Saltaire Village, World Heritage Site
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Colin Coates, historian
WW1: The Saltaire Story
Second Boer War
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Sanctuary, Fred
1875 – 17 March 1941

Fred Sanctuary was the son of Jacob Sanctuary. Jacob was born c1844 in Norfolk. He married Margaret Ann Brook 18 May 1867 at Kirkgate Chapel Bradford. In 1871 & 1881 they lived at 13 Titus Street in Saltaire with Jacob working as a warp twister.

Fred, the third of six children, was born 1875 in Saltaire. In 1891 & 1901 the family lived at 75 George Street in Saltaire with Fred working as a bookbinder. By 1911 they had moved to 21 George Street.

Fred enlisted 3 April 1916. He served as a Private with the 21st (Service) Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. He saw active service in France from 15 June 1916; his battalion was involved in the Somme offensive. Fred was transferred to the 766th Employment Company of the Labour Corps 17 December 1918. He was discharged 11 April 1919, at which time his family had moved to 11 Ferrand Road in Shipley. Fred never married and he moved with his family to 25 Ferrand Road around 1925. His father, Jacob, died in 1935 aged 92. Fred died 17 March 1941 and he left his estate to his brother Norman.

Sanctuary, William Thomas
1882 – ????

William Thomas Sanctuary was the son of George Sanctuary. George was born 10 January 1857 in Cullingworth. He married Hannah Maria Broadley in 1876. In 1881 they were living at 46 George Street in Saltaire with George working as a worsted spinning overlooker.

William, the third of six children, was born 1882 in Saltaire. In 1891 the family were living at 28 Albert Road (renumbered now as 55). In 1901 & 1911 they were living at 68 George Street in Saltaire. William worked as a worsted design weaver; then later as an insurance inspector. William married Alice Green 10 May 1913 at St. Pauls Shipley.

William served in the war and survived. He is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Saltaire United Reformed Church.

Sayner, George Henry
3 October 1895 - 14 March 1977

George Henry Sayner was the son of Henry Sayner. Henry was born 1864 in Skipton. He married Clara Foulds 10 November 1888 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1891 they were living at 25 Titus Street in Saltaire with Henry working as a worsted overlooker.

George, the fourth of six children, was born 3 October 1895 in Saltaire. He was baptised 2 October 1903 at Saltaire URC. In 1901 the family were living at 45 Titus Street in Saltaire. By 1911 they had moved to 21 Maddocks Street in Saltaire with Henry a worsted spinner manager and George a textile worker. They lived here throughout the war.

George served his country and fought in the war. Having survived the war he married Faith Astridge 17 November 1919 in Hampshire. They had six children including William Henry (1920-2003), Audrey Joyce (1923-1994) and Lawrence (1927-1975). Faith died in 1967 and George died 14 March 1977 in Hampshire.

Scarfe, Edward  
1879 – 1949

Edward Scarfe was the son of John Scarfe. John was born 1857 in Bradford. He married Alice Ann Burnley 31 July 1876 at St. Wilfrid Calverley.

Edward, the second eldest of nine children, was born 1879 in Idle. The family lived in Idle in 1881 & 1891 with John working as a weaver then as a stone quarryman. By 1901 they had moved to 20 Constance Street in Saltaire where they remained until after 1919. Edward worked as a stone dresser then as a wool warehouseman.

Edward enlisted 2 March 1916 with the 87th Training Reserve Battalion. He was mobilised 9 December 1916 and served with the Welsh Regiment before being transferred to the Labour Corps. Edward served in Salonika in Greece from 10 March 1917 to 27 December 1918. He was discharged, no longer physically fit, 5 March 1919.

After the war Edward lived at 29 Titus Street in Saltaire. In 1939 he moved to 58 Owlet Road in Shipley where he remained until his death in 1949. Edward had a younger brother, William, who also served his country and fought in the war.

Scarfe, William  
1888 – 1930

William Scarfe was the son of John Scarfe. John was born 1857 in Bradford. He married Alice Ann Burnley 31 July 1876 at St. Wilfrid Calverley. The family lived in Idle in 1881 & 1891 with John working as a weaver then as a stone quarryman.

William, the seventh of nine children, was born 1888 in Idle. By 1901 the family had moved to 20 Constance Street in Saltaire where they remained until after 1919. William worked as a spinning doffer then as a wool sorter.

During the war William served with the York & Lancaster Regiment. After the war William lived at 29 Titus Street in Saltaire until his death in 1930. William had an elder brother, Edward, who also served his country and fought in the war.   

Schofield, Arthur  
1896 – ????

Arthur SchofieldArthur Schofield was the son of Willie Schofield.
Willie was born 1866 in Leeds. He married Alice Maud Mary Middleton in 1893 at St. James Bolton Bradford.

Arthur, the eldest of four sons, was born 1896 in Bradford. In 1901 & 1911 the family were living in Bradford with Willie working as a railway porter.

From 1915 to 1918 the family lived at 4 Caroline Street in Saltaire. Serving as a Corporal, Arthur married Lilian Marjorie Jackson 9 March 1918 at St. Peters Shipley.

Arthur had a younger brother, Percy, who also served in and survived the war.

Schofield, Percy
1897 – 29 May 1955

Percy Schofield was the son of Willie Schofield. Willie was born 1866 in Leeds. He married Alice Maud Mary Middleton in 1893 at St. James Bolton Bradford.

Percy, the second eldest of four sons, was born 1897 in Bradford. In 1901 & 1911 the family were living in Bradford with Willie working as a railway porter. In 1911 Percy was working in a worsted mill. From 1915 to 1918 the family lived at 4 Caroline Street in Saltaire.

Percy was a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery when he married Elsie Taylor 13 July 1918 at St Peters Shipley. Elsie was a spinner living at 72 George Street in Saltaire. The married couple lived in Saltaire all their lives; firstly at 29 Ada Street, then 72 George Street from 1931 to 1936 and lastly at 37 Ada Street until Percy’s death 29 May 1955. He had an elder brother, Arthur, who also served in and survived the war.

Scholefield, George Henry
27 October 1898 – 1981

George Henry Scholefield was the son of Samuel Scholefield. Samuel was born c1834 in Mirfield. He married Mary Jane Charnard (Mary was 23 years younger than Samuel) 6 October 1877 at St Pauls Denholme. In 1881 & 1891 the family were living in Denholme with Samuel working as a newsagent & postmaster.

George, the twelfth of fourteen children, was born 27 October 1898 in Denholme. By 1901 the family were living at 67 George Street in Saltaire with Samuel working as a commercial clerk. In 1911 they were living at 47 Titus Street in Saltaire with George working as a bobbin carrier.

George served in and survived the war. He lived with his widowed mother at 70 George Street in Saltaire. George married Alice Jennings in 1927. From around 1932 they lived in Bingley. George died in 1981.

George had two brothers who served in the war; Sam, who sadly lost his life & Jesse who survived the war.

Scholefield, Jesse
1877 – 1936

Jesse Scholefield was the son of Samuel Scholefield. Samuel was born c1834 in Mirfield. He married Mary Jane Charnard (Mary was 23 years younger than Samuel) 6 October 1877 at St Pauls Denholme.

Jesse, the eldest of fourteen children, was born 1877 in Denholme. In 1881 & 1891 the family were living in Denholme with Samuel working as a newsagent & postmaster. By 1901 they were living at 67 George Street in Saltaire with Samuel working as a commercial clerk. In 1911 they were living at 47 Titus Street in Saltaire.
Jesse served in and survived the war. He lived with his widowed mother at 70 George Street in Saltaire, moving with her to Baildon around 1935. Jesse died in 1936.

Jesse had two brothers who served in the war; Sam, who sadly lost his life & George Henry who survived the war.

Scholefield, Joseph
16 January 1888 – 27 November 1956

Joseph Scholefield was the son of William Scholefield. William was born 1857 in Batley. He married Jane Ann Lister 8 July 1882 at St Peters Birstall.

Joseph, the middle son of three, was born 16 January 1888 in Batley. He was baptised 11 March 1888 at St Saviours Brownhill. In 1891 the family were living in Batley with William working as mechanic. In 1911 Joseph was working as a printer and living with his Aunt, Francis Jane Scholefield, at 9 Well Croft in Shipley.
Joseph married Minnie Alderson 25 September 1911 at St Pauls Shipley. They lived with Minnie’s parents at 43 Rhodes Street in Shipley.

Joseph served in and survived the war. He died 27 November 1956 at Beckett Hospital in Barnsley. His widow, Minnie, was living at Darton near Barnsley.

Scholefield, Sam
13 December 1878 – 13 April 1916

Sam Scholefield was the son of Samuel Scholefield. Samuel was born c1834 in Mirfield. He married Mary Jane Charnard (Mary was 23 years younger than Samuel) 6 October 1877 at St Pauls Denholme.

Sam, the second eldest of fourteen children, was born 13 December 1878 in Denholme. He was baptised 12 January 1879 at St Pauls Denholme. In 1881 & 1891 the family were living in Denholme with Samuel working as a newsagent & postmaster. By 1901 they were living at 67 George Street in Saltaire with Samuel working as a commercial clerk. In 1911 they were living at 47 Titus Street in Saltaire with Sam working as a hotel waiter. Sam married Ada Leach 31 July 1911 at St. Peters Shipley. They lived with Ada’s family at 11 Wycliffe Place in Shipley.

Sam served as a Private with the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. Sam died 13 April 1916. He was buried in Etaples Military Cemetery near Boulogne in Northern France. Sam is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St. Pauls & St. Peters.

Sam had two brothers, George Henry & Jesse, both of whom served in and survived the war.

Scott, Fred
1878 – ????

Fred Scott was the son of Charles Scott. Charles was born 1841 in Idle. He married Ellen Dawson 16 July 1865 at St. Wilfrids Calverley.

Fred, the middle child of three, was born 1878 in Windhill. In 1881 the family were living in Eccleshill with Charles working as a stone by mason. By 1891 they had moved to Idle with Fred working as a doffer.

Fred married Emily Jennings 13 June 1900 at St. Wilfrids Calverley. In 1911 they were living in Idle with a daughter, Annie, born in 1902; Fred was working as a stone mason.

Fred fought in and survived the war. From around 1918 he lived with his family at 6 Caroline Street in Saltaire.           

Seavers, Harry
22 October 1883 – 1954

Harry Seavers was the son of Thomas Seavers. Thomas was born 1852 in Leeds. He married Ruth Wood in 1883.

Harry, the eldest child and only son, was born 22 October 1883. He was baptised 23 December 1883 at St. John’s Baildon. In 1891 the family lived at 21 Helen Street in Saltaire, with Thomas working in the leather industry. By 1901 they were living at 34 Titus Street in Saltaire with Thomas a leather salesman and Harry a mill worker. In 1911 they were living at 16 Albert Road (renumbered 31 now) in Saltaire.

Harry married Margaret Hunt 24 July 1913 in Shipley. They had a daughter, Mary, born 8 December 1916 and a son, Maurice, born 4 January 1922.

Harry enlisted 8 December 1915 and he was held in reserve until he was mobilised 15 August 1916. He saw service in France from 11 January 1917 to 23 April 1917 as a Private with the 3rd Battalion Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. Harry was disciplined for “losing by neglect government property” 28 February 1917. He had lost his breech stick, periscope and periscope stick. His punishment was to pay for the lost goods.

Having received a gun shot wound in his upper right arm Harry was discharged unfit for duty 5 April 1918. He lived with his family at Wycliffe Place and later at Wycliffe Road. Harry died in 1954; he is remembered on the Saltaire URC Roll of Honour.

Seed, Harry
1883 - 1959

Harry Seed was the son of Nathan Garside Seed. Nathan was born 1855 in North Bierley. He married Leah Smith 1876 in Bradford. In 1881 they were living in North Bierley with Nathan working as a wool sorter.

Harry, the fourth of six children, was born 1883 in Buttershaw, Bradford. By 1901 they were living in Burley in Wharfedale with Harry working as a bricklayer. Harry married Hannah Maria Marshall 2 June 1906 at St Mary’s Burley in Wharfedale. They had three sons; Arthur born 8 December 1908, Fred 14 September 1911 and Albert 15 December 1916. From around 1916 they lived at 24 Helen Street in Saltaire and that is where they remained for the rest of their lives.

Harry enlisted with the 6th Battalion East Surrey Regiment and survived the war despite being severely wounded 20 May 1918. Harry died in 1959.

Sellers, Roger
1891 - ????

Roger Sellers was the son of Rodger Sellers.Rodger was born 1864 in Audley in Staffordshire. Rodger served with the South Yorkshire Regiment and the 7th Battalion Royal Dragoon Guards. Working as a miner, he married Hannah Marsh 20 July 1884 at St John’s Royston near Barnsley.

Roger, the fifth of seventeen children, was born 1894 in Shafton near Barnsley; Rodger was working as deputy in a coal mine. In 1901 the family were living at Shafton with Rodger working as a contractor employing miners. By 1911 they were living at 31 Crow Nest Road in Bingley, Rodger was working as a wool comber and Roger a labourer for a machine maker. By 1913 they had moved 21 Rhodes Street in Saltaire.

Roger served in the war with the 6th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment. Having survived the war, in 1928 he was living with his brother William, who also fought in the war, in a caravan in Dockfield Road in Shipley.

(“Sellers” was also spelt as “Sellars”)

Sellers William
1891 - ????

William Sellers was the son of Rodger Sellers. Rodger was born 1864 in Audley in Staffordshire. Rodger served with the South Yorkshire Regiment and the 7th Battalion Royal Dragoon Guards. Working as a miner, he married Hannah Marsh 20 July 1884 at St John’s Royston near Barnsley.

William, the third of seventeen children, was born 1891 in Monk Bretton near Barnsley; Rodger was working as deputy in a coal mine. By 1901 the family were living at Shafton near Barnsley with Rodger working as a contractor employing miners. By 1911 they were living at 31 Crow Nest Road in Bingley, Rodger was working as a wool comber and William a wool washer. By 1913 they had moved 21 Rhodes Street in Saltaire.

William served in the war with the Royal Field Artillery. Having survived the war, in 1928 he was living with his brother Roger, who also fought in the war, in a caravan in Dockfield Road in Shipley.

(“Sellers” was also spelt as “Sellars”)

Shackleton, Harold Sands
1897 – 26 August 1918

Harold Sands Shackleton was the son of Arthur Shackleton.
Arthur was born c1873 in Saltaire. He married Lily Sands 16 Apr 1896 at Saltaire URC.

Harold, the eldest of two children, was born c1897 in Saltaire. In 1901 the family were living at 15 Gordon Terrace in Saltaire with Arthur employed as a clerk in Saltaire Mill. By 1911 they had moved to Wainstall Lodge in Halifax with Arthur working as a cashier manager in a worsted mill.

Harold served as a Lieutenant with the 9th Battalion Tank Corps. He was awarded the Military Medal and he was “Mentioned in Despatches”.

Harold died 26 August 1918 and his grave can be found in Windmill Military Cemetery in Monchy-Le-Preux near Arras in France. Harold is remembered on the headstone of his parent’s grave in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley.

Harold is not remembered on any Roll of Honour in the Shipley area. He his however remembered on the gravestone of his parents in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley. 

Harold Shackleton
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Shackleton, Harry
c1895 – 1944

Harry Shackleton was the son of John William Shackleton. John was born c1865 in Saltaire. He married Annie Smith 13 August 1887 at Bradford Cathedral. John was a steam pipe fitter living at 35 Titus Street in Saltaire and Annie was a worsted weaver living at 29 Dove Street in Saltaire.
Harry, the second of four children, was born c1895 in Saltaire. In 1901 the family were living at 156 Oakworth Road in Keighley, with John a warehouseman in a worsted factory. By 1911 they were living at 2 Joseph Street in Shipley with Harry an apprentice overlooker
John died sometime before 1915 and his widowed wife, Annie, moved to 40 Helen Street in Saltaire. Harry by then was an overlooker working in Airedale Mills.

Harry served are as gunner with the Royal Field Artillery. He survived the war marrying Eliza Jane Swales 12 June 1920 at Bradford Cathedral.
Harry died in 1944, aged 49.
Sam Shackleton, a younger brother to Harry, served and sadly died as a Driver with the Royal Field Artillery.

Shackleton, Sam
1896 – 17 April 1915

Sam Shackleton was the son of John William Shackleton.
John was born c1865 in Saltaire. He married Annie Smith 13 August 1887 at Bradford Cathedral. John was a steam pipe fitter living at 35 Titus Street in Saltaire and Annie was a worsted weaver living at 29 Dove Street in Saltaire.

Sam, the third of four children, was born 1896 in Keighley. In 1901 the family were living at 156 Oakworth Road in Keighley, with John a warehouseman in a worsted factory. By 1911 they were living at 2 Joseph Street in Shipley with Sam and his father working as warehousemen. John died sometime before 1915 and his widowed wife, Annie, moved to 40 Helen Street in Saltaire. Sam was by then working in Saltaire Mills and he attended Saltaire Congregational Church and Sunday school.

John served as a driver with the 147th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. In April 1915 his mother received a letter from Sam in which he said he was in the best of health and spirits and hoped he would be spared to see his mother and brothers again. He was unable to tell them where he was, but he went as far to say that he as “over the sea”. Sometime ago he received, amongst other things, a pocket Bible from Lady Ellis Denby, and according to his letter he prized it very much and always carried it with him.
 On the 16th April 1915 the British Troopship “Manitou” was attacked by the Turkish torpedo boat “Demir Hissar” in the Aegean Sea. Although both the torpedoes that were fired missed the “Manitou”, the order had been given to abandon ship. There were 646 men aboard out of whom fifty one lost their lives by drowning and exposure. Sadly Sam was amongst the dead.

The Rev P. Drummond Pringle conducted a memorial service for Sam at the Congregational Church on Sunday 23rd May 1915. The bell ringers tolled a peal of muffled bells prior to the service. The 1st Saltaire Troops of Boy Scouts marched from their headquarters in Albert Road to the church.

Sam is remembered on the Helles Memorial situated in the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. He is also remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St Peters and the Congregational Church.

Harry Shackleton, an elder brother to Sam, survived the war, serving with the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner.

Shackleton, Tom Humfress
c1888 – 26 April 1918

Tom Humfress Shackleton was the son of William Stabler Shackleton. William was born c1843 in Bradford. He married Betsy Hawkesby 9 December 1866 at Bradford Cathedral. Betsy died before 1871. Widowed William married Susannah Humfress 6 December 1873 at Bradford Cathedral.

Tom, the second youngest of five children, was born c1888 in Norway. In 1901 the family were living at 7 Whitlam Street in Saltaire with William a machine minder in the mill. By 1911 they had moved to 18 Dover Street in Shipley. William was a night watchman in wool combing shed and Tom was shop assistant in a boot & shoe shop. Tom married Lillie Pemberton 25 February 1914 at St Peters Shipley. Tom was a salesman living at 19 Victoria Road in Saltaire.

Tom served as a Private with the 1st/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment). Tom died 26 April 1918 and he is buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3 near Leper in Belgium.

Tom is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St. Pauls.

Sharp, Arthur
25 July 1893 – 1946

Arthur Sharp was the son of Benjamin Sharp. Benjamin was born 13 August 1858 in Bingley. He married Mary Ann Clark 5 August 1880 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 they lived at 26 Helen Street in Saltaire with Benjamin working as a joiner. By 1887 they had moved to 33 Helen Street.

Arthur, the second youngest of eight children, was born 25 July 1893 in Saltaire. He was baptised 10 September 1893 at St. Pauls Shipley. The family moved around Saltaire as follows:-

1895 43 Victoria Road (renumbered now 69)
1898 39 Dove Street
1899  24 George Street
1903 2 Higher School Street

Benjamin died 3 April 1910 leaving his widow, Mary Ann living with her children at 2 Higher School Street. In 1911 Arthur was at Candahar Barracks in Hampshire with 6th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s West Riding   Regiment. Arthur survived the war; he died in 1946.  

Arthur had three brothers who served their country and fought in the war; James & William who died and & Walter who survived.

Sharp, James Harry
25 June 1891 – 11 April 1917

James Harry Sharp was the son of Benjamin Sharp. Benjamin was born 13 August 1858 in Bingley. He married Mary Ann Clark 5 August 1880 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 they lived at 26 Helen Street in Saltaire with Benjamin working as a joiner. By 1887 they had moved to 33 Helen Street.

James Harry, the sixth of eight children, was born 25 June 1891 in Saltaire. He was baptised 1 August 1891 at St. Pauls Shipley. The family moved around Saltaire as follows:-

1895 43 Victoria Road (renumbered now 69)
1898 39 Dove Street
1899  24 George Street
1903 2 Higher School Street

Benjamin died 3 April 1910 leaving his widow, Mary Ann living with her children at 2 Higher School Street. In 1911 James was an apprentice overlooker. He married Ethel Hartley 13 May 1914 at St. Pauls Shipley. They had a son William (known as Bill) born 25 September 1915 in Saltaire.

James SharpJames served as a Lance Sergeant with the 2nd/6th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment. He died 11 April 1917 at Ecoust – St. Mien in Northern France. His widow received a letter of condolence from Captain George Gordon which read as follows:-

“I have been ill or I should have written sooner to tell you how your husband died and what a loss he is to all in B Coy. He and two officers and his platoon were taking cover in a cellar, while waiting to go into action, when a shell hit the side of the house and brought it down on the vaulting of the cellar, which collapsed and buried them. It happened about noon on the 11th, and then engineers were hard at work digging them out ten minutes afterwards. I have never seen men work as the engineers worked, and it is one consolation to me now and will be to you, that everything that was humanly and possible was done to save your husband and those who were with him.
We found your husband about 6 o’clock and tried hard to revive him, but without effect. He was not disfigured. We buried him the same day beside the cemetery of the village. A cross marks his grave and soon the engineers will have put up a better cross with name and regiment engraved on it. All his effects are being collected and are being sent home. They should reach you within the next few weeks. I cannot do much to console you. You loss is too great, but I feel for you from the bottom of my heart. Your husband was one of the best soldiers in the battalion and the friend of everybody in his company. As his Company Commander I feel his death and the death of his comrades more than I can say.”

James had an older brother, William, who also died in the war and two younger brothers, Arthur & Walter, both of whom survived the war.  James is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St. Peters & Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel.

This photograph was taken on 11 May 2012, at the grave of James Harry Sharp at Ecoust – St. Mien in Northern France.

Left to right: David William Sharp (Great Grandson),  Michael Barry Sharp (Grandson), James David Sharp (Great Great Grandson). In Remembrance of William Sharp (son of James Harry Sharp) who died on 8 May 2002.

(Compiled with the help of David William Sharp, great grandson of James.)

Sharp, Walter Edwin
1 December 1896 – 1970

Walter Edwin Sharp was the son of Benjamin Sharp. Benjamin was born 13 August 1858 in Bingley. He married Mary Ann Clark 5 August 1880 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 they lived at 26 Helen Street in Saltaire with Benjamin working as a joiner. By 1887 they had moved to 33 Helen Street.

Walter, the youngest of eight children, was born 1 December 1896 in Saltaire. He was baptised 3 January 1897 at St. Pauls Shipley. The family moved around Saltaire as follows:-

1895 43 Victoria Road (renumbered now 69)
1898 39 Dove Street
1899  24 George Street
1903 2 Higher School Street

Benjamin died 3 April 1910 leaving his widow, Mary Ann living with her children at 2 Higher School Street. In 1911 Walter was a bobbin doffer in Saltaire Mill. He married Harriet Rushworth 3 January 1917 at St. Pauls Shipley.
Walter signed up 31 January 1913 only to be discharged medically unfit 28 August 1914. However he did see action when he joined the 6th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment 16 November 1914. Having survived the war he was discharged 3 April 1919. Walter died in 1970.

Walter had three elder brothers who served their country and fought in the war; James & William who died and Arthur who survived.

Sharp, William
1885 – 28 January 1917

William Sharp was the son of Benjamin Sharp. Benjamin was born 13 August 1858 in Bingley. He married Mary Ann Clark 5 August 1880 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 they lived at 26 Helen Street in Saltaire with Benjamin working as a joiner. By 1887 they had moved to 33 Helen Street.

William, the third of eight children, was 1885 in Saltaire. The family moved around Saltaire as follows:-

1895 43 Victoria Road (renumbered now 69)
1898 39 Dove Street
1899  24 George Street
1903 2 Higher School Street

William, a cloth finisher, married Millicent Ann Whaites 30 July 1904 at St Pauls Shipley. Millicent was living at 40 Titus Street in Saltaire. After marriage the couple lived at 158 Union Street in Shipley, in 1911 William was working as a dyer. They had a daughter, Lily, born 11 January 1906 and an unknown child who died as an infant.

William joined the 2/6th Battalion The Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment before the war commenced. Until 3 February 1915 they were based at Belle Vue Barracks in Bradford, but William was allowed to live at home. The battalion then moved to Dumb Mills at Frizinghall and after that they moved to numerous places across the country.

Major W P M Scott, The Adjutant, 1916
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William had reached the rank of Company Sergeant Major as his battalion sailed from Southampton for Le Havre in France 6 January 1917. They moved by train to Frevent and the following day to Bonnieres. They went to Amplier 22 January 1917 and the following day they marched to Rossignal Ferme.

William died 28 January 1917 and he was buried at Couin British Cemetery 15 kms east of Doullens. William is not remembered on any Roll of Honour in the district of Shipley.

William had a younger brother James who also died in the war and two younger brothers, Arthur & Walter, who survived the war.

(Compiled with the help of David William Sharp, great grandson of James.)

Sheard, Arthur
c 1888 - 22 May 1918

Arthur Sheard was the son of William Sheard. William Sheard was born c1855 in Liversedge. He married Mary Ellen Saxon 26 June 1880 at St Peter’s Birstall. In 1881 they were living at Hightown, Liversedge. William was a card lettering machine tender. William died sometime before 1897, leaving his widowed wife with four children to bring up. She married Briggs Pinder 18 April 1897 at Whitechapel in Cleckheaton. By 1901 she was living with her four children, but not her second husband, at Cleckheaton. By 1911 she had moved, again without her husband, to 33 George Street, Saltaire.

Arthur was the youngest of their four children, born c1888 in Cleckheaton. In 1911 he was living with his mother and he was a warehouseman in the mill. He married Lavinia Dennison at Christ Church, Windhill 2 April 1912. At the time of his marriage Arthur was employed as a shoemaker. Just before war broke out Arthur made an appearance at the Bradford West Riding Police Court facing a charge of wife desertion.

Arthur died 22 May 1918 at Morton Banks Military Hospital in Keighley. He was a driver with “D” Battery, 51st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. They were attached to the 9th (Scottish) Division. In 1918 they were fighting in the Somme.

The day following his death his four year old daughter, Hilda, died too. They were buried together in Shipley (Hirst Wood) Cemetery. His mother who died 23 September 1924 is buried alongside them.
Arthur is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St. Peters.

Sheldon, Albert
c1899 - ????

Albert Sheldon was the son of William Sheldon. William was born c1870 in Nottinghamshire. He married Sarah Ann Eastwood in 1898 in Skipton.

Albert, the second of seven children, was born c1899 in Skipton.  In 1901 they lived in Skipton with William working as a railway porter. In 1911 they were still living in Skipton with William working as a lamplighter. By 1918 they were living at 59 George Street in Saltaire.
Albert fought in and survived the war. He was a cloth finisher when he married Mary White 15 November 1919 at St Pauls Drighlington.

William, father of Albert, also served his country and fought in the war.

Sheldon, William
c1870 - 1952

William, the only son of George Sheldon & Mary Pickard, was born c1870 in Nottinghamshire.

William married Sarah Ann Eastwood in 1898 in Skipton. They had seven children; Ethel (b1898), Albert (b1899), Harry (b 6 December 1901), Maria (b 12 November 1903), Louis (b 2 August 1906), Fred (26 December 1909) and George (b 27 March 1912). In 1901 they lived in Skipton with William working as a railway porter. In 1911 still living in Skipton, he was working as a lamplighter.
 
William enlisted 30 September 1914 and he was held in reserve until mobilised 28 March 1915. He was a Motor Lorry Driver with the Army Service Corps and was in France from 3 October 1915 to 27 October 1916. William was discharged unfit for duty 3 October 1917. When discharged he was living with his family at 59 George Street, where they remained until 1926 when they moved to 24 Mary Street in Saltaire. They moved to 49 Hirst Wood Crescent around 1935. William died in 1952.

Albert, their eldest son, served his country and fought in the war.

Sidebottom, Samuel
1877 - 1953

Samuel Sidebottom was the son of Jeremy Sidebottom. Jeremy was born 1846 in Glossop Derbyshire. He married Mary Jane Towl 1870 in Bradford. In 1871 they were living in Horton, Bradford with Jeremy working as a stationer’s assistant.

Samuel, the fifth of nine children, was born 1877 in Bradford. In 1881 the family were living in Heaton and in 1891 they were in Manningham. Samuel married Maria Fillingham 22 August 1900 at St. Pauls Shipley. In 1901 they were living in Long Preston (village between Settle & Skipton) with Samuel working as a railway porter. By 1905 they had moved to Leeds and in 1911 they were living in Kirkstall. They had a son, Herbert born 1905. By 1918 they were living at 5 Amelia Street in Saltaire.

Samuel served as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery. He volunteered in December 1914 and saw active service from July 1915. After the war he and his family continued to live in Amelia Street until around 1931 when they moved to 45 George Street in Saltaire. By 1945 they were living at 1 Albert Road in Saltaire. Samuel died in 1953.

Silvester, Otto
c1884 –1918

Otto Silvester was born c1884 near Salt Lake City USA. He came over to this country with the famous Buffalo Bill as an expert knife thrower. He came to live in the Shipley district around 1912 and was employed by Mr. W.P. Butterfield, tank maker from Woodbottom, Baildon. Subsequently he worked for Mr. W. Marshall, a roundabout proprietor.
Otto served in the South African War (11 October 1899 to 31 May 1902) where he was badly wounded. After the war he served in India.

Otto enlisted 5 January 1915 and he saw action in France with the 1st Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment. He took part in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle (10–13 March 1915) where he was unconscious for 48 hours. He was discharged unfit for service 26 June 1915 having lost 5 stones in weight since he regained conscious. He was wounded in the right arm, got two bullets in the left arm, two in the left groin and pieces of shrapnel in the right ankle and right shin bone. His sight was also affected as a result of having a bullet penetrating his head. At the time of his discharge he was living at 31 Rhodes Street in Saltaire.

Otto working as an engine driver married Clara Wade 18 December 1915 at St Peters Shipley. They lived with Clara’s family at 41 Rhodes Street in Saltaire. Otto died in the 4th Quarter 1918, he is not remembered on any Rolls of Honour in the Shipley area.

Simpson, Arthur
14 March 1897 – 1984

Arthur Simpson was the son of John West Simpson. John was born 1872 in Pateley Bridge. He married Martha Ann Halliday 20 October 1894 at St. Pauls Shipley. Martha was living at 8 Shirley Street in Saltaire.
 
Arthur, the second of four children, was born 14 March 1897 in Shipley. He was baptised 14 April 1897 at St. Pauls Shipley. From 1901 the family lived at 18 Dove Street in Saltaire with John working as a labourer.

Arthur SimpsonArthur served as a Private with the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. Here is a report from the Shipley Times 20 September 1918:-

“Second Time Wounded – Pte. Arthur Simpson is on his way to a hospital in England with thigh wounds. Fifteen months ago he was shot in the jaw, and he returned to the front three months later. He worked at the Saltaire Mills and joined up when he became 18.”

Arthur died in 1984. He is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel. Arthur had a younger brother, Harry, who also served in the war.

Simpson, Harry Redvers
22 August 1900 – 1988

Harry Redvers Simpson was the son of John West Simpson. John was born 1872 in Pateley Bridge. He married Martha Ann Halliday 20 October 1894 at St. Pauls Shipley. Martha was living at 8 Shirley Street in Saltaire.
 
Harry, the third of four children, was born 22 August 1900 in Shipley. He was baptised 25 October 1900 at St. Pauls Shipley. From 1901 the family lived at 18 Dove Street in Saltaire with John working as a labourer.

Harry served in and survived the war. He married Dorothy Hannah Bentley 31 July 1926 at St. Johns Baildon. They lived in Shipley up to 1936, from when they lived in Baildon. Harry died in 1988.

Harry had an older brother, Arthur, who also served in the war.

Skirrow, Harry
31 December 1891 – 4 May 1916

[Updated: 24 May 2016]

Harry Skirrow was the son of John Skirrow. John was born c1867 in Shipley. He married Nellie Church in 1891.

Harry, the eldest of three children, was born 31 December 1891 in Shipley. He was baptised 24 February 1892 at St. Pauls in Shipley. In 1901 they were at 3 New York in Shipley with John working as an iron foundry labourer.
John died in 1903 and he was buried 31 March 1903 at Hirst Wood Cemetery Shipley. His widow, Nellie, married Thomas Hardaker 3 July 1905 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1911 Harry, working as a decorator & painter, was living with his step father at 8 Park Street in Shipley.

Harry married Elsie Wainwright 14 October 1911 at Bradford Cathedral. Elsie was living with her parents, Harrison Wainwright & Emily Hudson, at 7 Dove Street in Saltaire. They had two children and lived with Elsie’s parents in Dove Street. Whilst working as a painter for Messrs Waite Bros. in Shipley, Harry served for five years with the Shipley detachment of the Royal Army Medical Corps. By1914 he was living with his wife and children at 32 Whitlam Street in Saltaire.


Image: Harry Skirrow with wife, Elsie, and child

Harry enlisted as a Private with the 20th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). By June 1915 he had been promoted to Lance Corporal. When Harry died 4 May 1917 he had reached the rank of Corporal. Here is an extract from a letter he wrote home the day before he died:-

“I am on the firing line, but at present am going through a course of bombing behind the trenches. The farmers go on working within three-quarters of a mile from the firing line as if nothing was amiss and the big guns boom out and shake the whole country-side. It is rare fun to watch old Fritz trying to bring our airman down, and every shot they fire is further off than the previous one.
I am in danger, but cheer up I know God will watch over me and bring me safely back to ‘Blighty . I am all right so far.
You know what thunder is like; well it is a thousand times worse than that out here. The first time you hear the noise of the guns it makes you shake all over like a leaf, but you soon get used to it.
It is funny that when a man is in danger his thoughts fly straight to his loved ones at home, and many a man gets down and prays – men even who never think of when at home, and those who think there is no God want to come out here. It will be soon be proved to them there is. The war will be over this summer, and with a bit of luck I will be soon back in ‘Blighty .  

Here is an extract from a letter written by the Rev. F. G. Goddard, battalion chaplain, to his widow, Elsie:-

“I may be the first to write to you the sad news of the death of your poor husband Corporal H Skirrow. Apparently he came out her as one of a new draft and was attached to the 12th West Yorkshire battalion, of which I am chaplain. The poor fellow was killed at the grenade school on Thursday (May 4th) through an accidental explosion. The funeral took place at 5.15 pm., and I officiated at the last rites.
Your address was found among his letters. Whenever possible I write myself to the relatives. Poor souls! You must have had an anxious time, and must have often have dreaded the arrival of such a letter as this. I write to tell the relatives what I can and to assure them that though away from home their dear ones are looked after, and given every sympathetic attention.
It is additionally sad when our poor boys get killed in this way, but still you must always realise for your comfort that he did his duty and died doing it, and one cannot do more. He was new to the battalion, so I had not got to know him beyond perhaps a general glimpse. Still he was one of “ours”. In all sincerity I pray that God’s presence and comfort may be with you in this, your hour of trial. I can write from experience of the staying and steadying power of the realisationof the presence of Christ in times of stress and danger. I have so often seen it, and may you experience it too.”


Here is an extract from a letter written by Sergeant J. O’Brien:-

“It is, with deepest regret I send a few details concerning the unfortunate accident which befell your husband. He was at the bombing school receiving instruction in grenade-throwing when a grenade exploded and killed him instantly.
It was my sad duty to convey his body to the camp, where he received a soldier’s funeral. I can assure you that everyone here and at the school express their deep sympathy with you. Although accidently killed, he gave his life none the less for his country. He could have done no more had he been killed actually in the firing line. He was buried with full military honours, comrades from various units acting as mourners.”

You can find Henry’s grave in Reninghelst Cemetery in Popringe, Belgium.
Henry is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St. Peters.
Elsie, his widow, married Enos Warrener in 1919 and they lived at Buttershaw in Bradford.

Slater, William
c1899 – ?????

William Slater was the son of Alfred Slater. Alfred was born c1875in Shipley. He married Marie Gaunt 1 August 1898 at St. Pauls Shipley. Marie was living at 18 George Street in Saltaire.
 
William, an only son with a younger sister, was born c1899 in Shipley. In 1901 they were living in Shipley with Alfred working as a labourer for a loom maker. By 1911 they had moved to 14 Mary Street in Saltaire, then by 1918 they were living at 5 Lockwood Street in Saltaire.

William served as a Private with the Northumberland Fusiliers. He was reported missing but then in August 1918 his family received the news that he was a Prisoner of War. After the war he continued to live with his family in Lockwood Street. William is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel.

Slinger, Edward
1877 – 1951

Edward Slinger was the son of Charles Slinger. Charles was born c1851 in Harrogate. He married Mary Ann Bramley in 1873.

Edward, the fourth of eleven children, was born 1877 in Knaresborough. The family lived at Knaresborough with Charles working as a farm labourer. Charles died in 1892. In 1899 Edward, working as a bricklayer’s labourer, married Annie Pringle, they lived in Knaresborough upto around 1914. They had two children; Edward born 1899 & Hilda born 1905. In 1914 they moved to Union Street in Shipley.

Edward served in and survived the war. From 1915 to 1922 he lived with his family at 19 William Henry Street in Saltaire. From 1923 until his death they lived at 22 William Henry Street. Edward died in 1951.

He had two brothers, William & Samuel, who served in and survived the war.

Slinger, Samuel
1880 – 30 August 1962

[Updated: 15 August 2015] Samuel Slinger was the son of Charles Slinger. Charles was born c1851 in Harrogate. He married Mary Ann Bramley in 1873.

Samuel, the fifth of eleven children, was born 1880 in Knaresborough. The family lived at Knaresborough with Charles working as a farm labourer. Charles died in 1892.

In 1899 Samuel, working as a bricklayer’s labourer, married Mary Wilson: they lived in Knaresborough up to around 1915. They had three children; Lily born 1900, Leonard born 1908 and Charles Wilfred born 1910.

Samuel served in the Royal Army Corps and he survived the war. In 1918 he was living his brother, Edward, at 19 William Henry Street in Saltaire. From 1919 to 1933 he lived with his family at 13 Whitlam Street in Saltaire. In around 1935 they moved to Baildon. Samuel died 30 August 1962. He was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery alongside his wife, Mary, who died 16 March 1962, aged 82.

Samuel had two brothers, William & Edward, who served in and survived the war.

Slinger, William
1873 – ????

William Slinger was the son of Charles Slinger. Charles was born c1851 in Harrogate. He married Mary Ann Bramley in 1873.

William, the eldest of eleven children, was born 1873 in Knaresborough. The family lived at Knaresborough with Charles working as a farm labourer. Charles died in 1892. In 1911 William was a bricklayer’s labourer living with his widowed mother in Knaresbrough.

William enlisted with the Army Service Corps 26 June 1918; by then he was living with his brother, Edward, at 19 William Henry Street Saltaire. William was discharged 6 May 1919, by which time he had moved to Union Street in Shipley.

William had two brothers, Edward & Samuel, who served in and survived the war.

Smalley, George
14 June 1892 – 1972

George Smalley was the son of Thomas Smalley. Thomas was born c1858 in Windhill. He married Emily Allison (of 8 George Street Saltaire) 20 May 1885 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1891 they were living at 26 Fanny Street in Saltaire with Thomas working as a weaver.

George, the second youngest of five children, was born 14 June 1892 in Saltaire. In 1901 the family were living at 13 Constance Street in Saltaire. In 1911 they were living at 3 Edward Street (renumbered now as No 8) in Saltaire with George a mechanic’s labourer.

George enlisted 17 July 1915 and saw active service with the Labour Corps. He was discharged 10 March 1919. George married Selina Denby in 1920; they lived in Hirst Wood Crescent in Shipley. George died in 1972 in Claro.

Smith, Albert
c1899 –????

Albert Smith was the son of Herbert Ellison Smith. Herbert was born c1875 in Shipley. Working as a greengrocer he married Sarah Ann Powell 14 July 1896 at Bradford Cathedral.

Albert, the second of five children, was born c1899 in Shipley. The family lived in Union Street in Shipley. In 1911 Herbert was a railway plate layer and Albert a part time doffer.

Albert was a member of the Salvation Army Band in Shipley. It was a bandsman he served in the war with the Leicestershire Regiment. In 1917 he married Eadie Milner and they lived with Eadie’s parents at 7 Shirley Street in Saltaire. Albert suffered a wound to his left armpit 21 March 1918. It was reported in the Shipley Times 19 April 1918 that he was recovering in a hospital in Southport.    

Smith, Craven
1885 - 1951

Craven Smith was the son of Fred Smith. Fred was born 1861 in Openshaw in Lancashire. He married Emily Sutcliffe in 1884.

Fred, the eldest of eleven children, was born 1885 in Addingham. The family lived in Addingham in 1891 & 1901 with Fred working as an engine tender in a mill. Craven, a stoker in a silk mill, married Sarah McGuire in 1909. They had a daughter Mary, born 1910. In 1911 they were living in Addingham, but by 1915 they had moved to 9 Helen Street in Saltaire.

Craven served with the Bradford Pals and he survived the war. By 1928 he was living with his family at 9 Caroline Street in Saltaire. They moved to 42 George Street about 1934. Craven died in 1951.

Smith, Francis Emery
1884 – 18 November 1952

Francis Emery Smith was the son of Emery Smith. Emery was born c1844 in Bedfordshire. He married Selina Sizer in Hertfordshire in 1865. They lived in Cambridgeshire until 1901 when they lived at 6 Higher School Street in Saltaire with Emery working as a labourer in the mill.

Francis, the sixth of nine children, was born 1884 in Cambridgeshire. In 1911 he was a wool sorter living with his widowed mother at 24 Jane Street in Saltaire. Francis served in and survived the war. He continued to live in Jane Street until about 1939 when he moved to 2 Myrtle Place in Saltaire. Francis died 18 November 1952.

Smith, Frank
1888 – 1967

Frank Smith was the son of John William Smith. John was born 1863 in Bradford. He married Jane Houghton in 1887. From before 1891 they lived at 35 Ada Street in Saltaire with John working as a warehouseman. John died in 1908 and was buried 3 June 1908 at St Pauls Shipley. By 1914 widowed Jane was living with her three sons at 1 Higher School Street in Saltaire.

Frank, the eldest of three sons, was born 1888 in Shipley. In 1911 Frank was working as an iron founder. Frank served with the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. Having survived the war he continued to live in Higher School Street. Frank died in 1967.

Frank Smith

Above: Frank Smith

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Frank Smith: Second row back, third from left.
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Images courtesy of Carolyn Jozefek.

Frank had a younger brother, George, who also served in the war.

Smith, George
17 June 1896 – 27 July 1966

George Smith was the son of John William Smith. John was born 1863 in Bradford. He married Jane Houghton in 1887. From before 1891 they lived at 35 Ada Street in Saltaire with John working as a warehouseman. John died in 1908 and was buried 3 June 1908 at St Pauls Shipley. By 1914 widowed Jane was living with her three sons at 1 Higher School Street in Saltaire

George, the youngest of three sons, was born 17 June 1895 in Shipley. In 1911 George was working as a bobbin taker.

George Smith

George Smith, above and below. Images courtesy of Carolyn Jozefek.

George Smith

George served in and survived the war. He was a wool sorter when he married Maud Hodgson Wilson in 1926. The married couple lived all their lives at 1 Higher School Street. Maud died 24 December 1955 after being knocked down on a zebra crossing on Bingley Road; George died 27 July 1966.

George had an elder brother, Frank, who also served in the war.

[Compiled with the help of Carolyn Jozefek, granddaughter of George]

Smith, Gilbert
1900 – ????

Gilbert Smith was the son of Kirk Smith. Kirk was born c1862 in Horsforth. He married Sarah Jane Senior 15 December 1883 at St. Georges Leeds. In 1891 the family were living in Headingly with Kirk working as a warp dresser.

Gilbert, the youngest child of seven, was born c1900 in Saltaire. By 1901 they had moved to 25 Jane Street in Saltaire. Kirk died in 1903. Gilbert fought in and survived the war.

Gilbert had four brothers, (William, Harold, Leslie and Hardy) and a brother-in-law, George Henry Bower, who also fought in the war.

Smith, Hardy
c1886 – ????

Hardy Smith was the son of Kirk Smith. Kirk was born c1862 in Horsforth. He married Sarah Jane Senior 15 December 1883 at St. Georges Leeds.

Hardy, the third child of seven, was born c1888 in Burley, Leeds. In 1891 the family were living in Headingley with Kirk working as a warp dresser. By 1901 they had moved to 25 Jane Street in Saltaire. Kirk died in 1903.

Hardy fought in and survived the war. He had four brothers, (William, Harold, Leslie and Gilbert) and a brother-in-law, George Henry Bower, who also fought in the war.

Smith, Harold
c1889 – ????

Harold Smith was the son of Kirk Smith. Kirk was born c1862 in Horsforth. He married Sarah Jane Senior 15 December 1883 at St. Georges Leeds.

Harold, the fourth child of seven, was born c1889 in Burley, Leeds. In 1891 the family were living in Headingly with Kirk working as a warp dresser. By 1901 they had moved to 25 Jane Street in Saltaire. Kirk died in 1903. Harold worked as a boy in the Saltaire Mills then afterwards he worked at the Canal Ironworks at Shipley  

Harold SmithHarold enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery 25 September 1907. He served in India from 3 March 1911 to 16 October 1914. He then saw action in France until he was invalided home 22 Jan 1915. Having been promoted to Corporal in January 1914 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant 23 January 1915.  Then later in the year he was promoted to Lieutenant as he was training troops at Retford in Nottinghamshire. In 1918 he was awarded the Military Cross. In 1918 his was still residing at 25 Jane Street. Harold had four brothers, (William, Leslie, Hardy and Gilbert) and a brother in law, George Henry Bower, who also fought in the war.

Smith, James
1881 –????

James Smith was born c1881 in Bentham North Yorkshire to parents unknown. He married Susan Margaret Shackleton 28 July 1910 at the Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel. In 1911 they were living at 11 Titus Street in Saltaire with James working as a caretaker at the Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel. In 1912 they had a daughter, Agnes.

James, living at 19 Victoria Road in Saltaire, enlisted 24 June 1916 and was mobilised 10 March 1917. He served as a Private with the Lincolnshire Regiment before being transferred to the Labour Corps 16 January 1918. James was discharged 6 May 1919 and lived with his family at 1 Buxton Street in Shipley. By 1922 they had moved back to Saltaire living at 5 Fern Place.

Smith, Joseph
????–????

Joseph Smith served in and survived the war. In 1918 he was living with Milner family at 9 Albert Road (renumbered 17) in Saltaire. His relationship with them is not known.

Smith, Leslie
c1886 – ????

Leslie Smith was the son of Kirk Smith.
Kirk was born c1862 in Horsforth. He married Sarah Jane Senior 15 December 1883 at St. Georges Leeds.

Leslie, the eldest child of seven, was born c1886 in Burley, Leeds. In 1891 the family were living in Headingley with Kirk working as a warp dresser. By 1901 they had moved to 25 Jane Street in Saltaire. Kirk died in 1903. Leslie fought in and survived the war. He had four brothers, (William, Harold, Hardy and Gilbert) and a brother-in-law, George Henry Bower, who also fought in the war.

Smith, William
c1895  – ????

William Smith was the son of Kirk Smith. Kirk was born c1862 in Horsforth. He married Sarah Jane Senior 15 December 1883 at St. Georges, Leeds. In 1891 the family were living in Headingley with Kirk working as a warp dresser

William SmithWilliam, the sixth child of seven, was born c1895 in Burley, Leeds. He was baptised 12 June 1895 at St. Matthais Burley.  In 1901 the family were living at 25 Jane Street in Saltaire. Kirk died in 1903. In 1911 widow Sarah was still living at 25 Jane Street with William a worsted mill worker.

William survived the war having served with the Royal Field Artillery. Living at 25 Jane Street and working as a warehouseman William married Margaret Ellen Smith 6 December 1919 at St. Peters Shipley. From before 1929 they lived in Bingley.

William had four brothers, (Harold, Leslie, Hardy and Gilbert) and a brother-in-law, George Henry Bower, who also fought in the war.

Spalding, John Charles
25 January 1899 – 25 July 1917

John Charles Spalding was the son of Charles Spalding. Charles was born c1878 in Shipley. He married Annie Kaiser at Bradford Cathedral 21 November 1898. Annie was born in Germany c1874.

John was the eldest of eight children. He was born in Shipley 25 January 1899 and baptised at St. Paul’s Shipley. In 1901 the family were living in Shipley. By 1911 they had moved to 4 Katherine Street in Saltaire. Charles was a fishmonger and son John was a scholar who delivered milk as a part time job.

John died 25 July 1917 aged just eighteen. He was a Private in the 1st /5th Battalion of the Kings own Yorkshire Light Infantry. The regiment had been transferred to the 148th Brigade 49th West Riding division in 1915. In July 1917 they were on the Belgian coast in preparation for Operation Hush. John is buried in Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery, a few miles from the town of Nieuwpoort, on the Belgian coast.

John is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St. Peters.

Speedie, William Harold
c1888 – 4 May 1917

William Harold Speedie was the son of David & Marion Speedie.
David was born c1842 in Scotland, Marion thirteen years his younger was born in Fort William.

William, the middle of three children, was born c1888 in Bridlington. In 1891 the family were living in Bridlington with David working as a tailor. David before 1901; his widow, Marion, lived with their three children at 15 Sackville Street in Bradford. Marion was a charwoman and William a mill hand.

William, living in Oak Lane, Manningham married Isabella Naylor 15 November 1916. Isabella was born 30 July 1889 in Saltaire to parents Jonathan Naylor and Rachel Got. The family lived at 24 Constance Street before moving to 19 Maddocks Street.

William served as a Lance Corporal in the 5th Battalion, Alexandra Princess of Wales Own Yorkshire Regiment. For his wedding he obtained special leave of absence from military duties at West Hartlepool. Not long after his wedding William was fighting in France where he was seriously wounded. He was conveyed to a French hospital, the matron of which wrote to Mrs Speedie requesting her to visit. Isabella arrived in France to find William badly wounded and unconscious. She remained several days and during intervals of consciousness he recognised her. She was with him when he died on 4 May 1917, and was present at the military funeral the following day.

On Sunday evening 20th May 1917 the Rev H. Taylor conducted a service to the memory of Lance Corporal William Harold Speedie. The service took place at Saltaire Road Primitive Methodist Chapel in Shipley where only a few months earlier William had been married. William’s grave can be found in Mont Huron Military Cemetery, Le Report in Northern France.

William is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St. Pauls.

Spencer, Holdsworth
1877 – 12 May 1917

Holdsworth Spencer was the son of John Spencer. John was born c1843 in Ireland. He had four children from 1864 to 1879 to an unknown wife. As a widower he married Grace Iredale 17 July 1871 at Bradford Cathedral.

Holdsworth, the second of five children to Grace, was born 1877 in Saltaire. In 1881 & 1891 the family lived at 27 Shirley Street in Saltaire. John worked as a mechanic then as an iron turner; Sam was a doffer in 1891.

Holdsworth, working as a stone mason, married Ada Anderson in 1897. In 1901 they lived at 14 Ada Street in Saltaire. They had five children; Lily (b1898), John (b1900), William (b1902), Edith (b1906) & Arthur (b1909). By 1911 they had moved to 126 Leeds Road in Windhill.

Holdsworth served as a Private with the 2nd/7th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment. He died 12 May 1917 and he is remembered on the Arras Memorial in Northern France. He is also remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and Windhill Parish Church.

Holdsworth had a younger brother, Sam, who also gave his life in serving his country.

Spencer, Sam
1882 – 22 September 1914

Sam Spencer was the son of John Spencer. John was born c1843 in Ireland. He had four children from 1864 to 1879 to an unknown wife. As a widower he married Grace Iredale 17 July 1871 at Bradford Cathedral.

Sam, the fourth of five children to Grace, was born 1882 in Saltaire. From 1881 the family lived at 27 Shirley Street in Saltaire. John worked as a mechanic then as an iron turner; Sam was a stone mason in 1901.
Sam married Edith Bennett 1 December 1906 at St Pauls Shipley. They had a daughter, Gladys, born 1908. They lived at 10 Fanny Street in Saltaire with Sam working in the finishing department at Saltaire Mills.

Sam SpencerSam served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Royal Scot Fusiliers. They formed part of the 9th Brigade who were one of the first Brigades to see action in France. Sam died 22 September 1914 as his battalion fought in the First Battle of Aisne.

As reported in the Shipley Times there was memorial service held for Sam on Saturday 17th October 1914 at Saltaire URC. Here is an extract from the report:-

“The pastor, the Rev. P. Drummond Pringle conducted the service. A peal of muffled bells was rung by the church ringers under the leadership of Mr. A. Riley. The choir were in attendance and Mr. W. Sutcliffe officiated at the organ. The church was filled with worshippers who had gathered to express their sympathy with the widow and the other relatives of the deceased.
Following a short address by the pastor the organist played the Dead March from Handel’s “Saul”. The impressive service was brought to a close with the singing of the National Anthem.
Mrs Spencer and daughter wish to thank all relatives and friends for kindness shown to them in their sad bereavement, also for letters of sympathy.”

Sam is remembered on the memorial at La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre, a small village 66km east of Paris. He is also remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St. Pauls, St. Peters & Saltaire URC.

Sam had an elder brother, Holdsworth, who also sadly lost his life serving his country.   

Spiers, Charles
1894 – ????

Charles Spiers was the son of Arthur Spiers. Arthur was born c1857 in Bedfordshire. He married Mary Ann Green 18 March 1885 in Derbyshire.

Charles, the third of five children, was born 1894 in Derbyshire. In 1901 the family were living in Horsforth with Arthur working as a railway signalman. By 1911 they had moved to 22 Shirley Street in Saltaire with Charles working as a railway porter. He married Emily Amelia Wood 16 December 1914 at the Primitive Chapel Saltaire Road Shipley; Charles was working as a commercial traveller.

Charles served in and survived the war. After the war was over he lived with his family at 29 Titus Street in Saltaire.

Stancliffe, Herbert
1887 – 16 March 1963

Herbert Stancliffe was the son of John Stancliffe. John was born 1860 in Litton near Arncliffe North Yorkshire. He married Tamar Heywood in 1885. Following her death in 1896 he married Barbara Dudgeon Leslie 4 August 1899 at St. Johns Wetherby.

Herbert, the second of five children, was born 1887 in Headingly. In 1891 & 1901 the family lived at Wetherby with John was working as a gardener. In 1911 Herbert was working as a gardener and he was lodging with other gardeners in Ilkley. Herbert married Maude Moorby 28 December 1912 at St Pauls Shipley. They lived with Maude’s parents at 34 Rhodes Street in Saltaire. They had two children; Gerald (1920 – 1960) & Barbara Joan (1924 – 2008).

Herbert served in the war with Royal Army Medical Corps (possibly an ambulance driver). In 1940 he was head caretaker & gardener at Low Moor Cemetery in Bradford. He retired in 1953 and lived at 16 Dale Street Low Moor. Following a bout of flu both Herbert and his wife contracted pneumonia from which they never recovered. Maud died 14 March 1963 and Herbert died two days later, 16 March. Harold had three brothers, Harold, Gilbert & Walter, all of whom served in the war as riflemen.

(Compiled with the help of Kathleen Armistead, a granddaughter of Herbert & Maud.)

Stead, George
1885 – ????

George Stead was the son of Thomas Stead. Thomas married Hannah Wood in 1875. Thomas was an absent father, so Hannah raised her family by herself.

George, the fifth of eight children, was born in Leeds in 1885. In 1891 the family were living at 4 Well Croft in Shipley. By 1901 they had moved to 35 Westgate in Shipley with Helen working as a confectioner and George as a worsted spinner.

Working as a foreman painter George married Eva Judson 30 July 1910, and they had a daughter Evelyn (b1911). In 1911 they were living with Eva’s parents at 22 Ada Street in Saltaire.

George, living at 31 Wycliffe Road in Shipley, enlisted 7 June 1915. He was mobilised immediately and served with the Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment. He was promoted to Corporal 21 November 1918 then to Sergeant 6 January 1919.

George was discharged 27 May 1919 and lived with his family at 25 Titus Street in Saltaire. They moved to 23 Dallam Avenue in Shipley in 1929, returning to Saltaire in 1945 when they lived at 6 Dove Street. By 1954 they were living at 43 Hirst Wood Crescent in Shipley.

George had an elder brother, Joseph, who also served in the war.

Stead, Joseph
1883 – ????

Joseph Stead was the son of Thomas Stead. Thomas married Hannah Wood in 1875. Thomas was an absent father, so Hannah raised her family by herself.

Joseph, the fourth of eight children was born in Leeds in 1883. In 1891 the family were living at 4 Well Croft in Shipley. By 1901 they had moved to 35 Westgate in Shipley with Helen working as a confectioner and Joseph as a painter and decorator.

In 1915 he was living with his brother, George, at 22 Ada Street in Saltaire. He served as a Corporal with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers. His brother George also served in the war.

Stenson, Edward
c1892 – 15 March 1957

Edward Stenson was the son of James Stenson.      James was born c1859 in Holmfirth. He married Elizabeth Ann Murray in 1889. In 1891 they were living in Bradford with James working as a gilder. James died in 1899.

Edward, the oldest of three children, was born 1892 in Bradford. In 1901 widowed Elizabeth was living with her children at Otley Road in Shipley. In 1911 Edward was a skilled labourer living with his mother at Spurr Road in Shipley. Edward, working as a moulder, married Maud Gaunt 28 July 1913 at St. Peters Shipley. Maud was living at 7 George Street in Saltaire. Edward served in and survived the war. After the war Edward lived at the following addresses in Saltaire:-
1918 - 26 Helen Street
1919 – 16 Fanny Street
1928 – 9 Mawson Street
1945 – 49 Caroline Street.

Edward died 15 March 1957 at St. Lukes Hospital Bradford. He was buried 19 March 1957 at St. Pauls Shipley.

Stephenson, Christopher
1885 – ????

Christopher Stephenson was the son of William Stephenson. William was born c1849 in Scarborough. In 1881 he was a coal porter in Scarborough living with his wife Sarah Ann and their children.

Christopher, the second youngest of seven children, was born 1885 in Scarborough. In 1908 whilst living in Shipley he married Isabell Mcann 5 September 1908 at St Pauls Shipley. Isabell lived at 29 Dove in Saltaire. They had a daughter, Elsie, born 1910. In 1911 they were living at 1 Fanny Street in Saltaire with Christopher working as a wool warehouseman.

Christopher signed up to join the Army 6 May 1904 and he was transferred 6 May 1907 to the Army Reserve. He was called up as war was announced and 10 August 1914 he was in France as a Private with the 2nd Battalion  Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. He was reported missing 24 August 1914 following the Battle of Mons.

His wife, living at 25 Thompson Street in Shipley, was relieved when 11 December 1914 she received a postcard from him. The postcard was dated 18 November and he told her he was a prisoner of war at Doeberitz in Germany. In his message Christopher asked that when you write home do not say anything about the war, only let me know about home affairs.”

Christopher was repatriated 14 December 1918 and he was discharged from the Army 19 March 1919.

Stobart, Fred  
???? – ????

In 1918 whilst serving his country Fred Stobart was living with Margaret Jane Harris at 15 Victoria Road in Saltaire. The relationship between Margaret and Fred is not known.
In 1935 he was living with Esther Stobart (wife?) at 18 Albert Road in Saltaire. By 1945 they had moved to 14 Constance Street in Saltaire.

Storey, Lionel Norris
1897 – 11 July 1943

Lionel Norris Storey was the son of Thomas Saddler Storey. Thomas was born 1857 in Northallerton. He married Sarah Ann Broadley 3 January 1880 at St John the Baptist Halifax. In 1881 & 1891 they were living in Hipperholme cum Brighouse with Thomas working as a nursery gardener.

Lionel, the youngest of five children, was born 1897 in Saltaire. In 1901 the family were living at 5 Amelia Street in Saltaire. By 1906 they had moved within Saltaire to 49 George Street. In 1911 Lionel was working as an office boy for a worsted manufacturer.

Lionel served in the war as a signaller in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. Working as a cost accountant he married Edith Fearnley 8 December 1920 at St Margaret’s Frizinghall. They had a daughter, Dorothy Winnifred born 19 October 1921. Lionel emigrated to Canada to find work as a harvester. He sailed from Liverpool, without his wife, 27 July 1923. Lionel settled in Saskatoon in Canada where his wife and daughter joined him in 1924. Lionel died 11 July 1943 in Saskatoon.

Studley, Norman Crabtree
21 August 1881 – 28 April 1917

Norman Crabtree Studley was the son of William Studley.
William was born c1847 in Malton. He married Esther Ann Crabtree in 1868 in Bradford.

Norman, the second youngest of five children, was born 21 August 1881 in Shipley. He was baptised 20 October 1881 at Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel. In 1891 the family were living in Shipley with William working as a commercial traveller. In 1901 Norman was living with his brother-in-law, Fred Haste, at 37 Victoria Road in Saltaire. Norman was working as a printer’s compositor. Norman married Lily Rhodes in 1910. In 1911 Norman was living with his wife and parents at 7 Granville Terrace in Holbeck.

The wedding of Norman Crabtree Studley to Lily Rhodes.
Photograph thought to be taken outside Providence Methodist Chapel,
the Shipley side of Baildon Bridge.
Image courtesy Catherine Parker, with thanks.
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Norman served as a Private with the 27th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Irish). He died 28 April 1917 and he is remembered on the Arras Memorial in Northern France. Norman is also remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St. Pauls and Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel.

Sutcliffe, Benjamin
1898 – 1976

Benjamin Sutcliffe was the son of Aquila Sutcliffe. Aquila was born 4 April 1863 in Wibsey. Working as a dyer’s labourer he married Juliet Gresswell 9 April 1887 at St Pauls Shipley. His bride had been living at 21 William Henry Street in Saltaire.

Benjamin, the youngest of six children, was born 1898 in Bowling. He was baptised 27 July 1898 at St. Stephens Bowling. In 1901 the family were living in Bowling, by 1911 they had moved to 16 Rhodes Street in Saltaire with Benjamin working part time as a spinner. By the beginning of the war they were living at 8 Rhodes Street.

Benjamin enlisted 3 July 1916 and he was held in reserve until mobilised 29 June 1918. He did not see any fighting in France, being stationed at West Hartlepool with the 4th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment. In December 1919 he went to Italy where he served with the 79 General Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps. Benjamin was discharged 25 October 1919.

 
Ben Sutcliffe with his wife, May   Ben Sutcliffe at his sister's wedding

Benjamin, working as a mechanic, married Emma May Symmonds 31 July 1926 at St. Pauls Shipley. By 1930 they were living at 53 Wilmer Road in Shipley. By 1945 they had moved to 13 Elm Road in Shipley were they were still living at in 1962. Emma died in 1969 and Benjamin died in 1976.

Sutcliffe, Edward
1887 –????

Edward Sutcliffe was the son of John Sutcliffe. John was born c1851 in Eccleshill. Working as a cloth weaver he married Emily Robinson 2 February 1879 at Bradford Cathedral. From 1881 to after 1901 they lived in Eccleshill with John working as a fish dealer.
 
Edward, the third of five children, was born 1887 in Eccleshill. In 1901 he was working as grocer’s errand boy. After John died in 1912 Emily lived with her children at 2 Albert Terrace in Saltaire.
Working as a cowman Edward enlisted 2 March 1916 and he was mobilised 14 March 1917 serving with the Lincolnshire Regiment. He was transferred to the 49th Labour Corps 23 June 1917 and he joined the 406th Agricultural Company. Edward served in France from 8 September 1917 until 12 February 1920. He was discharged 13 March 1920.

Sutcliffe, Thomas 
1877 – ????

Thomas Sutcliffe was the son of William Sutcliffe. William was born 1849 in Denholme. He married Jane Thomas 26 December 1868 at Bradford Cathedral.

Thomas, the fourth of seven children, was born 1877 in Shipley. In 1881 & 1891 the family lived in Shipley with William working as an overlooker. By 1911 Thomas was an out of work labourer living with Mary Mooney and her children at 14 New York, Saltaire Road Shipley. By 1917 Thomas & Mary were living at 22 Albert Terrace in Saltaire, where they remained until 1930 (their relationship is not known).

Thomas, a munitions worker, enlisted 2 March 1916 with the Lincolnshire Regiment. He was mobilised 4 January 1917 as a Private with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Thomas went to France 14 April 1917, where he briefly saw action with the Durham Light Infantry before being transferred to the Labour Corps 30 April 1917. He returned to England 23 October 1917 having received gunshot wounds to his left leg and right foot 14 October 1917. Thomas was discharged 18 March 1918 medically unfit for service.

Sutcliffe, Willie
1895 – 17 April 1948

Willie Sutcliffe was the son of Greenwood Sutcliffe. Greenwood was born c1865 in Halifax. He married Georgiana Chadwick 13 February 1886 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1891 they were living at 5 Herbert Street in Saltaire with Greenwood working as a cotton warp dresser.
 
Willie, an only son with an elder sister, was born 1895 in Thornton Bradford. In 1901 the family were living at 9 Whitlam Street in Saltaire. By 1911 they had moved to 23 Victoria Road in Saltaire with Willie working as a warp dresser’s errand boy. Willie spent the rest of his life here. Willie served in and survived the war. He never married and he died on 17 April 1948 at Salts Hospital. In his will he left £2161 18s 5d to his married sister, Floran Thomas (worth over £68k in 2014).

Sutton, John Edward
15 July 1898 – 23 August 1918

John Edward Sutton was the son of John Sutton. John Sutton was born c1861 in Birmingham. He married Sarah Louisa Line in 1883 at Lutterworth in Leicestershire. In 1891 they were living in Haworth, Yorkshire. John was a carter. They had three daughters before they had their only son John Edward.

John Edward was born in Haworth 15 July 1898 and was baptised 4 September 1898 at St Michael’s Haworth. By 1901 the family had moved to Saltaire, living at 5 Shirley Street. John was a carter at the woollen mill, where his two eldest daughters also worked. By 1911 they had moved to 27Albert Road. John was a horse driver at the mill; his three daughters were all weavers at the mill. John Edward aged 12 was a scholar and part time spinner.

John Edward was conscripted 2 March 1916. He joined the 1st Battalion of the Queens Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment at Bradford 12 April 1917. By this time his family had moved to 7 Melbourne Street in Shipley. He had previously served six months with 2/6th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. He was transferred to the 5th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers 1 September 1917 then he was posted to France with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers 13 October 1917. He went to Italy with his battalion 12 December 1917, returning to France 24 April 1918.
John Edward rejoined the 1st Battalion Queens Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment as a Private. They were attached to the 3rd Army 5th Division and took part in the Battle of Albert, 21 to 23 August 1918.

John died 23 Aug 1918 aged 20 and his grave can be found at Foncquevillers Military Cemetery. This is in the Somme region of France and lies twelve miles north of Albert.

He is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St Pauls and St Peters.

Swallow, Frank 
1880 – 1940

Frank Swallow was the son of Samuel Swallow.   Samuel was born c1854 in Butterley. He married Mary (maiden name unknown) and lived in Liversedge working as a coal miner.

Frank, the second of four children, was born 1880 in Liversedge. In 1901 he was a Private (regiment unknown) at Chatham Barracks in Kent. Frank married Frances Jane Jessop 11 July 1908 at St Pauls Shipley. In 1911 they were living without children at 1 Helen Street in Saltaire with Frank working as a railway porter. By 1914 they had moved to 26 Caroline Street in Saltaire. 

Frank served in and survived the war, living at 22 Rhodes Street in Saltaire in 1918. From 1931 onwards he lived in Shipley. Frank died in 1940.

Swift, Charley Clement
5 November 1891 – 1979

Charley Clement Swift was the son of Charles Cawkwell Swift. Charles was born c1853 in Sheffield. He married Phoebe Prest in 1878 in Sheffield. In 1881 & 1891 they lived in Sheffield with Charles working as a spoon & fork filer.

Charley, the third of five children, was born 5 November 1891 in Sheffield. In 1901 & 1911 the family were living in Idle. In 1911 Charles was working as a watchman in a worsted mill and Charley as an overlooker.

Charley fought in and survived the war. In 1918 he married Sarah Kitchen and they lived with Sarah’s parents at 2 Dove Street in Saltaire. By 1925 they were in Shipley, returning to 6 Lockwood Street in Saltaire around 1932. They moved back to Shipley around 1934, returning to Saltaire in 1955 to live at 24 Dove Street. Charley died in 1979.

Swithenbank, Norman
22 August 1896 – 1976

Norman Swithenbank was the son of Charles Swithenbank.
Charles was born 1871 in Shipley. Charles married Mabel Holmes in 1895.

Norman, the eldest of two children, was born 22 August 1896 in Bradford. He was baptised 24 September 1896 at St. Mary Magdalene Manningham. The family lived in Bradford in 1901 with Charles working as a lithographic printer. In 1911 the family were living at 29 Maddocks Street in Saltaire with Norman working as a clerk in a textile factory.

Norman enlisted as a Private with the Royal Army Medical Corps 26 October 1915. He saw service in France from 16 October 1916. Norman was captured by the Germans and became a prisoner of war 21 March 1918. He was repatriated 3 January 1919. Norman, working as a weaving overlooker, married Ethel Maud Herdy 3 April 1920 at St. Judes Manningham. They lived at 5 Princess Street in Shipley until 1928 when they moved to 23 North Bank Road in Shipley. Norman died in 1976.

 
 
 
 
   

 
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