merchant. Ernest was a soldier living in Nottingham when he married Doris Clarice Binns 21 July 1917 at St. Pauls Shipley. Ernest survived the war. Ernest lived with his parents and his wife at 9 Katherine Street in Shipley until 1921. From 1921 until 1933 he lived with his wife at 23 Fernbank Road in Shipley. From 1933 to 1937 they lived at 19 Baildon Bridge and from 1937 onwards they lived at 14 Lynton Drive in Shipley. Ernest died in 1976.

Bowen, Jesse Jeffs   
10 April 1892 – 1979

Jesse Jeffs Bowen was the son of Benjamin Bowen. Benjamin was born c1861 in Shropshire. He married Elizabeth Jeffs in 1883. In 1891 they were living in Shropshire with Benjamin working as a bricklayer.

Jesse, the sixth of eight children, was born 10 April 1892 in Shropshire. By 1899 the family were living at 6 Higher School Street in Saltaire with Benjamin a stone mason. By 1901 they had moved to 2 Higher School Street. In 1911 they were at 24 George Street in Saltaire with Jesse working as a worsted spinner.

Jesse survived the war after serving as a Driver with the Royal Field Artillery and the Royal Garrison Artillery. He married Doris Hargreaves Drake 22 May 1915 at St Peters Shipley. Doris was living with her parents at 36 Mary Street in Saltaire.
Jesse lived with his wife and parents at 24 George Street until 1924. They then lived at 67 Aire Street in Shipley for two years before moving back to Saltaire. From 1926 onwards they lived at 41 Ada Street. Jesse died in 1979.
 

Bower, George Henry
1880 – 1955

George Henry Bower was the son of John Thomas Bower. John was born c1855 in Keighley. He married Hannah Feather 1 January 1877 at St. Johns Cullingworth. John died before 1881.

George, the younger of two sons, was born 1880 in Harden. In 1881 widow Hannah was living with her two sons in Wilsden. By 1891 they had moved to Bingley with George working as a mill hand. George married Carrie Smith in 1909. They had a daughter, Getrude, born 1910. In 1911 they were living with Carrie’s mother, Sarah, at 25 Jane Street in Saltaire.

George served his country and survived the war. He lived at 25 Jane Street until 1935 when moved to 13 George Street in Saltaire. He died in 1955. George was brother in law to Harold, William, Leslie, Hardy and Gilbert Smith who all served and fought in the war.

Bower, George 
 5 January 1898 – ????

George Bower was the son of Samuel Bower. Samuel was born 1852 in Bradford.  He married Georgina Cattle in 1880. In 1881 they were living at 29 Whitlam Street in Saltaire with Samuel working as a wool warehouseman. Georgina died in 1883, leaving her husband with two children. Samuel then married Grace Shepherd in 1889; they had six children together. In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 16 Mary Street in Saltaire. By 1911 they had moved to 23 Constance Street in Saltaire. Samuel died in 1913.

George, the youngest of six children of Samuel & Grace, was born 5 January 1898. George served as a Corporal with the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment). He survived the war despite having a gunshot wound in his right arm. He was serving in 1919 when his mother and brothers were living at 10 Maddocks Street in Saltaire.

George, working as a wool comber, married Eliza Winterbottom 22 May 1920 at St. Pauls Shipley. They lived at 88 Hirst Wood Road in Shipley before moving back to Saltaire in 1934 living at 9 George Street. 

Bower, Gordon  
1889 – 4 November 1954

Gordon Bower was the son of Samuel Bower. Samuel was born 1852 in Bradford.  He married Georgina Cattle in 1880. In 1881 they were living at 29 Whitlam Street in Saltaire with Samuel working as a wool warehouseman. Georgina died in 1883, leaving her husband with two children. Samuel then married Grace Shepherd in 1889; they had six children together. In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 16 Mary Street in Saltaire. By 1911 they had moved to 23 Constance Street in Saltaire. Samuel died in 1913.

Gordon, the eldest of six children of Samuel & Grace, was born 1889 in Saltaire. In 1911 he was working as general labourer. Gordon served in the war and survived despite receiving injuries to his head. He was discharged in 1918 when he was living with his mother and brothers at 10 Maddocks Street in Saltaire.
Gordon married Elsie (surname and marriage date unknown) and in 1924 he had a shop in Prod Lane in Baildon whilst living at Wycliffe Place in Shipley. He moved back to Saltaire in 1949 living at 10 Titus Street. Gordon died 4 November 1954.

Gordon had two brothers, Harold & George, and a half brother, John, who also served their country and fought in the war.  

Bower, Harold  
1891 – 1960

Harold Bower was the son of Samuel Bower. Samuel was born 1852 in Bradford.  He married Georgina Cattle in 1880. In 1881 they were living at 29 Whitlam Street in Saltaire with Samuel working as a wool warehouseman. Georgina died in 1883, leaving her husband with two children. Samuel then married Grace Shepherd in 1889; they had six children together. In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 16 Mary Street in Saltaire. By 1911 they had moved to 23 Constance Street in Saltaire. Samuel died in 1913.

Harold, the second eldest child of Samuel & Grace, was born 1891 in Saltaire. In 1911 he was working as a wool comber. Harold served in the war and survived despite being hospitalised. He was discharged by 1918 and lived at 10 Maddocks Street in Saltaire with his mother and brothers. Harold died in 1960.

Harold had two brothers, Gordon & George, and a half brother, John, who also served their country and fought in the war.  

Bower, John
1880 – ????

John Bower was the son of Samuel Bower. Samuel was born 1852 in Bradford.  He married Georgina Cattle in 1880. In 1881 they were living at 29 Whitlam Street in Saltaire with Samuel working as a wool warehouseman. Georgina died in 1883, leaving her husband with two children. Samuel then married Grace Shepherd in 1889; they had six children together. In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 16 Mary Street in Saltaire. By 1911 they had moved to 23 Constance Street in Saltaire. Samuel died in 1913.

John, the eldest child of Samuel & Georgina, was born 1880 in Saltaire. In 1901 & 1911 John was employed as a French polisher.
John served in the war and survived the war. John did suffer from being gassed. He was still serving in 1919 with his home being at 10 Maddocks Street in Saltaire. He lived with his widowed step mother and half brothers.

John had three half brothers who all served their country in the war; George, John and Harold.

Bradley, Greenwood
9 December 1878 – 25 April 1918

Greenwood Bradley was the son of James Bradley. James was born c1848 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.

Greenwood, the second youngest of six children, was born 9 December 1878 in Windhill. In 1881 Selina was living in Idle with her children but without her husband. By 1891 Greenwood was living at 36 Mary Street in Saltaire, with his sister, Annie, who had married James Beaver. Working as an iron foundry labourer, Greenwood fought in the South African War and served in India as a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery. By 1911 he was a wool comber living with his widowed sister at 28 Helen Street in Saltaire.

Greenwood enlisted in 1915 and saw action as a Corporal with 1st /6th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment. He was awarded the Military Medal before he was missing, presumed killed in action, 25 April 1918.

Greenwood is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium. He is also remembered on the Roll of Honour at Nab Wood. Willie, an elder brother of Greenwood, fought in and survived the war.        

Bradley, Willie
c1875 – ????

Willie Bradley was the son of James Bradley. James was born c1848 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.

Willie, the third of six children, was born c1875 in Windhill. In 1881 Selina was living in Idle with her children but without her husband. By 1891 Willie living at 36 Mary Street in Saltaire, with his sister, Annie, who had married James Beaver.

Willie, working as a blacksmiths striker, married Rose Ellen Shaw 25 December 1895 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1901 they were living in Shipley with two children; Annie born 1898 and Lance born 1901. They had a third child William born 1906. By 1911 Willie was publican at The Roscoe in Leeds. Later he ran the Junction Vaults in Shipley and the Canal Tavern near Thackley. He played football for Manningham F.C.

Willie fought in and survived the war.
   
Willie, had a younger brother, Greenwood, who sadly lost his life serving his country.  
       

Bray, William Henry   
1890 – 1949

William Henry Bray was the son of Tom Bray. Tom was born c1862 in Lincolnshire. He married Charlotte Bradshaw in 1882 in Lincolnshire. In 1891 they were living at Grewelthorpe near Ripon with Tom working as a farmer.

William, the sixth of eight children, was born 1890 in Grewelthorpe. By 1901 the family were living at 19 William Henry Street in Saltaire with Tom working as a navvy on the roads. Tom died sometime before 1911, leaving his widow and children living at 51 Titus Street in Saltaire. William, a wool sorter, married Annie Evelyn Bray 13 October 1912 at St Pauls Shipley. William served in the war and survived. After Annie’s death in 1930 William married Eva Gladys Bennett 30 September 1933 at St. Peters Shipley. From 1915 until his death in 1949 William lived at 27 Fanny Street in Saltaire.      

Briggs, Frederick William
27 April 1898 – 1969

Frederick William Briggs was the son of Fred Briggs. Fred was born 1879 in Shipley. He married Agnes Hall in 1898.

Frederick, the eldest of three children, was born 27 April 1898 in Shipley. In 1901 & 1911 the family were living at Hanson Street in Shipley. Fred worked as a gas worker then later he was a drayman.

Frederick served in and survived the war. By 1918 he was living with his family at 21 Rhodes Street in Saltaire. After marrying Clara Pollard in 1921 Fredrick lived at 68 Otley Road before moving to 24 Alma Street in Shipley. Frederick died in 1969. 

Briggs, James Wallace
1894 – 13 May 1961

James Wallace Briggs was the son of Jonathan Briggs. Jonathan was born 1853 in Shipley. He married Sarah Ann Pickard 21 July 1883 at Bradford Cathedral. Jonathan was living at 32 Constance Street and Sarah at  17 Constance Street.

James, the youngest of three but the only son, was born 1894 in Saltaire.  In 1901 the family were living at 5 William Henry Street in Saltaire with Jonathan working as a wool sorter. Sarah died before 1911 leaving widowed Jonathan living at 28 Ashley Road in Shipley. Jonathan died in 1916.

James served in and survived the war. In 1918 he was living with his elder sister at 15 Mary Street in Saltaire. Working as a warp dresser he married Edith Tinkler 16 May 1923 St Peters Shipley. They had a daughter, Joan, and a son, Norman Wallace (born 1929). They lived at Field Street in Shipley before moving to 99 Nab Wood Drive, where they lived the rest of their lives. James died 13 May 1961 at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Brighton, Walter
c1881 - 3 May 1917

Walter Brighton was the son of James Brighton. James was born c1843 in Norfolk. In 1861 he was an agricultural labourer living with his parents in Langcliffe. In 1862 he married Ellen Story in the district of Settle. By 1871 they were living at 9 Albion Terrace, Shipley, James was a warehouseman. By 1881 they had moved to 8 Whitlam Street, Saltaire. James was a gardener. In 1891 they were living at 7 Constance Street, Saltaire.

Walter was born c1881 in Saltaire. In 1901 he was living with his parents at 7 Constance Street, Saltaire. Walter was an apprentice tailor. He married Martha Jane Parker 20 August 1907 at St Paul’s Shipley. In 1911 they were living, without children, at 2 Queen Street, Shipley. Walter was a bespoke tailor.

Walter died 3 May 1917, aged 36. He was a Private with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment. He died in the Second Battle of Bullecourt, near to Arras in northern France. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial. He is also remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St Paul’s.

His widow, Martha, married Michael Whincup 30 August 1919 at St Paul’s Shipley.   

Brook, Willie 
1891– ????
[Amended 14 August 2016]

Willie Brook was the son of John Brook. John was born 1855 in Bradford. He married Sarah Houlden 29 Jan 1887 at St Pauls Shipley. Sarah was living at 22 Albert Road (renumbered now 43) in Saltaire.

Willie, an only child, was born 1891 in Saltaire. The family were living in Cottingley in 1891 with John working as a weaver. In 1901 they were living at 10 Whitlam Street in Saltaire. By 1911 they were living with Alfred Houlden (brother of Sarah) at 19 Albert Road (renumbered now 37). Willie was working as a weft room labourer.

Willie served in and survived the war. From around 1918 until 1925 he lived at 24 Herbert Street in Saltaire. He then moved to 1 Whitlam Street where he was still living in 1958.    

Brooks, Joseph Arthur
24 January 1897 – 23 November 1916

Joseph Arthur Brooks was the son of Joseph Brooks. Joseph was born c1858 in Nottinghamshire. He married Eliza Hardy in 1886.

Joseph Arthur was born 24 January 1897 in Nottinghamshire; he was the sixth of ten children. In 1901 the family lived at 2 Bath Buildings in Saltaire (now demolished); Joseph was a bricklayer. By 1911 they were living at 4 Shirley Street, with Joseph Arthur aged just 14 working as a doffer.

Joseph Arthur was an Able Seaman in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. However due to an excess of sailors, many of the Reservists were not required, so battalions were formed from the excess sailors to fight on land. Joseph Arthur was enlisted with the 2nd (Hawke) Battalion. Joseph Arthur died 23 November 1916 and he is buried in St. Sever Cemetery near Rouen in France.
Joseph Arthur is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St. Peters and Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel.

Frank Hanson was in the same battalion as Joseph. Reginald, an elder brother of Joseph also served his country and fought in the war.

Brooks, Reginald
26 November 1894 – September 1975

Reginald Brooks was the son of Joseph Brooks. Joseph was born c1858 in Nottinghamshire. He married Eliza Hardy in 1886.

Reginald was born 26 November 1894 in Nottinghamshire; he was the fifth of ten children. In 1901 the family lived at 2 Bath Buildings in Saltaire (now demolished); Joseph was a bricklayer. Reginald was baptised 20 November 1904 at St. Pauls Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 4 Shirley Street, with Reginald working as a yarn hanker. During the war the family lived at 25 Albert Road (renumbered now as 49) before moving to 3 Jane Street.

Reginald served with the Royal Field Artillery and he survived the war. In 1920 he was living with his parents at 8 George Street in Saltaire moving to 58 Victoria Road by 1925. Reginald married Laura Harrison in 1927. They lived at 24 Selbourne Terrace in Shipley. He died in September 1975 aged 80.

Joseph Arthur, a younger brother of Reginald gave his life to his country in the war.

Brooks, William Arthur
???? – ????

In 1918 whilst serving his country William Arthur Brooks was living with Mary Hannah Brooks at 29 Ada Street in Saltaire. The relationship between Mary and William is not known.  

Brooksbank, Norman Welesley
24 July 1888 - 1973

Norman Welesley Brooksbank was the son of Jonas Brooksbank. Jonas was born c1853 in Keighley. He married Elizabeth Thompson in 1879. In 1881 they were living at 35 Thompson Street in Shipley, with Jonas working as a worsted weaver.
 
Norman, the fourth of six children, was born 24 July 1888 in Saltaire. Before 1887 the family had moved to 32 Helen Street in Saltaire. Around 1898 they moved again, this time to 2 Jane Street in Saltaire. In 1891 Norman was working as a worsted spinner. From 1909 the family lived at 60 Thompson Street in Shipley. In 1911 Norman was working as a boot repairer.

Norman Welesley BrookbankNorman joined the 4th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment in 1915. He saw action in France from July 1916. He took part in the first Somme Offensive and in October 1917, took part in the attack at Passchendale Ridge, where he was wounded. He was sent home to recover from his wounds, whilst doing so he married Jane Poulson in the first quarter of 1918. In April 1918 he re-joined his battalion and remained on the Ypres front until October 1918. He was again wounded and awarded the Military Medal for bringing in wounded soldiers under fire and in the face of a strong German counter-attack with tanks.

Norman was presented with his medal at a ceremony at the Shipley Urban District Council on Tuesday 28 October 1919. The council showed their appreciation by presenting him a £1 note as a gift.

Norman died in 1973.

Brooksbank, Willie 
1898– 1945

Willie Brooksbank was the son of John Brooksbank. John was born c1868 in Keighley. He married Hannah King 28 September 1897 at St Marys Eastwood Keighley.

Willie, who had an older sister, was born 1898 in Keighley. In 1901 the family were living in Keighley with John a carter for a corn miller. John died in 1906. In 1911 Willie, working as a doffer in the mill, was living with his widowed mother at 17 Amelia Street in Saltaire.

Willie served in survived the war. He died in 1945. 

Brotherton, Robert Lee
c 1899 – 20 July 1918

Robert Lee Brotherton was actually born c1899 in Hunslet as Robert Lee (parents unknown).

In 1901 Robert and his elder sister Mary lived with their uncle, John William Brotherton at 46 Pratt Lane in Shipley. John was a school caretaker; he had married Agnes Lee in 1888 in Hunslet. In 1911 they lived at 9 Albert Road in Saltaire (renumbered now as 17). John was a council school caretaker, Mary Lee, aged 18, was a burler in Saltaire Mills and Robert Lee, aged 12, a scholar. Sometime after 1911 John adopted both Mary and Robert.

Robert served as a Private with the 5th Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Robert died 20 July 1918 as his battalion fought in the Second Battle Of the Marne. His grave can be found at Courmas British Cemetery near Reims in France. Robert is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St Pauls.

Brown, Arthur John   
1893 – ????

Arthur John Brown was the son of Charles William Brown.
Charles was born c1860 in Norfolk. He married Ann Maria Reeve in 1881 in Norfolk. In 1891 they were living in Hunslet with Charles working as a general labourer.

Arthur, the sixth of nine children, was born 1893 in Hunslet. He was baptised 8 October 1893 at St. Peters Hunslet. In 1901 the family were living at 4 William Henry Street in Saltaire with Charles employed as a gas worker. By 1911 they had moved to 41 George Street in Saltaire with Arthur working as a packing overlooker.

Arthur served as a Corporal with the Royal Engineers. He fought in the Gallipoli Peninsular and then in France from  March 1916. He married Annie Harris (lived at Victoria Road in Saltaire) 9 May 1916 at Bradford Registry Office. They were married at 9.00 am and at 10.25 am he left Bradford for the continent with the best wishes of his many friends. In March 1917 Arthur was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in action.

Arthur survived the war. Arthur lived with his family at 41 George Street in Saltaire. By 1923 they had moved to 108 Hirst Wood Road and in 1934 they were living at 13 Park Street in Shipley.      

Bryden, William Henry
December 1889 – 1965

William Henry Bryden was the son of George Bryden. George was born c1850 in Westmorland. In 1875 he married Mary Dowthwaite.

William, the youngest of six children, was born December 1889 in Bolton Abbey. In 1891 the family were living in Skipton with George working as a general labourer. By 1901 they were living at 92 Briggate in Shipley. In 1911 William, working as a home driver, had moved away from his family and was a boarder living in Outwood in Lancashire.

William enlisted 10 August 1916 when he was an engine driver living at 42 Whitlam Street in Saltaire. He served with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) before transferring to the 9th Battalion. He survived the war and was discharged 31 March 1920. William died in 1965.

Bullock, Harvey   
1898 – 1973

Harvey Bullock was the son of William Bullock. William was born c1871 in Richmond, Yorkshire. He married Mary Jane Grierson 23 September 1893 in Bradford Cathedral.

Harvey, the second of four children, was born 1898 in Menston. In 1901 the family were living in Menston with William working as a stone mason. Harvey served his country and survived the war. In 1918 he was living with his widowed mother at 21 Jane Street in Saltaire. Harvey was working as a mechanic when he married Vera Annie Brown 29 March 1924 at St. Pauls Shipley. They lived at 5 Amelia Street in Saltaire from 1926. Harvey died in 1973.

Bullock, Herbert
c1880 – 1 July 1916

Herbert Bullock was the son of William Bullock. William Bullock was born c1835 in Richmond Yorkshire. He married Mary Hayward in 1855 in Richmond. William was a stone mason all his working life. The family lived in Richmond until some time after 1881.

Herbert, the youngest of eight children, was born c1880 in Richmond. By 1891 the family was living at 11 Taylor Terrace in Baildon. Herbert married Annie Elizabeth Watson 7 February 1900 at Bradford Cathedral. They were both living in Croft Street in Horton; Herbert at no.17 and Annie at no.9. In 1901 they were living at 28 Dale Street in Shipley with Herbert working as a bricklayer. They had a son Gordon, born in 1900 but sadly he died the following year. He was buried 22 June 1901 in Shipley.
By 1911 they were living at 38 Ashley Road in Shipley with Herbert working as a bricklayer. They had four children; Mary born c1902, Gladys born c1904, Elsie c1906 and Norman c1908.
Sometime after 1911 they moved to 3 Caroline Street in Saltaire.
Herbert served as a Private with the 1st/5th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). He died 1 July 1916 and he is buried in Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval in Northern France. He is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St. Peters.

1 July 1916 was the opening day of Battle of the Somme. On this day the British Army suffered 57,470 casualties of which 19,240 were killed. Twenty two were killed from the Shipley locality including six from Saltaire; George Henry Clegg, Fred Foster, Maurice Helliwell, Thomas Horsfall, Herbert Thompson and Herbert.

Butler, William
c 1895 – 27 November 1917

William Butler was the son of Charles Edward Butler.
Charles was born c1865 in Pudsey. He married Jane Wharfe in 1894.

William was born c1895 in Pudsey, the second of three children. In 1901 the family were living in Bramley with Charles employed as a boot maker. By 1911 the family were living at 18 Baker Street in Saltaire. Charles was working as a painter and decorator, whilst William was a grocer’s assistant.

William served as a Private with the Coldstream Guards. He died in a French hospital 27 November 1917 and he his grave can be found in Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, near Calais in France.

He is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St. Pauls. A memorial service was held for William 9 December 1917 at Shipley Primitive Methodist Church where he had been a member of the choir.

Butt, Julian   
1879 – 1960

Julian Butt was the son of William Butt. William was born c1835 in Herefordshire. In 1881 he was a gardener living in Brough near Beverley with his wife Julia and their children.

Julian, the fourth of six children, was born 1879 in Pudsey. In 1891 & 1901 the family were living in Shipley with William dying in 1891. In 1901 Julian was working as a slater’s labourer.
Julian married Eliza Halliday 13 October 1906 in St. Pauls Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 20 Ada Street in Saltaire with a daughter Kathleen born in 1910. Julian survived the war and lived the rest of his life at 20 Ada Street. Julian died in 1960.

 
 
 
 
   

 
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