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Lonsdale, William - Mill Worker
1880 – 18 June 1959
[Updated: 23 September 2019]

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.

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