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Lamb, Joseph
27 August 1877 - 1939

Joseph Lamb was the son of John Lamb. John was born c1851 in Baildon. He married Harriet Halliday 15 November 1874 at All Saints Otley.

Joseph, the second of four children, was born 27 August 1877 in Baildon. He was baptised 14 October 1877 at St John's Baildon. In 1881 the family were living at 52 Browgate, Baildon with John working as a cotton weaver. John played cricket for Baildon Green, then he was a "pro" for Manningham, and he was subsequently coach to Oxford University. John died in 1918 and Harriet in 1929.

Joseph married Bertha Longbottom 20 November 1901 at Saltaire Congregational Church. Bertha lived at 16 Albert Road in Saltaire (re-numbered 31). They had two children; Wilfred born 18 August 1902 and Elsie born 25 October 1904. In 1911 they were living at 48 George Street in Saltaire. By 1914 they had moved to 3 Myrtle Place in Saltaire, where they remained until 1934. From 1935 they lived at 13 Albert Road.

Joseph worked at Salt's Mill for over 50 years. He started as a doffer aged just 10 in 1883. He was a spinner overlooker for over 40 years. In September 1937 in recognition of Joseph having worked in the mill for 50 years there was a supper and smoking concert held at the Rosse Hotel in Shipley. The mill manager, Mr F Barker, presented Joseph with a clock and case of cutlery. In October 1937, Joseph was one of 24 employees who were given long service awards by the Managing Director, Mr R W Guild, at a function in the Royal Café. Joseph was presented with a watch. Like his father Joseph was a keen cricketer. He played for Saltaire when Sydney Barnes was captain of the club.

Joseph died in the first quarter of 1939 and his wife, Bertha, died 2 July 1941.


Lambert, Arthur

Lambert, Arthur - WW1 Roll of Honour


Laughlin, Simeon
1868 - 1942

Simeon Laughlin was the son of John Laughlin. John was born 1823 in Elmswell in Suffolk He married Eliza Nunn in 1844.

Simeon, their youngest child, was born in 1868. The family lived in Elmswell where John was a labourer. By 1881 they were living at 44 Jane Street in Saltaire where John was a gardener. Simeon married Amelia Pedley, 9 July 1892, Bradford Cathedral.  He was, an assurance agent, living with the Pedley family at 31 George Street in Saltaire. (Walter Pedley, a younger brother of Amelia lost his life in WW1.)

Simeon, who worked as a house painter, then as a gas fitter, then a gatekeeper at Saltaire Mills, and his wife spent most of their married lives moving around Saltaire: -
1895 - 28 Helen Street
1897 - 26 Caroline Street
1898 - 27 Caroline Street
1903 - 43 Ada Street
1914 to 1936 - 51 George Street

They had two daughters, Adeline Laughlin & Annie.

Report from the Shipley Times Friday 23 July 1920: -

At the Bradford West Biding Police Court on the 15th inst., Stanley Rhodes (comber), David Goodrum (comber), Nellie Yeadon (millhand), Harriet Daykin (millhand), and Doris May Calvert (millhand), all of Shipley, appeared to answer summonses for unlawfully preventing Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons & Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills, running their machinery, and also with intimidating certain workpeople of the firm. Mr. Richard Watson, barrister (instructed by Messrs. Waide, Tetley, Waide and Co.) appeared for the prosecution, Mr. H. M. Dawson defending.
CASE FOR THE PROSECUTION. Outlining the case, Mr. Watson explained that the first summons was brought by the company and that the complainant in the second summons was Simeon Laughlin, the company's gate-keeper. He (Mr. Watson) wished to point out, however, that the case raised no question as to the relationship between the company and their own workpeople. The defendants were not, and never had been, employed at Saltaire Mills. There was no dispute of any description between the company and their own workpeople, or between them and their workpeople's union. Continuing, Mr. Watson stated that on May 21st, the defendants formed part of a body of persons who were on strike from wool-combing works in the district. They marched in a body to Saltaire Mills, arriving there at about 12.25 p.m.
The party, numbering about sixty, endeavoured to get through the side-gates, and the gate-keeper did his best to prevent them. They then rushed the main entrance gates, forced them open, and used threatening language to the gate-keeper as to what they would do if he interposed. Entering the yard, they made their way to the wool-combing departments, dispersed, and effectively proceeded to stop the machinery, with the result that the workpeople could not work at that time. The dinner-hour buzzer was then heard, and the work people went out.
The secretary of the company got into communication with the secretary of the Wool-combing Operatives' Trade Union to see what could be done, for there might have been a serious result to this extraordinary action on the part of this body of strikers. After dinner the work-people were told that they need not resume work, because the gates were still picketed by this body of strikers. In conclusion, Mr. Watson explained that this offence was as serious as any that could be conceived in a country where law and order prevailed.
GATE-KEEPER'S EVIDENCE. Simeon Laughlin, 51, George Street, Saltaire, gateman at Saltaire Mills, gave evidence to the effect that there were two gates at Saltaire Mills, a small side gate and a wide entrance gate. These were next to each other. It was his duty to refuse admission to anyone who was not associated with the mills, unless they held permission to enter. On the day in question he noticed a body of strangers coming to the gates. There were about 40 or 50, and he identified the defendant Rhodes as one of the number. This crowd came down the steps and to the side entrance gate. Witness would not let them pass, and they then went to the main entrance. Six or seven of the men managed to get in, and then they all rushed in, and threatening language was used to witness. When they got in, witness closed the gate. They went straight forward to the combing-shed. Shortly afterwards the dinner-hour buzzer went for the workpeople, and the body of strikers came out together. number of the strikers stayed around the gates during the dinner-hour. The workers in the combing shed did not return to work after dinner.
Cross-examined: The only defendant he saw was Rhodes. He could not swear to any of the others. Rhodes did not speak to him. The gates were not open when this crowd came. He could not say who forced the gate open.
Fred Ellis, 57 Victoria Road, Saltaire, overlooker in the combing department at Saltaire Mills, said that at 12.25 p.m. on May 21st the workpeople were working and the machinery was running. He saw a body of people come in. They scattered all over the department and stopped the machinery from running, the operatives being compelled to cease work. He could not identify any of the five defendants as being present. The time was so short and there were so many that he could not distinguish anyone in particular.
Arthur Sykes, 36 Albert Road, Saltaire, manager of the combing department, stated that on the day in question he left the mills shortly before 12,30 p.m. to go to his dinner. He had got only a short distance from the mill when he received a communication from a boy who came running out to him. In consequence of what he heard, witness returned at once and went straight to the combing-shed. He found at the entrance to the shed a group of between 60 and 80 people. The machinery was standing, but the engines were not stopped. The workpeople did not return in the afternoon.
Ben Sunderland, 30, Albert Street, Shipley, also an overlooker in the combing department, said he saw the strikers come in. They stopped the machines, boxes and combs, and about 160 operatives had to cease work. Shortly afterwards the dinner-hour buzzer went. Cross-examined There were only about two minutes before the machines would have been stopped for the dinner hour.
THE POLICE INSPECTOR'S EVIDENCE. Police-Inspector Foulkes, Shipley, intimated that on May 28th he received a communication from the secretary of Saltaire Mills in respect to what happened there on May 21st. He then caused inquiries to be made with view to finding out the persons who formed part of the mob. As a result he went to see the five defendants. He saw defendants and Yeadon together, and told them what he had come to see them about. Daykin replied, We all went," and Yeadon said, a lot of us went in." He also saw Rhodes and Good rum together, and both remarked all went in." Witness later saw Calvert and as in the other cases, explained the reason of his visit. He replied " Yes." Sergt. Thorpe corroborated.
Doris May Calvert, Shipley, employed by the Baildon Combing Company, stated that on May 21st there was a strike on. She left her work. There were about 50 of them altogether. After going to one or two other mills in the district the party went to Saltaire Mills, and witness just walked in after the crowd. She did not use any violent language or threat, but simply followed the crowd into the mill.
Cross-examined: The party formed up at Baildon'. They went to Saltaire to fetch out the combers employed there. They went into the combing shed. She did not stop the machinery. It was true they spread out, but she could not say why it was done. In answer to Mr. Dawson witness said she had no part in the stopping of the machinery.
Harriet Daykin, Shipley, employed by the Airedale Combing Company, said that on May 21st she went to Saltaire Mills. She was with Nellie Yeadon, and they followed right the back of the crowd. When they got to the mill the gates were open. She did not see Laughlin or anyone else. Witness denied using threats or violent language.
Cross-examined: She did not know what they went in the combing shed for. She just followed the crowd. In answer to Mr. Dawson, witness said she followed the crowd, and now regretted doing so.
Nellie Yeadon, also employed by the Airedale Combing Company, said she was with the last witness on May 21st. They followed the crowd.
Cross-examined: She knew she had no right to go on other premises but went because the others went. She did not know what the object was.
 Stanley Rhodes, St. Paul's Terrace, Shipley, employed by the Baildon Combing Company, declared that on May 21st he followed the rest. He did not use violence or bad language.
Cross-examined: He was not one of the ring-leaders. Prior to going to Saltaire they visited both milts of the Airedale Combing Company and brought the combers out from there. He did not use any bad language to the gate-keeper.
David Goodrum, Shipley, also employed by the Baildon Combing Company, remarked that he was with the last witness on the day in question.
Cross-examined: he was not one of the ringleaders.
Mr. Watson pointed out that when a body of people were acting together to carry out some unlawful object, they were all equally liable.
Mr. Dawson said he was not there to condone what the defendants had done. They were not proud of the part they had taken in the matter, and through him expressed their apologies to the magistrates and to the Saltaire firm for having taken part in the raid on the mills. He was not there to palliate the action of the defendants as ah offence against decency and order, hut before the magistrates could convict they must be satisfied that there was someone at Saltaire Mills who was in fear, as that word was generally understood, as a result of the action of the He frankly admitted the defendants had been foolish, but the Bench must administer the law, and there was not a tittle of evidence against any of the defendants except Rhodes.
The Chairman said the Court found that there had been undoubted participation by the defendants in stopping the use of the machinery at Saltaire Mills. Neither business nor social life, he said, could be carried on unless people, no matter what grievance might disturb them, kept order the community. Each of the defendants would be fined 40s. on the second charge.

Simeon died in 1942 and Amelia in 1951.

Lee, Phyllis (nee Horsfall)
18 December 1906 -1982

Phyllis Horsfall was the daughter of Timothy Horsfall. Timothy was born 30 May 1864 in Keighley. He married Sarah Ann Wheelhouse 3 January 1885 in Bradford Cathedral. They had three children. In 1891 they were living at 7 Elliott Street in Shipley with Timothy employed as a mechanic. Sarah died in 1895.
Widowed Timothy married Fanny Brotherton 14 November 1896 at St Paul's Shipley. They had five children, but one died as an infant. In 1901 they were living at 8 Dove Street in Saltaire.

Phyllis, their youngest child, was born 18 December 1906 in Saltaire. In 1911 the family were living at 8 George Street. They moved to 10 Albert Road (re-numbered 19) around 1920. Report from Shipley Times 29 September 1934 as follows:

A pretty wedding took place at Saltaire Methodist Church on Saturday, between Mr. Walter Lee, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Lee, 41 Barrett Street, Shipley, and Miss Phyllis Horsfall, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Horsfall, 19 Albert Road, Saltaire.
The bride has been a member of the office staff of Salts (Saltaire) Ltd., for several years, and formerly was a member of the Saltaire Methodist Church choir. The bridegroom was at one time actively identified with the Airedale Harriers, and at one period held the position of treasurer. The ceremony was performed by the Kev. Charles H. Pitt. 8.A., and Mr. Percy Warne was at the organ. The bride, who was given away by her father, was prettily attired in a gown of beige satin marocain, with hat to tone. She carried a bouquet of pink carnations. She was attended by her niece as bridesmaid Miss Edith Holroyd, of Bridlington, who wore a dress of blue crepe-de-Chine with a brown panne velvet picture hat, and she carried a bouquet of pink roses. Mr. James Feather (cousin of the bride) was the best man, and the groomsmen were Mr. Harry Easy (brother-in-law of the bride) and Mr. M. A. Simpson. of Buenos Ayres, South America (brother-in-law of the bride). After the ceremony reception was held at the home of the bride's parents. Subsequently Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lee left for Cleveleys, Blackpool. Their future home will be 23 Bromley Road, Shipley.

In 1939 Walter was working as a grocer's assistant. They were living at 23 Bromley Road in 1962. Phyllis died in 1982.


Leeming, Helena (nee Horne)
27 November 1900 - 12 July 1979

Helena Horne was the daughter of Abraham Horne. Abraham was born 25 January 1877 in Wibsey. He was baptised 1 January 1879 at Bradford Cathedral. Abraham married Mary Anne Jagger, 7 July 1900, at All Saints Bingley. They had three children: Helena, Edith and Herbert.

Helena was born 27 November 1900 in Shipley. She was baptised 30 January 1901 at Saltaire Congregational Church. In the 1901 census they were living with Abraham's parents at 3 Katherine Street, with Abraham working as a painter. By 1911 the family had moved to 12 Queens Road in Shipley. Helena worked as a burler & mender at Saltaire Mills from 1912 to around 1925. Helena's sister, Edith, worked as a burler & mender at Saltaire Mills. By 1919 Helena and her parents had returned to Saltaire living at 7 Katherine Street.

Helena aged 22 married John Leeming 9 June 1923 at St Peter's Shipley. They had a son, Derek, born 24 July 1925 in Katherine Street and a daughter Rita born 1930. By 1930 the family were living at 35 Ash Grove in Bingley. Through John's work they subsequently lived in Cardiff, Leicester and Altrincham. In the 1939 Register they were living in Altrincham in Cheshire with John working as a sales manager at a drapers. John, having served in WW1, was outside the conscription age for WW2. He was obliged to work in a job directly connected to the war and was offered a National Savings job in Bristol which he declined. Instead he worked for his brother in law, Harold Dewhurst, who had a small engineering works, D K Engineering, located on the Baildon side of Shipley bridge over the River Aire. The family moved to Trenance Drive in Shipley. Their son, Derek worked for Harrison & Page haulage contractors in Shipley before joining the R.A.F. in 1943.

John died in Lancashire in 1876. Helena died 12 July 1979 at St Anne's on Sea in Lancashire.

[Compiled with the help of Derek Leeming, a son of Helena. Many thanks.]


Leeming, William Henry
1851 -????

William Henry Leeming was the son of William Leeming. William married Mary (date of marriage and maiden name unknown).

William Henry, the eldest of three children, was born 1851 in Bradford. In 1861 William Henry was a doffer living with his mother at Northowram. By 1871 his widowed mother had married William Makin. William Henry lived with them at Great Horton, he was a spinning overlooker.

William Henry married Elizabeth Cawood 8 February 1875 at Bradford Cathedral. They had five children. In 1881 they were living at 11 Jane Street in Saltaire. By 1891 they had moved to 11 Shirley Street. In 1901 they were at 1 Alva Terrace in Shipley and in 1911 they were at 7 Sterling Place in Shipley.

Report from Leeds Mercury 3 January 1890 as follows: -

Yesterday, at the West Riding Police-court, Bradford, Wm. H. Leeming, of Shirley Street, Saltaire, was summoned for an assault upon Jane Ellen Haigh, of Field street, Shipley. The defendant is an overlooker employed at Saltaire Mills, and the complainant, aged 12 years, worked in his department.
It was alleged that on the 19th November, as the complainant was sweeping the passage the defendant said that " if she did not sweep it clean he would make a clean sweep of her," at the same time lifting his foot and kicking her in the back. She had since suffered much pain, and she had been unable to follow her employment.
Mr. Scott (Berry, Robinson, and Scott) appeared in support of the charge, the proceedings having been taken at the instance of the local branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Mr. W. Tunnicliffe represented the defendant, and elicited from one of the witnesses, a girl named Sarah Dewhirst, that although she had stated in court that she saw the defendant kick the complainant, she had previously told a person that she did not see him kick her.
The Bench under the circumstances dismissed the summons, the Chairman (Mr. Thee. Peel) remarking that while the Bench were glad to find the society taking up cases of this kind, there must be stronger evidence than there had been in this case before they could convict.


Light, Jesse
17 March 1888 - 13 March 1951

Jesse Light was the son of William Light. William was born c1854 in Hawksworth. Working as an iron turner he married Martha Holmes in 1877.

Jesse, the sixth of 11 children, was born 17 March 1888 in Baildon. He was baptised 29 January 1890 at Baildon Primitive Methodist Chapel. The family lived in Baildon until 1911, by when they had moved to 74 George Street in Saltaire.

Martha died 2 August 1924; William died 27 Dec 1935. In his will he left £489 (worth c£35k in 2019) to Jesse. Jesse married Elsie Jakeman in 1926. They had a son, William born 26 December 1928. Elsie died 14 July 1932. In 1939 widowed Jesse was living with his son at Moorcroft in Baildon.

Jessie, of 17 Springfield Road, Baildon, died 13 March 1951 at Bradford Royal Infirmary. In his will he left £1272 2s 2d (worth c£40k in 2019) to his son, William, an assistant golf professional. In December 1951 William attended a presentation at Saltaire Mill for his father having worked in the Finishing Dept. for 50 years, William was presented with a gold watch and a long service certificate.

William died 18 May 1997 in Newcastle.


Lightfoot, Alice (nee Camm)
c1872 -????

Alice Camm was the daughter of William Camm. William was born c1836 in Hull. He married Sarah Rawson in 1858 in Lincolnshire.

Alice, the fifth of seven children, was born c1872 in Lincolnshire. In 1881 the family were living at 4 Caroline Street in Saltaire with William working as a wool sorter.

Alice had an accident in the mill as reported in the Shipley Times 12 December 1885, as follows:

Alice Camm, a girl of about 13 years of age, daughter of William Camm, millhand, of 4 Caroline Street, met with an accident at the Saltaire Mills on Monday last. About five o'clock, p.m., she was sweeping out her "gate," when she fell with her leg under her. The result was that she fractured one of the bones and had to go home. On Tuesday she was taken to the Infirmary, where she still remains, under the care of Dr Carter.

Alice married Fred Lightfoot 27 April 1889 at Bradford Cathedral. They had a son, James, born in 1890. In 1891 they were living at 40 Ada Street in Saltaire with Fred working as a "gasser."

Fred emigrated to the USA in 1901. He arrived in New York 28 February, having sailed from Liverpool aboard the SS Teutonic.

[Colin's note - I can find no record of Alice and her son going to the USA, and I can find no record of them in the 1901 UK census.]


Lightowler, Egbert
29 March 1887 - 2 March 1957

Egbert Lightowler was the son of Arthur Lightowler. Arthur was born 29 March 1887 in Northowram. He married Sarah Jane Pickles 23 December 1883 at St John the Baptist Halifax.

Egbert, the elder of two sons, was born 29 March 1887 in Northowram. In 1891 they were living in Northowram with Arthur working as a boot maker.

Egbert's father died 8 November 1910. In 1911 Egbert was a drawing overlooker living with his widowed mother in Queensbury. Egbert married Ida Bairstow in 1920. By 1933 they were living at 13 Ashley Road in Shipley. Egbert would live the rest of his life here.

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.

Then the cameras turned to Mr. E. Lightowler of 13 Ashley Road, Shipley, the drawing department manager, who has worked in the mill for 27 years.

Egbert died at Bradford Royal Infirmary 2 March 1957. In his will he left £337 12s to his widow, Ida. Ida died in 1988.


Linley, Margaret
9 April 1882 - 4 May 1897

Margaret Linley was the daughter of Charles Linley. Charles was born c1860 in Shipley. He married Rebecca Dickinson 14 March 1881 at Holy Trinity, Idle.

Margaret (known as Maggie), the middle child of five, was born 9 April 1882 in Idle. In 1891 the family were living in Idle with Charles employed as a bricklayer's labourer.

Report from the Shipley Times 8 May 1897 as follows: -

The mystery which, daring the previous week or so, has enshrouded the fate of Maggie Linley, who had been missing from her home in Windhill since the 22nd of April, has at length been solved. Up to the last the relatives of the girl had inclined the belief that she would not put an end to her own existence, but this hope was ruthlessly dispelled on Monday morning, when, at about o'clock, the body of the deceased girl was taken out of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal near the Canal Tavern, Windhill. The identity of the body having been clearly established, it was removed to the home of the girl's parents at 9 Thomas Place, and Major Taylor, the district coroner, communicated with.
The inquest was held at the Blue Bell Inn, Windhill, on Monday evening, before Mr Taylor and a jury of which Mr Levi Deacon was chosen foreman.
The first witness called was Rebecca Linley, who said she was the wife of Charles Linley, and lived at 9 Thomas Place. She was the mother of deceased, who was 15 years of age on the 9th of April. About twelve months ago deceased had an acute attack of St. Vitus's dance, which necessitated her staying at home for a period of eight weeks, during which time she was under the professional care of Dr Gray. From this attack she seemed to have fully recovered, and she had been working regularly since-latterly as a spinner at Saltaire Mills.
About a fortnight ago, however, witness noticed some twitchings of her daughter's body, and she was afraid of a second attack, and it was her intention, as matter of fact, to take the deceased to Dr Myers's on the night Thursday-the very day when she disappeared-but witness had no reason think the girl was afraid to go and see the doctor.
So far as the witness was aware, there had been no unpleasantness whatever with deceased. Witness told deceased, as she went out on the Thursday morning, that if she did not feel any better, she had to come home. Deceased answered that she was right enough, and she was better in the mill than at home. Deceased set off from home about half-past five on the morning of Thursday to go to work as usual, and she took her meals.
About half-past one on Thursday it was customary for a boy named Thomas Henry to bring deceased's wages home, but on this occasion, he did not do so, and when spoken to by witness, he said he had not been able to see Maggie. Witness therefore sent word to the overlooker, who informed her that her daughter had left the mill at nine o'clock in the morning and taken her wages.
Witness never saw her again alive, but she understood that two boys had seen her on the riverbank, and they had left her on Saltaire Bridge.
Witness had not noticed anything peculiar about deceased, who had been a very good and cheerful girl. She had no suspicion that anyone had done anything wrong to the deceased.
Sarah, wife of Thomas Moody, of 11 Thompson Street, Shipley, said she had known the deceased for some time, and last saw her at Easter, at which lime she appeared to be quite right; in fact, she generally had a smile on her face. As far as witness knew, deceased had always been well-treated at home. Witness knew that about year ago deceased had had an attack of St. Vitus dance, from which, however, she recovered. Witness laid out the body, upon which there were no marks of violence, but for a few marks on the face.
Constable Fewster, stationed at Windhill, deposed to the body being taken out of the canal, near the Canal Tavern, Windhill, at eight o'clock on Monday morning. When taken out the body was fully dressed, with the exception of the head-dress, the shawl she had been wearing being missing. He produced 3d, which had been found in her possession. The mother said the wages her daughter was entitled to were 3s. Of this sum she would have to pay 2d. at the house where she got her tea, and therefore there should have been 2s.10d. left. The difference was unaccounted for.
The Coroner having briefly reviewed the evidence, said there could no doubt that deceased had committed suicide, and a verdict was returned "That deceased had drowned herself whilst in an unsound state of mind."


Lockwood, Willie
1884 - 15 May 1920

Willie Lockwood was the son of Joe Lockwood. Joe was c1863 in Jackson Bridge near Holmfirth. He married Lillie Waterhouse 28 July 1883 at St Thomas's Thurstonland near Huddersfield.

Willie, their eldest child, was born in 1884. In 1891 the family were living in Thurstonland with Joe working as a power loom turner. Lillie died in July 1898. Widowed Joe married Mary Hannah Brooksbank, 24 March 1900, at All Hallows, Almondbury near Huddersfield. In 1901 Willie was a fitter living with his family in Almondbury.

Willie, working as a warper, married Edith Dean 30 November 1907 at St Stephens, Rashcliffe near Huddersfield. In 1911 they were living at Primrose Hill in Huddersfield with Willie working as an overlooker. Between 1915 and 1918 they moved to 26 George Street in Saltaire. Willie died 15 May 1920.

Obituary from the Shipley Times 21 May 1920: -

The death occurred, at his residence, 26 George Street, Saltaire, on Saturday (15 May) of Mr. W. Lockwood, at the age of 36. The Deceased, who leaves wife and one child, was an overlooker at the Saltaire Mills, and for two seasons was secretary of the Saltaire Cricket Club. was also well -known football referee. The funeral took place at Huddersfield on Wednesday. A former secretary the Saltaire Cricket Club. Mr. Harry Mann died the previous Tuesday at 52. Birklands Road. Shipley.

Lonsdale, William - Mill Worker
1880 - 18 June 1959

William Lonsdale was the son of Hartley Lonsdale. Hartley was born 1854 in Colne, Lancashire. He married Mary Ellen Hey in 1878.

William, the eldest of five children, was born 1880 in Bingley. The family lived in Bingley with Hartley working as a warp dresser. Following his wife's death in 1888 Hartley married Elizabeth Lund in 1889. They had one daughter.

William married Mary Jane Baker in 1903. Whilst living in Bingley they had two children in Bingley; Alfred Hartley (b1907) and Bertha (b1910). In 1911 they were living at 9 William Henry Street in Saltaire with William working at Salts Mill as a weaving overlooker. By 1915 they had moved to 34 Titus Street in Saltaire. In July 1916 William, a conscientious objector, made an appearance before the Shipley Tribunal to appeal to be exempted from military service. His appeal was unsuccessful and he was ordered to undertake non-combatant service.

(Colin's note - we can find no record of any military service.)

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 2nd Examination (Voucher): -William Lonsdale.

William was a local Methodist preacher for over 50 years. The family moved to 9 Glenaire Drive in Baildon around 1929, where they lived here until the death of William. He died 18 June 1959 at the Duke of York Home in Bradford. His death followed a fall in Victoria Road, Saltaire, where he broke his leg. His widow, Mary Jane, died in 1961.


Lyne, William Isaac
3 August 1881 – 10 October 1920

William Isaac Lyne was the son of Dan Lyne. Dan was born c1854 in Hayfield, Derbyshire. He married Amelia Horsfield, 2 February 1880. at St Mary’s, Wyke, Bradford. In 1881 they were living in Hayfield where Dan was a grocer’s assistant.

William, their eldest child, was born 3 August 1881 in Hayfield. He was baptised 11 September 1881 at St Mary’s, Wyke. In 1891 they were living at 7 Elliott Street, Shipley with Dan working as a painter. In 1901 they were living at 3 George Street in Saltaire with William working as a spinning overlooker at Saltaire Mills.

William married Annie Louisa Dewhirst in 1903. By 1904 they were living at 28 Ada St. They had two daughters. Alberta, born 4 December 1903, was baptised 10 January 1904 at St Paul’s Shipley. Sadly, Alberta died in 1905 aged just 15 months. She was buried 11 May 1905 in Hirst Wood Cemetery Shipley; Florence Mary was born in 1906. By 1911 William was living with his wife and daughter at 13 Park Street in Shipley.

As an overlooker working in Saltaire Mills, William was exempted from military service at a meeting of the Shipley Military Tribunal 5 April 1917, and again in October 1917. In April 1920, William emigrated to India to work in the Cawnpore Woollen Mill. His wife and daughter joined him when they arrived In Bombay, having departed London aboard the “SS Morea,” 3 September 1920. Sadly, William died 10 October 1920.

Report from the Shipley Times 12 November 1920: -

Local Man’s Death in India

Mr Fred Dewhirst of 5 Park Terrace, Shipley has received an intimation from India to the effect that his son in law, Mr William Isaac Lyne, late of 13 Park Street, Shipley, has died from enteric fever at Cawnpore. For many years Mr Lyne was an overlooker at Saltaire Mills, and he went out to India in April to take a position with the Cawnpore Woollen Mills Co. Ltd. He died about a fortnight after his wife and daughter had joined him in India.






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