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Mawson, Thomas Ashton - Mill Worker
1854 – 17 July 1915

Thomas Ashton was the son of George & Carol Mawson
Thomas was born 1854 in Liverpool. In 1861 the family were living in Kirkdale, Liverpool with George working as a grocer.

Thomas married Jane Milton 12 May 1872 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 they were living in Honley. They had three children: - Ashton (b1900), Arthur (b1884) and Harry (b1886). Jane died in 1889.

Living at 14 William Henry Street in Saltaire widower Thomas married Emma Sunderland (a widow, maiden name Halliday) 30 August 1890 at Bradford Cathedral. They had four children: - Clarice (b1893), Tom (served in WW1), Ada (b1898) and Charlotte May (b1900).

In 1891 the family were living at 24 Titus Street in Saltaire with Thomas working as a plush weaver. They lived at 30 Shirley Street in Saltaire from 1895. By 1901 they were living at 9 Shirley Street. From 1903 they lived in Shipley. By 1914 they had moved to 11 Constance Street in Saltaire. Working at Saltaire Mills Thomas died from anthrax 17 July 1915. (See war diary 23 July 1915.)

Metcalfe, Fred - WW1 Roll of Honour

Middleton, David - Mill Worker
1 April 1886 – 1968

David Middleton was the son of John William Middleton. John was born 1854 in Hunslet. He married Mary Ann Holgate 3 June 1876 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 they were living at 14 Moorhead Lane in Shipley with John employed as a warehouseman.

David, the fifth of 12 children, was born 1 April 1886 in Shipley. In 1891 the family were living at 22 William Henry Street in Saltaire with John working as a labourer. By 1901 they were at 37/38 Lower Green in Baildon with John employed as a warehouseman in a jam factory and David was a jobbing worsted spinner. In 1911 they were living at 3 Greenfold In Baildon with David working as a spinning/drawing overlooker. Mary Ann died in 1914; John in 1919.

David married Ellen Walker in 1913. They had a daughter, Mary, born 5 May 1919. Working at Saltaire Mills David 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) David Middleton, 32, married, 3, worsted drawing overlooker.

By 1928, David and Ellen were living at 22 Park Street in Shipley. Around 1932/33 Ellen, along with Sarah Brown and Polly Walker, moved to Morecambe where they bought and ran a boarding house at 14 Clarendon Road. David remained in Saltaire, lodging with Wilfred Walker. He joined his wife in Morecambe around 1935. In 1939 David was working in Morecambe as a deck chair attendant for Morecambe Corporation.

Report from the Morecambe Guardian 29 July 1939 as follows: -

SAVED FROM DROWNING
Holiday-Maker Rescues 10-Year-Old Girl
Hundreds of holiday makers witnessed the thrilling rescue of a 10-year-old girl, Elizabeth Lynch, of 52 Lord Street, Oswaldtwistle, at Morecambe on Thursday night.

Elizabeth was sailing a toy yacht in the boating pool at the West End. She overbalanced and fell into the water. A Corporation deck-chair attendant, David Middleton, of Clarendon Road, Morecambe, attracted by the girl's screams and the shouts of her younger brother, raced to the rescue and plunged into the water in his uniform. and carrying his money bag and ticket punch.
Meanwhile, a visitor, James Haldane, of Meadowbank Crescent, Edinburgh, had raced across the shore, jumped into the water and caught hold of the girl. He brought her to the shore unconscious and P.C. Pedder, of the South Lonsdale (Morecambe) Division applied artificial respiration until the arrival of the ambulance which took the girl to the Queen Victoria Hospital. She was detained until yesterday afternoon, when her parents took her back to her holiday lodgings.

In 1939 David served as an ARP warden in Morecambe. Ellen died 9 August 1958 in Morecambe. Report from the Morecambe Guardian 16 January 1959 as follows: -

Local Wills – Mrs Ellen Middleton of 14 Clarendon Road, Morecambe, formerly of Shipley, wife of David Middleton, retired boarding housekeeper, left £1,009 8s 11d gross, £944 8s 11d net.

David died in Lancaster district in 1968. He was a good cricketer, playing for Salt’s Mill and possible Saltaire.

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David Middleton, aged about 20David Middleton, aged about 20.

David Middleton and family, c 1913.Family photograph circa 1913 with David at the back.

David Middleton and family, c 1930Family photograph circa 1930 with David second from the right.

Ellen and David MiddletonEllen and David Middleton, probably taken in Morecambe.

Biography compiled with the help of Nigel Holmes, grandson of David. Nigel also kindly supplied the photographs.

Middleton, Ellen (nee Walker)
24 June 1884 – 9 August 1958

Ellen Walker was the daughter of Edward Walker. Edward (known as Neddy) was born c1853 in Cleckheaton. He married Sarah Jane Stead 28 January 1882 at St John’s Halifax.

Ellen, the eldest of five children, was born 24 June 1884 in Cleckheaton. In 1901 they were living at 28 Shirley Street in Saltaire with Edward working as a mechanic fitter. By 1911 they had moved to 5 George Street.

Ellen worked in Saltaire Mills from around 1900 until her marriage. Ellen married David Middleton in 1913. They had a daughter, Mary, born 5 May 1919. By 1928, David and Ellen were living at 22 Park Street in Shipley. Around 1932/33 Ellen, along with Sarah Brown and Polly Walker, moved to Morecambe where they bought and ran a boarding house at 14 Clarendon Road. David remained in Saltaire, lodging with Wilfred Walker. He joined his wife in Morecambe around 1935. In 1939 David was working in Morecambe as a deck chair attendant for Morecambe Corporation.

Ellen died 9 August 1958 in Morecambe. Report from the Morecambe Guardian 16 January 1959 as follows: -
Local Wills – Mrs Ellen Middleton of 14 Clarendon Road, Morecambe, formerly of Shipley, wife of David Middleton, retired boarding housekeeper, left £1,009 8s 11d gross, £944 8s 11d net.

David died in Lancaster district in 1968.

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Ellen WalkerEllen Walker – date unknown.

Ellen Walker and family, c 1913Family photograph circa 1913 with Ellen in front row second left with her mother to the right of her.

Ellen and David MiddletonEllen and David, probably taken in Morecambe.

Biography compiled with the help of Nigel Holmes, grandson of Ellen. Nigel also kindly supplied the photographs.

Midgeley, James Arthur - WW1 Roll of Honour

Midgley, Thomas - Mill Worker
1838 – 1916

Thomas was born in Eccleshill in 1838, the youngest of six children to William (b1791 Keighley) and Martha Midgley. Thomas married Sarah Batt 23 August 1857 at St Peters Leeds. They had two children: James (b1860) and Annis (born 1863). In 1861 they were living in Calverley with Thomas working as a cloth fuller. Sarah died in 1864 aged just 27. 

Widowed Thomas married Amelia Rawnsley, 11 November 1865, at Bradford Cathedral. They had five children:
Job (1866 – 13 January 1953)
Maria (b1869)
Mary (b1870)
Sarah (b1873)
John (b1877)

In 1871 they were living in Armley. In 1872 they moved to 12 Dove Street in Saltaire where they remained the rest of their lives. Thomas worked as a yarn scourer in Saltaire Mills.

Thomas died in 1916 and his widow, Amelia, died in 1920.

 
 
 
 
 
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