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Games, Robert Hughes
1914 –2004

Robert Hughes Games was the son of Robert Hughes Games snr. Robert snr was born 8 February 1881 in Liverpool. He married Mary Elizabeth Pitts in 1908 in Keighley. In 1911 they were living at 22 Caroline Street in Saltaire with Robert snr working as a worsted warper. Robert, the second of three children, was born in 1914 in Saltaire.

Report from Shipley Times 10 June 1939 as follows:

Mr. Robert Hughes-Games of 25 Leyburn Grove, popular figure amongst youth of our district, is leaving this country on Friday next, June 16, to take up a post designer with a well-known Canadian textile firm. Dominion Woollens and Worsteds Ltd., of Hespeler, Toronto.
Quite regularly we draw attention to the success attained by former students of Shipley Technical Institute in the ranks of industry.
Mr. Hughes-Games is another who showed outstanding ability whilst studying in the Textiles Department. He took seven Final Certificates of the City and Guilds London Institute— Pattern Analysis (Divisions and 2), Calculations (Divisions 1 and 2), Finishing (Divisions 1 and 2), and Weaving Machinery. Also be secured a National Certificate in Textiles.
Mr. Hughes-Games is a member of the Shipley Textile Society, of which he was formerly assistant secretary, and has taken deep interest in the activities of the Students’ Union the Institute.
Twenty-five years of age, he is an old boy of Shipley Central School. On leaving school he entered the designing department of Messrs. Salts (Saltaire) Ltd. He served successively with Messrs. Pearson A Foster Ltd., Idle; Messrs. John Priestman Ltd., of Bradford; Messrs. G. H. Eady A Co. Ltd., of Bradford; and for the past three and a half years has been a designer with Messrs. Henry Mason Ltd., of Victoria Works, Shipley.
He has been actively associated with Saltaire Cricket Club, and for several seasons assisted them as scorer, and he is a member of the Shipley Central Association of Former Students. He has also been a teacher in the Saltaire Methodist Sunday School.
When he leaves Liverpool on the Duchess of Richmond next Friday, he will take with him to his new sphere of labour the well wishes wide circle Shipley friends who are delighted with the success he is achieving his chosen occupation so early in life.

In Canada, Robert married Dorothy Bleich. They had two children. Robert died in 2004 in Cambridge, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.


Gargon, Emily (nee Mounsey)
26 September 1905 - 1987

Emily Mounsey was born, 26 September 1905, to David Mounsey and his wife Annie (maiden name not known). In 1911 they were living at 41 Helen Street, Saltaire, with David working as a plasterer’s labourer.

In 1921 they were living at 17 Shirley Street, Saltaire. Emily was a twister at Saltaire Mills whilst her father was a mason’s labourer there.

Emily married Martin Gargon in 1927. He was born in 1903 in Halifax. They had at least two children. Martin died in 1936.

In the 1939 Register, widow Emily was living with her children at 108 Hirst Wood Road, Shipley. By 1954 she was living at 18 Mary Street, Saltaire, where she remained until after 1960.

Emily died in 1987.


Gargon, James

Gargon, James - Mill Worker / WW1 Roll of Honour


Gibson, Jesse
13 September 1878 – 15 November 1928

Jesse Gibson was the son of William Gibson. William was born c1838. He married Maria Foster 28 November 1874 at Bradford Cathedral. They had three children. William is not recorded as living with his wife in any of the censuses.

Jesse, their middle child, was born 13 September 1878 in Saltaire. In 1881 & 1891 Maria and her children were living with Maria’s parents at 10 Constance Street in Saltaire. In 1891 Jesse was a weft boy. In 1901 Jesse was a weaving overlooker living with his mother and her widowed father at 59 Titus Street.

Report from the Shipley Times 16 June 1905 as follows: -

Mr. Jesse Gibson, who has been employed as weaving overlooker at Saltaire Mills, sailed on Wednesday for the United States, where he intends to settle down. Last Friday evening he was entertained to a farewell gathering at the Saltaire Cycling Club, of which institution he has for several years been a well-respected member. There was a largo attendance. Mr. Arthur Shackleton presided, and, behalf of the club, he presented Mr. Gibson with a travelling beg. In making the presentation, the Chairman happily expressed the sentiments of subscribers, and wished the recipient good health and prosperity on the other side of the Atlantic.

Jesse arrived in New York from Liverpool aboard the SS Teutonic 22 June 1905. In 1909 Jesse returned to Yorkshire to marry Gertrude Bastow. The married couple sailed from Southampton aboard the SS Oceanic, arriving in New York 6 May 1909. In 1910 they were living in Methuen, Massachusetts with Jesse working in a woollen mill. Jesse was a grocer when he died 15 November 1928 in Methuen.


Gilbert, George
24 March 1857 – 24 August 1927

George Gilbert was the son of George Gilbert. George snr. was born c1823 in Cheshire. He married Edna Burgess in 1846 in Macclesfield. In 1851 they were living in Siddington in Cheshire with George snr. working as an agricultural labourer. They moved to Yorkshire before 1854.

George, the fifth of eight children, was born 24 March 1857 in Baildon. He was baptised 10 May 1857 at St John’s Baildon. The family were living in Baildon in 1861 & 1871 with George snr. working as a gardener and in 71 George was a spinner. George snr died 24 March 1881.

George, an overlooker living at Moorhead, Shipley married Sarah Jane Turner, a weaver living at 10 Edward Street (renumbered 15) in Saltaire, 12 October 1878 at Bradford Cathedral. They had five children: -
Rose Ella Gilbert – born 9 June 1879 – died 3 October 1885
Mary Henrietta Gilbert – born 31 August 1881 – married Charles Holdsworth 21 September 1908 – Mary died 1965
Hubert Turner Gilbert – born 22 July 1887 – emigrated to USA October 1912 – married Hulda Dorthea Nelson 5 November 1914 at St Paul’s Ramsey, Minnesota – died 7 April 1973 in Stillwater, Washington, Minnesota.
Elsie Evelyn Gilbert – born 21 April 1899 – died 12 October 1902.
Edna May Gilbert – born 14 May 1904 – died 1942in Bath, Somerset.

In 1881 the family were living at 15 Edward Street (renumbered 20.) By 1901 they had moved to 23 Maddocks Street Shipley, where George would spend the rest of his life.
Having worked in Saltaire Mill since around 1865 George left the mill in 1901.

Report from Shipley Times 6 December 1901 as follows:

Employees of Saltaire Mills met at the Victoria Hotel to bid farewell to two of their older overlookers, Mr. Arthur Nutter and Mr George Gilbert who had been employed at the mill forty and thirty-six years respectively. Mr Nutter left to take charge of the weaving department at Buttershaw Mills and Mr Gilbert to an appointment at Yorkshire College.
Mr. Edwin Holdsworth presided over the gathering with Mr. W Thornton as vice-chairman. Good wishes were expressed, and songs contributed by Messrs J Alderson. T. Nutter, Dracup. Harrison. Watson, Bradley. Banjo selections were played by Mr J. Gibbon, Shipley.

George died 24 August 1927. In his will he left £593 1s to his widow. (Worth c£37,000 in 2019)

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George Gilbert c1890’s

[Biography compiled with the help of Bob Gilbert, a great grandson of George.]


Gill, Beatrice Agnes
13 December 1885 – 1969

Beatrice Agnes Gill was the daughter of Frank Gill. Frank was born c1864 in Grimwith near Skipton. He married Martha Elizabeth Dawson 29 November 1884 at Bradford Cathedral.

Beatrice, their only child, was born 13 December 1885 in Shipley. In 1891 they were living with Martha’s parents at 21 St Paul’s Terrace in Shipley. Frank was employed as railway goods clerk. In 1901 they lived at 35 Park Road in Windhill. By 1911 they were at 12 Norwood Road with Beatrice working as a burler & mender. Beatrice remained here in 1962. Her mother died in 1932 and her father in 1946, they were buried together in Hirst Wood Cemetery Shipley.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 20 June 1919 as follows:

An examination of the employees of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills, who recently attended a course of ambulance instruction at the Cafe, Saltaire, has resulted as follows: —Passed for First Aid Certificate): — Beatrice Gill.

Beatrice, who never married, died in 1969.


Gill, Robert
1858 – 10 April 1927

Robert Gill was the son of William Gill. William was born 1834 in Leeds. He married Ellen Bleasden 22 May 1852 at St Peter’s Leeds.

Robert, the third of six children, was born 1858 in Leeds. In 1861 the family were living in Leeds with William working as a watchman. By 1871 they had moved to 8 Mary Street in Saltaire with William still a watchman and Robert working as a spinner. William died in 1877. By 1881 widowed Ellen and Robert, now a wool comber, were living at 43 Helen Street in Saltaire. Ellen died in 1916.

Robert married Lucy Ann Hey 6 August 1892 at Saltaire Congregational Church. They had one daughter, Ada, born 1897 in Saltaire.  By 1895 they were living at 28 Titus Street in Saltaire. Remaining in Saltaire from 1904 they lived at 19 Whitlam Street before moving to 16 Herbert Street around 1914.
Robert died 10 April 1927.

Report from Shipley Times 22 April 1927 as follows: -

The funeral of Mr. Robert Gill, 16 Herbert Street, Saltaire, took place at Nab Wood Cemetery on Thursday last week. Mr. Gill, who was in his 70th year, was Saltaire Cricket Club’s veteran scorer. Before the interment a service was held at Saltaire Congregational Church, conducted by the Pastor (Rev. J. Alexander Booth), who also officiated at the graveside. The choir, which Mr. Gill had been a member of for 52 years, was in attendance, and Mr. W. Sutcliffe was at the organ.
The bearers (members Congregational Church choir) were Mr. Reg. Illingworth, Mr. C. Holgate, Mr. F. Dracup, and Mr. F. Moss.
The chief mourners were Mrs. Gill (widow). Mr. and Mrs. Thornton (son-in-law and daughter), Mr. and Mrs. Ben Gill (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gill (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs, Arthur Gill (brother and sister-in-law), Mrs. Firth (sister), Miss Evelyn Gill (niece), Mr. and Mrs. Dibb (brother-in-law and sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. Hey (brother-in-law and sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. J. Walker, and Mrs. Thornton.
Saltaire Cricket Club was represented by Mr. Fred White, Mr, J. A. Farndale, Mr. J. C. Lee, Mr. N. Bailey (secretary), and Mr. F. Guerin (treasurer).
Mr. S. Law represented the combing department of Salt's (Saltaire) Ltd., where Mr. Gill had been employed for 54 years. Mr. Stephenson, of Saltaire, carried out the funeral arrangements.

In his will he left £147 11s 6d (worth c£8,500 in 2015) to his daughter, Ada Thornton (she had married George Thornton in 1922) and to his brother in law, John William Hey.

For over forty years Robert was the scorer for Saltaire Cricket Club and a member of Saltaire Congregational Church Choir.


Gilson, Sidney
1 October 1898 – 1979

Sidney Gilson was born 1 October 1898 in Castleford. His parents were Ellen Hopkins & Benjamin Gilson. In 1911they were living in Castleford, with Benjamin working as a coal miner.

Sidney married Agnes Ada Rawson in 1919 in North Bierley district. Agnes was born in 1900 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. They had a son, Sidney jnr, born in 1920. In the 1921 Census they were living with Dinah Burge, Sidney’s aunt, at 15 Caroline Street, Saltaire. Sidney was working as a printer & dyer at Saltaire Mills. Agnes died in 1930.

Living at 15 Caroline Street and working as a dyer’s labourer, widower Sidney married Beatrice Ward, 3 June 1931, at the Zion Chapel in Maltby Street, Laisterdyke. Beatrice was born 15 March 1903 in Bradford. They had a son, Peter, born in 1931. They remained at 15 Caroline Street until around 1938 when they moved to 15 Thompson Street, Shipley. They lived here until after 1960.

In the 1939 Register, Sidney was a textile storekeeper and Beatrice was a spinner.

Beatrice died in 1976 and Sidney died in 1979.


Glover, Gordon Henry
30 September 1898 – 1973

Gordon Henry Glover was the son of Fred Glover. Fred was born c1865 in Halifax. He married Ada Mary Shackleton in 1898.

Gordon, their first child, was born 30 September 1898. In 1901 they were living at 12 Ostler Road in Shipley. Fred was a manager at C.F Taylor’s a worsted spinning company in Shipley. By 1911 they had moved to 40 Leyburn Grove.

Gordon became the manager of the Saltaire Mills Canteen at the Royal Café in 1925. Report from the Shipley Times 25 September: -

The music licence for the Royal Cafe, Saltaire was transferred from Cyril B. Stantan to Gordon H. Glover.

Gordon married Doris Evelyn Denison, 3 April 1926.

Report from the Shipley Times 9 April: -


A pretty wedding took place at Rosse Street Baptist Church, Shipley, on Saturday, between Mr. Gordon Henry Glover, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Glover. 44 Kirkgate, and Miss Doris Evelyn Denison, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Denison, 5 Albert Road, Saltaire.

The bride's father is manager of the spinning department Salts (Saltaire) Ltd., the bride has been employed as a telephone operator, and the bridegroom is manager of the firm’s canteen at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire.

The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. S. Crole. Mr. J. A. Coates played selections on the organ.

The bride, who was given away by her father, was prettily attired in a dress of silver-grey crepe-de-chine, with side panels of georgette, piped with blue crepe-de-chine She wore a georgette hat and veil, and carried a bouquet of blush roses. She was attended by two bridesmaids. Miss Mary Winifred Denison (her sister) and Miss Edith Glover (sister of the bridegroom). Miss Denison wore a two-piece beige suit, with a gold tissue hat. Miss Glover was attired, in a two-piece Wedgwood blue suit, with hat to match. They each carried a bouquet of

pink carnations. Mr. Richard Brown, of Windhill, acted as best man. Mr. John Redvers Denison (brother of the bride), and Mr. G. Peel were groomsmen.

After the ceremony a reception was at the West Ward Liberal Club, Saltaire, where the bride and bridegroom received the hearty felicitations of their relatives and friends.

Subsequently Mr and Mrs G H Glover left for London. They were the recipients of several beautiful wedding presents, among those to the bride, a handsome dining room clock from her colleagues at Saltaire Mills.

Gordon held the alehouse licence for the Malt Shovel Inn, Baildon from 19 June 1928 to October 1928.

By 1931 the married couple were living apart, Gordon was living with his parents at 44 Kirkgate in Shipley and Doris was living with her parents at 7 Ivy Grove in Shipley. In the 1939 Register Doris remained with her parents whilst Gordon was an advertising agent living in Morecambe.

Gordon died in 1973 in Darwen, Lancashire.


Goddard, Priscilla (nee Lockett)
26 November 1904 – 1981

Priscilla Locket was born, 26 November 1904, in Wolstanton, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire, to William Lockett & Elizabeth Ann Huxley. The family moved to 10 Caroline Street, Saltaire, around 1917.

In the 1921 Census, Priscilla was a spinner at Saltaire Mills. Her father was a general labourer working for Saltaire Lawn Tennis Club.

Priscilla married William Frederick Harding, 2 August 1924, at St. Peter’s, Shipley. He was born in 1902. He was a miner living in Denaby Main, near Swinton. They had a son, William, born in 1925. William Frederick died in 1935.

Priscilla lived at 24 Ada Street, Saltaire, from 1937 to after 1960. In the 1939 Register she was working as a spinner.

Priscilla married Charles Edward Goddard, 14 May 1941, at Denaby Main Parish Church. Charles Edward was born in 1920 in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, and was 16 years younger than Priscilla. He was Superintendent of the Blythe Street Mission Sunday School in Denaby Main. They lived at 24 Ada Street until after 1960.

Priscilla, known as Cissy and her husband, Charles Goddard.
Image courtesy of Cissy's granddaughter, Wendy O'Reilly (nee Harding).


Cissy and Charles Goddard, with grandchildren, Melody and Wendy.
Image courtesy of Cissy's granddaughter, Wendy O'Reilly (nee Harding).

Priscilla died in 1981. Charles died 30 January 1991 at 140 Leeds Road, Windhill.



Golden, Frederick

Golden, Frederick - Mill Worker / WW2 Roll of Honour


Goleby, Maria Elizabeth (nee Donoghue)
23 June 1899 – 1979

Maria Elizabeth Donoghue was the daughter of John Donoghue. John was born 1863 in Wath Upon Dearne, Rotherham. He married Sarah Wilkinson in Rotherham.

Maria, the third of seven children, was born, 23 July 1899. She was baptised, 9 July 1899, at Wath-Upon-Dearne near Rotherham.

In 1911 the family were living in West Melton, Rotherham with John working as a miner. He died in 1917. By 1919 Maria was living with her mother and siblings at 44 Ada Street in Saltaire. In the 1921 Census Maria was a twister at Saltaire Mills.

Maria married Horace Goleby in 1919. He was born, 12 October 1897, in Charlestown, Baildon. They had two children.

In the 1921 Census, they were living with Horace’s parents at 4 Lower Holme, Baildon. Horace was a yarn scourer working for W. R. Hayes, wool washers, at Bank Field Mill, Shipley.

In the 1939 Register, they were living at 39 Dockfields Terrace, Shipley, with Horace working as a foreman wool scourer.

Horace died in 1963. Maria died in 1979.


Gott, Annie
16 June 1904 – 1961

Annie Gott was the daughter of Isaac Marshall Gott. Isaac was born c1875 in Shipley. He married Jane Wilson in 1903.

Annie, the eldest of five children, was born 16 June 1904. She was baptised 17 July 1904 at Holy Trinity church in Bradford. In 1911 they were living at 16 Ostler Road with Isaac working as a tailor.

Annie was a burler and mender at Salt’s Mill in 1925 as per the following article from the Shipley Times 3 April 1925:

While walking along Saltaire Road during the breakfast interval on Saturday, Miss Annie Gott (20), burler and mender, living at 16, Oastler Road, Saltaire, employed by Messrs. Salt's Ltd., was knocked down by a motorcycle. She was taken to Sir Titus Salt s Hospital, where it was found that was suffering from scalp wounds and shock, but that her injuries were not of serious nature. She was. however, detained.

Annie moved with her parents to 17 Albert Road in Saltaire around 1931. Her mother, Jane died in 1938. In the 1939 register spinster Annie was a burler and mender living with her widowed father at 17 Albert Road.
Isaac living at The Cricketers Arms, Chapel Street in Eccleshill died 23 December 1960.

Annie died in 1961.


Gott, Clara nee Branigan
21 April 1898 – 1942

Clara Branigan was born, 21 April 1898 in Bentham, North Yorkshire to John & Ann Branigan. In 1901 they were living in Bentham, with John working as stationary engine fireman. From c1905 to c1932 they were lived at 12 Katherine Street, Saltaire.

Clara married Harry Harrison in 1920. Harry was born in 1895 in Huddersfield. In the 1921 Census they were living with Clara’s parents; Clara worked as a spinner in Saltaire Mills, Harry worked as a cloth presser at Duncan & Barrclough in Otley. They had two sons – Thomas born 20 February 1925, and John born in 1932. Clara was widowed when Harry died in 1937, aged just 42.

In the 1939 Register, Clara was an office cleaner living with her sons at 15 Albert Avenue, Shipley. She married widower Isaac M. Gott in 1941.

Clara died in 1942.


Gott, Clarence
25 May 1905 – 1996

Harold Gott was the son of John Thomas Gott. John was born in 1879 in Baildon. He married Martha Elizabeth Halliday, 2 February 1901, at St Paul’s Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 8 Amelia Street in Saltaire with John working as a crabber in cloth finishing. John served in WW1. He died, 16 October 1919; Martha died, 11 December 1931.

Clarence, the second eldest of four children, was born 25 May 1905 in Saltaire. He lived with his family at 8 Amelia Street, Saltaire. In 1921 he was a twisting jobber at Saltaire Mills.

Clarence married Phyllis Lindley in 1927. She was born, 21 October 1906, in Bradford. They had up to nine children. From 1928 to 1936 they lived at 22 Amelia Street, Saltaire.

Report in the Shipley Times 14 December 1929: -


At an inquest held at Shipley Fire Station on Monday (9 December) by the District Coroner (Mr. E. W. Norris), on the death of Doreen Gott. the ten weeks old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gott, of 22 Amelia Street, Saltaire, Mrs. Phyllis Gott (mother), said that her daughter, Doreen, always had been more or less delicate but she was quite well and healthy. She seemed to get on well for a week, but then started with sores behind the ears. Mrs. Gott summoned Dr. Sharpe, and the sores healed, but another came on the finger, and an abscess under the left arm. She said that on Saturday (7 December) evening, her baby seemed quite well, but during the night the child suffocated.

Dr. Sharpe said that the cause of death was asphyxia (suffocation), and a verdict of “Accidental suffocation” was recorded.

From 1938 to 1845 they were at 19 Wycliffe Road, Shipley. From 1946 until after 1960 they were at 59 West Royd Road, Shipley. Phyllis died in 1989, Clarence in 1996.


Gott, Jack

Gott, Jack - Mill Worker / WW2 Roll of Honour


Grange, Alfred
23 July 1901 – 9 January 1959

Alfred Grange was the son of Ernest Grange. Ernest was born 17 July 1871 in Calverley. He married Eliza Bradbury 22 June 1895 at St Luke’s Manningham.

Alfred, the elder of two children, was born 23 July 1901 in Manningham. He was baptised 18 August 1901 at St Luke’s Manningham. In 1911 they were living at 31 George Street in Shipley with Ernest working as a warp twister.

Alfred married Ellen Hudson Woodward in 1923. They had a daughter Berry, born 3 September 1930, and a son Ernest born 23 March 1935. They lived with Alfred’s parents until 1932 when they got their own home at 41 George Street in Saltaire. Alfred’s father died 20 December 1946 and he was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 10 February 1954 as follows:

For 40 minutes on Monday evening a skeleton staff took over the mill and answered the questions of BBC commentators Jean Metcalfe and Brian Johnston.
The programme took viewers through every department in the mill, and they heard local people explaining their own particular line.
Alf Grange, of 41 George Street, Saltaire, who has been a twister at the mill for 35 years demonstrated his job to Miss Metcalfe.


Greaves, Arthur
29 November 1874 – 25 January 1953

Arthur Greaves was the son of William Greaves. William was born in 1846 in Rawdon. He married Sarah Jowett 23 August 1874 at Bradford Cathedral.

Arthur, their only child, was born 29 November 1874. He was baptised 17 November 1878 at St. Matthew’s, Wilsden. In 1881 they were living at 1 Mount Street, Shipley, where William worked as a wheelwright. By 1891 they were living at 22 Saltaire Road where William worked as a confectioner. In 1901 they were living at 21 Titus Street where William was a confectioner and Arthur a textile designer.

Arthur married Mary Carlisle, 11 August 1903, at Rosse Street Baptist Church, Shipley.

Report in the Shipley Times 14 August 1903: -

A wedding which was the centre of much local interest was solemnized at Rosse Street Baptist Church Tuesday (11 August), when the contracting parties were Mr. Arthur Greaves, only son of Mr Wm. Greaves, of Saltaire, and Miss Mary Carlisle, eldest daughter of Mr Matthew Henry Carlisle (chairman of the Baildon School Board), of Selborne Terrace, Shipley. The ceremony was performed the Rev. C. E. Shipley.

The bride, who was given away by her father, wee attired in dress of cream brocaded silk, profusely trimmed with chiffon, with hat to match. She was attended by the Misses Emma, Elsie, Doris, and Gladys Carlisle (sisters) and Miss Carrie Halliday (cousin of the bridegroom), and all of them wore pretty dresses of cream silk, and they alto wore cameo rings and gold brooches, the gifts of the bridegroom. Mr W. Wildman was the best man, and Mr H. Carlisle assisted as groomsman. There was a numerous congregation to witness the ceremony, and during the proceedings Mr. J. A. Firth presided at the organ and played appropriate selections.

After the ceremony a reception was held at the Saltaire Institute, and later in the day Mr. and Mrs. Greaves left for London, en route for Brighton, where the honeymoon being spent. The bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a gold watch, and the bride’s present to the bridegroom was a gold scarf pin. They were the recipients of a large number of handsome presents.

In 1911 they were living, without children, at 38 (renumbered 75) Albert Road, Saltaire. In the 1939 Register they were living at 42 Ferndale Avenue, Shipley.

Arthur died, 25 January 1953, at 3 Shorton Valley Road in Paignton, Devon. He was buried with his parents in Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley.

Report in the Yorkshire Evening Post 23 May 1953: -

Mr. Arthur Greaves, Shorton Valley Road. Paignton in Devon, formerly Ferndale Avenue, Bradford, retired textile designer, who died last January, authorised his trustees in his will, published today, that during the first year after his death each of his tenants should be excused payment of the rent of their dwelling houses for one week at Easter, Whitsuntide, Shipley Feast, and Christmas. He left £8, 907 (net personalty £8,770).

His widow, Mary, joined him when she died, 19 July 1967, in Paignton aged 90. In her will she left £23,825.


Greaves, John Wilcock
1877 – 1919

John Wilcock Greaves was the son of Ernest Greaves. Ernest was born c1849 in Shipley. He married Lydia Wilcock 31 October 1868 at St Wilfrid’s Calverley. They had 11 children. In 1871 they were living at 10 Amelia Street in Saltaire with Ernest working as a spinning overlooker.

John was born 1877 in Saltaire. In 1881 they were living at 37 Whitlam Street. In 1891 & 1901 they were at 10 Jane Street with John working as a machine fitters’ labourer.

John, of 31 Mary Street, married Clara Elizabeth Ward 13 April 1909 at St Paul’s Shipley. They had a son, Albert, born 4 December 1910. In 1911 they were living at 5 Ada Street with John employed as a wool comber. By 1918 they had moved to 52 George Street. Working at Saltaire Mills John did not serve in WW1.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 17 May 1918 as follows:

Sixty-eight cases from Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., Saltaire, were disposed of last Friday night by the Shipley Tribunal. Coun. T. Hill, J.P., presiding.
Postponements to various dates were given to the following (including) John Greaves, 41, married, Grade C2, card jobber.

John died 1st Qtr. 1919. In 1939 his widow, Clara, was living in Morecambe with their son Albert. Clara died in Morecambe in 1966.


Green, Sam
1881 – 1938

Sam Green was born in 1881 in Bradford, to Thomas & Sarah Green.

In 1891, Sam was living with his mother and siblings in Bradford. In 1901 he was a dyer living in a boarding house in Bradford.

Sam married Mary Eliza Smith, 13 August 1902, at St. Paul’s, Shipley. He was living as a boarder at 20 (renumbered 39) Albert Road, Saltaire. Mary was living at 14 George Street, Saltaire.

They had at least three children – Stanley born 1906, Jack born 1912, and Joyce Mary born 1922. She died in February 1923 aged just seven months.

In 1921 Census they were living at 16 Jane Street, Saltaire. Sam was an unemployed dyer’s labourer. He had been working at Saltaire Mills.

Sam died in 1938 at 16 Jane Street.


Gregory, Gilbert

Gregory, Gilbert - Mill Worker / WW1 Roll of Honour


Gregory, John
1849 – 22 November 1921

John Gregory was the son of John Gregory snr. John snr. was born c1821 in Tipton, Staffs. He married Sarah Johnson 10 March 1844 at Christchurch, West Bromwich, Staffs. They had at least seven children.

John was born in 1849 in Tamworth, Staffs. In 1851 the family were living in Rowley Regis, Staffs, where John snr. was a weaver. In 1861 they were living at Aston, Warwicks., where John snr. was a forgeman. In 1871 both John and his father were forgemen with the family living at Harbourne, Worcs.

John married Ann Wood in 1880 in Halifax. They had six children: -

Arthur – born 1880, served in WW1.
Charles – born 1881.
Gilbert – born 1885, served in WW1.
Edith – born 1886.
George – 1889
Norman – born 1893. Norman lost his life in WW1.

In 1881 John was the licensed victualler of The Waggon and Horses public house in Wolverhampton.

John moved his family to Yorkshire between 1882 and 1885. In 1891 they were living at 11 William Henry Street, Saltaire. By 1901 they had moved to 76 Victoria Road, where John would spend the rest of his life. John died 22 November 1921.

Report in the Shipley Times 25 November: -

Mr. John Gregory, 76 Victoria Road, Saltaire, who was in his 73rd year, and who had for 30 years been employed as a clerk in the inquiry office, Saltaire Mills, died on Tuesday (22 November) evening.

Mr. Gregory was closely identified with the Shipley Musical Union and the Saltaire Cricket Club, at one time he was financial secretary of the latter.

He leaves a widow, one daughter and four sons. His daughter is the wife of Mr. Rennie Merrall, of Merrall and Sons, Ltd., spinners and manufacturers, Haworth and Oxenhope, and one of his sons, Mr. Arthur Gregory, formerly an inspector in charge of telephones at Shipley, and is now assistant telephone traffic inspector at Preston.

John was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley. Ann, joined him when she died 17 July 1929.


Gresswell, Arthur
8 December 1868 – 1958

Arthur Gresswell was born, 8 December 1868, in Nottingham to Betsy Kirk & William Gresswell, who worked as a tailor. In 1871 they were living in Bury, Lancashire. In 1881 & 1891 they were at 21 William Henry Street, Saltaire. In 1891 Arthur was a wool sorter.

Arthur married Ann Batty in 1896. Ann was born c1871 in Bradford. They had a daughter, Doris born in 1898, and a son, Fred, born in 1902.

Doris died in 1902 aged just 4. From before 1901 to 1903 they lived at 11 Caroline Street, Saltaire. They moved to 43 Mary Street, Saltaire, around 1904. Ann died in 1906.

Widower Arthur married widow Lily Dixon (nee Tetley), 28 September 1907, at St Marys, Laisterdyke. Lily was born, 5 October 1873, in Leeds. She had a daughter, Mary Alice Dixon, from her first marriage. They lived at 43 Mary Street until after 1915. From before 1918 to their deaths Arthur & Lily lived at 6 George Street, Saltaire. They had two sons – Irvin born in 1910, and Norman born in 1912. In the 1921 Census, Arthur was a wool sorter at Saltaire Mills.

Arthur died in 1958. His widow, Lily, died 4 February 1972 at 6 George Street.


Gresswell, Fanny Heaton (nee Servant)
25 January 1903 – 5 February 1982

Fanny Heaton Servant was born, 25 January 1903, in Bradford to William & Caroline Servant. In 1911 they were living at 46 Manningham Lane, Bradford, where William was a professor of dancing.

In 1921 Fanny was a twister working at Saltaire Mills. She was living with her parents at 113 Moorhead Lane, Shipley.

Fanny married Fred Gresswell, 28 July 1828, at St Peters, Shipley. By 1939 they were living at Five Rise Farm, Bingley, where Fred was a poultry farmer.

Fred died, 6 March 1976, at Five Rise Farm. Fanny died, 5 February 1982, at Neville Grange, Shipley.


Griffiths, Harry

Griffiths, Harry - Mill Worker / WW1 Roll of Honour


Grimshaw, George

Grimshaw, George - Mill Worker / WW2 Roll of Honour


Groves, John
???? – ????

 From before 1913 to 1915 John Goves was living at 4 Herbert Street, Saltaire. He was a driver working at Saltaire Mills when he was involved in an accident on 1 November 1915

Report in the Bradford Weekly Telegraph 5 November: -

At Saltaire Hospital on Wednesday (3 November) the Deputy Coroner. Mr. E. W. Norris, held at inquest touching the death of William Jackson (35), a mechanic, of 2 Caroline Street, Saltaire, who was killed on Monday (1 November) afternoon by being run over by a motor waggon belonging to Sir Titus Salt, Bart Sons, and Co., Ltd., Saltaire. The firm was represented by Mr. C. H. Briggs

Evidence of identification was given by the widow, Mary Ann Jackson, who said that her husband was an active man and had good sight.

James William Bailey, 3 Lower School Street, Saltaire, and Haydn Newton, 19 Wycliffe Place, Saltaire Road, Shipley, spoke to seeing the deceased riding on the waggon. In jumping off he appeared to lose his balance and fell underneath the wheel.

The driver of the waggon, John Groves, of 4 Herbert Sweet, Saltaire, said he was proceeding down Victoria Road when the accident happened. He knew deceased was on the waggon when passing the Spotted House, opposite Manningham Park, and he requested him to get off. Deceased replied that he was going Saltaire way, and witness again told him that it would be better if he got off the vehicle.

The first intimation that something had happened was when proceeding down Victoria Road. Witness felt the near back wheel lift up and the vehicle itself drop. On looking through the window be saw deceased lying on the road.Witness added that he had had to stop the vehicle previously the same day on account of youths jumping on and boys running behind.

The Coroner remarked that the practice was a most dangerous one and a trouble to the drivers.

The driver said up-grown people were as guilty of the practice as children.

The Coroner: It is a dangerous thing. There is not the slightest association of blame attached to the driver in this case. He saw the deceased on the waggon and told him to get off. Perhaps in time people will begin to recognise the danger.

A verdict of “Accidental Death” was returned.

Mr. Briggs, on behalf at the firm, expressed sympathy with the relatives of the deceased. He said the driver was a thoroughly trustworthy, and most reliable man.

It is unclear what happened to John after 1915.


Guerin, Louis
5 February 1880 – 1949

Louis Guerin was the son of John Wheelhouse Guerin. John was born c1850 in Settle. He married Frances Ellen Edmondson in 1871 in Skipton. They had four children.

Louis, their third child, was born 5 February 1880 in Keighley. He was baptised 2 June 1860 at St. Andrew’s, Keighley. The family lived in Keighley with John working as a warp twister.

Louis, a machine fitter married Jane Elizabeth Rhodes, 25 December 1900, at St John’s, Ingrow. They had two daughters and a son, Frank. In 1901 they were living with Jane’s mother in Keighley. By 1909 they had their own house at 22 Oxford Street in Shipley. By 1915 they had moved to 42 Rhodes Street.

Working as a loom fitter at Saltaire Mills, Louis was exempted in 1917 & 1918 from serving in WW1. From 1918 they were living at 73 Victoria Road in Saltaire, moving to 9 Windsor Road in Shipley around 1931. Louis was a member of Saltaire Cricket Club. In the 1939 Register he was living with his family at 79 Manor Lane.

Report from the Shipley Times 3 November 1943: -

Shipley Black-Out Offence

There was only one Shipley defendant, Louis Guerin (64), a mechanic, of 79 Manor Lane, being summoned for causing an ineffectively screened light.

P.C. Jordan said that at 8.50 p.m. on 10 October he was on duty in Kirkgate, Shipley, when he received a complaint about an unscreened light at a house in Manor Lane. He went to the defendant’s home and saw a light shining from the basement window. He ascertained from neighbours that the defendant was out, so witness obtained a sack to cover up the window.

Later he saw Guerin who said he was responsible for the light, and added, “I was mending a washing machine in the cellar, and I must have left on the light. It was a mistake.”

Witness added that no blackout material was provided for the window.

A fine of 20s, was imposed.

Louis died in 1949.


Gwilt, Adelaide
1902 –????

Adelaide Gwilt was born in 1902 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire to Jane Thorp & George Gwilt, a brickmaker.

In the 1921 Census Adelaide and her older sister, Nellie, were mill hands at Saltaire Mills. They were boarding with Albert Henry & Margaret Long at 24 Edward Street, Saltaire.

In 1929 spinster Nellie was living at Chilliswood, South Parade, Ilkley. From before 1945 to after 1948 she was at The Workshop, College Street, Harrogate.

It is unclear what happened to her after this.


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