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McGowan, Anthony
1868 – 26 February 1934

Anthony McGowan was the son of James McGowan. James was born 1843 in Ireland. James married Ann Waters 11 June 1865 at St Edward’s, Clifford in Yorkshire.

Anthony, their only son and the middle child of three, was born 1868 in Clifford. In 1871 they were living in Clifford with James working as a farm labourer. James died in 1878.
In 1881 & 1891, Anthony lived with his widowed mother in Keighley. In 1891 he was working as a worsted comber.

Anthony married Elizabeth Ellen Ratchford in 1895 in Keighley. They had seven children, two of them died as infants. In 1901 they were living at 7 Wellington Street in Shipley with Anthony working as a comber jobber. In 1911 they were living in Keighley with Anthony working as a combing overlooker.

Elizabeth died in 1912. Widower Anthony married Clara Fern, 26 May 1917, at St Peter’s Shipley. By 1919 they were living at 21 Mary Street in Saltaire. Anthony and his son, Anthony McGowan jnr., emigrated to America. They arrived in Boston 2 September 1923 aboard SS Winifredian having sailed from Liverpool. They lived in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Anthony returned to England in 1928. He arrived in Liverpool, 24 July 1928, aboard SS Celtic having sailed from Boston. By 1931 he was living with his wife at 17 Ada Street in Saltaire. Anthony died 26 February 1934.

Report in the Shipley Times Saturday 3 March 1934:

Died At Breakfast.
“Natural Causes” was the verdict recorded at the inquest held in the Shipley Town Hall on Wednesday by the District Coroner (Mr. E. W. Norris) on Anthony McGowan, aged 65, woolcomber, of 17 Ada Street, Saltaire.
Evidence of identification was given by the widow, who stated that her husband had enjoyed good health but had had pains in his chest on Sunday.
Mrs. Margaret Ellen Fern (mother-in-law) told how McGowan was having breakfast on Monday morning, when he suddenly collapsed in his chair.
Dr. E. W. Sharp, of Saltaire, stated that McGowan was dead when he arrived in answer to a call. The cause of death was a spontaneous rupture of the heart resulting from fatty degeneration.


McGowan, Anthony jnr.
11 January 1905 – July 1994

Anthony McGowan jnr. was the son of Anthony McGowan. His father was born 1868 in Clifford, Yorkshire. He married Elizabeth Ellen Ratchford in 1895 in Keighley. They had seven children with two dying young. In 1901 they were living at 7 Wellington Street in Shipley with Anthony working as a comber jobber.

Anthony jnr., their second youngest child, was born 11 January 1905 in Keighley. In 1911 the family were living in Keighley with Anthony working as a combing overlooker. Elizabeth died in 1912. Widower Anthony married Clara Fern, 26 May 1917, at St Peter’s Shipley. By 1919 they were living at 21 Mary Street in Saltaire. Anthony jnr., a combing jobber, emigrated to America with his father. They arrived in Boston, 2 September 1923, aboard SS Winifredian having sailed from Liverpool. They lived in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Anthony’s father returned to England in 1928. Anthony jnr., returned to England in 1931. He was a stowaway aboard SS Baltic; the ship arrived in Liverpool, 27 January 1931, having sailed from New York. He lived with his father and step-mother at 17 Ada Street in Shipley.

Report from the Shipley Times 22 October 1932:

Bradford West Riding Court Monday (17 October)
Saltaire Man On Serious Charge – Committed For Trial
Anthony McGowan, aged 27, a labourer, of 17 Ada Street, Saltaire, appeared charged with assault upon a young woman with intent to commit an offence and with indecent assault.
Mr. Linney, of the County Solicitors Department, Wakefield, appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. E. Cawthron represented the defendant. The young woman stated in evidence that she was employed in domestic service in Saltaire. She was leaving a picture house at 11.10 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, when McGowan spoke to her. He said “Good night. Have you been to the pictures alone?” She said “Yes,” and was going on when he said, “Can I see you home." She told him “No,” and he then said, “I will come down with you.” He walked along with her, and then she said, “You had better leave me. I can manage alone.”
He asked her if they could not arrange to go out together and when she refused, he took hold of her arm and dragged her against a gate. In the struggle they fell into a field, and after eluding him once he seized hold of her. She screamed, and he then let her go, telling her that he was sorry this had happened. "I have had drink,” he added. “Can I see you tomorrow night?”
She ran into her employers’ house and there she told them what had happened.
Cross-examined by Mr. Cawthron, she denied that she had ever spoken to McGowan. She had seen him before because he came to the house on business.
Evidence was given by the woman’s employers, Dr. J. McGowan, Shipley police surgeon, and the police, and the accused was committed for trial at the next Leeds Assizes.

Anthony jnr. appeared at the Leeds Assizes 9 December 1932. He was found guilty of indecent assault and sentenced to six months imprisonment.

Anthony’s father died 26 February 1934. Anthony jnr. married Annie Nutter 1937 in Blackpool. They had five children including Anthony born 5 March 1938 and Terence Michael born 30 November 1950. Anthony jnr. died July 1994 in Blackpool.


Mansfield, Alfred
c1839 – 11 September 1915

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Mawson, Thomas Ashton
1854 – 17 July 1915

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Metcalfe, Samuel
1 December 1854 – 9 August 1917

Samuel Metcalfe was the son of John and Mary Metcalfe. He was born 1 December 1854 in Bramhope; he was baptised 21 January 1855 at All Saints, Otley.

Samuel married Hannah Halliday 19 June 1886 at Bradford Cathedral. At the time, Samuel was an overlooker living at 14 George Street in Saltaire, Hannah was a worsted twister living at 8 Shirley Street in Saltaire. Samuel and Hannah had four children; John Thomas (b1886), William Henry (b1888), Herbert Clifford (b1891) and Annie (b1897).

In 1891 Samuel, working as a spinning overlooker, lived with his family at 5 Almshouses in Saltaire. They moved to 16 Dove Street in 1893; in 1901 Samuel was working as a yeast dealer. They moved to 3 Daisy Place in 1905. In 1911 Samuel was a time keeper in a worsted mill and all four children were mill workers.

Samuel died 9 August 1917 and he was buried at Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley. His wife, Hannah, died 13 March 1930 and was buried alongside him.


Midgley, Thomas
1838 – 1916

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Midgley, William Shackleton
1865 – 29 January 1919

William Shackleton Midgley was the son of Levi Midgley. Levi was born 1840 in Illingworth, near Halifax. He married Henrietta Shackleton 20 February 1864 at Bradford Cathedral.

William, the eldest of four children, was born 1865 in Shipley. In 1871 the family were living at 7 Wycliffe Place in Shipley with Levi working as a weaver. By 1881 they had moved to 10 Dove Street in Saltaire with Levi working as a warehouse man and William as a mill hand.

William married Mary Jane Chapman 20 August 1887 at St Pauls Shipley. They had two daughters; Annie (b1889) and Alice (b1890). In 1891 they were living at with William’s mother at 4 Albert Terrace in Saltaire with William working as a twister. By 1911 they had moved, without William’s wife, to 5 Higher School Street in Saltaire.

Mary Jane, William’s wife, died 1 October 1917 in America; William died, at 5 Higher School Street, 29 January 1919.


Milton, Alfred
1889 – 13 April 1963

Alfred Milton was the son of Albert Milton. Albert was born c1863 in Wellington, Somerset. He married Emiley Cordingley in 1883 in Bradford.

Alfred, the second of seven children, (including Holmes and Maurice) was born 1889 in Shipley. In 1891 & 1901 the family were living at 1 Ada Street in Saltaire with Albert working as a woollen warp sizer then later as a milk dealer. Around 1905 the family moved to 1 Dove Street in Saltaire, where they remained until Albert’s death in 1936.

Alfred, working as a wool sorter, married Margaret Walker, 18 November 1916, at St Pauls Shipley. They lived their married lives in Shipley. Alfred was living at 17 Springswood Avenue in Shipley when he died at 13 April 1963 at Salts Hospital. He left £3,336 7s (worth c£63k in 2016) to his widow, Margaret.

Margaret died in 1981 in Keighley. Alfred’s elder brother, Holmes Milton, served in World War One.


Moore, Ethel
15 July 1890 – 1973

Ethel was the daughter of Henry Moore. Henry was born c1869 in Purton in Wiltshire. He married Rhoda Tuck 1888 in Keighley. Ethel was their eldest child, born 15 July 1890 in Haworth. They had three more children; Edith (born 1892), Albert (born 3 February 1894) and Fred (born 24 October 1895). Both Albert and Fred served in WW1.

In 1891 the family were living in Midgley with Henry working as a weaver. Henry died in 1899, aged just thirty.

In 1901 widowed Rhoda, working as a weaver, was living with her children at 38 Ada Street in Saltaire. By 1911 they had moved to 11 Katherine Street in Saltaire with Ethel and her mother both working as weavers.

Ethel married Robert John Thompson Middleton Rutherford at St Peters Shipley 29 January 1916. Robert was a clerk and he also served in WW1. They lived at 11 Katherine Street until 1925 when they moved to 13 Tower Road in Shipley, where they lived until 1956.

Husband Robert died in Blackpool in 1958 and Ethel died in Fylde, Lancashire in 1973.







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