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WW1 Saltaire Diary
Researched by Colin Coates

Life in Saltaire, WW1


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Colin Coates writes:

The Saltaire WW1 Diary is updated weekly and shows news and events in Saltaire from 100 years ago. The primary source of this information is the Shipley Times newspaper which was published every Friday throughout the war years.

Where possible, I have used the exact wording from the newspaper. Where appropriate, there are links to soldiers' biographies and the snippets section.

Please feel free to contact me on with any comments or queries.




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Saltaire War Diary: 1 January 1915

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Christmas Dinner

The poor children’s annual Christmas dinner was served on Saturday, when 631 youngsters were entertained. The treat was instituted by the late Rev J F Longrigg whilst he was curate at Shipley Parish Church, and was afterwards carried on by Mrs. Rutherford – who now resides at Shrublands, Catford, Kent – widow of Dr. Rutherford of Shipley. In recent years the treat has been managed by members of the Shipley Education Committee and a number of local ladies and gentlemen.
On Saturday, dinner was provided at two centres – the Carnegie Hall, Windhill, where 250 children attended, and the Central Schools, Saltaire Road, where a company numbering 381 sat down. At each centre the children thoroughly enjoyed the good things provided.
After dinner the children assembled at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, five special tramcars being used to convey those from the Windhill centre. The children were welcomed by Councillor C E Learoyd and Mr W Popplestone, who capably discharged the secretarial duties for the event, announced that the following telegram had been dispatched to Mrs Rutherford:-“631 Shipley children at Christmas dinner and loving greetings for Christmas and the New Year.”
Later in the afternoon a reply was received from Mrs Rutherford, who said her heartfelt wish was that the poor children would enjoy their Christmas Dinner as of old.
A capital entertainment was provided, the children joining heartily in singing well known ditties, including “It’s a long, long way to Tipperary.” Mr R A Millington was the accompanist. Cinematograph pictures were shown by Mr J W Calvert and Mr S H Nicholl greatly amused the children with his “talking dolls.” At the close of the entertainment each child was presented with an orange and a bag of sweets.
The arrangements for the gathering were carried out by a committee of which Councillor Learoyd was chairman. At the Shipley centre the managers were Mr R Lindley and Councillor A Waugh, whilst at Windhill Mr W H Hopkin and Councillor J Booth officiated. Mr R A Millington acted as treasurer.

Children Parties

Enjoyable children’s parties organised by the Rev. J R Robinson took place at the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Games were played, and each child received a present at the hands of Mr J W Hampson and Mr J A Dutton (superintendents), who distributed the gifts from a Christmas tree.

Christmas Box

The children of soldiers and sailors living in the Saltaire district, whose names were obtainable from the Districts Committee’s list, were each the recipient of a Christmas box in the form of a new shilling. Mr George Birbeck of Felstead, Moorhead Lane, was responsible for this kindly act of remembrance.

Motor Car Accident

A schoolboy named Stephen Mackenzie, nine years of age, of 3 Ashley Street, was playing with some companions in Otley Road on Christmas Day when he ran in front of a motor car driven by Wm. Harewood of Lupton Street, Manningham. The boy was knocked down and sustained injuries to the left arm and slight cuts on the head. He was also bruised about his body. Mackenzie was conveyed to Saltaire Hospital by the driver of the motor car.

A Greengrocer’s Affairs

A meeting was held on Tuesday of the creditors of John Chester, residing in lodgings at 32 Rhodes Street, Saltaire and carrying on business as a greengrocer in Saltaire Road, formerly residing at 34 Saltaire Road and carrying on business in Briggate, Shipley. The gross liabilities were stated to be £124, the whole of which is expected to rank, and the deficiency £107. The public examination was fixed for January 13th. The estate was left in the hands of the Official Receiver.

Saltaire Hospital

The ten in-patients at Saltaire Hospital were given the customary special fare on Christmas Day. Owing to the many calls occasioned by the war, the Saltaire Hospital Santa Claus Party which had come to be regarded as an annual event, has not been held. The toys which have been sent to the Matron (Miss Mitchell) have been distributed among youthful in-patients, the surplus being given to children of soldiers and sailors who have attended the hospital during the year.

The December meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held at the Saltaire Hospital. The members present were Mrs J R Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Councillor C E Learoyd (who presided in the unavoidable absence of Mr B Allsop), Councillor A Gill, and Messrs. Baumann, Cryer, Kendall and Lister.
The monthly report, which was read by the hon. Secretary (Mr E Clifford Fry), stated that subscriptions had been received as follows: Saltaire Wesleyan Church, £4; Hall Royd Wesleyan Church, £1; Rosse Street Baptist Church, £1 15s; employees of Messrs. C F Taylor & Co, £6 10s 9d; employees of Sir Titus Salt Bart, Sons and Co., £7 1s 5d; Midland Railway Staff, £1 12s; Midland Railway engineering dept., £2 5s; Bradford City Tramways (technical department), £1 1s; S.W.A., £1 8s; Windhill Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd., £25; Cryer Bros. Ltd., £1 1s; and Mrs Edwin Stephenson, £1 1s. Satisfaction was expressed at the amount of subscriptions received during the month.


A collection at St Pauls Church on 27 December raised £4 15s 11d for Salts Hospital and Nursing Home


Saltaire Wesleyans 0   Queensberry 2

In Memoriam

BRIGGS – 20 December 1914 at 10 Shirley Street in Saltaire, Wilkinson Briggs aged 72.


Saltaire War Diary: 8 January 1915

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Percy Illingworth: Author's note - The death of Percy Illingworth, M.P. for Shipley, dominated this week's news.
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Mr John Charlesworth, of 1 Victoria Road, Saltaire, grocer, who died on the 26th Sept, last, aged 58 years, left estate valued at £1,550 12s 6d gross, with net personally £749 1s 2d. Probate of his will has been granted to his widow, Mrs Lucy Ann Charlesworth, and his sons, Mr Joseph Charlesworth, both of the above address, Mr George Charlesworth of 49 Avondale Road, Shipley, teacher of singing, and Mr Walter Charlesworth of 23 Scarborough Road, Shipley, grocer.
(Authors note - £1,550 was worth £156,000 in 2013)
(See diary 2 October 1914)


ACKROYD – At 17 Shirley Street, Saltaire on the 31st December, John Ackroyd, aged 64 years.

In Memoriam

LAMBERT – In loving memory of a dear mother, Catherine Elizabeth Lambert, who died January 5th, 1914. Missed most by those who loved her best. – Sons and Daughters 23 Albert Road, Saltaire.

SHACKLETON – In loving memory of my dear father, David Shackleton, of 33 Titus Street, Saltaire, who passed away January 9th, 1909.  “Gone but not forgotten” – A M Glover 40 Leyburn Grove, Shipley.

Football Report

Allerton v Saltaire Wesleyans
Bradford Hospital Cup – Replayed Two

At Allerton. The home side did well at the outset, and pinned Saltaire into their own half. Holdsworth, Lee and Metcalfe combined well and from the last-name d’s centre Lee had hard lines with a good header. Hardaker got clear away, but Briggs saved magnificently. Saltaire attacked, and a combined effort between Dutton, Milner and Bailey gave Milner a good chance. He shot hard and straight but Illingworth brought off a good save. At half time nothing had been scored.


Saltaire War Diary: 15 January 1915

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Saltaire Diary, 15 Jan 1915


The Shipley Volunteers are to parade to-night (Friday) at their headquarters, the Albert Road School, Saltaire, for an official inspection by Captain Burton of Bradford, who will report to the War Office on the general appearance of the corps, and the steps which are being taken to promote the efficiency of the members with regard to drill etc.
It is hoped that every member of the Corps will make a special effort to be in the parade room at 7.45 pm sharp tonight.

On Sunday morning next the Shipley Volunteers, who have maintained the excellent enthusiasm for drill which characterised the movement at the outset, are to have another church parade. They will assemble at the Albert Road School at a quarter to ten, and from there march to the Windhill Parish Church.

Boy Scouts

The 1st Saltaire Troop of Boy Scouts held a social gathering in the Co-operative Hall, Westgate, on Wednesday night. Ninety-six members sat down to supper, provided by Scoutmasters Whitfield and Power. During the evening various exercises were gone through, and these evidently interested the parents of the boys. Musical selections were contributed by Miss D Johnson and Scoutmaster Power.


The course of lectures on “Modern European History” at the Technical School, Saltaire, are being attended by a number of earnest students who are mostly members of the Shipley Branch of the Workers’ Educational Association. Mr Swaby, the lecturer, is an enthusiast on the subject, and deals with it in a very interesting and instructive manner. This (Friday) evening the subject will be “Austria in the last 250 years.” The lecture commences at 8 o’clock and will be followed by questions and answers and general discussion.

Thespians Success

The excellence of the production which has been given each evening this week at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, by the Shipley Amateur Thespian Society affords ample proof that the organisation has made remarkable progress since its formation. This year’s effort is on behalf of the local War Distress and Belgian Relief Funds.

Exchange of Pulpits

A week of united prayer under the auspices of the World’s Evangelical Alliance was observed in Shipley last week. United services were held at the various places of worship, and the preachers were as follows;-
Monday – Rosse Street, Rev B Hericots, Vicar of Shipley
Tuesday – St Paul’s Church, Rev P D Pringle
Wednesday – Saltaire Congregational Church, Rev H W Burdon
Thursday – Windhill Mission, Rev E Hardin
Friday – Shipley Wesleyan, Rev F Pickering
Saturday – Saltaire Road Primitive Methodist Chapel, Rev J R Robinson.

Death of Mr Edward Renard

The funeral took place at Eastbourne on Saturday of Mr Edward Renard, who will be remembered by a good many Shipley residents as a former headmaster at the School of Arts, Saltaire, of which he was in charge for about a dozen years. It was during his term of office that the study of art as applied to industry was introduced into the Shipley Technical School. During the year the Saltaire Exhibition was held he was instrumental in starting the Yorkshire Union of Artists, which has since had a very successful career. Mr Renard leaves a widow and one daughter.

The Late John Boddy of Saltaire

The funeral took place yesterday week, at Nab Wood Cemetery, of Mr John Boddy, who for a long period took an active interest in the work of the Saltaire Wesleyan Church and Sunday School. The deceased, who for the last few years had resided with his son Joseph at Lidget Green, worked at Saltaire Mills for over half a century – fifty-four years to be exact. At the Wesleyan Church and school he had at one time or another held practically all the offices open to a layman. Mr Boddy was highly respected by the people of Saltaire. Prior to the internment a service was conducted in the Wesleyan Chapel, by the Rev J R Robinson, who also officiated at the graveside. The floral tributes included a wreath from the Saltaire Wesleyan Church and Sunday School.


Saltaire Institute lost to Friendly Societies Hall 1207 to 1319.


Harry Beaumont of 3 Shirley Street Saltaire married Annie Marston of 6 Park Street Shipley 2 January 1915 at St Paul Shipley.


Saltaire War Diary: 22 January 1915

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Saltaire War Diary 22 January 1915

Life in Germany

Mrs Cockcroft, wife of Mr. Wilson Cockcroft, late of Bingley, has recently arrived in this country from Germany, and she is staying with her brother, Mr William Ingham of 5 Rhodes Street, Saltaire. With her husband and family she has resided for two years near Breslau in Silesia in Germany, (Authors note – Breslau is now Wroclaw in Poland), where Mr Cockcroft has been manager of a large manufacturing firm. Her husband has been a civil prisoner of war for about eleven weeks at Ruhleben near Spandau.
Every day after he was interned, Mrs Cockcroft had to report herself, and she was told each time she arrived late or failed to attend she would render herself liable to seven days imprisonment.
English prisoners in Germany (says Mrs Cockcroft) are badly treated, and the Germans said that was because their countrymen were having to suffer so much in England. Her husband wrote to her a short time before her departure asking for dripping to be put onto his bread. He had written to her to say he had no money, although she had sent him £5. A letter telling how Mr Cockcroft had spent Christmas Day, concluded with the words, “Your broken-hearted but loving husband.” This communication had been tampered with by someone who erased several words and substituted others.
The papers in Germany publish nothing but news of German victories, and the people are in the dark as to what is really happening in the war. Before Mrs Cockcroft left it was stated that there was a revolution in England. The German people really believe they will invade England and make the country into a Germany colony. To achieve that purpose they are, so it is said, preparing a fleet of Zeppelins.

Mothers Meeting

The members of the Saltaire Mothers’ Meeting on Wednesday presented to Mrs Lindley (who is leaving the district) a beautiful handbag bearing a silver plate suitably inscribed. Mrs Lindley has taken an active interest in the society for over eleven years. On behalf of the subscribers the presentation was made by Mrs Feather who expressed the hope that the recipient and her husband would have long life and happiness. Mrs Lindley suitably responded.
(Author’s note – Mrs Lindley was Rachel Edith Lindley. She lived with her husband Richard, a life assurance superintendent, at 17 Victoria Park in Shipley. They left Shipley for Newcastle so Mr Lindley could take a post there with the Prudential Assurance Company. They emigrated to Canada in 1920.)

In Memoriam

BAYLIFF – In loving memory of Elsie Bayliff who passed away Jan 21st, 1911.
We think of her in silence
No eye can see us weep
But ever deep within our hearts
Her memory still we keep
Forget her – no we never will:
We loved her then, we love her still
From Father, Mother, and family, 51 Titus Street, Saltaire

MOSLEY – In loving memory of my dear husband, Stephen Mosley, who passed away January 22nd 1905.
6, Shirley Street, Saltaire


Elsie Eley of 10 Maddocks Street married Ernest Naylor of Bradford at St Pauls Shipley 16 January 1915.


Saltaire Institute lost to Shipley & District Working Men’s Club 638 – 1370

Football Report

Saltaire Wesleyans entertained Keighley Celtic. The homesters won the toss, and Keighley kicked off against the wind. In the first half Saltaire attacked vigorously, and the Keighley custodian had very little rest. After the interval Keighley played up strongly, and Wilks scored with a fine shot. For the following twenty minutes play was even, but just before time Keighley were awarded a corner. Nothing came of it however.
Result: - Keighley Celtic, 1 goal; Saltaire Wesleyan, nil.


Saltaire War Diary: 29 January 1915

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Saltaire War Diary, 1915, Jan 29

Girls High School

The very successful dramatic and musical entertainment – “Britannia and Her Empire” – recently given by the pupils of the Girls High School (the Salt Schools) is to be repeated at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, next Wednesday evening.
Everybody who was present on the former occasion was highly pleased with the way in which the performers acquitted themselves, and another crowded house may be expected, especially seeing that the proceeds are again on behalf of War Relief Funds.
As a result of the first performance, Miss Harriett Byles, the Headmistress of the school was able to send to the Official Committee for the relief of the Belgians in Belgium a cheque for £24, which has been greatly acknowledged by the secretary.

Saltaire Hospital Governors

The monthly meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held at the Saltaire Hospital on Wednesday night. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and the other members present were Miss Dunn, Mr W Cryer, Mr E L Baumann, Mr F Lister, Mr T Kendall, Councillors J Pitts and A Gill.
The monthly report stated that the following donations had been received;-
Sir Titus Salt Bart Sons & Co Ltd, £21
Shipley Oddfellows (Manchester Unity), £5 5s
Midland Railway Company, £2 2s
North Bierley Guardians, £2 2s
F Wigglesworth & Co Ltd, £1 1s
Employees of Charlestown Combing Company, £3 0s 1d
Employees of J R Fyfe & Co, 19s 6d   
Employees of Airedale Combing Company, 19s 11d
Employees of Scott Engineering Company, £2 12s 11d
Employees of J Parkinson & Sons, £1
Employees of Shipley Woolcombing Company £6 6s
Employees of Lee & Crabtree, £1 4s
Employees of S W Clough & Co, £1 3s
Shipley Post Office (gains and fines), 12s 6d
St Pauls Church, £2 7s 10d
Saltaire Congregational Church, £1 1s
Shipley Congregational Church, 14s
Bethel Baptist Church, 10s
Mr John Kendall, £1 1s
Total, £53 19s 9d

Mr Crabtree (Messrs Lee & Crabtree) had forwarded a dozen rabbits.
The Chairman and several members expressed their appreciation at the satisfactory number of donations.

Saltaire Institute Club

At a meeting of the Libraries Committee the statement of accounts for the Institute Club for the year ended 31st December was submitted, and showed that in addition to the nominal annual rental of £10, which had already been paid, the club would be able to hand over to the Council the sum of £30, compared with £40 for the previous year.
The committee expressed their satisfaction at the management of the club, which under the prevailing adverse circumstances had achieved very good results. It was decided to ask the Surveyor to report as to the painting required at the club premises. Consideration of an application for an alteration in the heating system and new seating accommodation in the billiard room, was deferred.
At the instance of Councillor Cowgill, seconded by Councillor Doyle, the minutes of the Libraries Committee were adopted.

Shipley Textile Society

Under the auspices of the Shipley Textile Society there was an interesting exhibition of German clothes at the Technical School, Saltaire, on Monday evening, followed by a lecture by Mr Eber Midgley (Bradford Technical College). Councillor C E Learoyd (chairman of the Education Committee) presided.
Mr Midgley said that one of the best ways in which those who, for various reasons, were unable to join the armed forces, could help their country at this time was by considering how the industry in which they were most interested could be maintained and developed.
In German factories at present, outside the war stricken area there was a scarcity of wool; their home production could not keep the factories going. It was well known that attempts were being made to purchase wool in London to the order of neutral countries, but our authorities could be relied upon to keep a sharp look-out. Hence they could anticipate in course of time a partial, if not complete stoppage of the German factories.
The Bradford district, said Mr. Midgley, in conclusion, could capture a large part of the German and Austrian textile trade, but before that could be done there would have to be more co-ordination of all sections of the industry.
A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the lecturer.

The members of the Shipley Textile Society and the students of the textile classes at the Technical School visited the City of Bradford Conditioning House on Thursday evening, when they were conducted by the manager through the various departments and had the whole of the process fully explained. A most instructive evening was spent, and at the close a hearty vote of thanks were accorded to the manager and his assistants for their kindness and lucid explanations.

The next meeting of the society will be held in the Technical Schools on Monday Feb. 1st, when a lecture will be given by Mr J E Schofield (of the British Westinghouse Electrical Manufacturing Co, Ltd.). Subject: “The General Application of Electricity to the Textile Industry.”
On Monday, Feb. 15th, a lecture will be given by Mr J Dunville (of Bradford Technical College). Subject: “Comparison of Principles in Worsted Drawing Systems.”
Chair to be taken each Evening at 7.30 pm. The meetings are free and open to the public.
A meeting has been arranged to the Textile Departments of the City of Bradford Technical College on Monday, March 1st. Members of the Society and Students of the Textile Classes will meet at the Carlton Street entrance at 7.30 pm. Ladies cordially invited.

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Girl, smart, honest, Wanted, 16, to assist in shop and postal business – Apply Briggs, Newsagent, Gordon Terrace, Saltaire.


Saltaire Institute lost to West Ward Liberal Club 1083 to 1409.


Thomas Wright Coates married Louisa Gelder 27 January 1915 at Leeds Parish Church
(Authors note – Louisa Gelder was born 1871 in Saltaire the youngest of six children to William Gelder (1827-1905) & Mary Ann Bagnall (1829-1890). The family lived at 6 Harold Place in Saltaire with William working as a painter & decorator. Louisa worked as a teacher. She was living at 10 Bingley Road in Shipley when she died at Salts Hospital 2 April 1950.)


Saltaire War Diary: 5 February 1915

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The Shipley Volunteers Rifle Range in Ashley Lane is expected to be ready for opening tomorrow week. Another church parade is to be held on Sunday morning next, when the Volunteers will attend service at the Saltaire Wesleyan Church.
Councillor F F Rhodes, the chairman of the committee, whilst in London on business this week, called on the offices of the Central Association of Volunteer Training Corps, and had an interview with Mr R S Noble, the organising secretary.
One of the principal points raised was with the reference to the regulation requiring members of military age to sign a declaration that they will enlist in the Regular Army is called upon. When Mr Rhodes reports the official view of this regulation to the local corps the members affected will find that it is not so arbitrary as was first supposed.

Wesleyan Temperance Campaign

Last weekend much enthusiasm was shown in the Wesleyan churches on the temperance question. At Saltaire Wesleyan schoolroom on Saturday a young people’s rally took place, presided over by Mr John Ainley Leedal. Amongst those present were members of the Saltaire, Hall Royd and Tong Park Bands of Hope and Baildon, Charlestown, and Shipley Junior Wesley Guilds. A solo was sung by Mr N Keighley and Mr Robert J Denholm (of London) gave an address to the young folk on the human body, under the title of “The house that God built.”
Between the afternoon and evening meetings 150 persons sat down to a tea provided by the workers and friends of the Saltaire Band of Hope. A tea-table conference followed on the subject of “How to mobilise Methodism for temperance.”
The public meeting in the evening was presided over by Mr Ed. Robinson (Bradford), who was supported by Revs. Thos. Alcock, J R Robinson, and T H Ranns. The chairman in his opening remarks said the military authorities know that it is in the best interests of the nation to lessen the hours for the sale of intoxicating drinks. Mr R J Denholm lectured on “Russia’s great load,” dealing with the dramatic move of the Tsar in prohibiting for ever the Government sale of vodka, the fiery spirit which, said Mr Denholm had been ruining the peasantry. Solos were rendered in pleasing style by Miss Elsie Bentley.
On Sunday afternoon Mr Denholm advised the teachers and scholars at the Hall Royd Sunday School. A branch of the Abstainers League was formed and about fifty members were enrolled.
On Monday at Providence Wesleyan Schoolroom, the last meeting of the campaign was held, Mr J W Hampson presiding. Mr Denholm spoke on “The war through temperance spectacles.” Solos were contributed by Miss Mountain (of Baildon).
Much credit is due to the circuit temperance secretary Mr William Raistrick, who had organised the whole of the meetings.    

Hairdressers’ Association

Mr J Butterfield (vice-president) presided at the annual meeting of the Shipley & District Hairdressers’ Association, held on Wednesday at the Junction Hotel. From the statement of the secretary-treasurer it appeared that membership was fully maintained, and that the income had exceeded the expenditure. The weekly collections amongst the members on behalf of the Shipley War Fund and the Belgian Relief Fund had already realised £4 14s 6d, this being supplementary to the donations from the society funds.
The following officials were elected:-
President, Mr T Furniss
Vice presidents, Messrs J Butterfield and A Tillotson
Hon. secretary and treasurer, Mr Edgar Whitaker
Committee, Messrs A Hodgson, F Sutcliffe, Freeman Tillotson and J Furniss
Hon medical officer, Dr D Anderson
Hon solicitor, Mr W Dunn.

Dramatic Entertainment

The Victoria Hall, Saltaire, was filled in every part on Wednesday evening, when the students as the Girls’ High School, Saltaire, gave another performance of the dramatic and musical entertainment “Britannia and Her Empire.” As a result of the previous performance Miss Byles, the headmistress of the school, was able to send a cheque of £24 for the relief of those Belgians who have remained in their own country. Wednesday’s effort was in aid of a number of relief funds, and a good sum was realised.
The performance was again a great success, and the large audience thoroughly enjoyed it. Miss Byles, the writer, had introduced into the play a number of new passages, dealing with the section of the Colonies since last the piece was presented, with a view to bringing the libretto up to date. There was an innovation at which the opening in the shape of a flag drill, in which the Union Jack was formed from its component parts in full view of the audience. The performers throughout discharged their respective duties with even greater confidence than on the previous occasion, and the audience frequently testified to their appreciation.
By taking part in a play of this nature the performers are not only taught the principle of sacrificing their time and energies on behalf of those less fortunate than themselves, but they get a better grip of the many different peoples constituting the British Empire.

Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir

On Saturday afternoon and evening a very successful tea, concert and dance were held in the Masonic Room of the Saltaire Institute. About 60 persons were present, including the wives and friends of the choir. The ladies had provided an excellent tea, and a first class programme of music was afterwards rendered by the choir assisted Mrs Wood, Miss May Keighley, Miss Bradshaw, and Mr W Holroyd. Mr A Slingsby gave a fine rendering of “The Broken Melody,” whilst Mrs Slingsby recited effectively.
An interesting part of the proceedings was the presentation of a silver mounted baton to the conductor, Mr Fred Bradshaw. The presentation was made by Mr George Fawcett, who said it was a slight recognition of the choir’s indebtedness to their conductor for the success already achieved. Mr Bradshaw said he would value the gift very much and would spare no effort to make the choir equal to the best musical traditions of the village.
The various officers were elected, and the announcement that Sir James Roberts had given his consent to be president was applauded. Several councillors and other gentlemen were elected vice-presidents, along with an executive consisting of Mr Saville, Mr T Priestley, Mr A Webb, and Mr W Holroyd; treasurer, Mr N Keighley; librarian, Mr T Priestley; auditors, Messrs. Atkinson and Doyle; secretary, Mr P Seddon.
The choir have already a good number of engagements booked.

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If you want a really good shave send your Razor or Safety Blades to be microscopically set to T. Furness, Hairdresser, Victoria Road, Saltaire. “Gilettes” a speciality.


Saltaire Institute beat Shipley Cycling 1311 to 795.


Saltaire War Diary: 12 February 1915

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On Sunday morning about seventy members of the Shipley Volunteer Force attended service at the Saltaire Wesleyan Church. The men assembled at the Otley Road Council School, and under the command of Dr. Sharp marched along Manor lane, up Church Lane to the Bradford Road, and thence down Victoria Road to the church.
The service was conducted by the Rev. T Henry Ranns (of Baildon), who delivered an appropriate address. At the close of the service the National Anthem was sung.

Saltaire Wesleyan Poor Fund

A concert in aid of the Saltaire Wesleyan Poor Distress Fund took place in the school room on Saturday night. The Rev. J R Robinson presided. An excellent programme was sustained by Miss O A Feather, Miss M Keighley, Miss N Hill, Mr F G Wheatley, Mr Emmot, Mr E De Smet, Mr Jean Romedenne, Mr R D Sloovere and Miss E Emmott (accompanist). During an interval, a report on the work in connection with the poor fund was given by Mr F Feather (secretary). The concert was arranged by Miss O A Feather.

Whist Drive

A very successful whist drive was held at the Institute, Saltaire, on Tuesday under the auspices of the Ladies’ Section of the War Distress Committee. The object of the effort was to raise funds to purchase material for the making of garments for those who are serving with the colours, and for necessitous causes in the district.
During January about 330 garments were sent to Shipley soldiers at home and abroad, whilst over 200 were distributed in the locality, chiefly amongst the families of the soldiers. It is also worthy of note that the committee are providing work for a number of women who are in reduced circumstances owing to the war.
Mr W H Atkinson (Chief Librarian) acted as M.C. at the whist drive and the prize winners were as follows:- Mdm Dowette (a Belgian refugee staying at Moorland Avenue Baildon, who only arrived a fortnight ago), Miss Firth & Miss Nellie Gill, Mrs C E Learoyd, Mr A Brooksbank & Mr H Hirst. The prizes were given by Mrs Cromack, Miss Cordingley, Mrs Rimmington, Mr W A Butland, Mr F Rhodes and Mr Haydock.

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Gents Own Material Beautifully Tailored – Suits, Overcoats, Raincoats from 20s upwards. – Style, Fit and Workmanship Guaranteed – John Smith - The Tailor, Gordon Terrace, Saltaire.

Proposed Boot Repairers Association

A meeting of the boot repairers of Shipley and district was held on Monday last under the chairmanship of Mr J S Knott (Windhill) to consider the question of organising the members of the trade with a view to securing better prices for boot repairing and forming a boot repairing organisation for Shipley.
The meeting had been convened by the City of Bradford Master Bootmakers and Repairers Association, which was represented at the meeting by Mr J Jones (president), Mr A E Stockdill and Mr J Holmes (secretary). These three gentlemen addressed the meeting upon the advantages to be derived through combination, and instanced the benefits which had been obtained by Bradford repairers through membership of the Bradford association. They emphasised the fact that repairers needed organisation now as never before, because of the greatly increased prices which they were being called upon to pay for their materials. At the conclusion of the war also, when leather prices came down to something like normal, it would be advisable for them to be combined to protect their interests against any such encroachments which might be attempted by factors and other wholesalers.
Several of the local repairers expressed themselves in favour of organisation, and eventually a list of names was compiled for membership of the Bradford Association, pending a decision as to whether or not Shipley should have an organisation of its own. The list of names included D Drake, Victoria Road, Saltaire.
It was decided that the next meeting of the repairers should take place on Tuesday, February 16th, when the question of a local association should be discussed, together with consideration of minimum repairing prices.


Gilbert Kitchen, a teamer, of 8 Queen Street, Bingley, employed by Messrs J R Holmes and Sons, brewers of Bingley, met with an accident in Commercial Street on Thursday night of last week. He was driving a horse attached to a waggon, when whilst near the Pavillion De Luxe he fell off the vehicle.
Kitchen was removed in the horse ambulance to the Saltaire Hospital where he was found to be suffering from injuries to the head. He was attended to by Dr. Selkirk.


James Harold Jackson (25) (Millhand) married Ann Elizabeth Walker (31) 6 February 1915 at St Peters Shipley. Both lived at 25 Helen Street in Saltaire.

Wanted Ad

Errand Boy Wanted – Apply Metcalfe, Chemist, Gordon Terrace, Saltaire


Mr and Mrs Kitchen and family wish to thank all friends for kind expressions of sympathy and floral tributes in their recent sad bereavement – 2 Dove Street, Saltaire

(Author’s note – this refers to the death of Bertha Kitchen, who died 1st Qtr. 1915 aged just 14).


Saltaire War Diary: 19 February 1915

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A rifle range for the use of the Shipley Volunteer Force was opened at the District Council’s depot, Ashley Lane, on Wednesday evening. Ever since the force was formed the committee have been on the look-out for suitable premises for a range, and they, had almost come to the conclusion that no suitable structure could be found for the purpose, and that the only to secure one was by building, when a suggestion was made that a long shed at the Council’s depot, adjoining the slaughterhouses, should be inspected. This was done, and it was at once seen that the shed could be made into an ideal place for a range.
The District Council readily granted the use of the shed, and on the open side erected a brick wall. The firm of Messrs Joseph Parkinson & Son, Canal Ironworks, generously provided all the ironwork for the targets, and after carrying out about £7 worth of plumbing work Messrs A Bagnall & Son Ltd, were good enough to intimate that no account should be rendered.
The shed is 37 yards long and the distance from the firing point to the targets is 25 yards. When shooting the men lie on mats, and by a pulley arrangement all that is necessary to bring the targets up to the mats is to turn a wheel. By this means the shooter gets the card with the “scores” he has registered. The chief merit of this arrangement is the fact that it is an effective safeguard against accidents.
On Wednesday evening there was a good muster of Volunteers at their headquarters, the Albert Road School. Headed by the drummers and buglers, the men marched to the rifle range. At the opening ceremony Mr Rhodes, on behalf of the corps, expressed thanks to Mr Parkinson and Messrs Bagnall for their handsome gifts. He also tendered thanks to the District Council for allowing them the use of the building, and defraying the cost of the wall (about £30). With the approval of the large company present, Mr Rhodes then fired the first shot. Business was brisk at the range during the evening. Cartridges are supplied to members at the rate of ten for three pence.

The following appointments have been made by the Military Council of the Corps:
President, F F Rhodes
Commander of the Force, Dr E S Sharpe
Adjutant, R C S Wade
Company Commander (A Co), F E Williamson
Second in command of company, L Seegar
Platoon commanders, W Comfort, J Henderson, R C Ackernley & F Parkinson
Quartermaster & Acting-Paymaster, L Shackleton
Acting Company Sergeant-Major, H Bow
Acting Platoon Sergeants, F Newell, W L Booth, G Bolton, R Illingworth, H Thornton & F Ramsden
Acting Sergeants, S H Servent, M B Riley, A Haigh-Lumby, S Davies & C Boyce
Acting Lance-Sergeants, W C Loagee, N Clarke, A R Jaffee & J Witts (Orderly Room Clerk)
Acting Corporals, H Abson, G H Smith, N Firth, W N Finlayson, J Parker, W Redman, W E Haley, W K Plunkett, T H Higson, & T Salter.
Acting Lance-Corporals, G H Easby & J H Halliday

Council Offices

The question of office accommodation for the Council’s staff during the erection of the new building has been under consideration lately, and at a meeting of the Finance Committee last night it was decided to recommend that arrangements be made for temporary offices at the Saltaire Institute. This recommendation will come before the council at the monthly meeting next Tuesday.


The Bradford Dyers Association Ltd, have made a donation of five guineas to the Saltaire Hospital.


Numerous cases of sickness amongst the 6th West Yorkshire (Reserve Battalion), who are housed at Dumb Mill, Frizinghall, have been sent to Saltaire Hospital. Yesterday there were eleven soldier in-patients at that institute and most of them were suffering from the effects of the cold wet weather.
As they reach the convalescent stage these men are in need of little “extras” and the Matron (Miss Mitchell) will be glad to receive any gifts intended for them. Suitable gifts are eggs, cakes, biscuits, fruit, tobacco and cigarettes.

Workers Educational Association

The Shipley branch of this association had what may be termed a “field day” on Saturday last. In the afternoon a conference of representatives from the various local bodies affiliated to the branch was held in the Technical School, Saltaire.
Councillor Albert Gill (president of the branch) occupied the chair and said that the Workers Educational Association was making itself felt as an educational force. Already some 180 branches were affiliated to the parent body, and spread over the United Kingdom. The conference, he said had been arranged to discuss ways and means of bringing Shipley into line with the best branches.
The Secretary, Mr Alfred Clarke, briefly reviewed the work done up to the moment, and Mr Edward Parker (manager of the Shipley Labour Exchange) reported upon his visit to the Sheffield branch. A discussion then took place with regard to a proposal to form tutorial classes next winter. It was decided for the present to let the matter stand in abeyance.
After an excellent tea, which was served in the Institute, and to which about 70 persons sat down, a very enjoyable social took place. A number of visitors in association with the W.E.A. were presented from Ilkley, Keighley, Silsden, Bradford, Bramley, Bingley and Leeds.
During an interval Mr Arthur Greenwood, of Leeds University, gave an address outlining the main objects of the association, in which he said the attaining of book knowledge was not the only aim and desire of the members, but to get into closer touch with life, to establish a fellowship, and prepare the workers for taking their part in the various duties of citizenship and human sympathy.
Amongst those contributing to the evening’s entertainment were Miss Mortimer, Miss Johnson, Miss A Sanctuary, Mr Sutcliffe and a quartet party from the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir, consisting of Mr Peter Seddon, Mr Norman Keighley, Mr Alfred Webb and Mr Enoch Milner.


Saltaire War Diary: 26 February 1915

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Shipley Guild of Help

An excellent concert was given at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Wednesday night in aid of the Shipley Guild of Help. Mr Jean Romedenne, the clever Belgian violinist, who is now resident with Dr & Mrs Irvine Bonner, expressed a wish to show his gratitude for the hospitality of the Shipley people to his compatriots, and with the assistance of his host and hostess a concert was arranged, and the proceeds to be given to the charity named. Mrs Bonner especially worked very energetically in making the arrangements and she is to be congratulated on the success achieved.
It is expected that the proceeds, which were in aid of the Shipley Guild of Help, will amount to about £10.

Accommodation for Shipley District Council

The Shipley District Council has not yet definitely decided where to provide temporary accommodation for meetings and for the office staff when they vacate the old Manor House, which is to be pulled to make room for the new Public Offices. Two proposals have been under consideration – one for making the headquarters of the Council at the Saltaire Institute and another for renting for this purpose the residence known as Somerset House which has entrances from Otley Road and Manor Lane. Somerset House was the residence of the late Mr Miles Sowden, whose family have recently removed to Bradford.
Both places are to be inspected by the Council to-morrow (Saturday) afternoon, and subsequently a meeting will be held at the Institute for the purpose of setting the question. When a decision has been arrived at arrangements will at once be made for quitting the Manor House, as the contractors are waiting to commence operations. The tenders for the new offices were accepted by the Council in the early stages of the war, and some of the contractors found it necessary to make additions in consequence of the higher prices of building materials. Increases in the contracts amounting in the aggregate to £360 have been allowed by the Council. Considering that the contracts are for a £12,000 scheme the difference does not seem excessive under the circumstances.

(Authors note - £12,000 in 1915 amounts to £1.1 million in 2015)

Victoria Hall

At a meeting of the Libraries Committee, the tender of Messrs Dodsworth & Spencer at £45 12s, for the new scenery at the Victoria Hall, and the tender of Mr R Lindley, at £15 18s, for the electric lighting of the stage at the Victoria Hall, were accepted. 

Saltaire Hospital

The monthly meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held on Wednesday night at the Saltaire Hospital. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and the other members present were Mrs J R Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Mr F Lister, Mr E L Baumann, Mr W Cryer and Mr T Kendall. A letter was read from Mrs Titus Salt regretting her inability to be present, as she was just recovering from illness.
The monthly report stated that there had been eighty one out-patients. At the date the last report there were eleven in-patients, and thirty four had since been admitted, making a total of forty five. Of these thirty two had been discharged, leaving thirteen in the hospital at the present time.
Donations had been received from Messrs J Parkinson and son, £10; and the Bradford Dyers’ Association Ltd, £5 5s. It was reported that the following gifts had been received for members of the 5th West Yorkshires (whose headquarters are at Dumb Mill, Frizinghall), who have been admitted as in-patients to the hospital; Mrs Bertram F Roberts (eggs), Mrs Salter (magazines), Mrs Valkenburg (cigarettes), Master Roy Fyfe (cigarettes, fruit and magazines). One person who desired to remain anonymous had forwarded some marmalade and biscuits.


On Monday 8th of March a lecture entitled “What is the matter with most of us” will be given by the Rev Mark Guy Pearse at Saltaire Wesleyan Church. Sir Ellis Denby will take the chair at 7.30pm. The collection will be in aid of Circuit Funds.


Saltaire War Diary: 5 March 1915

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Letter from the Front

Pte. Arthur Woodhead, of Titus Street, Saltaire, who is at the front with the Army Ordnance Corps, has sent an interesting letter to Mr Alfred Bagnall, head of the firm of Messrs A Bagnall and Sons Ltd, plumbers, decorators and general contractors, Market Street, Shipley. Pte. Woodhead served his apprenticeship with the firm named, and his bent is clearly indicated by the fact that twice during his apprenticeship he tried to enlist, and soon after the completion of his terms, in 1904, he did join His Majesty’s Forces.
Writing from Flanders, Pte. Woodhead says he wishes to show his appreciation of Mr Bagnall’s generosity in making a handsome gift to the Shipley Volunteer Rifle Range. Men like Mr Bagnall and others who have helped to provide the local range do much, he says, to make the coming generation a nation of sharp shooters. He has read in the “Times and Express,” which he receives from every week, an account of the opening of the Rifle Range.
He states that they have an occasional visit from German aeroplanes, but up to the present the German airmen have not done much harm. He has had a trip round France since he went to the continent. With a small party he went with ammunition and rifles for the Indian contingent, and was at Marseilles when the Indians arrived. He has had a decent time he concludes, and has therefore much to be thankful for.

Tram Driver’s Sudden Death

The death took place suddenly on Monday of Mr James McGrath, a tram driver in the employ of the Bradford Corporation, who lived at 13 Whitlam Street, Saltaire. The deceased, who was about 36 years of age, had suffered from bronchitis, but was following his occupation as recently as Sunday.
On Monday, whilst preparing to go out, he was suddenly taken worse, and expired shortly afterwards. Mr McGrath, who leaves a widow and two children, had been in employ of the Corporation for several years, and was popular with the passengers. He formerly worked for the old Mid-Yorkshire Tramway Co. The funeral took place yesterday (Thursday) afternoon at Nab Wood Cemetery.
(James was born c1875 in Northern Ireland, he married Annie Keleher in 1907. They had a daughter, Kathleen, born 1908 and a son, James, born 1910.) 

District Council

It has now been definitely decided that pending the erection of new Public Offices at Shipley the headquarters of the District Council are to be at Somerset House, Otley Road, the residence of the late Mr Miles Sowden. After inspecting this residence and Saltaire Institute on Saturday afternoon the Council came to the conclusion that Somerset House afforded the best accommodation for temporary offices, and that the rental at which they had it offered would be well spent money considering the saving in adapting the rooms at Saltaire, and upsetting the present arrangements there.

Saltaire Boys in Trouble

At Bingley on Wednesday Robert Lofthouse, labourer, Shipley and Albert Hill, William James Gough (14), Walter Richard Paxton (13) and Benjamin Thompson (12), all mill hands of Saltaire were charged with stealing an overcoat, a hammer, and various brass and copper fittings valued at £11, the property of John Robinson Turner of Warren Park Farm at Gilstead.
Superintendent Slack said that the things had been stolen from a stable at Gilstead on Sunday evening last. A farm labourer named John Teale had seen three of the lads carrying a sack, and on calling to them they had dropped the sack and ran away.
Lofthouse was remanded to Wakefield for 14 days with a view to his being placed under the Borstal System. Hill and Gough were remanded for seven days to the detention home at Shipley and Thompson was remanded for 14 days. Paxton was ordered to receive six strokes with the birch-rod.
(Albert Hill lived at 1 Lockwood Street, Saltaire)

Labour Party’s Annual Gathering

The eighth annual tea, concert, and dance in connection with the Shipley Branch of the Independent Labour Party took place on Saturday at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire. A large company partook of an excellent tea, served by Mrs Elizabeth Blythe, Mrs Jowett, Mrs Johnson, Mrs Binns, Mrs Horsfall, Mrs Appleyard, Miss Horsfall and Mrs Holyrod, who were assisted by Miss Cooper, Miss Blythe, Miss Holt, Miss Brown, Miss N Blythe, Miss Hudson, Mrs Wright, Mrs Hyde, Mrs Sandiforth, Mrs Verity and Mrs Tillitson.
The concert was presided over by Councillor Thomas Blythe, an enjoyable programme being sustained by Miss M Johnson, Miss P Mortimer, Mr M Todd, Mr M Simpson, Mr H Dickinson, and Mr H Smith (accompanist).
During an interval in the programme, prizes were presented to Miss Alice Blythe, Miss Florrie Horsfall and Master Naughton, who had sold the largest number of tickets for the event.
The proceedings concluded with dancing, Mr J Murgatroyd’s band providing the music. The secretarial arrangements for the gathering were carried out by Mrs Cooper.
(In 1911 the Blythe family were living @ 6 Park Avenue in Shipley – Thomas a was a stuff warehouseman.)

Salt Schools

It will probably be found that the Shipley Education Committee will require more money from the rates than last year. For one thing, the Salt High Schools are not paying their way. According to the Abstract of Accounts published by the Accountants to the District Council, these schools were in debt to the tune of £810 on the 31st March last, and the result of the past year’s working will, it is said, increase that amount by about £500.
Formerly it was the Boys’ School which presented financial difficulties; now it is the Girls’ school, and the explanation appears to be the reduction of fees some years ago, and the opening of a Secondary School at Guiseley, which district was formerly a good feeder for the schools at Saltaire.
We have good reason to be proud of the Salt High Schools, but the general body of ratepayers may reasonably ask that the demands upon them for subsidies should be limited. The schools were part of the Saltaire institutions municipalised in 1901, when the District Council took over the mortgage debt of £6,500. With premises rent free, the income from fees and grants ought at least to be sufficient to make both ends meet.

Teachers Wanted

Two certified Assistant Masters are required for the Central Upper Standard Boys School; also a certified Assistant Mistress for the Albert Road Infants School; salary in each case according to the Committee’s Scale. Forms of application may be obtained from the Secretary, and should be returned so as to reach not later than Saturday, the 20th instant
Walter Popplestone, Secretary and Director of Education, Education Office Shipley, 3rd March 1915.


28 February at St Pauls Shipley; Kathleen, daughter of Roy & Ida Maud Thompson  of 31 Rhodes Street.


Saltaire War Diary: 12 March 1915

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Hospital Needs in France

Sister Beatrice Bartlett is addressing a series of meetings in Bradford and district with the view to securing financial support for the Allies Hospital at Yvetot, near Rouen, France, and the initial gathering was held in the vicinity of Saltaire Mills during the dinner hour on Tuesday.
The hospital, which was originally a monastery, has accommodation for 300 patients, and it was handed over to Sister Beatrice by General Goiran (Commander of the Third Division of the French Army). It has been thoroughly equipped, and Sister Beatrice, who is at the head of affairs, is making an appeal to the workers to provide the means for the maintenance and treatment of patients. Although every member of the staff is unremunerated, it is estimated that £2, 000 (£180,000 in 2015) a month will be required for the upkeep of the hospital.
Sister Beatrice and Mr Fred Skirrow, of Bradford (the local secretary of the Allies’ Hospital Fund), addressed a large crowd of employees at Tuesday’s meeting at Saltaire. Mr Skirrow remarked that Sister Beatrice had been working like a Trojan ever since the war commenced in order to extend and improve the hospital accommodation in France, and she had accomplished a great deal.
Sister Beatrice said that during the past eight months appeals had been made for financial help for many causes, and all classes had made a generous response. But the present appeal was addressed most particularly to the industrial population, who were asked to show their sympathy with the work by making their contribution no matter how small.
She spoke of the courage of the soldiers, and remarked that it was truly marvellous what the men could go through. The one wish of the wounded Tommies, whom she had been privileged to attend to, was that they might recover and be able to have a hand in giving the Germans “a good licking”.
The war, she added, was only just beginning. General Goiran had requested her to have 300 beds ready within eight weeks. That showed that enormous movements were expected to be made in the near future. To deal with the casualties which were anticipated it would require 200 such hospitals as that at Yvetet, and yet there were only thirty.
A good number have responded to the appeal for help, and it is expected that at various places where addresses are being given a local committee will be formed in order to give all an opportunity to contribute to the Allies’ Hospital Fund. Mr F Skirrow, of 19 Bank Street, Bradford, is the secretary for the district.

Grand Concert

Mr Jean Baptiste Radille, the professor of music who is with the Belgian refugees at Shipley Grange, has secured a promise from Mr Edouard Deru, violinist to the Belgian Court that he will play at a concert to be given in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Saturday, March 27th, in aid of the Shipley Refugee Fund. Mr Deru, whose fame is widely known, recently played in London.


On Tuesday night a millhand named Fred Bartle of 19 Thomas Street Shipley, was knocked down by a motor car in Otley Road. The car was driven by Richard Cox, motor mechanic of 3 Ada Street Woodbottom, Baildon. Bartle was conveyed to the Saltaire Hospital, where he was found to be suffering from concussion.

Saltaire Cricket Club

The annual concert and dance in connection with the Saltaire Cricket Club took place on Saturday at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire. Mr H Mann presided over the concert, and was supported by Mr E Butterfield.
A splendid programme was sustained by Miss Swithenbank (soprano), Miss Lamb (contralto), Mr H Hoyle (baritone), Mr G Illingworth (humourist), and the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir, consisting of Messrs P Seddon, J Bancroft, C Saville, C Green, N Keighley, J Ince, T Priestley, E Parker, H Sharpe, T Hewitt, A Webb, H Rhodes, A Rhodes, L Crosshand, C Bailey, F Walker, A Slingsby, E Shepherd, W Holroyd, G Fawcett, E Milner, G Sanctuary and F Bradshaw (conductor).
Mr W Raistrick’s band played for dancing and the M. C.’s were L Jolly and C Smith. Refreshments were served by Mrs Noble, Mrs Butterfield, Mrs Eccles, Mrs Butt, Mrs Riley, Mrs Lamb, Mrs Driver, Miss Booth and Miss Riley.

Motor Waggon Fatality at Shipley

A shocking accident occurred at Shipley about four o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, resulting in the death of a barber’s apprentice named Harold Thorpe (17), of  110 East Parade, Keighley. A motor waggon belonging to Messrs George Hattersley and Sons Ltd, machine makers of Keighley, and driven by Samuel Hardwick of 132 Parkwood Street Keighley, was proceeding along the Bradford Road near the top of Park Street, and Thorpe was riding a bicycle beside the waggon and holding on to the waggon with one hand. The bicycle skidded against the side of the vehicle. Thorpe was thrown off, one of the wheels of the passing over him. On being conveyed to the Saltaire Hospital and examined by Doctors Sharpe and Thornton he was found to be suffering from severe internal injuries. Death took place soon after his admission.

An inquest on the body of the deceased was held at the Saltaire Hospital yesterday (Thursday) afternoon by the Deputy District Coroner, Mr E W Norris. Mr T H Thacker of Messrs Watson, Son and Smith (of Bradford) represented Messrs Hattersley and Sons and the driver.
Evidence of identification was given by Joseph Thorpe (brother of deceased), confectioner and tobacconist, of 85 Bradford Road, Shipley.
Ambrose Schofield, cloth finisher, 18 Ferrands Road, Shipley, spoke to seeing Thorpe riding along Bradford Road on Wednesday. Witness thought he was not safe, and on looking round saw the front wheel of the cycle catch the waggon, with the result that the deceased was thrown underneath the back wheel.
Samuel Hardwick, the driver of the motor waggon, said the first intimation he had that anything was wrong was when the waggon bumped, which caused him to think a wheel had come off.
A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned.
Mr Thacker expressed sympathy with the relatives of the deceased. He added that he thought there ought to be regulations made with regard to children and cyclists holding on to motor waggons and other vehicles. If it was made a punishable offence it would enable the police to have power to check what was a most dangerous practice.
The Coroner: The driver did everything he could under the circumstances.

Editorial – Musical Societies

Several musical societies have sprung up in the Shipley District since the collapse of that famous organisation, the Saltaire Prize Choir, who carried off the blue ribbon at many a first-class contest. We now have two amateur operatic societies.
The Shipley Amateur Thespians, by the way, have decided upon “The Yeomen of the Guard” for their next production, whilst the Shipley Amateur Operatic Society are to rehearse “The Mikado.” Both performances will be in aid of the local charities.
Much interest is being taken in the Male Voice Choir started amongst the employees at Saltaire Mills, and the Choral Society has made excellent progress under the baton of Mr Arthur Pearson, a well-known local musician and composer. The latter society is giving a concert at the Windhill Wesleyan Mission Hall next Wednesday evening, and an attractive programme has been arranged. Singers desirous of joining the society should apply to the honorary musical society, Mr James A Gibson, 47 Field Street, Shipley.

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Saltaire War Diary: 19 March 1915

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Railway Porter

Members of the Shipley Branch of the National Union of Railwaymen will be pleased to hear of the further promotion of one of their fellow-members, H Knivett of 17 Wellington Street, Bingley, who enlisted in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in October last.
Knivett was made Corporal some time ago, and this week he has been promoted to Sergeant. He is only 19 years of age, and he has the best wishes of all Shipley Railwaymen for his future welfare. Until July of 1914 he was assistant porter at Saltaire, afterwards being transferred to Shipley Station. He is now at Folkestone awaiting orders for abroad.
Two other members of the Shipley Branch – Lance-Corporal C Roberts and Lance-Corporal R Turner – are at present in hospital – Turner at Manchester with a bullet wound, and Roberts in France, suffering from rheumatism.

(Harold Cecil Bertram Knivett born Norfolk 1985 – died 1 May 1943 @ 15 Collier Lane Baildon.)  

Textile Society

A lecture on “Costing for textile fabrics” was given in the lecture-room at the Technical School on Monday last by Mr A M Chapman, City and Guilds’ examiner in woollen and worsted weaving. Mr H B Dean occupied the chair.
The lecturer dealt fully with the method of arriving at the cost of warp and welt and the question of picks per inch when the fabric was tight and slack on the loom, on the table, and in the finished condition. He also spoke on the question of waste, gave a sample costing for dress goods, and referred to the various methods of dealing with question of fixed expenses, which, he said, deserved more care and attention than was generally practised.
The question of cost per loom for room and power was also dealt with, and the lecturer gave a table of costs for looms from 47 in. to 84 in. reed width. Fixed expenses were taken as follows: (1) Motive powers, (2) repairs and depreciation, (3) lighting and ventilating, (4) interest on capital, (5) wages, (6) taxes and insurances.
The vexed question of charges for patterns, and the cost of designs and cards etc., where Jacquards are required, as well as the piracy of designs were enlarged upon. Costing for worsted coating was fully gone into, and Mr Chapman described the various methods of allowance, which eventually became recognised as the “English woollen measure.”
The lecture was full of detailed information of great importance in the manufacture of all classes of textile fabrics, and it was much appreciated. Mr Ellis Atkinson (of Bradford) and others joined in the discussion, and a hearty vote of thanks to the lecturer brought the meeting to a close.

Court Action

At the Leeds Assizes on Saturday, before Mr Justice Coleridge, Mary E Parker, of 25 Wellington Crescent, Shipley, brought an action to recover damages for personal injuries from Mr F R Webster, yarn agent, 122 Tolley Lane, Bradford, now serving as a second-lieutenant with the 16th West Yorkshire (Service) Battalion at Skipton. Mr Edward Shortt, K.C. M.P., and Mr Harold Newell appeared for the plaintiff, Mr G F L Mortimer and Mr F Beverley for the defendant.
Mr Shortt, in opening the case for the plaintiff, said that on November 5, 1913, Miss Parker had been spending the evening with some friends in Bradford. Shortly after ten o’clock she walked down Oak Lane into the Bradford and Keighley Road. She wanted to take a tram towards Shipley, but as none was approaching she walked on, keeping on the left hand pavement. When she got to the second tramway stopping place she heard the sound of a tram coming behind her and walked out into the roadway in order to stop it. She stood near the rails facing the oncoming car when she suddenly saw a flash of light and remembered practically nothing more until the next day, when she found herself in hospital. The driver of the motor car conveyed Miss Parker to her home.
She was suffering from concussion to the brain, severe bruising, and a comminuted fracture of one leg. She was taken to Salt Hospital, Saltaire, and remained there until February 4, 1914. One of her legs was permanently shortened, and in the matter of general health it was probable she would never be the same again.
Miss Parker, having corroborated Mr Shortt’s opening statement, Arthur Mawson, a tramcar driver, gave evidence that on the night of the accident a motor-car travelling towards Bradford passed his car which was travelling towards Shipley, on the left hand side. Soon afterwards Mawson saw Miss Parker lying near the rails. The witness admitted, in reply to Mr Mortimer, that it did not surprise him to see the motor car pass on his left. That was habitual at that spot, for the tram lines were very near the pavement on the one side, while on the park side the road was very wide.
Medical evidence having been given, the defendant was called. He said he had driven a car for two and a half years before the accident. On that occasion he was travelling towards Bradford, his wife and her maid being in the car with him. He denied that Miss Parker stepped from the pavement next to the park. He said that when he was about seventy yards from her he saw her step off the pavement on his left. He sounded the horn and blew a whistle. He concluded that Miss Parker heard him, for she looked towards the car on two occasions. When the car was nearly upon her she stood still and he veered to the right to get clearly past. Then she suddenly stepped forward, seemed confused, stepped back again and slipped. The car passed over her leg; it did not strike her down. He was going at fifteen miles an hour.
The Judge: You say she was confused. You were only going at fifteen miles an hour. Did it ever occur to you to stop! – No, sir.
The Judge: People in motor cars seem to think they should never stop.
The defendant’s wife corroborated his evidence; and Mr C J Spencer, general manager of the Bradford City Tramways, said the road at that spot was regarded as a double road. It was customary for trams to use one side of the road and all other traffic, the other side.
The Judge remarked that it was a perfectly idle contention that motor cars or other vehicles had the right to the road to the exclusion of foot passengers. A person coming along on wheels and seeing a foot passenger standing, especially if that foot passenger’s back were towards the person on wheels, had no right to run that passenger down and say “You ought to have got out of the way.” Referring to the headlights of the defendant’s car, the Judge said that headlights were extremely convenient for the person driving a car, but they were not so convenient for a person who wished to avoid the car.
The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff with £250 damages. (Worth £23k in 2015)

(Mary Elizabeth Parker was born 1885 in Leeds. In 1911 she was a housekeeper for her widowed father. John at 25 Wellington Crescent in Shipley. John was a newspaper reporter.)


John Hall aged 60 was buried at Nab Wood Cemetery 15 March 1915. He died in Saltaire Hospital.

(John lived at 41 St Paul’s Road in Shipley. He died 12 March 1915. In his will he left £173 12s 8d (worth £16k in 2015) to his brother, Alfred, and to a Harry Bradley.)


Saltaire War Diary: 26 March 1915

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Club for Wives

A meeting was held in Saltaire Institute on Saturday of ladies interested in a scheme for forming a Social Club for the wives, widows, and dependants of soldiers and sailors in Saltaire, Shipley and Windhill. An executive committee was elected as follows: Mrs Beaver (president), Mrs Herklots and Mrs Cross (vice presidents), Miss Moss, Mrs Pringle, Miss Foster, Mrs Ingham (hon secretary), and Mrs Hamilton (hon treasurer).
It was decided to accept the very generous offer made by the Vicar of Shipley of the use of the Mission Room in Hargreaves Square, free of rent, coal and gas charges, and the committee desire it to be known that the club is now open on Monday and Thursday afternoons between 2.30 and 4.30, and on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9.
All women who have sons or husbands serving in the Army or Navy will be welcome. Newspapers and periodicals will be provided and toys for the children, and every effort will be made to show sympathy and provide a pleasant hour for those who have sacrificed so much for their country.
A cup of tea and a bun will be offered for the modest sum of one penny, and it is proposed to have free entertainment once a fortnight.
In order to equip the club with the necessary comforts and carry on the work successfully, funds will be required, and the Committee appeal with confidence to the public of Shipley, for financial help in this scheme to brighten the lot of those on whom the strain of anxiety and absence falls so heavily.
Contributions will be thankfully received by the treasurer, Mrs Hamilton of Victoria Park, Shipley or by any member of the Committee.

Saltaire Congregational Church

Choir anniversary services were held at the Saltaire Congregational Church on Sunday. The preacher was the Rev P Drummond Pringle, M. A. The choir rendered the anthem “The Lord is my strength” (Smart).
In the afternoon there was a musical service, at which the choir were assisted by Miss Carrie Birkbeck (soprano), Mr W E Heap (tenor), and Mr B Knott (bass). Organ solos were played by Mr George Sutcliffe (organist and choirmaster).
In the evening Stainer’s “Daughter of Jairus” was given by the choir. The collections were on behalf of the choir funds.

Saltaire Congregational Sunday School

The annual tea and concert in connection with the Saltaire Congregational Sunday School took place in the schoolroom on Saturday. A company numbering over 400 partook of an excellent repast. The Rev. P D Pringle presided over the concert which was greatly enjoyed. The programme, which was performed by the scholars, consisted of an operetta entitled “Flags of The Nations.” Miss Witts, Miss G Thornton, Miss Doris Illingworth and Miss E. Margroom had trained the children, who committed themselves admirably. Some of the costumes were lent by Miss Hollingworth of the Moorhead Primary School. The proceeds of the gathering amounted to £20 15s.

School Finances

The Salt High Schools Finances Sub-committee have considered the various causes which had led to the adverse balance of £1411 6s 7d (£127k in 2015) in the High School accounts, the course to be adopted to meet the deficiency, and the steps to be taken to increase the income and reduce the expenditure of the schools in the future.
It was decided to recommend that the balance of three-ninths from the rents of the Governors’ cottages at Saltaire, for the year ending 31st March, 1915, be allocated to the Girls’ High School. The Chairman moved and Councillor Shackleton seconded the adoption of this recommendation. The chairman remarked that the sub-committee had felt that unless they allocated the three-ninths to the purpose of education they would not be in a good position to go with a good case to any superior authority.
Councillor Gill said it appeared to him that the Saltaire Institute had a claim upon the rents of the cottages. It was desirable that the institute should not have to be subsidised from the rates, but it would have to be subsidised in that way, if the recommendations were adopted.
Councillor Cowgill said that the Institute was being rather hardly hit. Up to 1913 the Institute had the first claim on the cottage rents, and any surplus went to the Salt Schools or the Technical Schools. Still he had sympathy with the Governors in the position in which they found themselves. They had a greater financial need than the Institute, owing to their huge deficit, and he would therefore not press the claims of the Institute, but would express the hope that this year’s decision would not form a precedent.
Miss Unwin said it should be remembered how conditions had altered since the Salt Trust came into being. Originally the Institute was an educational institution, but it was not so today. Up to last year the High Schools had never had part of the money from the rents of the cottages, for the simple reason they had not needed it. So long as they did not need it, it was allocated to that part of the trust which did need it. But the schools did need the money now more than any other part of the trust, and the balance ought to go to them. The need on the part of the schools was so great that she did not think the money ought to be taken from them.
The recommendation was agreed to.

Death of Mr Joseph Paley

Joseph Paley, a gentleman whom was well known in musical circles, died on Monday night in his seventy-third year. Mr Paley has been twice married, and he leaves behind a widow, a son and three daughters. The funeral takes place today (Friday) at Baildon Church.

Death Notice

Whitfield – March 17th at 49 Kitson Street, Windhill Crag, Thomas aged 71 years, late of Saltaire.

(Thomas Whitfield b Shipley 1894. Married Jemima Stephenson 1869. Four children; William b1870, Joshua b1872, James b1875 and Florence 1881. Worked as a shoe maker, lived at 7 Caroline Street in Saltaire from 1887.)


Saltaire War Diary: 2 April 1915

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Submarine Attack Survivor

One of the passengers on the Elder Dempster liner Falaba, which was by a German submarine off the Welsh coast on Sunday, involving the loss of over 100 lives, was Mr Joshua Marshall, of 19 Highfield Terrace, Nab Wood, Shipley, whose name appeared first in the list of the saved.
Mr Marshall, by the way, is a native of Saltaire, and so, too, is his wife (nee Giles). He had previously been on business four times to West Africa and one of his homeward trips about two years ago was made on the ill-fated Falaba. He went aboard this ship again on Saturday, when she left Liverpool for the West Coast of Africa.
Mrs Marshall and an aunt went to Liverpool to see him off. In normal times he has embarked at the landing stage, but on Saturday the passengers were conveyed by tender to the Falaba, which was anchored some distance away in the river. The ship was due to sail at 3.30, but it was a few minutes after six when she moved off. At such a time as this the delay was naturally talked about on board, and it was whispered that it was due to an enemy submarine having been reported somewhere in the vicinity of the river mouth. One reassuring fact, however, was that when they did weigh anchor they were followed down the river by a White Star liner bound for America. Unhappily the Falaba was destined to become the target of a German torpedo, which sunk the ship, resulting in heavy loss of life, and an exhibition of cold-blooded conduct on the part of the enemy which for all time will rank with the many vile deeds against the dictates of humanity already against the modern Huns.
The Shipley friends of Mr Marshall will be interested in his own story of the sinking of the Falaba, which he gave to our representatives who called at residence on Tuesday morning, he having arrived home late the previous night. Mr Marshall showed very little signs of the terrible ordeal through which he had passed. Asked about one or two slight bruises on his face he said he supposed he had got them by tumbling into the lifeboat which took him away from the Falaba a few minutes before she went down.
The first intimation he received that a submarine had been sighted was about ten minutes past twelve, Sunday noon. He had just been shaved by the ship’s barber, and was about to have his hair cut, when one of the stewards shouted “There’s a submarine coming alongside.” At first they hoped it might prove to be a British vessel, but naturally the passengers hastened on deck. About fifty yards off the port side of the Falaba, and in line with the stern of the ship, the submarine was plainly to be seen. Some of the passengers stated that when they first saw her she was flying British flags, but when he noticed her she was showing her true colours.
The captain of the submarine was shouting through a megaphone to the captain of the Falaba, and although he spoke in German they all understand that they had received a message to stop. The skipper of the Falaba saw no chance to escape and the engines were brought to a standstill.
Orders came from the bridge for the boats to be lowered and the crew at once got to work at the davits, the passengers meanwhile going to their cabins for lifebelts. He (Mr Marshall) fetched two, one of which he put on himself, whilst the other he handed to another passenger. On looking over the port side he saw that two of the boats had been lowered. These had been filled with people – including, it was believed at the time, all the eight women who had been aboard – and were moving away from the ship.
Sailors and others were trying in vain to let down the third lifeboat on the port side. He therefore crossed over to the starboard side, where he found that through some mishap whilst being lowered two lifeboats had been smashed to pieces and the people who had been in them were struggling in the water. As on the port side, the gear of one of the starboard lifeboats could not be got to work properly. After the boat had been filled with people the stern end of the boat dropped towards the water, but the forepart could not be got away from the davits, and the boat assuming an almost perpendicular position the occupants were pitched into the sea. The sailors cut the ropes, and the boat righting itself when it reached the water a number of men managed to climb into it.
Returning to the port side of the ship he that the sailors were then able to lower the third lifeboat there, and he was one of twenty passengers and crew rescued by that boat.
The submarine had disappearing guns aboard. Although it was said that the Falaba passengers and crew were allowed a few minutes in which to take to the boats that period did not seem to him to have elapsed when a torpedo struck the Falaba on the aft well deck.
The result was a terrible explosion which sent a column of water a great height into the air. “In the water thrown up you could also see, “said Mr Marshall, “portions of the deck and other debris. It was at once evident that the Falaba had received a mortal blow. She listed heavily to starboard until the decks were, I should say, at an angle of about 45 degrees. There were some men still on the ship, and you could see them trying to climb up to the handrail on the port side by getting their finger nails between the deck planks. The poor fellows could not hold on, and gradually slid into the water. The Falaba sank stern first, the bow standing out of the water 20 or 30 feet when the stern had disappeared. The lifeboat in which I had found a place was not more than twenty of thirty yards away from the bow of the Falaba when the latter was torpedoed. The crew of the submarine appeared to be all on deck when the Falaba went down. I believe the captain had summoned them up to see the last of the ship they had torpedoed. They made no attempt to save the people struggling in the water, and what other survivors have said about their jeering is quite true.”
Mr Marshall thinks that the wireless operator on the Falaba succeeded in getting in touch with an English wireless station, and that the submarine may have intercepted the message. At any rate, after sinking of the Falaba, the submarine quickly moved off.
After rowing for about three hours, Mr Marshall and his fellow survivors were taken on to the Lowestoft trawler, Eileen Emma and afterwards transferred to HMS Liffey  which landed them at Milford about ten o’clock on Sunday night.
Mr Marshall speaks in the highest terms of praise of the kindness shown to the survivors alike by the crews of the trawler and the Liffey. On the latter ship they were put between hot blankets in the men’s bunks, and given hot cocoa and other refreshments. One of the men gave Mr Marshall a sailor’s hat ribbon, bearing the inscription, in gilt letters, “HMS Liffey.” Needless to say that is a souvenir which will be highly prized by him and his family.
At Milford, the survivors were most hospitably treated at the Seaman’s Home, a band of Red Cross nurses doing everything in their power to make them comfortable. Mr Marshall left Milford at 10.20 on Monday morning, and reached home at 11 pm. He had previously sent a wire to his wife announcing that he was among the saved.
One of the victims was a friend of Mr Marshall’s named Willis, whom he had met in West Africa on the occasion of a previous visit. They were occupying the same cabin on the Falaba. Both of them were members of a Volunteer Corps in West Africa.
The captain of the Falaba, who was picked from the water, succumbed to injuries (probably from floating wreckage) whilst on the trawler, Eileen Emma.  

(Joshua was living with his parents at 26 Helen Street in Saltaire, when he married Laura Emma Giles 16 April 1904 at St Pauls Shipley. Laura was living with her parents at 30 Albert Road (renumbered 59) in Saltaire.)

The Athletes’ Volunteer Force

Company Orders, April 3rd to 8th

Friday, April 2nd (Good Friday), no drill
Saturday April 3rd, no general parade
Monday, April 5th (Easter Monday), no drill
Tuesday, April 6th (Easter Tuesday), no drill
Wednesday, April 7th, Tradesman drill, Albert Road, 6pm

  • Signalling class, Albert Road, 8pm
  • Officers’ sword drill, Albert Road, 8pm
  • No 7 Platoon, Windhill, 8pm

Thursday, April 8th, No 3 Platoon, Rifle Range 8pm

  • No 4 Platoon, Albert Road and Range 8pm
  • No 6 Platoon, Otley Road and Range 8pm

E S Sharpe, Commander, Headquarters, Albert Road Schools, 31st March.

War Refuge Concert

On Saturday evening last (27th March) a large audience, including many of the Belgian refugees at present in Shipley and district, assembled at the Institute, Saltaire for a concert arranged by M Jean Baptiste Radille, a Belgian refuge staying at The Grange, Shipley, assisted by some of the members of the Shipley War Refugee Committee in aid of the War Refugee Fund in Shipley.
In the opinion of many present at the concert it was a long time since such a musical treat was heard in Shipley. A really delightful programme had been provided. M Edouard Deru, the Violinist to the Belgian Court, delighted his hearers with his masterly playing of the violin. His selections were “Romance in F,” by Beethoven, a Minuet by Mozart, “Airette” by Martini, “Chant du Soir” by Schumann and “Temps Martiale” by Pugnani. M Deru, who had most enthusiastic recalls, thoroughly justified his high position to which he has attained in the musical world. The audience will long remember his visit to Shipley and his wonderful interpretations of the items mentioned. M J Baptiste Radille accompanied M Deru in a manner worthy of the highest praise.
Later in the evening M Radille played a Polonaize by Lisst, and also joined Miss Sanctuary in a pianoforte duet, both items being well received.
Miss Bessie Tyas, of London, (1884 – 1975) who created so favourable an impression at a recent concert of the same kind in this hall, confirmed that impression by her artistic rendering of “Ah Fors’ e lui, “from Verdi’s “La Traviata.” In reply to a demonstrative recall she gave “Happy Song,” and in the second half of the concert she sang Liza Lehmann’s “Poet and the Nightingale” and Vincent Thomas’s “Love and June.”
 The contralto vocalist was Miss Wheatley Jackson, (Mary Dorothy Jackson 1884 – 1962) who rendered in cultured style “The Tryst,” by Sibelius, Liza Lehmann’s beautifully descriptive song “The Storm” and Herbert Brewer’s “Fairy Pipers.” The quaint charm of the last named drew an encore.
Mr Charles Balaam (1885-1932) displayed his baritone voice to good effect in a couple of songs, especially in Mozart’s rollicking “So, Sir Page.”
Mr Archie Stretton (1885-1926) (tenor), received well merited applause for his rendering of “All joy be thine” and “Lorraine.”
Mr W Greenwood, as elocutionist, hit the true note of patriotism in his rendering of “The Defence of Lucknow,” by Tennyson, and afterwards amused the audience with “A Change of Treatment,” by W Jacobs, adding “Tommy,” by Kipling, as an encore.
Councillor Thomas Hill, the chairman of the War Refugees Committee, expressed the thanks of the committee to the artistes who had kindly given their services, and said he wished the hall had been crowded. It was expected that a substantial sum would be added to the fund as a result of the efforts of M Radille and those who had kindly assisted him. Mr Hill said the Shipley people were trying to pay back a little of the debt owed to Belgium, and he trusted that when the refugees returned to their own country they would have pleasant recollections of their stay in Shipley.
During the evening a number of the Belgium ladies were busily engaged in selling button-holes and sprays of flowers, a number of which had been kindly sent to Mrs C H Simonds (a member of the committee) by Mrs Outram of Newland Hall, Lancaster.
M Radille requests us to add that he is indebted to Mr Simonds and Mr A Smith (hon assistant secretary of the War Refugee Fund) for the kind assistance given by them in the arranging of the concert.

Rose Society

Mr Oswald Partington M. P., has accepted the presidency of the Saltaire Rose Society for this year, and has promised to provide a trophy. The committee have decided to hold a one-day show on July 7th, and the proceeds will be aid of local war funds.

Shipley Urban District Council Elections 1915

To the Electors of the West Ward, Ladies and Gentlemen

I wish to express my thanks for the kindness shown to me by your allowances of my nomination as Councillor for the ward to go unchallenged. Although knowing that this action on your part is the expression of a desire for unity – national and local – in view of the war, I appreciate it none the less on that account.
Two years ago you honoured me by election as one of your representatives. Since that time the Council have undertaken, and performed much work – educational and general – which I hope will be of benefit to the town and people of Shipley. I am pleased to have been associated with this work, along with your other representatives, and trust that my attitude to the various matters upon which we have deliberated has met with your approval.
I hope by close attention to duty to merit a continuance of the confidence you have placed in me.
Yours very sincerely,
T F Doyle

(Author’s note – Saltaire was in the West Ward)
(Thomas Francis Doyle was a weaving overlooker living at 30 George St in Saltaire)

Sir Titus Salt’s Charity

The monthly meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held in Wednesday night at the Saltaire Hospital. Mr B. Alsop (chairman) presided, and the other members present were Mrs J R Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Mr W Cryer, Mr T Kendall, and Mr E L Baumann. The monthly report stated that the number of out-patients had been 115. The number of in-patients at the date of the last meeting was 13 and 26 had been admitted, making a total of 39. Of these 29 had been discharged, leaving 10 in the hospital at the present time.
A donation of £1 had been forwarded by Mr William Spence (St Pauls Road) and gifts for soldiers had been received from Miss Moss (eggs), Mr B Holmes, Nab Wood (buns) and Mr William Spence (cigarettes). A quantity of magazines had been sent by Mrs Salter.

Shipley and District Sunday School Cricket League

Wanted one or two clubs to complete above League. Application may be made before next meeting at Saltaire Road P.M. on Friday April 9th at 8 pm – C. Keighley, 63 George Street, Saltaire, Hon. Sec.


29th March 1915 – Walter Cox married Mary Ann Filby – 9 Caroline Street Saltaire.


Burnett – On March 26th at 10 Ashley Road Shipley, Beatrice Alice, the dearly beloved wife of Tillotson Burnett, in her 26th year (eldest daughter of Arthur & Jessie Thornton).

(Tillotson Burnett, a grocer living at 10 Edward Street in Saltaire, married Beatrice Alice Thornton, of 8 Albert Road (renumbered 15) in Saltaire, 11 August 1913 at St Peters Shipley.)

(Beatrice had four brothers who served in the war: Albert, Arthur, Edwin & Robert).


Saltaire War Diary: 9 April 1915

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Commission of the Peace

Mr Joseph Henry Nicholson Roberts, the only surviving son of Sir James Roberts Bart., is among the gentlemen recently added to the Commission of the Peace for the West Riding. Ever since he took over the immense responsibility of directing the affairs of directing the affairs of the great industrial concern at Saltaire, Sir James has, in one capacity or another, given public causes the benefit of his outstanding ability.
The public will be glad to recognise in the appointment of his son to the magisterial bench an indication that Mr Harry Roberts also intends to take a fair share of public work. For some years he has evinced a keen interest in the Shipley Veterans Association, a society which has done a good work in looking after the worthy old men of the town. Mr Harry Roberts J.P., is the president of the association.

Strathallan Castle

Like many other of “the stately homes of England,” Strathallan Castle residence of Sir James Roberts., is being used as a military hospital and a number of wounded soldiers – members of the gallant little Belgian Army which by its heroic resistance of the German Hubs has won the admiration of the whole world – are being provided there with the best medical treatment available and everything is being done to make them happy and comfortable.


Whilst crossing the road near to Gordon Terrace on Saturday night, Mrs Emma Sheard, of 42 Victoria Road, was knocked down by a horse and van belonging to Messrs Ridgways Limited, tea merchants of Bradford. She sustained a fractured leg, and after being attended by Dr Ward Smith, was removed to Saltaire Hospital.

(Emma Sykes b1859 married William Sheard 19 November at Honley nr Huddersfield. They had four children. In 1911 Emma was living without her husband at 46 Victoria Road.)
(Ward Smith b1876 married Maud Jessop 1903. They had two children. In 1911 they were living at 25 Moorhead Lane in Shipley. Ward died 14 March 1960 when living at 10 Sherwood Grove in Shipley.)

Insurance Committee

The monthly meeting of the Shipley District Insurance Committee was held at the Saltaire Institute, Councillor H Williams (chairman), of Baildon, presiding.
On the motion of Mr J Hudson, seconded by Mr S Heaton, a resolution was adopted asking the County Committee to consider the desirability of making strong representations to the Postmaster-General as to the necessity of some treatment being carried out with regard to telephone receivers (particularly those used in exchanges) by fumigation or otherwise, the idea being to nullify all possible spread of tuberculosis.

Small Ads

Male Baker, experienced, wanted – Apply John Charlesworth & Sons, Victoria Road, Saltaire

Wanted, Apprentice for the plumbing trade – Apply J E Kay, Registered Plumber, Saltaire

Errand Boy Wanted age 14 or 15; good wages – W E Metcalfe, Chemist 95 Bingley Road


3 April 1915 St Pauls Shipley
Eric Knox, a clerk, of 27 Westfield Road Shipley married Florence Ann Whelan of 11 Maddocks Street, Saltaire.


3 April at Nab Wood – Ruth Smithson aged 84 of 36 Ada Street, Saltaire.


FIRTH - On April 3rd, at 21 Herbert Street, Saltaire, Lilian, only daughter of the late John Firth and Elizabeth Firth (nee Bilney), in her 16th year.

In Memoriam

SIMPSON – In loving memory of my dear mother, Mary Simpson, who died April 9th, 1914. “At Rest” – from her daughter, Eliza, 20 William Henry Street Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 16th April 1915

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Shipley Volunteers

That strategy can be practised by Volunteers was amply demonstrated on Saturday in the course of the field operations of the Shipley Volunteers. The scheme drawn up by the officers comprised the defence of the Shipley Waterworks at Eldwick, against a small attacking force, and how a party of the latter reached their goal by a successful ruse is worth relating.
At the outset let it be said that the strength of the parade on Saturday afternoon was about a hundred. That appears to be just about the number that can now be relied upon. The membership roll contains three times as many names, but only a hundred or so have proved they did not join the movement for the mere novelty of the thing. At the week-night drills and rifle range practices the regular attenders are chiefly those who line up for the general parade on Saturday afternoons at the headquarters, Albert Road School.
Before leaving the headquarters last Saturday afternoon the Commanding Officer, Dr E S Sharpe, outlined the scheme of operations. As already indicated, the idea was that about twenty of the men should endeavour to break through a cordon drawn round the Shipley reservoirs at Eldwick. In order that, whilst advancing under cover of hedges or walls the attacking party, if seen by the defenders, could be recognised, each of the wore a piece of white tape over the War Office crimson armlet or brassard.
The men marched to Eldwick, via the Milner Field carriage drive, past the White House, and along Sheriff Lane. The deep ruts they found in the latter road made them sympathise with residents in the locality who are loudly protesting against the damage done by the heavy roundabout traffic for the Easter Fair. Since the Bradford Corporation vetoed the holding of the fair on Shipley Glen plateau in order to stop the cutting up of the new roads which they have constructed on the common. The venue has been changed to what is known as the “Top Glen”, and Sheriff Lane after the traffic for the recent carnival, is more like a ploughed field than one King’s highways.
The Volunteers found that, whilst marching on such a surface, “keeping the line” or “covering off” was next to impossible. By the way, whilst marching along the lane the men passed Sir James Roberts who was having a stroll with his old friend the Rev Cecil E Shipley, formerly pastor at Rosse Street, and now at Sheffield. Sir James was obviously interested in seeing a goodly number of Shipley men, who although outside military age limits, are anxious to be able to do their little bit if called on.
En route to Eldwick the attacking party was detached from the main body and arranged their own plan of campaign. Gradually, as they neared the reservoirs, the defenders were told off one by one to their allotted patrols. It was an ideal day, and both sides entered into the operation with keen zest. The road on the high side of Graincliffe Reservoir was strongly guarded and the defenders hereabouts were congratulating themselves upon their impregnable line when they heard a shout of exultation from the direction of the reservoir from the direction of the reservoir embankment. Casting their eyes thither they beheld the enemy in proud passion!
How had they got there? Tell it not in Gath! – They had been driven thither in the guise of pigs. The successful invaders had called at a farm house on the Hawksworth side of “Dick Hudson’s,” and discussed ways and means with the proprietor. Eventually their cogitations resulted in the farmer yoking his horse to a pig-cart, into which the enemy scrambled on all-fours, and then laid low.
These humans, including two solicitors, an ex-sergeant of the British Cavalry, and two other well-known Shipley residents, had decided to disguise themselves as pigs in order to break the cordon round the reservoir. The farmer covered them with old sacking, and over all spread a pig net, with the result the deception was complete. As the load was being driven by the farmer to the reservoir gates, the vehicle was closely scrutinised by the men on guard, but they never suspected the hidden truth.
The driver, who evidently enjoyed the ruse as much as anybody, politely thanked the reservoir defender, who opened the gates to admit the cart, and considerately closed them after it had passed through. When the cart had pulled up on the embankment and the jubilant “porkers” had alighted, the defenders, whilst having to submit to a good deal of chaff, congratulated the invaders on their successful ruse.
It was a useful lesson in strategy, and one which is not likely to be forgotten by those who took part in the operations – especially the defenders more immediately concerned.

Saltaire Congregational Church

Church Anniversary Services – Sunday April 18th, 1915
Morning at 10.30 – Rev John Brash (Bradford
Evening at 6.30 – Rev L H Gaunt (Skipton)
Special Anthems by the Choir
Organist and Choirmaster – Mr George Sutcliffe

All are cordially invited – Seats and Hymn Books Provided

Commission of the Peace

Mr Harry Roberts, only surviving son of Sir James Roberts, whose name was recently added to the Commission of the Peace for the West Riding, took the oath and subscribed the roll at the Quarter Sessions held at Wakefield on Monday.


National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (Shipley Branch)
A Public Meeting will be held in the Saltaire Institute on Wednesday 21st April at 7.30 pm
Speaker – Miss Salt
Chairman – Rev P D Pringle


At the West Riding Quarter Sessions at Wakefield on Monday, Robert Lofthouse (17) of Saltaire pleaded guilty to stealing an overcoat, etc, the property of Mr John Robinson, farmer of Bingley, and was sentenced to three years detention in a Borstal Institution.

(Robert was son of Alfred Lofthouse living at 19 Rhodes Street)

For Sale

Choice Hardy Perennials and Rockery Plants in good variety for Sale – Raistrick Pouncey, 2 William Henry Street, Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 23 April 1915

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Soldier Drowned

News was received yesterday (Thursday) morning that Gunner Sam Shackleton, son of Mrs Shackleton, a widow residing at 40 Helen Street, Saltaire, had been accidently drowned in the Mediterranean Sea.
The deceased, who was only eighteen years of age, was in the 147th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. Prior to the outbreak of war he was employed at the Saltaire Mills, and attended the Saltaire Congregational Church and Sunday School, where he was highly esteemed.
Only a few days ago a letter was received from him in which he said he was in the best of health and spirits, and hoped he would be spared to see his mother and brothers again. He was unable to tell them where he was, he added, but went so far as to say he was “over the sea.” Some time ago he received, amongst other things, a pocket Bible from Lady Ellis Denby and according to his letter he prized it very much, and he always carried it with him.
His brother, Harry Shackleton, who is twenty years of age, is a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery, and his battalion is now stationed at North Camp, Aldershot. He was apprenticed to overlooking at Airdale Mills.
The late Gunner Shackleton was cousin to Mr Joshua Marshall, who was rescued recently rescued from the Falaba, which was recently torpedoed off the coast of Wales by a German submarine.

Women’s Work in War Time

Miss Salt (daughter of the late Mr Titus Salt) gave an address on “Women’s Work in War Time” at a public meeting held at the Saltaire Institute on Wednesday evening under the auspices of the Shipley Branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies. The meeting was to have been held on the Social Rooms (on the first floor), but as there were no blinds to prevent the lights being visible from the outside the gathering had to take place in the basement. There was a good attendance.
The Rev P Drummond Pringle who presided, said he never faltered in his conviction that women should have the vote on the same terms as men. Though their direct claim in that respect was in abeyance for the moment, the bond of union, which bound them together was the same. Women were entitled to the vote because only through direct participation in the life of the State could they realise their own personalities, and at the same time enrich the common life.
Today women were being called upon to serve the State in many ways. They had to bear the chief burden of this war. He would rather be fighting in the front line than stay at home and have the terrible anxiety which women had to go through concerning their husbands and sons. They had a burden to bear daily and hourly. In conclusion Mr Pringle remarked that he very much feared they had to look forward to prolonged warfare.
Miss Salt said the war had altered our outlook on a great many questions. For one thing, it had been very curious to watch the alteration in the attitude towards social questions. Especially how those who previously were quite against all reforms of public ownership or control had, since this national calamity came upon us, seen that there were times and occasions when we must resort to such control, and that it could be of the greatest benefit. Today we realised that private interests must be sunk for the public good. Seeing that public opinion had changed in so many directions, it was not surprising that it had changed towards the position of women.
At the outbreak of the war two English lady doctors offered to provide a hospital for British soldiers. The offer was declined by our War Office, but accepted by the French Government, and the lady doctors referred to had done excellent work. These same ladies had been invited by our Government to organise a military hospital at home, and one of them (Dr Garrett Anderson) had been given the rank of Major.
Women had come forward prepared to drive and keep in order motor cars, to saddle and groom horses, to interpret in six or seven languages, and to serve in other capacities far too numerous to mention. Their splendid working in the nursing profession was recognised by everybody.
They had to deplore, however, the way in which professional nurses had been treated with regard to salary. Originally the remuneration was two guineas a week, but after about three months it was reduced to one guinea, on the ground that a certain society had never gone beyond the latter figure, and that it was felt all must be on the same level. Why it should not have been the higher instead of the lower level they were not told. Chauffeurs belonging to the Red Cross Society were receiving better salaries than highly skilled and highly trained nurses.
They were all proud of the splendid response which had been made to the appeal to women to volunteer for war service. After all, it was only what might have been expected for what had been the object of the demand for the vote except further and wider service for the state.  Instead of asking to serve they were now asked for their services and it was up to every one of them to rise to the occasion and respond nobly. 
They must, however, insist upon equal pay with men for equal work. Hitherto women had been supposed to be cheap and docile, and these two qualities had appealed to some employers. Women would be doing no service to themselves or to the country unless they made a stand on this important point. In France women had worked trams and trains; in Russia women not only gathered in the harvest last autumn, but were now busy sowing for this year’s harvest. A vast amount of agricultural work needed doing in this country, and it was far better that capable women should undertake it than that children should be withdrawn from school. The war was a ghastly object lesson of the necessity of women and men working closely together for the home and the nation.
In conclusion Miss Salt said she had been pleased to hear that the Shipley Branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies was to have a Study Circle, under the able guidance of Miss Hanson, for the consideration of international questions.
A vote of thanks to Miss Salt was cordially adopted, on the motion of Mrs Gustave Lund, seconded by Mr A H Elgey.

Death of Old Cricketer

By the death of Mr Arthur Thornton, who resided at 68 Victoria Road Saltaire, there has been removed a gentleman who was formerly well known in cricket circles. The deceased, who was in his sixty first year, died on Sunday, and a pathetic coincidence is that as recently as March 26th, his eldest daughter, Mrs Burnett, of 10 Ashley Road Shipley, passed away in her 26th year.
Mr Thornton had long been connected with the Saltaire Club, originally as a player, later as a coach, and in recent years as a member of the committee. He was, in his playing days, an able exponent of the game with both bat and ball, and in 1881 appeared in the Yorkshire county team.
It is recalled that on the occasion of a match in Saltaire Park against the Baildon Green Club, the visitors eleven had lost five wickets and required only two or three runs to win, when Mr Thornton effected the dismissal of the remainder without another run being scored. In the year 1904, whilst playing with Saltaire Veterans against the Saltaire eleven, he obtained fifty runs and took five wickets. At that time Mr Thornton was in his fiftieth year.
The deceased had acted as professional for the Ramsbottom, Lowerhouse, and Grimsby clubs. After his playing days had ended he became an umpire and his services in that capacity were much in demand for many years.
Mr Thornton leaves a widow, six sons and two daughter. Two of the sons, Mr Tom and Mr A E Thornton, are well known cricketers. The former has played with Saltaire and Undercliffe, and was secretary for the Saltaire Club for many years. Mr A E Thornton has also played with the Saltaire eleven. Mr R L Thornton has joined the Bradford “Pals” Battalion and Mr E G Thornton is with the Army Ordnance Corps at York. The latter has played cricket with one of the Bradford elevens.
The funeral took place at Hirst Wood Cemetery Shipley on Tuesday afternoon. Prior to the internment a service was conducted at St Peter’s Church by the Vicar Rev F B Hope, who also performed the last rites at the graveside.
The principal were Mrs Thornton, Mr F Thornton, Miss E Thornton, Mr and Mrs T Thornton, Mr A E Thornton, Miss J H Thornton, Private R L Thornton, Mr T Burnett, Mr R Thornton, Mrs Lincoln, Mrs Preston, Mr and Mrs Brodrick, Mrs Collins, Mrs Scott, Mrs Walton, Mr J D Thornton, Mrs Croft, Mr and Mrs J Ramsden, Mrs Spencer, Mr J Burnett and Mrs Greaves.
Amongst the old cricketers present was Mr Abe Sowden, who it will be remembered, recently entertained a number of his contemporary players at a reunion held at Bradford. The late Mr Thornton attended this gathering. There were also present at the funeral Messrs Flarron (Ramsbottom), Schofield Swithenbank, A Myers, J Halliday, W Beaver, G Swithenbank, S Wilson, W H Hanson, J T Turner, F Smith, and J Normington (Bingley).
The Shipley & District Working Men’s Club was represented and there was also present Messrs F Wilkinson, F Halliday, B Jackson, G Sutcliffe, W Metcalfe, R Rutherford, S Parratt, and A Taylor (fellow employees of the deceased at Saltaire Mills). Amongst the letters of condolence received was one from the Yorkshire County Committee.

Saltaire Congregational Church

The anniversary of the Saltaire Congregational Church was celebrated on Sunday. The preacher at the morning service was the Rev John Brash (of Bradford), whilst in the evening the Rev L H Gaunt (of Skipton) officiated. The choir sang in the morning the anthem “The Lord is my Light and my Salvation” (Sydnham), and in the evening “The Lord is Exulted” (West). Mr Geo. Sutcliffe (organist and choirmaster) presided at the organ. The collection amounted to £6 10s 5d.

Editorial – Salts Schools

Reduction of fees and the withdrawal of pupils consequent of the opening of the new secondary school at Guiseley are the chief causes of the present financial position of the Salt High Schools. Many people think that as things stand at present secondary education is costing the Shipley ratepayers too much and that burdens are being borne locally which properly belong to the County Council.
With regard to the Salts Schools as a whole, one often hears the opinion expressed that the advantages which it was claimed would accrue from municipalisation have not been realised. An effort ought to be made to bring the public more in touch with these buildings, and after the High School finances have been dealt with we hope the larger question will not be lost sight of.

Summer Term

The Salt Schools, Shipley
Boys High School – Head Master: F J Fuller with staff of Nine Assistant Masters.
Girls High School & Kindergarten – Head Mistress: Miss H Byles with twenty Assistants.

The summer term commenced on Monday 19th April at 9 am


Saltaire lost to Mechanics Institute 2-5 in the final game of the Carey Cup
Final table – Saltaire won 4 lost 6 - finished fourth out of six teams. Cup was won by YMC.


Saltaire War Diary: 30 April 1915

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Saltaire Soldier Wounded

Private Thompson Chapman, third son of Mr James Chapman of 17 Jane Street, Saltaire, has been wounded and is in hospital in France.
Chapman, who joined the Army in August, is in the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. In a letter home he says: - “Just to let you know that I am going on as well as can be expected. I have been wounded in the right shoulder, left forearm and right eye. I have lost the sight of my right eye, but the other is all right. I shall be getting sent to England very soon.”
A postcard has also been received from a nurse at the hospital, who says that Chapman’s right eye is “injured.” From the nurses communication it would appear that all hope saving the sight of the eye has not been abandoned. We trust that this is the case.
In a previous letter Chapman said he had a narrow escape. Two of them were in a dug out when it collapsed, and his companion was killed. Mr Chapman has another son, Ira, who is serving on HMS Ajax.

Call to Young Men

A recruiting meeting was held in the vicinity of the Saltaire Mills during the dinner hour on Tuesday. The feature of the gathering was the presence of the Harry Lauder Pipe Band which constituted a number of pipers and drummers drawn from police bands from in various parts Scotland. The band was under the leadership of Pipe Major Alexander Henderson, and it attracted a huge crowd.
Speechmaking took place opposite the entrance to the works, a waggon lent by the firm, being used as a platform. The meeting was presided over by Mr S H Servent (Unionist agent for the Shipley Division), and he was supported by Captain Burton (chief recruiting officer in Bradford), Mr Percy Craig (manager of the Empire Theatre, Bradford), Mr S Mcveigh (Liberal organising agent for the Shipley Division), and Mr Charles Ogden (secretary of the Bradford Citizens Army League).
The Chairman said that the 2nd Bradford “Pals” Battalion had now a strength of over a thousand, and they were anxious that the requisite number – 1,350 – should be made up this week. There were urgent reasons why it should be completed at the earliest moment. So long as it remained incomplete, a battalion fit for active service, was being held back. He understood that over fifty employees at Saltaire Mills had joined the Colours, and all honour to them for doing so, but still more men were wanted, and that was the reason why they had come to make another appeal for volunteers.

Volunteers Church Parade

One of the most successful church parades which the Shipley Volunteer Force has held since its formation took place on Sunday morning. The men paraded at their headquarters, the Albert Road School, and, headed by the drum and bugle band marched to Saltaire Congregational Church.
The Rev P Drummond Pringle occupied the pulpit. A number of appropriate hymns had been selected and the men joined very heartily in the singing of them. Miss Florrie Harrison, sang with a charming voice and excellent enunciation. The choir gave a tasteful rendering of the anthem, “The Lord is loving unto every man,” Mr George Sutcliffe was at the organ.

Saltaire Hospital

A meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt’s Charity was held on Wednesday night at the Saltaire Hospital. The members present were Mrs J R Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Mr Francis Lister, Mr B Allsop, Mr E L Baumann, Mr W Cryer, Mr Thos Kendall, Councillors C E Learoyd, John Pitts and A Gill. The latter in proposing the re-election of Mr Allsop as chairman for the ensuing year, said that the gentleman had rendered magnificent service on the Board. There was no doubt that that he had the welfare of the hospital at heart, and could be relied upon to capably discharge his duties. Mrs Fyfe seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously.
In assuming the chair, Mr Allsop heartily thanked the members for their renowned confidence. He had thought that the honour should go round, and whether as chairman or as member he should always take the same interest in the management of the hospital. From a working point of view the hospital had experienced a successful year. The expenditure had been higher, but the work which had been done and was being done was ample justification for the course which the board had adopted.
Mr E Clifford Fry was re-appointed hon secretary, on the motion of Mr Cryer, seconded by Mr Kendall and supported by Miss Dunn and Councillor Gill. The speakers said the Board were very grateful for the assistance which Mr Fry had given. Mr Fry said he was only too pleased to render what service he could.
The Chairman remarked that it was quite possible that in the course of a week or so some wounded soldiers would be sent to the Saltaire Hospital.
The monthly report stated that there had been seventy three individual out-patients. At the date of the last meeting there were eleven in-patients and eleven had since been admitted making a total of twenty-two. Of these fourteen have been discharged, leaving eight in at the present time. Donations had been received from Mr J A White £2 2s, Mrs Thorpe 5s, and Mr J H Pennington 4s 6d.

High School Finance

The following are the minutes of a special Sub-Committee appointed to consider the financial position of the High Schools: The financial statement relating to the Salt High Schools for the year ended 31st March 1915 and the estimate for the year ending 31st March, 1916, were submitted by the secretary and were considered.
Miss Byles and Mr Fuller attended the meeting and discussed with the Sub-Committee the time occupied by the Technical School science and art teachers in giving instructions to High School pupils, and the cost of such instruction; and also the present arrangement of the classes and teaching staff in the High Schools.
It was reported that since 1911 the staff of the Girls’ School had been reduced by two mistresses at a saving of £240 per annum. One other mistress was leaving in July next, and it was proposed to reduce the work of the visiting teachers in the school year commencing in September next, thereby effecting a saving of about £180 per annum.
The Sub-Committee requested Miss Byles and Mr Fuller to prepare a scheme setting forth the times during which they considered they would require the services of Technical School teachers for science and art instruction, and also the probable arrangement for the various classes in the High Schools in the next school year.
At a meeting of the Higher Education Sub-Committee a letter was read from Miss Byles, head mistress, Girls High School, asking permission to advertise for a geography mistress to commence in September next, to take the place of Miss B V Hartley, resigned. It was decided that consideration of the matter be adjourned until the High Schools Finance Sub-Committee have presented their report.
Councillor Rhodes asked if it was advisable to publish any particulars in regard to the financial position of the High School until all the facts were before them.
Councillor Gill expressed the opinion that it would be advisable to do so. As the report was incomplete it might give a wrong impression. For example, it was stated in one minute that since 1911 the staff of the Girls School had been reduced by two mistresses, at a saving of £240 per annum, but one did not find that confirmed in the statement of accounts. In fact the salaries had not varied £50 from 1911 to 1914.
Ald. Dunn: Is it wise to discuss the matter if as you say the report is incomplete?
Councillor Gill: It is not wise to do so, I am merely showing you how incomplete the report is.
The Chairman remarked that Mr Popplestone had to give a report of what had been done up to the present, and there was no reason why it should not be published.
Councillor Gill (to the Chairman): Have you come to any conclusion?
The Chairman: None whatever
On the motion of Ald. Dunn, seconded by Councillor Gill, the consideration of the matter was deferred until the full report is placed before the committee.
The minutes were then adopted.


John Henry Lancaster born Bradford 27 October 1891 died Saltaire 26 April 1915. Buried St Pauls Shipley 29 April 1915.

(John, a mechanic’s labourer was one of sixteen children to Thomas Lancaster & Louise Matilda Hessey. They lived at 22 Ada Street in Saltaire from 1896. In 1904 they were at 3 Jane Street before moving to 12 George Street in 1908, where they remained throughout the war.) Dyson Lancaster, brother to John, served in the war.


St Peters Shipley 21 April 1915
Lily Pitts, 21, of 10 Mary Street Saltaire married William Briers, 21, a miner from Castleford.


Saltaire War Diary: 7 May 1915

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Wounded Soldiers at Saltaire Hospital

Yesterday ten soldiers including four who have received bullet or shrapnel wounds whilst serving at the front, were admitted into Saltaire Hospital. The Governors have placed seventeen beds at the disposal of the War Office authorities. All the men who arrived at the hospital yesterday have reached the convalescent stage. In addition to the four wounded in action there is another case ordinary sickness from the front, which has necessitated an operation. The other men have met with accidents whilst at training camps in this country.
There has been an appeal from the hon. Secretary of the hospital, Mr E Clifford Fry, for little delicacies on behalf of these soldiers. Fresh eggs, biscuits, jam, etc., are very suitable gifts, and it unnecessary to add that cigarettes and tobacco will also be gratefully received. We hope our readers will make an adequate response to the appeal. Motor car owners in the district who are willing to give the men drives are invited to communicate with the Matron at the Hospital, (telephone 83, Shipley).
The following is a list of the soldiers at the Hospital:-

From The Front
Pte R Farrell (Lancaster), 2nd Kings Own Royal Lancasters, shrapnel wound in right thigh, near Ypres 11th April
Pte G Baker (Watford), 4th Bedfordshires, bullet wound in left hand
Pte E Haigny (Blackhill), 2nd Northumberland Fusiliers, shrapnel wound in right shoulder, at Zillebeke, 16th April
Pte D Mclean (Glasgow), Highland Light Infantry, shrapnel wound in thigh at Neuve Chapelle, March 26th
Pte J Kemp (London), 2nd Battalion East Surrey Regiment. A case of illness which necessitated operation.

Accidents in Training Camps
Pte F Wardle (Barnsley), 17th West Yorkshires
Pte H B Southeran (Leeds), Army Service Corps, Mechanical Transport
Pte J Whitehouse (Wakefield), 72nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Pte J W Abbott (Harrogate), 2nd Battalion, 6th West Yorkshires

Prisoner of War

Users of the Saltaire tram route will probably know the ex-conductor, Sydney Ripley, who as a reservist of the 6th Dragoons, was recalled to the colours on the outbreak of the war, and drafted to the front with the 2nd Life Guards.
He has been a prisoner in Germany since October 31st. His friends have just heard from him, saying that he is well, but that a few cigarettes or bread would be a godsend, as he is unable to purchase anything where he is.

Shipley Shooting Competition

An interesting little ceremony took place when the Shipley Volunteers paraded at their headquarters, the Albert Road Council School, Saltaire, last Saturday. This was the presentation by the president, Councillor F F Rhodes, of the prizes in connection with the first individual shooting competition at the Rifle Range in Ashley Lane.
It will be remembered that Mr Alfred Bagnall gave a solid silver cup, of choice and appropriate design, for this competition, which is to be held monthly. The first member of the Corps to have his name inscribed on the cup is Mr A Montrose (Platoon No 3 Otley Road) who scored 91 out of a possible 100 points. In addition to holding the cup for a month he received a prize of half-a-sovereign. The prizes in the same competition were as follows: - 2nd, Mr H Thornton who scored 84; 3rd, Mr J E Woodhead 82; 4th, Mr P Atkinson, 78. For future individual contests the competitors are to be handicapped.
After the presentation of the prizes, the men marched out to the vicinity of the Compensation Reservoir  of the Shipley Waterworks at Eldwick. En route a section of the force, which was to constitute the attacking party, was detached. The defenders established a cordon around the reservoir, and on this occasion some of the attacking section reached this goal. Some excellent scouting was done on behalf of the defenders, with the result that the officers were able to cope with all the movements of the enemy. The attacking party were in charge of Commanders Williamson and Parkinson, whilst Commander Ackernley was in command of the defenders.


Newsome – May 4th at 73 Victoria Road, Saltaire, Reuben Newsome in his 64th year.


Saltaire War Diary: 14 May 1915

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Saltaire War Diary, May 1915

Letter Home

Lance Corporal John Foster, of the 5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment writing to his wife, who lives at no 29 Mary Street Saltaire says:-
“We got out of the trenches last night with only a few casualties. We have come back to the same barn again and are quite happy with the rats running over our heads. We live very well. I don’t know where all the rations come from, but they are different from what they used to be. This morning we had bread, bully beef, jam, butter, bacon, cheese and biscuits.
Things are very dear here in the town. Matches are a penny a box, and twist tobacco I never see. The roads are very bad for marching, as the pavement is so slippery. It is a long way from here to the trenches, about five or six miles. It was fairly warm yesterday, but otherwise it has been rather cold.”

Shipley Corps

We hope there will be a big attendance at the general meeting of the Shipley Corps which has been convened for next Wednesday evening, May 19th at 8 pm, at the headquarters, Albert Road Council School, Saltaire.
The executive appointed at the inaugural meeting feel that the time has arrived when the members should be consulted as to the management, and have an opportunity, if they so desire, of electing new blood on the committee.
There are 387 members on the books, and they are eligible to attend whether they have drilled regularly or not, assuming of course they are still in sympathy with the movement.
That there is a solid foundation of good material in the Shipley Corps is shown by the fact that 132 members have signed the official form undertaking training to do the duty for which they have been training. Seventy two members have also promised to provide their own uniform.
The corps have a balance of over £50 in hand, in addition to rifles, ammunition, etc., worth at least a like sum. It should not require a very big effort to raise an equipment fund to cover the cost of the uniform for men who are not in a position to buy their own.
Tenders are invited for the making only of 100 service caps and tunics. Must be “Volunteer” Pattern. Tenders to be addressed to the Secretary, Albert Road Schools, Shipley, and must reach there not later than Monday evening next, the 17th inst.
It has been decided to throw the Rifle Range in Ashley Lane open to the public on Wednesdays from 2.30 to 5.30 and from 7 to 10.

Shipley Insurance Committee

The monthly meeting of the Shipley District Insurance Committee was held in the Saltaire Institute on Thursday night of last week, Councillor H Williams (of Baildon) presiding.
The Shipley Urgency Sub-Committee had passed a resolution expressing the opinion that their discretionary power as regards extra nourishment for consumptive should be increased rather than diminished, and that the present limit of 5s per week should be removed, as well as the income limit of 25s per family or 5s per head, and that every case should be considered on its merits and be dealt with in accordance with the discretion of the Medical Officer and the committee.
The sub-committee were also of opinion, even if the limit remains, that where a patient is staying or lodging with other members of his or family, and being partly supported by them as an act of charity, the income of the whole household should not be taken into account, but merely the income of the insured person and his wife or husband and children as the case may be.
Mr Jennings Alderson said that in order to benefit patients they ought to be able give them something besides milk and eggs.
The Chairman remarked that as a committee they could only recommend milk and eggs. If the doctor wished to recommend something more the committee were tied. Personally he felt that the committee and the doctors should have more discretionary power.
Mr W F Hobley said that they had the evidence of doctors and patients that lots of people could not take 5s worth of eggs and milk in a week. It would be very much better if they could grant other means of support.
The Clerk (Mr T Luxton) pointed out that in various districts the prices for eggs and milk differed materially.
After considerable discussion on the subject Alderman H Dunn said that he would get to know definitely who fixed the allowance of 5s per week – the county authorities or the Insurance Commissioners. Once they gained that information they would be in a position to deal with the matter much more effectively. The suggestion was acted upon, and the question was deferred for further consideration at the next meeting of the committee.

Street Collection

The annual street collection arranged by the Shipley and District Friendly and Trade Society on behalf of the Saltaire Hospital, and with the object of obtaining recommends to convalescent homes, takes place tomorrow (Saturday).
This year some five thousand artificial flowers have been procured, and each person who contributes will receive a buttonhole. The secretary of the Friendly and Trade Society is Mr. Thomas Kendall, West Cliffe Road.
Gifts to the Hospital
Mr E Clifford Fry, the hon. Secretary of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, has addressed the following letter to the Editor of the “Times and Express”:-
“Sir, - The response to the public of Shipley to my appeal of last week has been most gratifying, and I enclose you a list of those who helped us up to the present. On behalf of the soldiers I desire to thank them all. We shall be glad of a continuance of these gifts, as we are expecting any day a further number of wounded.
To anyone in doubt as to what to send I would say our chief wants in addition to the articles named last week, are green vegetables and general groceries. As the men received so far are cases in a fair way to convalescence, and not serious bed cases, the loan of a small piano would be very acceptable to them.
Some of the men have been from home a long time, and naturally desire to see their relatives; as the latter come from various parts of the country it is not always possible for the wife or other relative to return the same day. If anyone cares to offer hospitality in such cases the Matron will be very glad to hear from them.”

List of Donators & Gifts

Mrs Hodgson, Victoria Road, fruit
Mrs Fred Rand, Slesingford Road, fruit, cigarettes and chocolate
Mrs Crabtree, Glenhurst Road, fruit
Mrs Dursy, 24 Ashley Road, papers, cigarettes and herb beer
Mrs B F Roberts, The Knoll, basket of eggs
Mrs Denby, 7 The Grove, large eiderdown
Misses Preston and friends, Lockwood Street, salad, tomatoes, cucumbers, cakes and cream
H P Lance, fruit, boiled ham, biscuits and cigarettes
Mrs Sykes, Wood Botton, wool scarves
Lady Catherine Milnes-Gaskell, rhubarb and flowers
Mrs Wilson, 56 Bingley Road, cigarettes
Mrs Geo. Armstrong, Bankfield Road, jam
Saltaire Congregational Women’s Sewing Party (per Mrs Briggs), shirts and socks
Hall Royd Wesleyan Church, flowers
The Wesleyan Sunshine Guild, flowers
Mrs C Hainsworth, 1s for comforts
Private Armitage’s friends 2s
Mrs Wilson and Mr C Hainsworth, illustrated papers
Mr W Craven, tobacco
Mrs Fyfe, Red House, cakes
Mrs Alan Fyfe, eggs and cheese
Mrs Giles, George Street, jam
Master G K Fry, Albert Road, magazines and games
Mrs Davey’s Sewing Party, Bingley Road, 12 pairs socks, also cigarettes
Mrs Hatch, Shipley Hall, eggs and magazines
Mrs Holmes, Otley Road, cigarettes and biscuits
Mrs P Metcalfe, Staveley Road, magazines
Mrs A Sowden, Staveley Grange, cigarettes and flowers
Mrs Holmes and neighbours, 3 Wycliffe Place, eggs, jams and cigarettes
Mrs Ester, Commercial Street, cigarettes
Mrs Baumann, Cross Banks, cigarettes
Lady Danby, eggs and cigarettes
Miss Dunn, cakes, cigarettes and soap
Mr A Robson, Sunny Bank, eggs and cigarettes
Misses Barraclough, 3 Wellington Crescent, eggs, cigarettes and jam
Miss Moss, Church Lane, eggs
Mrs Keighley, 63 George Street, cake and jam
Mrs Lindow, eggs
Mrs Barker, 2 Mountain Street, eggs, buns and jam
Mrs Whitlow, eggs
Motor drives have been given by Mrs Sowden, Staveley Grange; Mr Coultar, Nab Lodge; Mr Hayes, Nab Rises; Mr Reddihough, Baildon; and Mr Robson, Sunny Bank.
The soldiers have been granted free use of the Shipley Bowling Green and they have been made honorary members of the Saltaire Institute Club. They are also admitted free to the Prince’s Hall

Workers Educational Association

The Annual Meeting of the Shipley Branch of the Workers’ Educational Association will be held at the Technical School, Saltaire this Friday evening at 8 o’clock.
Important business will be brought before the meeting, including arrangements to be made for Summer Excursions and Rambles and Winter Classes, Lectures, Study Circles, etc.
All men and women interested in the work of the Association are very cordially invited to attend.
Alfred Clarke, Honorary Secretary, 3 Cowling Road, Windhill, Shipley

Great Cricketer for Saltaire

Saltaire have sprung a great surprise on local cricketing circles, by securing the services of Sydney Barnes, who for several years past has been regarded as the best bowler in the world, and as one of the best bowlers of all time.
He made his first appearance with his new club on Saturday afternoon, when he took eight wickets for eight runs in five overs, against Bowling Old Lane, on that club’s ground.
Barnes is above medium pace; in fact he will be considered fast in the Bradford League. His most famous ball is that which turns from the leg, though he can bowl almost any kind.
Mr Harry Mann (secretary of the Saltaire Club) conducted the negotiations.

Veteran Cricket Scorer

Mr Robert Gill, of 16 Herbert Street, will shortly complete his fortieth year as scorer of the Saltaire Cricket Club, and he has many interesting stories to tell of the club during that period.
In the early days of his connection with the club, he says, men played for the love of the game and stuck to their own clubs. There were no monetary temptations, and that was better for the clubs, and also for the sport generally.
They only engaged a professional then when they could get one to act as coach and groundsman as well.
When “Bob” – as Mr Gill is familiarly known – first become associated with the Saltaire club, the organisation was run chiefly by the wool sorters from Saltaire Mills, and amongst the best players were Edwin Speight, Harry Mosley, and Smith Fox. They had a splendid team of batsmen, and as it was not then the practice to declare an innings closed when a decent score had been compiled, the Saltaire team often batted the whole afternoon. But, like other teams, they had their “off” days. “Bob” remembers the time they were tumbled out for less than 20 runs. Once again Scarborough they were dismissed for 11 and in a match against Brighouse they only managed to compile 18. Saltaire, however were always “sports” and could any time lose as gracefully as win.
A few who were brought up by the Saltaire club had the honour of playing with the country. These were W H Harrison, Arthur Thornton, Harry Mosley and Frank Watmough.
Mosley, who is now in America, was a remarkable trundle. On the occasion of a match in Saltaire Park against Baildon Green, the visiting team who had lost five wickets and required only two or three runs to win, when Mosley effected the dismissal of the remainder without another run being scored.
One of the best “pros” Saltaire ever had was Dicky Barlow, the Lancashire County and All-England player, who performed some wonderful feats both with the bat and the ball.
With the development of professionalism the Saltaire team began to lose caste about 1888 or 1889, and since then it has never been anything like what it was in its palmy days. The club has once secured the Bradford Charity Cup. That was in 1905, the first year they took part in the competition, and they obtained second place in the race for league honours.
In addition to being the scorer of the club, “Bob” has been on the committee for nineteen years, and nobody takes an interest in its doings. On the completion of twenty five years’ service as scorer the club presented him with a marble timepiece and a watch.
Mr Gill is also a musician of no mean order, and it is a fact worthy of note that this year he also completes his 40th year as a member of the Saltaire Congregational Church choir. He has rendered excellent service in this connection.


The Last Days of Namur” will be graphically described in a lecture which is to be given in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, next Tuesday evening, by Mons. Ferdinand Wasseige, Burgomaster of Wepion. Mrs Cecile Nicholson (nee Buisson), wife of one of the assistant masters at the Salt Schools, has kindly promised to interpret the lecture, which will be delivered in French.
The lecture is one that has firmly gripped other audiences addressed by Mons. Wasseige. Tickets are 1s, 6d and 3d each, and the proceeds will be devoted to the relief of starving Belgians in Belgium.


Saltaire War Diary: 21 May 1915

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Hospital Saturday

The annual street collection arranged by the Shipley and District Friendly and Trade Society on behalf of the Saltaire Hospital, and with the object of obtaining recommends to convalescent homes, took place on Saturday.
The net amount received was £15 16s 6d. Collectors were stationed at different points in the various thoroughfares, the amounts received being as follows:-
Station Lane - £10 12s 3d
Victoria Road - £6s 9d
Rosse Hotel - £6 3s 8d
Manor Lane - £5 9s 7d
Carnegie Library -£4 3s 5d
Baildon Bridge - £4 2s
Branch Hotel corner - £3 10s 10d
Saltaire Park Gates - £7s 3d
Collection at Messrs Parkinson and Sons (per Mr W Bolton) - £1 2s 2d
Miscellaneous boxes (per Rev W Bowker) - £6 10s 9d
Total £48 11s 1d, less expenses of £1 14s 7d, leaving a net balance of £45 16s 6d.

In arranging for the collection the committee purchased a quantity of artificial flowers from John Groom’s Crippleage, London, the cost being defrayed by members of the committee and friends. The flowers made such a “hit” that it was soon evident that insufficient favours had been purchased and small tokens of ribbons had to be substituted.
The Chairman thanked every member of the of the committee for their loyal support, also for the assistance of their lady friends, and desired to place on record the committee’s appreciation and thanks for the help given to them by so large a number of willing lady helpers with juvenile assistants (arranged by the Rev W Bowker), which was undoubtedly the means of so great an increase in the collection compared with previous years.
(Author’s note - £45 is worth over £4k in 2015)

United Brotherhood Service

The members of the Rosse Street Baptist, Windhill Mission, Saltaire Wesleyan and Saltaire Road Primitive Methodist Brotherhoods held a united service in Crowgill Park on Sunday afternoon. The Rev T Proudlove (of Windhill) presided, and an address was given by the Rev J Higgett (of Eastbrook Mission Bradford). Music was rendered by the choir of the Rosse Street Church under the conductorship of Mr W Knight (organist and choirmaster).

Workers Educational Association

The first annual meeting of the Shipley Branch of the Workers Educational Association was held at the Technical School, Saltaire on Friday evening. Councillor A Gill (president of the branch) was in the chair, and amongst those present were Councillor C E Learoyd (chairman of the Education Committee), Alderman Dunn, Mr W Popplestone (Director of Education), the Rev H W Burdett, Mr A Clarke (hon secretary), Mr T B Knox, and Mr W H Hipkin.
The following officers were elected for the ensuing year:-
President – Councillor A Gill
Vice Presidents – Councillors C E Learoyd and T F Doyle, Alderman H Dunn & Mr W Popplestone
Treasurer – Mr W Popplestone
Secretaries – Mr T B Knox and Mr A Clarke
Auditor – Mr W Hipkin

The annual report, which was adopted, contained an interesting resume of the work of the year. The treasurer also submitted his report, which showed a slight balance in hand, but a number of accounts remained unpaid, for which the funds were insufficient.
An appeal was made for financial support to enable the branch to carry on and develop its work. Arrangements were made for a number of rambles (botanical, historical etc.) during the summer, and also for a series of lectures next winter.

Fatal Railway Accident

On Monday the Deputy Coroner (Mr E W Norris) held an inquiry in reference to the death of a Midland Railway goods guard named Tom Ramsbottom Hollings (51) of 18 Westminster Place, Bradford, who was killed during shunting operations at Saltaire early on Saturday morning last. Mr W Whatley (traffic manager) represented the Midland Railway Company, Mr W Trenholme (Bradford) appeared on behalf of the widow, and Mr J H Palin (Bradford) represented the National Union of Railwaymen.
Evidence of identification was given by John Willie Hollings, son of the deceased, who said he last saw his father alive on Friday afternoon.
Edward Williams, 233 Rock Terrace, Midland Road, Manningham, the engine driver said he was working along with Hollings on Saturday morning. The witness noticed the brake van running back towards him, and it collided with two waggons. Hollings had evidently endeavoured to enter the van to apply the brakes and therefore avoid a collision. The witness found the guard lying on the step of the van, his head having been severely injured.
A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned, and the jury expressed the opinion that precautions should be taken during such operations to see that the brake of the van was applied, especially when travelling down a slope.
Mr Whatley said the company had lost a good and steady servant, and one who had always been attentive to his duties.
Mr Palin also spoke of the high respect and esteem in which the deceased was held.


A labourer named Harry Jennings (of Cottingley) was admitted to the Saltaire Hospital on Saturday suffering from a fractured jaw resulting from an accident whilst following his employment at the Manor House, which is in course of demolition.
He and another men were clearing debris from the first floor when the joists gave way. Jennings fell to the ground floor, his face coming in contact with a large stone. Prior to his removal to the hospital he was attended by Dr Mosley.  


A house to house collection made recently in the Saltaire district on behalf of the National Children’s Home and Orphanage realised £3 17s 6d (worth about £350 in 2015). Twenty young ladies and a number of boys connected with the Wesleyan Sunday school made the collection. Mr Norman Keighley acted as secretary.

Prize Winner

Mr Harry Woodhouse, of 2 Mary Street Saltaire, was one the prize winners in a competition organised by the “Pudsey & Stanningley News” and sponsored by Forshaw’s Opticians.
Optician Forshaw will be in attendance at 20 Otley Road, Bradford, the whole of Whitsunside.

(Harry had a son, Ben Woodhouse, who served in WW1)

All Ten Wickets

Sydney F Barnes of Saltaire took the whole of the ten wickets against Baildon Green at Baildon on Saturday. Six times he hit the wickets, in addition to which he got a couple leg before and two more stumped. His actual analysis worked out thus:
Overs 6, Maidens 1, Runs 14, Wickets 10

It is worthy of note that he took the last five wickets with successive balls, thus establishing a new record for the Bradford League. He set up another record, beating the one established by T Metcalfe who in 1906 got ten wickets for 15 runs for Saltaire against Lidget Green.
On his first appearance in the Bradford League, the week previously, Barnes captured eight wickets for eight runs against Bowling Old Lane.


Saltaire War Diary: 28 May 1915

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Military Memorial Service

A memorial service for the late Driver Sam Shackleton, of 40 Helen Street, Saltaire (1st Battery RFA), was held at Saltaire Congregational Church last Sunday afternoon. As reported at the time, Driver Shackleton was drowned in the Aegean Sea as a result of the attack on the transport Manitou by a Turkish torpedo boat.
The pastor, Rev P Drummond Pringle, M.A., conducted the service, and the choir was in attendance. Mr W Sutcliffe officiated at the organ, and the bell ringers tolled a peal of muffled bells previous to the service. The 1st Saltaire Troop of Boy Scouts, under the leadership of Scoutmaster T Whitfield, marched from their headquarters to the church.
In the course of a short address Mr Pringle said they were assembled to pay a last tribute of respect and affection to their friend, who had been a Sunday School scholar and a frequent worshiper in Saltaire Church. It would not be fitting that any of our brave lads should die for their King and country without the recognition implied in a service such as they were now holding.  We were proud of our gallant soldiers and proud especially of Driver Sam Shackleton who had laid down his life freely on the altar of a great cause. They honoured him in life and death. They tendered to his bereaved mother, who was a widow, their deepest sympathy. Another son of hers had just recently gone to the front, and they prayed that he might be brought back safely back to her at the conclusion of the war.
The hymns during the service were: “Our God, our help in ages past,” “Sleep thy last sleep,” “Now the labourer’s task is o’er,” and the National Anthem. Mr Sutcliffe played the Dead March in Saul on the organ, and an impressive service was concluded with the sounding of the “Last Post” by one of the Scouts (Patrol-Leader S Whitfield).

Workers Educational Association

In connection with the local branch of the Workers Educational Association, a very successful botanical ramble was held on Saturday. Under the leadership of Miss Leah, the party proceeded from Saltaire along the canal bank to the Seven Arches and forwarded to Cottingley Bridge, whence they went through the woods to Harden. Miss Leah proved a very able guide, and she was heartily thanked for her services at the instance of Mr Popplestone.
A large number of the members of the local branch joined in a district ramble to Haworth on Whit Tuesday.

Saltaire Hospital

The monthly meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held in Wednesday evening at the Saltaire Hospital. Mr Allsop (chairman) presided and the other members present were Mrs Salt, Mr F Lister, Mr E L Baumann, Mr W Cryer, Mr Thomas Kendall and Councillor C E Learoyd. The monthly report stated that there had been 84 out patients. At the date of the last meeting there had been 8 in patients and twenty six had since been admitted, making a total of thirty four. Of these twenty two had been discharged, leaving twelve in at the present time.

Shipley Club for Dependents of Soldiers and Sailors

On Thursday, June 3rd,   there will be a Picnic to Shipley Glen, weather permitting. Members meeting on Saltaire Railway Bridge at 2.30 pm. All Dependents of Soldiers & Sailors cordially invited.
If wet the picnic will be held on the following Thursday.
Concerts alternate Wednesdays 7pm in the Club Room, 123 Hargreaves Square.

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Hirst Wood Cemetery 22 May – Jane Humphries aged 82 of 6 Ada Street Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 4 June 1915

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Close to the Enemy

Private G W Bone, who was trained with the Shipley detachment of the Royal Army Medical Corps, and who is now serving in France, in a letter to his parents at 25 Constance Street, Saltaire, says:-
 “I have not had time to answer your letter before now, as we have been kept busy with the wounded. We were called to the trenches again on Saturday night (22 May) after we had been out only 24 hours. We went into the first line of our trenches and the Germans were only 170 yards off us. What our lads had to do was to climb over the parapets and ran half way across to the German trenches and then make another trench. On Saturday night they got one or two layers of sandbags into position and then to retire to our trenches. The Germans did not half let our lads have it as soon as they got over the parapet. We had seven wounded and two killed on Saturday night, and on Sunday night seven wounded and one killed.
By the way all the work is done at night; we were working hard all Saturday night and on Sunday night with nothing to eat after Saturday dinner until this morning, when your parcel arrived, for which I thank you very much.
Our company got back to their reserve billets for a bit of a rest at two o’clock this morning. As we were going down a road which runs between our trenches and the German trenches the enemy must have seen us, because they opened fire with their machine guns.”

Continuing the letter on Wednesday 26 May, George says they had been again in the trenches. The British soldiers succeeded in completing the trench previously referred to, and then the artillery on both sides got going. It was awful, George wrote:-
“We had to go over the tops of our parapets and fetch the wounded; shells were falling all around us, but we all had our work to do. Our brigadier says that we all worked like heroes. The doctor sent for some more R.A.M.C. men to come and relieve us and we were glad for a rest.
We came out of the trenches again on Tuesday, but I don’t know for how long. I was thankful when we got out of it I can tell you, but while we were there our only thoughts were how best to get the wounded away. I don’t know how the lads left in England who are physically fit dare hold their heads up. We think they out to come and join us.”

Under Fire

A letter has been received from Private A Webb, who is serving with the RAMC attached to the 1/5th King’s Own Yorkshire Infantry, and whose home is at 9 Jane Street, Saltaire:-
 “We have had some fairly bad weather during the last few days and in some parts of the trenches the mud has been over the boot tops. You cannot expect any different weather whilst shelling operations are in progress on the scale they have been lately. It seems to absolutely tear the sky to bits.
There are some guns not far from us, and it is awful when they go off, absolutely shaking the ground. Still, if you were over here, you would think that we were quite content. We have got used to it now, but the first time we saw the shells burst in the air it was enough to make anyone tremble. I think we shall be home for next winter, although it is no good taking much notice of what the soldiers say.
Where we are now was a fine place before the war, but it has been shelled unmercifully. Just now we are keeping under cover, as the enemy are shelling within fifty yards of us. They are wide of the mark (in an open field) so there will not be much damage. We had a severe bombardment for about fifteen minutes, so bad that I had to put this letter down and get under cover. I have a bit of shrapnel that came into the place where Theobald and I were in."

Real Fireworks

Writing to his wife, Private Milfred Coultas (of the 1/16th West Yorks), whose home is at 65 Victoria Road, Saltaire, says:-
 “I am still in tip-top condition, although at the present time I could do with a good long sleep, and then a good feed and a hot bath. We have fireworks here every night and I can assure you there are no dummies (they are all crackers) and the more you keep your head down the longer you are likely to live. We look over the top sometimes to see what is going on, and as soon as we do one or two bullets come past our head, and we bob down and thank god they missed.
Last week-end we were in a pub, when the Germans started shelling the place. The sale of beer was stopped, and the people in charge ran all over the house, but they did not forget to take the till with them. We get plenty of amusement out here one way and another, and also some excitement. The other day a comrade and I were sent to try and find a sniper, who had been bothering our chaps, but the enemy started shelling, and as it was getting a bit hot we came in again. On our return pieces of shell, shrapnel, and bullets kept dropping around me – too near to be pleasant.
I have heard it said in England that the Germans are bad shots, but don’t believe it. I do not mind rifle or even shell fire, but I do detest the trench mortars, as they make a noise like the crack of doom, and it is doom for anyone who is unlucky enough to be in the way.”

Care of the Wounded

Sergeant Frank Giles RAMC, who is attached to the 6th West Riding Regiment, now in France, has written to Miss Mitchell, the matron at Saltaire Hospital, saying that he had been pleased to learn through the “Times and Express” that wounded soldiers are being cared for at that institution.
Those who have gone from Shipley, he says, will know that the wounded who happen to be sent to Saltaire will receive kind and careful treatment, and people who know from experience what our lads have to go through in France will agree that it is impossible to do too much for them when they come home wounded.
In protecting those at home from the barbarism of the German Huns, he adds, they are in constant danger of losing their lives, and deserve every care and comfort which can be bestowed upon them.

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Letter of Thanks

Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, Saltaire (To the Editor of the “Times and Express”)

Sir – On behalf of this Hospital, I desire to thank all those who have during the past ten weeks so nobly looked after the comfort of our wounded soldiers.
At the moment the last batch have left us, fully recovered, but we may have another batch any day. Will those who so kindly responded to my appeal please wait until you announce fresh arrivals, when we shall be again glad to avail ourselves of their generosity:-
Yours, etc., E Clifford Fry (Hon Sec.) 


At the Saltaire Wesleyan Church on Wednesday 2 June, the marriage was solemnised of Mr Stanley Whittingham, second son of Mr and Mrs Samuel Whittingham of 5 Park Grove Bingley Road Shipley, and Miss Harriett May Keighley, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph Keighley of 63 George Street Saltaire.
The bride was given away by her brother, Mr Norman Keighley, and the bridesmaids were Miss Keighley (sister of the bride), and Miss Feather. Mr Walter Dutton was best man, and Trooper Sydney Whittingham, Mr Maurice Whittingham (brothers of the bridegroom) and Mr Charles Keighley (brother of the bride) officiated as groomsmen. The officiating minister was the Rev. J R Robinson.
A reception was held in the schoolroom, and later the newly married couple left for Blackpool on their honeymoon. Amongst the presents was one from the Saltaire Wesleyan Church choir, of which the bride is a member.

A pretty wedding was celebrated at the Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel on Tuesday 1 June. The contracting parties were Mr Edgar B Smith only son of Mr John G Smith of Aire Mount, and Miss Nellie Hampson, daughter of Mr J W Hampson, of North Villa Shipley.
The bride was becomingly gowned in white crepe de chine, little Mary Galloway and Miss Madge Hampson (youngest sister of the bride) acting as bridesmaids. The Rev J R Robinson (pastor of the church) was the officiating minister, and Mr Whittam presided at the organ. The friends of both families were present in good numbers. A reception was held by the parents of the bride, and later the happy couple left for Llandudno.

Saltaire Men’s Own

United Meeting of Brotherhoods in Saltaire Park Sunday June 6th at 3 pm. (If wet in Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel).
Speaker: Mr W S Robinson of Shipley
Chairman: Councillor Shackleton
Special Singing by the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir.

Come and hear Mr Robinson, the speaker who has done so much in this crisis.


At the Bradford County Court a receiving order has been made on the debtor’s petition against William Henry Atkinson, residing at 1 Harold Place, superintendent librarian.


Hirst Wood Cemetery Thursday 4 June – Ada Thornton aged 33 of 22 George Street Saltaire.

(Ada Hubbard b1888 Chippenholme. Married Harold Arthur Thornton, contractor’s timekeeper, 3 November 1903 at Bradford Cathedral. Daughter, Connie Emma, born 1908 Saltaire.
1911 she was a burler living with her husband and daughter at 22 George Street in Saltaire.)


Saltaire War Diary: 11 June 1915

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Mr W A S Robinson was the speaker at a united brotherhood service held on Sunday afternoon in Saltaire Park. In the unavoidable absence of Councillor Luther Shackleton (who wrote wishing the meeting every success) Mr George Airey presided, and was supported by the Rev H W Burden, Mr W Cryer, Mr J Senior and others. The Saltaire Mills male choir rendered several musical items, which were much appreciated.
The Chairman said that Mr Robinson needed no introduction to his audience. He was proud to be his chairman; Shipley was proud to claim him as a citizen. They all deeply appreciated his work (which was honorary service) for the country.
Mr Robinson, who was very cordially received, said he felt it would be quite the right thing to do to discuss on that occasion the all-important topic, the war. We were in the thick of the greatest conflict the world had ever known – a conflict forced upon us by a great Power – and most of our cherished ideas had received a set-back. The Brotherhood of man might never have been thought of.
Proceeding, Mr Robinson, said he had not time to go carefully into all the causes which landed us in this awful war, but one thing must be considered at once. That was our individual responsibility to our men who had fought for us and to those who would fight.
To illustrate, he spoke of witnessing the passing round Manchester of about fifty motors laden with wounded; some were blind and others had lost limbs. That night made him think. Unless some omnipotent Power intervened at once, Bradford and Shipley would see similar sights; in fact the whole land would behold them.
What has to be done? These lads had paid the price; they had defended us all. Should we after the war allow our one-armed or one-legged heroes to sell bootlaces or matches? A thousand times, No! As Christians, as citizens it was our imperative duty to safeguard them. We owed them more than we could give them.
In conclusion he said he believed we should have a much better world after the war. How much better it would be depended partly upon the spirit shown by his hearers, who could say, “We will have a new patriotism, richer, nobler, more exalted than the old; we will have a recognition of all classes; we will shed ourselves of selfishness, luxury and sloth.”   
Let us remember all rests with us. The problem was one of choice. Let us all serve in one form or another to hasten the day when right shall triumph. (Loud Applause).
A very hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr Robinson. The Rev H W Burdett pronounced the benediction.



A meeting was held on Saturday at the Official Receiver (Mr Walter Durrance) of the creditors of William Henry Atkinson of Harold Place, Saltaire. There was a deficiency of £155 (£14.5k in 2015). The estate will be wound up by the Official Receiver.

Comforts for Fighting Men and for the Wounded

A number of ladies who have been associated with the work of the Ladies’ section of the Shipley District Committee since its inception are now devoting their energies to helping supply comforts to the men in the trenches and the wounded in the hospitals. This week they forwarded a large parcel of comforts to one of the base hospitals in France.
Sometime ago, it will be remembered, it was felt that owing to the improved state of trade there was no longer any need to appeal for garments to assist in the relief of civil distress. It was decided however, that the work of the Ladies’ Committer could be usefully continued on behalf of the men at the front and those in hospitals.
Ladies attend in the Saltaire Institute on Monday afternoons, from 3 to 5 to receive gifts of materials or garments, whilst sewing meetings are held fortnightly in the Social Room.
Since August nearly 9,000 garments have passed through the hands of the Shipley Ladies’ Committee. Of this number 2,539 were given to Shipley men who enlisted between October 3rd and April 30th.
During the winter the Committee found employment for a number of women in making garments, the total amount paid in wages amounting to £50 15s 10d. The committee have received in subscriptions up-to-date £169 14s 9d, and have expended £165 19s 10d, leaving a balance of £3 14s 11d. Material was given to the value of about £70, and various working parties contributed 2,870 garments. The other garments have been cut out and made by the ladies who attend at the Institute. All ladies interested in the work are invited to attend the sewing meeting at the Institute.

Insurance Committee

The monthly meeting of the Shipley District Insurance Committee was held on Thursday, the 3rd inst., at the Institute, Saltaire, and was presided over by Councillor H Williams (Baildon).
A discussion arose on the minutes of the Shipley Urgency Committee, who brought forward the following recommendations as to extra nourishment for tuberculosis patients:-
“That the form of extra nourishment should not be limited to milk and eggs alone, but that the District Committee should have power to grant other commodities as recommended by the tuberculosis officer or doctor in attendance; that the cost of extra nourishment should be limited to 6s per week, and that the District Committee should have power to grant to this extant the reasonable recommendations of the tuberculosis officer or doctor; that the term “income of household” should only be understood to mean the income of the insured person, his wife, or husband, and children; and in the case of an unmarried minor, his or her parents; and no other persons”
The recommendations were approved.
A letter from the secretary of the Shipley District Friendly Society and Trades Union Insurance Council, as to the position of insured persons whose medical advisorshad volunteered for Army Service, was read, and Mr Hudson reported a letter he had received in reply to a similar communication addressed by him to the County Committee. As the matter was still not quite clear, it was, on the motion of County Councillor T Sowden (Bingley), referred to the Shipley Urgency Committee to ascertain the facts and to deal with them.
A communication from the County Committee reported that that body had approved the suggestion of the Shipley Committee as to making representations relative to the necessity of disinfecting telephone receivers, and that the matter would be dealt with by a deputation appointed to interview the Postmaster General.
The clerk’s report showed that there had been six applications for sanatorium benefit during the month, and that the total number of cases now dealt with by the Shipley District Committee was 127.

Saltaire Congregational Church

The Sunday School Anniversary Services will be held on Sunday June 13th with the Rev P W J Merlin (Huddersfield). There will be Special Anthems by the Choir. Mr Geo Sutcliffe (Organist and Choirmaster).
In the afternoon at 2.30, an Address to Scholars, Parents and Friends will be given in the Schoolroom by Mr H Stephenson (Bradford). There will be a String Orchestra and Special Singing by the Scholars.
Collection at each service for School Funds.


Priestley Charity Cup – First Round
Saltaire v Bankfoot in Saltaire Park June 12th. Wickets pitched at 2 o’clock Admission 3d
Sydney F Barnes, the Anglo-Australian player, will assist Saltaire.

The Match of the Season
A Novel Cricket Match will be played in Saltaire Park (by kind permission of Sir James Roberts) on Wednesday June 23rd
Rosse St Veterans versus Local Friends Veterans – average age of the Players, 73 years
Wickets pitched at 2.30 - Admission 3d
Your presence and support is respectfully solicited in aid of needy Veterans – A Mansfield Hon. Sec.

Death of Rose Society Official

The funeral took place at Undercliffe Cemetery on Monday of Mr Thompson Barber of Airedale Crescent, Undercliffe, who for several years had acted as treasurer of the Saltaire Rose Society. Mr Barber, who was only forty one years of age, was held in high esteem by the officials of the Rose Society.
The following members attended the funeral: Messrs. W Brearley, H Lister, W Allen, T H Cartell, G A Linck, H Hodgson, V Waddilove, A Haigh-Lumby, W K Plunkett, E Wright (secretary), J H Mortimer and G Stillings.

Salts School

The many friends of Mr H G Nicholson, assistant master at the Boys High School (the Salt Schools, Shipley) will be pleased to hear that he is joining the Forces, he having been offered a Commission as Second-Lieutenant in the Scottish Horse. Lieut. Nicholson has for some years been a popular member of the Shipley Golf Club.

(Henry Nicholson born c1884 Staveley in Derbyshire. In 1911 he was a boarder at 249 Bingley Road in Shipley).


Saltaire War Diary: 18 June 1915

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“Battle of Golcar”

On Sunday the Shipley Volunteers had the most interesting held day which they have had since they commenced their training. It has long been felt that it would be desirable for the Shipley men to rub shoulders with their comrades in Bradford, and for the first time they had an opportunity of doing so on Sunday.
The plan of campaign was an attack on Golcar Farm, the farmstead through which pedestrians pass on their way from Shipley Glen to “Dick Hudson’s.” Shipley and the Bradford Athletes constituted the attacking force, whilst the defence rested with the 1st Bradford Battalion. Altogether fully a thousand men were engaged.
The Shipley Force paraded at ten o’clock, and, including the band, marched off from headquarters, the Albert Road School, about a hundred strong, with Dr Sharpe in command. They reached the heights via Baildon Green, and as the Golcar Farm operation was not timed to begin until 1.30, they had a couple of hours available for drilling on their own account.
Various movements were practiced near the Baildon Moor reservoirs, and then came an interval for refreshments. Each man had brought rations, generally in the form of sandwiches, and arrangements had been made for tea and aerated waters to be supplied at Strawberry Gardens. It was a delightful day, and the al-fresco luncheon was keenly relished. Members who wished to do so were at liberty to visit the village for a short time.
At 1.30, when the buglers sounded the “Fall-In,” there was a scene of great animation near the first tee at Baildon Golf Club. The Shipley men were particularly anxious to make a good impression as regards general smartness on the presence of their uniformed colleagues from Bradford, and they succeeded in soliciting complimentary references. They on their part did not fail to note and admire the soldierly bearing of the Bradford men, whose smart uniforms gave a realistic military touch.
It had been decided that the 1st Bradford Battalion (Blue Force) should represent the advanced guard of an invading army moving on Bradford, which had out-marched its main body and was compelled to halt for an indefinite period and await supplies.
Deciding to camp at Golcar Farm, the scene of many recent engagements, the commandant throw out a line of outposts, the force entrenching and remaining on the defensive, whilst certain important and outlying points were mined in case of enforced retirement.
In front of the farm a section of the Red Force approached by rushes in excellent order, but was held up by the Blue Force about 300 yards from Golcar. Meanwhile a stronger attack (in which the Shipley men participated) developed on the flanks and the rear, the main attack finally coming from land under seed crops in the right rear, which, unknown to the attacking party was dead ground, and could therefore not be defended by the Blue Force. Operations were therefore suspended, resulting in a stalemate, the attacking force having detected the weak undefended spot, whilst the defending force had held their ground in all other directions.
The Shipley men approached Golcar by a circuitous route. Proceeding through Baildon village and along West Lane they went down the Glen wood, and then up the steep slope and past the White Houses to Gilstead. Proceeding through Baildon village and along West Lane they went down the Glen wood, and then up the steep slope and past the White Houses to Gilstead. On reaching Eldwick they entered the fields taking advantage of the cover afforded by the walls to get with easy distance of their objective. On the road about a quarter of a mile above the Acorn Inn they joined with a strong contingent of the Bradford Athletes and a surprise was made on Golcar.
After the “battle” the Golcar farm refreshment rooms were literally raided. Here it was that the only casualty of the day happened. A Shipley Volunteer was opening a bottle of ginger beer when it burst, with the result that one of his hands was badly cut. The well-equipped ambulance section of the Bradford Force promptly applied an antiseptic bandage, and the “patient” resumed his place in the Shipley ranks for the march home, which was complete about 5.30 pm.

Hospital Inspection

On behalf of the War Office medical service department, General Fawcett, C.B., who was accompanied by his aid-de-camp, on Tuesday inspected Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital at Saltaire. As General Fawcett visited the hospital unexpectedly there was no opportunity for the Governors or members of the medical staff to meet him, but he was shown round the hospital by the Matron, Miss Mitchell.
He expressed himself very pleased with the arrangements made for the reception and treatment of wounded soldiers, and said that the services already rendered by the honorary medical staff and by the nursing staff had been highly appreciated.
In addition to the convalescent wounded soldiers who stayed for a time there, several cases of ordinary sickness from the Bradford battalions (before they moved from Bradford) were treated at the hospital. More wounded soldiers are expected any time.


Thomas Rushworth of 9 Dockfield Road, a painter employed by Mr Arthur H Long of 2 Birklands Terrace, slipped off a ladder whilst working at a house in Hall Royd on Thursday afternoon and fractured his leg.
After being attended by Dr Mosley he was removed in the horse ambulance to Saltaire Hospital.

Annual Outing

The annual outing of the overlookers engaged in the spinning, drawing and twisting departments at Saltaire Mills took place last Saturday, when a party of twenty-five spent a most enjoyable half day at Bolton Abbey. At the Devonshire Arms Hotel, where tea was partaken of, a short toast list was gone through.
Mr George Sanctuary, who presided, proposed a toast to the firm, to Sir James and Lady Roberts, and to Mr Harry Roberts. Other toasts were spoken to by Mr N Keighley, Mr A Berry and Mr F Bradshaw, the latter specially thanking the subscribers to the expenses of the outing. It was decided that a portion of the trip funds should be utilised in doing something for four Saltaire overlookers who are serving with the colours. A number of glees were sung at the Strid by a contingent from the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir. Excellent arrangements for the outing had been made by the secretary, Mr George Fawcett.

Congregational Anniversary

Sunday school anniversary services were held at the Saltaire Congregational Church on Sunday. The preacher morning and evening was the Rev F W J Merlin of Huddersfield. At a service held in the school in the afternoon an address was given by Mr H Stephenson (of Bradford). Anthems were rendered by the choir, Miss Harrison being the soloist. Mr G Sutcliffe (organist and choirmaster) was at the organ. The collections amounted to £33 2s 4d.

Biblical History in Pictures

The moving pictures, which have been a means of education, along secular lines are now being used in a wonderful way to show forth the Divine programme. The international Bible Students’ Association have shown commendable zeal in producing this wonderful film, which is being shown free, not even a collection being taken.
The “Photo-Drama of Creation” which has been exhibited in over 200 of the largest halls and theatres in Great Britain including the London Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall, London, where it was witnessed by many thousands of people, is to be presented in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire for nine days commencing on Wednesday, 23rd June at 7.30 pm.
Witnessing “Creation” we may see moving on the canvas, with every semblance of reality, the outstanding figures of history, with whom reading and study have made familiar. We see the Garden of Eden as an ingenious imagination stimulated by Bible research, pictures it for us. We view the stately cities of antiquity and their modern successors. We sweep over the world with ever-increasing interest from the time of our remotest ancestors, forward as the scrolls of history unrolls, and when we rise from our seats we feel that the past has been made for us as a living reality instead of the dried bones of historical chronicle.
Ably supplementing the combination of films, pictures and panoramas is a series of descriptive and scientific lectures which are delivered by gramophone.
Free reserved seat tickets will be furnished to those who send a stamped self-addressed envelope to the Manager “Creation” Victoria Hall, Saltaire.

Found Drowned

At the District Council Fire Station on Tuesday an inquest was held respecting the death of William Ross, slater’s labourer, of no fixed abode, whose body was recovered from the River Aire at Shipley on Sunday – Helen Gallagher of 4 Sedgwick Street, White Abbey, Bradford said the deceased was her father. She last saw him alive about a fortnight ago at Manningham. He was 52 years of age and a widower. He seemed quite cheerful and happy when she last saw him. Witness added that her father had been seen in the Bradford Arms Hotel about 8.30 on Saturday.
Roger Sellers, a mill firer of Shipley, said that on Sunday last he was walking with a friend along the footpath between Saltaire Mills and the Victoria Works when he noticed a shirt in the river. On closer examination he found the body. He recovered it and sent for the police. Deceased had no jacket, cap or waistcoat on. Witness noticed some footprints leading right up to the water side.
A verdict of “Found drowned” was returned, there was not being sufficient evidence to show how the deceased got into the river.

Sudden Death

An inquest was held on Tuesday respecting the death of Sarah Martin (67), a widow, of 4 Edward Street (renumbered no 9), Saltaire, who died suddenly on Sunday night. Mary Jane Jordon (daughter of the deceased), who resides at the same address, stated that on Sunday night her mother retired in bed about nine o’clock. About five minutes later witness heard an unusual noise, and on going upstairs found deceased laid on the floor. Witness summoned some neighbours, and afterwards a doctor, but the latter on arrival, could only pronounce life extinct.
The jury returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes.”    

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Saltaire War Diary: 25 June 1915

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Saltaire War Diary 25 June 1915

In the Trenches

Private Milfred Coultas, serving with 1st-6th West Yorkshires (son of Mr A Coultas, of 65 Victoria Road, Saltaire) said in a letter to his wife that although he had been five weeks in the trenches at various places and at various times he had yet to see a German. In the day the Germans keep their heads down and so do the English, for it does not pay to be too inquisitive. At night, however, they are compelled to take greater risks, so it is necessary for them to keep a sharp lookout. Milfred wrote:-
“We had a band performance round the cook-house fire last night. The music ranged from operatic to rag-time; a great favourite was. Has anyone seen a German band?” Our instruments consisted of a drum, three combs, a mouth organ and a tin biscuit box. Those who had nothing to play furnished the vocal parts, and they did let it go, especially when singing the “German band” song. The Huns must have heard us for they sent dozens of shots over, but they were all wasted. They had not the slightest effect on our entertainment, which went on until nearly nine o’clock in the morning”.

Veterans Cricket Match

Saltaire Park was the venue of a novel cricket match on Wednesday afternoon, when a number of local veterans tried conclusions before an interested gathering of spectators. The event, which has now come to be regarded as an annual one, originates through the Rosse Street Veterans’ Association, the president of which is Mr Harry Roberts. Each year the park is lent by the kind permission of Sir James Roberts.
Wednesday’s match was played with ten men aside, the captains being Mr J Dean and Mr W Beaver. The latter was a well-known cricketer in his younger days, and judging by his score (94) he can still handle a bat. Mr Beaver’s team won by a margin of 90 runs.
The following were the scores, the age of each player being given in parenthesis:-
Mr Beaver’s team: J Stephenson (74) 8, W Beaver (70) 94, A Gill (61) 48, R Brooks (84) 2, C Long (78) 0, H Stolworthy (76) 8, W H Robinson (67) not out 18, J N Holdsworth (78) 2, W Jackson (77) 4, W Hudson (78) 0, extras 7, total 191.
Mr Dean’s team: J Shaw (64) 25, M Robinson (62) 25, W Horner (70) not out 5, J Dean (76) 25, A Mansfield (75) 1, C Scott (69) 0, J Knight (70) 5, J Gott (73) 6, E Holdsworth (76) 2, W Mosley (73) 1, extras 5, total 101.
The scorer was Mr James Cousin (69).
Two medals were given by Mr W A Butland, jeweller, Kirkgate, for the highest score on each side. Three players tied for the medal on Mr Dean’s side; Mr J Shaw, Mr M Robinson and Mr Dean himself. Lots were drawn, and the winner proved to be Mr J Shaw. The winner on the other side was Mr Beaver.

The players afterwards had tea at the Royal Café, after which an entertainment was held. In the unavoidable absence of Mr H Roberts, the chair was occupied by Mr W Hulme. The following contributed to the programme: Mrs John Hudson, Miss M Myrle, Mr F White, Mr W Horner, Mr Wm. Jackson, Mr A Mansfield, Mr R Brooks, Mr J Dean, Mr E Holdsworth and Mr J Knight. The latter handed the medals to Messrs W Beaver and J Shaw.
A hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr Butland, on the motion of Mr J Dean, seconded by Mr A Mansfield. Thanks were also expressed by Mr James Cousin and Mr H Stolworthy, to all who had contributed to the success of the gathering, whilst the chairman and Mr E Holdsworth referred to the kindness of Sir James Roberts, in allowing the use of the park.
The proceeds of the match were in aid of the Rosse Street Veterans’ Association Benevolent Fund, which grants are made to members in needy circumstances.

Story of the Bible in Pictures

An interesting exhibition is being held at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, under the auspices of the International Bible Students Association. The exhibition was opened on Wednesday evening, and will be continued until Thursday evening next.
High Class Biblical and other pictures are shown, but the chief ones are the various parts of what is styled the “Photo drama of Creation,” which really means the story of the Bible illustrated. The drama represents the study and work of years.
The moving pictures which constitute the main feature of the production of the impressive stories in both the Old and New Testament, are actually taken in Palestine and the Holy Land, with the exception of those of the Exodus, which were taken in Egypt.
The expense to which the association has been put in securing these pictures must have been enormous, and yet they are exhibited free of charge. The pictures have been shown in various parts of the world, and the cost entailed has been covered by voluntary subscriptions.
The object of the movement is to cultivate Biblical study, and to show the harmony of the Bible with history and science. In other words, it aims at promoting righteousness by increasing faith in the Bible, inculcating greater reverence for the Creator, and stronger sympathy for fallen humanity.
Pastor Russell, the president of the association, is the author of the photo drama. Supplementing the combination of films, pictures and panoramas, is a series of descriptive and scientific lectures, which are delivered by gramophones.
The manager of the exhibition is Mr Chas. H Senior, who is to be complimented on the admirable way in which the arrangements are carried out.

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Lost Friday night or Saturday morning, in Saltaire or Car to Bradford, a Five Pound Note; reward – 10 Albert Road (renumbered 19) Albert Road, Saltaire.

(10 Albert Road was occupied by Edgar Clifford Fry and his family from c1906 to c1918)

In Memoriam

Clifford – In loving memory of our dear Mother Grace Clifford, who passed away June 23rd 1909
Dear mother, thou art not forgotten,
Nor shalt thou ever be:
For no morning dawns no night returns
But what we think of thee
“Gone but not forgotten”

  • Son and Daughter, 8 Herbert Street. Saltaire

(John Clifford, a bricklayer born London 1831, married Grace Swift 30 September 1855 at Bradford Cathedral. They lived in Idle & Windhill.)


19 June 1915 Willie Hall age 24 draper’s assistant of Manningham married Clarice Maud Butterfield age 22 of 21 Ada Street Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 2 July 1915

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Saltaire Rose Society

A praiseworthy effort in aid of local war funds (Shipley and Bradford) is to be made on the occasion of the Saltaire Rose Society’s annual show in Saltaire Park next Wednesday. The whole of the nett proceeds of the show will devoted to this purpose, and in addition it is hoped to raise a large sum by the sale of roses and other flowers.
In short, it is to be a Rose Day – in Bradford in the morning and at Saltaire Park in the afternoon and evening. A large number of the exhibitors have promised to give their exhibition blooms to be sold after the floral marquees close.
About 150 ladies have undertaken to dispose of the flowers in Bradford and in the park, and they are going to try and make the “Rose Day” a huge success. The Society are asking all flower growers to do their “little bit” in giving blooms to help to swell the local war funds. The “Rose Day” will be worked from the Old Post Office Stores in Bradford as the centre. Gifts of flowers will be thankfully received there from Tuesday mid-day to Wednesday. There will also be stalls in the Midland and L&Y Stations at Bradford, where flowers can be left on Wednesday morning.
If any large growers who require their blooms collecting will communicate with Mr Walter Parker, 1 Town Hall Square, Bradford, he will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements.
The society are inviting all the wounded soldiers in Bradford and Shipley to Saltaire Park on the show day. Tickets are being supplied to the different hospitals in Bradford where the wounded soldiers are staying, and all the wounded soldiers who are not in not in hospital, but staying in the district will, on application to Mr Walter Parker, receive a ticket for admission to the show.
If the Society are favoured with a fine day the local war funds should receive substantial help, and wounded soldiers will no doubt spend a pleasant half-day in such ideal surroundings as those at Saltaire Park.

Salt Schools Annual Sports

The Salt Schools annual athletic sports were held in Saltaire Park (kindly lent by Sir James Roberts) on Wednesday afternoon. Owing to the circumstances prevailing the function was of a somewhat subdued character.
Amongst those present were the headmaster (Mr F J Fuller), Mr W Popplestone, (Director of Education), the Rev. B Herklots (Vicar of Shipley), Councillors L Shackleton and E Bateson (members of the Shipley Education Committee).
The Rev B Herklots, Councillor L Shackleton and Mr Lund officiated as judges. The various events resulted as follows:-
One Mile handicap (open), Winter; 2 Woodall; 3 Foulger
440 yds. Handicap (open), Lund; 2 Woodall; 3 Alderson
220 yds. Handicap (open), Lund; 2 Spalding; 3 Woodall
100 yds. Handicap (open), Stephenson; 2 Alderson; 3 Winter; 4; Woodall
220 yds. Handicap (under 13), England; 2 Woodall; 3 Burton
100 yds. Handicap (under 11), Davies; 2 Brighton; 3 Feather
High Jump, Winter and Spalding (equal), 4ft 2 ½ in.
Tug of War, Wheeler (captain), Emmott, Bateson, Salter and Halliday
Relay race, Wheeler, Monk, Simpson, Clough and Denby
Egg-and-spoon race (open), Clough; 2 Lund; 3 Crabtree
Egg-and spoon race (under 12), Woodall; 2 Hartley; 3 Whitakker
Potato race, Winter; 2 Emmott; 3 Carroll; 4 Wheeler
“Derby” race, Stephenson and Salter; 2 Bottomley and Foulger
Sack race (open), Brigham; 2 Feather; 3 Aked; 4 Hartley
Prepatory race (80 yds.), Laycock; 2 Harper; 3 Williams
Consolation race, Longfellow; 2 Mortimer; 3 Brooks.

The competition for the challenge cup presented by Mrs Titus Salt resulted as follows:-
Lund, 11 marks; Winter 10; Spalding 7; Woodall 7.
Lund is therefore the holder for 1915-16.
At the conclusion of the sports the prizes were distributed by Mrs Herklots. The headmaster thanked Sir James Roberts for the loan of the park, contributors for their subscriptions, the judges for their services and Mrs Herklots for her services. The boys gave three cheers, and Mrs Herklots suitably replied.
The headmaster explained that this year the prizes were only of nominal value and that the surplus money would be handed over to certain philanthropic efforts connected with the war. The number of entries for the sports this year was the largest for the last ten years.


About 150 entries have been received for the children’s sports in connection with the Shipley and District Friendly and Trade Society’s Charity Carnival in Saltaire Park to-morrow. Mrs Luther Shackleton has kindly consented to distribute the prizes.

Sunday School and Choir Excursions

The members of the choir at the Saltaire Congregational Church had their annual trip on Saturday. In the afternoon they took the train to Grassington and afterwards walked to Burnsall were tea was served at the Manor House. The evening was spent at Burnsall, the party subsequently proceeding by char-a-banc to Bolton Abbey, where they entrained for home.
During the outing glees and part songs were rendered by the choir. The Rev P Drummond Pringle (pastor) accompanied the party.

On Saturday the Parish Church Sunday School teachers had an enjoyable outing to Bolton Abbey. The party included the Rev B Herklots (Vicar), and the Rev W Bowker (curate).

The Salt High Schools

From the minutes of a meeting of the Higher Education Sub-Committee it appeared that Mr Fuller (Head Master of Boys High School) had reported that he had seen a number of fields which appeared suitable for tennis courts, the one most likely for the school being a field on the Baildon side of the river Aire, close to the Saltaire Tennis Grounds.
Councillor C E Learoyd (chairman of the sub-committee) and Councillor Hill were appointed to interview the secretary of the Shipley Wesleyan Cricket Club with a view to making the best arrangements possible for renting the field on the river side.
It was reported that Mr H G Nicholson, one of the masters of the Boys High School, had joined H.M. Forces as a Second Lieutenant in the Scottish Horse, and that the remaining members of the staff were prepared by increased efforts to perform Mr Nicholson’s duties in his absence, to the end of the current school year, if the Governors would pay Mr Nicholson his salary as usual for that period. The suggestion was agreed to.
The consideration of the question of increase of salaries of the masters and mistresses in the High School was deferred until the High School Finance Sub-Committee have prepared their reports.
Miss Hilda Jackson (Colne) was appointed temporary assistant mistress at the Boys High School, at the salary of £100 per annum, the engagement to commence on the 21st September 1915.

Sir Titus Salt’s Charity

The monthly meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held on Wednesday evening at the Saltaire Hospital. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and the other members present were Mrs Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Mr E L Baumann, Mr F Lister, Mr T Kendall and Councillor A Gill.
The monthly report stated that there had been 90 individual out-patients. At the date of the last meeting there were 12 in-patients, and 17 had since been admitted. Of these 20 had been discharged, leaving 9 in at the present time.
The following donations had been received:-
Employees of the Scott Engineering Co., £2 18s 9d
Mrs E Fothergill (as a mark of appreciation for services rendered to grandson) £1
Mr H Ramsden 10s 6d
Mr Ernest Fieldhouse (in acknowledgement of benefits received) 10s
Employees of the Shipley District Council Gas Department, 9s 9d
A quantity of buns have been received from the Saltaire Wesleyan Guild.

A letter was read from Mr J Hudson, secretary of the Shipley and District Friendly Society and Trade Union Insurance Council, stating that the father of a patient desired (through the Governors) to express thanks to the doctors and nursing staff for the kind and efficient treatment received at the hospital. Mr Hudson added that the council desired to be associated with the appreciation.

Insurance Committee

A meeting of the Shipley District Insurance Committee was held last night at the Saltaire Institute. It was intimated that the Health Insurance Commissioners had extended the term of office of the committee until December 31st, reserving to themselves the power to further extend the scheme for such a period as they might deem it desirable.
Councillor H Williams (of Baildon) was re-appointed chairman of the committee and Mr Jennings Alderson vice-chairman. The Shipley and Bingley sub-committees were re-elected and also the Shipley Urgency Committee and the Shipley After-care Committee.

Scholarship Winners

Having considered the reports of Mr F J Fuller and Miss Byles (head master and head mistress of the Salt Schools) on the results of examinations for Salt Scholarships, the Shipley Education Committee have awarded scholarships to the following:-

Eveline Parker, Shirley Street
Nellie Dracup, Maddocks Street
Eric Riley, Victoria Road
Jack Sanctuary, George Street

(Author’s note – I have only listed those from Saltaire.)

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In Memoriam

Howker – In remembrance of a dear husband and father, James Howker, who died 4th July 1914 – sadly missed – 43 Titus Street Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 9 July 1915

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Saltaire Rose Show

The Saltaire Rose Society – one of the leading organisations of the kind in the country – held their thirteenth annual exhibition in Saltaire Park on Wednesday. The event was marred by unfavourable weather, which was all the more regrettable in that the proceeds are to be devoted to the Bradford and Shipley War Funds.
Many of the exhibitors had promised their blooms for the purpose of sale after the show. With the object of increasing the amount available for the War Funds, flower stalls had been arranged on the Bradford railway stations and on some of the more important thoroughfares. Both in Bradford and in Saltaire Park a large band of lady helpers sold buttonholes.
So generous had been the response to the appeal which the society had made to rose growers to make gifts of flowers to swell the receipts that some 10,000 blooms were given for the purpose.

The season has not been a good one for horticulturists. In the South of England professional growers have seen their blooms pass already, whilst in the Midlands and the North the long drought has had the effect of bringing on roses and sweet peas a week or so before the event at Saltaire. The recent rain too have all been against the production of exquisite blooms which have been associated with the Saltaire Show. Yet in spite of all this there was a really splendid display of blooms.
Perhaps the highest testimony that could be given of the solidity and progress in importance of the society’s exhibitions is to say that this show was of little less excellence than its forerunners, in spite of the fact that  Messrs Alex Dixon and Sons Ltd. of Newtownards in County Down  who have in the previous twelve years consistently carried off all the premier awards, found it inconvenient to send more than a few specimens on this occasion.
No more appropriate description could be given to the show than that applied to it by the president, Mr Oswald Partington, the member for Shipley. Speaking at the luncheon table, he said that he had attended many exhibitions of a similar nature, but he did not think he had ever seen a more gorgeous display of colour. In extent the show was below the below the highest mark attained the on some previous occasion, but there was still such a delicacy and wealth of colour as to satisfy the most fastidious rosarians.

The leaden sky of the morning portended the discouraging conditions which were to succeed. By noon there was a slight break in the clouds which served to brighten somewhat the picture of the show ground, where a fairly large crowd had collected. But the hope for fine weather was quickly dispelled. No sooner had the opening ceremony been performed than the rain began to descend almost in torrents. Heavy showers fell repeatedly up to 4.30 but at that time the shows tents were crowded with visitors and a considerable number of other people were listening on the promenade to the band of H. M. Royal Dragoons and Royal Scots Greys.
A striking new feature of the scene was the presence of a large sprinkling of men in khaki – wounded soldiers who had thoughtfully been given invitation to attend the show. For their sakes as well as for the event as a whole, the absence of sunshine and the excessive rain were unfortunate circumstances. In the evening the soldiers were presented with bouquets to take to the hospitals etc. in which, they were staying.
The opening ceremony was performed by the Lady Mayoress of Bradford (Mrs G H Robinson) who was accompanied by the Lord Mayor.

It was a happy thought on the part of Mr Oswald Partington, the Member for Shipley, on purchasing a magnificent exhibit at the Saltaire Rose Show, to send it the Saltaire Hospital.
The exhibit was a non-competitive one which had been sent by Messrs. Frank Cant & Co. of Colchester. It consisted of sixty distinct varieties of cut roses, and was a splendid example of what can be done in the cult of the rose.
Like many other charming displays, it was offered for sale by auction, and was knocked down to the highest and – in this case – the only bidder for £25. The inmates at the hospital were delighted with the gift.
Under ordinary circumstances this exhibit would have formed part of a class in which the society’s hundred-guinea Northern Championship Challenge Rose bowl accompanies the first prize. Owing to the abnormal conditions this much-coveted trophy, which has hitherto been carried off by Messrs Alex Dixon and Sons Ltd. of Newtownards in County Down, was withheld on this occasion. 

Cricket – Saltaire defeated by Idle

The chief match in the Bradford League on Saturday was that at Idle, where the opposition was provided by Saltaire. Local cricket enthusiasts had for weeks been looking forward to the match in which the international champion batsman J B Hobbs and the world’s greatest bowler would be seen opposing each other, and speculation was rife as to what would be the result.
The interest in the game was reflected in the gate receipts, which amounted to £51 10s, and it is worthy of note that since Hobbs joined Idle in May the “gates” have on the average been £30 as compared with £8 previously. Amongst the spectators at the match was Pte H Hobbs, of the Suffolk Regiment, now at Ripon, and of one of J B Hobbs three bothers with the Colours.
Batting first, Saltaire could only muster a total of 67 and out of these Sydney Barnes played a great innings of 30 not out. R. Sargent, the county colt, bowled in irresistible fashion, and captured seven wickets at the insignificant cost of 16 runs.
Saltaire’s score did not prove sufficient. But though Fred Hollings and Hobbs, the opening pair, scored 19 and 17 respectively, seven wickets went down before Idle gained the verdict. Just at the moment when Idle seemed to have the upper hand, Barnes gave the spectators a thrill. Through his remarkable bowling the score which stood at 56 for three wickets, remained at that figure when the seventh wicket fell. Barnes took four wickets in one over, and performed the “hat trick”. But Mawson and Presser succeeded in obtaining the number of runs required for a win. This is the second defeat Saltaire have suffered since Barnes arrived.

A Lady’s Suggestion

“A Saltaire Lady Member” writes:- “As a lady supporter of Bradford League cricket I should like to make a suggestion to the Idle Cricket Club – as this is the only club in the league who charges ladies for admission to their matches. If this charge were the custom at all the grounds there would be no cause for complaint, and my suggestion is that ladies would only be too glad to pay if their contributions were given to the local war fund, instead of helping to pay large fees for professionals at a time when our nation is struggling for its very existence.”

St Peters Marriages 3rd July 1915

Vandyck Willis Williams aged 22, an engineer, eldest son of W S Williams Esq. of Sunderland (late of Boston, USA), to Esther Jane Rutherford, aged 22, eldest daughter of Mrs, and the late John Rutherford of 21 Shirley Street in Saltaire.

Percival Strange Clayton, aged 24, a gunner, son of the late John Clayton of Ballincollig Barracks in County Cork to Beatrice May Gill, aged 28, daughter of Robert Gill of 36 Titus Street in Saltaire.

Robert Dale, a dyers labourer, aged 22, son of Jacob Dale of 12 Kitson Street in Windhill to Annie Haigh, aged 20, daughter of Alfred Haigh of 18 George Street in Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 16 July 1915

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Saltaire Rose Show

In spite of the adverse weather on the show day the Saltaire Rose Society hope to be able to allocate £200 amongst the war funds in Bradford and Shipley. This very creditable result is due to the sale of flowers in Saltaire Park and in the streets of Bradford, the actual receipts from this source amounting to £186.
Further subscriptions have been promised, and it is likely that the total will reach the figure named above. On the Show itself there is likely to be a loss of about £25, the “gate” receipts realising only £106.

(£200 is worth c£18,500 in 2015)


The popularity of cricket in the district covered by the Bradford League was evident on Saturday, when the aggregate gate receipts at the four Priestley Charity Cup matches amounted to £120.
Saltaire was the only home team to win. The other three games all ended in favour of the visiting sides. The results however, were in accord with general opinion.

Saltaire gained the easiest of victories over Lidget Green. A feature of the game was the bowling of Sydney Barnes, who secured seven wickets for 31 runs. Lidget Green scored 91, the chief scorer being G Smith (26). Saltaire hit up the required total with a loss of four wickets. S Smith played a fine innings of 30, whilst “Nabe” Firth hit up 20 in pleasing fashion.


Watts – July 9th, at 29 Shirley Street, Saltaire – Elizabeth Ann, the beloved wife of William Watts. 


Mr and Mrs Dodgson and family wish to express their heartfelt thanks to all friends for their kind sympathy and gifts of flowers in their time of sorrow. They hope that each one will take this as thanking them personally. – 18 Albert Road, Saltaire.

(This refers to Gertrude Dodgson who died aged 23 in July 1923, daughter of Joseph & Emma. 18 Albert Road is renumbered 35 Albert Road).


Saltaire War Diary: 23 July 1915

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National Register

Instructions have now been issued to local authorities from the Local Government Board for the taking of the National Register on Sunday, August 15.
Sir H C Monro, the Permanent Secretary of the Local Government Board, in a letter explaining the provisions of the National Registration Act, states it is the immediate duty of each loyal authority to divide their district into convenient areas, and to distribute the registration forms at every dwelling house in the course of the six days immediately preceding August 15 and to collect them on the days immediately following.
It is hoped that may all be collected by the succeeding Wednesday. Public notice must be given of places where any person who has not received a form may obtain one.
Instead of one schedule being filled up for each household by the head of the household, as in the case of the census, there will be a separate form to be filled up and signed by each person within the ages of 15 and 65.
In cases in which the person registering is staying at a temporary address, the local authority must forward the form to the local registration authority of the area containing his or her permanent address.       

Letters Home

Interesting letters are to hand from Arthur John Brown,youngest son of Mr & Mrs C W Brown of 41 George Street Saltaire. At the outbreak of the war he was mobilised with the Shipley detachment of the Royal Army Medical Corps, but afterwards transferred to the 1st West Riding Field Company of the Royal Engineers.
For some time past he has been with the British forces at the Dardenelles. Writing home on June 1st, he expressed the pleasure with which he had received a parcel of cakes etc., and goes on to say: - “We have had I very hard this last week, but we have had a big advance, and we have done exceedingly well. We have only our captain left now, and a lieutenant who has just returned from hospital, so you can guess we have been very unlucky with our officers, as well as with a lot of the men. I got hit on the arm with a piece of shrapnel, but it did no more than bruise the skin. We keep moving our “home” nearer Constantinople.”
In another letter, written on July 2nd, he says that he is keeping in excellent health and spirits. Up to that time he had only met one soldier out there whom he knew in civil life. From what he heard, he expected to have the pleasure of meeting more Shipley men later on. In the last advance he was alongside the Gurkhas, whom he described as a fine body of men.
Remarking that the people at home would have a difficulty in recognising him if he was photographed out there, he says they think nothing of going a week without a wash owing to the scarcity of water.
There was no caution of a half – day holiday – they think they are lucky to get half a night’s undisturbed rest. He adds: - “You don’t know how we are looking forward to the new troops arriving. When they arrive we are hoping to get a rest; we have been hard at it since we landed on April 25th. We are making good progress, and the “Germturks” seem to be getting tired of trying to stop us. We are not hoping for any peace here until we have wiped them out, and then I hope they will band what is left of us to get reorganised for Troon.”

Tag Day

Please note that Shipley Feast Saturday, July 31st, is the Shipley Soldiers Tag Day. No one will question the necessity for a public fund for soldiers comforts when it is stated there are many known cases where Shipley men who rallied to the Colours several months ago have not yet had the pleasure of opening parcels bearing the Shipley postmark. A large number of our local soldiers have been more fortunate, thanks to Lady Denby and various organisations who have looked after those connected with them.
The object of the Shipley Soldiers Fund is to see that ALL of them get a little remembrance from time to time. In the first place of course, the committee want the names of those who so far have been neglected.

A big army of workers is required for the Tag Day. Everybody who is willing to assist in the sale of favours is asked to give his or her name next Monday evening, between half – past seven and nine o’clock, at Somerset House (for South Ward workers), Saltaire Institute (West Ward), St Paul’s Schools (Central), and Carnegie Hall (North and East).
Those who attend these committee rooms on Monday night will arrange their particular “stands” and on the following Thursday evening, at the same places, will attend to receive collecting boxes and favourites. Five thousand miniature flags, with pin attached to each, have been ordered, as well as 350 cardboard collecting boxes.
The firm and employees at the Canal Ironworks, who have generously supported the local war funds since their inception, have made the handsome contribution of £36 16s, to the Shipley Soldiers Fund. Mr W V Ambler, a member of the District Council staff at Somerset House, is acting as hon. secretary of the fund. 

Anthrax Victim

An inquiry of interest to all Bradford wool workers was held in the Bradford Coroner’s Court on Tuesday, when the City Coroner (Mr J G Hutchinson) conducted an inquest on the body of Thomas Ashton Mawson (61), a woolcomber of 11 Constance Street in Saltaire who died in the Royal Infirmary on Saturday afternoon. Mr A Taylor, the Factory Inspector, sat with the Coroner, and Mr T H Trenholme appeared for the family of the deceased.
Emma Mawson (the widow) said that the deceased had worked at Saltaire Mills for about fifteen years. He had enjoyed good health, but last Wednesday he returned home soon after the breakfast interval and complained of pains in various parts of his body. He went to see the doctor during the evening, and he was ordered to stay in bed for a time. On the following morning he appeared worse, and complained of a small red pimple behind his right ear. Poultices were applied but the pimple became worse, and on Friday the doctor ordered his removal to the Royal Infirmary.
Arthur Sykes, of 17 Roberts Street in Windhill, under manager in the combing department at Saltaire Mills, described the various processes through which the wool was put before it reached the deceased who was the feeder of a preparing machine.
Since June 24th Mawson had been employed on Van mohair, one of the wools known as the most dangerous to deal with, but he had no occasion to go into the room where the unwashed wool was manipulated. All the necessary regulations in regard to working the material and in regard to washing and eating arrangements were observed in the mill. The room in which the deceased worked was well ventilated.
Another workman named James Leake gave corroborative evidence, and said he had never noticed any blood stained wool.
Dr Anthony Ripponer spoke to the deceased being admitted to the Royal Infirmary. Witness noticed at once a malignant pustule above the right ear, and suspecting anthrax, immediately gave the first dose of anti-toxin serum by inoculation. The man appeared to find some relief, but next day he became worse, and, in spite of another inoculation of the serum, he died.
Dr Mitchell said that he had made a post-mortem examination of the body, and had found anthrax bacilli in the internal organs. In the present state of knowledge he thought that the best that could be done had been done for the man.
In reply to Mr Trenholme, the doctor said that the supply of serum came from Italy, and since the war this had stopped. It was now impossible to obtain any. Under the circumstances, it was possible that the serum applied in this case might be older than was usually desired, but had no reason for thinking this was the case.
The Coroner, in summing up, said that he was informed by the Factory Inspector that all the rules and regulations designed for the protection of work people were carried out very stringently at Saltaire. In regard to the regulation as to steeping the wool, the Inspector said that a Commission was now sitting to consider the whole matter, and this rule would probably be superseded.
The jury found that the deceased had died from anthrax, contracted whilst following his employment.
On behalf of the firm of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co., Ltd, sympathy was expressed with the family by Mr C H Briggs, who stated that this was the first fatal case of anthrax at Saltaire for twenty years.

Music Award

Miss Adeline Laughlin, pupil of Miss Annie Louise Sanctuary of Saltaire, was one of the candidates who gained a first-class certificate for pianoforte playing (primary section) at the examination of the London College of Music held recently in Bradford.      


Tom Jessop married Clara Hamilton 12 July 1915 at St Peters Shipley.


Saltaire War Diary: 30 July 1915

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Negotiations are now in progress for the affiliation of the Shipley Volunteers with the Bradford Athletes Battalion. From the first it has been recognised that it would be necessary to join some larger body, and the headquarters of the National Volunteer movement have now intimated that the smaller corps must be linked up with organisations of battalion strength. If they can make their own arrangements, well and good; if not, headquarters will attend to the matter for them.
The Shipley men have already had some experience of working in conjunction with the Bradford Moor, and in the Harden Valley, and when the question of affiliation had to be considered, thoughts naturally turned to this particular section of the Bradford Force. There is reason to believe that the proposal will be mutually acceptable. Shipley should be able at any rate to supply a complete and efficient company for the Athlete Battalion.

Saltaire Cricket Club

A Roll of Honour is being prepared of members of the Saltaire Cricket Club who are serving with the forces. The Secretary, Mr H Mann, of 52 Birklands Road, Shipley, will be pleased to receive particulars of members who have enlisted. The full home address should be stated, and also name of regiment etc.

Sir Titus Salt’s Charity

The monthly meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt’s Charity was held on Wednesday evening at the Saltaire Hospital. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and the other members present were:- Mrs Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Mr W Cryer, Mr T Kendall, Mr E L Baumann, Councillors C E Learoyd and J Pitts.
It was reported that the following donations had been received:-
Employees of Sir Titus Salt - £8 4s 11d
National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (Shipley Branch) – £2 2s
Collection at United Camp Meeting of Shipley area Methodist Churches - 19s
Employees of J R Fyfe – 15s 4d
Employees of Lee & Crabtree – 11s 4d
Mrs Priestley (for benefits received) - £1
Mr W Rimmington - 10s 6d
Mrs Wood - 6s

Gifts for soldiers had been received from Mr O Partington, M.P. (roses), Mrs Ayrton (fruit), Mrs Eady (flowers), Mrs Holmes and neighbours, 3 Wycliffe Road (rice, sugar and cigarettes), Miss Watson and Mr C Hainsworth (papers), A Friend (6s) and Mr C Hainsworth (1s).

High School Finances

The Education Committee have approved the minutes of a meeting of the High Schools Finances Sub-Committee, with the exception of a recommendation referring to the payment of tuition fees of holders of Salt Scholarships, the consideration of which is deferred until the full report of the Sub-Committee is submitted.
At the same meeting the question of the bank overdraft in the Education Committee’s account was considered, but decision on the matter was postponed until the High School’s Finances Sub-Committee is received.
At a meeting of the Higher Education Sub-Committee the Director submitted a report on the interview of the deputation from the District Council with the West Riding Higher Education Sub-Committee in regard to the District Council’s application for a grant towards the liquidation of the debt on the Technical School.
The Sub-Committee recommended: That particulars be furnished to the County Council of the rooms at the Technical Schools which were, of necessity, used by the High Schools, and the periods during which such rooms were used by the High Schools and the Technical Schools respectively; and also information as to the building provision which had been made by the Shipley local Authority in respect of higher education prior to 1904 and since that time.
It was decided that the matter should be left over until it had been further dealt with by the District Council. An important minute on this subject will be found in the report of the District Council meeting.

Salt Schools Presentation

A pleasant function took place on the girls’ side of the Salt Schools on Wednesday, when a short concert and a presentation marked the termination of Mr W H Tate’s engagement as director of music at the school. In making the presentation (a copy of  “The Oxford History of Music”) Miss Byles, the headmistress, referred to the reputation gained by the Christmas entertainments at the school, and read a letter from an “old girl” who had developed talent as a singer, expressing gratitude to her former master.
In his reply Mr Tate urged the girls to give to music the devotion which so high an art claimed and repaid.

A Shocking Accident

On Wednesday a serious accident happened in the premises of the Shipley Fan Company, industrial and ventilating engineers, Valley Works. A young man named James Rogers, a mechanic of 7 Alva Terrace, Valley Road, was standing on a ladder dong something to a bolt when his right arm got caught in the belting and he was whirled round the shafting. The right arm of this unfortunate youth was torn off, and he was removed to the Saltaire Hospital.

(James was born 1899 in Saltaire. His family lived at 31 Shirley Street in 1901 & 1911 with his father, John, working as a labourer at Saltaire Mills. They moved to Shipley around 1914. James died in 1959).


Phillipson – On July 22nd, at the residence of her daughter, 94 Bradford Road, Shipley, Mary Ann, widow of the late George Wade Phillipson, of Saltaire, aged 75 years.


Saltaire War Diary: 6 August 1915

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More ambulance Men for War Service

The following additional members of the Shipley and District Ambulance Corps have left this week for service in connection with the Royal Naval Sick Berth Reserve: For the Royal Naval Barracks in Devon, (listing those from Saltaire only), Harold Marshall of Whitlam Street, Swift Hirst of Helen Street and Harry Woodhead of Victoria Road.

Hospital Tag Day 

Another “Tag” day is now booked for the Shipley District. On Saturday August 28th, collectors will, under the auspices of the Shipley Hospital Sunday Demonstration Committee, make an appeal on behalf of the funds of the Saltaire Hospital. A programme of sacred music by the united choirs of the district will be given in Saltaire Park on the following day.
Since the committee was manufactured three years ago they have been able to hand over to the hospital £30 as a result of the concerts. With a “Tag” day in addition this time they are looking forward to raising a much larger sum. Councillor A Waugh is the chairman of the committee.

Soldiers Day

A pleasing feature of the Shipley Feast Holidays was the interest shown in this collection in aid of the fund for providing “comforts” for Shipley men serving with the forces. Saturday was the day freed for the collection, but it was understood that collectors, were at liberty to commence operations on Friday evening, mainly in order to receive the contributions of residents leaving the district to spend the holidays at the seaside.
More collectors than were needed volunteered their services, and by Saturday evening one rarely met anybody in the streets who was not wearing the miniature flag inscribed “Shipley Soldiers Day.” The possession of this flag was a sure sign that the wearer had dropped at least one coin into a collecting box.
The Shipley Brass Band marched through the principal thoroughfares on Saturday afternoon, playing martial airs en route. In this way the band greatly helped the collection, a number of boys who accompanied the musicians doing good business with their boxes.
The lady collectors were exceedingly energetic, and all found the work pleasurable on account of the public approval of the effort. The weather was delightfully fine until evening, when there were showers.
The total amount collected in the streets was £151 2s. With other donations, including £2 from the Salts School sports fund, the grand total was £201 0s 9d. (Value c£18.5k in 2015).


2 August 1915 at St Peters Church Shipley

Ernest Milner, a warehouseman, living at Great Horton married Mary Elizabeth Hemmings living at 13 Titus Street in Saltaire.

Ernest Walter Rayner, a stoker, married Annie Sutcliffe. They were both living at 27 Caroline Street in Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 13 August 1915

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More ambulance Men for War Service

The following members of the Shipley and District Corps of the St John Ambulance Association have left this week for war service: For Colchester Military, (listing those from Saltaire only), Vincent Clay of Dove Street, and  Samuel Slingerof William Henry Street. Men are urgently required to form another ambulance class in Shipley. Names should be sent to the secretary: Mr J D Busfield, 35 Avondale Road Shipley.

Absent Soldier

Yesterday (Thursday), at the West Riding Police Court in Bradford, Herbert Hey (of Saltaire), was charged with being an absentee from the 3rd Reserve Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. He was remanded to await escort and Police Constable Atkinson, who made the arrest, was awarded 5s.
(Author’s note – I can find no record of a Herbert Hey living in Saltaire.)

Events in Aid of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital

On Saturday August 28th there will be a Tag Day (in conjunction with the Oddfellows Floral Society.)
On Sunday August 29th there will be the Annual Demonstration and Sacred Concert in Saltaire Park (Kindly lent by Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Son and Co., Ltd). Choirs and Hymns will be sung by a large Choir and Sunday School Scholars with an Orchestra Band. There will be a selection of tunes by the Local Brass Bands.

Missing Soldier

Shipley people generally will sympathise with Councillor T F and Mrs Doyle in their anxiety concerning one of their soldier sons, Thomas Henry Doyle, who has been reported missing since May 8th. 
For six years before the outbreak of the present war he had been with his regiment, the 1st King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, in China. Last autumn the regiment returned to England and shortly afterwards proceeded to the Front.
In a letter to Councillor Doyle, Captain Bond speaks highly of the missing soldier, who was then the crack shot of his company, and thinks there is reason to hope that his name may yet figure in a list of prisoners captured by the enemy.

Clearing Station

Sergeant Major N E Walker of the Royal Army Medical Corps, a former member of the Shipley District Council, who for the last four months has been at a clearing station a few miles behind the British firing line in Flanders and returned to duty on Tuesday.
The wounded and sick are brought by motor convoy from the trenches to the clearing stations, whence after first treatment, they are sent in hospitals to trains to the base hospitals.
Other Shipley men on duty at the same clearing station include Ernest Harrison Thornton of Saltaire.


Margaret Lucy Anderson, of the Salt Schools, has been awarded the “Emsley” scholarship at the University of Leeds.
(Margaret was born 2 March 1896 to Archibald Anderson & Annie Greenwood. In 1911 they were living at Ivy Leaf, Fyfe Lane in Baildon, with Archibald working as a schoolmaster.)


On August 7th at Saltaire Wesleyan Church – Clifford Briggs son of Mr and Mrs E Emsley of Idle to Lily, daughter of Mrs and Mrs T Goldsborough of Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 20 August 1915

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Shipley Club for Dependents of Soldiers and Sailors
There will be a Picnic on Thursday August 26th in Saltaire Park. Members meet at Park Pavilion at 3pm.
If wet assemble at the Club, Co-operative Hall, Shipley.
Bring your own provisions. Tea provided.

Flower Day

Independent Order of Oddfellows (M.U.) Shipley District.
The Committee are having a Floral Day along with their Annual Flower and Vegetable Show on Saturday August 28th.
Gifts of flowers from any person will be kindly received.
Stalls will be arranged at Station Lane, Carnegie Library, Saltaire Hospital and Rosse Corner, where flowers may be sent. Or to the Friendly Society’s Hall. Send if only a few.
Alfred Holt, Secretary.

(Alfred Holt 1868 – 1947; in 1911 he was a foreman wool sorter living at 13 Belmont Terrace Shipley.)

Hospital Tag Day Saturday August 28th

Helper and Collectors Invited
Contact D B Chadwick, 21 Westgate Shipley and William Robinson 21 William Henry Street Saltaire.

Shipley Education Committee

Qualified Teachers of Building Construction and Drawing, Carpentry and Joinery, and Embroidery are required for Evening Classes at the Shipley Technical School for the Session 1915-16.
Forms of application may be obtained from the Education Office, and should be returned on or before the 27th instant.
Walter Popplestone, Director of Education, Education Office, Saltaire Road, Shipley

(Walter Popplestone 1863-1950; throughout the war lived at 73 Wycliffe Road Shipley)


14 August 1915 – St Peters Shipley
Harry Buckley, cloth finisher from Idle, married Ethel Woodhouse of 2 Mary Street Saltaire.
Ben Woodhouse, brother of Ethel, served in the war.


Saltaire War Diary: 27 August 1915

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Absent Soldier

Joseph Halliday was charged at the Bradford West riding Police court on Monday with being an absentee from the 3rd Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.
Police Constable Clarke saw the prisoner working in plain clothes for a Saltaire tradesman. It was stated that the prisoner had told his employer that he had been discharged from the army. He was remanded for military escort.

(Author’s note – I can find no record of Joseph living in Saltaire and there were more than one person sharing the name in Shipley at the time.)

Saltaire Hospital

The monthly meeting of the Board of Governors was held on Wednesday evening at the Hospital. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and the other members present were Mrs Salt, Mrs Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Me E L Baumann, Mr T Kendall and Councillor A Gill.
The monthly report stated that had been 73 out-patients. At the date of the last meeting there had been 10 in-patients, and 13 had since been admitted, making a total of 23. Of these 15 had been discharged, leaving 8 in the Hospital at the present. Three operations had been performed during the month.
The following donations were to hand;-
Shipley and District Friendly and Trade Society’s Fete and Gala Committee, £35
Messrs. Armitage and Norton, £1 1s.
Mr Keighley (in acknowledgement of “kind and beneficial treatment”), 10s.
Mrs Hibbert, 5s.
Gifts had been received from;-
St Paul’s Church, flowers
Mrs M Bower, Haselmere, Nab Wood, flowers.
Mr M Whitley, 7 Nab Wood Drive, flowers
Mrs Hodgson, The Glen, cakes, eggs, etc.
Rev P D Pringle, jam.

Child’s fall from a Railway Bridge

About four o’clock on Tuesday afternoon a little boy who had climbed on to the top of one of the sides of the footbridge across the Midland Railway at Red Beck was seen to fall a distance of about eight yards on to the permanent way.
He was picked up in the six-foot way, and on examination Dr Mosley found that his left leg was fractured in two places, and that he was cut under the chin.
The boy, Manley Dawson Haylock, seven years of age, of 7 Huntley Street, Valley Road, was removed in the ambulance to the Saltaire Hospital and detained.
(Manley Dawson Haylock, born Bradford 1909, died London 1970) 

Street Accidents

On Saturday evening a painter named Geo. Wm. Runton, of 3 Melbourne Street, Saltaire Road, was knocked down by a motor-car in Otley Road, opposite the bottom of the Market Place. The car, which was travelling up the road, belonged to Mr Charles Hanson, oil and soap manufacturer, of The Oaks, Brighouse, and was being driven by his wife.
Runton was conveyed in the horse ambulance to the Saltaire Hospital, where it was found that both his thighs were fractured.

Shortly after eight o’clock on Monday night Henry Blackburn (77) of 27 White’s View, Whetley Hill, Bradford was knocked down by a horse and flat cart in Valley Road. The vehicle was in charge of Nathan Hudson, general dealer, of 1 Paper Hall Court, Otley Road, Bradford.
Blackburn was conveyed in the horse ambulance to the Saltaire Hospital, where he was found to be suffering from concussion and bruises on the face. 


Everybody in the Shipley district will wish success to the effort which is to be made week-end on behalf of the local hospital at Saltaire – an institution which renders incalculable service to the community.
The Shipley Hospital Demonstration Committee, in addition to their annual sacred concert in Saltaire Park on Sunday afternoon, have arranged a “tag” day for tomorrow (Saturday).
Before hearing of the arrangements for this street collection, the Shipley Oddfellows Horticultural Society, who are holding their yearly show the same day, had decided to sell flowers in the streets for the benefit of the hospital.
A conference took place when it was known that both the “tag” and floral efforts had been fixed for the same day, and it was felt that few people would object if they were asked to be in the fashion with a flower as well as a “tag,” seeing that the proceeds are for such a deserving object.
Let us all bear in mind tomorrow and on Sunday the great asset to the town which the Saltaire Hospital undoubtedly is. If we do that and everybody does his or her “bit,” we shall give a much needed fillip to the hospital funds.
In the last annual report it was stated that “on the question of Finance the Board regret the income is still insufficient to meet the general expenses and they appeal to the public for increased support for their work.”


Hirst Wood Cemetery 23 August 1915
Priscilla Illingworth, aged 78, of 43 Rhodes Street, Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 3 September 1915

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Saltaire Youth Killed

Mr and Mrs Albert Webb, of 9 Jane Street, Saltaire, have been officially informed that their only son, Private Albert Webb, of the Shipley Detachment of the Royal Army Medical Corps, was killed on August 9th. Private Webb, who was attached to the 1st/5th King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, and had been on active service about four months.
According to a letter from a comrade (Private Ernest Theobald, formerly of 5 Atkinson Street Shipley), a shell went through the roof of a dug-out and burst. Webb and another man were killed, and a sergeant died the following morning from wounds. Two other men were wounded, one of them being Theobald himself, who was sent to the Brabyns Auxiliary Military Hospital in Marple Bridge in Cheshire, his injuries consisting of flesh wounds in the  leg.
As a boy Private Webb was employed in the offices at Saltaire Mills and subsequently became a fitter’s apprentice at the Canal Ironworks. He attended the Saltaire Wesleyan Church and Sunday School and was a member of the Trinity Rose Lodge of the Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds (Ashton Unity). The family have received many expressions of sympathy in their bereavement.
In the course of his letter Private Theobald says: “I will give you a few particulars as to what happened on that terrible day. Our line of trenches was near the Yser Canal. The big attack which took place at Hooge on the Monday morning was preceded on the Sunday night by a heavy bombardment on the part of our artillery. This commenced at 6.30pm on Sunday, and was kept up until midnight. Then at 10am the attack was made at Hooge. We had a lot of casualties, and the consequences was that we were up working like niggers all night and the next morning. As soon as we had a bit of dinner I took my boots of (my feet were soaking wet), and laid down on the floor of our dug-out. A shell came through the roof and burst. I came off luckiest of all.”

For Wounded Soldiers

Miss Mitchell, the Matron of the Saltaire Hospital, wishes in acknowledge receipt of the sum of £6 15s 1d, which, she has received for the benefit of wounded soldiers who may come to Saltaire Hospital. This amount represents the proceeds of a social gathering held at the Saltaire Institute on Saturday night in connections with the twisting department in Saltaire Mill.

Saltaire Hospital “Tag Day”

A very gratifying sign of an awakening of public interest in the needs of Saltaire Hospital was apparent in the Shipley district last weekend. It has always been more or less of a reproach to the people of Shipley that an institution which has done and is doing such beneficent work has been inadequately supported by the inhabitants. To some extent this has probably due to an impression that the very generous endowment of the Salts Charity, provided by the founder, Sir Titus Salt, was practically equal to the requirements.
The great development that has taken place in the Shipley district during the last decade or two has resulted in a corresponding increase in the work of the Charity, especially on the hospital side. Several years ago, it will be remembered, the hospital was enlarged to meet a pressing demand for accommodation, and since then the Governors have often emphasised the necessity of increased public support to meet the deficiency of the accounts.
That those appeals have not hitherto met with the response which might have been expected will be at once evident when it is stated the whole of the subscriptions and donations (including church and workshop collections) for the year ended March 31st has amounted to only £273, whilst the hospital expenses for the same period were £1,073.
Four years ago a committee was formed in Shipley with the object of promoting an annual demonstration for the benefit of the hospital. Up to this year the demonstration was limited to a Sunday concert in Saltaire Park, members of choirs connected with the various places of worship in the town taking part. In view of the success of “tag” days for war funds it was decided this year to combine such an effort with the Sunday concert, and result has abundantly justified this step.
The contributions which the collectors in the streets on Saturday received in return for hospital favours amounted in the aggregate to just over £90. The bulk of the coins (representing £74 15s to be exact) were copper, so that several thousands of people patronised the boxes.
Councillor A Waugh (the chairman of the committee) and other officials had to use a horse and flat cart on Monday morning to convey the collection to the Shipley branch of the Bradford District Bank. The copper coins weighed over 3cwt. The collectors are to be heartily congratulated on the results of their efforts. The following collected in the Saltaire section:-
Gladys Bennett, Oliver Clayton, Jesse Jackson, Margaret Binns, James Fagan, E. Fagan, Edith Halliwell , Emily Walton, Nellie Barber, Edith Raistrick, Nellie Brannigan, Mary Caine, Edith Excell, Rose Brannigan, Evelyn Jordan, Clara Brannigan, Ivy Wilby, Gertie Tomlinson, Annie Mulligan, Mena Kelcher, Winnie Rogers , Lucy Dugmore, Maggie Rogers, Winnie Brannigan, Mary Hall, Ida Hall, Vera Jordan, Denis Rodgers, Hetty Smith, Julian Dawson, Ada Wilkins, Annie Smith, Beth Tatham, Jack Wilkins, Edith Crabtree, Ada Crabtree,  H. Jordan,  Agnes Kitchen, Phyllis Slade, Lily Grey, Mary Ramsden, F Crowland, Hilda Lamb, Annie McDonald, Mabel Hodgson, Harold Hopkinson, Bertha Lovell, A Hainsworth, Irene Wright, Gladys Hustler, Frank Davison, Doris Hodgson, Phyllis Hustler, Margaret Robinson, Florrie Horsfall, John Robinson, Hilda Slinger, Mrs Clark, Miss Lister, M Hirst, Hilda Gregory, Leo McLoughlin, J Sellers, M Milton, Elsie McHugh, Violet Parrington, L Wilkinson, A Crabtree, A Casey, G Bacon, E Lancaster, Harry Thornton, Hilda Welbourne, H McBair, B Shackleton, Sarah Parks, Edna Pearson, Edith Horne, Evelyn Carney, W Oates, Lucy Dugmore, Sam Hainsworth, Willie Mawason, Harold Brayshaw, Annie Gargon, Alice Carpenter, Mary Carpenter and Marie Steele.

The Sunday Demonstration

There was a break on Saturday night in the spell of fine weather experienced during the week, and as the conditions were anything but promising on Sunday morning it was feared that the demonstration arranged for Saltaire Park in the afternoon might have to be postponed. Thankfully however the prospects quickly improved, and the afternoon was beautifully fine.
The procession arranged in connection with the demonstration aroused great interest, as shown by the crowds which lined the route to the park from the Windhill Recreation Ground. It was headed by the Shipley Volunteers, about eighty of whom were in uniform for the first time. Some other members of the Corps (including officers), whose uniform were not to hand, attended in mufti, wearing the official brassard. Along the route of the procession many complimentary references to the smartness of the uniform, and the soldierly bearing of the men (most of whom have had ten months training) were heard. Commandant E S Sharpe was in charge, assisted by Mr F Rhodes (president), Mr F E Wilkinson and Mr H Brew. 
There was also a very imposing parade of Scouts from the Bradford Western Division, which includes the Saltaire and Windhill Corps. About 600 youths and boys connected with the movement attended, the officers in charge being District Scoutmasters White and Gorrell. The Scouts were accompanied by their band, which was in charge of S M Spenecely, assisted by Patrol Leader Preece.

Pavilion De Luxe, Shipley

A splendid picture of the procession which took place on Sunday afternoon on the occasion of the sacred concert promoted by the Shipley Hospital Demonstration Committee is being shown this week at the Pavilion De Luxe, Commercial Street, Shipley.
The film commences with the departure of the Shipley Volunteers (in uniform for the first time) from the Otley Road Council School, and afterwards gives onlookers a realistic idea of what constituted the procession as it passed along Saltaire Road.
Perhaps best of all are the incidents depicted in Saltaire Park, several well-known ladies and gentleman being easily discernible.

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Saltaire War Diary: 10 September 1915

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Shipley Volunteers

The Volunteers, looking very spic and span in their new uniforms, started out from their headquarters, the Albert Road School, shortly after ten o’clock last Sunday morning, about 100 strong. It was a delightful morning for military exercise in the open.
Before leaving the parade ground it was necessary to make sure that the uniform was worn correctly. The N.C.O’s conducted a preliminary inspection of their platoons, and then followed a critical examination by the Commandant. After one or two minor errors had been corrected – perhaps the haversack strap was over the wrong shoulder, or had not been passed underneath the shoulder strap – the order, “Move to the right in fours – form fours – quick march” was given, the drummers and buglers got to work, and the men swung out of the school yard into Albert Road.
The company was led by Commandant E S Sharpe, assisted by Commander F E Williamson (second in command), Platoon Commanders R O Ackernley and H Bow. From the top of Albert Road they proceeded down Saltaire Road and Victoria Road, and thence through the Glen Wood, and on to the moorland heights.
When the company halted at Dobrudden Farm, the sky became overcast for a time, and the men began to wonder whether they had been wise in turning out without mackintoshes. It was not long, however, before the clouds dispersed, and the day proved to be one of the most perfect that the company have been favoured with for their manoeuvres.

Special Cricket Match

Saltaire Hospital is in luck’s way just now. A fortnight ago a “tag” day, etc., realised well over a hundred pounds and tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, in Saltaire Park, there is to be a special cricket match in aid of the hospital. The match will be between teams selected and captained by W G Bateman (the Saltaire captain) and H I Pratt.
Barnes, the famous bowler, who will assist Mr Bateman’s side, is to be the recipient of an interesting presentation at the hands of Councillor T Hill, Chairman of the Shipley District Council. The two balls with which he has made such outstanding records whilst playing with Saltaire have been mounted in silver, and the inscription records his ten wickets for 14 runs against Baildon Green, and his ten for 33 against Bowling Old Lane in the Priestley Charity Cup semi-final at Cottingley Bridge on August 2nd.
In addition to the match tomorrow there will be music by the Canal Ironworks Band and the Saltaire Male Voice Choir. All spectators (including members of the Saltaire Club) will pay for admission to the match and a number of ladies will help to swell the proceeds by the sale of tags.

Picture House Schemes

It is rumoured in Shipley that the two new picture house schemes are contemplated, one on the low side of the Bradford and Keighley Road, opposite the bottom of Victoria Park, and another on a portion of the site where the Royal Jubilee Exhibition was held at Saltaire. The site spoken of for the latter scheme is at the corner where the Technical School leaves Saltaire Road. When the ill-fated Mid-Yorkshire tramway scheme was launched in Shipley this particular ground was occupied by a large corrugated iron tram shed, which has since been removed.
Before the Unionist Party secured a portion of Shipley Old Hall for club premises, some inquiry was made with a view to securing the site (which has recently changed hands) for the erection of a new club. Whether the projected new cinema house schemes will be proceeded with in war time we do not know.
It is interesting to recall the fact that when the Prince’s Hall and, later the Theatre de Luxe were built, many people in the town expressed the opinion that the craze for pictures was being created for in a way that would largely exceed the demand. The crowds of people who visit these places daily, however, clearly demonstrate how mistaken the pessimists were.

Wesleyan Changes

The Shipley Wesleyan Circuit gathering held at the Saltaire Schools last Saturday to welcome the three new pastors and their wives was of a character which all present felt could be regarded as a happy augury of a successful association with the various churches of the denomination in this district.
In accordance with the arrangement adopted some years ago the superintendent minister, the Rev. David Ashby, will devote himself chiefly to the work at Providence and Hall Royd Chapels, Shipley; the Rev W B Mattinson will be in charge at Saltaire; whilst the Rev. John Shenton’s duties will principally be in connection with the five Wesleyan churches at Baildon and Esholt.
Mr Mattinson humorously alluded to an old grudge which he had against Saltaire, and which dated back to the time when he and his colleagues in a football team met their Waterloo in a match against the Salt Schools’ combination.

Exam Success

The following successes of Shipley Technical School students in the Board of Education examinations are announced: Applied mechanics (machines and hydraulics), James S Ashby, pass; Arthur Raistrick, pass. Building construction, Tom Hutton, pass.  

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Ernest Theodore Whitesmith, 22, gardener, married Rhoda May Boyes, 19 – 28 August 1915 at St Peters.


Saltaire War Diary: 17 September 1915

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A Fine Saltaire Record

Mr and Mrs Clay of 9 Dove Street, Saltaire, have five sons, a son-in-law and four nephews serving with the Colours. The sons are Private George Clay (Brownroyd, Bradford), Private Edward Clay (Pontefract), Private William Henry Clay (The Green, Idle), Private Thomas Clay (Barnsley), all of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry; and Private Vincent Clay RAMC (of Saltaire). The eldest son is thirty-nine years of age, and the youngest aged just eighteen.
Private William Henry Clay has seen much active service in the present war. He had terrible experiences during Whitsuntide, he said: “I received a very bad shock last Tuesday. There was a party of us on guard at the ammunition waggon, just behind the trenches, and a constant bombardment was going on from Saturday until Tuesday. A “Jack Johnson” blew our magazine to blazes, and killed the sergeant and four others. How I escaped with my life is a miracle to me. I don’t remember much of what happened. I can tell you it gave me a terrible shaking up. I hope I don‘t get another like it while this war lasts. I wish it was over and everybody was nicely settled down again.”

The Struggle Against The Turks

On Sunday morning, Mrs Green of 13 Rhodes Street Saltaire, was officially notified that her husband, Pioneer Sergeant Samuel Thomas Green, of the 8th Battalion West Riding Regiment, had been wounded in action at the Dardanelles on August 21st.
Sergeant Green is in base hospital, and in a letter home says the wound is healing splendidly. He adds that he is going into a convalescent camp. Sergeant Green, who served in the South African campaign, was prior to the war a postman in Shipley.

The Recent Hospital “Tag” Day

A meeting of the Shipley Hospital Demonstration Committee was held on Thursday night at Somerset House with Councillor A Waugh (chairman) presiding.
The Treasurer (Mr Thos Kendall) reported that the total receipts of the “Tag” Day on Saturday, August 28th, and the sacred concert the following day amounted to £131 1s 11d. The expenditure totalled £15 9s 8d, leaving a balance of £115 12s 3d. It was decided to hand over £115 (worth over £10k in 2014) to the Saltaire Hospital.

Hospital Benefit Match

A match in aid of the funds of Saltaire Hospital took place in Saltaire Park on Saturday afternoon between teams selected and captained by W G Bateman (the Saltaire captain) and H I Pratt (a member of the Undercliffe eleven). Delightful weather favoured the event, which attracted a large crowd.
The match was twelve a-side, and S F Barnes (the famous bowler) was included in Bateman’s team, who compiled 135 runs. On this occasion, Barnes did not do anything with the bat, been given out without having scored. Pratt’s team responded with 113, the only player who made any real attempt to cope with the bowling being F Stead, who hit up 46 in merry fashion before being bowled by Williams. The remaining ten wickets fell to Barnes at a cost of 36 runs.
During an interval Barnes was the recipient of an interesting presentation at the hands of Councillor Thomas Hill (chairman of the Shipley District Council), the ceremony taking place on the balcony of the pavilion.
Mr F White presided, and amongst those present were Mrs Hill, Mr B Allsop (chairman of the board of governors of the Saltaire Hospital), Councillors F Rhodes and T F Doyle, Mr H Mann (secretary of the club), and Mr E Butterfield (chairman of the committee). The two with which Barnes made such outstanding records had been mounted in silver, the inscriptions recording ten wickets for 14 runs against Baildon Green on May 16th, and his ten for 33 against Bowling Old Lane in the Priestley Charity Cup semi-final at Cottingley Bridge on August 2nd.
During the afternoon music was rendered by the Canal Ironworks Band (Shipley) and the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir. After the match, on the invitation Mr W G Bateman, the teams and officials had tea at the Victoria Hotel, Saltaire Road, Shipley 
It is expected that as a result of the effort of the effort the committee will be able to hand over about £28. (Value over £2,500 in 2015). A sum of £14 2s 3d was realised from the sale of about 3,000 “tags”. The committee desire to thank all who in any way contributed to the success of the effort.

The late Mr Alfred Mansfield

The funeral took place at the Parish Church on Wednesday afternoon of Mr Alfred Mansfield of 4 Lockwood Street Saltaire, who died on Saturday, aged seventy-six. Mr Mansfield was secretary of the Veterans Association, the members of which meet at the rooms of the Rosse Street Brotherhood. As a token of respect the flag was hoisted half-mast.
Before the internment a service was held at the Rosse Street Baptist Church conducted by the Rev H W Burdett and Mr Wm Hulme. In the course of a short address Mr Burdett said that the deceased gentleman had been a faithful member of the church for many years, and was at one time a worker in the Sunday school. During recent years he had devoted himself with untiring effort to the Veterans Association. He would be greatly missed by the members of that body.
The following members of the Veterans Association attended the funeral:-
R Brooks, J Bolton, G Harrison, F Jones, F White, G Brumfitt, W Horner, W Jackson, J Simpson, E Whitaker, E Holdsworth, J Dean, J Cousin and J Shaw.

Shipley Amateur Operatic Society

The members of the Shipley Amateur Operatic Society are now busily engaged in the rehearsal of “The Mikado,” which is to be performed at the Saltaire Institute during the week commencing Monday October 11th.
Last year, when these amateurs made their debut in “Patience,” they were enabled to hand over £30 to the Shipley was distress fund. The proceeds of this year’s performances will be allocated to the local war funds and the Saltaire Hospital.
After the success of last year’s effort, the public will look forward with pleasurable anticipation to the society’s presentation of “The Mikado.” The principles will include Mr George Charlesworth and a number of well-known Bradford amateurs, who are kindly giving their services. Mr A Wilkinson can be relied upon for a successful impersonation of “Koko.” Sir Ellis Denby is the president of the Shipley Society and Lady Denby is also taking a keen interest in the forthcoming production.   

Salt Schools

The Autumn Term will commence on Tuesday 21st September at 9 am.

Boys High School – Head Master F J Fuller with staff of Ten Assistants
Girls High School – Head Mistress Miss H Byles with staff of Twenty Assistants

Copy of the Schools Prospectus may be obtained at the Education Office, Saltaire Road, Shipley – Walter Popplestone, Secretary.


Saltaire War Diary: 24 September 1915

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Recruiting Meeting at Saltaire

A detachment of the West Riding Regiment’s flying column, under the command of Colonel John Land, V.D., accompanied by the band visited Saltaire at noon yesterday with a view to securing recruits.
The men were entertained at the Royal Café, Saltaire, by Sir James Roberts, and subsequently a meeting was held opposite the entrance to Saltaire Mills. Sir Ellis Denby presided, and others on the platform were C H Briggs, Col. Land, Major E P Learoyd, Capt. Ellison, Capt. Rutherford, Lieutenants Goldthorpe, F W Smith, D Smith and Pogson, and Second Lieutenants Longbottom and Wharton.
Sir Ellis Denby, on behalf of those present, extended a warm welcome to Col. Land and his men. He then went on to say that men were urgently needed for the Forces, and it was to be hoped that there would be an eager response by the young men of Saltaire.

Neuve Chapelle Hero

Private Otto Silvester, of 31 Rhodes Street, who a short time ago was discharged from the Army as “medically unfit,” has seen much active service. The injuries which resulted in his disablement were received in the great battle of Neuve Chapelle.
He is not a Shipley man, but came to live in the district some three years ago, and was employed by Mr W P Butterfield, tank maker, Woodbottom, Baildon. He was born in a town about two miles from Salt Lake City, and came over to this country with the famous Buffalo Bill as an expert knife thrower. Subsequently he worked for Mr W Marshall roundabout proprietor.
He fought in the South African War, and was with the column who relieved Ladysmith. After the war he served in India. On the 5th of January last he enlisted in the 1st West Yorks. Regiment, and he went to the Continent soon afterwards.
The first time he was in action was at Armentieres and he was later in the thick of the fray at La Bassee, where he received a bullet in the left shoulder. To use his own words he was “knocked out” at Neuve Chapelle, after which he was unconscious for 48 hours. From the 14th of March until the time he was discharged he lost five stones in weight. He was wounded in the right arm, got two bullets in the left shoulder, two in the left groin, and pieces of shrapnel in the right ankle and right shin bone. His sight is also affected as a result of a bullet having penetrated his head.

Harvest Festival

The harvest festival was celebrated at the Saltaire Congregational Church on Sunday when the preachers were the Rev F H Toseland and the Rev P Drummond Pringle. At a service held in the afternoon an address was given by the Rev T O Harrison. Mr N Clarke presided. At this service a collection was taken on behalf of the Shipley Children’s Farmhouse Fund. In the morning the choir sang the anthem “Sing to the Lord of Harvest” (Maunder) and at the evening service the anthem was “The Wilderness” (Goss). Mr G Sutcliffe (organist and choirmaster) was at the organ.

Military Wedding

Lance-Corporal Percy Smith Lund, whose parents reside at Cottingley, and who is a member of Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the 1st/6th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Bradford Territorials), was on September 14th at Saltaire Wesleyan Church married to Miss Gladys Feather, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Brigg Feather of Gordon Terrace, Saltaire. The officiating minister was the Rev W B Mattinson.
The bride, who was attired in a covent costume, and wore a black velour hat, with a sports mount, was given away by her father. The bridesmaid, Miss Olive Feather (bride’s sister) wore a saxe blue satin dress with black hat and back fox fur. Trooper Frank Feather (only brother of the bride) and a member of the Yorkshire Dragoons was best man. After the ceremony the happy couple journeyed to Whitley Bay for a short honeymoon, Lance Corporal Lund returning to the trenches the following Thursday morning.
Previous to the outbreak of war Lance Corporal Lund was a member of the Shipley Detachment of the Royal Army Medical Corps. After being stationed at various training camps in England, he crossed to France in the spring. Having been in and about the trenches for a number of months he has witnessed many exciting scenes.
A day or two before he left the trenches for a short furlough at home he went with two comrades down to the headquarters, and was sighted by an enemy airman. As they were returning the buzz of a shell was heard by the three men, who at once fell flat on the ground, the shell bursting within four foot of them. Such incidents as this serve to dispel the idea that ambulance man are never in danger, for, says Lance Corporal Lund, the Germans take no notice whatever of the armlets which denote they are non-combatants.
It is also very interesting to hear him relate some of his experiences in France and Belgium. He says the Germans are often firing shells between 15cwt and 20cwt, for no military purpose whatever. All the damage they do is to destroy buildings. Many of them cost £500 each. Lance Corporal Lund says the French soldier is a splendid fighter when alongside the British and he thinks that the coming winter would see the war finished if only the British had more men. At some parts of the line the 6th West Yorkshires were only about 30 yards away from the enemy when he left.

A Fatal Altercation

At the Saltaire Hospital yesterday the Deputy Coroner, Mr F W Norris held an inquest on the body of a married women named Elizabeth Shepherd of Hird Street Shipley. A charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm upon her was on Monday at the Bradford West Riding Police Court was served against a window cleaner named Arthur Gornall, a single man of 24 Albert Terrace Saltaire, who was remanded. Mrs Shepherd died at the hospital on Wednesday.
Police Superintendent Keel and Inspector Beston attended the inquiry, whilst Gornall was present in charge of two warders from Wakefield Goal.
Herbert Shepherd, iron grinder, gave evidence of identification. Witness last spoke to her on Sunday night, when she was at home. Witness went out leaving her in the house. She said she was not going out. Witness knew the man Gornall by sight, but did not know whether deceased knew him or not. He (witness) had not seen her with Gornall. His wife had a black eye about six weeks ago, and on one occasion when witness arrived home he found Gornell on the sofa worse for drink. Deceased was downstairs, and in his opinion was not intoxicated at all.
Supt. Keel asked witness where he was at nine o’clock on Sunday night, and he replied that he was at the Woolcombers’ Club (Shipley). His wife was brought home unconscious about ten minutes past nine. He spoke to her but received no reply.
Samuel Farrar, barman, 9 Elliot Street Shipley, who is employed at the Junction Hotel vaults said the deceased called occasionally. He saw her there on Sunday night about eight o’clock, when she came in by herself. She had two drinks, and left the house about a quarter to nine. There were four wooden steps leading from Commercial Street into the vaults. Witness heard a thud at a quarter past nine, and he found the deceased lying at the bottom of the steps. He had not hear quarrelling. Witness knew Gornall and saw him in the vaults on Sunday night. He could not say whether Gornall and the deceased left together.
In reply to a juryman, witness said he did not hear any screams, all that he heard was a thud. Gornall came to the house about half-past six on Sunday evening and had a pint of beer. He then left and came back in an hour. Witness did not remember hearing the deceased say anything to Gornall when he came in.
Mrs Farrar, wife of the last witness, said she assisting her husband on Sunday night. Gornall was not in the same room as the deceased, the jug department dividing the two rooms. Deceased spoke to Gornall across the room and paid for him a drink. Whilst in the house the deceased and Gornall seemed very friendly.
In reply to Gornall, witness said she did not tell him to go outside and see if deceased managed all right.
Percy Lester, 17 Waverley Street Shipley said that he was in the tap room at the Junction Hotel vaults on Sunday night. He saw the deceased and Gornall in conversation together. Later he saw the deceased come falling down the steps head first. Her head struck the floor.
Witness saw Gornall standing at the top of the steps with his hands in his pockets.
Mrs Clark of 12 Baker Street, Saltaire, with of Police Constable Clark, said that just after nine o’clock on Sunday night her and her husband were on the opposite side of the road to the Junction Hotel. Near the door there were two men talking, and on the top step was a women. One man was tall and she heard him say “I am not going to take any more of your source.” He then struck the women and afterwards dealt a blow to the other man. The woman felt backwards way down the steps. The husband of the witness went across and said to the man: “You have had enough, go home.” The man replied “I am going home.” The witness afterwards saw her husband going in the direction of the police station with Gornall. She did not know what became of the other man.
A juror: Are you sure Gornall was the man who struck the woman!
Witness: Yes he struck her on the chest.
Police Constable Clark spoke to hearing two men talking loudly near the Junction Hotel. Deceased was standing in the doorway in front of Gornall and he struck her with his fist. Witness asked Gornall what was the matter, and he replied, “There is two of them trying to pick a quarrel with me.” Gornall was taken into custody and he afterwards said that he only pushed her. Witness did not know what became of the other man whom Gornall struck. Gornall was very excited. On being charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on the deceased Gornall replied, “I know nothing about it.”
In reply to Gornall the witness said the other man did not strike the woman.
Miss Mitchell the matron at Saltaire Hospital said deceased was admitted at half past ten on Sunday night. There were no external wounds and the deceased smelt strongly of drink. She was unconscious and remained so up to her death on Wednesday morning.
Dr Jenkins (of Windhill) who made a post mortem examination said the skull was not fractured. The cause of death was pressure of blood on the brain caused, in his opinion, by a violent blow on the skull. The injury might have been brought about by a fall. There was no evidence from the examination that the deceased had been a chronic drinker.
The jury retired twice, and on returning the second time the foreman announced they were of opinion “that the deceased met her death as the result of an unpremeditated blow or push given by Gornall thereby causing her to fall down the steps.
The Coroner said that amounted to a verdict of manslaughter. 


Much interest centred in a wedding which was solemnised at the Saltaire Congregational Church on Wednesday afternoon, the contracting parties being Mr Herbert W Walker, elder son of Mr and Mrs J E Walker (of Manningham) and Miss Florrie Harrison, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs Alfred Harrison (of Saltaire). The bride is well known in musical circles as a soprano vocalist, whilst for several years she has been a member of the Saltaire Congregational Church.
The church had been prettily decorated for the occasion, and the ceremony, which was performed by the Reverend P Drummond Pringle (pastor) was witnessed by a large congregation.
The bride, who was given away by her father, was becomingly attired in a white silk crepe de chine gown. The bodice, which was made pinafore style, had a vest and sleeves of ninon over point lace, and was ornamented with pearls. The full skirt was gathered into a yoke. Her veil was arranged in the form of a mob cap, caught up with lovers knots of orange blossom. She carried a bouquet of white roses and white heather (the gift of the bridegroom).
The bridesmaid, Miss Doris Walker (sister of the bridegroom) wore a dress of embroidered voile with a brocaded belt. Her white velour hat was trimmed with shaded roses and pale blue velvet ribbon streamers. Her bouquet (a gift of the bridegroom) was composed of pink carnations.
The best man was Mr Ernest H Wadsworth (cousin of the bridegroom), of the Leeds University Officers’ Training Corps, whilst the groomsmen were Corporal P Walker (brother of the bridegroom) and Lance Corporal A Newton (both of the 16th West Yorkshires). Suitable selections were played on the organ by Mr George Sutcliffe (organist and choirmaster).
After the ceremony a reception was held at the Saltaire Congregational Sunday School, and later in the day the happy couple left for St Annes on their honeymoon.
On Monday evening last a deputation, consisting of Mr J W Sowden, Mr Albert Brear, Mr V Woodhead and the pastor of the church (Rev P Drummond Pringle) waited upon Miss Harrison to present her on the occasion of her marriage with a splendid canteen of cutlery, which had been subscribed for by the members of the congregation, the officers of the Sunday school, and the members of the “Women’s Own”.

(Florrie was born 1889 in Saltaire to Alfred & Eliza Harrison. Alfred was a combing overlooker. The family lived at 4 Mawson Street in Saltaire from before 1881 to 1909 when they moved to 72 Victoria Road in Saltaire. Once married Florrie lived with her husband at 7 Glen View Terrace in Shipley).


Saltaire War Diary: 1 October 1915

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Sir Titus Salt’s Charity

The pensioners of the Sir Titus Salt Charity and a number of friends were entertained to a garden party on Saturday afternoon (18th of September) at Ashville, Church Lane in Shipley, the residence of Mr John Kendall, who was for almost twenty five years a member of the Board of Governors of the charity, and chairman for several years.
The weather was somewhat unfavourable for a gathering of that description but not withstanding that fact the function was particularly successful.
Amongst the guests were Sir Ellis Denby, Mr and Mrs T Whiteley, Mr Dunn and Miss Dun, Mr B Allsop (the present chairman of the Governors), Councillor and Mrs C E Learoyd, Mr and Mrs J E Shackleton, Mr and Mrs E E Airey, Mr and Mrs J S Kelley, Mr and Mrs Selkirk, Mrs J R Fyfe, Mr and Mrs Francis Lister, Mr Percy Atkinson, Mr and Mrs B Greenwood, Mr Clifford Fry (hon. secretary of the Sir Titus Salt Charity), Mr T Luxton (clerk to the Governors), Mrs F Shaw, Mrs Thornton and Miss Birch.
Those who sent apologies regretting their inability to attend were Mr and Mrs T Kendall, Mrs Titus Salt, Councillor A Gill and the matron of Saltaire Hospital (Miss Mitchell).
Twenty five pensioners – twenty four women and one man – put in an appearance. The oldest was 90 years of age and the youngest 61, the average age being nearly 74. Mrs Pratt of Victoria Road, Saltaire, had the honour of being the oldest person present. She celebrated her 90th birthday on August 4th. A native of Saxton, about 14 miles north of Leeds, she came to live at Saltaire 23 years ago.
An appetising tea was served, and the pensioners also received a suitable gift each. After tea the guests spent a happy time in the drawing room. Selections were given on a gramophone belonging to Mr Percy Atkinson, whilst a number of the pensioners gave recitations, and one who had passed the allotted span of life actually danced an Irish Jig and a Scotch reel. The Shipley Brass Band discoursed music on the lawn.  
A vote of thanks was accorded Mr Kendall for his generosity, on the motion of Mr B Allsop, seconded by Councillor Learoyd. Mr Allsop spoke in terms of high appreciation of the services which Mr Kendall has rendered to the town of Shipley, and observed that only those who had worked with him could thoroughly realise how valuable his services had been.
Councillor Learoyd said that it was a great trouble to the Board of Governors when Mr Kendall resigned his position on account of indifferent health, and they were hoping that before long, they would have him back amongst them on the Board, for which he done so much in the past.
In responding, Mr Kendall said he had devoted a fair amount of time to public work, but the work in which he had been most deeply interested was in connection with the Salt Trust. He became a Governor of the Salt Schools and the Salt Trust in 1890, the year after he was elected for the first time on the Shipley School Board, and he thoroughly enjoyed the work. His health was now much better than it had been, and he was looking forward to the time when he would again be able to make himself of some service to his native town.

Saltaire Hospital Governors Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Board of Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held on Wednesday night at the Saltaire Hospital Hospital. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and the other members present were Mrs Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Mr W Cryer, Mr F Lister and Mr E L Baumann.
The monthly report stated that there had been 90 out-patients. At the date of the last meeting there had been eight in-patients and twenty had since been admitted, making a total of 28. Of these 21 had been discharged, leaving seven in the hospital, at the present time.
Donations have been received from the Saltaire Cricket Club, £20; Bradford Cricket League, £10 10s; employees of John Smith (Shipley) Ltd., £1 1s ; Mr Gordon Binns (as an acknowledgement), £1; and the employees of Messrs. Lee and Crabtree, 12s 3d.
The twisters at Saltaire Mills had forwarded £6 15s, the proceeds of a concert and dance held for the benefit of wounded soldiers who were admitted to hospital.    
The following gifts were announced:
Rev J W Hind (Frizinghall), Mr Kershaw, Mrs Smith, Mrs Boocock, Miss Schulten and the Glen residents’ flowers.
Miss Brown, Victoria Park, scrap book.
Shipley Corps of the Salvation Army, gifts for the wounded soldiers.

A deputation from the Shipley Hospital Demonstration Committee, consisting of Mr A Waugh and Mr J Hudson, attended the meeting and reported that the “tag” day and demonstration in Saltaire Park, held last month, had realised £115 for the hospital. Mr J Hudson said that it had been a great success considering the demands which were being made on people at the present time, and Mr Waugh remarked that the splendid result was due in a large measure to the excellent working committee.
Mr Allsop said that as chairman of the Board it gave him great pleasure to congratulate the Demonstration Committee on the most excellent result which had been achieved. It showed that the public had perfect confidence in the Institution, and it was gratifying to know that such a spirit prevailed. Mr Waugh briefly responded.

Wanted Ads

Youth, strong, smart, wanted. Apply S and S Whittingham Fish and Game Salesmen, Gordon Terrace, Saltaire
Wanted Gramaphone and Records, must be good condition, state make and price. Charles Wilson, 24 Fanny Street, Saltaire.  

Humour and Pathos of Recruiting

The visit of the West Riding’s Flying Column to Saltaire towards the end of last week in continuation of its recruitment march aroused considerable interest. As the column passed through the streets, the inhabitants turned out in large numbers, and the soldiers had the hearty reception which they richly deserved. Lads cheered them to the echo, and not a few grown-ups gave vent to their feelings in a similar fashion. The jury at an inquest at Saltaire were on the point of being sworn, but such was the enthusiasm of the men that even this process was suspended for a few moments, and the men mounted chairs to watch the boys in khaki pass.
But there was another side to the picture. Many of the women who had hurriedly left their homes to get a glimpse of the soldiers were seen wiping tears from their eyes as our brave lads went marching merrily by. Some of them had suffered bereavement as the result of the war, and others were doubtless thinking of their dear ones who are gallantly defending the flag if freedom and honour.

In Memoriam

Wilson – In loving memory of our dear mother, Christiana Wilson, who departed this life October 5th, 1914.
You watched beside my bed,
Now I will watch for you,
And when you reach the Golden Gates
I come and lead you through

From her loving daughters – 15 Jane Street Saltaire


Emily Pearson baptised 29 September 1915 at St Pauls Shipley
(Sadly Emily died in 1918, aged just 3.)


Saltaire War Diary: 8 October 1915

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New Engine at Saltaire Mills

The firm of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., have put in a new turbo-generator, made by the British Westinghouse Manufacturing Company of Trafford Park, Manchester. The objects will be attained by the new engine are:-

  1. To displace the engines previously scattered about the works
  2. To secure economy in steam consumption.

The latter object is eminently desirable having regard to the high price to which coal has now reached.
The turbo was started by the grand-daughter of Sir James Roberts (head of the firm), namely, Miss Mary Roberts, after whom it was named. Miss Roberts is the daughter of the late Mr Bertram F Roberts. Also in attendance where her brothers, James Denby Roberts and William Denby Roberts and her sister, Berry Roberts.
The engine will develop 1,500 horse power, and it will produce power not only at a greatly reduced expenditure of steam, but the quality of the power also, will be much superior. There are no dead centres, as in the case with ordinary reciprocating engines, but the whole motion is rotary. The generator and its exciter are all on the same shaft, and from a large switchboard behind, the power can be distributed to any part of the works.

Amateur Operatic Society

The Shipley Amateur Operatic Society are producing the “Mikado” in the Victoria Hall Saltaire each evening next week. Needless to say all the profits go to our local charities. This society was launched only last year but its initial performance of “Patience” proved a distinct artistic success and resulted in a handsome sum being handed over for local charitable purposes.
The society has experienced the usual difficulties created by these times, many of their members being absent with H M forces or engaged on munition and government work. These difficulties have however been successfully surmounted and the principals and chorus promise to be a very good combination.
The caste this year includes Miss Annie Cockcroft, and Miss Effie Ilkley both well known in local musical circles; Mrs Jackson, (nee Miss Ethel Bird) who has played in principal roles for the Keighley Amateur Operatic Society on many occasions. Mr Arthur Wilkinson, of Bradford, needs no introduction. He is sure to be most diverting in the role of “Ko-Ko” in which part he will have full scope for whimsicalities. In Mr Morris Kellett, too, the society have gained a valuable acquisition.
Several original members of the society have fortunately been able to lend their services to the society. Miss Mabel Booth is sure to enhance the well-deserved reputation she gained last year as “Angela, ”with Charlesworth George, Vincent Ward and Arnold Lee, all of whom rendered yeoman service last year, the principals altogether are sure to prove a most excellent combination.
With this society the chorus work is no mean feature of the production. Under the able directorship of Mr Vincent Calverley, they have attained a very satisfactory degree of proficiency. With Mr F K Hewitt again figuring as producer the artistic success of the performance is assured.
In short we have no hesitation in predicting that the production will be a musical and artistic treat. With the two-fold appeal of a good production and a worthy object we feel sure that the public of Shipley and District will give this enterprising opportunity society a full measure of support.

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Stirk – September 30th, 1915 at 25 Dove Street, Saltaire, William Stirk, in his 67th year.


Saltaire War Diary: 15 October 1915

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Insurance Committee

The monthly meeting of the above Committee was held on Thursday evening last at the Institute, Saltaire, and was presided over by Councillor H Williams (Baildon).
Mr J Hudson read a note showing that the question of infection through telephone instruments had been the subject of a discussion between the County Committee and the Postmaster General, and the Department had informed the Committee of the result of certain experiments which had been made with telephones at a sanatorium, which seemed to indicate there was no great danger of infection if the instruments were cleansed in the ordinary way.
The chairman pointed out that this did not quite touch the matter as raised by the Shipley Committee, and also that the ordinary business telephone was often badly placed, and never received any cleansing of any character.
Mr Hobley said that the evidence in large business places was contrary to the conclusions arrived at by the Department, and indicated that some large concerns had been so impressed with the danger that each operator had to use a detachable mouthpiece.

Mr Hudson also reported that the discussion at the last monthly meeting of the committee on the question of the refusal of consumptive patients to undergo, or to continue, Institutional treatment, had formed the basis of a leading article in the “National Insurance Gazette” on 18th September. The writer had expressed the opinion that the subject was worth keeping in mind, and that some energetic body might perform a very useful purpose if it acquired the available facts and kept them ready for presentation to the powers that be. A case could certainly be built up in this matter, and it might be that Parliament, reviewing the full stamen of facts before it, would decide on some alterations in the Act, not necessarily in favour of compulsion immediately, but at least in favour of compulsory notification to Insurance Committees.
County Alderman Dunn expressed the opinion that Approved Societies should use their influence to get the patients to stay in the sanatorium.
On the reading of the minutes of the Shipley Urgency Sub Committee a discussion arose as to whether the period for which patients were granted sanatorium treatment was sufficiently long in some cases.

A discussion arose as to notifications under the Tuberculosis Order. The chairman, on being appealed to for a ruling as to whether this matter was one which the committee could consider, stated that he thought the committee was quite in order in discussing any matter relating to the good of the insured person provided that it made a recommendation to the County Committee upon which that body could act or which it could, if it thought fit, pass forward to the proper quarter.
The following resolution was passed and a copy ordered to be sent to the County Committee, “That in our opinion it is absolutely necessary that every medical practitioner coming across a case of Tuberculosis should at once notify the same to the Medical Officer of Health for the District, and that such notifications should be made compulsory by Order.”

County Alderman Dunn was asked by the vice-chairman (Mr Jennings Alderson) when the new sanatorium at Middleton near Ilkley was expected to be available, and was informed that it was probably only a matter of a few days before the institute would be opened.

The registration of Mr E Long as a representative of the Shipley and District Friendly Society and Trades Union Council and the appointment of Mr Alfred Pitts in his stead were laid before the Committee and referred to the County Committee, who have the power of Appointment.

Flag Day

The Ladies Committee of the Shipley Soldiers and Sailors Comfort Fund held a “Tag” day on Saturday, to raise money to provide Xmas parcels of clothing comforts for Shipley Soldiers and Sailors. Through the ladies sterling efforts, over £82 (worth £7.5k in 2015) was raised with expenses amounting to £8 10s.
The Ladies Committee was at first formed to relieve cases of distress arising out of the war. They also fitted up recruits as they enlisted, besides working for hospitals and the Red Cross. Up to May 31st, last, they had distributed over 13,000 garments. When the necessity for those efforts ceased owing to improved conditions of labour and the men being more quickly equipped by the War Office, the above-mentioned ladies formed themselves a committee to provide warm clothing for Shipley Soldiers and Sailors until the need should arise for them to continue their work for the distress again.

Youth Killed at Saltaire Works

At the engineering works of Messrs. F Wigglesworth and Company (Limited), Hirst Wood, Saltaire, yesterday, Ernest Haigh (17) of 18 George Street, Saltaire, was attending to what is known as a side-planer when he got caught in the machine. His body was severely crushed, and he died whilst being conveyed to the hospital.

[Colin Coates: Ernest was the son of Alfred and Mary Ellen Haigh. Notes appear on Alfred Haigh in the Extra Biographies section].

Suffrage Meeting

The National Union of Women’s Suffrage (Shipley and Baildon Branch)
A lecture will be given by Miss Thurston, on Red Cross work in Russia and Belgium, at the Saltaire Institute, on Wednesday 27th October, at 3pm. Chair: Mrs F T Woods (The Vicarage, Bradford). Tickets 6d each.

Shipley Textile Society

The Opening Meeting of the above Society will be held in the Technical Schools on Thursday, October 21st. When a Lecture will be given by Mr M Fort of the Bradford Technical College: Subject, “The Present Position of the Dyeing Industry.” Chair to be taken at 7.30pm by the President, S Hainsworth. The meeting is free and open to the public.


11 October at Hirst Wood – Alfred Longbottom, aged 65, of 18 Constance Street Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 22 October 1915

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Wanted – A Football

Driver Wilfred Kitchen of 2 Dove Street Saltaire, who is serving on the Continent, with the British Expeditionary Force, has written relating his experiences at the Front. He is engaged in taking munitions up to the trenches, which he says is very difficult and dangerous work.
They have their quite times he says as well as their rough times, and it gets to feel very much like being home. One of his companions in the trenches is Sam Hall, of Saltaire, and the two make a joint appeal to the people of Shipley for the gift of a football. With the coming of dull days, they require something with which to pass the time. He adds that matters are looking better in France, and the Germans are about “fed up.”
(Editor’s note – I can find no records of a Sam Hall in either Saltaire or Shipley. He could possibly be Sam Halliday).

The Saltaire Workshop Fatality

The adjourned inquiry relative to the death of Ernest Haigh (17), of 18 George Street, Saltaire, who was fatally injured whilst following his employment at the engineering works of F Wigglesworth and Co Ltd, Hirst Wood, Saltaire was held at the Saltaire Hospital on Monday afternoon before Mr E W Norris (deputy coroner for the district). [See Alfred Haigh, father of Ernest.]
The inquiry was attended by Mr W J McCaghey (His Majesty’s Inspector of Factories), Mr Wm Walker (solicitor, Bradford) on behalf of the relatives; and Mr W C Stansfield (representing the Iron Trades Employers Insurance Association Limited, Leeds).
The evidence of two employees of the firm – James Kitson, 6 Watts Street, Laisterdyke and Jonas Sugden, 108 Willow Street, Bradford – was to the effect that Haigh, who had formerly been a dyer’s labourer, had been employed by the company for a little over a week and on the day before the accident readily consented to mind what is known as a side-planing machine. The machine was set for him by the planer in charge, whom he had instructed to summon in case anything required in connection with the mechanism.
The circumstances pointed to his having acted contrary to these instructions, the planer being of the opinion that the deceased had used a spanner to loosen the bolt which fixed one of the traverse stops, with the result that there was a sudden increase in the speed of the movable part of the machine, and he was caught between it and the edge of a rope pulley, which he was planning.
A skilled mechanic would have gone to the other side of the machine to adjust the traverse stop. It was not necessary, it was stated, to have a skilled man for the work which Haigh had been put to.
The factory inspector elicited a reply to the effect that beyond a general order to communicate with the man in charge of the machine of the machine if anything went wrong with it, no special instructions had been given to the youth that he must not tamper with the traverse stops.
The Matron (Miss Mitchell), said that deceased, when admitted to the hospital had already passed away. His injuries had been received most in the chest and abdomen. There were no broken bones.
Mr G W Brown, the works manager, said that labourers were anxious to be put in mind these machines because it meant higher wages. The most intelligent labourers were selected for this class of work. In a few weeks’ time such men were able not only to “run” the machines, but also to “set” them. Haigh told witness that he was 22 years of age.
The jury returned a verdict of “Death by misadventure”.

Scorer for Forty Years

Mr Robert Gill, who has been scorer for the Saltaire Cricket Club for more than 40 years, was on Saturday evening, the recipient of a purse of gold, whilst Mrs Gill was also presented with a suitable gift. The presents had been subscribed for, by the members of the club, and the presentation took place at the Victoria Hotel, Shipley.
Mr Ernest Butterfield (president of the club) occupied the chair, and amongst those present were Mr B Lambert (financial sec.) and Mr H Mann (corresponding sec.). The Chairman observed that Mr Gill had been scorer for the club during the past forty years. They had always found him a very quiet unassuming fellow, always at his post, and doing his duty well. Occasionally, the committee had had trouble with the team, but never with the scorer. (Laughter and Hear, hear). He (the speaker) felt sure that all who knew Mr Gill would join him in wishing all prosperity and a still larger connection with the Saltaire Club. (Applause).
The presentation was made by Mr C Myers, who said it was the wish of all those present that he should retain his health and remain with the Club until his service extended over half a century.
Mr Gill observed that the work had been a pleasure to him. That was the second occasion on which he had been honoured, and he much appreciated the good will of the members in making the presentation.
On behalf of the Ladies Committee Mrs Lumby made a suitable presentation to Mrs Gill, who briefly acknowledged the gift.
An excellent concert was contributed by Mr Harry Holmes, Mr Fred Halliday, Miss Dewhirst, Mrs Hall and Mr A Dalby (accompanist).

Gift from the Salt Pensioners

Mr John Kendall, of Ashville, Church Lane, Shipley, was honoured on Friday by the pensioners of the Sir Titus Salt Charity, in whom he has taken a great interest for a considerable period.
Mr Kendall, who was formerly a member of the Board of Governors and for some time chairman, was presented with a silver mounted walking stick which had been subscribed for by the pensioners, of whom there are thirty six.
The presentation was made by Mrs Ann Pratt (nee Lofthouse, oldest pensioner) who is ninety-one years of age. The venerable lady remarked the gift was only a slight expression of the deep gratitude they felt for the many favours they had received at his hands.
In a neat little speech, Miss Jowett (another pensioner) made reference to the excellent public work accomplished by Mr Kendall, and more especially to his efforts as a Governor of the Salt’s Hospital. Mrs Humphrey also paid tribute to Mr Kendall for the services he has rendered to his day and generation.
In responding, Mr Kendall remarked that the presentation had taken him very much by surprise. It was the first time in his life he had ever been the recipient of such a token of goodwill, and he accepted it with very great pleasure. He was deeply impressed by the spirit in which the gift had been made, and the latter would always be to him a priceless possession.

Mrs Ann Pratt, who made the presentation to Mr John Kendall on behalf of the pensioners, is ninety-one years of age, and is the oldest resident in Saltaire, holds strong views on certain phases on modern life and she enunciated to a “Times and Express” representative, who called upon her a few days ago.
The old lady resides alone in one of the Saltaire alms-houses and she follows her simple domestic duties as actively as many not half her years. Save for her sight which recently has given her a little trouble, she possesses, in a marked degree, the use of the whole of her faculties. What strikes one most is her common sense outlook of life.
Coming of a family noted for longevity, she was born in August, 1827, in the little farming village of Saxton, some 13 miles from Leeds. She was the eldest of a family of nine, two of whom passed away quite recently at the respective ages of 89 and 87. Three of her sisters are still living, the youngest being 77. Her parents also died at the old age of 89.
She has been married twice. Her first husband (whose name was James Newton) died at the age of 49. Her second husband, whom she married 28 years ago, was Ben Pratt, a warp dresser at Saltaire Mills, who died in 1899, at the age of 72. She has had one son, who died when sixteen years of age.
Asked to what she attributed to her good health and long life, she smiled and said, “God Almighty has preserved me. I don’t know why for I could have served Him better. My father was a very good man indeed, although he had somewhat a large family, and many times got no more than 12s a week, he managed to keep them all in reasonable comfort.”
They thought nothing of taking walks in those days, and tramping to York and back (a distance of 26 miles) was no uncommon occurrence. “But now-a-days” she added, “people are tired if they walk a quarter of a mile.”
A Bible which she proudly produced bore the inscription, “Ann Lofthouse, (Mrs Pratt’s maiden name) a reward for good attendance as a member of the Saxton Sunday School, 1837.”
Speaking of the treatment of children, Mrs Pratt said she thought that to-day parents do not look after their children as they used to do, but allow them to stay out until very late hours. They used to have to go to the church and Sunday school, and then go straight home. There was no running about the streets and lanes on a Sunday like there is now.
Many things have altered since Mrs Pratt was young, but in her opinion the changes has not been for the better. “If girls now-a-days would only stay at home more and read good books and learn household duties” she declared, “they would keep out of a lot of harm and do themselves much more good. I blame the parents in a large measure for not teaching them better.”
A reference to the war reminded her of her childhood’s days when her father and two uncles were pressed into service. She said she hoped to live to see the war over, for she was certain that the world would have improved in many ways.

Shipley & District Ambulance Corps   - “OUR DAY”

To help at the Front our wounded from home and overseas.
We have been requested by the Headquarters Committee to commemorate the first anniversary of the amalgamation for war purposes, of the British Red Cross Society, and the order of St John.
A Tag Day will be held will be held on Saturday October 23rd.
Keep the Red Cross Flag flying.
All those desirous of helping to collect kindly give their names to:-
H Carr, 60 George Street, Saltaire, Hon Sec.


Saltaire War Diary: 29 October 1915

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Nurse’s Experience

A most successful meeting was held at the Saltaire Institute on Wednesday afternoon, when Miss Thurston gave an account of her experiences of Red Cross work in Belgium and Russia. The lecture was held under the auspicies of Shipley and Baildon Branch of National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies.
A collection was taken for the Scottish Women’s Hospitals. The amount collected was £3 12s., which will be added to the fund left over from the “Flag” Day of the Shipley and Baildon Suffrage Society for Scottish Women’s Hospitals for Foreign Service.

Recruits Wanted Shipley Corps

Men, outside military age, should apply at Headquarters in Albert Road, Saltaire

Company Orders for week ending Nov 7th, 1915
Sunday, Oct 31st – General Parade (bring rations), Albert Road, 9.30am
Monday, Nov 1st – (1) Platoon No 1, Otley Road, 8pm
(2) Platoon No 2, Rifle Range, 7.30pm
(3) Signallers’ Section, Albert Road, 7.45pm
Tuesday, Nov 2nd – Platoon No 2, Albert Road, 8pm
Wednesday, Nov 3rd – (1) Shooting for all members, Rifle Range, 7.30pm
(2) Signallers’ Section, Albert Road, 7.45pm
(3) Band Practice, Albert Road, 8pm
(4) Recruits’ Drill, Albert Road, 8pm
(5) Military Council, Albert Road, 8pm
(6) N.C.O’s drill, Albert Road, 9pm
Thursday, Nov 4th – (1) Platoon No 1, Rifle Range, 7.30pm
(2) Platoon No 2, Albert Road, 8.30pm
Friday, Nov 5th – Platoon No 3 Rifle Range, 7.30pm
Saturday Nov 6th – General Parade, Albert Road, 2.15pm
Sunday, Nov 7th – No parade
Company officer for the week, F E Williamson
Orderly Sergeant for the week, P Atkinson
By order, F E Williamson, Sub-Commandant

Whist Drive

As the result of a whist drive held recently by the Central Sewing Party of the Ladies Committee, at the Saltaire Institute, in aid of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund, a sum of about £5 was raised.
Social and Dance

A social and dance, held on Saturday night by the twisters at Saltaire Mills, in aid of the Catholic Women’s League Recreation Hut Fund at Ripon, realised about £7. The money has been handed over to the local treasurer, Miss Mitchell, the matron of the Saltaire Hospital. This is the second effort which the twisters have made on behalf of the wounded “Tommies.”

Boy’s High School

At the Salt School sports this year prizes of only small value were given for the various events, and the money thus saved has been devoted to philanthropic efforts connected with the war.
The headmaster (Mr F J Fuller) reports that a distribution has been made as follows:-
Y.M.C.A Soldiers’ Huts, £3
Red Cross Society, £2
Red Cross Exhibition Fund, £1
Comforts for Shipley Soldiers, £2
Holiday Homes for Wounded Soldiers, £1 1s
Central Belgian Relief Fund, £2
Plum Pudding Fund for soldiers in France, 6s 6d
Making a total of £11 7s 6d.

Charity Governors

The monthly meeting of the Board of Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held on Wednesday night at the Saltaire Hospital. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and other members present were Mrs Fyfe, Mr W Cryer, Mr E L Baumann, Councillors A Gill and J Pitts and Mr Thomas Kendall.
The monthly report stated that there had been 79 out-patients. At the date of the last meeting there were seven in-patients, and fourteen had since been admitted, making a total of 21. Of these 13 had been discharged, leaving 8 in hospital at the present time.
Donations had been received from:-
Shipley District of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, result of flower show, £12
Mr Henry Mason, £5 5s
Employees at Victoria Works, Shipley, £5 5s
Mrs Nixon (acknowledgement), 5s
J R Fyfe and Co., £2 2s.
Fruit and Flowers had been received from:-
St Peters Church, Shipley
Wesleyan Methodist Church, Windhill
Mrs Firth, Baildon
Windhill Congregational Church


Henry Russell, driver aged 22, married Alice Bainbridge, aged 26. St Peters Church 23 October 1915. Both lived at 3 Edward Street in Saltaire.

Robert Morton, engine man aged 33 of 5 Baker Street, Saltaire married Mary Ellen Halligan, aged 22. St Pauls Church 24 October 1915.

Edmund Heald, clerk aged 23 of 4 Daisy Place, Saltaire married Martha Ellen Varley, aged 24. St Pauls Church 28 October 1915.


Saltaire War Diary: 5 November 1915

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Motor Waggon Fatality

A coroner’s inquiry was held on Wednesday at Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital in reference to the death of William Jackson (37), of 2 Caroline Street, Saltaire, a mechanic, employed by Messrs F Wigglesworth and Co., engineers, Hirst Wood, Shipley, who received fatal injuries as the result of being run over by a motor waggon belonging to Sir Titus Salt Bart., Sons and Co. Limited, in Victoria Road, Saltaire on Monday afternoon last.
The evidence showed that Jackson had jumped on to the empty waggon whilst it was returning from Bradford to Saltaire. En route the driver had occasion to stop the waggon, and noticing the man, who was a stranger to him, sitting on the near side, remonstrated with him and told him that he must get off. Jackson demurred, remarking that he was going Saltaire way, and might as well have a ride. The driver was not aware when he resumed the journey that the man was still on the wagon. He could not, through the window at the back of his boxed in seat, see the sides of the front part of the vehicle.
Evidence of identification was given by the widow, Mary Ann Jackson, who said that her husband was an active man and had good sight.
Two witnesses - J W Bailey, 3 Lower School St., Saltaire and Hadyn Newton, 19 Wycliffe Place, Shipley stated that when the waggon was passing the Salt Schools in Victoria Road, Jackson jumped off and fell in front of a back wheel, which passed over the lower part of his body. He was picked up unconscious, and died five later just after his admittance to the Saltaire Hospital. The waggon, which was travelling at a speed of not more than seven or eight miles an hour, was pulled up within ten yards of where the accident happened, and the driver helped to carry the man to the hospital.
The driver of the waggon, John Groves of 4 Herbert Street, Saltaire said he was proceeding down Victoria Road when the accident happened. He knew the deceased was on the waggon when passing the Spotted House, opposite Manningham Park, and he requested him to get off. The deceased replied that he was going Saltaire way, and witness again told him that it would be better if he got off the vehicle. The first intimation that something had happened was when proceeding down Victoria Road. Witness felt the near back wheel lift up and the vehicle itself drop. On looking through the window he saw deceased lying on the road. Witness added he had had to stop the vehicle previously the same day on account of youths jumping on boys running behind. Witness’s duty was, of course, to keep a sharp lookout at the front when driving.
The Deputy Coroner remarked that that was the second fatal accident of its kind which he had investigated that week. At the previous inquiry it was suggested that schoolmasters might help to check the practice by warning boys of the dangers attending it.
There could be no suggestion of any blame attaching to the driver in the present case. He had given his evidence in a very straightforward manner. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death”
Mr C H Briggs, secretary to Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Limited, expressed the company’s sympathy with the widow and the family. He added that the driver was a thoroughly trustworthy steady, and most reliable man.

Fell on the Railway Line

Mr William Whiting (56) of White House, Bingley, travelled by the 6.26 Midland train from Bradford on Friday night with the intention of alighting at Saltaire. The train pulled up about 300 yards outside Saltaire station, and Mr Whiting, under the impression that it was actually in the station, opened the carriage door, and whilst attempting, as he thought to step on to the platform, fell by the side of the main line to the north.
The fact that the carriage door was open when the train reached Saltaire led to the line being searched and Mr Whiting was found in a benumbed condition and suffering from bruises on the chest and right hip. He was removed to Saltaire Hospital and detained.

In Memoriam

Fieldhouse – In loving memory of Jabez Fieldhouse, who died November 6th, 1914
Deeply Regretted
One year to-day has passed away
Since our great sorrow fell
And in our hearts we mourn the love
Of him we loved so well
Kind thoughts, they linger near our hearts
And tears they often flow
And to the place where he is laid
Our footsteps often go.

From Wife and Family – 7 George Street, Saltaire

Brook – In loving memory of our dear mother, Rachel Brook, who died November 5th, 1912
The midnight stars shine on the grave
Of one we loved but could not save
Someday, perhaps we shall understand
When we meet again in the Better Land

From her two Daughters – 16 Whitlam Street, Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 12 November 1915

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The Christmas Comforts Scheme

As a result of the “Tag” day held last Saturday, for the Shipley Soldiers and Sailors Comforts Fund, £73 was realised, which includes the sum of 17s from the Burling and Mending Department of Saltaire Mills, and a donation of £3 from Mrs Kermode, The Elms, Moorhead Lane.
The large band of juvenile workers who were busy throughout the day selling flags were controlled from three centres – Somerset House, Carnegie Hall and the Saltaire Institute. The supervisors were; Mr W V Ambler (hon sec of the committee), Mr A Clark and Mr J A Leedal. The committee, who have the fund in hand, is at present working on behalf of the Christmas parcels scheme, by which it is hoped to present every Shipley man on service, with a suitable gift.

“Comforts” for Tommy

On Saturday evening, a concert and social evening took place in the Saltaire Wesleyan School, the object being to provide “comforts” for those who joined the Forces from the Saltaire, Shipley and Hall Royd Wesleyan Churches.
The principals were; Miss Hilda Cooke, Mrs Fred Holmes, Mr Albert Feather and Mr Arthur Wilkin, with Mr Edgar Aspinall as elocutionist. The Saltaire Wesleyan Choir, under the conductorship of Mr T Whittam, the organist and choirmaster, rendered several part songs.
Refreshments were served during the interval and a most enjoyable evening was spent. Great credit is due to Mr E Holmes for the excellent manner which the concert was organised. The proceeds amounted to over £13.

Shipley Volunteer Concert

A somewhat unique event will be held at Victoria Hall on Wednesday next. The gathering is promoted by the local Volunteer Corps, of which Councillor F Rhodes is president, and the object of it is to raise money to provide uniforms for the members who are not in a position to purchase their own.
Many prominent local people will be present, and it is anticipated this will be one of the most interesting social events of the season in Shipley. All the volunteers will attend in uniform.

Need for Economy

Sir James Roberts, presided on Sunday afternoon at the anniversary gathering of the Men’s Own Meeting in connection with the Saltaire Wesleyan Church. In the course of his remarks, Sir James said that the present crisis would tax all resources, both physical and pecuniary, to enable us to overcome the powerful and unscrupulous nations with which we were in conflict.
It would be a great glory if the voluntary system upon which we had been able to rely in the past, should again suffice to supply us with all the men we needed to carry the war to a successful conclusion. Everyone must hope that that would be the case, but should it unfortunately not turn out to be so, he thought there could be little doubt we should have to make up our minds to something which was quite foreign to us in this country – namely, compulsory service.
Whether were husbanding our financial resources to the full extent necessary it was difficult to say, but one often had doubts about it. Anyone who carefully studied the various warnings which the Prime Minister gave the country in his recent speech in Parliament must feel that it was “up to” him to do what lay in his power in order that economy which we were told was so essential might be practised.

Anthrax Victim

A case in which pulmonary anthrax contracted by inhalation was found to have proved fatal was the subject of an inquiry at the Saltaire Institution on Monday, by Mr E W Norris (Deputy Coroner for the district) and a jury of which Mr A Dalby was the foreman. The investigation related to the death of Peter Pedley (56) of 28 Shirley Street Saltaire, who for near six months had been employed as a wash bowl feeder at the Airedale Mills, Otley Road, Shipley. Dr E W Eurich (Bradford) bacteriologist to the Anthrax Investigation Board was present as a witness, and Mr Francis Watson (Watson, Son & Smith, Solicitors, Bradford) appeared on behalf of the Airedale Combing Co.
The widow, Annie Elizabeth Pedley, said that her husband enjoyed good health up to Sunday October 31. Although under the impression that he was suffering from a cold, he worked the two following days. On Wednesday he remained in bed, and Dr Emerson, who was called in about 6.30pm said that he suspected anthrax. Dr Eurich attended the same evening, and Dr Emerson and his partner (Dr Sharpe) paid several subsequent visits before death took place half an hour after midnight on Thursday. In answer to questions witness further said that her husband had never spoken to her about his work. He had never said that his work was of a dusty or dirty nature.
George Bailey, of 11 Park Avenue Shipley, who had been Pedley’s foreman, said that for some days before his illness Pedley was handling East India and Cape mohair wools. The mohair had previously been sorted for quality, and also with a view to discovery of blood stained materials. The man did not touch skin material of any kind within a week of his illness. The wools were opened over a screen on a table where there was a downward draft, the object of which was to get rid of the dust. Pedley had been engaged in that class of work about six days when he stayed away ill. Whilst at work, he did not complain to witness about feeling unwell. Had he done so he would have been sent to the company’s doctor.
Replying to Mr Watson, the witness said that the Board of Trade regulations in regard to scheduled wools were duly exhibited in the mill and carefully observed.
In answer to a juryman, witness said deceased would not have been allowed to continue working if the downward draft through the screen had been stopped. The wool, the deceased had handled had not been steeped, because it did not come under the regulations in regard to steeping.
Dr Eurich deposed that on Wednesday evening he formed the opinion that Pedley was suffering from pulmonary anthrax, although the bacteriological examination of a sample of blood which he took on that occasion gave a negative result. Witness saw the body shortly after death, and took a drop or two of fluid from the chest, and on examination he found it to contain the anthrax bacilli. The man was dying when witness saw him on Wednesday night, and it would have done no good to make use of anthrax serum.
It was probable that Pedley first began to be affected by the disease on the Sunday. The stage witness found him in on the Wednesday night might have been reached the third or fourth day from the disease starting, but sometimes such a condition ensued within twenty four hours. Witness was satisfied that the man had contracted the disease by inhaling anthrax germs. The disease was much more dangerous when contracted that way than when the infection occurred externally. In the former type of case the morality varied from 96 to 98 per cent, whilst in external cases it was about 10%.
In answer to the Deputy Coroner, Dr Eurich said that the downward draught under the screen upon which the bales were opened would be effective in preventing the heavier forms of dust from rising, but the germs were very, very light, and some were almost bound to escape.
The Deputy Coroner: Would steeping the wool have been a proper precaution?
Dr Eurich: It would certainly have allayed the dust, but whether it is practicable is another matter. Steeping takes a certain time, and might be a commercial impossibility.
Continuing, witness said that Van mohair and Persian locks had to be steeped before the bales were opened. These were the only wools to which the steeping regulation was applicable. He might say that the regulations were being reconsidered at the present time by a Departmental Committee. So far as he knew all the demanded precautions had been taken by the Airedale Company.
The jury found that Pedley had died from anthrax contracted by inhalation whilst following his employment.
On behalf of the Airedale Combing Company Mr Watson expressed sympathy with the relatives and said that the company would be only too pleased to adopt any further precautions which might be suggested.


10 November 1915 St Pauls Shipley – William Sharp of 2 Higher School Street, Saltaire.


12 November 1915 – Hirst Wood Cemetery – Florence Helena Pringle, aged 20, of 2 Helen Street, Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 19 November 1915

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Soldier’s Promotion

Lance Corporal Harry Skirrow (20th West Yorkshire Regiment) whose home is at 32 Whitlam Street, Saltaire, has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Joining the Army last May he was soon recognised as a recruit of great promise.

Technical Exhibition

An exhibition of the works executed by the students in the various departments of the Shipley Technical College was held on Saturday afternoon.
A very high standard of excellence had been attained in the exhibits in connection with the School of Art. During the early part of the afternoon the students were assembled in several of the classes and the numerous visitors were afforded an opportunity of seeing a great variety of work in progress.
Students from the Salt’s High School were also given the opportunity to display their work in a special class provided for them.
In the gymnasium a large class of young men and boys including a number of scouts gave an admirable display. It is to be regretted that this fine gymnasium which is one of the best equipped in the North of England is not used in a larger measure by the people of Shipley.
A prominent feature of the exhibition consisted of lectures on “explosives” and “German gas and bombs” which were given in the Chemical Laboratory by Mr W P Winter (chief science master).
Several members of the Education Committee attended the exhibition including C E Learoyd (chairman of the Education Committee), Councillor Thomas Hill (chairman of the District Council), Councillor E Cowgill (chairman of the Libraries Committee), Councillor A Gill, and Mr W Popplestone (Director of Education and Principal of the Technical School).

Church Service

The Swedenborgian Saltaire New Church Society are to hold a service on Sunday 21st November at their Place of Worship in Victoria Road, opposite the Wesleyan Chapel.
The preacher will be F W Richardson, City Analyst of Bradford. His subject will be, “The New Birth, is it Conversion or Reincarnation?”
Hymn books supplied. A cordial invitation to all. Service at 6.30pm.

Saltaire Men’s Own

Meeting to be held on Sunday November 21st at 3pm. Speaker will the Vicar of Shipley, the Rev. B Herklot. The Soloist will be Mr A Raistrick.
Open meeting for men and women. Come in crowds to hear the Vicar.

In Memoriam

WOOD – In ever loving remembrance of a dear mother, who died November 18th, 1912.
The love of a friend may soon be forgotten,
Even that of a sister or brother.
But the love that shall live through the age of time,
Is the sweet cherished love of a mother.

From Mr and Mrs Wallace Wood of 9 Rhodes Street, Saltaire.

(Mary Jane Wallace Wood (nee Earnshaw) b 1847 d 8 November 1912)


Saltaire War Diary: 26 November 1915

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Soldier’s Promotion

The friends of Harold Smith (Royal Field Artillery), third son of the late Mr Kirk Smith and of Mrs Smith of 25 Jane Street in Saltaire, will be pleased to hear that he has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Smith, who is twenty six years of age, has been in the Army eight years. He served five years in India, and on the outbreak of the war, proceeded from there to France, where he saw a good deal of fighting, being subsequently invalided home.
For excellence of service in the field he was promoted from Corporal to Second-Lieutenant. As a boy he was employed at Saltaire Mills, and afterwards at the Canal Ironworks in Shipley. At present he is training troops at Retford.
Mrs Smith has another son, Gunner William Smith, who also is in the Royal Field Artillery. He enlisted last August. Corporal Arthur George Knight, an adopted son of Mrs Smith, is also serving his country. He joined the Army nine years ago, the regiment of his choice being the Royal Field Artillery.

Bullet as a Memento

Pioneer Sergeant Samuel Thomas Green, of the 8th Battalion West Riding Regiment, who was wounded in action at the Dardanelles on August 21st, has had a narrow escape from death in a letter to his wife, who resides at 13 Rhodes Street in Saltaire.
Sergeant Green says he is keeping the bullet by which he was wounded as a memento of the day. At the time he was holding his rifle against his breast pocket, and the bullet went through the third finger of the left hand, passing on to the chest just over the heart. He adds that he does not want to experience another attack similar to the one on August 21st.
Sergeant Green, who is in convalescent camp was prior to the war a postman in Shipley. He served in the South African campaign.   

Shipley Soldier’s Visit Home

Sergeant E H Thornton, only son of Mr and Mrs J W Thornton grocers and confectioners of 36 and 37 Titus Street in Saltaire, who has been home on leave returned to France on Friday morning.
He was one of the first to join No. 2 Company of the Shipley A.S.C. (mechanical transport) of which he was a member for rather less than four years. Shortly after the outbreak of war he joined the 2nd West Riding Field Ambulance, and trained at Doncaster and Leeds. He was subsequently selected to join the West Riding Casualty Station and went to France on April 13th.
Sergeant Thornton, who is a master cook, speaks highly of the admirable arrangements which are made for the feeding of the men, and also with regard to the treating of the wounded. When men came out of action, he said to our representative, they were in high spirits. This was especially so after an advance had been made. He and several of his colleagues had to deal with a large batch wounded after the battle of Loos, and he said that the men were quite happy despite their wounds.
Before the war Sergeant Thornton was employed as a traveller by the Midland Vinegar Company. He was married prior to going to France 7 months ago, and he is 26 years of age.

Former Saltaire Resident Lost at Sea

News has been received concerning William Edward James Barrell, who for resided in Maddocks Street, and later at 27 Freeman Street in Grimsby. When war broke out he joined the Navy as a mine sweeper, and his wife has received intimidation from the Admiralty that he was lost at sea on Monday November 15th during a very heavy storm.
The only son of Mrs Barrell of 88 Church Street, Manningham, he was thirty-seven years of age. Whilst at Shipley he was a member of the Rosse Street Baptist Church.

Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital

The monthly meeting of the Governors was held on Wednesday evening at the Hospital in Saltaire, and was presided over by the Chairman, Mr B Allsop, there being also present Mrs Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Messrs. E L Baumann, W Cryer, T Kendall, F Lister and J Pitts.
The hon. Sec. (Mr E Clifford Fry) reported that the number of out-patients treated during the month had been 83: In-patients 20, of which 16 had been discharged, leaving 9 at present in the Hospital.

Red Cross Work

The first meeting of the Sewing Guild of the Shipley and Baildon Branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies took place on Tuesday Nov 16th, when a very good start was made with garments for wounded soldiers in the women’s hospitals in France and Serbia.
By the kind permission of the Rev. P D Pringle, the committee are to have the use of the “Ladies’ Parlour” at the Saltaire Congregational Church School, for future sewing meetings, which will be held fortnightly.
The next meeting is on Thursday, Dec 2nd at 2.30pm., when it is hoped there will be an encouraging attendance of members and friends. An earnest appeal for garments for the wounded soldiers has been received from the organising secretary of the women’s hospitals, and the committee cordially invite all those who can sew or knit to be present at the meetings.

Saltaire Cricket Club

The annual meeting of the Saltaire Cricket Club was held last Thursday evening at the Victoria Hotel, Mr J A Burton presiding.
Mr Hy. Mann (sec) presented the annual report which stated that Barnes and two other professionals had been re-engaged for next season. Of the twenty three members of the club who had joined the Forces two had fallen.
The financial statement showed receipts amounting to £347, the chief item being £224 “gate” money (a record for the club). On the expenditure side the principal item was £103 for professionals’ wages. The season concluded with balance in hand of £26 compared with about £6 at the commencement.
Sir James Roberts, who was re-elected president of the club, was thanked for having again allowed the club the use of Saltaire Park.

Wesleyan Band of Hope

The annual tea and children’s entertainment in connection with the Band of Hope and Temperance Society was held at the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School on Saturday. About 350 persons partook of the repast.


BIRDSALL – Pte. John Thomas Birdsall, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regt., killed in action on November 5th 1915, age 28 years old. Only son of Mr & Mrs J Winterbottom, 23 Helen Street, Saltaire, and brother of Mrs Stead, 5 Field Street, Shipley.
(Author’s note – John never lived in Saltaire. His widowed mother re-married and moved to Saltaire, John remained in Shipley.)


Saltaire War Diary: 3 December 1915

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Saltaire Institute as Cinema Theatre

A meeting of the Shipley District Council was held on Tuesday evening. Councillor Thos. Hill (chair) presided, and the other members present were:- Councillors E Reynolds, A Gill, J W Moody, C E Learoyd, E Cowgill, Waugh, H Hirst, L Shackleton, John Pitts, Harry Pitts, J Booth, T F Doyle, A Linley, Barker, and E Bateson.
The chairman of the Council (the minutes of the Libraries Committee stated) had reported that he had been approached by a number of gentlemen resident in Shipley and Bradford who were prepared, if terms could be arranged, to take the Victoria Hall for a term of years for a cinema theatre.
The arrangement would provide that the Council should have the use of the hall for their own or other public purposes when they required it. The Libraries Committee, after considerable discussion, agreed that, if satisfactory arrangements could be made, it was desirable to enter into an agreement. Messrs. Cowgill, Gill, Hill and Learoyd were appointed a sub-committee to make further enquiries into the matter and report to a future meeting.
Councillor Cowgill (chairman of the Libraries Committee) moved that the body’s recommendation be adopted. By passing that resolution, the Council would not be in any way committing themselves, but would simply be giving sanction to open negotiations on the matter. If a satisfactory arrangement could be come to, the Council would be given an opportunity of discussing the matter. In the Saltaire Institute they had a very fine building, and one of which they were justly proud, but it was a structure that was not fulfilling its possibilities. It had had palmy days, but those had gone. The conditions had changed considerably since the days when Sir Titus Salt built the Institute for the public benefit. It was not paying its way at present, and they would either have to put it to some use or make it a charge upon the rates.
Councillor Doyle protested against the proposal. The former said he thought it would be a great mistake to sacrifice the institutional value of the building by handing it over to a cinema company. He did not think the founder of Saltaire ever thought of an attempt being made to make profit out of the institute.
Councillor Pitts also opposed the proposal on account of the sentiment attaching to the institution. He did not think the founder ever imagined that it would be turned into a cinema show. He, Councillor Pitts, did not think that big posters stuck upon the front of a beautiful building like that could look well, and he could not see how they could put restrictions on a syndicate in matters of that kind. Furthermore, he did not think that arrangements could be made whereby if the hall was leased the public could use the hall when they required. Sentiment counted for something, and if he were akin to the Salt family he would not like the idea of the place being used for a picture palace. He hoped that such a scheme would not be accepted.
The chairman, in reply to a question, said he was not in a position to divulge the name of the four gentlemen who had required about the hall. There would not be the slightest difficulty in making suitable arrangements for the hall to be used as a cinema theatre, and for the public to use it as occasion required. Some such arrangements had been entered into in respect to St George’s Hall in Bradford. There was no reason why a condition should not be laid down that flaring posters were not to be displayed on the building. Such conditions operated elsewhere. We are living in different times from the days when the institute was generously presented to the public, and he did not think that they would be doing anything to which the donor would have taken exception.
Councillor Harry Pitts said that it should be borne in mind that the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, could not be compared with a place like St George’s Hall, Bradford. The former was situated in one of the nicest districts in Yorkshire, and was given to the people by one of the best men who ever lived.
Councillor Cowgill said that there was a deficit on the Institute, and they were face to face with the question, whether they should make it pay or not out of the rates. If allowed to be used as a cinema theatre or something of that kind they would be making the institution more popular and getting a large number of people into it. They might, in that way, also considerably increase the number of readers at the library and the number of patrons at the reading room, to say nothing of the more frequent lettings of the various rooms. He valued the sentiment of the place, and he did not want to ride rough shod over it, but it was rather strange that they should talk about sentiment now when it had been let for similar purposes previously.
The recommendation was adopted.

Volunteer’s Death

Fred Wainwright, son of Mr and Mrs Harrison Wainwright of 7 Dove Street, Saltaire, who was a drummer in the Shipley Volunteer Corps, passed away on Friday, and funeral took place on Monday at Nab Wood Cemetery. The deceased youth, who was 20 years of age, was a great favourite in the Volunteer Corps, with which his father is also connected.
The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Beresford F Hope (vicar of St Peter’s Shipley). The Volunteer Force under Dr Sharpe attended and the principal mourners were:-
Mr and Mrs H Wainwright, Miss F Wainwright, Miss A Wainwright, Master A Wainwright, Mr H Wainwright.
Mr and Mrs H Skirrow, Mr and Mrs Merry, Miss S Merry, Mrs Whitwham, Mrs W Whitwham.
Mrs Whitaker, Mrs J Barrett, Mrs McLoughlin, Mr and Mrs F McLoughlin, Mrs Clay
Mrs Tatham, Mrs Tatham, Mrs Tenant, Mrs Wilkins, Miss A Crabtree, Mr Green.

Church with wonderful record

At the weekly intercession service on Monday evening at the Saltaire Wesleyan Church, the ceremony, unveiling of portraits of young men who have enlisted was performed by Lady Denby. The service which was conducted by the Rev W B Mattison was well attended.
In unveiling the picture, in which her own photograph appeared, Lady Denby expressed her pleasure in being present. She said how greatly honoured she felt at seeing her photograph in the picture, surrounded as it was by the photographs of 75 young men who had joined His Majesty’s Forces from that Church and Sunday School. As an old Sunday School teacher, she said her interest in the Work was undiminished, and she was glad to know the Sunday School at Saltaire was still in a very prosperous state.
The Rev Mattinson thanked Lady Denby for her services.
Sir Ellis Denby, in responding, congratulated the Church at Saltaire on the splendid response that had to His Majesty’s appeal for men to join the army at this critical time. It is a wonderful record that only one man has been rejected out of the 76 who had offered themselves.  

Golden Wedding at Saltaire

Mr and Mrs Midgley, of 12 Dove Street, Saltaire, have just celebrated their golden wedding, they having been married at the Bradford Parish Church fifty years ago. Mr Midgley is in his 78th year, whilst Mrs Midgley is 76. Both are natives of Shipley, and have resided at their present abode for over 43 years. They are members of the Wesleyan Reform Chapel in Manor Lane, Shipley. Before his retirement some years ago, Mr Midgley was employed at Saltaire Mills as a yarn scourer. They have three sons, four daughters, and nine grandchildren. The aged couple are enjoying fairly good health.


Saltaire War Diary: 10 December 1915

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Saltaire Church: Sale of Work

A series of gatherings are being held this week at the Saltaire Wesleyan School, with the object of raising £200 for church funds. There was a large attendance at the opening on Wednesday when the sale of work was declared open by the Hon. Mrs Partington.
Amongst others present were Sir Ellis and Lady Denby (who officiated as host and hostess), the Rev W B Mattinson, Mr E Parkinson, Mr J W Hampson, Mr W E Metcalfe, and Lieut. Edward Parkinson.

Shipley Independent Labour Party

Another unsuccessful attempt has been made to arrange for Mr Macdonald to address a meeting at Shipley next Sunday. The Shipley I.L.P. made an application for the use of the Lecture Theatre at the Saltaire Institute, and in doing so stated that they desired to hold a private gathering to be addressed by Coun. T F Doyle, Coun. T Blythe, and Mr MacDonald, M.P. The application was considered last night (Thursday) by the Libraries Committee, who refused to allow the applicants the use of the room.

The Salt Schools Shipley

Professor William Bateson is this year’s president of the Salt Schools, and on Tuesday night he delivered before a large audience of the pupils and their friends in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, the customary presidential address, his subject being “Heredity and its bearing on human affairs.”

Soldiers and Sailors Comfort Fund

The following subscriptions have been received, per Lady Denby (proceeds whist drives), £20; per Sir Titus Salts, Bart, Sons and Co., Ltd. (Burling and Mending Dept. 5th Contribution), 18s 3d; “Tag Day,” Dec. 4th, proceeds of street Collection, £50 1s 3d - £70 19s 6d.


Berry – Brenkley – On December 6th, at the Hardrow Parish Church near Hawes, by the vicar, Rev C W Summerfield, Mr John Edward Berry of 18 Jane Street, Saltaire to Miss Elizabeth Brenkley, in service, Newlyn, Moorhead, Shipley.


Saltaire War Diary: 17 December 1915

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Victoria Hall as Cinema Theatre

The people of Shipley are keenly interested in the proposal of the Libraries Committee to let the Victoria Hall, on a lease as a place of amusement. In the present year the Institute of which the hall is a part has cost the rate-payers £200 (cost c£18k in 2015) in maintenance and the committee thought that an admirable institution of this kind ought to be utilised in such a way as to meet the public wants in accordance with the intention of the founder, and at the same time be made self-supporting.
Times have changed since the late Sir Titus Salt erected these buildings for the benefit of the public and attractions in other directions have reduced the demand for the use of the Victoria Hall. The result is that while the Shipley District Council have to keep the property in good condition they have little or no income from it.
Now that the opportunity has presented itself of letting it to a syndicate as a cinema theatre under conditions which will still allow of it being used by the public when occasion requires the committee feel justified in taking advantage of it.
Councillor Cowgill (chairman of the Libraries Committee) said at the last meeting of the Shipley District Council, that in the Saltaire Institute they had a very fine building, and one of which they were justly proud, but it was a structure which was not fulfilling its possibilities. It had had palmy days, but those days had gone. The conditions had changed considerably since the days when Sir Titus Salt built the Institute for the public benefit. It was not paying its way at present, and they would either have to put it to some use or make it a charge upon the rates.
Sir James Roberts, Bart., writing from Strathallan Castle, Machany, Perthshire, to a contemporary in regard to the decision of the Shipley District Council to allow the committee to enter into negotiations with the company, said:-
“I do not deny that ‘picture’ shows may have some educational value, but I am convinced that the extent to which they are used is subversive of such education as is necessary to the leading of useful, really enjoyable, and worthy lives.
One member of the Shipley Council argued that if the Victoria Hall were not let it would become a charge on the rates. As a large ratepayer I would gladly contribute my share, and, if necessary in excess of my pro rata proportion, rather than see the hall used for such a purpose, and the number of these galleries and shows increased.
When the war is over, even should it terminate as we hope and expect, we shall be face to face with necessity for very serious efforts, if we are to hold our own in industrial and commercial competition with nations that are being scientifically equipped – including those we are hoping to vanquish – and for this struggle ‘Pictures’ and ‘Cinemas’ are a poor preparation. I prefer to leave it for others to say whether the use it is proposed to make of that fine hall is in accordance with the intentions of the generous founder; but I have no hesitation in saying that it is bound to have the effect of discouraging the imitation of his example.”
The Rev P Drummond Pringle, pastor of the Saltaire Congregational wrote:-
“The Institute is a trust founded by the late Sir Titus Salt for certain clearly defined purposes, and that it was taken over by the Shipley Council on the distinct understanding that the Council should fulfil the trust both as to the letter and to the spirit.
Few contend that the proposal of the Libraries Committee is in accord with the spirit of the trust. The founder certainly did not build the Institute for the purpose of supplying permanently the kind of entertainment which cinema theatre provides, nor is it accord with his intentions that a few unnamed (Bradford and Shipley gentlemen) should be granted the right to exploit its exceptional advantage and facilities for their own profit. The idea of making a profit out of the Institute at all, whether by a public body or by private individuals, or by both combined as in this proposal, is alien to the whole spirit of the founder. Nor is there any doubt that those who are best entitled to speak for him take that view, and regard the proposal of the committee with justifiable indignation.
As to the letter of the trust, I am not in a position to give a legal opinion, but I think it is not improbable that should the committee persist in its mistaken enterprise the Charity Commissioner may be invited to do so.
Meantime most people will agree with the views of Sir James Roberts that the proposal is bound to have the effect of discouraging the imitation of Sir Titus Salt’s example. That might well prove to be a public calamity in so far as Shipley and Saltaire are concerned, and any body of men whose action renders such a calamity possible take upon themselves a grave responsibility.
The only argument advanced for this amazing proposal to divert a charitable trust to profitable uses for the Council, and incidentally for the enrichment of a few private individuals is that the Institute during the past very exceptional year has not paid its way. I am informed that the loss is very small indeed and if it is to be regarded as rent for a fine and costly building which was a free gift to the community it is almost negligible. Sir James Roberts indicates how that loss may be covered.
I trust that the libraries Committee elected to promote the educational advancement of the people of Saltaire will reconsider, and depart from its proposal that the splendid building devoted to and entrusted to them for this high purpose should be cheapened and vulgarised by the instalment therein of a permanent cinema theatre.”
Immediately after the publication of the letters from Sir James and Mr Pringle, a representative of the “Times and Express” interviewed the Chairman of the Libraries Committee (Councillor E Cowgill) with the object of securing his reply to the criticism levelled against the Committee.
During the interview, Councillor Cowgill said he greatly valued the town’s excellent possession in the Saltaire Institute, of which every citizen should be proud. He valued equally highly the memory of the generous founder, and therefore the sentiment and tradition, which in consequence of his (Sir Titus’s) life surrounded the noble bequest. What amazed him, however, was that the Libraries Committee should not be given credit for sharing with others those feelings, and in fact that they should actually be charged with acting quite regardless of such feelings. As he feared that there was an exaggerated or erroneous impression abroad, he had better relate the full facts of the case:-
“A number of local gentleman of standing and repute have offered to take over the Victoria Hall as a cinema theatre, and to use it at such times as it is not required for other purposes. In other words it would be available for public use or open to other lettings just the same as at present.
Under such conditions, therefore, I quite fail to see how control of the hall would be passing out of the hands of the Libraries Committee. So highly, indeed, we do value this public asset that were it to be so I question whether a single member of the Council would for one moment entertain the scheme.
Further the promotors are prepared to give every guarantee that nothing but the very best films would be shown. Neither is there any intention nor desire to disfigure the exterior of the building. No unsightly hoardings or signs would be fixed, the existing notice boards being regarded as ample for all advertisements.
Since I first knew Victoria Hall it has been let for almost every variety of purpose conceivable, including pictures, yet I have never heard of the slightest protest being made against such lettings. Not until now indeed, have we ever been charged with giving the building over for exploitation, and it has been left to Mr Pringle to make the charge.
The hall has been let repeatedly in the past to private enterprise whose main object was obviously to make profit on the engagement, yet such actions have never been regarded, so far as know, as granting (the right) to such persons (to exploit its exceptional advantages and facilities for their own private profit).
Saltaire Institute occupies a somewhat different position now from what it did prior to passing under the Council’s control, and while it is the bounded duty of public representatives to cherish the memories and associations connected therewith, it is surely their duty also to see that all the legitimate use possible is made of it.
I deeply regret that Mr Pringle should have gone out of his way to attribute motivates to the Libraries Committee calculated to reduce so venerable a building into a ‘cheapened and vulgarised’ condition.
 If the exhibition of good cinema pictures be incompatible with the memory we would cherish of the ever-to-be-remembered founder, then my answer is much that the use to which the hall has been put in the past must not be repeated in the future.”
“The amount of income to be derived from lettings may not be the Alpha and Omega, but it is to be reckoned with, and you may say, therefore, that I have noted with great satisfaction the very kind promise made by Sir James Roberts in case the Institute should be a charge upon the rates.

Christmas Gifts for Local Soldiers

About sixty parcels (thirty-three to France and the Mediterranean) are being despatched to men associated with the Saltaire Congregational Church who are serving their country. The arrangements are being carried out by a committee consisting of the Rev. P D Pringle (chairman), Mrs Pringle, Mrs Briggs, Mrs Illingworth, Mrs Hall, Mrs G Sanctuary, Mrs T Thornton, Mr Albert Brear and Mr C Holgate.
There are about twenty-three members of the Saltaire Institute Club serving with the Forces and two of these, A R Jukes and T R Ibbitson have obtained commissions. The Roll of Honour at the West Ward Liberal Club, Saltaire, also contains several names. From both clubs members have in addition been attested under Lord Derby’s scheme.

Invalided Home

Corporal C S Whalley, residing at 35 Ada Street Saltaire, who was wounded at the Dardanelles, where he received his last promotion, is now undergoing treatment in Cork Hospital, Ireland. He is in the 3rd Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and was called up as a reservist at the beginning of the war. He was sent to France, and invalided home from there to Gravesend Hospital in November 1914 and was afterwards drafted to the Dardanelles.

Saltaire Wesleyan Church

The concluding gathering in connection with the sale of work and “At Homes,” which was held last week at the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School, took place on Saturday. The promoters set out with the object of raising £200 for the Church Funds and as the Rev. B Mattison stated at the close of the bazaar more than that amount had been raised. It is expected that when all the expenses have been met the effort will have realised between £240 and £250.
The host and hostess on Saturday were Mr and Mrs W A Burrows. There was a large attendance, and the chair was occupied by the Rev David Ashby. During the afternoon and evening concerts were given by members of the Sunday school.

Death Notice

Harrison – On Dec 11th, at 72 Victoria Road, Saltaire, Eliza, beloved wife of Alfred Harrison, in her 69th year.


St Pauls Shipley 9 Dec 1915 – Norman Green of 17 Irene Street, Burnley married Gertrude Halton Henderson of The Institute, Saltaire.

St Pauls Shipley 11 Dec 1915 – Arthur Edward Barnard of 67 George Street married Ada Sunderland of 6 Balfour Street, Shipley


St Pauls Shipley 4 December 1915 – Nancy Mansfield of 15 Titus Street, Saltaire, aged 75.


Saltaire War Diary: 24 December 1915

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Victoria Hall as Cinema Theatre

A meeting of the Shipley District Council was held on Tuesday evening.
In the minutes of the Libraries Committee it was stated that some discussion took place with regard to negotiations for the letting of Victoria Hall for a Cinema Theatre. The Chairman (Councillor Cowgill) reported that there had been an interview with the proposed leases, when the question of the rent to be paid, the restrictions to be imposed by the Council in regard to the pictures to be exhibited and the reservations as to the use of the Hall for public purposes had been under consideration, but there was no definite proposition for the consideration of the full Committee. There would have to be a further interview with the promotors before a report could be finally submitted to the Committee.
At a further meeting the Clerk read a letter from Mrs Titus Salt, asking the Committee to defer consideration of the matter for one month to give the members of the family of the Founder an opportunity of considering the scheme, and expressing their views upon it.
The Chairman reported that the Sub-Committee authorised to meet the promoters of the scheme were not in a position to report fully upon the matter until a further communication had been received from these gentlemen. He explained that no definite action would be taken without a full explanation being given to the Committee and the Council, and further consideration of the matter was deferred until the next meeting of the Committee.

Saltaire Brothers with the Colours

Mr and Mrs Milner of 9 Albert Road (renumbered 17), Saltaire, are proud of the fact that their three lads have responded to the call of King and Country.
Bombardier Laurence Milner, West Riding Howitzer Brigade, R.F.A., is the younger of two brothers. He joined the Army last May, and is now in training stationed at Newcastle. He is only 18 years old. In civilian life he was employed by Mr J Anderson, tailor of Bingley Road. He was also a member of the St Peter’s Church choir, and played with the St Peter’s Church Football Club.
His brother, Mr Harry Milner, has attested under Lord Derby’s Scheme, and he is in the group which are to be called up next month. He is 23 years of age, and is employed at the Hall Lane Co-Operative Stores. Mr Milner has gained for himself a good reputation as a singer and amateur actor. His career as a vocalist began at the age of eight, when he entered the St Peter’s Church choir. At present he is the principal bass singer at the Heaton Parish Church. He was a member of the Shipley Thespian Society and on their presenting Gilbert and Sullivan’ Fairy Opera, “Earl Iolanthe,” last year, he filled the important role of Lord Mount Ararat.
Another Saltaire lad who has been brought up by Mrs Milner from being a youth, is Private Edwin Elphee, of the Seaforth Highlanders. He joined about a month ago, on his recovery after an operation. He is 21 years of age, and at present is stationed at Ripon.

Treat for Children of Soldiers and Sailors

It was stated that an application from the Shipley Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Club, for the use of the Social Rooms and Kitchen at the Saltaire Institute, in addition to the free use of the Victoria Hall, for the entertainment of the children of soldiers and sailors, on the 30th December, has been granted by the Libraries Committee subject to the ordinary charges for these rooms being paid, and the additional labour required for the event provided for by the Club Committee. It was explained that the Committee had adopted the usual course in granting the free use of the Victoria Hall, but where other accommodation was required it must be paid for.
Councillors Rhodes, Hirst and Pitts thought the Council might wave any charge whatever for the use of rooms at the Institute for the object named. On the other hand, it was remarked by the chairman of the Libraries Committee that they had done very well in granting the free use of the hall, which included lighting and heating.

Café Chantant

A café chantant was opened on Friday last at the Saltaire Congregational Sunday School in aid of the Bradford War Hospital Supply Department. Mrs Ward Smith, Mrs C W Boyce, Mrs Douglas Hamilton, Mrs V Scott and Miss Hadden, were the promoters. The room had been tastefully decorated, and a series of excellent entertainments had been arranged.

No Check to Freedom of Speech

At a meeting of the Shipley District Council, on Tuesday evening, Councillor Cowgill moved and Councillor Bateson seconded the adoption of the minutes of the Libraries Committee. Alluding to the refusal by the Libraries Committee of an application by the local branch of the Independent Labour Party for the use of a room at the Saltaire Institute for a meeting to be addressed by Mr Ramsey McDonald.
Councillor Cowgill said they wished it to be understood that they did not desire in any way to check the freedom of speech. The action taken they took was purely out of consideration for the safety of public property. They knew what had taken place in other parts of the country where Mr MacDonald had addressed meetings, and they were not desirous of running any risk of damage to public property.
Councillor Doyle said it seemed to him that the scheme was already in a state of coma, and he hoped it would not be long before they could give it burial. He added that he was glad the chairman of the Libraries Committee had thought it necessary to offer an apology. One would have thought that the people who asked for the use of the room would have accepted responsibility for the safety of the place. Evidently the conscience of the committee had pricked.
Councillor Cowgill replied that the committee failed to see how the promoters of the meeting could have accepted responsibility for damage which might be done to property. The committee knew that the promoters of the meeting were all men of too good sense to do any damage themselves, but the committee could not feel that the promoters would hold themselves responsible for what might be done by an unruly mob outside.
The minutes were passed.


St Pauls Shipley – 23 December – Ernest Thompson of 29 Caroline Street in Saltaire.


St Peters Shipley – 18 December – Otto Silvester of 41 Rhodes Street, Saltaire to Clara Wade of 8 Ferrand Road, Shipley.


Saltaire War Diary: 31 December 1915

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Saltaire Wesleyan Church

At these schools on Christmas Eve, a social gathering was held, under the auspices of the Band of Hope. There were about 60 present. Supper was served by Miss M Brook, Miss A Skirrow, Miss S Kitchen, Miss B Wilks assisted by Mr J Smith, and Mr William Raistrick. Subsequently the party went out carol singing, visiting a number of the sick members of the church.
On Wednesday evening the officers and minister (Rev B Mattinson) entertained the friends and families of the Shipley Soldiers and Sailors to the number of some 200, at a social gathering in the schoolroom. A very happy time was spent together.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day was, as usual, ushered in at Shipley, by the ringing of church bells and the singing of carols.
At Saltaire Hospital, where there were fewer in –patients than usual, seasonable hymns were sung in the infirmary hall in Christmas Eve by the choir of St. Walburga’s Roman Catholic Church.
The customary special fare was held served to the patients on Christmas Day and yesterday afternoon they had the pleasure of listening to carol-singing by the choir of the Windhill Wesleyan Mission. A member of the choir at that place of worship is in the hospital as the result of an accident at his work.

Christmas Treat

Under the auspices of the War Service Club, about 470 children of local soldiers and sailors were entertained to a Christmas Treat yesterday, at the Victoria Hall in Saltaire. The children were provided with tea and a toy, whilst in the evening there was an entertainment. The arrangements have been in the hands of Mrs G Bever, Mrs Croft, Mrs Walker, Mrs D Pringle, Mrs C Ingham, Mrs G H Boyce and Miss Moss.

Ideal Soldiers

Two lance corporals in the 1st Duke of Wellington’s Regt., whose homes are in Saltaire, but who forbid us to publish their names, have sent us a letter from India protesting against the action of the military authorities in not allowing them to go to the Front and do their bit.
They complain that while “more men and still more men” are being asked for, they are having to take a back seat by being kept in India doing nothing different from what they do in time of peace.
“Why,” they ask, “should Territorials be sent to the Front first, while we are left behind? We offered to serve our King and Country in the event of warm but now when war is raging we are left behind.” They admit that they are in a safer place than the firing line, but declare that when they read of their comrades being shot down while they are not in a position to help they feel anything but happy.  

Woman’s Work in War Time

Women have done nobly during the present conflict, and when the war is over – when the German eagle has stopped his screeching and has begun to be as gentle as a dove – it will generally be acknowledged that the fair sex have played no little part in the achievement of victory. English women even in lands across the sea are constantly giving evidence of their patriotism, and of their practical sympathy for Tommy and Jack. Here is evidence of that kind from an American paper which has been sent to us:-

“Mrs John Hollings (of Jamestown, New York), a native of England, has adopted a practical method of helping her country in time of war. Learning that the material of which flour sacks are made is, after being treated in a simple manner, also excellent material for bandages, she has secured sacks from local bakeries, prepared them for use and sent them to a hospital in England. In a letter of thanks the hospital authorities complimented Mrs Hollings on her thoughtfulness. She has now begun work on a larger scale. A baking company have agreed to supply flour sacks and she invites English women, and all other women interested in making the lot of the soldier in the English hospitals more comfortable, to join in the work of making large quantities of bandages.”

Mrs Hollings, the lady referred to, is the daughter of the late Mr Oswald Hainsworth, of Titus Street, Saltaire, where she was born. After having resided in Jamestown for over twenty years she returned to her native place two years ago, and on the outbreak of war went back again to America. She keeps a store, but spends all her spare time and also her evenings in working for the wounded British soldiers. Not only that, but she sends comforts for them, thus showing that although far away from the Homeland her heart is still here.

 Letter to the Editor

“Sir, - I feel that few people will disagree with the expression of opinion by Sir Ellis Denby, when he said that the Victoria Hall at Saltaire should be used as a “great educational establishment for the uplifting of the people of Shipley.” There can be no doubt but that such was the feeling of the noble promoter when he erected that fine pile of buildings, and it would surely be to the everlasting shame of the people of Shipley were they ever allow it to be used for a degenerate purpose.
I hold no brief either for or against a cinema show, but we certainly think that there are more beneficial uses to which such a fine hall be put to. It is certainly not turned to the best advantage at present, but I incline to the belief that there is sufficient collective wisdom on the Shipley Council to adapt it to a purpose that is in keeping with that for which it was originally built. It is a problem that should not be difficult to solve.”


St Pauls Shipley 27 December 1915
Alfred Wilkinson of 13 Dove Street Saltaire married Alice Lake of 27 Windsor Road Shipley.
Fred Knowles of 29 Rhodes Street Saltaire married Rose Thomas of 13 Denby Place Windhill.

St Peters Shipley 25 December 1915
William King of Carlisle married Maud Riley of 35 George Street Saltaire
James Henry Clay married Harriett Elizabeth Connor, both of 9 Dove Street Saltaire.


Crossley – On the 19th December at 22 Titus Street Saltaire, Easter Crossley aged 72 years.

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