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Ambler, Holdsworth
1842 – 25 November 1920

Holdsworth Ambler was the son of James Ambler. James was born c1798 in Yeadon. He married Jane Leach 2 February 1820 at All Saint’s Otley. They had at least seven children.

Holdsworth, their second youngest child, was born 1842 in Yeadon. In 1851 they were living in Yeadon with James working as clothier. In 1861 they were living in Idle.

Holdsworth married Hannah Unwin 31 December 1863 at St Wilfrid’s Calverley. Hannah died in 1864. Widowed Holdsworth married Ellen Dawson 4 July 1865 at Bradford Cathedral. They had eight children, but four died in infancy. In 1871 they were living at 24 Princess Street in Shipley with Holdsworth employed as a mechanic. In 1881 & 1891 they were living at 3 Daisy Place in Saltaire.

In 1901 & 1911 they were living at 3 Maddocks Street in Shipley. One of their sons, Benjamin, a butcher, emigrated to Canada between 1901 and 1911. Benjamin served in WW1 as a Private with the 124th Battalion of the Canadian Oversees Expeditionary Force.

Report from Shipley Times Friday 24 June 1904: -
An Outing and a Presentation

On Saturday last the weaving overlookers of the Saltaire Mills made Ripon the venue of their annual outing. After the usual drive and tour of the beautiful grounds of Studley Royal, justice was done to a capital repast at the Black Bull Hotel.

Tea over, Mr Ellis was voted to the chair, and gave the loyal toast. “Success to the firm,” was entrusted to Mr H. Ambler, who coupled with the toast the name of Mr Harry Roberts. Mr Ambler hoped the career of Mr Roberts, jun., which had just commenced at the mill, would be eminently successful, and that trade would continue to be brisk and prosperous. Mr Harry Roberts, in reply, thanked those present for their expressions of goodwill towards himself, and joined them in their wishes for the continued success of the firm.

An interesting presentation was then made by Mr Edwin Holdsworth. This consisted of a gold mounted walking stick, a silver match box, a pipe, and a pouch, which had been subscribed for by the wearing overlookers, to express the esteem and respect in which they hold Mr Holdsworth Ambler. A second pouch had been sent by one or two of the weavers. The walking stick was suitably inscribed, and it explained that Mr Ambler had seen fifty years unbroken service at the Saltaire Mills. Mr Holdsworth, in making the presentation, made and interesting speech, and Mr Ambler’s reply brought the formalities to a close.

By 1914 Holdsworth and his wife were living with their son, Harold, at 4 Thompson Street in Shipley.

Holdsworth died 25 November 1920. In his will he left £840 17s 9d to his widow and his son Harold. (Worth c£37,000 in 2019.)

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