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Saltaire People: Additional Biographies
Researched by Colin Coates

Saltaire People: surnames beginning with:

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Davey, Charles Willie
15 April 1917 – 1987

Charles Willie Davey was the son of John Penny Davey. John was born, 21 September 1881, in Saltaire. He married Alice Lupton, 6 April 1910, at Saltaire Congregational Church. They had a daughter and a son. In 1911 they were living at 19 Helen Street in Saltaire with John working as a warehouseman in a woollen mill.. By 1915 they had moved to 20 Fanny Street in Saltaire. The following year they can be found at 14 Maddocks Street in Shipley.

Charles was born 15 April 1917 in Shipley. In 1918 the family were at 18 Rhodes Street in Shipley before moving to 4 Castle Road around 1931.

Charles married Jessie Brown in 1948. They had a son Michael, born in 1949. They lived at 27 Ashley Road, Shipley, until around 1954 when they moved to 18 Albert Terrace, Saltaire.

Charles died in Doncaster in 1987.


Dawson, Norah (nee Hanson)
3 March 1895 – 15 November 1984

Norah Hanson was the daughter of Frederick William Hanson. Frederick was born 25 January 1858 in Shipley. He married Caroline Parkinson, 9 October 1881, at St. Wilfrid’s, Calverley. They had eight children with three dying in infancy. Frederick worked as a machine comb maker. In 1891 they were living at 52 Titus Street, Saltaire.

Norah was born, 3 March 1895, in Saltaire. She was baptised, 10 April 1895, at St. Paul’s, Shipley.

In 1901 the family were living at 5 Gordon Terrace (renumbered 59 Bingley Road). In 1911 Norah was a burler & mender living with her family at 23 George Street.

Norah, aged 26, of 28 (renumbered 55) Albert Road, married Albert George Dawson, aged 35, the licensed victualler of the Golden Lion Hotel in Whitby, on 25 January 1992 at St. Paul’s Church Shipley. In the 1939 Register Albert & Norah had remained at the Golden Lion.

Albert died in 1958 in Scarborough. Norah died 15 November 1984 at 103 Prospect Road, Scarborough. In her will she left £68, 275.


Dewhirst, Arthur
27 October 1894 – 1967

Arthur Dewhirst was the son of Leonard Dewhirst. Leonard, was born in 1852 in Copley, Halifax. He married Sarah Jane Brown, 17 January 1874, at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 the family were living at 18 Dove Street with Leonard employed as a tin plate worker at Salts Mill.They had three children. Sarah Jane died in 1883.

Widowed Leonard married Louisa Lambert, 29 March 1884, at Bradford Cathedral. They had three children

Arthur was born 27 October 1894 in Saltaire. In 1891 & 1901 the family were living at 4 Dove Street. In 1905 they were living at 8 (renumbered 15) Albert Rd. By 1908 they were living at 3 George Street.

In 1911 Arthur was working as a hairdresser. He married Winifred Gladys Boulton in 1916. She was born, 16 December 1896, in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. They lived the rest of their lives at 3 George Street. They had two sons – Eric born 19 August 1926, and Gordon born 27 October 1933. In the 1939 Register Arthur was working as a wool sorter. Sadly, Gordon died 9 June 1940 aged just six.

Arthur died in 1967 and his widow, Winifred, died 18 October 1985.


Donaghue, James
23 August 1895 - 1964

James Donoghue was the son of John Donoghue. John was born 1863 in Wath Upon Dearne, Rotherham. He married Sarah Wilkinson in Rotherham.

James, the eldest of seven children, was born 23 August 1895. In 1911 the family were living in West Melton, Rotherham with John working a miner and James as a coal mine horse driver (below ground). John died in 1917.

By 1919 James was living with his mother and siblings at 44 Ada Street in Saltaire. Working as a fireman James married Edith Martha Bateson, 22 May 1920, at St Paul's Shipley. In 1922 they were living at 4 Victoria Street in Shipley. They had a daughter, Vera Agnes, born 14 September 1926.

Report from the Shipley Times 3 May 1930: -

At the Shipley Fire Station on Saturday, the District Coroner (Mr. E. W. Norris) held inquest on Kathleen Donoghue, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Donoghue, 26 Belmont Crescent, Shipley.
Evidence was given by the father to the effect that the baby was born on April 23 and died few minutes after birth. On April 21 Mrs. Donoghue fell the backyard while she was hanging out some clothes.
After medical evidence had been given by Dr. Thornton, Shipley, the Coroner returned verdict "Natural causes."

In the 1939 Register James was a boiler fireman living with his family at 29 Earle St in Shipley. James died in 1964.


Dovener, George Willie
4 May 1884 – 1960

George Willie Dovener was the son of John Parkin Dovener. John was born 1851 in Burnley. He married Nanny Firth in 1870 in Bradford. They had 11 children. In 1881 & 1891 they were living in Manningham with John working as a stone mason.

George, their seventh child, was born 4 May 1884 in Middlesbrough. By 1901 the family were living at Nab Wood Cemetery Lodge, Shipley. John was registrar for Nab Wood Cemetery and George was a plumber’s apprentice.

George married Edith Annie Thompson 9 May 1906 at Saltaire Congregational Church. They had two children: - Doris, born in 1912, and Arthur, born 19 November 1919. Arthur served in WW2.

In 1911 they were living at 3 Melbourne Street, Shipley, where George worked as a plumber. He was a member of the Saltaire Angling Club. From 1912 to 1934 they lived at 6 Queen Street, Shipley. From 1935 they lived at 59 Albert Road, Saltaire, where George remained the rest of his life.

Report from the Bradford Observer 9 May 1956: -

Today a popular Saltaire couple, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Dovener. of 59 Albert Road, will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding at Saltaire Congregational Church. Mr. Dovener began working when 11 as a half-timer at the textile mills of Henry Mason. Ltd., Shipley, and when 14 he became an apprentice plumber with Messrs. Wilks and Ross. Shipley.

A musician, he can play the saxophone, flute and piccolo, and has been a bandsman with the Yorkshire Military, Halifax Special Police and Bradford Tramways Band. He is a member of Bradford City and Bradford No. 1 Angling Associations.

Mrs. Dovener has always been interested in Saltaire Congregational Church, where she was in the choir for 16 years. The couple have a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren.

Report from the Shipley Times 3 July 1957: -


Mr. Joseph Bossin, of Brussels, who served with the 10/11 Belgian Transport Company during the five months or so they were stationed at Saltaire towards the end of the war.

He arrived with his French wife, Marcelle, on Friday, for a few days’ stay with his wartime friends. Mr. and Mrs. George Dovener, 59 Albert Road.

They had cycled some 350 miles, from Brussels in five days, and it was as refreshing as it was unusual to hear Mr. Bossin say sincerely, “British roads, very good; Belgian roads, no good. For cycling. British roads very nice.”

He and his wife were much impressed by the courtesy shown to cyclists by British motorists in comparison with their counterparts in Belgium and France. "No dangers for cyclists in England,” he said.

Mr. Bossin was captured the Germans in December 1943, When serving with the Belgian Army. He was sent to work in a camp at Dresden. Using someone else's papers he escaped, and got back to Brussels, where he worked with the secret army.

About April 1945, he came to this country with a transport company, returned to Belgium after a few months to join the Liberation Army, and was demobilised in 1946. He is now employed as a driver by a gas and electric company.

He met Mr. and Mrs. Dovener at the Gaumont, Saltaire, one night, and they befriended him whilst he was in Shipley.

Mr. Bossin has constantly pressed them to visit him. but up to now they have been unable to do so. and he and his wife decided to come on a fortnight's cycling, holiday. They set off back yesterday, travelling by a different route which will take them through Lancashire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, arriving back in Brussels six days later.

Marcelle, who is seeing England for the first time, likes it very much, although she is not too impressed by our meals. Her husband is delighted with our summer weather but fails to understand why public houses are not open. day and night as in his own country.

George died in 1960. Edith died in 1968.


Doyle, George Robert
8 January 1906 – 1970

George Robert Doyle was the son of Thomas Francis Doyle. Thomas was born c1855 in Bradford. He married Ada Robinson in 1882. They had at least eight children. In 1881 they were living in Bowling and in 1901 they were at Horton. Ada died in 1903.

Widowed Thomas married Ellen Priest, 22 December 1904, at St Mary’s Gomersal. Ellen was 17 years younger than Thomas.

George was born 8 January 1906. From before 1911 to 1929 the family lived at 30 George Street in Saltaire. George attended Salts Boys High School.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 2 December 1921: -

The Higher Education sub-committee recommended that the Salt Scholarships of George R. Doyle and Kenneth England, pupils at the Boys High School, should be renewed for another year, ending 31 July 1922.

Having attended Shipley Technical School, in September 1926 George passed an examination in Mechanical Engineering.

He married Violet Farrington 17 January 1928 at Saltaire Congregational Church.

Report in the Shipley Times 21 January 1928: -

The wedding took place at Saltaire Congregational Church on Wednesday (17 January) of Mr. George Robert Doyle, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Doyle, 30 George Street, Saltaire, and Miss Violet Farrington, only child of Mr. and Mrs. F. Farrington, Oxford Street, Shipley. Both the bride and bridegroom are teachers at Saltaire Congregational Sunday School, the bridegroom also being a member of the orchestra.

The Rev. J. Alexander Booth (minister) officiated at the service, and Mr. William Sutcliffe was at the organ.

The bride, who was given away her father, wore a gown of pink crepe de Chine trimmed with fox fur and a grey hat trimmed with pink. She carried a bouquet of red and pink roses and was attended by Miss Edith Doyle (sister of the bridegroom), Miss Edna Dalton, and the Misses Sheila and Constance Thornton. The two elder bridesmaids were dressed in blue, and the Misses Thornton in pale green. The bridegroom’s brothers, Mr. Arthur Doyle and Mr. William Doyle, were best man and groomsman respectively,

The honeymoon is being spent on the West Coast. Among the many presents was a beautiful timepiece presented to the bridegroom by his colleagues at Messrs. Jowett Cars, Idle, where he is employed in the office.

George & Violet lived at 3 Marlott Road, Shipley. In the 1939 Register, George was a cost clerk working for Messrs. Jowett Cars, Idle. He was living with his widowed mother and spinster sister Edith at 3 Marlott Road. His wife was not living with him. By 1940 they were divorced. George died in 1970.

George had four older step-brothers who served in WW1 - (Albert Richard, Arthur, Harold Robinson & Thomas Henry).


Dracup, Nellie
9 October 1904 - 5 April 1950

Nellie Dracup was the daughter of Frank Dracup. Frank was born 20 October 1875 in Saltaire. He married Mary Elizabeth Raistrick 11 May 1898 at St Paul Shipley. Frank was living at 52 Victoria Road and Mary at 20 George Street in Saltaire. In 1901 they were living at 26 Fanny Street in Saltaire with Frank working as a mechanic.

Nellie was born 9 October 1904 in Baildon. She was baptised 24 July 1904 at Saltaire Congregational Church. By 1911 the family were living at 17 Maddocks Street in Saltaire with Frank working as an iron turner in a worsted mill.

Nellie gained a scholarship to Salts School in 1915. In 1932 she married Edward West, a bank employee.

Nellie died in Salts Hospital 5 April 1950. Her widow, Edward, a bank manager, lived at 77 Kirkgate Shipley until he died 17 February 1956. Her parents are buried together in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley; Frank died 2 August 1959 and Mary died 18 April 1953.

Drake, Denby
1880 - 1967

Denby Drake was the son of Samuel Drake. Samuel was born 1846 in Guiseley. He married Ann Denby 26 April 1869 at St Pauls Esholt. In 1871 they lived in Baildon with Samuel working as a shoe maker. By 1873 they had moved to Esholt with Samuel working as a farmer.

Denby, the youngest of five children, was born 1880 in Esholt. He was baptised 16 May 1880 at St Pauls Esholt. The family continued to live in Esholt until Samuel died in 1886. By 1901 his widow, Ann, was living in Baildon with Denby working as a shoemaker.

Around 1905/6 Denby moved to 17 Victoria Road in Saltaire and opened up a shoe repair shop. Denby married Lois Holdsworth 4 December 1906 at St Johns Greengates in Bradford. They had two children; Hilda Mary born 21 May 1907 and Norman Denby born 11 November 1908. The family lived at 17 Victoria Road until around 1919.

Denby was elected President of the newly formed Shipley Boot Repairers Association 15 February 1915. He died in 1967 in the district of Northallerton in North Yorkshire.





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