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Fawcett, Thomas  
???? – ????

Thomas Fawcett served in and survived the war. He married Elizabeth Smith in 1916. The married couple were living with Elizabeth’s parents at 24 Jane Street in Saltaire in 1918.

Feather, Frank
c1895 – 10 January 1965
[16 October, 2016: Frank Feather's biography was entered in the Extra Biographies section in error. It is now, rightfully, included here in the Roll of Honour.]

Frank Feather was the son of Briggs Feather. Briggs was born 1861 in Haworth. He married Lavinia Dennison in 1883. From 1887 to 1905 they lived in Ferrands Road in Shipley with Briggs working as a bootmaker.

Frank, an only son with three older sisters, was born c1895 in Shipley. From 1906 the family lived and ran a shoe shop at 73 Bingley Road in Saltaire. Frank followed in his father's footsteps and trained as a bootmaker. Briggs died 7 October 1916 and his wife, Lavinia died 18 November 1938.

In the war Frank served as a Trooper with the Yorkshire Dragoons. Having survived the troubles he took over the running of the family business. They remained at 73 Bingley Road until 1963.

Frank married a divorcee, Evelyn Annie Hammond (maiden name Tempest) in 1932. Whilst still working in Bingley Road he lived with his family at 11 Beechwood Grove in Shipley. Following his retirement, Frank and Evelyn moved south to live at 29 Bennetts Road in Lower Swainswick in Bath, Somerset.

Frank died 10 January 1965 at Forbes Frazier Hospital in Bath. In his will he left £3,874 to his wife (worth £67k in 2015). Evelyn died in 1976.

Fieldhouse, Ernest
c1888 - ????

Ernest Fieldhouse was the son of James Fieldhouse. James was born 1848 in Wilsden. He married Mary Ann Shepherd 10 April 1871 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 & 1891 the family lived at 22 Constance Street in Saltaire with James working as a combing overlooker.

Ernest, the youngest of four children, was born c1888 in Saltaire. In 1901 & 1911 the family were living at 24 Constance Street in Saltaire with Ernest working as a printer. Ernest served in and survived the war. After the war he continued to live at 24 Constance Street.

Ernest had an elder brother, Fred, who also served in the war.

Fieldhouse, Fred
c1878 - ????

[Updated: 22/06/2015] Fred Fieldhouse was the son of James Fieldhouse. James was born 1848 in Wilsden. He married Mary Ann Shepherd 10 April 1871 at Bradford Cathedral.

Fred, the second of four children, was born c1878 in Saltaire. In 1881 & 1891 the family lived at 22 Constance Street in Saltaire with James working as a combing overlooker; in 1891 Fred was a spinning doffer. In 1901 the family were living at 24 Constance Street with Fred a mohair comb minder. Fred married Maria Dean 27 October 1906 at St. Pauls Shipley. In 1911 they lived at 32 Mary Street in Saltaire with Fred working as a card cleaner. They had a daughter, May, born 1910. By 1914 they had moved to 28 Titus Street in Saltaire.

Fred served as a Private with the Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment. He was made a Prisoner of War and was not released until hostilities had ceased. After the war the family lived at 19 Mary Street in Saltaire. Fred had a younger brother, Ernest, who also served in the war.

Firth, Edwin
1894 – 1955

Edwin Firth was the son of Abraham Firth.
Abraham was born c1851 in Shipley. He married Leah Brown in 1880. In 1881 they lived at 25 Field Street in Shipley with Abraham working as a labourer.
Edwin, one of twelve children, was born 1894 in Shipley. In 1891 & 1901 the family were living at 106 Union Street in Shipley. By 1911 the family were living at 7 Jane Street in Saltaire, by 1918 they had moved to 5 Jane Street. Edwin worked as a darning room jobber before the war and a dyers labourer after the war.

Edwin served as a Private with 2nd /4th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) before transferring to the 2nd/6th Battalion. He attested 28 November 1915 and he was mobilised 11 March 1916. He fought in France from 9 January 1917 and was wounded twice spending time in Bradford War Hospital. He was discharged 3 December 1918.
Edwin married Sarah Ann Pitts 25 January 1919 at St Pauls Shipley. They had a daughter, Winnie, who was baptised 6 July 1919 at St. Pauls.
Edwin died in 1955
Edwin had two brothers, Frank and Levi, who also served their country and fought in the war.

Firth, Ernest
1898 – ????

Ernest Firth was the son of John Walker Firth. John was born 1861in Hunslet. He married Sarah Ann Rycroft 1880 in Bramley.
 
Ernest, the second youngest of six children, was born 1898 in Horsforth. In 1901 the family were living in Horsforth with John working as a cloth dresser. Following the death of Sarah, John married Annie Clarke 1909 in Bramley. By 1911 the family were living in Frizinghall with Ernest working as a cloth dresser.Ernest married Edith Mary Hall 26 December 1914 at the Primitive Methodist Chapel Saltaire Road Shipley.

Ernest served in and survived the war, living with his wife’s family at 21 Ada Street in Saltaire.

Firth, Frank
1884 – 2 September 1918

Frank Firth was the son of Abraham Firth. Abraham was born c1851 in Shipley. He married Leah Brown in 1880. In 1881 they lived at 25 Field Street in Shipley with Abraham working as a labourer.

Frank, one of twelve children, was born 1884 in Shipley. In 1891 & 1901 the family were living at 106 Union Street in Shipley with Frank working as a granite paver apprentice in 1901. By 1911 the family were living at 7 Jane Street in Saltaire, and then by 1918 they had moved to 5 Jane Street.

Frank married Annie Richardson 24 April 1906 at St. Pauls Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 1 Elliot Street in Shipley with Frank working for Shipley Council as a pavior. By 1915 they were living at 11 Oxford Road in Shipley, where they remained throughout the war. They had two sons; Levi born 5 April 1907 and Frank born 10 August 1910.

Frank served as a Private with the 3rd Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) before transferring to the 9th Battalion. He was awarded the Certificate of Merit for conspicuous bravery and gallantry, and devotion to duty as a company stretcher bearer under heavy shell fire between 21 March and 2 April 1918.

Frank died 2 September 1918 and he is remembered on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial in Northern France. He is also remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St. Pauls.
Frank had two younger brothers, Edwin and Levi, who also served their country and fought in the war.

Firth, Levi
2 August 1899 – 1991

[Updated: 22/06/2015] Levi Firth was the son of Abraham Firth. Abraham was born c1851 in Shipley. He married Leah Brown in 1880. In 1881 they lived at 25 Field Street in Shipley with Abraham working as a labourer. In 1891 & 1901 the family were living at 106 Union Street in Shipley.

Levi, one of twelve children, was born 2 August 1899 in Shipley. He was baptised 30 August 1899 at St. Pauls Shipley. By 1911 the family were living at 7 Jane Street in Saltaire, by 1918 they had moved to 5 Jane Street.

Levi served as a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery. Having survived the war Levi had a long life, dying in 1991 aged 92. Levi had two elder brothers, Frank and Edwin, who also served their country and fought in the war.

Foster, Frank
1899 – 10 October 1917

Frank Foster was the son of General Foster.
General was born 22 January 1864 in Lancashire. He married Emma Margaret Perry in 1893 in Burnley.
Frank, the middle child of three, was born 1899 in Burnley. In 1901 the family were living at 12 Wellington Street in Shipley with General working as a railway plate layer. By 1911 they had moved to 36 Whitlam Street in Saltaire. In 1916 they were living at 16 Constance Street in Saltaire.

Frank, an attendant at Princes Hall Cinema, served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment). He attested 7 August 1916, was mobilised 2 September 1916 and he went to France 11 June 1917.
Frank died 10 October 1917 and you can find his grave at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge in Belgium.
Frank is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Nab Wood.

Foster, Fred
1888 – 1 July 1916

Fred Foster was the son of John Eastburn Foster and his wife Harriet. John was born c1852 in Shipley. In 1881 the family were living at 5 Field Street in Shipley with John working as a painter.

Fred, the youngest of five children, was born 1888 in Shipley. He was baptised 10 October 1888 at St. Pauls Shipley. In 1891 the family were living at 8 Raglan Street in Shipley. John died in 1899.
In 1901 & 1911 his widow Harriet lived at 4 Helen Street in Saltaire. In 1901 Fred was working as a doffer and 1911 as a cloth dyer finisher. Fred married Edith James 26 December 1911 at St. Pauls Shipley.

Fred served as a Private with the 10th Battalion Alexandra Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment). He died 01 July 1916 and he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in Northern France. He is also remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St. Peters.

Fred had two bothers who also served their country and fought in the war; Thomas and William.

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; Herbert Bullock, George Clegg, Maurice Helliwell, Thomas Horsfall, Herbert Thompson and Fred.

Foster, John
c1869 –????

John Foster was the son of Francis Swift. Francis was born c1833 in Walden Stubbs nr Selby. He married Mary Cook in 1865.
 
John, the second of six children, was born c1869 in Worksop. The family lived at Worksop with Francis working as a shoemaker. He married Ada Sutcliffe in 1908. They had twin daughters, Helen & Mary born 1909 in Saltaire. In 1911 they lived at 29 Mary Street in Saltaire with John working as fireman at a wool mill.

The following is an extract from the Shipley Times 4 December 1914:-
“J. Foster (6th West Yorkshire Regiment) of Mary Street, distinguished himself in the recent shooting competition held at York, where the battalion is now training for the front. Foster carried off the premium prize (a silver watch) in the contest limited to privates. We are glad to hear that Foster has been promoted to the rank of Lance-Corporal. He was in the Regular Army for nineteen years, during which period he was several times to the fore as a marksman”.

The following is an extract from a letter John wrote home to his wife in May 1915:-
“We got out of the trenches last night with only a few casualties. We have come back to the same barn again and are quite happy with the rats running over our heads. We live very well. I don’t know where all the rations come from, but they are different from what they used to be. This morning we had bread, bully beef, jam, butter, bacon, cheese and biscuits.
Things are very dear here in the town. Matches are a penny a box, and twist tobacco I never see. The roads are very bad for marching, as the pavement is so slippery. It is a long way from here to the trenches, about five or six miles. It was fairly warm yesterday, but otherwise it has been rather cold. I have seen many from my old regiment, the Derbys, since we have been out.”

John survived the war and lived with his family at 4 Albert Terrace in Saltaire. From 1923 they lived at 4 George Street in Saltaire.

Foster, Thomas
1878 –????

Thomas Foster was the son of John Eastburn Foster and his wife Harriet.
John was born c1852 in Shipley. In 1881 the family were living at 5 Field Street in Shipley with John working as a painter.
Thomas, the second of five children, was born 1878 in Shipley. In 1881 the family were living at 5 Field Street in Shipley, with John working as a painter. In 1891 the family were living at 8 Raglan Street in Shipley. John died in 1899.
In 1901 & 1911 his widow Harriet lived at 4 Helen Street in Saltaire. In 1901 Thomas was working as a house painter.
Thomas married Alice Goldsborough Sutcliffe 10 March 1910 at St. Pauls Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 11 Caroline Street in Saltaire (now 12 Caroline Street). They had a daughter, Ethel born early in 1911.
Thomas served as a Private with the East Yorkshire Regiment and he survived the war.
Thomas had two bothers who also served their country and fought in the war; Fred and William.

Foster, William
1880 –????

William Foster was the son of John Eastburn Foster and his wife Harriet.
John was born c1852 in Shipley. In 1881 the family were living at 5 Field Street in Shipley with John working as a painter.
William, the third of five children, was born 1880 in Shipley. In 1881 the family were living at 5 Field Street in Shipley, with John working as a painter. In 1891 the family were living at 8 Raglan Street in Shipley. John died in 1899.
In 1901 & 1911 his widow Harriet lived at 4 Helen Street in Saltaire. In 1901 William was working as a stone mason.
William married Harriet Elizabeth Stanley Warrell 3 April 1909 at St. Pauls Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 20 Edward Street in Saltaire (renumbered now as 25 Edward St). They had a son, John born 1910.

William served with the Royal Engineers and he survived the war.
William had two bothers who also served their country and fought in the war; Fred and Thomas.

Free, Andrew Charles Frederick
10 December 1897-1974

[Updated: 22/06/2015] Andrew Free was the son of Robert Free. Robert was born c1874 in Cambridgeshire. He married Jane Anne Backhouse 1896 in Tadcaster.

Andrew, the eldest of five children, was born 10 December 1897 in Biggin near Selby. In 1901 the family were living in Biggin, by 1911 they had moved to Tadcaster; Robert was a farm labourer. In 1914 the family were living at 1 Shirley Street in Saltare and by 1918 they had moved to 38 George Street.

Andrew served as a Private with the Royal Scots Fusiliers and the Duke of Wellingtons West Riding Regiment. Andrew was made a Prisoner of War. He was not released until after the war had ended. He was discharged 18 February 1920. He worked as a yarn warehouseman and lived with his parents at 15 Victoria Road in Saltaire.

Andrew married Clara Ellen Watson 28 July 1923 at St Pauls Shipley. They lived at 6 Prospect Street in Shipley until 1929 when they moved to 14 Albert Terrace in Saltaire. By 1935 they were living at 13 Edward Street in Saltaire. Andrew died in 1974.

Furness, Willie
1877-17 December 1938

Willie Furness was the son of Thomson Furness. Thomson was born c1852 in Shipley. He married Ruth Ann Maud in Bradford in 1874. Thomson was a hairdresser living and working at 79 Victoria Road in Saltaire.

Willie, the third of five children, was born 1877 in Saltaire. In 1891 he was an apprentice hairdresser, but by 1901 he was a painter. In 1911 he remained unmarried living with his parents.

Willie enlisted 16 May 1916; he served as a Private with 196th Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. He was discharged physically unfit 27 August 1918 having suffered from malaria. As stated on his service record he was “A sober and hard working man.”

Willie married Beatrice Sowden in 1926; he died 17 December 1938 leaving his widow living at 4 Moor Avenue, Wibsey.

Furnish, Harry
1895 – 1973

Harry Furnish was the son of John Furnish. John was born 1866 in Saltaire. He married Theresa Mitchell 3 April 1888 at Bradford Cathedral.
 
Harry, who had a younger sister was born 1895 in Saltaire. His mother, Theresa, died in 1900 as was buried at St Pauls Shipley 5 April 1900. The Furnish family had lived at 33 Caroline Street in Saltaire since before 1871, and it was there that widowed John, working as a coal carter, lived with his two children. In 1911 Harry was working as a spinner.

Harry served in and survived the war; he married Ethel Hudson 9 September 1918 at St. Pauls Shipley. Harry died 1973 in Lancaster, Ethel died there in 1978.

Fynn, George
c 1892 – 23 October 1916

George Fynn Jnr. was the son of George Fynn Snr.
George Snr. was born c1850 in Norfolk. He married Sarah Elizabeth Heywood in 1880. In 1891 they were living at 10 Russell Street in Shipley, with George working as a joiner.
George Jnr. was born c1892 in Shipley. In 1901 the family were living at 16 Russell Street in Shipley. Sarah died in 1907, George Snr. died in 1911.
In 1911 George Jnr. was living with his sister, Caroline, at 3 Bath Buildings in Saltaire. George was employed as a house painter.

George served with the 1st Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He died 23 October 1916 and he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in Somme, Northern France.
George is not remembered on any Rolls of Honour in the Shipley area.

 
 
 
 
   

 
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