Saltaire Village, World Heritage Site
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Colin Coates, historian
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Gale, George Francis
14 March 1896 - 1953

George Francis Gale was the son of James Leonard Gale. James was born 17 November 1865 in Addingham. He married Charlotte Siddle Dixon 18 September 1886 at St Marys Eastwood Keighley. In 1891 they were living in Eastwood with James working as a moulder’s labourer.

George, the fifth of six children, was born 31 January 1916 in Addingham and he was baptised 7 June 1896 at St Peters Addingham. In 1911 the family were living in Addingham with James working as an overlooker and George as a spinner. By 1918 they had moved to 20 Jane Street in Saltaire.

George served his country and fought in the war. He was working as a painter when he married Annie Hanson 24 April 1920 at St Peters Shipley. They lived at 36 Dove Street in Saltaire. George died in 1953.

Games, Robert Hughes
8 February 1881 – 1933

Robert Hughes Games was the son of Robert Games. Robert was born 1853 in Liverpool. He married Jane Reynolds in 1876.

Robert Hughes, the third of four children, was born 8 February 1881 in Liverpool. In 1891 the family were living in Liverpool with Robert a medical student. Robert Hughes, working as a worsted warper, married Mary Elizabeth Pitts in 1908. In 1911 they were living, without children, at 22 Caroline Street in Saltaire. By 1913 they had moved to 13 Herbert Street, where they remained all their lives.

Robert Hughes served as a Private with the Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment (2nd Regiment Bradford Pals), before transferring to the Labour Corps. He died in 1933.

Gargon, John
c1874 –????

John Gargon was the son of Michael Gargon. Michael was born c1848 in Everingham near York. He married Bridget Forrister.

John, (known also as James), the fourth of seven children, was born c1874 in York. In 1881 the family were living in York with Michael working as a bricklayer’s labourer. By 1889 they were living in Shipley with Michael working as a stone mason. John married Mary Alice Smith in 1902. They had a son, George, born 1903. They lived with Mary’s family at 3 William Henry Street in Saltaire.  

John enlisted in September 1914 and served as a Private with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He was wounded at the Somme 4 August 1916 and was invalided home. Upon his recovery he did home duties until he was discharged December 1918.

John had two brothers, Philip & Michael, who also served in and survived the war.

Gargon, Michael
c1878 – 1925

Michael Gargon was the son of Michael Gargon. Michael (snr.) was born c1848 in Everingham near York. He married Bridget Forrister.

Michael, the sixth of seven children, was born c1878 in York. In 1881 the family were living in York with Michael (snr.) working as a bricklayer’s labourer. By 1889 they were living in Shipley with Michael (snr.) working as a stone mason.

Michael married Minnie Moore in 1900 in Halifax. In 1901 they were living in Halifax with Michael working as a stone mason. They lived in Scarborough before moving to Shipley. In1911 they were living at 4 Moray Place, Valley Road in Shipley. They had four children; Kathleen (b1902), Martin (b1903), William (b1908) and James (b1910). They also had an adopted son, John, born 1902.

Michael enlisted in January 1915 as a Private with the Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment. Although he was not fit enough to fight, Michael rendered valuable service in prisoners of war camps. He was discharged in December 1918 with Michael living with his family at 15 Constance Street in Saltaire. He died in 1925.

Michael had two brothers, John & Philip, who also served in and survived the war.

Gargon, Philip
c1876 – 1920

Philip Gargon was the son of Michael Gargon. Michael was born c1848 in Everingham near York. He married Bridget Forrister.

Philip, the fifth of seven children, was born c1876 in York. In 1881 the family were living in York with Michael working as a bricklayer’s labourer. By 1889 they were living in Shipley with Michael working as a stone mason.

Philip married Winifred Carroll 3 November 1900 at St Walburga Shipley. In 1901 they were living at 11 Ives Street in Shipley with Philip working as a stone mason. By 1911 they had moved to 20 Queen Street in Shipley. They had three children; Mary (born 15 March 1903), Annie (born 13 October 1904) and William (born 29 August 1906).

Philip, living at 14 Ada Street in Saltaire, enlisted as a Private with the 18th Service Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment (2nd Bradford Pals) 22 March 1915. He was discharged medically unfit for service 28 June 1916. He was always short of breath and often coughing up blood, probably caused by his years of working as a stone mason.

In 1918 Philip was living with his family at 9 Fanny Street in Saltaire. He died in 1920.

Philip had two brothers, John & Michael, who also served in and survived the war.

Garner, Joseph Edward
c1894 – ????

Joseph Edward, the son Frederick Garner, was born c1894 in Bradford. He was working as a labourer when he married Annie Eliza Ponder 8 August 1914 at St Peters Shipley. They lived throughout the war at 23 Ada Street in Saltaire. Joseph served in and survived the war; from 1920 he lived at Cowling Street in Shipley.

Garnett, Robert
1889 – ????

Robert Garnett was the son of Joseph Garnett. Joseph was born 12 August 1859 at Bingley. He married Sarah Jane Edwards in 1880. They lived at Bingley with Joseph working as a bricklayer’s labourer.

Robert, the middle child of three, was born 1889 in Bingley. Working as a cloth finisher he married Nellie Murgatroyd 29 March 1913 at Holy Trinity Bingley. Robert served in and survived the war. In 1915 he lived at 34 Whitlam Street in Saltaire. From 1918 to 1935 he lived at 20 Fanny Street and from 1936 to 1946 at 69 Victoria Road.   

Giles, Frank
15 January 1887 – 1962

Frank Giles was the son of John Giles. John was born 1854 in London. He married Hannah Maria Crabtree in 1878.

Frank, the third of four children, was born 15 January 1887. He was baptised 13 February 1887 at All Saints Horton Bradford. In 1881 & 1891 the family were living in Bowling then in Bradford with John working as a wool sorter. In 1901 & 1911 they were living at 30 Albert Road (renumbered now 59) in Saltaire with Frank working as a mechanics labourer.

Frank was a Sergeant with the Shipley Detachment 2nd West Riding Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps. He was one of 94 men who at the outbreak of the war were billeted in Victoria Hall in Saltaire. He joined an unknown regiment when he has and his comrades took the train to Leeds on Saturday 8 August 1914.

Frank Giles
Left to right: Privates Smith, O'Brien, Raistrick and Excell; Sergt. Frank Giles
Seated: Dr. Gabriel. They have all volunteered for foreign service.
Source: Shipley Times - October 1914

Frank, an electrician living at 48 Victoria Road in Saltaire, married widower Ada Evelyn Hedworth (nee Spieres) 5 September 1921 at St. Peters, Shipley. He died in 1962. Frank had an elder brother, William, who also served in the war.     

Giles, William Harold Thurlow
4 October 1880 – 1964

William Harold Thurlow Giles was the son of John Giles. John was born 1854 in London. He married Hannah Maria Crabtree in 1878.

William, the eldest of four children, was born 4 October 1880. He was baptised 13 February 1887 at All Saints Horton Bradford. In 1881 & 1891 the family were living in Bowling then in Bradford with John working as a wool sorter. In 1901 & 1911 they were living at 30 Albert Road (renumbered now 59) in Saltaire with William working as wool warehouseman. William married Zilah Batley Crabtree on16 August 1913 at St Peters, Shipley. Zilah lived at 36 Whitlam Street in Saltaire and that’s where the married couple were still living in 1962.

William served as a Corporal with the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. He died in 1964. William had a younger brother, Frank, who also served in the war.

Gill, George Stanley
1897 – 1972

George Stanley Gill was the son of John Edward Gill. John was born c1868 in Manchester. He married Emma Jane Squire 1895 in Ormskirk, Lancashire.

George, the eldest of six children, was born 1897 in Southport, Lancashire. In 1901 the family were living at Preston, Lancashire with George working as a cabinet maker. By 1911 they had moved to 7 Bath Buildings (now demolished) in Saltaire, with George working as an office boy. By 1914 they were living at 4 William Henry Street in Saltaire.

George enlisted 2 September 1914. He served as a Driver with the Royal Field Artillery and he survived the war. Working as a joiner, he married Ethel Kendall 27 December 1919 at St Peters Shipley. Ethel was living at 4 Myrtle Place. The married couple lived at 96 Hirst Wood Road in Shipley until around 1956 when they moved to 7 Hazel Croft in Shipley. George died in 1972; he is remembered on the Saltaire URC Roll of Honour.

Gill, Joe
19 October 1890 – 1964

Joe Gill was the son of William Gill. William was born c1861 in Fewston near Harrogate. He married Alice Boston 3 January 1880 at St Wilfrids in Calverley. They had eleven children, but only four survived to adulthood. In 1881 they were living at 15 Victoria Street in Idle, with William working as a dyer’s labourer.

Joe was born 19 Oct 1890. In 1891 his family lived at 26 Mill Cottage, Canal Bank in Idle. By 1901 they were living in Shipley, firstly at 178 Briggate Street, then at 12 Sterling Place. In 1911 Joe was working as a worsted spinning drawer.

Joe married Edith Hartley on 17 December 1913 at St Pauls Shipley. They had three children, Maurice born in 1914, Elsie born in 1917 and Hilda born in 1920. They lived at 9 Crowgill Place in Shipley, which was originally Edith parent’s house.

Joe served in and survived the war. He saw active service with the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment and the East Yorkshire Regiment at Ypres in Flanders.

Joe spent around 40 years of his working life at J Parkinson & Sons Limited the well known Shipley machine tool makers and engineers. Following the demolition of their house in Crowgill Place, Joe and his wife moved to Saltaire Road in Shipley, then to Victoria Road in Saltaire. Joe died in 1964.

(Compiled with the help of Ian Maurice Gill, grandson of Joe.)

Gleeson, Martin
c1882 –????

Martin Gleeson was the son of Martin Gleeson (senior). Martin (senior) was born 1841 in Ireland. He married Maria Moran, 1 April 1867 in Rotherham. In 1871 they lived in Elsecar near Barnsley, with Martin (senior) working as a general labourer.

Martin, the fourth of six children, was born c1882 in Elsecar. In 1881 the family were living at Wath on Dearn near Rotherham. By 1901 they were living in Rotherham with Martin working in a coal mine.

Martin married Edith Milton in 1910 and they had a son James born the same year. In 1911 they were living at 21 Murgatroyd Street in Shipley with Martin working as a woolcomber.
Martin served in and survived the war. No longer with his wife, he lived with his brother-in-law, Charles Lightfoot, firstly at 10 George Street in Saltaire, then from 1920 at 19 Croft Street in Shipley.

Martin had an elder brother, William, who also served in the war.

Gleeson, William
c1879 –????

William Gleeson was the son of Martin Gleeson. Martin was born 1841 in Ireland. He married Maria Moran, 1 April 1867 in Rotherham. In 1871 they lived in Elsecar near Barnsley, with Martin working as a general labourer.

William, the third of six children, was born c1879 in Elsecar. In 1881 the family were living at Wath on Dearn near Rotherham. By 1901 they were living in Rotherham with William working in a coal mine. In 1911 the family were living at 38 Mary Street in Saltaire with William working as a woolcomber. William married Edith Newington in 1913.

William served in and survived the war. In 1918 he was living with his wife at 17 Albert Terrace in Saltaire. William had a younger brother, Martin, who also served in the war.

Goldsbrough, Fred
7 June 1890 – 12 October 1916

Fred Goldsbrough was the son of John Goldsbrough.
John was born c 1871 in Bingley. He married Mary Mitchell in 1889.
Fred was born 7 June 1890 in Bingley, the second of six children. In 1891 & 1901 they lived in Bingley with John working as a carpenter.
By 1911 Fred, working as a wool comber, was boarding with the Sutcliffe family in Idle.
Fred married Annie Sutcliffe 9 March 1912 at Idle Parish Church. In 1915 they were living at 2 Albert Terrace in Saltaire with Fred working as a wool comber.
They had two children; Eva born 29 June 1912 in Idle and John born 4 December 1913.

Fred enlisted 24 November 1915 as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment). Fred died 17 October 1916 and he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in Somme, France.
Fred is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St. Peters.
His widow, Annie, married John Gill in 1923 and they lived at 4 William Henry Street in Saltaire.

Goldsbrough, Samuel James
1896 – 1966

Samuel James Goldsbrough was the son of Richard Deacon Goldsbrough. Richard was born c1872 in Windhill. He married Eliza Wilner 23 December 1895 at St. Wilfrids Calverley.

Samuel, who had a younger sister, was born 1896 in Shipley. In 1911 the family were living in Knaresborough with Richard working as a grocer’s assistant and Samuel as a grocer’s errand boy.

Samuel served in and survived the war. He married Emily Rhodes 29 August 1921 at St Pauls Shipley. Samuel was a motor launchman living in Tynemouth Northumberland. From 1928 the married couple lived at 32 George Street in Saltaire until around 1949 when they were living at 46 George Street. Samuel died in 1966.

Goleby, Alfred
1888 – 1926

Alfred Goleby was the son of Henry Goleby. Henry was born c1857 in Bradford. He married Jane Elizabeth Catlow in 1880. In 1881 the married couple were living with Jane’s parents in Bradford with Henry working as a mechanic’s fitter.

Alfred, the third of seven children, was born 1888 in Baildon. In 1911 the family were living in Baildon with Alfred working as a weaver. Alfred married Louie Crabtree 30 January 1915 at St. Peters Shipley. They lived with Louie’s at 18 Shirley Street in Saltaire, then by 1918 at 75 Victoria Road in Saltaire.

Alfred survived the war having served with the Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment and the Royal Defence Corps. From around 1922 he lived with his wife at 22 Titus Street in Saltaire until he died in 1926.

Gott, John Thomas
July 1879 – December 1919

John Thomas Gott was the son of Joseph Gott.
Joseph was born c1855 in Manningham. He married Elizabeth Roebuck in 1878.
John, their only child, was born July 1879 in Baildon. In 1881 the family were living at 1 Union Street in Baildon, with Joseph working as a canal labourer. By 1891 they had moved to 41 Barrett Street in Shipley, with Joseph working as coal dealer.
John married Martha Elizabeth Halliday 2 February 1901 at St. Pauls Shipley. John was living at 43 Wilmer Road in Shipley; Martha at 20 Dove Street in Saltaire. They moved into 10 Amelia Street in Saltaire with John working as a cloth finisher. In 1911 they were living at 8 Amelia Street with three children; Harold born 1903, Clarence born 1906 and Winifred in 1910.

Before war broke out John was a member of the Shipley and District Ambulance Corps. When war broke he was one of seventeen men from the corps who volunteered to join the Royal Navy Sick Berth Reserve. John died December 1919.
John is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel.

Gott, John West
1890 – 18 August 1952

John West Gott was the son of Benjamin Gott. Benjamin was born 1868 in Frizinghall. He married Phoebe Ann West 28 August 1887 at Bradford Cathedral.
 
John, the second of six children, was born 1890 in Shipley. In 1901 & 1911 the family lived at 23 Beatrice Street in Shipley with Benjamin working as an engine tender and John as a wool scourer. John married Ada Casey in 1912. They had three children; William (b1914), Leonard (b1917) & Winifred (b1920). They lived with Ada’s parents at 10 Constance Street in Saltaire.

John served with the Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment. He was Prisoner of War until after hostilities ceased.

John and his family went to live in the USA. They sailed from Liverpool aboard the RMS Carmania, arriving in New York 4 April 1921. They had two children born in the USA; John (b1922) and Catherine (b1924). They settled in New Hampshire and John was in the USA World War 2 draft of 1942. John died 18 August 192 and is buried at New Saint Joseph Cemetery, Bedford, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.

Gould, Albert
1890 – 6 May 1918

Albert Gould was the son of George Gould. George Gould was born 12 July 1857 in Suffolk. He married 14 October 1877 in Bradford Cathedral. From 1881 to 1901 they lived at 10 Waverley Street in Shipley with George working as a labourer in a chemical works.

Albert, the youngest of six children, was born 1890 in Shipley. By 1911 the family lived at 2 Argyle Street in Shipley with Albert working as a bricklayer’s labourer. He played football for Shipley Celtic. Albert married Edith Midgley 25 May 1912 at St. Pauls Shipley. Edith lived at 5 Higher School Street in Saltaire.

Albert GouldAlbert enlisted as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Royal Scot Fusiliers 26 February 1915. He was an engineer working at Crabtree Red Beck Mills in Shipley and living at 3 Rosslyn Terrace in Shipley.

Image of Albert Gould, courtesy of Joe Cooper.

Albert went to the front in July 1915 and was wounded in the knee 25 February 1916. He recovered at home, which was by then 10 Maddocks Street in Saltaire. He returned to the front in May 1917, and then he was wounded and taken prisoner 10 April 1918.
Albert died 6 May 1918 in a German Prison of War Camp. Albert is buried in Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery in Fleurbaix in Northern France. He is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St. Pauls.

Greaves, Frederick Harvey
24 December 1895 – 1963

Frederick Harvey Greaves was the son of unmarried mother, Alice Greaves. She was born c1875 in Saltaire.
Frederick was born 24 December 1895 in Saltaire. He was baptised 22 April 1896 in Saltaire Wesleyan Methodist Church.
In 1901 Frederick was living with his grandparents at 10 Jane Street in Saltaire. In 1911 he was still living with his grandparents but now they were at 31 Mary Street in Saltaire; Frederick was working as a card cutter.

Frederick served as a Lance Corporal with the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He saw active service from 1915 until he was wounded in October 1918. He was discharged following his recovery in a London hospital.
Frederick died in 1963.

Green, Albert Edward
c1896 – 12 August 1917

Albert GreenAlbert Edward Green was son of Charles Green.
Charles was born c1863 in Bradford. He married Sarah Ann Light 4 September 1882 at St James Bolton in Bradford. In 1891 they lived at Jane Street in Idle, with Charles working as a musician.

Albert, the sixth of nine children, was born c1896 in Windhill. By 1901 the family were living at 9 Mawson Street in Saltaire. In 1911 they were living at 21 Albert Road (renumbered now as 41) in Saltaire. Albert was working as a winder.

Albert, working as a clerk, enlisted 5 August 1914. He went to the front in February 1915 with the 6th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. He spent 16 weeks in Charing Cross Hospital suffering from rheumatic fever, returning to the front in February 1916. After being promoted to Lance Corporal he was transferred to the 60th Company Machine Gun Corps.

Albert died 12 August 1917 and he is buried at Mendinghem Military Cemetery near Leper in Belgium.He is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Nab Wood.

Albert had two brothers, Charlie & Willie who also served their country and fought in the war. He was also a brother in law to Arthur Kitchen who did his duty.

Green, Charlie
c1891 –????

Charlie GreenCharlie Green was son of Charles Green. Charles was born c1863 in Bradford. He married Sarah Ann Light 4 September 1882 at St James Bolton in Bradford. In 1891 they lived at Jane Street in Idle, with Charles working as a musician.

Charlie, the fourth of nine children, was born c1891 in Idle. By 1901 the family were living at 9 Mawson Street in Saltaire. In 1911 they were living at 21 Albert Road (renumbered now as 41) in Saltaire. Charlie was working as a labourer. Charlie married Ida Ellis 9 September 1911 at St. John the Baptist, Halifax.

Charlie enlisted November 1914 and served with the Royal Field Artillery. He survived the war after spending time in Sheffield Hospital.

Charlie had two brothers, Albert & Willie who also served their country and fought in the war. He was also a brother in law to Arthur Kitchen who did his duty.

Green, Samuel Thomas
1873 – 23 January 1951

Samuel Thomas Green was the son of John Green. John was born c1840 in Halifax. He married Mercy Foster 27 October 1861. In 1871 they were living with Mercy’s parents in Briggate Shipley with John working as a stone mason.

Samuel, the second child of five, was born 1873 in Shipley. In 1881 the family were living at 20 Windsor Street in Shipley. Samuel was a serving soldier when he married Lydia Leah Howard 4 June 1894 in Chatham Kent. In 1899 they were living at 4 Wycliffe Place in Shipley.

Samuel Thomas GreenSamuel was with the East Yorkshire Regiment and saw action in South Africa. In 1901 he was living with his wife and an adopted daughter, Ellen Howard (born 1892), in Chatham. By 1911 they had moved to Aldershot. Samuel was discharged 24 November 1911 when he was family were living in Charlestown.

Samuel was a postman living at 16 Rhodes Street in Saltaire when he enlisted 22 August 1914. He was a Pioneer Sergeant with the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. He fought against the Turks in the Dardanelles until he was injured 21 August 1915.

In a letter home (which was by now 13 Rhodes Street) he told his wife, “the wound is healing splendidly,” and that he was going into a convalescent camp. In another letter home to his wife he stated I am keeping the bullet by which I was wounded as a memento of the day.” The bullet had gone through the third finger of his left hand, passing onto his chest just over the heart.

Samuel recovered to return home in early January 1916. He was transferred to the Labour Corps 22 June 1917 and he was discharged 8 March 1919. Samuel and his wife lived at 24 Baker Street in Saltaire until 1924 when they moved to 6 Baker Street. From 1931 they lived at 42 Field Street in Shipley. Samuel died 23 January 1951 at St. Lukes Hospital Bradford.

Green, Willie
c1899 –????

Willie GreenWillie Green was son of Charles Green. Charles was born c1863 in Bradford. He married Sarah Ann Light 4 September 1882 at St James Bolton in Bradford. In 1891 they lived at Jane Street in Idle, with Charles working as a musician.

Willie, the second youngest of nine children, was born c1899 in Windhill. By 1901 the family were living at 9 Mawson Street in Saltaire. In 1911 they were living at 21 Albert Road (renumbered now as 41) in Saltaire.

Willie enlisted November 1914 and served with the 12th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment as a bandsman. Willie survived the war marrying Laura Garner 26 Dec 1919 at St. Pauls Shipley. They lived at 52 Norwood Avenue in Shipley with Willie working as a dyers labourer.

Willie had two brothers, Albert & Charlie who also served their country and fought in the war. He was also a brother in law to Arthur Kitchen who did his duty.

Greenwood, Squire Clarence
c 1899 – 25 August 1918

Squire Clarence Greenwood was the son Levi Greenwood.
Levi was born c1873 in Morton Banks. He married Eliza Jane Ingleby 27 Febuary 1897 at St Johns, Baildon.
Squire was born c1899 in Halifax, the second of three children. In 1911 they were living at 33 Kitson Street in Windhill with Levi employed as a fitter.
By 1918 they had moved to 47 Titus Street in Saltaire.

Squire served as a Private with the 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He died 25 August 1918 and he is remembered on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial near Arras, France.
Squire is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St. Pauls and St. Peters.

Gregory, Arthur
18 July 1880 – 18 April 1950

Arthur Gregory was the son of John Gregory. John was born c1849 in Tamworth, Staffordshire.  In 1881 he was the Licensed Victualler of The Waggon and Horses public house in Wolverhampton.

Arthur Gregory

Arthur, the eldest of six children, was born 18 July 1880 in Wolverhampton. By 1891 the family were living at 11 William Henry Street in Saltaire with John working as a book keeper. By 1901 they had moved to 76 Victoria Road, where they remained for the 1911 census and throughout the war.

Image: Arthur Gregory. Mouse over image to enlarge.

In 1911 Arthur was working as telephone electrician and he was secretary of Saltaire Cricket Club from 1907 to 1914.
Arthur married Ann Elizabeth Kent 5 September 1911 at St. Peters Shipley. They had two children; John Jack (6 Dec 1912 – 25 November 1983) and Barbara (31 August 1921- 2003)  
In 1914 he took up the post of assistant traffic manager for the West Lancashire District General Post Office and he lived in Lytham. 
Arthur survived the war having served with the Kite Balloon Section of the Royal Flying Corps.
Arthur died 18 April 1950 in Bournemouth.

Arthur had two younger brothers who fought in the war; Arthur, who survived the war and Norman, who sadly lost his life.

Gregory, Gilbert
1885 – ????

Gilbert Gregory was the son of John Gregory.
John was born c1849 in Tamworth, Staffordshire.  In 1881 he was the Licensed Victualler of The Waggon and Horses public house in Wolverhampton.

Gilbert GregoryGilbert, the third of six children, was born 1885 in Bingley. By 1891 the family were living at 11 William Henry Street in Saltaire with John working as a book keeper. By 1901 they had moved to 76 Victoria Road, where they remained for the 1911 census and throughout the war.
Gilbert served with the 16th Battalion of the Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment. The 16th (Service) Battalion (1st Bradford) was formed in Bradford in September 1914. Although he was wounded twice Gilbert survived the war.
Gilbert had an elder brother, Arthur, who survived the war and a younger brother, Norman, who sadly lost his life. Gilbert and Norman served in the same regiment.   
     

Gregory, Norman Knight
23 August 1892 – 12 May 1917

Norman Knight Gregory was the son of John Gregory.
John was born c1849 in Tamworth, Staffordshire.  In 1881 he was the Licensed Victualler of The Waggon and Horses public house in Wolverhampton. By 1891 he was a book keeper living at 11 William Henry Street in Saltaire with his wife Ann and five children.

Norman, their sixth and youngest child, was born 23 August 1892 in Saltaire. He was baptised 12 October 1904 at St. Pauls Shipley. By 1901 the family had moved to 76 Victoria Road, where they remained for the 1911 census and throughout the war.
Norman served with the 16th Battalion of the Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment. The 16th (Service) Battalion (1st Bradford) was formed in Bradford in September 1914.
Norman spent Christmas 1915 in a tented camp on a large tract of land somewhere in Egypt. In a letter to a friend Norman wrote:-

“It is the evening of Christmas Day, and I wish I could just transport you to where I am. It is a real education and I cannot help thinking that after all it is but a dream.
 We arrived here last Tuesday (21 December 1915, I cannot tell you where I am but we are in tents on a big tract of sand. The sand is a comfortable bed, yet a great nuisance. We have to tie cloths around our rifles and even then the sand the sand gets through somehow or another. Naturally we ate a large amount of it too.
Our sea voyage was a trifle too anxious and exciting for my liking. I was seasick for about three days in the Bay of Biscay, and had a sort of throw-me-over-board feeling. After I recovered I enjoyed the life until we cut a 3,000 ton steamer in two.
The accident occurred about midnight and it was anything but pleasant waking up to that. We rescued most of the people on board, and I though at first we were going down. Chased by submarines! How does that sound? It is a fact, I can assure you. We sent a shell into one of them, and were rewarded by a torpedo, which missed us by about 10 yards, thank goodness!
We called at Malta on the way here, but we were not allowed to land. It looked picturesque enough and was my first scene of the Oriental. However, we are ready for anything and I feel in the best of health, which is a good thing.
It is winter here and the natives are cold, but for us it is as hot as a midsummer day; if anything the sun is more powerful, so I don’t what it will be like when summer does come. Down near to where we are encamped it is a fascinating sight to see the open-air cafes, etc. I have seen all kinds of nationalities, but I don’t care much for the Arabs.
 We are not allowed in the native quarter, nor do I possess a desire to go there. I suppose we shall have a good deal to go through, in the course of which, I might enhance my knowledge and broaden my views of life.                
We had a first class dinner on Christmas Day considering the circumstances. We had stew, Christmas pudding (cold), oranges, apples, dates and figs etc., - a right tuck in. We are hoping that next Christmas will find us back at home” 

Norman died 12 May 1917. He was an Acting Sergeant. His battalion were part of the 93rd Brigade in the 31st Division. They had been in France since March 1916.
Norman is remembered on Panel 4 of The Arras Memorial in Northern France.  He is also remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St. Peters & St Pauls.
Norman had two elder brothers, Arthur and Gilbert, who served there country in the war. Gilbert fought in the same regiment as Norman.    

Gresswell, Fred
c1885 – 5 May 1915

Fred Gresswell was the son of William Gresswell. William was born c1861 in Nottingham.  He married Eliza Cox 12 April 1884 at St. Pauls Shipley.

Fred, the eldest of nine children, was born c1885 in Saltaire. He was baptised 4 April 1886 at St Pauls Shipley with his family at 21 Caroline Street in Saltaire with William a wool sorter.
By 1891 the family had moved to 28 Herbert Street in Saltaire. In 1901 they were living at 18 Rhodes Street in Saltaire.
In 1911 Fred, a wool sorter, was living with a housekeeper at 25 Peel Street in Shipley.

Fred served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington (West Riding Regiment). Fred died 5 May 1915; he is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium. 

Fred is not remembered on any Rolls of Honour in the Shipley area.      

Fred had a younger brother, William who also lost his life fighting in the war.     

Gresswell, William Wood
c1887 – 26 October 1916

William Wood Gresswell was the son of William Gresswell.
William was born c1861 in Nottingham. He married Eliza Cox 12 April 1884 at St. Pauls Shipley.
William Wood, the third of nine children, was born c1887 in Saltaire. In 1886 the family were living at 21 Caroline Street in Saltaire with William a wool sorter.
By 1891 the family had moved to 28 Herbert Street in Saltaire. In 1901 they were living at 18 Rhodes Street in Saltaire with William Wood a doffer in the mill.
He married Mary Ann Halliday 13 March 1909 at Holy Trinity Bingley. They had two sons; Frank born 28 June 1908 and Lawrence born 13 April 1910.

William enlisted 21 August 1914 and he served as a Private with the 18th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own (West Riding Regiment). He died 26 October 1916 and he is buried at Sailly-Au-Bois Military Cemetery near Arras in Northern France.
He is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and Windhill Parish Church.
William had an elder brother Fred who also lost his life fighting in the war.

Griffiths, Harry
1890 – ????

Harry Griffiths was the son of Anthony Griffiths. Anthony was born 1869 in Heaton. He married Emily White in 1887. 

Harry, who had an elder sister, was born 1890 in Saltaire. In 1891 they were living at 11 Whitlam Street in Saltaire with Anthony as a greaser. By 1911 they had moved to 46 George Street, where they remained throughout the war. Harry worked as a designers clerk, he served in and survived the war.

 

 

 

 

 
   

 
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