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Gargon, George
26 January 1903 – 1 April 1986

George Gargon was the son of James Gargon. James was born 30 March 1882 in York. He married Mary Alice Smith, 13 December 1902, at St Mary, Roman Catholic Church, Shipley. They lived at 3 William Henry Street, Saltaire, firstly with Mary’s parents, then later as their own house.

George was born 26 January 1903 in Saltaire. His father was a french polisher until around 1939 when he started work in the warehouse at Saltaire Mills.

In July 1921, George was one of six youths found guilty of gambling and using obscene language in Hirst Wood. They were each fined 15s. In the 1921 Census he was an apprentice engineer working for J Parkinson & Sons, machine tool makers, Canal Iron, Works, Shipley.

George married Louie Kitchen in 1927. They had a son, Maxwell, born 10 July 1941. Sadly, Maxwell died three days later, 13 July. They had a daughter, Nerena, born in 1943.

By 1931 the family were living at 40 Ashley Road in Shipley, moving to 27 Taunton Street around 1934. By 1938 they were living at 70 Victoria Road in Saltaire where they still living in 1960. In the 1939 Register, George was a machine tool fitter and an air raid warden.

Louie died in 1982 in the Bradford district. George died 1 April 1986 in Darwen, Lancashire.

Garnham, Albert Charles William
c1858 – 15 June 1924

Albert Charles William Garnham was the son of William Garnham. William was born c1836 in Gislingham in Suffolk. He married Emily Barker in 1856 in Suffolk.

Albert, the eldest of four children child, was born 1858 in Horsforth. He was baptised 27 March 1859 at St James in Woodside, Horsforth. In 1861 the family were living in Horsforth with William working as a labourer. By 1871 they moved to Southill in the city of York. William died in 1878. In 1881 Albert was working as a breacher and living with his widowed mother in Bramley.

Albert married Jane Elizabeth Dean in Bramley in 1887. They had nine children including six daughters: - Emily (b1889), Annie (b1893), Lizzie (b1896), Agnes (b1900), Edith (b1904) and Marion (b1906).  In 1891 and 1901 they lived in Bramley with Albert working as a labourer. By 1907 they had moved to 8 Katherine Street in Saltaire. In 1911 Albert was working as a mill roving man. From around 1917 Albert ran a bakery from, and lived with his family at, 20/21 Titus Street in Saltaire.

Albert died 15 July 1924 and he was buried at Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley. His widowed, Jane, was buried alongside, when she died 25 March 1944. She had been living at 13 Grasmere Road in Bradford.

Following Albert’s death, two of his daughters, Emily and Edith continued with the bakery, which they ran until around 1938.

Giles, John Harding
1854 – 1921

John Harding Giles was the son of Daniel Hooton Giles. Daniel was born c1826 in Buckinghamshire. He married Emma Bradbury, 5 February 1851, in Buckingham. They had seven children.

John, their second child was born 1854 in London. In 1861 the family were living in Buckingham, where Daniel was a woolsorter. In 1871 they were living in Finedon, Northamptonshire, where Daniel was a wool sorter and John a metal florisher.

John married Hannah Maria Crabtree 21 August 1878, at St. Paul’s Shipley. They had four children: William Harold Thurlow, born 4 October 1880, Laura Emma born 3 April 1884, Frank born 15 January 1887, and Mabel Elsie born 18 November 1889. Both William & Frank served in WW1.

In 1881 & 1891 the family were living in Bowling, then in Bradford with John working as a wool sorter. In 1901 & 1911 they were living at 30 Albert Road (renumbered 59) in Saltaire.

Report from the Shipley Times 21 April 1905: -

Mr. John Harding Giles, of 30, Albert Road, Saltaire, wrote a poem on the occasion of the assassination of the Grand Duke Sergius (uncle of the Russian Emperor) a short time ago, and sent a copy of it to the bereaved Duchess.

He has just received the following acknowledgment by registered letter “Her Imperial Highness the Grand Duchesse Elisabeth Feodorovna thanks you for your kind words in poetry.”

A postcard, bearing portrait of the Duchess, was also enclosed with the letter.

Mr. Giles has quite a large collection of poems which he has written on historic and other occasions, none which have so far been published. It is, I believe, the author’s intention to issue them in book form. Mr Giles has been the recipient of several letters from members our own Royal Family, including the King, and also from local members of Parliament, and others.

Report from the Shipley Times 28 July 1905: -

Mr. J. H. Giles, of 30 Albert Road, Saltaire, has received a communication from General Baron M. Nogi, commanding Japanese forces in Manchuria, he acknowledging poem on the fall of Port Arthur sent to him by the Saltaire poet.

The General says; Your letter enclosing the poem has just come and has been translated for me. I think it is one of the finest compositions of the kind. I thank you very much for your thoughtfulness.”

Report from the Shipley Times 2 March 1906: -

Mr. John Harding Giles, 30 Albert Road, Saltaire, recently wrote a poem on the death of the King of Denmark, and he forwarded a copy of his composition to the Royal House of Denmark. In reply he has received a photograph of the deceased Monarch, accompanied by the following communication: - “Copenhagen, 28 February 1906 – Sir, I am commanded to thank you for your sympathetic words, and to send you a photo of the late King of Denmark. – Yours Otto Bull (Chamberlain).”

John & Hannah moved out of Albert Road between 1915 and 1918. John died 4th Quarter 1921; Hannah died, 18 February 1923.

Goldsbrough, Harriet (nee Smith)
16 November 1893 – 1951

Harriet Smith was the daughter of David Smith. David was born 1854 in Ossett. He married Mary Ellam in 1880 in Dewsbury. In 1881 they were living in Ossett with David working as a card cleaner. By 1891 they had moved to Mirfield.

Harriet was born 16 November 1893 in Mirfield. In 1901 the family lived in Kirkheaton with David working as an overlooker in a woollen scrubbing dept. In 1911 Harriet was a domestic servant for the Machell family in Ossett. She married Arthur Goldsbrough in 1919. By 1921 they were living at 6 Ada Street in Saltaire where Harriet would spend the rest of her life.

In the Shipley Times 24 December 1938 it was reported that Mrs Goldsbrough of 6 Ada Street won the 2nd prize at a whist drive held in the Saltaire Institute, organised by the Shipley Fire Brigade. In 1939 Arthur was working as a cloth warehouseman and Harriet as a cloth picker.

Report from the Shipley Times 28 September 1949 as follows: -

Three Shipley women received slight injuries when the motor-coach in which they were returning from Blackpool illuminations collided with another in Worley Road, Clitheroe, early on Sunday morning.
The three women were members of Messrs W Parkinson’s (Canal Ironworks) annual canteen trip, and the motor coach contained a majority of Shipley people.
The women were Mary Hodgson of 30 West Royd Crescent, Windhill; Harriet Goldsbrough of 6 Ada Street, Saltaire; and Mary Redman of 73 Crag Road, Windhill.
Altogether 13 passengers in the two coaches were injured – none seriously – and were taken to Blackburn Infirmary. None were detained.
Mrs Goldsbrough told a “Shipley Times” reporter that their coach was one of a “convoy” on the way from Blackpool about 1.20 a.m.
“Suddenly, “said Mrs Goldsbrough, “a bus appeared from nowhere in front of us. Our driver applied his brakes and we were all thrown forward. Mrs Redman, who was near the driver, was flung forward so that her head went through the windscreen. She was cut about the forehead, but not seriously.”
Mrs Goldsbrough said that her bus sheared through the side of the other one. “A police sergeant who arrived later said it was a miracle no one had been injured,” she commented. Mrs Goldsbrough sustained a bruised jaw.
It was later learned that the other bus was only ten minutes from its destination when the collision occurred.

Harriet died in 1951.

Green, George Joseph
8 March 1870 – 22 March 1942

George Joseph Green was the son of John Green. John was born c1832 in Herefordshire. He married Mary Craig in 1865 at Church Stretton in Shropshire.

George, the second youngest of four children, was born 8 March 1870. In 1871 they were living at Leinthall Starkes in Herefordshire where John was a farmer with 340 acres. John died 22 March 1874. In 1881 widow Mary was living with her children in Ludlow, Shropshire.

In 1901 George was a bank clerk living in a boarding house in Trentham, Staffordshire. He married Lily Taylor White in 1907 in Newcastle Upon Tyne. They had four children including: -

John Green – born 4 July 1908 (Major in the army in WW2).
Robert Henry Green – born 30 October 1910 (Prisoner of War in Singapore).
Elizabeth Mary Green – born 3 December 1913.

By 1907 George was a bank manger living at 1 Albert Road in Saltaire.

George was a playing member of Shipley Golf Club.

Report from the Shipley Times 5 December 1913: -

Mr G J Green, who has been manager of the Saltaire branch of Lloyd’s Bank for the last seven years, has been promoted to the post of assistant manager at Park Row, Leeds, and will shortly take up residence at Headingley. His successor at Saltaire is Mr John Coleman, from the Great Hampton Branch, Birmingham.

As the manager of Lloyds Bank in Leeds, George gave evidence in a fraud case in October 1924.

In the 1939 Register George was retired and living with his wife in Ludlow. George died 22 March 1942.

Report from the Harrogate Herald 1 April 1942: -

A former Harrogate resident, Mr. George Joseph Green, died at his home in Ludlow. He was 76 years of age. Manager of Lloyds Bank, Leeds, up to the time his retirement some ten years ago, Mr. Green went to live at Ludlow, his native town, about four years ago. Prior to coming to Harrogate, where he lived for some fifteen years, he held banking appointments in Southend and Blackburn. He had many friends in Harrogate where he was a popular member of the Harrogate Golf Club and the Harrogate Club. His residence was in Clarence Drive. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

In his will, dated 6 May 1942, he left £7232 5s 11d (worth c£350,000 in 2020.)

Transcription: GREEN George Joseph of 145 Corve-street Ludlow Salop died 22 March 1942. Probate Llandudno 6 May to Lily Taylor Green widow John Green major H.M. army and James Henry Prosser merchant. Effects £7232 5s 11d.

His widow, Lily, died 9 May 1960.

[Note – 145 Corve Street is a Grade II listed building.]

Transcription: Green Lily Taylor of 145 Corve Street Ludlow Shropshire. Widow died 9 May 1960. Administration Chester 9 August to John Green company deputy regional manager and Elizabeth Mary Prosser (wife of James Henry Prosser). Effects £2394 10s 10d.

Greenwood, Levi
1 July 1873 – 26 May 1959

Levi Greenwood was born, 1 July 1873, in Morton Banks, Keighley, to Mary Munday and Samuel Greenwood. In 1881 they were living at 10 Poplar View, Idle, with Samuel working as a blacksmith.

In 1891, Levi was a mechanic living with his family in Butterfield Street, Shipley. He emigrated to America in September, 1892

Extract from a report in the Bingley Chronicle 23 September 1892: -


Mr P. P. Maitland held an inquiry on Monday (19 September) at the Royal Hotel, Windhill, relative to the death of Clara Bland, aged 14 weeks, daughter of Margaret A. D. Bland, of 6, Butterfield Street, Windhill.

A fortnight ago the mother of the child applied to the magistrates for, and obtained, an affiliation order of 3s a week against Levi Greenwood (19), of Poplar View, Windhill.

On that occasion she told the Bench she was only fifteen years of age when the child was born. She now informed the Coroner that she did not know who her father was, and had never seen her mother, though she had reason to believe that she was at Darlington. At any rate she was there when last witness heard anything about her, but she might be dead now. Witness's mother was never married.

Levi Greenwood was the father of witness's child, He left Windhill on Saturday for Liverpool to go to America, presumably to avoid paying for the child.

Levi did not settle in America. He was back in England in October 1893. He married Eliza Jane Ingelby, 27 February 1897, at St. John the Evangelist, Baildon. She was born. 3 August 1873, in Guisborough, North Yorkshire. They had nine children.

In 1901 Levi was a mechanic boarding in Barrow-In-Furness, Lancashire. In 1911 he was a fitter living with his family at 33 Kitson Street, Crag Road, Windhill. They moved to 47 Titus Street, Saltaire, between 1915 & 1918. They remained here until 1933.

Report in the Shipley Times 29 March 1918: -

An Offer To The Tribunal

Singular evidence was given by a munition worker before the Bradford Munition Tribunal last Friday (22 March), when Levi Greenwood was summoned by the Ministry of Munitions for failing to attend regularly at his work.

It was stated that the defendant gave a week’s notice of his intention to leave his employment but did not attend work once all week.

The defendant complained that the witness called against him by his employee, a cashier, was of military age, while he had a son who was out in France.

The Chairman (Mr. C. F. Charlesworth): You may feel there is some hardship in your boy being at the front, and this man being here, but we are not trying that. You are entitled to ask the witness any question bearing on the complaint against you.

Defendant: I don’t want to ask this man anything. He then proceeded to explain that he had a large family, and one of his children was ill and that he had to sit up at night with it. He had worked 134 hours in a fortnight and was done up.

The Chairman: You gave a week’s notice and then you did not put in an appearance during the week.

Defendant: Well, I was told by men at the works that they were going to bring me here in any case, and so I thought that I might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb.

The Chairman: There are circumstances in the case which makes one member of the Court hesitate to inflict a heavier penalty. I am bound to say that you have not got me to thank for the lightness of the fine that will be inflicted In my view you would have had a heavier sum to pay if other proceedings had been taken against you, as they might have been. I regard it as serious in these days with the country situated as it is, that there should be anything in the nature of broken work in munition factories.

The penalty will be 30s. There may have been misunderstandings, and you may have had difficulties at home, but you should remember the needs of the country.

Defendant: I have a family of ten, but if you will put me in the Army and will put that man, who has given evidence against me in the Army too, I am willing to join up. Now that’s a fair bargain.

The Chairman: If you get to the Army you will not be able to have any broken time there.

Levi and Eliza’s son, Squire Clarence, was killed in action 25 August 1918 in France. In the 1921 Census, Levi was an engineer working for Sisters Ltd, Manningham Mills, Bradford. From 1934 to 1946 they were living at 68 George Street, Saltaire. Levi had retired by 1939. Their son, Jack Greenwood, was killed in action April 1942, serving his country in WW2. From 1947 they were living at 12 Oxford Street, Shipley.

Eliza died, 31 March 1949. She was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley. Levi joined her when he died, 26 May 1959.

Greetham, Fred
1869 – 10 December 1935

Fred Greetham was the son of John Greetham. John was born 1825 in Pateley Bridge. He married Sarah Wetherill in 1856 in Knaresborough. They had seven children. In 1861 they were living in Knaresborough with John working as a stone mason.

Fred was born 1869 in Shipley. In 1871 they were living at Valley Road. John died in 1878, Sarah, died in 1879. In 1881 Fred was living with his siblings at 13 Wilmer Road. In 1891 he was a joiner living with his siblings at 50 Windsor Road.

Fred married Annie Louisa Wood in 1895. They had three children with one dying as an infant. Their son, Harold, was born 7 November 1908, their daughter, Nora, born 10 July 1908. By 1899 they were living at 30 Barrett Street.

Excerpt from a report in the Shipley Times 25 February, concerning proceedings at the Bradford West Riding Court: -

Fred Greetham, joiner, of 30 Barrett Street, Shipley, made his customary declaration, and was granted a certificate of exemption from vaccination.

In 1911 Fred was a loom joiner living with his family at 8 Balfour Street. By 1914 they had moved to 14 (renumbered 27) Albert Road in Saltaire.

In January 1924 Fred is reported as winning first prize at a whist drive held by the Saltaire Cricket Club at the Victoria Hall. By 1930 the family were living at 16 Otley Road in Shipley.

Fred died 10 December 1935. Report from the Shipley Times 11 December: -

The death occurred, somewhat suddenly, at his home, 16 Otley Road, Shipley, early on Tuesday morning, of Mr Fred Greetham. He was in good health on Monday but complained of pains in the evening. These were followed by a stroke, and he latter passed away peacefully.

For the past eight years Mr Greetham has been caretaker of the Providence Methodist Church, Shipley, and formerly held similar positions at the Shipley Congregational Church, and the Albert Road Council, Shipley.

Mr Greetham was a member of the old West Ward Liberal Club, Shipley, for about eight years, and when that club went out of existence, he joined the Shipley Liberal Club, where he has been a member for about 12 years.

In his younger days Mr. Greetham was an enthusiastic footballer, playing for the old Shipley Rugby Club. He was a staunch teetotaller.

Fred was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley. Annie joined him when she died 21 June 1950.

Gresswell, Fred
29 March 1902 – 6 March 1976

Fred Gresswell was born, 29 March 1902, in Saltaire to Arthur Gresswell & Ann Batty. Ann died in 1906. Arthur married widow Lily Dixon in 1907. They lived at 43 Mary Street, Saltaire until after 1915. From before 1916 they were at 6 George Street, Saltaire.

In the 1921 Census Fred was a fitter working for Fairburn Engineering Co., in Shipley. He married Fanny Heaton Servant, 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.

Gresswell, Irvin
2 March 1910 – 1991

Irvin Gresswell was born, 2 March 1910, in Saltaire to Arthur Gresswell and Lily Dixon (nee Tetley). They lived at 43 Mary Street, Saltaire until after 1915. From before 1916 they were at 6 George Street, Saltaire.

Irvin attended St Peter’s Sunday School, Shipley.

In August 1930, Irvin an examination organised by the Incorporated Secretaries Association. Irvin married Phyllis Haigh in 1939. They lived at 9 Glenholm, Shipley, until 1947. In the 1939 Register, Irvin was a charted accountant’s senior clerk, and an Auxiliary Fire Service volunteer.

From 1949 he lived with his wife at 73 Beach Road, Harrogate. Irvin died in 1991.

Greetham, Harold
7 November 1898 – 1969

Harold Greetham was the son of Fred Greetham. Fred was born 1869 in Shipley. He married Annie Louisa Wood in 1895. They had three children with one dying as an infant.

Harold, who had a younger sister, was born 7 November 1898 in Shipley. In 1901 the family were living at 30 in Barrett St Shipley with Fred working as a joiner. In 1911 they were living at 8 Balfour Street; by 1914 they had moved to 14 Albert Road in Saltaire.

Harold, an engineers’ pattern maker married Ethel Oakes 23 July 1921 at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Saltaire Road, Shipley. By 1924 Harold and his father had a workshop off Kirkgate. Harold lived with his wife and parents at the following addresses: -

Up to c1925 - 14 Albert Road Saltaire
c1926 to c1928 – 15 Hirst Wood Shipley
c1929 to c1932 – 80 Thompson Street
c1933 to c1939 – 16 Otley Road
c1946 to c1948 – 43 Clifton Place
c1949 to c1952 – 5 Westfield Grove

From 1934 Harold placed adverts in the Shipley Times for his business as a joiner, undertaker & funeral director. Harold’s father died in 1935, his mother died in 1950. They were buried together in Hirst Wood Cemetery Shipley.

Harold and his wife both died in 1969 in Fylde, Lancashire.

Grice, James
19 October 1900 –????

James Grice was born, 19 October 1900, in Barnsley to Martha Ann Garbett & William Henry Grice. In 1911 the family was living in Stairfoot, near Barnsley, where William worked as a miner.

Working as a wool comber, James, of 4 Caroline Street, married Florence Gertrude Milburn, a spinner of 24 Constance Street, Saltaire, 2 June 1923, at St. Peter’s, Shipley. She was born, 22 October 1900, in Guisborough, North Yorkshire. They had three children.

Report in the Shipley Times 17 September 1938: -


At Bradford West Riding Court on Monday (12 September), James Grice, labourer, Shipley, was summoned in respect of the maintenance of his mother.
Relieving Officer J. Glanfield, who appeared on behalf of the West Riding County Council, said defendant’s mother was chargeable at the rate of 5s. 6d. per week. At first an order was made for defendant to contribute 2s.6d. per week which was reduced to 1s. 6d. per week. Defendant was in arrears amounting to £1 6s. 6d. Defendant earned £2 9s. 4d. per week and his wife £1 3s. 7d. per week. There were three children. Defendant said could not afford to pay.
The Chairman (Mr. Fred Hind): It looks as if you ought to pay something for your mother. You are not badly off.
The Magistrates' Clerk (Mr. Arthur Cragg): Are there any more brothers and sisters?
Defendant: There are eight altogether.
Mr. Langfield said defendant's other brothers were unemployed and could not afford to pay.
The Chairman said the Bench were satisfied that defendant ought to be able to pay.
An order for defendant to contribute 1s. 6d. per week was made.

In the 1939 Register they were living at 32 Wrose Brow Road, Shipley. James was a gas works labourer and Florence was a spinner.

Report in the Shipley Times 7 October 1939: -

James Grice, labourer, 39, Wrose Brow Road, Windhill, was summoned in respect of arrears for maintenance of his mother.
Relieving Officer Glanfield said that on 12 September 1938, an order was made at that Court for Grice to pay 1s. 6d. per week.
He applied for an order for 26 weeks’ arrears (£1 19s.) and the current order of 1s. 6d. per week. The financial circumstances of Grice were approximately the same.
The Chairman: The order will be confirmed.

It is unclear as to when James died.

Guerin, Frank
18 July 1902 – 1967

Frank Guerin was the son of Louis Guerin. Louis was born 5 February 1880 in Keighley. Working as a machine fitter he married Jane Elizabeth Rhodes, 25 December 1900, at St John’s, Ingrow. They had two daughters and a son. In 1901 they were living with Jane’s mother in Keighley. By 1909 they had their own house at 22 Oxford Street in Shipley.

Frank, their middle child, was born 18 July 1902 in Keighley.

By 1915 the family were living at 42 Rhodes Street. From 1918 they were living at 73 Victoria Road in Saltaire,

Frank married Ella Dodgson in 1923. They had a daughter, Betty, born 16 February 1925. They lived at 18 (renumbered 35) Albert Road, Saltaire which was originally home to Ella’s family.

In November 1926 Frank was elected as treasurer of Saltaire Cricket Club.

Report from the Shipley Times 5 April 1930: -

Saltaire Man Missing

There was no news up to yesterday of Mr. Frank Guerin, aged 27, an electrician of 36 Albert Road, Saltaire, who has been missing from home since 22 March.

Mr Guerin, who is well known in Shipley cricket circles, was formerly the treasurer of the Saltaire Cricket Club.

He left home about 5.30 a.m. on the day mentioned, telling his wife that he would return as soon as possible. Later in the day he was recognised in Station Lane, Shipley, but since then he has not been seen by any of his friends. He is an electrician by trade but has been unemployed for some time. This fact has worried him greatly. His wife and family are anxiously awaiting news of his whereabouts.

Mr. Guerin is aged 27, 5ft. 8in. in height, is well built, and has blue eyes, light brown hair, and a pale complexion.

At the time of his disappearance he was wearing a dark mixture suit, black low shoes and spats, heavy grey overcoat, and a trilby hat. He was carrying a raincoat.

(Note – it is not known when he returned home.)

In the 1939 Register Frank was a foreman electrician. He died in 1967. His widow, Ella, died in 1993 aged 90, in Hastings, Sussex.

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