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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.



Saltaire War Diary: 4 January 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 4th January 1918

Military Medal

Corporal Greenwood Bradley, of 42 Rhodes Street, has been awarded the Military Medal for digging out men under heavy shell fire on December 6th. He is attached to C Company of the Bradford Territorials.


The following comforts have been received for wounded soldiers at the Salt’s Hospital:-
Mr Crabtree – 7 rabbits
Mrs Halliday – cakes
Mrs Halliday, The Grove, - tinned fruit
Mrs Coulter – sausages
Mr Shepherd – brawn
Mrs Jennings – cigarettes
Mr Cox and customers, Royal Oak Hotel – cigarettes


Mr W Ingham, 71 Victoria Road Saltaire, wishes to thank all friends who subscribed to the Fund for the Relief of the Sick of Saltaire, to say that the amount realised was £18 12s 7d. Any further subscriptions will be thankfully received.

[Colin's note: W Ingham - is the father of Fred & Harold Ingham.]

Job Advert

Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital – Wanted, a Cook; good wages given; apply by letter stating qualifications to the Matron, The Hospital, Saltaire. The envelopes should be marked “Applications.”

In Memoriam

Lambert – In loving memory of our dear mother, who died January 5th, 1914.
“Too dearly loved to be forgotten”
- From her Daughter’s Sons, on Active Service, and Miss B Lambert, 7 Mawson Street, Saltaire.

[Colin’s note – Catherine Elizabeth Burton was born 1853 in Ripon. She married William Lambert, a labourer, 25 February 1872 at St Stephens in Burmantofts. Catherine was the mother of Arthur, Fred and John George Lambert .]


Saltaire War Diary: 11 January 1918

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GRAND Charity Concert
SUNDAY JANUARY 13TH, 1918, At 8 p.m.
MR. W. CANNON DALBY, Elocutionist.
Proceeds for Shipley Soldiers' and Sailors' Comforts Fund. Y.M.C.A. Huts Funds, and the Shipley District Nursing Association.
Admission by Programmes.
On Sale: 1s. 6d, 1s., and 6d.

Saltaire Times Friday 11th January 1918

Soldier Killed

Private Lawrence Emmott, second son of Mr Charlie Emmott, of 8 Ostler Road, Shipley, has been killed in action. He joined the Grenadier Guards in August 1915, when 19 years of age, and went to France eleven months ago. Recently he married a young lady from Spalding, who resides at Shipley. Previous to donning khaki, he was a jobbing gardener. 
Private Jas. Emmott, elder brother of the deceased hero, has been serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers for two years, and has been in Salonica about eighteen months. In civil life he was a warp twister.

Shipley Military Tribunal

At a meeting on Friday evening decisions of those residing in Saltaire, were as follows:-
John C Berry, 26, married, C3, percher, Sir T Salt and Co., relegated to the Reserve.
Levi Firth, 18, single, A4, cramper, Sir T Salt and Co., refused, but not to be called up before February 28th.   
H Rawnsley, 18, single, cloth finisher, Sir T Salt and Co., refused, but not to be called up before February 28th.


The concert kindly given at Saltaire Institute by Miss Clay and Miss Brown in aid of the St John Ambulance men from the Shipley division who are on active service was a great success, nearly £20 being realised.

Salt’s War Hospital

The wounded soldiers were entertained by the ladies of the St. John’s Ambulance Committee at the concert given at the Victoria Hall, on January 2nd. On January 3rd the wounded soldiers had a Christmas Party and sent out invitations to the members of the Wounded Soldiers’ Comforts Fund Committee. The evening passed away very pleasantly. On January 7th, the soldiers attended the matinee at the Princes Theatre, Bradford, and enjoyed it very much. On January 9th, the weekly whist drive was held at the hospital.
The result of the dance, concert and whist drive held on Boxing Day at the Victoria Hall, for the Handicrafts Club for Shell Shock Military Patients was very good. The gross takings were £42 16s 10d and the expenses £5 19s 1d. The amount paid to the treasure of the club was £36 17s 9d.  


10 January 1918 St Peters Shipley
Joseph Hainsworth, 54, widower, yarn scourer of 9 Fanny Street, Saltaire married Elizabeth Bennett, 46, widower (nee Ponder) of 12 Fanny Street, Saltaire.

In Memoriam

Trotter – In loving memory of Harold, the beloved son of Sarah Elizabeth and the late Stephenson Trotter, who departed this life January 11th, 1917.
“We miss him most who love him best”   
From Mother, Brothers and Uncle – 33 Ada Street, Saltaire.

(Colin’s note – Stephenson Trotter died 5 February 1907, aged just 34, and was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley. Harold, who died when he was aged just 13, was buried alongside him. Sarah Elizabeth joined them when she died 11 May 1953, aged 81.)


Saltaire War Diary: 18 January 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 18th January 1918

Comforts Fund

The hon. treasurer acknowledges with thanks the receipt of the sum of £16 12s 7d total gross proceeds of whist drive and dance held in Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on the 14th December last.
This function, attended with such success, was the result of much careful and assiduous effort on the part of Mrs Hirst, Mr A Slingsby and others. The prizes for the winners at the whist drive were given by Councillors F Rhodes and Luther Shackleton and several donations in money were received which are included in the amount above acknowledged.
Several of the Shipley Clubs were appealed to and contributed viz.: Shipley Working Men’s Club £1 10s and the Woolcombers, £1 1s. As a side line a doll, presented by Councillor T Hill, was dressed and named by Mrs Hirst. This name was guessed (at a charge of 3d each) by no less than 431 different people, realising £5 7s 9d. The doll was ultimately appreciated by Mrs John Greenwood, who guessed the name correctly, viz., “Sarah.”
It should be stated that this was a voluntary effort, entirely on behalf of the Christmas Gifts Fund for Shipley Soldiers’ and Sailors.

Charity Concert

The concert promoted principally by Miss Hannah Mitchell (matron of the Military Hospital, Saltaire) and Mr J B Fearnley, of Shipley, given in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Sunday evening last, was well attended, bearing in mind the fact that there has been considerable concert promotions for charitable purposes within the last few months.
The artistes, all secured “service free” were Miss Annie Firth (soprano) and Miss May Rogers (violinist), who have both done much useful and valued service for the Y.M.C.A. cause, etc.; Mrs S Whittingham, a very acceptable contralto; Private Mark Norris (tenor) and Seaman Fred Pickles, both at present in the Military Hospital. Mr W Cannon Dalby was the elocutionist, and in addition selections were played by the Baildon Orchestra, under the conductorship of Mr A Carpenter, and part songs were sung by the Saltaire Male Voice Choir (Mr Fred Bradshaw conductor).
As a result of energetic efforts, the support of a considerable number of the local mill workers and general public was secured, and those who gathered to hear the programme were evidently well pleased, for there was frequently a desire to have and hear more, though, the programme naturally being a lengthy one, their wishes could not be gratified. The programme was well sustained throughout, and generally homely type of items undoubtedly roused the imaginations and kindled the enthusiasm of the audience.
The takings at the door were £7 8s 6d, and the programmes sold beforehand amounted to £8 15s, making a total of £16 3s 8d. Though the kindness of several interested parties the small expense entailed in the arrangements is borne privately and the whole of the gross proceeds have been handed over in equal shares as intended to the Shipley Town’s Comforts Fund, the Shipley District Nursing Association, and the Y.M.C.A. Huts Fund.
Councillor Thomas Hill was the chairman at the concert.

(Colin’s note - £16 is worth c£850 in 2018.)

A Gift from U.S.A.

Messrs. John Baistow, late of Shipley, and now living at Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A has sent through Mrs Ellis, of Albert Road, Saltaire, £5 12s to the Comforts Fund for wounded soldiers at the Salt’s Auxiliary Military Hospital. This sum represents the money that would, under happier circumstances have been spent upon Christmas presents to the family. This is the second contribution sent from Mr Baistow to Shipley for War charity.

Saltaire Institute Society

A highly interesting lecture on “Waves and Ripples” was delivered at the Institute, Saltaire, on Wednesday evening, by Mr W P Winter, B.Sc., chief science master at Salt Schools. Mr W Popplestone (Director of Education, Shipley) presided and there was a good attendance. The lecture was amply illustrated throughout by experiments in wave motion and by lantern slides, mostly original, a few, however, having been taken from the negatives of some of the finest experimenters in the subject.
At the close a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to Mr Winter on the motion of Mr W K Plunkett, seconded by Mr Walter Scott.


The funeral took place on Saturday, at Nab Wood Cemetery, of Mr C W Brown, of George Street, Saltaire, who passed away on the previous Wednesday, at the age of 57 years. The deceased who had been in ill health for about a year, was a member of the West Ward Liberal Club, and of the Liberal Two Hundred.
He leaves behind a wife and a family of seven – three sons and four daughters. The youngest son, Sergeant Arthur John Brown, was one of the first Shipley lads to join up. He went through the Dardanelles campaign, and later was awarded the Military Medal, for gallantry in France.
The minister who officiated at the funeral was the Rev P Drummond Pringle. There were several floral tokens.


Saltaire War Diary: 25 January 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 25th January 1918

Saltaire Mills Sold for £2,000,000

It is announced today, that the sale of the business carried on under the style of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co. (Limited), Saltaire Mills, Saltaire, has been completed by Sir James Roberts, Bart., who has been the sole proprietor for over twenty years. The actual transfer was signed yesterday.
The purchasers are Sir James Hill, Bart., M.P., and his two sons, Mr Arthur James Hill and Mr Albert Hill, together with Mr Henry Whitehead and Mr E H Gates, all of whom have already large financial interests in the Bradford trade. Between them, the new proprietors form a combination familiar with the worsted industry, from the raw material to the manufactured article.
The first transfer of this important textile concern was in 1892, when Sir (then Mr.) James Roberts, Mr John Maddocks, the late Mr Isaac Smith, and Mr John Rhodes acquired the business, the village, and the whole of the extensive estates. Five years later, Sir James assumed entire responsibility; but unfortunately he has lost three of his four sons, and the remaining son is now in the Army. Handicapped further by indifferent health, Sir James Roberts has felt compelled to shed his commercial responsibility.
The new proprietors will take possession of the business and the village as from February 1. The purchase price is just under £2,000,000, but Saltaire Park, Milner Field, and the Knoll are not included. These are retained by Sir James Roberts, and the Saltaire Institute, Infirmary, and the Almshouses are in the hands of a governing body.
This morning the following announcement, in which Sir James bids farewell to his employees, was posted upon the gate of the mills:-
In consequence of a serious breakdown in my health, I am reluctantly compelled with much regret, to sever my connection with Saltaire. In accordance with my usual practice, I should like to meet you face to face to tell you this, but such a meeting is, in my present state of health, impossible.
I thank you for your steadfast loyalty during the twenty five years of my work at Saltaire. We have rejoiced together on happy occasions, and we have been upheld by your sympathy in the bereavements we have suffered. These twenty five years have been full of strenuous and enjoyable labour, for it is true that life’s highest pleasures depend upon the steady execution of life’s duties.
But at the entrance of my seventieth year of my life I feel that the time has come for me to rest, and my medical advisers urge upon me the absolute necessity of immediate relief from all business responsibilities.
My last message to you all is one of sincere thanks for the co-operation and continued support which you have given to me and mine in the great enterprise at Saltaire.
Yours very sincerely, JAMES ROBERTS.

(Colin’s note - £2,000,000 in 1918 is worth c£110,000,000 in 2018)

Missing Soldier

Private J F Carr, Machine Gun Corps., is reported missing since 25 October 1917. Before the war he was employed in the weaving department at Saltaire Mills, and was well known locally as the scorer for the Saltaire Cricket Club Second Eleven. He was also prominently connected with the Saltaire Men’s Own, and the Saltaire Horticultural Society. He had been on the Western front for 16 months, and just previously to being reported missing had been home on leave. His family have the deep sympathy of all friends in their anxiety and any news concerning him would be welcome if sent to 60 George Street, Saltaire.    

Public Notice

Shipley District Council – Allotments
The Council having acquired Land in Albert Road, Saltaire Road and Manor Lane for Allotment purposes, the food Production Committee are Open to Receive Applications from Ratepayers for Plots for the Cultivation of Vegetables, &c.
The area of each Allotment would be approximately 200 square yards, and Applications should be forwarded to the Undersigned not later than the 31st January.
Isaac Lindow – Clerk of the Council – 23 January 1918.


Saltaire War Diary: 1 February 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 1st February 1918

Saltaire Mills

The new owners of Saltaire Mills and of the housing property and institutions which belonged to the firm of Sir Titus Salt, Bart, Sons & Co., Ltd., took over the management of their recent purchase this morning, the transfer being affected without any ceremony or any obvious appearance of change.
When the workers arrived at the mills this morning they found posted on the premises a notice from the new directors which read as follows:-


In taking upon ourselves the responsibility of the ownership of Saltaire and the management of the mills, we desire to inform all who are employed here of our sincere hope for the establishment of the most cordial relationships.
We wish to assure those concerned that every practicable measure will be taken to maintain continuity of employment on satisfactory terms.
It will be obvious that, under present conditions, we may experience difficulties in securing adequate and continuous supplies of raw material to keep the whole of the machinery running, but no effort will be spared to obtain everything possible.
We hope for the loyal co-operation of all in the endeavour to maintain the high reputation of Saltaire.

The three directors of the new firm were in attendance at the mill at an early hour on Friday morning, when they met some of the heads of departments. The transfer has been effected without any break in the continuity of the work, and there was a little indication inside the mills as outside of the change which had taken place in the management.

War Hospital

The following gifts have been received towards the Wounded Soldiers’ Comforts at the Saltaire Auxiliary Hospital:-
Mrs Coulter – sausages
Mrs Halliday, Claremont – cakes
Mrs Halliday, The Grove – tinned salmon
Mr Shepherd – brawn
Girls’ Central school (7th standard) – books, sweets, cigarettes, fruit
The children Crag Road school – cigarettes
J Smith Ltd. – 36lbs marmalade
Mrs C Roberts – eggs
Mrs Carpenter – eggs

In the last two weeks the men have been entertained as follows:-
Jan 18th – The weavers employed by Mr C F Taylor Shackleton entertained the wounded soldiers at the Clarendon Rooms to tea and concert.
Jan 21st – The Bradford Shell Factory gave an excellent concert in the hospital.
Jan 22nd – The weekly whist drive
Jan 26th – The mem attended a concert by invitation of the “Dutch Entertainers” at the Victoria Hall.
Jan 28th – The Glen Quartette again entertained the soldiers at the hospital, and a most enjoyable evening was spent.

The Library report for the month of December showed the number of borrowers’ cards in forces as 3,299, and the issue of books as – Saltaire, 5,831; Windhill, 3,112.


Saltaire War Diary: 8 February 1918

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Ladies are Specially Invited.

Saltaire Times Friday 8th February 1918

Shipley Military Tribunal

At the last meeting of the Tribunal the following were made with regards to workers at Saltaire Mills:-
J Mountain, age 34, married, class A, weaving overlooker, June 30th
Albert Flint Wilson, 37, married, B1, hydraulic press packer, adjourned 14 days
J Collinson, 28, single, A, spinning overlooker, June 30th
H Robinson, 32, married, C3, head clerk yarn office, June 30th
R Ilingworth, 35, married, C3, stoker, June 30th
John Arthur Lee, 21, single, B2, Tenter Hand
(Colin’s note – Albert Flint Wilson lived at 27 Shirley Street in Saltaire from around 1915. Joseph Mountain lived in Baildon. John Arthur Lee lived at 8 Birr Street in Shipley.)

Wounded Soldiers Entertained

The wounded soldiers from Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital were entertained on Friday by Mr & Mrs Joseph Lee and friends to a supper and concert. Requiring more room for the concert, this was readily granted by the executive of the Shipley and District Working Men’s Club, and the following programme was efficiently rendered by the artistes, who generously gave their services.
The songs, “Until,” and “My Task,” were excellently rendered by ex-Private W Ibbitson.
Songs with mandolin accompaniment entitled “Swing me in the moonlight” and “When the great big dawn is shining,” were given by Mrs B Swithenbank.
A humorous song, “Railway Porter,” was contributed by ex-Private Joe Fox, who also gave imitations, together with a solo on piece of cycle tube.
Miss E Lee sang with taste, “Moorish Maiden” and “Perfect Day.”
Master H Robinson gave a well-played pianoforte solo.
Glees were rendered by the Shipley and District W.M. Musical Union, who were conducted by Mr S T Simpson.
“Absent” and “God send you back to me” were admirably vocalised by Miss L Wigglesworth.
Mr W Cryer (one of the Governors of the hospital) who had promised to preside, was unavoidably absent. A letter of apology, enclosing 5s, to be spent in cigarettes, etc. for the wounded soldiers, was received from Mr Cryer, who also wrote there president of the club, Mr J Wall, asking him to officiate in his stead.
A collection was made and this realised 2s each for the whole of the soldiers at the hospital. One of the wounded soldiers in a neat speech cordially thanked the promoters on behalf of his comrades. This closed a highly successful evening’s entertainment.

Whist Drive

On Saturday last a whist drive and fancy dress ball in aid of the Shipley Prisoners War Fund, arranged by Mr W Storey, took place at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire. There were above 480 people present.
A very enjoyable evening was spent, Mr A Slingsby very kindly provided the orchestra. Messrs Harrison and Hardy acted as M.C.’s for the dancing and Mr J Eastwood was M.C. for the whist drive. The whole of the expenses were provided by friends, also the prizes for the best fancy costumes and whist drive.
Miss Alderson won the first prize as an Indian Squaw.
Mr Stanley Dobson as a Spanish Brigand was awarded second prize.
Third prize was given to Mrs F Staniforth as a lady jockey.
Mr Storey was assisted by a number of workers from the Saltaire Mills, also by Mrs C H Simmonds (chairman), Mrs Lodge (secretary), and Mrs George Gill and other members of the committee of the Shipley Prisoners of War Fund, who worked very hard to make the effort a success.
The fund will receive a sum of about £24 as a result of the effort. The Committee wish to express their thanks to the ladies and gentlemen who so readily gave their services to make the evening such an enjoyable and successful one.
(Colin’s note - £24 is worth c£1,300 in 2018.)


The hon. treasurer of the Shipley Soldier’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund desires to acknowledge the receipt of £7 10s (per Mr A Dean) this being the proceeds of an entertainment held at the Victoria Hall, on Jan 26th.

Rose Show

The Saltaire Rose Show, which in pre-war days was such a great attraction both from a social and gardening point of view, looks like again being abandoned. The officials of the society again feel that they have no other option in the matter but to cancel the exhibition in view of the conditions arising out of the war.


Hutley – On February 3rd, at 2 Daisy Place, Saltaire, Sarah Ann Hutley. Interred at Nab Wood Cemetery February 6th.


Saltaire War Diary: 15 February 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 15th February 1918

Shipley Military Tribunal

The Tribunal were this favoured by the attendance at their meeting of two of the new proprietors of Saltaire Mills, in the persons of Mr E H Gates (chairman of the Bingley Tribunal) and Mr Henry Whitehead. This attendance evidences the keen interest taken by the new owners, and indicates a desire to fulfil their obligations to both the workpeople and the State.

Sir James Roberts

Following his stay at Grange, where he went to recuperate from his illness, Sir James Roberts, has now proceeded to Southport.

Salt Hospital

Report of Wounded Soldiers’ Comforts for the fourteen days ending Feb 13th;
Mr A Armitage – books
Mrs Coulter – tinned meat
Mr Shepherd – brawn
Mrs Walker – cakes
Mrs Halliday – cakes
Mrs Halliday, The Grove – tinned fish
Standard Girls Central Schools – sweets
Mrs Beaver, Bromley Road – games
Mrs Carpenter – eggs
Mrs Boardman – old linen
Salvation Army – large basket of fresh eggs (42)
Mrs C Roberts – magazines
Mr J C Fearnley – magazines
Anon – six large tins of fruit

On Feb 2nd, the wounded soldiers were entertained by the Weavers, Victoria Works, to a whist drive and tea at Friendly Hall. On Feb 4th, the children attending the Wrose Hill Sunday School gave a concert in the Hospital. On Feb 6th, the young ladies employed by the Windhill Co-operative Society entertained the soldiers at the Co-operative Hall to concert and tea. On Feb 9th, the employees of Fearnley Bros. entertained them at Musical Rooms to concert and supper.


The Food Production Committee have arranged to provide land suitable for allotment purposes in various parts of the district, and the number of applications is an extremely gratifying feature to the committee. Several of the sites have now been plotted out and notices sent to the applicants as to the areas allotted to them. A large number of applications were received which could not be dealt with, in consequence of the small number of plots available, but as the committee will, in all probability, have quite sufficient land in Albert Road to satisfy all comers, it is to be hoped that those who have not secured plots elsewhere will avail themselves of the land there.

Letter to the Editor – Collection of Tin-Foil and Scrap Metal

Sir, - I have this week sent to the general receiver of tin-foil and scrap metal for this district all the materials that has been collected and given in at the Hospital by the many people that have so kindly interested themselves in the collection.
I shall be grateful to you if you will kindly publish this, so that our friends may know that almost every kind of metal is useful, even the little bits required in the making of a linen button.
The articles that are inadmissible are: (1) Scrap Iron – galvanised, tinned or plain. Tinned iron including tins and various tinned lids. (2) Silvered paper from tea packets. This is coated with paint and not metal, and is therefore, useless.
Thank you for space in your paper.
Yours, H Mitchell – Salt Hospital, Feb 13th.


Saltaire War Diary: 22 February 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 22nd February 1918

Conclusion of Celebrations

Saltaire Wesleyan Church jubilee celebrations will be concluded on Sunday, when the preacher will be the Rev. T O Ogden Taylor, of Haslingden, a former minister.
In the afternoon, Handel’s “Judas Maccabus” will be given by combined choirs, the principals being the Misses Nellie Judson (soprano), and Dorothy Parkinson (contralto), and Messrs F G Wheatley (tenor) and Jas Pearson (bass).
Next Thursday, the Rev S Chadwick, president-elect of the Wesleyan Methodist Conference, will be Mr J W Hampson, president-elect of Local Preachers’ Mutual Aid Association.


The Board of the Bradford Dyers’ Association, Ltd., on Monday made a large number of donations, the list including five guineas to Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital.
(Colin’s note – five guineas in 1918 is worth c£300 in 2018.)

Entertaining the Soldiers

On Feb. 9th, the convalescent soldiers at the Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital were entertained in the Musical Union Rooms by the employees of Messrs. Fearnley Bros., Spring Dye Works.
Mr J Banks Fearnley, who presided over a company of 200, welcomed the wounded and pointed out the deserving objects to which the proceeds of the evening were to be devoted, namely the Comforts Fund of the hospital, and the Bradford Khaki Handicrafts Club, adding that the latter devotes itself to teaching trades and occupations to disabled soldiers discharged from the Army.
A splendid concert was given by Misses N Tetley, Mrs Wallis Wood (soprano), Master Henry Hill (violinist), and Messrs. G Waite and G Waite, junr., the two last-named giving some very entertaining and amusing items.
A supper followed to the guests of the evening, and the enjoyable proceedings terminated in dancing, for which Mr J Bannister was M.C. and Mrs Bannister musical accompanist. £10 10s was realised by the event.

Scientific Lecture

As Mr Arnold White, of London, could not keep his engagement to lecture at the Victoria Hall, on Wednesday night, the Saltaire Institute Society brought Mr Fred W Saxby to lecture on “Dust on Land and Sea.” Mr J W Calvert manipulating the lantern slides.
Sir Ellis Denby, who presided, said it was just as great a disappointment to the committee as it was to others that Mr White was unable to give his lecture. However, they had been able to secure a man well known in scientific circles, Mr Saxby, who had come from Ayr, where he had lectured the previous evening.


Saltaire War Diary: 1 March 1918

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On Saturday, March 9th, in the Congregational School, Victoria Road, Saltaire
Commencing at 7-30 p.m.
Mr. CRAVEN JOWETT (Baritone)
An Address with be given by -- Rev. WM. PAXTON, F.R.G.S. (Of Horton Lane Church)
Chairman - Mr. JOSEPH BENTLEY, F.R.G.S.
Invitatioin Programme from HY. PENNINGTON, Hon. General Secretary,
8 Burnett Avenue, West Bowling, Bradford

Saltaire Times Friday 1 March 1918

Killed in Action

Bombardier John Ibbetson Jones, R.G.A, who wife and two children live at 22 Victoria Avenue, Saltaire was killed in action on Feb 3rd.
He was the son of the late Mr J E Jones, worsted manufacturer, and of Mrs Jones of Royd View Pudsey. He was educated at Bradford Grammar School, and prior to joining up last August was on the staff of the London City and Midland Bank at Kirkgate, Bradford.
Gunner Norman Jones, R.F.A., his brother, lost an arm while fighting last August.
(Colin’s note – This report is riddled with inaccuracies – John was a Lance Bombardier not a Bombardier; He died 4th Feb not the 3rd; Victoria Avenue is in Shipley not Saltaire; he and his wife had three children, not two. John worked at the Saltaire bank branch.)

Speeches by Miss Isabel Salt

From the woman’s point of view Miss Salt, of Harrogate, and formerly of Milner Field, Saltaire, dealt with what she called “The Challenge of Today” at the Windhill Adult School on Sunday afternoon when there was a gathering in connection with the Saltaire and the Windhill Adult Schools. In the morning Miss Salt had spoken on “Moulding the future” at the Saltaire Adult School.

Monthly Magazine

The monthly magazine issued by the Sixth Form boys at Salt’s School, Saltaire, continues its interesting features, and good work is done for the production by the editor (Norman Tetley), the artist (a boy named Brooks) and the “printer” (Norman Dixon.)

Massed Choir

The Rev. T Ogden Taylor, of Haslingden, Lancashire, preached at the morning and evening services at Saltaire Wesleyan Church on Sunday, when the jubilee celebrations was continued. Miss Dorothy Parkinson was the soloist in the evening. In the afternoon, Handel’s “Judas Maccabeus” was thoroughly rendered by the united and augmented choirs of Saltaire and Providence Chapels.   

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On sale, Hen House and Scratching Sheds – 27 Albert Road Saltaire.
(Colin’s note – in 1928 the house was renumbered 55. In 1918 the house was occupied by Frederick William Hanson and his wife Caroline.)


On February 20th, at Saltaire Wesleyan Church, Saltaire, by the Rev. W B Mattinson, Harold Watson (Sergeant Australian Field Artillery) eldest son of Mr Thomas Watson and the late Mrs Watson, of 33 High Street, Idle to Olive Alexandra Feather, second daughter of the late Mr Briggs Feather and Mrs Feather, 12 Gordon Terrace, Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 8 March 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 8 March 1918

War Bonds for Workers

In acknowledgement of their faithful service to the firm, and to mark his retirement from the position of managing director, Sir James Roberts is presenting 1,699 war bonds to the workpeople at Saltaire Mills (Sir Titus Salt, Bart, Sons and Co., Ltd., spinners and manufacturers).
The bonds are the personal gift of Sir James, who has chosen the “Business Men’s Week” at Shipley for the purchase, and he has made arrangements for the substantial souvenirs to be handed to the workers tomorrow (Saturday) morning and afternoon at the Café Royal, Saltaire.
Some of the recipients have been at the mills for sixty years and upwards, and in their case each is to receive a £25 bond. Altogether, the bonds will be of the value of £11,261, made up as follows:-

118 at £25 £2, 960
83 at £20  £1,660
125 at £15  £1,875
215 at £10  £2,150
367 at £5    £1,835
791 at £1 £791

(Colin’s note - £25 is worth c£1400 in 2018; £11,261 worth c£610k)

Brothers Down With Trench Feet

An interesting story showing some coincidence is connected with two Shipley brothers who are with the colours.
Private Gilbert Webster, Glasgow Highlanders of 90a Bradford Road, Shipley, is now in Southport Infirmary with trench feet, one of his brothers, Corporal Laurence Webster, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, has been in a Birmingham hospital for five weeks with the same complaint.
Gilbert is 20 years old, and his brother is 26 and married, his wife living at 30 Westcliffe Road, Shipley. Gilbert was a mechanic at Hodgson’s Loom Works when he joined up two years ago, and went out to the front last June. Laurence joined up over two years ago, and went to the front a year later. He was a clerk at Sir Titus Salt’s Works. His other brother, Clive, is in the South Staffordshire Regiment, and is 19 years of age.

Marvellous Navy

Mr F E Tillemont-Thomason was announced to deliver a lecture at the Saltaire Institute on Wednesday night on “Russia and Prussia: The Struggle for a Thousand Years,” but the Chairman (Sir Ellis Denby), stated that the lecturer had unfortunately been compelled to change his subject, as the man who was to have made the illustrative slides was ill.
He would accordingly give his lecture on “How Britain Saved the World.” The lecture consisted of a description of the chief incidents in the war and comments on the views expressed by war critics. He said that Britain saved the world in France in 1914, being enabled to do so by our marvellous Navy.

Pioneer of Model Villages

The final meeting in connection with the Saltaire Wesleyan Church Jubilee took place yesterday (Thursday) week, when the Reverend S Chadwick, President-elect, delivered a rousing call to the church to advance and be worthy of its great inheritance.
He reminded the Saltaire people that Saltaire was the pioneer of model villages and was known as a well organised community long before Port Sunlight was thought of and Bourneville was in its infancy. The relationship existing between master and employee in Sir Titus Salt’s was the ideal to which we must work today. What was needed was a real spiritual revival. Let Saltaire lead the way in this respect.
The Reverend W B Mattinson announced that the total financial result of the services amounted to £353 3s 8d. This, he said, cleared the debt, and left a small surplus to go on with the repair and cleaning.
200 shirts and 100 waistcoats had been sent to the Saltaire Wesleyan soldiers as a jubilee offering (sent by the old scholars and friends of the chapel from America to Lady Denby, who had parcelled the lot and posted them during the week to the boys.)

Work’s Dance

The workpeople at Mr Fred Ambler’s Dum Mills, held a concert and dance on Saturday night in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire. A large number of people were present. The proceeds amounting to £25 having been handing over to the Y.M.C.A. War Memorial Fund.

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Saltaire War Diary: 15 March 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 15 March 1918

Mill Meeting

At a meeting of the workpeople of Sir Titus Salt, Bart, Sons and Co, at the mill yard at Saltaire at dinner time yesterday week (Thursday 7 March), a war saving association was formed.
Mr E H Gates was in the chair, and was supported by Sir James Hill, Bart, M.P., Mr Albert Hill, Councillor T Hill, J.P., and Mr T Luxton (secretary of the Shipley Central War Saving Association).
Sir James Hill in moving the formation of the association said that if we could show the Germans that we could find money to keep on the war we should soon win. The Germans were ready for squealing now, and urged the workpeople to save their money by way of war saving certificates, not only to help the Government but to help themselves. The time had now come for economy. He did not suggest economy in food as much as in other things. If they would save their money now they could spend it after the war, when things would become cheaper. He would be entitled next year to an old age pension. He did not suppose he should draw it, but the reason why he did not draw it was because he saved £30 when he was young and he started business for himself. He had never regretted that. Then he saved another £30 and got married, and he had never regretted that. (Laughter.) The right thing to do now was to save money, whether it was for a business or for a home.
In conclusion, Sir James said the firm would give a certificate to every tenth applicant for certificates through the war savings association in connection with the mills. The employees could contribute sixpence a week or any other sun they liked; the firm would but certificates for them as soon as they paid the first instalment, and the interest on the certificates would start at once.
Councillor Hill seconded the resolution, and stated that in the Shipley district there were now 34 associations, and £19,900 had been collected for the war through the association.
Mr Gates state that Mr Tillotson would act as secretary of the association.

Shipley War Memorial Scheme

At a representative meeting of Shipley residents at the Institute, Saltaire on Tuesday evening to consider the question of supporting the Bradford and District Y.M.C.A. war memorial scheme, it was unanimously decided to invite people to support it. The following were appointed as a committee and officers to carry out the work:-
Chairman – Mr G H Eady, 6 Beechwood Avenue, Shipley.
Councillors Thomas Hill, C E Learoyd, E Reynolds, F Rhodes and L Shackleton.
Messrs J Blackwell, John A Leedal, L Lindow (Clerk to the District Council) and F C Lowe.
Hon. Treasurer – Mr R A Millington (London City and Midland Bank, Shipley).
Hon. Secretary – Mr Walter Popplestone (Education Office, Saltaire Road).

The memorial is to commemorate the fallen men from Bradford, Shipley, and district, and is also a tribute to the soldiers and sailors in the district who have taken part in the war.
A meeting of the committee is to be held in the Social Rooms at the Institute this (Friday) evening at 7.30, and ladies and gentlemen willing to assist are invited to attend.

Dickens Letter

Mr C H Simmonds, of Shipley, recently presented an original Dickens’ letter, dated July 27th 1861, to the Ladies Committee, whose headquarters are at the Institute, Saltaire, the proceeds to be for parcels for Shipley prisoners of war. A sum of £25 4s has been realised as a result of the efforts of Mr Simmonds, assisted by some members of the Ladies Committee, and over £15 of the total receipts was contributed by friends of Mr Simonds outside Shipley.


9 March at St Peters Shipley
Corporal Arthur Schofield of 4 Caroline Street, Saltaire married Lily Marjorie Jackson, shop assistant, of 22 Elliot Street, Shipley.


Saltaire War Diary: 22 March 1918

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Soldiers Death

Second-Lieutenant George Charlesworth, Yorkshire Regiment, reported missing on May 3rd, 1917, is now presumed to have been killed. The son of Mrs Charlesworth of Upper Nab House, Shipley. Before the war he was in the employment of Sir Titus Salt, Bart, Sons and Co Ltd.

Soldier in Hospital

Mr Arthur Gregory, Royal Flying Corps (Kite Balloon Section), who was secretary of the Saltaire Cricket Club, is in a base hospital with a severe chill.

Miss Salt, the Socialist

Miss Salt, late of Milner Field, gave an address on “Signs of the Times” at the Socialist Hall, Shipley, on Saturday evening, before a good audience.
Referring generally to the present outlook, both national and international, Miss Salt said that although for some time past it had been discouraging, yet she felt there were signs of a more reasonable attitude in regards to a settlement of the problems. She did not think military victory would bring a satisfactory end to the war, but that a lasting settlement would be more likely to be obtained if the people rather than the diplomats of the various nations entered into conference.
Miss Salt referred to the publication by Russia of the secret treaties between the Allies, and stated that these had come as a disappointment to many people. She held that the fact that these secret treaties had not been repudiated by the various governments was no obstacle to peace.
Questioned as regards the German-Russo peace terms, Miss Salt said that the situation made her all the more an internationalist. Whatever might be thought of the terms arranged, it should be not be overlooked that Russia had laid down for the world ideals of the highest character, which if accepted by all the belligerent nations, would form the basis for a permanent and satisfactory peace for all.

Saltaire Institute

A large number of people gathered at the Saltaire Institute on Wednesday night, when Dr Houston Collinson, M.A., the well-known humorous entertainer, paid his second visit under the auspices of the Institute Society, and gave the following programme which was greatly enjoyed, the artiste being at his best: - Two light pianoforte pieces (a) “Song without words” (b) “Fantasia”, musical sketch, “How to succeed on the platform”; Irish song and story; two light pianoforte pieces (a)“Spinning Song,” (b) “Mazurka”; humorous sketch, ”A parochial concert.”
His serious music formed the shorter part of his programme, and he gave dainty performance of a spinning song and a mazurka of his own composition.


Miss E Clay, a local entertainer, is arranging a concert in aid of the Saltaire Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund for Thursday evening at the Victoria Hall.

National War Bonds

The principal purchasers of national war bonds during the Shipley “Business Men’s week” included Sir James Roberts (gift to work people at Saltaire Mills), £11,291. Purchases by War Saving Associations included Sir Titus Salt, Bart, Sons and Co. Ltd., £1,607 7s and Albert Road Infants School, £392 13s 6d.


Baxter – At 43 George Street, Saltaire, Fred Baxter, March 13th, aged 56.


Saltaire War Diary: 29 March 1918

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Soldiers Wounded

Gunner Stanley Whittingham R.F.A., of 6 Gordon Terrace, Saltaire, second son of Mr and Mrs Whittingham of 5 Park Grove, has been wounded and is in hospital.

Whist Drive & Dance

About 400 people attended a whist drive and dance promoted by the N.C.O’s of the E. Co (Shipley) 3rd Batt. West Riding Volunteers which was held last Friday night at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire. The M.C. was C.Q.M.S. Fry, and the following were the stewards: C.S.M. Ramsden, Sergts. Rowley and Davies, and Cpls. Illingworth, Aked and Morton.
The whist prize winners were Mrs Sutcliffe, Mrs Charlesworth, Mrs Binns, Miss Oddy, Private A Pitts, and Messrs W A Whitaker, G Lodge and W Ruffe. Both the ladies and gentlemen’s first prize were war savings certificates.

Popular Concerts

At the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Easter Monday and Tuesday, two popular concert parties from the principal halls in Yorkshire will appear. On the Monday, Messrs Bennett and Tilley’s Original Frivolities will appear in their well-known vaudeville programme, and on Easter Tuesday, Mr Walter Cunliffe’s Concert Party, “The Harmonics” will appear.

Gymnastic Display

The women’s class in physical training at the Technical School are giving a gymnastic display at the Saltaire Institute Gymnasium on Monday evening, April 8th, when the proceeds will be for the Shipley Soldiers’ and Sailors Comforts Fund.


Saltaire War Diary: 5 April 1918

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Soldiers Wounded

Gunner Stanley Whittingham R.F.A., of 6 Gordon Terrace, Saltaire, second son of Mr and Mrs Whittingham of 5 Park Grove, has been wounded and is in hospital. This is the second rime he has been wounded. Now twenty five years of age, he joined in October 1916, and has been at the front about a year. In addition to being a fruiterer he was the secretary of the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School and was also interested in football.
Sydney Whittingham, Queen’s Own Royal Dragoons, his elder brother, is 27 years old, and is at the front, having joined the forces three years ago, while Maurice Whittingham, Northumberland Fusiliers, aged 20, the other brother, was wounded on October 12th, and has been at Glasgow hospital ever since. He enlisted over a year ago, and only been at the front a month when he was wounded.

Military Medal

Winner of the Military Medal, and subsequently of a bar to it, Corporal Gordon O’Donnell, a scout in the West Yorkshire Regiment, whose home is at 45 George Street, Saltaire, had an enthusiastic reception at the Bradford Khaki Club on Wednesday afternoon before he set out for the front again later in the day.
The lounge room was crowded with uniformed men of the Forces, who cheered O’Donnell when Major Stapleton, the officer commanding the troops at the Bradford Moor Barracks, pinned the decoration on his tunic, and Mr H C Derwent, a prominent worker and official in connection with the club, presented him with a silver cigarette case on behalf of the club.
Corporal O’Donnell won the medal for securing very valuable information in the German lines on July 30th 1917. Against an enemy patrol in Belgium he and another corporal were under continuous fire for an hour, and they had to swim a river over which the Germans had drawn a bridge and swam back to safety. O’Donnell subsequently destroyed this bridge and swam back to safety. The General had asked for volunteers for this work, and Corporal O’Donnell was one of those who offered his services.
Handing the cigarette case over, Mr Derwent said it would be suitably inscribed for Corporal O’Donnell, who was a fine specimen of a soldier.
“I only did my duty,” said O’Donnell in reply, “and we all try and do that.”
The bar won by the corporal is for patrol work on March 1st, 1918, when he brought in a wounded comrade after narrowly escaping with his life under machine gun and rifle fire.

Male Voice Choir

An entertainment was given yesterday week in the Y.M.C.A. concert hall at St Luke’s Hospital Bradford by the Saltaire Mills Choir conducted by Mr Fred Bradshaw.
Another enjoyable in the same venue was held on Monday night.

The Provision for Wounded Soldiers

The monthly meeting of the Board of Governors of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital was held on March 27th, under the presidency of Mr B Allsop (chairman). The Hon. Secretary (Mr E Clifford Fry) presented the monthly report showing the work done during the past month, and the following subscriptions:-

Windhill Industrial Co-op Society Ltd - £25
Employees F Hartley and Co. - £5 5s
Misses Pitts, Kemp and Owen - £4 6s
Employees Scott Engineering Co - £1 1s 3d
Mr Walker, The Billiard Room, Saltaire Institute - £1 3s 7d
Mr A Smith, - 10s
Mrs A Winterbottom – 10s
Total - £37 15s 10d

It was reported that the military authorities had asked for further accommodation for wounded soldiers to be placed at their disposal, and it was decided that the approval of the District Council should be solicited to the provision of temporary accommodation facing the hospital to be used for this purpose and supervised by the medical and nursing staff.

In Memoriam

Robinson – In loving memory of my dear husband, Private James W Robinson, West Yorkshire Regiment, who died of wounds received in action April 3rd 1917.
Time nay heal a broken heart
Time may make the wound less sore
But time will never stop the longing
For the loved one gone before
From his Wife and Child
Phoebe and Norman
19 Whitlam Street Saltaire
(Also from Mother, Father, Sisters and Brothers – 15 Albert Terrace Saltaire)
(Also from his Brother and Sister, Horace Robinson (in France) and Hannah – 21 Edward Street, Saltaire)


Saltaire War Diary: 12 April 1918

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War Widows

Three sisters widowed in the War – Private T Jessop, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment of 55 Wilmer Road Shipley was killed in action on March 17th. He has two brothers with the colours, Driver Sidney Jessop, R.F.A., and Private Walter Jessop, West Yorks. His wife has five sisters and she is the third to have been left a war widow in the last 12 months.

Bingley Amateur Dramatic Society

The Victoria Hall, Saltaire, was crowded on Wednesday, when the Bingley Amateur Dramatic Society scored a great success in the farcical romance, “The Duke of Killiecrankie,” the performance being in aid of the Shipley second patriotic bazaar, which will take place when circumstances permit in aid of the Shipley Sailors and Soldiers Pension Fund and the Queen Mary Needlework Guild. Several hundred pounds are already in hand from previous events.

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In Memoriam

Butler – In loving memory of my dear husband, Thomas Butler, who passed away April 11th 1916.
Time may heal a broken heart
Time may make the wound less sore
But time will never stop the longing
For the loved one gone before.
From his Wife and Family
12 Helen Street, Saltaire.
(Colin’s note - Thomas was only 28 when he died. He was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery.)


Saltaire War Diary: 19 April 1918

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Wounded Soldier

Private Albert Smith, Leicesters, of 7 Shirley Street, Saltaire was wounded in the left armpit on March 21st and is in a Southport hospital. Twenty years of age now, he worked at Bradford and was a member of the Salvation Army Band. His uncle, Sergeant Brook, of Shipley, was killed a few months ago. Private Smith is a grandson of Mr and Mrs Abraham Powell, of Briggate, Shipley, who celebrated their golden wedding a little while ago.

War Workers Success

From three concerts she promoted in the Shipley district, Miss E Clay, a well- known Saltaire entertainer who lives at 9 Dove Street, has raised the handsome sum of £83 in aid of the Soldiers and Sailors Parcel Fund, whilst her concert for the St John Ambulance Brigade realised £20.
Her success has naturally brought her a sheaf of letters from men at the front who have shared in the parcels, and the following letter indicates the extent to which the gift parcel from kind friends touches the hearts of the recipients-
“I am glad to think that although I am several thousand miles from Blighty I have not been forgotten by yourself, your concert party, and the public. Out of the 2s 6d you sent me I am treating my Tommy chums to a little refreshment and a few smokes and a conversation, and we shall finish up with three cheers to the public at home, to the hardworking concert party and to Miss Ethel Clay for giving us a treat.”

Matron Resigns

Miss Mitchell, matron of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, Saltaire, for close on 20 years, resigned on Wednesday night. We understand she is about to be married to a well-known Shipley gentleman.  

Unusual Gift

The present of an alligator which Mr John Kendall, of Shipley, made recently to the art room of the Saltaire Technical School is causing him just a little responsibility. At the March meeting of the Education Committee, when he was thanked for his splendid and useful gift, there was an inquiry, put jokingly, as to whether the creature was not a crocodile and since then Mr Kendall, who is a member of the Education Committee, has been asked outside several times about “the crocodile.”
It is 4ft long, has scales for skin, and it appears that in America it would be called a crocodile. That is scarcely a reason for falsifying its description on this side of the pond, and if this specimen were alive and if it were of a sensitive nature it might be disposed to shed “crocodile tears” at the perplexity it has innocently caused among some of the public.

Charity Governors

Sir Titus Salt’s Charity – The following retiring governors have been re-elected:- Mrs Titus Salt, Councillors J Pitts and E Cowgill and Mr T Kendall.

A gymnastic display will be given at the Victoria Institute Gymnasium, Saltaire, on Monday night by the ladies of the Technical School Evening Classes in Physical Training, in aid of the Shipley Soldiers and Sailors Comforts Fund.
The programme will consist of Swedish drill, and gymnastics, vaulting exercises, and exercises on the parallel bars and in high jumping by members of the class including members of the Yorkshire Championship Gymnastic Team. (Miss Vera Ibbotson, Miss Gladys Atkinson, winner of the Third Yorkshire Championship 1918, in high jumping, and Miss Alice Hartley, winner of the Second Yorkshire Championship, 1918, in Indian club swinging).
Mr E Hirst, teacher of the class and trainer of champion gymnasts for the last twenty years will also give exhibitions, and Miss Dora white will recite.


Wilkinson – April 16th at 24 Victoria Road, Saltaire, Francis Wilkinson, aged 71. Interred at Nab Wood Cemetery.

In Memoriam

Davey – In loving memory of my dear husband, Private A J Davey (Dick), of the 4th West Riding Regiment, who made the supreme sacrifice April 17th 1917.

Hard, hard, was the blow that compelled me to part
With a loved one so near and so dear to my heart
But Christ will clasp the broken chain
Closer when we meet again
“One of the best.”
His loving wife, 27 Herbert Street, Saltaire.

Booth – In loving memory of Private Fred Booth, 1st West Yorkshire Regiment, killed in action April 16th 1917, age 23 years.

We often sit and think of him
And wonder how he died
And wish we could have said good bye
Before he closed his eyes
A day of remembrance sad to recall
From Mother, Father, Sister and Brothers – 3 Albert Terrace Saltaire

Shackleton – In loving memory of my dear son, Driver Sam Shackleton R.F.A. who was drowned by the sinking of a troopship, April 17th 1915.

We little thought, dear son
When we said good-bye
That we were parted for ever
And you were to die
The grief that we feel
No words can tell
For we could not be with you
To bid you farewell
From Mother and Ben, 40 Helen Street Saltaire
(and brother Gunner H Shackleton in France.)


Saltaire War Diary: 26 April 1918

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Soldier Killed

Lance Corporal Harry Keighley, East Yorks Regiment, of 63 George Street, Saltaire, was killed on March 31st.
He joined in August 1916, and had been at the front 14 months. Now 20 years of age, he worked as a bootmaker at Feather’s, Gordon Terrace, Saltaire. He was connected with the Saltaire Wesleyan Church, and was interested in cricket and football. His brother, Private Charlie Keighley, Motor Transport, whose wife lives at 60 Earl Street, Shipley, is 30 years old, enlisted in June 1916, and is now at the front. Their brother in law, Gunner Stanley Whittingham, R.F.A., is wounded and lies in a hospital in Kent.

Soldier’s Brush with Death

Private H Thornill, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, formerly of the Queen’s Own Yorks. Dragoons, and of 7 Maddocks Street, Shipley, was wounded on March 27th, being shot through the right lower jaw, the bullet coming out at the back of his neck. It was a miraculous escape, for he has since learnt that he was only half-an-inch from death. He is in a Beckenham hospital.
Private Thornhill joined the colours at the age of 18, went out to the front before Christmas 1917, and will be 20 years old in July. An old Belle Vue boy, he worked for Law, Russell and Co., Bradford, and played football for St Peters.


Corporal Little, Royal Flying Corps, Bradford, had a leg broken and his head injured in an accident at Victoria Road, Saltaire, about five o’clock on Sunday evening. Stepping off a tramcar he alighted as a motor car driven by a Bradford doctor was passing, and, being in front of the motor he was accidently knocked down by the motor and injured as described. He was taken into Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, and was afterwards removed to St Luke’s Military Hospital, Bradford.

Wounded Entertained

The Undercliffe Ladies Choir gave a concert on Tuesday night to the wounded soldiers at the Saltaire Hospital. The principals were Miss Esther Haywood (elocutionist) and “The Perriwinks” (Messrs H Moorhouse, G Hawley, and H Prostlethwaite). Miss Mary Overend was at the piano.

Hospital Governors

At the annual meeting on Wednesday night of the governors of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, Mr B Allsop was re-elected chairman. Returning thanks he hoped the war would be over this time next year.
It was reported that during the last month subscriptions amounting to £48 7s had been received, the list including ten guineas from C F Taylor and Co Ltd, five guineas from Taylor, Shackleton and Co., and £5 from Mr J Halliday.


Saltaire War Diary: 3 May 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 3 May 1918

Y.M.C.A. War Memorial Fund

At the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Saturday evening a concert of special merit was given by the children of the Wood End Infants Council School, Windhill, in aid of the Shipley and District Y.M.C.A. War Memorial Fund.
The large audience were delighted with the whole performance, and especially with the clever Highland dancing of Alice Deacon, a child of eight. A number of wounded soldiers from Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital were present, and packets of cigarettes were distributed to them. They were immensely pleased with the entertainment and requested Miss Firth (the head mistress) to convey to the children their hearty thanks for the great pleasure their performance had given.

President Salt Schools

Mr Winston Churchill, M.P. was re-elected president of the Salt Schools, Shipley, at a meeting of the Shipley Education Committee on Monday night.

Saltaire Literary Society

The third annual meeting of the Saltaire Literary Society was held at the Saltaire Institute on Tuesday evening. The president (Sir Ellis Denby) occupied the chair, and was supported by Mr S Martin (hon. secretary) and Mr C H Fry (hon. treasurer).
The reports of the hon. secretary and the hon. treasurer were received and adopted, the balance-sheet showing a loss on the season’s working.
After discussion it was decided to carry on the work of the society on the lines of about six of the best lectures possible, and to continue the study classes fortnightly.
The decreased attendances were ascribed to the uncomfortable condition of the Victoria Hall, alleged to be inadequately heated and lighted, and to have heating out of date.
The old committee were re-elected with the exception of two who had resigned. The hon. secretary and the hon. treasurer, owing to manifold duties, intimated their desire to retire, but eventually agreed to continue for a little longer.

Houses with no Gas

At a meeting of Shipley Council, Councillor Doyle stated that there are scores of houses in Saltaire that cannot get a supply of gas, and the public out to know what is being done to get the repairs remedied.
The Gas Committee stated they have had a lot of complaints similar to what is mentioned, but there is the difficulty of getting material, a shortage of labour, and having to tackle a place like Saltaire, where there is not an inch of piping worth 2d. It wants re-servicing. If anyone can tell us how to do this we shall only be too pleased to deal with the matter.    

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St Peters 24 April 1918 – Joseph Addison, 35, of Leeds married Annie Hurt, 26, of 4 Shirley Street, Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 10 May 1918

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This quantity is destroyed in the Shipley District alone, and there are 365 industries, absolutely dependant on paper to carry on at all.
If you have only a stone weight, send it to us. If you have a quantity our carts will collect. We pay Full Government Controlled Price -
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and Myrtle Place, Bingley.


Saltaire Times Friday 10 May 1918

Brothers in the Army

Second Lieutenant Thomas Cutler, second son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Cutler, of 2 Constance Street, Street, Saltaire, who was wounded in the left arm by a bullet on April 26th on the Western Front, is in a Brighton hospital. Now 26years of age, he was a collier near Barnsley previous to enlisting as a private at the outbreak of the war. He went to the front three years ago and was made a sergeant there, and was gazetted second lieutenant about eight months ago.

His brother, Sergeant Joseph William Cutler, M.M., Lancs. & Yorks. Regiment, whose wife and three children live at Wombwell, is in a hospital near Stafford. Enlisting as a private three years ago from the mines in the Barnsley district, he went to the in January 1917, won the Military Medal six or seven months ago, and was invalided to England with trench fever a few weeks after. Aged 30, he is a Druid.

(Colin’s note – There is no record of Joseph Cutler ever living in Saltaire.)


In a Bradford League game, Saltaire travelled to Keighley and suffered a heavy defeat. Batting first Keighley declared on 195 for 6. In reply Saltaire were bowled out for 115.

Wounded Soldiers Entertained

On Saturday, the Shipley Women’s Unionist and Conservative Association entertained the wounded soldiers from Saltaire Hospital. The afternoon was spent on billiards and other games, and after tea a short whist drive was held while Mr Walker (a member of the club) arranged a concert programme.
£2 15s sent to the comforts funds at the hospital was specially marked as pocket money for the soldiers.


Saltaire War Diary: 17 May 1918

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Have you "joined up" with the above Party. The affliliated membership now approaches 3,000. Subscriptions for individual members are: Males 2s., and Females 1s. per annum. Application may be made to A. Pickern, President, Windhill; R. G. Towers, Treasurer, Shipley; T. Snowden, Financial Sec., Bingley; or to the Secretary.
J. SMITH, 31, Belgrave Road, Bingley


Saltaire Times Friday 17 May 1918

Missing Medallist

Corporal Greenwood Bradley, M. M., of 42 Rhodes Street, Shipley is reported missing from as from April 25th. Corporal Greenwood who has been wounded twice, was a time expired artillery, who had served through the South African War and joined the infantry about three years ago. Now 39 years of age, he worked for Bradford Combing Co. previous to enlisting.
His brother, Willie Bradley, aged 45, is also with the colours. His wife lives at Leeds. Previously to enlisting about three years ago, he was licensee of the Canal Tavern (on the Canal Bank, near Thackley), but was previously manager at the Junction Vaults, Shipley. He was a well-known player of Manningham F.C.
Brothers in the Army

Sergeant Arthur N. Thornton R.E. Australian Forces, son of the late Mr Arthur Thornton (who was a member of the Saltaire cricket eleven when it first started) and of Mrs Thornton of 68 Victoria Road, Saltaire, was awarded the Military Medal several weeks ago. He is now in hospital after having undergone an operation.
Sergeant Thornton, who is 34 years of age, went to India nine years ago, and afterwards enlisted in Australia after having been there a little time. His wife and children live in Australia. While in Shipley he played cricket for Rosse Street Baptists. He has three bothers with the colours – Signaller Albert Thornton R.N., aged 30; Corporal Edwin Gordon Thornton, Artist Rifles, aged 26; and Lance Corporal Robert Lincoln Thornton, Dorsetshire Regiment, aged 22, who is in hospital with diphtheria.

New Hospital Matron

The governors of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, met on Saturday, Mr B Allsop in the chair, to consider the applications for the position of matron, which becomes vacant at the end of the month through the resignation of Miss Mitchell, who is to be married in the first week in June to Mr J Davison, manager of Barclay’s Bank Shipley.
There were originally 80 enquiries in answer to the advert, and of 40 subsequent applications three were asked to give an interview, with the result that Miss Rogers, who has been a sister at the hospital for the last 11 years, received the appointment.
It is interesting that Sister Roger’s application was supported by a letter from the wounded soldiers at the hospital, eulogising her services and her good qualities.

Tribunal Cases

Sixty eight cases from Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., were disposed of last Friday night by the Shipley Tribunal, Councillor T Hill presiding. 
James Sykes, assisting manager in the burling and mending, 38, married, and A, and George Fawcett, spinning overlooker, 23, single and Grade 1, were decertified. Thomas Kirkbright, weft foreman, 31, married and Grade 2, and R W Hartley, wool manager and departmental manager, 29, married and Grade 2, were also ordered to join up.
In the remaining 64 cases exemption was given, and some of the applicants were excused from drilling with the V.T.C. on account of the character of their employment or the number of hours they were working.
Postponements to various dates were given to the following 64:-
Arthur Egarr, 35, married, Grade 3, head shipping in pieces department
James Newelle, 37, married, 3, wash house overlooker
Wilfred Smith, 34, married, 1, combing warehouse overlooker
John Greaves, 41, married, C2, card jobber
Sylvester Law, 32, married, 2, card fettler
Jowett Iredale, 42, single, 1, soap boiler combing department
J Excell, 36, married, 2, carding overlooker.
Wm. Lockwood, 33, married, 1, foreman warping winding and twisting.
Wm. Sunderland, 41, married, 2, spinning joiner
 H Sedgley, 41, married, B2, finisher
Arthur Smith, 43, married, 1, foreman cutter and grinder finishing department
F J Smith, 35, married, 2, horseman
John Eastwood, 33, married, 2, miller, finishing department
R J Hughes, 42, married, 2, boiler fireman
Henry Cosford, 32, married, B1, stoker
Fred Jowett, 27, married, A, stoker
Thomas Bancroft, 37, married, A, iron turner
J E Wilson, 34, married, 1, blacksmith
Henry Smith, 46, married, 3, dye vessel minder
Wilfred Rice, 41, married, 3, dyers clerk
Fred Halliday, 41, married, 3, foreman warp dresser
F Firth, 36, married, 1, weaving overlooker
Walter Binns, 30, married, A2, weaving overlooker
Wm. Bateson, 25, married, 2, weaving overlooker
Harry Sutcliffe, 38, married, 3, weaving overlooker
Hartley Steel, 29, married, 2, weaving overlooker
Walter Stansfield, 31, married, B1, weaving overlooker
H Bradshaw, 39, married, 2, weaving overlooker,
Willie Town, 39, married, weaving overlooker
Tom Willis, 35, married, 3, weaving overlooker
W Holroyd, 39, married, B1, weaving overlooker
Herbert Speight, 35, married, 2, heald knitter
Alfred Slingsby, 35, married, A, spinning overlooker
J W Keighley, 32, married, 2, spinning overlooker
J Lamb, 40, married, 1, spinning overlooker
H Wainwright, 42, married, 1, spinning overlooker
H Wolmersizer, 37, married, 1, spinning overlooker
Thos. Hewitt, 30, married, 1, worsted overlooker
Robert Bould, 32, married, 2, worsted overlooker
Wm Kendall, 23, married, 3, worsted overlooker
Stephen Binns, 38, married, 2, manager spinning mill and farm department,
J A Farndale, 40, married, 1, braiding manager
B Kershaw, 36, married, 3, worsted drawing overlooker
David Middleton, 32, married, 3, worsted drawing overlooker
Stanley Thornton, 25, single, 2, twisting overlooker,
J R Walker, 31, married, 1, twisting overlooker
J Booth, 34, married, 1, twisting overlooker,
Herbert Stubbs, 40, married, B2, yarn scourer
Thomas Priestley, 29, single, B1, foreman yarn packer
J T Belcher, 42, married, B1, export warehouseman, maker-up and packer
William Milis, 42, married, 2, hydraulic press packer, export
A F Wilson, 38, married, 1, warehouseman cloth and stuff
H Gomersall, 29, married, 3, warehouseman, maker up and packer
W H Metcalfe, 22, single, 3, maker up and packer
H Smith, 41, single, 3, pattern room warehouseman,
Tom Hirst, 39, married, 3 warehouseman, maker up and packer
Fredk Boddy, 40, married, 2, assistant piece salesman
Joseph W Ellis, 34, married, 2, manager dresses and linings department
W H Manners, 31, married, 2, roving stock-keeper
L Guerin, 39, married, 3, loom fitter,
Carter Bray, 42, married, 3, motor driver
Charles Smith, 39, married, 3, leather worker and roller coverer
Fred Andrews, 40, married, 1, warehouse order clerk, D department.

War Savings

There are now 33 war savings organisations in Shipley, the number including 27 associations, four specials, and two official agents.
New associations have been opened at the G.P.O. by the Saltaire Mills and John Smith (Shipley)

In Memoriam

Jessop – In loving memory of our dear father, Tom Cliffe Jessop, who departed this life May 11th 1916 aged 67 years.
From his Daughters, Annie and Elsie – 20 Helen Street, Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 24 May 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 24 May 1918

Soldier Killed

Private Leslie Pimlott, London Scottish, only son of the late Mr W B Pimlott., M.A., a former headmaster of the Saltaire High School and founder and head of the Saltaire Grammar School, and of Mrs Pimlott, of Cliff Villa, Otley Road, Shipley, was killed in action on April 20th.
At the outbreak of the war he joined the Volunteers, and a few weeks before his nineteenth birthday he enlisted. He was educated at Saltaire and at the Bradford Grammar School. Private Pimlott had seen service on several fronts, and had only just re-joined his battalion after a third attack of fever when he was killed.
A cousin, Lieutenant Wylie, youngest son of the late Dr Wylie, His Majesty’s Inspector of Schools in the Bradford district, has also fallen in the war.

Cricketers Tribute

On Saturday, the Saltaire cricket eleven wore black rosettes in memory of Walter Edmondson, killed in action, one of their colleagues.
Their opponents were Tong Park. Saltaire batted first and could only score 62. However in reply Tong Park struggled and fell 16 runs short, with Barnes taking seven wickets.
 (Colin’s note – Walter Edmondson (born 1893 died 1 May 1918) was a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery. He lived in Shipley with his parents and siblings.)

In Memoriam

Brooks – In sweetest memory of our darling Winifred (“Winnie”), who died May 22nd 1916, aged 14 months. – From her Father and Mother – 39 Whitlam Street, Saltaire)   
(Colin’s note – her father was Alfred Henry Brooks, who served in WW1.)


Saltaire War Diary: 31 May 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 31 May 1918

King and Queen Visit Shipley and Saltaire

The visit on Wednesday afternoon to Shipley of the King and Queen was the occasion of a spontaneous public demonstration such as is inspired among their people by their Majesties, even when the visit, as was the case on Wednesday, was of an informal character.
1.30 pm – Arrived at Midland Railway Station, Shipley (Luncheon in train)
2.50 pm – Received Councillor T Hill. Chairman of Shipley Urban District Council
2.55 pm – Left Shipley Railway Station
3.05 pm – Arrived at Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., Saltaire. Received by Sir James Hill.
3.40 pm – Left Saltaire

After the presentations were over in Shipley, the Royal party entered their motor cars and were driven from the station by way of the Market Place, Church Lane, Bingley Road, and Victoria Road to Saltaire Mills.
The route to Saltaire was thickly lined with people, and at Alexandra Square in Victoria Road there was a very pleasing incident. The children attending the Shipley elementary schools were massed together, and as the Royal cars swung round the corner of Bingley Road into Victoria Road the scholars sang the National Anthem and gave three cheers for the king, the Queen, and the Royal family.
The appointed route was lined with spectators, thousands turning out to see their Majesties. The traffic was well controlled by the police and special constables, in charge of Inspector Foulkes. Just outside the mills the Bradford City Volunteer Band took up a position, and during the interval the crowds waited for the Royal visitors, played up-to-date selections of music. The mills were not running during the afternoon, all the hands having been given a half-holiday, excepting those required in the departments through which their Majesties were to pass.
The scene outside the mill before the arrival of the Royal party was one of considerable excitement, and as the first Royal car came into sight ringing cheers were given by the crowds, and the band played the national anthem.
Their Majesties were conducted over the mills by Sir James Hill and Mr Henry Whitehead; a large number of guests had been invited to attend the mill. Their Majesties showed great interest in all they saw. The tour was a comprehensive one, and included visits to the combing, the weaving and burling, the mending, the cloth, and the dyeing and finishing departments.
The various processes through which the wool passes before being turned out as the finished article were explained to the Royal part, and his Majesty afterwards conversed with several of the burlers. He congratulated Mr Ellis, over eighty years old, who was in the service of the founder of the firm in Bradford before the Saltaire Mills were built, and who has been in the firm’s service ever since.
Several of the departmental managers and staff were introduced to their Majesties at Saltaire Mills.
As their Majesties left the mills they were cheered by the large assembly, whose token they repeatedly acknowledged.

Father and Daughter Buried at the Same Time

At Hirst Wood Cemetery on 25 May Driver Arthur Sheard and his daughter, Hilda, were buried together.
Arthur, aged 30, died at Morton Bank Military Hospital on 22 May; Hilda, aged just four, died the following day. The grieving mother and widow, Lavinia (nee Denison) lived at 33 George Street.

Widow’s Four Sons

The four sons of Mrs Bower, of 10 Maddocks Street, are casualties. George, a corporal, has a gunshot wound in the right arm; John is gassed; Gordon’s head has been struck; and Harold is sick in hospital.

Won Parchment Certificate

Lance Corporal J Watts, West Yorkshire Regiment, whose wife lives at 29 Shirley Street, Saltaire, as also does his father (Mr William Watts) has been awarded the Parchment Certificate for gallantry and devotion to duty March 22 and April 2.
In a letter he has written home he states that they will see his name among the West Yorkshires mentioned in despatches, and that he will now wear a colour as a distinction.

Cricketer in Hospital

Bombardier J Ormondroyd, R F.A., son of Mrs Ormonroyd, of 3 Edward Street Saltaire, is in Stourbridge Hospital with septic poisoning in the right leg.
He enlisted in September 1914, went to the front in February 1915, has been wounded twice and is now 26 years of age. He worked at Great Horton, and was well known as a cricketer.

Missing Soldier

Mrs Gould, who lives at 10 Maddocks Street, has been informed that her husband, Private Albert Gould, Royal Scots Fusiliers, is wounded and missing as from 10 April, and she would glad of any information to the above address.
An engineer at Crabtree’s Mills, Shipley, he enlisted on 26 Feb 1915. He was at the front the following July, and in Feb 1916, he was wounded through a knee. This kept him in England for 15 months. He returned to the front in May of last year.

Officer’s Wedding

The wedding took place on 23 May, in London of Lieutenant Harry Roberts, only surviving son of Sir James Roberts, Bart., until recently proprietor of Saltaire Mills, and Miss Partington, a member of a Cheshire family.
Lieutenant Roberts, while serving with his regiment at the front last August, was severely wounded in the right leg, which was shattered by shrapnel. On arrival in England he was removed to the London Free Hospital, where Miss Partington was engaged as a nurse. It was here that they met. They are now spending their honeymoon in the South.
Shipley and Labour

The first public meeting of the new Shipley Divisional Labour Party was largely attended at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Sunday evening, when the principal speaker was Mr W C Anderson, M.P. Mr A Picern (president) was in the chair, and there were also on the platform Messrs Jas. Smith (secretary), Chas. Smith (financial secretary), Mr Towers (treasurer), and Councillor T.F.Doyle.


Saltaire travelled to Windhill on Saturday and thanks to S F Barnes they won by 74 runs. Batting first Saltaire scored just 89, but in reply Windhill could only muster 15 runs with Barnes taking 8 wickets for 4 runs, including a hat trick.


25 May 1918 St Peters Shipley – Ira Chapman, aged 25, a sailor married Rosina Jones, a weaver aged 22. They both lived at 17 Jane Street, Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 7 June 1918

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JUNE 9th, 1918.
Morning 10.30, Evening 6.30.
Rev. G. T. DICKIN, B.A., B.Sc. (Halifax).
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Saltaire Times Friday 7 June 1918

Soldier awarded D.C.M.

Gunnar Arthur Goldsborough, R.F.A., son of Mr and Mrs Goldsborough of 72 Saltaire Road, Shipley, has won the D.C.M., for carrying despatches under heavy fire during a three days’ action and carrying on when wounded on 22 November 1917.
Now 25 years of age, he worked at the Saltaire Mills, previous to joining up in March 1916.

Salt Schools

Mr Winston Churchill, M.P. has accepted the presidency of the Salt Schools for this year.


On Saturday Saltaire played host to Bingley. Batting first Saltaire declared at 185 for the loss of six wickets. In reply Bingley could only score 59 with Barnes taking eight wickets.


Mr J I Davison, manager of the Shipley Branch of Barclay’s Bank, and Miss Hannah Mitchell, matron for nearly twenty years at Sir Titus Salts Hospital, Shipley, were married on Wednesday morning at the Church of St Mary and Walburga, Shipley by the Rev. Father O’Sullivan (rector).
The bride was attired in a going away costume of blue serge and a hat to match. The honeymoon is in the Lake District. Although the bride and bridegroom had requested that no presents should be made to them, the wounded soldiers at the hospital insisted on showing their appreciation of the bride’s efforts to make them comfortable and happy by presenting her with a case of silver afternoon teaspoons.

In Memoriam

Thompson – In loving memory of our dear son, Private Arthur Thompson, killed in action June 5th 1917.
From his loving Mother and Sisters – 17 Titus Street, Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 14 June 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 14 June 1918

Soldier Dies

Sapper Fred Bailey, R.E., aged 29, whose wife lives at 7 Wycliffe Court, Shipley and whose mother lives at Saltaire, died of wounds on May 20th.
He was a cabinet maker in Bradford, and is on the Saltaire Congregational Church Roll of Honour. He went to the front in April 1916 and had been wounded once.

Roll of Honour

The Saltaire Congregational Sunday School Anniversary was held on Sunday, when the morning and evening services were conducted by the Rev. Dickin of Halifax. Special anthems were sung by the choir, and a special juvenile choir gave two hymns. Mr Herbert Stephenson, of Bradford, presided over a large gathering of parents, scholars, and friends in the afternoon. The afternoon collection amounted to £20, while the collections for the whole day realised over £50.
It was mentioned at the afternoon service that the roll of honour for the church and school contained names of 152 men, three of whom had made the supreme sacrifice since last year, while in the previous year nine had fallen. Five are at present prisoners of war in Germany. Sergeant Brown, who was on leave, has been on active service for over three years, and has won the Military Medal.


Mr Charles Hawkwell Briggs, of Bank House, Baildon Green, Shipley, secretary and cashier to sir Titus Salt, Bart., and Co. Ltd., Saltaire Mills, and who died on the 19th January last, at Greenock, left estate valued at £1,080 18s 6d gross, personally £708 1s 6d. Probate of his will has been granted to his widow, Mrs Emma Jane Briggs, of the above address, and power is reserved to grant probate also to the other executors.
(Colin’s note - £1080 is worth c£60k in 2018.)

In Memoriam

Wallace – In loving remembrance of a dear husband and father, James Wallace, who fell asleep 10 June 1915, in his 45th year.
From his wife and daughters – 3 Dove Street, Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 21 June 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 21 June 1918

Prisoners of War

Local prisoners of war include Lance Corporal John Alfred Scull, Notts. & Derbyshire Regiment, of 9 Ada Street, Saltaire and Dudley Yeoward, Lance Corporal in the West Yorkshire Regiment, of Saltaire.
(Colin’s note – I can find no record of Dudley Yeoward living in Saltaire. When he enlisted in 1914 he was living at Carlton Terrace in Shipley.)

Soldiers at the Wicket

Despite rain in the afternoon, and showers in the evening, the cricket match arranged between the wounded soldiers at Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital and members of the local Discharged Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Association was played on Wednesday night at Saltaire Park, kindly lent by Sir James Roberts.
The discharged men went to the wickets at 6.30pm and at 8pm they had scored 67 for the loss of six wickets. At this point they “declared” the innings so as to give the wounded men a chance, as the latter had to be back in hospital by nine o’clock. Good use was made of the reply, and the wounded ran out winners, having scored 74 for the loss of six wickets.


Saltaire travelled to Bankfoot on Saturday and had an easy win. Batting first Bankfoot could only total 34 runs with Barnes taking 7 wickets. Saltaire got the required runs for the loss of just two wickets.


Saltaire War Diary: 28 June 1918

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and at the Carnegie Hall, Windhill, at 7-30 p.m.

Saltaire Times Friday 28 June 1918

Victoria Hall 

Warming up the Hall – The proposal to re-heat the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, at an estimated cost of £250 led to an expert opinion by Councillor Harry Pitts and a sporting reply by the Chairman (Councillor T Hill), at a meeting of the Shipley Urban Council on Tuesday evening.
Councillor Harry Pitts doubted if the job could be done at the figure, but the Chairman said that if he was not on the Council he would be prepared to do it for that amount. In the end the Council decided to view the hall before arriving at any decision.
Councillor E. Cowgill (chairman of the Libraries Committee) had explained that at a meeting of the committee Mr Hill asked to submit his recommendations which had been agreed upon after discussions on the matter with the architect. Mr Hill stated that he gone very fully into the matter with Mr Williams, and found that adequate heating would require 1,500 feet heating surface. He concluded that satisfactory hot water could be provided by the provision of 12 radiators, with a heating surface of 1,285 feet. There would be some advantage from the flow and return pipes in a scheme of this description, which might be taken as satisfactory. He estimated the cost of labour and material at £250.

Re-Seating Off at Present – Councillor Cowgill informed the Council on Tuesday evening that the committee could not at present go into the question of re-seating the hall, and before it could be taken into consideration they hoped to put the hall into a condition worthy of the structure and into a modern setting.
With regard to re-heating, the deputation from the Institute Society had stated that their attendances at the lectures last winter had greatly diminished on account of the cold nature of the hall, and they felt that if it could not be put into a more satisfactory condition they would have to leave it and go into a social room. He (Councillor Cowgill) did not admit that the falling off of the attendance at these lectures was wholly due to the cause mentioned.
Councillor Harry Pitts asked what had been calculated for the cost of materials, as these things had gone up at least 300 per cent since the war began, and he did not think it could be done for £250. He did not know of any estimate in the last twelve months that had been brought in at the estimated figure. Wages were nearly 100 per cent up, and this was a very awkward job. The work was perhaps necessary in a sense, but having regard to the expense he did not think this was the proper time to do it.
Councillor C E Learoyd: Some of us don’t quite see the extreme urgency of the thing, and it would be a very serious matter if there was any attempt to stick these hideous things up and down the floor if it takes away the available space for dancing and such like. We were careful not to run into the expense a year ago, but not we want to rush into it when things are dearer.
Councillor Reynold: I am afraid that if the radiators are put just opposite the exits the County Council will have something to say about it, as the exit spaces will be diminished, and, in my opinion, it will be a source of danger. The hall could be made warmer if some attention was paid to the system.

Ventilation – Councillor Doyle: I hope the minute will be passed. I hope the minute will be passed. I understand that the scheme would not interfere with any part of the hall. He held that they ought to bring the building up to the standard of other buildings, as today people would not go to halls that were not well heated.
Councillor Learoyd moved an amendment that the Council view the hall before deciding anything. Only an expert could judge the merits of a paper scheme, and it was no use finding fault after the thing was done.
Councillor Harry Pitts seconded, and said they would want an estimate afterwards.
Councillor Doyle said there was already an estimate.
Councillor Harry Pitts: This is only a rough estimate by word of mouth, which won’t pay the plumbers. (Laughter). The hall was wanted seeing to a long time, and I don’t see why it cannot wait a bit longer. I have been at the hall thousands of times, and I was never starved in it. If you are a bit cold you can talk on hot subjects. (Laughter.)
The Chairman said the Libraries Committee had discussed the matter many times and he could hardly agree with Councillor Learoyd that radiators were hideous things, as thousands of them were being put in at different places. There would be little or no interference with the available space - only one inch in six places in the hall and seven inches near the exits. The figures of estimates were not guess figures, and if he was not on the Council he should be prepared to do the job for £250.
Councillor Cowgill said the Victoria was one of the finest halls in the North of England, but they did not want into this scheme without letting the Council know more about it.
The amendment was carried by nine votes to two.

Salt’s Hospital

The monthly meeting of the Board of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital was held on Wednesday evening, Mr Walker Cryer presiding. The other members present were Mrs Rhodes. Miss Dunn and Messrs B Allsop, E L Baumann, C E Learoyd, F Lister and E Reynolds.
Mr E Clifford Fry (hon. sec.) reported that 63 out-patients had been treated during the month, and that the number of patients in the hospital at the beginning of the month was 17, while 33 had been admitted, and 33 discharged leaving 17 at present in residence. He also reported that the hospital been visited by Col. Duncombe (County Director of Auxiliary Hospitals), who had expressed his satisfaction with what he had seen, and with the attention which was being given to the military patients.


Saltaire travelled to Low Moor on Saturday and won by 44 runs. Batting first Saltaire declared at 162 for the loss of 5 wickets with half centuries for Barnes and Firth. In reply Low Moor were bowled out for 118 with Barnes taking 6 wickets and Slack 4 wickets.


Saltaire War Diary: 5 July 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 5 July 1918

Missing Soldier 

Lance Corporal Joseph Watts, West Yorks. Regiment, aged 26, of 29 Shirley Street, Saltaire, is posted as missing since May 27. He joined the colours on 11 October 1915, went to the front in January 1916, has been in hospital twice (once with septic poisoning), and was awarded the Parchment Certificate a few weeks ago.

Demonstrations in Preserving

Yesterday (Thursday), a demonstration showing the easiest and most economical methods of preserving fruit and vegetables without sugar was given at the Institute Saltaire, and the Carnegie Hall, Windhill. Miss Eileen Clarke (Food Production Department, London) was the lecturer.
The demonstration will be repeated next Thursday 11 July, at the People’s Hall Shipley, at 2.30pm and at Messrs. J Parkinson and Son’s Canteen, Canal Ironworks, Shipley, at 7.30pm. The demonstrations have been arranged by the Shipley Food Economy Committee.

Wesleyan Lecture

The Reverend Mark Guy Pearse was the preacher on Sunday at the Saltaire Wesleyan Church, and he gave a lecture on Monday might on “West Country Sketches,” Mr Thomas Butterfield, of Baildon, presiding.

Died on Golden Wedding Day

Mr William Flaxington, of 22 William Henry Street, Saltaire, died at the age of 75 last Friday, which was his golden wedding day, he and his wife, who was 73 last March, having been married 50 years ago at the Bradford Parish Church.
Mr Flaxington had worked from the age of seven, when he entered a mill in Hollings Lane, until last Easter, when he minded a hoist at the Saltaire Mills. He and his wife have had a family of three sons and three daughters, of whom all the daughters and one son survive. The second son, Robert H Flaxington, emigrated eleven years ago, and died at Holyoake, Mass, U.S.A., on April 25 this year. The eldest son and the eldest daughter also emigrated, and are still in America.
One of their sons-in-law, Private Dick Davy, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, died of dysentery in a Kentish hospital on April 17, 1917, and another son-in-law, Driver A Wigglesworth is serving with the A.S.C.
The late Mr Flaxington was a member of the Pontefract Lodge, National United Order of Free Gardeners.

In Memoriam

Jessop – In ever loving memory of our dear mother, Jane Manley Jessop, who passed away June 30, 1915.
From daughters Annie and Elsie, 20 Helen Street Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 12 July 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 12 July 1918

Missing Soldier 

Corporal F Ridgeway, West Yorks. Regiment, of 15 Shirley Street, Saltaire, is reported missing since May 27.

Last Post at Shipley

Military honours were accorded the funeral Tuesday at Nab Wood Cemetery of Driver Norman Stuart, A.S.G., aged 23, who died of double pneumonia on July 5 at the Crescent War Hospital, Croydon.
Youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gilbert Stuart, of Bradford Road, Shipley, the deceased set a good example by enlisting, though not in the best of health, January, 1916, and since then had been hospital with sickness two occasions. He was preparing for a draft when he became ill with influenza, and pneumonia supervened. Two of the three surviving sons Mr. and Airs. Stuart are on active service—Lance- Corporal Clifford Stuart, Black Watch, and Private Wm. Stuart, Durham Light infantry.
Prior to the funeral a service was held at the Saltaire Wesleyan Church, where the Rev. W. B. Mattinson officiated and spoke in high terms of the deceased, who was educated at Salt’s School, and attended the Saltaire Wesleyan Church Sunday school. The Army Service Corps provided under-bearers, gun carriage. Union Jack, and a trumpeter. Who sounded “The Last Post.” while West Riding Volunteers formed the firing party

Saltaire Pastor’s “Majority”

The Reverend P. Drummond Pringle, completes on July 25, 21 years' service in the pastorate of the Saltaire Congregational Church.
Before coming to Saltaire he graduated at Glasgow University, where, among other distinctions, he won the George Buchanan Prize in Philosophy, and had among his teachers such well-known men as Lord Kelvin, Professor Edward Caird, the late Master of Baliol College, Oxford, and Professor Gilbert Murray, who is president for this year of the Salt Schools.
At the United College, Bradford, where he studied theology for three years, he was successively Brown Scholar, and Lockwood Scholar, and for the last year was senior student at the College. In 1897 he received a unanimous call to the pastorate of Saltaire Congregational Church, and entered upon his ministry there on July 25 of that year.
Under the pastorate Mr. Pringle the membership steadily rose, and all branches of the Church and School work have been carried on successfully. In a booklet published in connection with the jubilee of the church, celebrated in 1907, it is stated that “under the pastor's watchful care and as a result of his indefatigable labours the church has attained its highest membership, and a spirit of peace and harmony has, pervaded all its activities.” This State of affairs has happily continued.
Mr. Pringle has been for many years editor of the Bradford Congregational Magazine. His brethren bestowed him the highest honour in their power electing him some years ago to the chair of the Bradford and District Congregational Union. He is also a governor of the United College, Bradford, and has lately been elected vice-chairman of the board.
A presentation, to be made in the autumn, is afoot, and it is pointed out by officers who are behind it that all sections of the church and school wish to recognise Mr. Pringle’s long and faithful services. It is proposed to make him a gift of a sum money, and to present to Mrs. Pringle and him some token, suitably inscribed, that will serve as record of their valued and devoted labours at Saltaire and of the high appreciation and regard which they are held by past and present members of the church. The fund being readily subscribed by members of the present congregation, and it is felt that many the past worshippers at the church will also desire to be associated with the movement.

Trade Procession

Although the usual Shipley fete and gala which used to be so popular in pre-war times has been abandoned, the Shipley Horse Owners’ Association, and the Shipley Carters’ and Motor-men’s Union have organised an annual procession, in which smartly turned-out horses and newly-painted vehicles form a prominent part.
One these demonstrations was witnessed by a large number of people on Saturday. The procession included tradesmen’s turn-outs, the Shipley and the Saltaire Fire Brigades, the local ' Boy Scouts, wounded soldiers from St. Titus Salt’s Hospital, Saltaire, and representatives the Women’s Land Army.
The route was through the main streets of Windhill, Shipley, and Saltaire. A propaganda meeting in connection with the Women’s Land Army was held on the Shipley Market Place, where Councillor' T. Hill J.P. (chairman of the Shipley Urban Council) presided. The procession was headed by the president of the Friendly and Trade Society (Mr. Wm. Robinson), the secretary (Mr. Wm. Leach), and the constabulary. A collection taken en route realised £70 4s. 7d. for local charities.

Cricket – Saltaire’s Ten Wicket Win

Two thousand five hundred spectators paid at Saltaire Park, where Saltaire were at home to Tong Hark in the second round of the Priestley Charity Cup.
Fisher, Hailing, Stead, and Harrison, Tong Park players, were down with influenza, while H. Sedgwick, the Saltaire fast bowler, turned up the ground, but, having a temperature of 102, could not play.
Tong Park batted first, and scored 106, the innings only lasting eighty minutes. H. I. Pratt and “Bobby” Outram opened the Saltaire innings, and 13 were scored off the first over. After a few overs the bowling was changed, but this made little difference, and when Watson took the ball Pratt knocked five boundaries off his first over, reaching his 50 less than forty-five minutes. Outram made the running hit of the first ball Watson’s next over, Saltaire thus winning by ten wickets, in fifty minutes. Pratt’s collection realised £l0.

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The death has occurred at Camden, New Jersey, U.8.A., of Mrs. Elena Bairstow, aged 63, who, with her husband, Mr. John Bairstow, emigrated 25 years ago. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Storey, of Windhill, and her husband worked from boyhood at the Saltaire Mills. He is now employed at a wool combing mill in Camden.

In Memoriam

Watts - In loving memory of a dear wife and mother, Elizabeth Ann Watts, who died July 9 1915.
We always thinking of you, dear mother.
And our hearts are filled with pain.
All this earth would be a paradise.
Could we hear your voice again.
Long days and nights you bore your pain.
To wait your cure was all in vain;
But God above, who thought it best.
 Did ease your pain, and give you rest.
From her dear Husband and Family.
29 Shirley Street. Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 19 July 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 19 July 1918

Shipley Tribunal

There was only one case involving a Saltaire mill worker, that of S. Laycock, a married man aged 43, who worked as a worsted labourer. His case was adjourned.   

Cricket - Barnes Take All 10 wickets 

The principal Bradford match on Saturday was between Saltaire and Keighley, at which several thousand people gave ‘‘gate’ - of £78 to Saltaire Park. W. Moody was rewarded with £2l talent money for his 54 not out, this being easily the record club collection in the league. Saltaire hatted first, and although Outram had a “life "'when 9, Horner took his wicket with the score at 21, Outram’s share being 14. In the first hour Saltaire lost three wickets for 46. The last wicket fell at 142, after two and a half hours" play. Keighley were all out for 100 about seven o'clock, Barnes having taken all the wickets, this being the third time he has done this since he came to Bradford. His analysis was 10 for 36.

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New Voters List

In connection with the new voters lists we understand that objections have been lodged against the inclusion of the names men who are regarded as conscientious objectors. Altogether, some very interesting facts and figures are provided by the lists for the township of Shipley (including Saltaire), which have been carefully prepared by Mr. Albert, Smith, chief assistant overseer. The number parliamentary electors is increased from 5,500 to 14,250, and for the first time 4,500 women secure the parliamentary and local government votes as a result of their husbands’ qualifications for the same privileges, while 1,750 women obtain both votes through being householders in their own rights. 2,200 male voters are with the naval and military forces. The total number of local government electors is 11,900.


St Peters Shipley 13 July 1918 – Percy Schofield, a gunner with the R.F.A., aged 21, of 4 Caroline Street married Elsie Taylor, a 20 year old spinner, of 72 George Street.


Saltaire War Diary: 26 July 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 26 July 1918

Soldier Killed

Second Lieutenant P. G. Baker, Royal Engineers, of 5 Albert Road, Saltaire, an old boy of the Salts School, and clerk of works at Saltaire Mills, has been killed in action.
(Colin’s note – 5 Albert Road was re-numbered No 9 in 1928.)

Military Cross 

Mrs Smith, of 25 Jane Street, Saltaire, has received a letter informing her that one of her five soldier sons, Lieutenant Harold Smith, R.F.A., has been awarded the Military Cross. In the letter Mrs Smith is requested to congratulate her son and to tell him that his reward was well earned.
Leslie, Hardy, and William Smith are also at the front, while Gilbertis in training. Lieutenant Smith’s brother in law, Corporal G H Bower, Welsh Regiment, has been with the colours for the last two-and-a-half years.

Soldier Recued from Canal

A sensational affair occurred on the Leeds and Liverpool canal at Saltaire on Tuesday morning. A Shipley soldier, who is on leave, was rescued from drowning near the Saltaire Mills by a workman, who had great difficulty in getting him to the bank, where a note was found addressed to the soldier’s sweetheart, who lives in the Idle and Thackley district. He was removed to Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital.
He was well enough to answer a charge at the Bradford West Riding Police Court yesterday (Thursday) of having attempted to commit suicide and after the evidence he was discharged and returned to his regiment.


The monthly meeting of the Board was held Wednesday night at the hospital under the presidency Mr. B. (chairman). Other members present, were Miss Dunn, and Messrs. E. L. Baumaun, B. Cowgill, W. Cryer, F. Lister, and E. Reynolds.
The Hon. Sec. (Mr. E. Clifford Fry), in presenting the monthly report, said that the number of patients in hospital at the commencement of the mouth was 17; admitted since 24; discharged 16; leaving 25 now in. The out-patients numbered 77.
Donations received were as follows: Employees Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., £l0 17s. 9d; Shipley United Carters’ and Motormen’s Social Club, £2 25; Anonymous £1, total, £l3 19s. 9d.
It was decided appoint Sister Patterson for the last month on temporary duty at the hospital, sister.

Ladies Cricket

A cricket match in aid of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, was played at Saltaire Park on Wednesday night between the Undercliffe Ladies and the Saltaire Ladies.
Saltaire batted first scoring just 42 with nobody reaching double figures. Undercliffe got the required runs losing just five wickets.

Shipley Feast

The banks in Shipley and Saltaire will close at 12 o’clock noon every day from 29th to 3rd August, inclusive.

Military Tribunal

Avoiding the Feast, the Shipley Tribunal met Wednesday afternoon, when there were present Coun, T. Hill, J.P. (chairman). Councillors C. E. Learoyd. F. Fearnley Rhodes, and T. F. Doyle, County Councillor E. Illingworth, J. P., Mr. I. Lindow (clerk), and Mr. J. A. Burton, J.P. (National Service representative). In the list were many cases from the Saltaire Mills.
Decisions given for Saltaire Mills’ workers were as follow:-
L. Crossland. 41, married, dye vessel minder, report August 31st.
B. Donnett. 33, married, 2, woolsorter report 30 September
The following were all 31 October:-
F. Wilson, 38, married. 1, cloth and stuff warehouseman
William Mills, 44, married. 2, press packer (hydraulic),
T. Belcher, 42, married, 2, export warehouseman.
I F. H. Reddy, 40, married, 2, warehouse foreman and order clerk
T. Priestley, 29, single. 2, foreman yarn packer report
G. Spalding, 40, married, 2, dye vessel minder
T. Bancroft, 37, married. 1, iron turner
B. J. Hughes, 42, married. 2, boiler fireman.
J. Eastwood. 35 married, 2, miller (finishing department).
Fred Andrews. 41, married. 2, warehouse Order clerk
W. Smith. 34, married, 1, combing warehouse foreman
J. Iredale, 43, single, 2, soap boiler combing department
 B, Lupton. 41, married. 2, grinder
 A. Wood. 43, married, 2, boiler cleaner
B. E. Jackson, 36, married, 2, foreman mason
 D. N. Read, 43, married, 2, manufacturer
 8. H. Hackwood, 45, married, 2, skep sider
E. Pearson, married, 1, general fitter
 T. Hewitt, 31, married, 1, worsted spinning overlooker
 H. Wainwrigbt, 43, married, 1, spinning overlooker
W. C. Bateson. 26, married, 2, weaving overlooker
A. F. Stenhouse, married, 2, coat designer
 S. Laycock, 43, married. 1, worsted mill labourer
T. H, Manners, married. Grade 2, roving stock keeper
John Binns, 45, single, 1, foreman warp twister
 J. Hird, 44, married, 1, oil and grease extractor
From the Advisory Committee exemptions, including the following, were recommended October 31st:-
Employees of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co.:
J. A. Farndale, 40, married, I. drawing manager;
S. Binns, 39, married, 2, spinning mill and yarn manager;
H. Speight 39, married, 2, heald knitter;
J. E. Wilson. 34, married, 1, blacksmith;
Fred Jowett, 37, married, 1, stoker;
H. E. 42, married, 2, finisher:
W. Sunderland, 42, married, 2, spinning joiner;
J. W. Ellis, S 4, married. 2, manager, dresses and linings department;
J. Excel, 39, married, 2, carding overlooker;
8. Law, 40, married, 2, card fettler;
John Greaves, 41, married. 2, card jobber;
E, Stringer, 35, married, 2, engineer.


Saltaire War Diary: 2 August 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 2 August 1918

Prisoner of War

Mrs A Slater, of 5 Lockwood Street, Saltaire, has received word that her son, Private William Slater, Northumberland Fusiliers, previously reported missing, is now a prisoner of war in Germany.  

A Pleasant and Useful Holiday

The girl students who are picking fruit for the Army and the Navy are having a pleasant and novel holiday experience in the fruit gardens of Blairgowrie and Auchterarder, Scotland. Thirty-two of them, mobilised from the Salt Schools, Shipley, the Bingley College, and other schools in the district, travelled on Monday. They include several teachers, Miss Byles (headmistress at the Salt Schools) is enthusiastic about the scheme, which she has supported in every way, and she is in the gardens with the girls.
This labour has been arranged for through the Shipley Employment Exchange, the manager of which is Mr. A. B. Pryce, who says that arrangements are also being made for a party of the Salt School boys to spend a part of their holidays on national work of an open air character at Boston, Lincolnshire. It is hoped that about thirty of these lads will enrol for this work.
The ladies will be away for three weeks. Raspberries are being picked, and the work is open to all women and girls who can give from four to six weeks service on work of national importance. . Thousands of pickers are required. The greater part, if not all, of the fruit, will required for the Army and Navy, and with the object of securing reaping of the entire crop in the interests of the nation, the Ministry of Labour have undertaken to supply the workers required by all the growers at Blairgowrie and Auchterarder.
The usual arrangements in regard to cheap fares will apply this season. The employment exchanges will provide the necessary warrants to enable workers to obtain return tickets at the cost of the single pre-war fare. The Ministry have taken steps to secure that an adequate supply of food is provided. Those who engage for the fruit picking need, therefore, not anticipate any difficulty regard any of the articles of food which have been or may be rationed. Parties of friends can housed, fed, and employed together, if an early application is made. Those desirous of enrolling for this work or of securing further information before deciding to enrol should apply at the nearest employment exchange. Record wages are to be paid to harvest workers in Yorkshire this year. East Yorkshire farmers are to pay 50s.a week with board, and 70s.a week to men who find their own food. The wages of harvest workers before the war ranged between 17s. 6d. and 19s.a week.

(Colin’s note – 50s in 1918 is worth about £140 in 2018)

Saltaire Angling

The members of the Saltaire Angling Association held their annual competition on Saturday afternoon at Fields, Dock Bridge, Shipley, 33 entering, and 13 catching fish. Wm. Evans (Bradford) won with catch of 11 oz., and also took the special prize for the largest fish caught, which was a 7 oz. roach. D. Wilkinson (Bradford) was second with 8 oz., and also won the special for the fish (two roach and gudgeon weighing 8 oz.) returned to the water alive. The prizes were distributed in the evening at the Victoria Hotel, Saltaire Rd. The match arrangements were carried out Mr. R. H. Pickles, hon. sec.


Saltaire travelled to Tong Park on Saturday and earned a hard fought victory. Basting first Saltaire scored 125; in reply Tong Park were all out for 103 with Barnes taking 9 wickets. Barnes now has 99 wickets for the season.     


Mr and Mrs Horsfall and family wish to thank all friends and relations for their sympathy, and floral tributes, in their sad bereavement – 8 George Street, Saltaire.


2 August 1918 – Hirst Wood Cemetery – Annie Elizabeth Whaley, aged 49, of 12 Victoria Road, Saltaire.

In Memoriam

Davey – In sweet and loving remembrance of my only child, Nora, who died 31 July 1917, aged 5½ years; also the daughter of the late Private A J (Dick) Davey, who died 17 April 1917.
Her loving Mama – 27 Herbert Street, Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 9 August 1918

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Chairman: Coun. T. BLYTHE.


Saltaire Times Friday 9 August 1918

Music Success

At the examination of the London College of Music held recently at Bradford, the following candidates were successful:-
Kate Schofield, Hilda Grange, and Ethel Raistrick (Primary)
Cissie Abbott (Elementary)
Joseph Smith (Intermediate)
They are all pupils of Miss Annie Sanctuary, of 68 George Street, Saltaire.

Cricket – Barnes at his Best

Baildon Green were no match for Saltaire on Monday at Bingley in the semi-final the Priestley Charity Cup competition Barnes being at his best and knocking up I68, Moody and C. Smith supported strongly with 59 and 50. Saltaire declared on 321.
Barnes was also in the picture with the ball, having four wickets for 38, though Sedgwick was irresistible and had the best analysis—six for 47. Baildon were bowled out for 91. There were 5,800 spectators and gate of £153 11s. 4d.
(Colin’s note - £153 is worth c£17k in 2018.)

In Memoriam

Metcalfe – In ever loving memory of my dear husband, and father, Samuel Metcalfe, who died 9 August 1917.
Hannah, Annie and Herbert– 3 Daisy Place
Annie and Willie – 16 Titus Street

Webb – In loving memory of our dear son, Private A Webb, Royal Army Medical Corps, who was killed in action 9 August 1915 – From his dear Father, Mother and Sister.


Saltaire War Diary: 16 August 1918

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may now be obtained at the office of Registered Coal Merchants and Coal Dealers, or at the Office of the Local Fuel Overseer, 8, Commercial Street, Shipley.
Consumers must fill in the form and return it to their usual Coal Merchant or Coal Dealer as early as possible, but not later than August 31st, 1918. Neglect to do this may result in a consumer being without Fuel and Lighting.
E. REYNOLDS, Local Fuel Overseer.
August 12th, 1918.

Saltaire Times Friday 16 August 1918

Colin’s note – due to a paper shortage the Shipley Times was reduced to just 4 pages. Consequently there are less Saltaire related reports than there would have been normally.  

Brothers in Arms

Councillor and Mrs T F Doyle, of 30 George Street, Saltaire, are among the families with all their sons enlisted.
They lost Private Thomas Henry Doyle , Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry on May 8th 1915. He fell at Ypres.
Lance Corporal Albert Doyle, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, is in hospital in France, having been wounded a second time.
Lance Corporal Arthur Doyle, Royal Fusiliers, was dangerously wounded in the head on July 25th, and is in hospital.
The other son, Harold Doyle, is in training with the Leicestershire Regiment.

Woman War Workers

A sale of work in aid of the Women’s War-time Workers’ Fund was held at the Salt Girls’ High School before the school broke up last month and realised £25, this making a total of £64 13s 9d, contributed in connection with the recent Women’s Day collection in Shipley towards the cost of providing huts, hostels, and clubs for the women war-time workers at home and abroad.   


Travelling to Lidget Green on Saturday, Saltaire had an easy win. Batting first Saltaire declared on 200, having lost 7 wickets. Sedgewick top scored with 76. In reply Lidget Green were bowled out for 116, with Barnes taking 5 wickets.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of Private Fred Horsfall, the youngest son of Mr and Mrs Timothy Horsfall, who was reported missing 16 August 1917, now presumed killed on that date.
From Father and Mother, Sisters, and Brother – 8 George Street, Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 23 August 1918

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The Exhibition will be opened at 5 o'clock by Councillor THOMAS HILL, J.P. (Chairman of the Shipley Urban District Council).
Copies of Schedule can be obtained from the Honorary Secretary.
ADMISSION 6d. (including tax).
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Saltaire Times Friday 23 August 1918

Lady Journalist Does" Saltaire Mills”

On visiting Saltaire Mills ‘‘lsabel” in “A Woman's Gossip” in the Bradford Daily Telegraph, wrote:-
The first thing which struck going round the other day was the spaciousness of the mills. We were told that could walk through them for three four miles and never cover the same ground twice. Also that there were well over 2,000 workpeople. That one could walk three or four miles we discovered for ourselves by practical experience, feeling when we had finished much as if we had walked ten miles; but the hugeness of the concern did away altogether with the idea that the population a good sized village were busily employed there.
The conditions all the rooms were excellent, large, airy, and light, and, the atmosphere in all departments was kept pure and free from dust by of dust extractors worked on the vacuum principle, three of these machines being employed. Another thing which impressed the uninitiated in this mill, which, deals with the raw wool freshly clipped from the sheep, goat, or camel, and eventually turns it into shimmering alpaca, fine covert cloth, serge, etc., is the number of painstaking processes which are involved before the raw wool can become dress material. This is only achieved by each man or woman minding their own business, commencing with wool sorting, wool washing, drying, combing, drying, spinning, winding, weaving, scouring, dyeing, finishing, and many other intricate processes. Each its turn being well done results in the perfect whole, and is an object-lesson on the advisability of doing one thing well and non-interference in our neighbour's affairs.
One other room which must arrest the -visitor's attention is the truly noble mending and burling room, the finest of its kind to be seen anywhere, having unsurpassed view of crags, woodland, and river scenery obtainable from its numerous windows.
The weaving shed with 700 looms at work is another marvel, the, finished products are a delight both with the eye and the touch, only the best materials finding their way into the despatch rooms. The Queen's choice, when going over these mills recently, rested upon a very fine cloth in a light stone shade and a hyacinth blue serge.
Another wonder of modem engineering is the turbine of 1,500 horse power, which generates the electric poorer the mills in conjunction with two large steam engines of 1,200 horse power, transmitting the power to all departments froth a switchboard in a central station. The turbine, a purring monster, is almost uncanny in its strength, although bearing the homely name of Mary.
The workpeople of the Saltaire Mills struck us being both superior and happy, general air of prosperity pervading everything, and it is pleasant to realise, being Bradfordians, that Saltaire, the mill, with its hospital. almshouses, churches, Sunday schools, workmen's dwelling, and recreation fields, was the first ''model'' village to be built in England.
We left the mill with one feeling uppermost, that the fabric cloth was a very precious possession to be taken care of and valued as the visible outcome of skilled labour and great brain powers, not to be lightly worn and lightly cast aside for some newer design or fashion.
Properly used there should be no shortage of woollen fabric but their price will be commensurate with the labour involved in their manufacture, and one may truly say that the manufactured article as seen at Saltaire Mills capable of standing a lifetime’s ordinary wear if only that jade fashion would not set her mark too heavily upon the better and more expensive range of materials.


The final in the Priestley Charity Cup competition between Saltaire and Bankfoot had to be replayed at Bowling Lane on Monday, as the game on Saturday at Park Avenue resulted in a draw, each side scoring 99. In the re-play Saltaire won comfortably by seven wickets.
On Saturday 13,304 people brought a gate of £406 2s 6d this being an easy record; beating last year’s total of £lO9, which was the previous best.
Saltaire batted first, and with the score at 26 Firth was missed in the slips by Percy Leach off Nutter; but Outram (Firth’s partner) was held at mid-on off Tasker with 34 the board. Barnes, who followed, was caught by Nutter at slip ten runs later. When Firth was 37 he was missed again; shortly afterwards, however, Moody was bowled, and three runs later Sedgwick’s wicket fell. A minute or two later, with Swithenbank the other end. Firth reached his 50, and his collection realised £4O; but after adding another three runs he was stumped. Swithenbank was run out run later, and after that there was collapse, the whole side being out for 99.
With 20 on the reply board Payton was run out, and Banktoot wickets began to tall rapidly, seven being down for 41, Barnes doing the hat trick. After this Tasker helped Shackleton take the score to 62, then Benton helped it on to 78, and later Fell, with two fours off Barnes, sent it up to 96. Slack, the slow left-hander, was then put on, but he was pulled to leg for two. A single followed, and the scores were then level. The chances were that Saltaire would be beaten, but the very next ball took Fell's stump, and in this sensational manner the game ended a tie. But for Shackleton, who batted throughout for 47, Bankfoot must have lost on Saturday.
After the match the executive committee decided to present all the players with medals, and nearly 11,000 people witnessed the re-play on Monday, when the gate fetched £235. Bankfoot had first innings, and Shackleton opened with a boundary off Barnes. During the innings five catches were missed, four off Sedgwick and one off Barnes... Shackleton was again Bankfoot’s principal scorer, getting 29, but he had been missed several times. They were all out for 89. Barnes having taken five wickets for 43, and Sedgwick four for 34. Outram and Firth were Saltaire's opening pair, and 28 was on the board before Firth fell to Pollard. Outram was the chief scorer in this game with 37, which included five boundaries. Barnes was 16 not out when the Bankfoot total was passed. The cup was afterwards presented by the Lord Mayor of Bradford (Mr, H. H. Tetley), the president of the Bradford League (Mr. J. Booth) presiding.

Working against the clock was the experience last week-end of Sedgewick of the Saltaire team.
After the match against Bankfoot on Saturday, he travelled to Stoke. He worked until four o’clock on Monday morning and left Stoke about 7 am, reaching Bradford at noon.
After Monday’s match at Bowling Old Lane, he had to leave Bradford at 7 in the evening for another night’s work.

In Memoriam

Mounsey - In loving memory of, Private. Alfred R. Mounsey of the Durham Light Infantry, who was reported wounded and missing 24th Aug. 1917, now presumed killed in action on the same date in his 30th year.
From Father and Mother, 12 Barrett Street, Shipley, Sydney and Alice, France and Fanny.


Saltaire War Diary: 30 August 1918

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Our School of Dresscutting will be opened for the winter session.
Success Guaranteed.
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Saltaire Times Friday 30 August 1918 

Soldier Killed

THE FALLEN lists for July 20th include Private T Rutherford of 21 Shirley Street, Saltaire.

Salt’s Hospital

The monthly meeting of the Board of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital was held Wednesday evening, under the presidency of Mr. B. Allsop, the other governors present being Mrs. Rhodes. Mr. E. L. Baumann, Mr. Walker Cryer, and Mr. F. Lister.
In presenting the monthly report Mr. Clifford Fry (hon. secretary) said that out-patients treated during the past five weeks numbered 86, and the in-patients in hospital at the beginning of that period was 25. There had been 25 admissions, 24 discharged, leaving 24 now in residence.
The following donations had been received:
Saltaire Ladies’ Cricket Team (per W. D. Wear, Esq.). £5 10s.
Mrs. Shackleton, £4:
 Messrs. Armitage and Norton, £1 1s.
“Inpatient,” £1
Mrs. Sayer, 5s.
Total, £11 16s.
Two beautiful oil-paintings, depicting Glen Wood and Hirst Wood, Wilson Haworth, have been presented to the hospital by Mr. Francis Lister.

COKE, an adequate supply, is to be maintained at Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital during the winter months, the Shipley Urban Council having decided this after receiving a letter from the clerk to the governors.

Recent gifts received for the soldiers at Sir Titus Salt's Hospital include
Broad beans, Mrs. Roberts;
Cakes, weekly, Mrs. Halliday;
Brawn, weekly, Mr. Shepherd;
Tinned fruit, cigarettes, burlers and menders, Mr. Carlisle's;
Vegetables, Mr. Beecroft;
Walking stick, Mr. Topham;
Eggs. Salvation Army;
Tomatoes, eggs, cakes, Mrs Illingworth, Eldwick


The following scholarships tenable at the Salt High Schools for four years as from April 1st this year, have been awarded to the following candidates:
Harry Driver and Frank Dobbs, Central Boys’ School:
Nancy Lupton and Ellen Ashworth, Central Girls’ School;
Olga Allen, Albert Mixed School:
Clara Rhodes, Central Girls’ School;
Doris M. Ashby, Otley Road Mixed School;
Violet Farrington, Central Girls’ School;
Catherine H Jowett. Otley Road Mixed School:
Mollie K. Wilson, Marjorie Tillotson, and Hilda Hellewell. Central Girls’ School;
Muriel I. Gapper, Otley Road Mixed School.


Saltaire entertained Windhill on Saturday and they won by 33 runs. Batting first Saltaire were all out for 117 with Barnes scoring 50. In reply Windhill were bowled out for 84 with Barnes taking six wickets.   

For Sale

POULTRY for Sale, two (Wade’s) prize strain .S-C. Rhode Island Bed Cockerels, March hatch; also five April, 1918, Cockerels; make good stock birds. Price 7s. 6d. and 1s, each, cheap. Apply 14, Albert Road, Saltaire.
(Colin’s Note – Fred Greetham lived with his family at 14 Albert Road (renumbered 27) from 1915 until 1929.) 


Last Friday, at Nab Wood Cemetery, the funeral took place of Miss Naylor, youngest daughter of Mrs. Rachel Naylor, of 19, Maddocks St., Shipley, and of the late Mr. Jonathan Naylor, the Rev. H. Taylor (Saltaire Primitive Methodist Church) officiating. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Cryer Bros., Shipley.
(Colin’s Note - Jonathan Naylor died 7 February 1907 aged 58; Rachel died 11 March 1924 aged 73; daughter Annie died 20 August 1918 aged just 25).


Saltaire War Diary: 6 September 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 6 September 1918


The Bradford League season is closing with a race for the championship between Saltaire and Keighley, but Saltaire are the favourites, as they are two points ahead. Both clubs play their last match to-morrow—Bankfoot coming to Saltaire and Farsley to Keighley. A draw will be sufficient to give Saltaire the verdict, and the ’’ double event will be’ theirs, the Priestley Charity Cup having been won by them a few weeks ago. Though nobody can go by paper form, on which Saltaire are likely to come out victorious in the league, there is a sanguine feeling among the players and the club's supporters that the team will rise to the occasion tomorrow.
Last Saturday at Bingley, Saltaire defeated the home team for the third time this season, Sedgwick scored 86 and took four wickets for 5 runs, while Barnes had five wickets for 13. Saltaire, who declared for 211 for eight wickets, bowled Bingley out for just 20.

Public Notice

The TECHNICAL SCHOOL. SALTAIRE. will re-open on MONDAY, 16th SEPTEMBER, 1918, when the SCHOOL OF ART; COMMERCIAL DEPARTMENT; SCIENCE DEPARTMENT (Mechanical Engineering, Building Trades, Chemical Industries, and other classes); TEXTILE DEPARTMENT (Woollen and Worsted Spinning and Weaving); HOUSECRAFT DEPARTMENT (Cookery, Dresscutting and Dressmaking, Ladies and Children’s Tailoring, Millinery, Embroidery); MANUAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT; and the PHYSICAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT (in the Gymnasium the Institute) will resume work for the Winter Session. All Students who desire to join any of Courses should attend at the Technical School for Registration on MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, or THURSDAY Evening, 9th to 12th September, between 7-15 and o’clock.
Handbills and Prospectuses, giving further particulars of Subjects, Time-tables, Fees, Syllabuses of Work, Scholarships, etc., may be obtained at the Education Office. WALTER POPPLESTONE, Director of Education. Education Office. Saltaire Road, Shipley, September, 1918

Bank Manager Leaving

Mr J Coleman, an active worker in the interests of St. Peter’s Church, is about leave the district, having been appointed a Lloyd’s Bank inspector for the London district. Mr. Coleman has been manager the Saltaire branch.


31 August – St Paul’s Church – George Henry Johnson, a soldier aged 26, married Florence Laycock , a widowed weaver aged 30 (maiden name Barber). They both lived at 5 Baker Street.
(Colin’s note – Florence Barber married Edward Laycock 30 January 1915 in Keighley. Edward served in WW1 and he was killed in action 21 August 1915.)

In Memoriam

In loving memory of a dear friend, Private Willie Dunn, Frontiersman, beloved husband of Lottie Dunn, 6, Ada Street, Saltaire who died somewhere in Africa,’’ September 12th, 1917.    Far away in foreign land.
Where the trees their branches wave.
Lies my dear, beloved friend.
In his cold and silent grave.
Though gone, he’s not forgotten,
Tis sweet to breathe his name;
In life I loved him dearly,
In death I do the same.

From his pal, H. Firth.


Saltaire War Diary: 13 September 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 13 September 1918

Wounded Soldier

Lance Corporal R L Thornton, Dorsetshire Regiment, of 68 Victoria Road, Saltaire, has been wounded in the left shoulder. He is a signaller and this is the second time he has been wounded since enlisting at the outbreak of the war in the Bradford “Pals”. Three of his brothers are with the colours.


As a result of beating Bankfoot by three wickets on Saturday, Saltaire have now won the double event. They defeated Bankfoot three weeks ago the replayed final of the Priestley Charity Cup and they have finished in the Bradford League three points ahead of the next team, Keighley.
On Saturday Bankfoot, who batted first, at Saltaire, could do nothing against the bowling of Barnes and Slack, the former taking eight wickets for 12 runs, and the latter two for 4. Payton was the only visitor who reached double figures. Nutter and Fell afterwards bowled well, Sedgwick and Barnes being the only two homesters to make a decent score. Saltaire were at the top of the league last season.

Saltaire Wedding

On Saturday a pretty wedding took place the Saltaire Wesleyan Church between Chief-Mechanic T. Walter Dutton, Royal Air Force, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dutton, of Park View, Shipley, and Miss Mabel Kate Bentley, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Bentley, of Hedera, Nab Wood. In the absence of Lance-Corporal Harold Dutton, Cameron Highlanders, the bridegroom’s younger brother (G. H. Dutton) was best man, and the bride was given away her father. The three bridesmaids were Miss D. L. Bentley (sister the bride), Miss B. Town, and Miss D. M. Mackintosh (niece of the bride). The Rev. J. R. Robinson officiated, and was assisted by the Rev. D. Ashby, also by the bride’s brother-in-law, the Rev. F. B. Hudson. The bride looked charming in a gown of ivory crepe chine, richly ornamented, and a veil of embroidered Brussel’s net with a wreath of orange blossom She carried a bouquet of Arum lilies, chrysanthemums, carnations, and white heather. The bridesmaids wore dresses of shadow lace over crepe de chine. Their hats were of gold tissue, and they carried bouquets of sweet peas and lavender. The bride’s mother wore a dress of shot Navy taffeta silk and a velvet hat to match, and the bridegroom’s mother wore nigger brown taffeta gown, and white bait trimmed with ostrich feathers.
After the ceremony the guests were entertained the Sunday school, and the happy couple afterwards left for their honeymoon Am side. The numerous presents included a set furs from the bridegroom the bride, a leather suitcase from the bride to the bridegroom, aneroid barometer and cheque from the bride’s father, and a dinner service from the bridegroom’s father. The bridesmaids received silver finger purses mementoes.


St Peters Shipley – Thomas Butler, a mechanic aged 20 from Bedford, married Daisy Ambler, a silk weaver aged 20, from 15 Titus Street.

In Memoriam

Dunn – In affectionate remembrance of Private Willie Dunn, Royal Fusiliers (Frontiersmen), the beloved husband of Lottie Dunn, who died at Morogora, German East Africa, on 12 September 1917.
From his Wife and Daughter.


Saltaire War Diary: 20 September 1918

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Promoted and Fatally Wounded Soldier on the Same Day

Many people will remember Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Wright, of 94, Great Horton Road, Bradford, when they used to live at Victoria Rd., Saltaire. They lost one their two sons in action October 17th, 1917 —Bomber. Melville E. Wright, R.P.A. and in the last few days they have been overseas at the funeral of their only surviving son, Lieut. H. Reginald Wright, West Yorkshire Regt., who died wounds on Monday. He had been severely wounded on the chest and side on 1 September, the day which he received his second “star.”
He was 24 years of age, and last week he was expected home to be married a young lady who has been a sister at a casualty-clearing station. Both had secured leave, and his fiancée travelled to Wales preparatory to the wedding. Before the deceased officer enlisted on 3 September 1914, he was employed the London and Lancs. Fire Insurance Co., Leeds, and he was commissioned in the early part of last year.

Lewis Gunner’s Fatal Wounds

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Walker, of 5 Daisy Place, Saltaire, have received word that their son, Private Edmund Walker, K.0.Y.L.I., a Lewis gunner, who was wounded on 3 September, died at a casualty-clearing station two days later. Now aged 18, he went to the front in June, 1918, he formerly lived at Baildon, where was connected with the Moravian Sunday School. Previous to joining the colours he worked at Saltaire Mills.

Wounded Soldiers

Private. Douglas Cooke, K.0.Y.L.I, of 1 Baker St. was wounded in the right arm by shrapnel on 20 July, and is now in a Gloucester hospital. This is the third time he has been wounded.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Simpson, of 18, Dove St., have received official information that their eldest son, Private Arthur Simpson, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regt., is on his way to a hospital England with thigh .wounds. Fifteen months ago he was shot through his jaw, and he returned to the front three months later. He worked at Saltaire Mills, and he joined up when he became 18.

Military Tribunal

At the Shipley Tribunal on Friday 13 September there was only case concerning an employee at Saltaire Mills – William Town, aged 38, married, weaving overlooker, postponed until 31 December.

Poet to Lecture at Saltaire

The Saltaire Institute Society have arranged their lectures for 1918-19. The Rev. Joseph Clare will open the series with lecture on a Russian subject, and towards the end of October Mr Frederick Dawson will give a pianoforte recital. In November Major Corbett-Smith will talk about the Navy; and Mr John Masefield, the poet, is announced for December, to lecture on “Britain and America.” It is a splendid syllabus, as will be seen by reference to it in our advertising columns.


18 September 1918, St Paul’s Shipley – Fred Ripley, soldier aged 27, of 78 Victoria Road, married Edith Alice Houghton, milliner aged 24, of 51 Wilmer Road Shipley.

In Memoriam

WHITEHEAD — In loving memory of Private Herbert Whitehead, killed In action September 20th, 1916.
From Mother and Sister, 15 Mossman Street, Windhill.


Saltaire War Diary: 27 September 1918

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Soldier Killed

The following is extract from a letter received by the relatives of Private Tom Rutherford, of 21, Shirley St., Saltaire, from an Army chaplain of the K.O Y.L.I.:—“The battalion was fighting near Rheims last July, and they greatly distinguished themselves and received the public thanks of the French General in command. The battalion had some very difficult and dangerous 'work to do, and they did brilliantly. Your son was at one of the important posts at that part of the line, and did his duty most nobly. He was good soldier, most trustworthy, and faithful in his duty: one whom all respected. We were exceedingly sorry when it was reported that had been killed at his post whilst working his machine gun. He was buried with many more of his comrades. Your son has made the greatest sacrifice possible, given his life, and God’s richest blessing must of necessity rest upon him and his people.”
Before joining the colours deceased was member of the Crag Road P.M. Chapel, and was employed Messrs. May and Hanmel, shippers, of Bradford.

Three Soldier Sons

This is the proud distinction of Mr and Mrs Abraham Firth, of 5 Jane Street, Saltaire. Private Frank Firth, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, of 11 Oxford Street, Shipley was killed in action on 2 September 1918. He held the Certificate of Merit for conspicuous bravery and gallantry, and devotion to duty as company stretcher bearer under heavy shell fire between 21 March and 2 April 1918. Before enlisting he was employed by the Shipley Council as a pavior.
Private Edwin Firth, also of Duke of Wellington’s has been twice wounded, and Gunner Levi Firth is training with the R.F.A.


Mr Thomas Kendall, D.L.I., a member of the Board of Governors of the Saltaire Hospital, and secretary of the Shipley and District Friendly and Trade Society, who has been serving with the colours since December 1916, has been promoted to sergeant. He is attached to Trench Mortar Battery, and has been on active service some months.

Fuel Form

CHILDREN HELP PARENTS WITH FUEL FORM. —To facilitate the filling up of the fuel and lighting ration form, Mr. Exelby Reynolds (Local Fuel Officer) has hit on a very useful method, which should have the best of results. Last Friday he visited the Central Council and the Church England Schools and explained to the older scholars how their parents should fill the form, and the children were requested to pass the information to their parents.
The Central School Air. Dennison (headmaster) and Thorp (head-mistress) also addressed some of the scholars on these lines, and Air. Smart (headmaster) did the same thing at the Church School. Mr. Reynolds has also addressed the scholars the Windhill Church of England School, with the help the headmaster (Mr. Lund).
The fuel and lighting staff are dealing with the filling the special forms at the Carnegie Library and the Institute every this week from 2 to 8.30 p.m., and all next week from 6 to 8.30 p.m. Householders can also assisted any day Mr. Reynolds in his office in Commercial Street.

Workers’ Educational Association

The syllabus of lectures for the first part of the winter session (October to December) include five lectures “Music” by Mr. Frederick James, of Bradford, on Thursday evenings during October.
The lectures will delivered in the Social Room the Saltaire Institute, and the first, on the 3rd, will deal with Handel’s “Messiah.” The second on the 10th is “The Violin and its Music; the third, on the 17th, is on How Understand Music”; the fourth, on the 24th, deals with “English Music and Musicians”; and at the final on the last day of the month is on “Music the Home. Each lecture will illustrated vocal and instrumental selections.
The Rev. R. Roberts will deliver two short courses in the Technical School Thursday evenings from the 7th November to the l2th December. The first course of three lectures is “The Industrial Revolution, dealing with the epoch of the great inventions, the factory system: its effect on the workers life and home; the worker in modern England; while the  second course, also of three lectures is on “Literature,” the works of Thomas Hardy, George Borrow, Ernest Renan, and Leo Tolstoy having been selected.

President of Salt Schools

Mr Winston Churchill, president of the Salt Schools, cannot get to Shipley for the time being. In a letter to Mr Walter Popplestone (Director of Education) he states that he deeply regrets that war conditions and the extreme pressure of his work make it impossible for him to undertake a visit to Shipley in the near future.

In Memoriam

HARRISON — In loving memory of Gunner Francis Harrison, who died of wounds September 26th, 1917, aged 28 years. From his sorrowing wife and. child, 11 Albert Terrace, Saltaire.
In loving memory of our dear brother-in-law, from Annie and Elsie, 20 Helen Street. Saltaire.

URWIN — In affectionate remembrance of our dear friend. Private Fred Urwin, Royal Scots who died from wounds, September 30th, 1917. One of the best. Bert and Gladys Ryall.


Saltaire War Diary: 4 October 1918

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Footballers Death

Private Albert Gould, Royal Scots Fusiliers, aged 28, whose wife lives at 10 Maddocks Street and who was wounded and taken a prisoner of war on 10 April 1918, died of wounds in a German camp on 6 May.
He was employed at Crabtree Red Beck Mills, Shipley, previous to enlisting on 26
Feb 1915, and had been wounded twice. He played football with the Shipley Celtic’s for several seasons. One of his brothers was killed two years ago, and another brother and nephew are now serving in France.

Lady’s Eloquent Appeal

Mrs. F Fearnley Rhodes, of Thurlby, Nab Wood, writes to the Editor as follows:-
Dear Sir, —On the anniversary, and as treasurer of the Salts’ Hospital Wounded Soldiers’ Comforts Fund, may I, through the medium of vour popular paper, send a word of grateful thanks the kind and generous hearted friends who have for so long helped with gifts, food and contributions of money towards the support of the fund.
It just two years since the military took over Salts’ Hospital as an auxiliary hospital for St. Luke’s, Bradford. We have always had an average 18 men until last spring, when five more were added. The extra little luxuries which mean so much to the convalescent, the men at the hospital have enjoyed all this time through the help of the Saltaire and Shipley people, and I do hear that the men who are allocated to Salts’ Hospital are much envied their other friends. One man said: “It is home from home.”
As I thank our host of friends for past kindnesses, may I bring to their remembrance once again those wonderful men of ours, who, as Rupert Brooke the great soldier-poet sings (and who made the supreme sacrifice), “We have taught the world to die,” They have not only taught the world die, but also taught the world to suffer bravely, with unflinching, cheery, and smiling optimism past belief.
In the name the committee, and on behalf the boys, all more, I thank you and feel sure that as long there are wounded men the hospital so long will you continue your generous support to the Salts’ Hospital Wounded Soldiers’ Comforts Fund.

Victoria Hall

Mr, Walter Cunliffe, the well-known Bradford concert party proprietor, is inaugurating a series of Saturday concerts at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, commencing tomorrow, when the Whiz-Bangs, a company of discharged soldiers, will appear. This party has appeared with great success at the Queen's Hall, Otley, and Channing Hall, Bradford. Concerts are held at these halls together with the Temperance Hall, Cleckheaton, and are all run under Mr, Cunliffe’s direction.


Saltaire War Diary: 11 October 1918

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Wounded Soldier

Private G Gregory, son of Mr and Mrs Gregory, of 76 Victoria Road, is in an overseas hospital, with a gunshot wound in the face.

Challenge to Evict

At the Bradford West Riding Police Court on Monday Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co., Ltd., applied for ejectment orders against two of their tenants at Saltaire.
Mr. W. E. Tetlev (on behalf of the firm) said that in both cases none of the family was employed at the mill, and the houses were required for employees who would not be able to continue work if they did not get the dwellings.
One tenant, who was given six weeks in which to find a house, told the Bench that if she was not fortunate they would have to turn her out into the street. Dr. Ellis (chairman): After our considerate treatment of the case you should be ashamed to make such a statement. Tenant: I am not ashamed.
In the other case, a month was given.

Prize Anglers

The sixth contest in connection with the Saltaire Angling Association was held at Hirst Wood on Saturday, when there were 51 entries. The results were: —
1, £l, R. Pratt, 1lb 4oz.
2, 15s, H. H. Oddy, 8oz.
3, 10s, W. H. Stoney, 7oz.
4, 7s, 6d, W. H. Whitaker, 6oz,
5, 4s, T. Craven, 5 ½oz,
6, 3s 6d, G. H. Sharp, 5oz.
The secretarial arrangements were carried out by Mr. R. H. Pickles who states that some of finest anglers in Yorkshire competed. The prize money was' paid out at the Victoria Hotel, Shipley in the evening.

Making Ends Meet.

“A Sufferer” writes to the Editor as follows: —Sir, in your paper last week I read “The Human Document of a Soldier's Wife.” I myself a similar position, and one can see how our money goes the following:—
Rent 5/6, milk 2/4, gas 6d, coal 3/3, sugar 7d„ 4oz lard 5d, 4oz. butter 7½d,  6oz margarine 8d, 1lb soap 9d, ½lb bacon ½lb tea 8d, ½ stone flour ¼, yeast 1d, meat 2/-, firewood 2d, stamps 3d., paper and envelopes Id.; total £1 0s 4½d.  Balance 1/7½ per week for boots, insurance and sundries for cleaning and mending.
Isn’t a man in the trenches and his family worth as much as a munitioner at home with his comforts? The textile trade has got 10/- rise in two months; we get 2/6 in two years.

(Colin’s note - £1 in 1918 is worth c£55 in 2018)

£100 Cheque for Pastor

The celebration of the Rev P Drummond Pringle’s occupation of the Saltaire Congregational pastorate for 21 years took place on Tuesday evening at the schools, where presentations were made to him. Speeches were delivered in recognition of his services and pastoral record.


Saltaire War Diary: 18 October 1918

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Presumed Missing

Information would be welcomed by Mr. and Mrs. Levi Greenwood, of 47, Titus Street, Saltaire, concerning their son. Private Squire Clarence Greenwood, Lincolnshire Regiment, who last wrote them on 10 August, and was posted as wounded on 23 August. Not having heard anything further of him since the latter date, they naturally conclude that he is among the missing, though they have not had any official intimation that such is the case. Private Greenwood enlisted two years ago reaching the age of 18, and; he was wounded on 16 January 1918.

Military Medal

Acting Sergeant Major Nicholas Naylor, Royal Fusiliers, of 23 George Street, and formerly of Baildon Green, has been awarded the Military Medal for having along with his batman captured three German machine guns and 17 German prisoners (including an officer). He enlisted in 1916, and his active service includes a year in German East Africa.

Enlisted at 16

Corporal N. F. Hopkinson, R.F.A., of 50, George St., Saltaire, was dangerously wounded on Sept. and is in overseas hospital. He enlisted when 16 years of age, and this is the fourth time he has been wounded. He worked for Mr. Pepper, Motor Garage, Saltaire.

Woman’ Suicide

A verdict of "Suicide by drowning" was returned by Mr. E. W. Norris (coroner) at the Fire Brigade Station, on Tuesday afternoon in the case of Harriet Stansfield, aged 47, wife of Albert Stansfield. a foreman wool warehouseman, of 67, George St., Saltaire, and whose body was taken out of (the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Saltaire Bridge at quarter to six on Saturday morning.
The husband said that last April and May the deceased had influenza, since when she had been depressed at times. She was depressed week last Saturday, and asked for one of their daughters to be sent for. He sent for her, and the visit seemed cheer the deceased up wonderfully.
When wakened up on Saturday morning he missed her. She had seemed all right they were talking together in bed at 11 the previous night.
The Coroner: Had you some trouble with her about ten years ago?
Witness: She had a fit of depression, but she eventually got all right
Did she make any attempt her life then?
Not that I know of.
Has she ever threatened to anything of the kind?
Blanche Stansfield, daughter, said the deceased seemed all right last Friday night, and John Thomas Holmes, boat owner, Shipley, said he found the deceased in the canal while going on a boat to Bingley. Some men on the towing path had told him there was a body in the water, and got it out. The deceased was in her nightdress.

Military Tribunal

At Friday’s Tribunal there was only one employee from Saltaire Mills: Thomas Petty, grease extractor, married age 39, he was exempt until 31 January.

Reconstruction after the War

This was discussed at the Saltaire Institute on Saturday by the Yorkshire District Council of the Workers’ Educational Association, and it was decided to arrange for series of district conferences to direct public attention to educational and other schemes relating to public welfare.
A social gathering took place in the evening, under the auspices of the Shipley branch. Conn. C. E. Learoyd presided. Mr. Arthur Greenwood and Mr. Arnold Shimmin (of the Leeds University) delivered addresses, and the chairman referred to the success which had attended the efforts made the Shipley branch. The Education Committee appreciated the good work they were doing, and were willing to give all the assistance they possibly could to the movement. During the evening the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir contributed musical items, under the conductorship of Mr. Fred Bradshaw. Miss Katherine A. Lowe (Shipley) and, Miss Amy Moore (Huddersfield) gave recitals.


Saltaire War Diary: 25 October 1918

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Died of Wounds

Private George Edward Day, Lincolnshire Regiment, whose wife and daughter live at 24 Rhodes Street, died of wounds on 19 September. He was employed at the Canal Ironworks in Shipley, and he had been at the front about 12 months. He was 24 years of age.

Soldier Wounded

Rifleman W.E. Sharp, West Yorkshire Regt., of 9 Dockfield Road, Shipley, who has been wounded in the right thigh and is hospital Norwich, is a member of related families who are naturally proud of their war record. He himself was a Territorial before the war began, and was mobilised in the opening .month. Two his brothers have fallen in the war, another brother is at the front, a brother-in-law is a prisoner of war in Germany for the last four years, and another brother-in-law is training with the colours. Rifleman Sharp used to work at the Saltaire Mills.

Young Spinner’s Accident

Ena Vickerman, aged 12, of 40 Dockfield Place Shipley, a spinner at the works of Messrs C F Taylor and Co., received injuries to a foot while at work on Monday, and was taken to Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital for treatment. She had her toes crushed, and after they were dressed she was sent home.

Harvest Festival

On Sunday the harvest festival connection with the Wesleyan Church was held. Two sermons were preached by the newly-appointed minister (the Rev. G. Ernest Bailey). His morning subject was “God’s wonderful providence,’’ and he led his congregation to see that God never fails in his purposes, and that the failure which sometimes overtakes his people is man-made, the result of estrangement from God. His evening subject was “They brought unto him bad fruit; what happened?”
The choir rendered anthems at both services, and Mr. J. W. Brayshaw presided at the organ. Collections and thank-offerings amounted to 10s. 1d. The ordinary congregations of the church are increasing, and a hearty invitation is given to all who are not attending other places of worship.

In Memoriam

CARR—In loving remembrance of our dear son and brother. Private J. F. Carr, Machine Gun Corps, who was reported missing October 26th, 1917, aged 21years.
Heaven will the mysteries explain.
And then, then, we’ll understand.
From his Father, Mother, and Sisters. 60 George Street, Saltaire.

Burial Register

St Paul’s Shipley – 23 October – John Halliday, aged 77, of 16 Shirley Street, Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 1 November 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 1 November 1918

Soldier Wounded

Signaller R Watson, East Yorkshire Regiment, of Amelia Street, Saltaire, has been wounded.

Councillor’s War Losses

The Shipley Urban Council Tuesday stood in sympathy with Councillor. T. F. Doyle, respecting whose war bereavements, the Chairman (Cr. T. Hill, JP.), had just said: - “Three sons of Mr. Doyle joined the Army early the war. One was killed the first year, and since our last meeting, Mr. Doyle has received intimation that a second son has died fighting for his country. The third son is in hospital in London suffering from serious wounds. There are, happily, hopes of his recovery, but two sons are gone, and Mr Doyle and his family have to bear the burden great grief. I am expressing the sentiments of every member and official of this Council when I say that we are very sorry for Mr. Doyle and his family and that we sympathise with them. This terrible war looks like coming to end, but it has left in its train such grief and unhappiness will never be forgotten.”

Fell Over a Parapet

About seven o’clock on Wednesday night, Harry Haggerty, aged 11, was playing in a plantation near the Public Library Saltaire, when he fell over a parapet, cutting his head badly. His playmates carried him to Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital for treatment.


What should prove important contributions in connection with the subject of Reconstruction after the war are the three lectures announced to be given under the auspices of the Shipley Workers’ Educational Association on "The Industrial Revolution.” The Rev. R. Roberts, of Bradford is the lecturer and will introduce the subject at the Technical School, Saltaire, next Thursday evening. The subsequent lectures will be given the two following Thursday nights, and Mr. Roberts will follow the series up with three lectures on “Literature.”

Gramophone for the wounded

The monthly meeting of the Board of Governors Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital was held on Wednesday night, when there were present Mr. .Cryer was voted to the chair, and observed that it was very satisfactory to have the hospital Classed as “A.” It spoke well for the .staff and the institution generally
The report showed that at the beginning of October there were 121 outpatients, and 27 inpatients, whilst 18 had been admitted since, and 20 discharged. At present there were 25 patients in the hospital.
Donations included £10 for the Soldiers’ Comforts Fund from the Shipley and District Trade and Friendly Society and a capital gramophone from Mrs. F. F. Rhodes for the entertainment of the soldiers the hospital. On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Cr. Pitts, all donors were heartily thanked.

Pianoforte Recital

The Saltaire Institute Society provided its patrons with a rare treat on Wednesday night, a pianoforte recital being given by Mr. Frederick Dawson the Victoria Hall. There was very large audience, and the abundant applause following each item of the programme was well deserved. It would be impossible to overrate the marvellous hold this artiste has over the ivories, as he makes the piano, as it were, also laugh and cry. Indeed, one wondered if there be any human emotion Mr Dawson cannot interpret with his wonderful sympathy. Several extras were generously contributed.


Saltaire War Diary: 8 November 1918

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Soldier Badly Wounded

Further particulars are to hand concerning Signaller R. Watson, East Yorks. Regt., of 14 Amelia St, Saltaire. He is now reported to have had his left foot amputated, while an arm is badly fractured.

Wedded and Bereaved in Six Months

Among the victims of the influenza is Mrs. Roberts, wife of Lieut. Harry Roberts, and daughter-in-law of Sir James Roberts, Bart.
They were only married last May, the bride being Miss Dorothy Partington, a Cheshire lady. The couple met in a London, military hospital where Lieut. Roberts was a patient with wounds received in action, and his bride a nurse.
(Colin’s note – The 1918 influenza pandemic, known as The Spanish Flu, hit the UK hard.
Using the England & Wales Civil Registration Death Index 1918 saw a 23% increase in the number of deaths compared with 1917 (617, 408 compared to 502,773). In the district of Bradford there was 19% increase (3,989 compared to 3,361).

Death of Chemist

Mr. E. W. Norris (Coroner) held an inquest at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Wednesday morning into the circumstances attending the death of John Richardson, aged 59, pharmacist chemist, of Bingley Road, Saltaire, who died in bed Monday morning.
Pioneer O. A. Richardson, son of the deceased said he was one of four soldier brothers. Deceased had not been confined to bed, but his health for some time past had not been good, and in June. 1917 the doctor ordered him away to Skegness for a fortnight.  He had suffered a great deal from headaches. He had had too much work. Previously two of the sons had helped him in the business, but both were taken into the Army.
His father sold his business at Hadfield, near Manchester, in August last and came to Saltaire in September. His father had a slight stroke in June 1917, and again at the end that year. He last saw his father alive about 7.30 a.m. on Monday. About quarter of an hour afterwards his (witness's) mother come and said "Father seems very bad.” Both brothers went into their father’s room. He was lying in bed with his eyes closed, breathing heavily and snoring. He was unconscious, and never spoke again. His mother told him that when his father came back into their bedroom he complained of feeling very cold, and that he got back into bed. He started stammering, and could not finish the sentence. The Coroner: Did the previous stroke affect his speech?—Yes. The Coroner returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes.
(Colin’s Note – John’s Chemist shop was located at 28 Bingley Road. This is on the south side of Bingley Road so it is not strictly in Saltaire.)

Free Speech

The following resolution was passed Tuesday night with two dissentients by the Shipley Trades and Labour Council: —
‘‘That this Council expresses satisfaction with the action of (the Shipley Urban Council allowing the use of Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Sunday 10 November, for the purpose of an address by Mr. Ramsay Macdonald, under the auspices of the Shipley Divisional Labour Party, but resents the action, as reported the Press, of two members of the Council in attempting to prevent free speech in Shipley.

Shirt Caught Fire

About 7.30 yesterday (Thursday) morning a boy named Alec Lily, aged 10, of 7 Dale St., Shipley, was found in front of the fire suffering from severe shock, also burns on the arms, back, side, and neck. He was taken to Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital. It appeared that his shirt tad caught fire while he was standing at the hearth.    

Died in Hospital

After practically recovering from received in action, Private Charles Cooke, Essex Regt., aged 27, of Bransbrook Farm, Nacton, near Ipswich, died at Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital on Tuesday from double pneumonia set up by influenza.
He had been at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bradford, for a year, and about two months ago he was transferred Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital to convalesce but took influenza on October 28th. He was a single man. The body has been removed for interment at Ipswich.

In Memoriam

BIRDSALL - In loving memory of dear son and brother. Private J. T. Birdsall, Duke of Wellington’s, killed by a sniper, 5 November 1915.
From Father, Mother, Sisters, and Brother-in-law (in France). 36 George Street, Saltaire, and 5, Field Street, Shipley.

BROOK - In loving memory of our dear mother, Rachel Brook, who passed away 5 November 1912. From her two Daughters and Grand-daughter. 16 Whitlam Street Saltaire.

FIELDHOUSE - In loving memory of Jabez Fieldhouse, died 6 November 1914. From his Wife and Family. 27 Dove Street.


Mrs Tatham and family of 33 Dove Street, wish to thank all kind friends for their sympathy in their sad bereavement, also for the floral tributes.
(Colin’s note – this refers to the death of John Tatham, who was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery 6 November 1918. He was aged 63 and he worked as a stone mason.)


Saltaire War Diary: 15 November 1918

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Service of Thanksgiving
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Saltaire Times Friday 15 November 1918

End of the War


The King on Monday addressed a vast crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in these words:—
“With you I rejoice and thank God for the victory which the Allied Armies have won, and so brought hostilities to an end and peace within sight.”
The Prime Minister in the House of Commons, read the terms of the armistice as follows:-“Immediate evacuation of Belgium. Alsace-Lorraine, and Luxemburg: evacuation by the enemy of Rhineland to be completed within sixteen days; railways of Alsace-Lorraine to be handed over; immediate repatriation, without repatriation of Germans, of Allied United States prisoners; all German troops in Russia, Romania, and elsewhere to be withdrawn; complete abandonment of treaties of Bucharest and Brest- Litovak: immediate cessation of all hostilities at sea; handing over to the Allies and the United States of all submarines; the following are be disarmed—Six battle cruisers, ten battleships, eight light cruisers, fifty destroyers, and other services. The Allies reserve the right to occupy Heligoland to enable them to enforce the terms of the armistice. The duration of the armistice to be 36 days”

At Shipley the news that the armistice had been was received at first with incredulity, but the advent of special newspapers set doubt aside, and by noon, when most of the workshops and factories closed for the day, the streets, what with the bright sunshine and the inspiriting good news, were altogether gayer than they have appeared for many a long day.
Tramcars flew bright colours, horses were decorated with the emblems of loyalty, and kiddies marched abreast in martial fashion with flags. Tradesmen hung out large flags and householders followed suit with smaller ones. Flag sellers were quickly sold out, and shopkeepers who did not sell flags were inundated with inquiries for Union Jacks. The Parish Church bells were rung as soon the news arrived, and they continued pealing during the afternoon and evening.

Wounded Soldier

Lance-Corporal H Greaves, K.O.Y.L.I., of 31 Mary Street, and who has seen three and a-half years’ active service, was wounded on 18 October, and is now in a London hospital.

Prisoners of War

List of Prisoners of War at the end of the war included the following from Saltaire:-

W Slater – 5 Lockwood Street
S Jeffrey – 14 Constance Street
J Hartley – 2 Higher School Street
C F Free – 38 George Street
J W Gott – 10 Constance Street
F Fieldhouse – 19 Mary Street
Thomas Kitchen – 4 Titus Street

Australian Mill Enterprise

Three well-known the Saltaire woollen traders—Mr. Henry Whitehead, Mr. Arthur J. Hill, and Mr. E. Gates—have acquired an interest in an Australian mill.
Some time ago a company, now registered as the Yarra Falls Spinning Company Ply., Ltd., was formed for the purpose of starting a wool scouring, combing, and spinning works on the River Yarra at Abbotsford, Victoria, and as a result of protracted negotiations the three gentlemen mentioned agreed to join in the project to a substantial extent. The capital of the company has been increased to £350,000, and it is understood that the prospects of obtaining the necessary carding and spinning machinery are at present satisfactory to the promoter of the undertaking.
The development is regarded with keen satisfaction in Australia, the hope being expressed that the strong support accorded from this district will induce the Australian Government to show a little more faith in the prospect the wool textile industry.

Meeting Cancelled

A meeting was to have been held on Wednesday night at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, with Mrs H. A. L. Fisher (wife of the Minister of Education) as the chief speaker on “Women and Reconstruction,” but it was postponed owing to the peace news.

Boy's Sad End

Mr. E. W. Norris (coroner) held an inquest the Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, Saltaire, on Tuesday, concerning the death of Alexander Lilley, aged 10, of 7 Dale Street, Shipley, who died from burns; caused by his shirt catching fire.
Alexander Lilley, father, a boiler fireman, said that he lost his wife three years ago. On Thursday morning last he got home at 6 o’clock and lit the fire. The boy was awake upstairs, but had not gone to school on account of the influenza epidemic. Witness then went to bed and fell asleep, and while asleep the lad appeared have gone downstairs and sat near the fire. Witness was awakened hearing him scream. The deceased’s shirt was in flames. He tore the lad’s shirt and sent for doctor, who was unable to come but ordered the boy to be taken to the hospital. There was a fireguard, but it was not in position.
Susan Rogers, matron, said that the deceased was admitted to the hospital at about a quarter to nine. He was suffering from extensive burns to the back, both arms, the neck and chest and both legs down to the knees. The extent of the skin destroyed was more than two-thirds of the body After treatment he recovered a little from the shock, but the second day he gradually grew worse and died Saturday morning about ten o’clock. Death was to shock from burns. The coroner told the father he thought there had been some carelessness in not having the guard to the fire. He recognised the father was in a difficult position in working at nights, and of there was no woman in the house there was always a risk He returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”


9 November 1918 St Pauls Shipley – James Arthur Tweedy, a fitter aged 24 from Burley, Leeds, married Ethel Robinson, aged 21 of 2 Jane Street, Saltaire


6 November 1918 Hirst Wood Cemetery – John Tatham, aged 63, of 33 Dove Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 22 November 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 22 November 1918

Thanksgiving Services

Thanksgiving for the armistice marked the services at most of the churches in this district on Sunday, and at two of them there was a strong civic element, public bodies attending the morning service at the Shipley Parish Church, while in the evening there was a town’s service in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire.
At the latter service, which was a united one, the attendance was very large. Councillor Thomas Hill, J.P. (chairman of the Shipley Urban Council) presided, and was supported by Councillor F. Fearnley Rhodes, Councillor. C. E. Learoyd, Mr. Isaac Lindow, and local ministers and clergy. A choir and string band led the singing.
The Chairman expressed the gratification all felt that hostilities had come a close order that statesmen might formulate terms of peace on a footing that would make it impossible for war to start again.
The Vicar of Shipley (the Rev. Harding Jolly) said that day would live for ever in the memory of those present, and years to come they would tell their children of that great day.

A service of thanksgiving was held at the Saltaire Wesleyan Church Sunday night, and was well attended. The Rev. O. Ernest Bailey, in the course of his remarks, said we recall the fateful day of more than four years ago, when the peace of the world was shattered, and, lest we forget, the watchwords that rang in our ears repeat them once again, "The war to end wars "—never again.
During the last four years we have smashed the old machine that governed the life of the world. It has taken us four years to do the work, but we have done it thoroughly. We have laid in a thousand fragments those organisations which opposed the freedom and the liberty of the nations. But now, greater question has faced. What is to take their place? The world cannot exist as it is to-day. Out of the scraps of the old we must build the new, but what are going to build, and what will the plan? President Wilson has reminded us of our old watchword, Never again.”—” a world that is safe for democracy." One thing at least is certain, we must never again go back to the days of secret treaties, when the destinies of nations were planned behind the scenes and wars were made by covetous men. Whatever we may build up in future days, democracy will demand that it he built in the white light of day. Another thing we have learned, the force of organised democracy. What is to prevent us from applying the force that has smashed German militarism to the task of smashing the Devil in our own land? We now know the way, if we have the will, and democracy, if it will, can smash the drink and overthrow the slums. The nations of the world for the purposes of war, have stood side by side. Then why not in the days of peace?
In caring for the men in the trenches churches and chaplains have forgotten their differences and just remembered that they were Christians. Then why should not they do it in the days of peace? The future world will have no place for nations for churches that cannot agree and lend a helping hand in the building of the new city of God.   

Shipley Urban District Council – Notice to Farmers and Cattle Dealers

The Council’s Abattoirs have been taken over by the Ministry of Food as a Slaughtering Establishment, and Farmers and Cattle Dealers who desire to have their Stock slaughtered on the deadweight basis may do so on application to the Slaughter-house agent, Mr H Feather, Victoria Road, Saltaire.
The accountant appointed by the Ministry of Food is Mr H E Hall, Council Offices, Shipley.

In Memoriam

Brooks - In fond and ever loving remembrance of our dear son and brother, Able Seaman Arthur Brooks who died of wounds received in action and was interred at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, 23 November 1916.
From Father, Mother, Sisters and Brothers – 1 Jane Street, Saltaire.


Saltaire War Diary: 29 November 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 22 November 1918

Popular Soldier Killed

Private Horace Robinson of 21 Edward Street, Saltaire, was killed in action on 1 November. In a letter his officer says that the deceased was most popular throughout the whole platoon, and died a true soldier and comrade.

Gas Poisoning

Private Eric Hopkinson of 7 Constance Street, Saltaire, is suffering from gas poisoning.

Death from Burns

The death took place at Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, Saltaire, on Wednesday morning, of Mrs Paley, aged 70, whose clothing caught fire on Tuesday morning at her home at 115 Briggate, Windhill. When admitted to the hospital she was found to be in a critical condition, both her arms and various parts of her body being very badly burned.   
The inquest took place yesterday, when a verdict of “Accidental Death” was returned.
(Colin’s note – Sarah Ann Paley 1848-1918)

 General Election

The first shots in the Shipley Division election campaign proper have been fired, Mr. Tom Snowden, the Labour candidate, speaking at the Victoria, Hall, Saltaire, on Sunday night, and Mr. Norman Rae, the Coalition candidate, addressing a meeting at the same place Tuesday night.
Mr. Rae’s position as official Coalition candidate was placed beyond doubt on Tuesday, when, in reply to a resolution passed on the previous day by the Shipley Division Unionist Association, he undertook to support the Coalition programme. It is understood that as a result of this assurance the Unionists have resolved to support him to a man against Mr. Snowden.


Under the auspices of the Saltaire Institute Society an interesting lecture was given on Wednesday night by Lieut. Louis Righyni (of the Patriotic League of Alsace-Lorraine), his subject being “Alsace-Lorraine: Past, Present, and Future."
Describing the quiet, peaceful, and unsuspicious condition of nations large before the war, he said that whilst the rest of Europe was rocking itself in a lullaby of security the German menace was developing unceasingly, and the peril hanging over the Allies was unforeseen. It was as if a tiger had stolen to the confines of a peaceful camp, waiting to spring upon its prey. At last the fatal moment came, and Europe was drenched in blood. After years of varying success the German tiger had at last been “shot," but the question remained—and it was vital—was the tiger dead? Was it buried? He thought not, and they must not rest satisfied till the tyranny of Germany was finally vanquished. Alsace-Lorraine had now come back to its own.


25 November – Hirst Wood Cemetery – Hilda Slinger, aged 12, of 19 William Henry Street.


Saltaire War Diary: 6 December 1918

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During the week ending 21st December, 1918, all persons, whether adults or children, will on surrender of Coupon NO. 7, be entitled to obtain an additional allowance of a Quarter of a Pound of Sugar in excess of the normal ration for the week.
Hospitals will receive, in addition to their usual ration, Half a Pound of Sugar for eawch person resident in the institution during the same week.
Organiswers of Entertainments for Children, Wounded Soldiers and Sailors, or for other charitable or public purposes between 15th December, 1918, and 28th February, 1919, who require additioinal supplies of Sugar, should apply to the undersigned.
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Local Food Office, Somerset House, Shipley, 26 Novemer 1918.

Saltaire Times Friday 6 December 1918

Saltaire Mill Honour the Armistice

The weaving, spinning, combing, burling, and the mending departments of the Saltaire Mills were on Saturday afternoon thrown open for the public to view the decorations which the workpeople had arranged in celebration of the armistice.
The various sheds and workrooms bad been transformed from their workaday appearance into what resembled immense Sunday school bazaars. The looms and the spinning frames were almost hidden beneath festoons of fancy coloured trimming paper, and at the ends of the “gates” running between rows of machines were mottoes, “Welcome Home,” while flags and bunting on the walls gave the interior of the works a gala appearance.
Many hundreds of people visited the works, and also inspected the machinery. From half-past one four there was a continuous stream in and out of the factory, the queue system saving any crowding, and one time there must have been three hundred people in the queue. Outside the mills, and opposite the main gates in Victoria Road, the. Shipley Brass Band played selections.
On the invitation of the directors, several members of the Urban Council were present, including Councillor Thomas Hill, J.P. (chairman of the Council), Councillor F. Fearnley Rhodes, Councillor C. E. Learoyd, Councillor Harry Pitts. Councillor T. F. Doyle. Councillor Alfred Linley, Councillor John Booth, and Councillor E. Cowgill. Mr. I. Lindow (Clerk), Mr. Albert Smith (Rate Collector), and Mr. Walter Popplestone (Director of Education) were also present. A silver collection was taken in aid of the Saltaire Mills Soldiers and Sailors Christmas Fund. £lO4 was realised.
(Colin’s Note - £104 in 1918 is worth c£5,700 in 2018)

Series of Concerts

Mr. George Wooller, who has wide reputation a concert caterer, is running a season of Saturday night popular concerts at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, and at the opening show tomorrow (Saturday), at seven o’clock, is presenting “The Helios,’’ a really clever troupe-review combination, whose repertoire includes the latest hits the cert platform. There is to be an entire change of programme each Saturday night, and the best of fare is promised.

Saltaire Prize Choir

The revival the Saltaire Prize Choir is regarded as only 'being a matter of time” now there is a strong feeling that this famous old combination should once more got together. To what extent this is possible was shown on. Monday night, when a number of them gave a concert at the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School in aid of the Sailors and Soldiers Christmas Parcels Fund.
Mr. Arthur Pearson (organist and choirmaster of the Baptist Church, Bradford), who conducted, was also the conductor when the old choir won so many prizes in open competition.
The minister (the Bev. G. B. Bailey), who proposed a vote thanks the artistes, said that when he was stationed at Morecambe had heard less creditable part-singing, and added that he would like to see the choir permanently resuscitated.
Mrs. Potter, Mrs. Briggs, and Mr. W. B. Allsop sang solos, and Mrs. Hirst recited, while several members greatly interested the audience with stories o£ the old days of the choir. Mr. John Ince was in the chair.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of Private Lawrence Emmott, of the Grenadier Guards, who fell in action at Cambrai, 1 December 1st 1917.
Oh, for a clasp of the vanished hand'. Only those who have lost can understand.
From Father and Mother. 8, Ostler Road, Shipley.

In loving memory of Private Horace Robinson, Duke Wellington’s Regiment, killed in action 1 November 1918.
 Dearly loved by Father, Mother, Sister, and Brothers, Walter and Tom, in France. 15. Albert Terrace.


Saltaire War Diary: 13 December 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 13 December 1918

Miss Isabel Salt - Pacifist and Proud of it

Mr Snowden spoke to a large gathering at Victoria Hall. Saltaire, on Tuesday night. Mr Harry Greenfield. J.P., was in the chair, and was supported Miss Isabel Salt (Harrogate), Mrs. Sandiforth, the Rev. L. Robinson, etc.
Miss Isabel Salt said that Mr Lloyd George, with his wire pulling, intrigue, and cinema stunts, was challenging the rights of local associations to put forward the men or women they desired. If the Labour party allowed this challenge to pass they would miss a great opportunity of showing that the instincts of the British people had a sense right and wrong which Mr. Lloyd George seemed devoid of. She had always been Liberal, but she was now on the Labour side because she could find no outlet for her principles within the Liberal party. The great hope for the future lay with the Labour party. Some of them might look with suspicion hearing of her standing with the Labour party. In his day her grandfather did much for the progress of mankind. Two generations had gone by. Other days had brought other problems, which perhaps had to be solved in. other ways. Mr. Rae had sneered at pacifists. She herself was a pacifist and proud it. Days were coming when everybody would be a pacifist. What was a pacifist? It was one who disbelieved in war as a means of settling differences.
(Colin’s note Isabel was the only daughter of Titus Salt Junior)

Medical Services Strained – Panel of 10 Doctors for a 50,000 population

The Shipley Insurance Committee met at the Saltaire Institute last Thursday evening. Mr. Emsley A. Dean (chairman) presiding, and, there were also present County Alderman H, Dunn, Councillor A. Dean (Bingley), Messrs. J. Wilks, Jennings Alderson, Alfred Pitta, and Joe Hudson.
Mr. Thomas Luxton (the Clerk) stated that he had communicated with the doctors in Shipley and Baildon, also with the Medical Officer for Bingley, with respect to the arrangements for informing the West Riding Insurance Committee of any breakdown on the medical staff, but there had been such breakdown. The service, however, was heavily strained. He had written to the West Riding Committee pointing out that there were only two doctors in Bingley for a population of 15,000 and asking that Bingley should be relieved as soon as possible by release of doctors from the Army. Shipley was a little better off, there being five or six doctors to deal with a population of 28,000. Baildon, with a population of 7,000 had two doctors.
Mr. Hudson: A panel of 2,000 is sufficient for one doctor.
The Clerk said there were hopes of getting another doctor released for Bingley He was in communication with the Insurance Commissioners. There were also indications of another doctor for Shipley being released from the Army.
The Chairman said that the supply of doctors for Shipley and Bingley was ridiculous, apart from any question of the influenza epidemic.
Alderman Dunn maintained that it was the duty of the committee to report any inadequate medical service at once, especially if there was any complaint from the people who came under the National Health Insurance.
With regard to the limit for extra clothing and nourishment, the Clerk reported that the amount had increased to £2 per week, or 10s per head, which was now in operation.
 Mr. Hudson: The West Riding Committee evidently take notice of our suggestions.
Alderman Dunn (emphatically): They do.
The Clerk: If they cannot always accept to our requests they at least need to point out the reasons why.
Alderman Dunn: They realise that the' Shipley Committee is alive.

Open Air Meeting

Mr. Rae addressed an open-air meeting in Albert Road, Saltaire, on Saturday afternoon. Mr. J. W. Sowden occupied the chair, and was supported by Mr. William Briggs, Mr. John Henderson, and Mr. J. B. Kelley.
Mr. Briggs said that in the first stages of the world crisis the whole German people were at one in wanting war. The Germans showed no mercy or feeling towards Englishmen, and his opinion of them was that, if they had the chance to go to war again they would do so.
The cost of the war to Great Britain and the Allies was millions of lives, innumerable wounded and crippled, and thousands of millions sterling. Germany should be made to pay, even if it took fifty years. The pacifists objected that Germany was unable pay, though she was enormously rich in coal and oil alone.


Saltaire War Diary: 20 December 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 20 December 1918

Christmas Box For Every Man With The Colours

The Shipley Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund has closed with a very handsome total subscribed, which will enable the committee to send 7s to each of the soldiers and sailors serving with the Forces, both at home and abroad.
Two thousand four hundred names have been registered, and the work of despatching the Christmas box commences to-day (Friday), when postal order will be forwarded to each man. The total sum raised exceeds £850.
(Colin’s note - £850 in 1918 is worth c£46,000 in 2018)

Grocer Found in Canal

The body of Jonas Butterfield, a grocer, aged 45, of 146, Union Street. Shipley, was found in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal near Saltaire Mills about 9.35 p.m. on Wednesday. Mr. A. Watkin, of Leigh-in-Mohr, Lucy Hall Drive. Shipley Glen, Baildon, who had been walking alone the canal bank between Shipley and Saltaire, when beside Saltaire Mills he saw a hat and coat on some railings, and he informed P.C. Pearcey. At 10.15 p.m. the body was recovered, and artificial respiration was tried, without success. The body was removed to the mortuary.

A Saltaire Pageant

A very large audience gathered the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Tuesday night to witness an entertainment by the girls and the staff of the High School, under the direction of Miss Byles (headmistress).
The programme divided into two parts, the first consisting “The Pedlar, a play, with music and dances arranged round an episode from Shakespeare’s Winter Me.” In the second part the programme there were three scenes.
The first of these represented the Court of Britannia at the outbreak of the war. Britannia has flashed the call to arms around her Empire, and awaits a reply. The Dominions represented by girls dressed in the distinctive costumes of India, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and all parts of the Empire, gather to offer gifts and service in democracy’s great war. This is a repetition of the final scene of the pageant, “Britannia and her Umpire”, which Miss Byles arranged for the schools’ first entertainment after the war began.
The second scene represented the Court Liberty in 1918, after the war was over, arranged by Miss Byles to commemorate the end of the war and to suggest, by a coming of representatives of all races to pay homage to Liberty, the idea of a League of Nations. Liberty shown holding a reception of the nations who have championed her cause, and as the nations passed before her in their cleverly designed and many coloured costumes some them gave dances.
Scene three consisted of a cantata. “The Angels of the Bells,” the argument which was that three new bells have been presented church to complete the full peal. They are christened—Joy, Love, and Peace, and are rung for the first time Christmas morning. The sponsor angels are hovering round. Peace being the first touch her bell with her branch the sun rises.
The pianoforte accompaniments were capably rendered. Artistic programmes, produced by the girls and members the staff, were on sale. A patriotic song and chorus, the tune of “Auld Lang Syne,” and composed by Miss Byles, were sung.

Last Words Before The Poll

The eve of the poll in connection with the General Election in the Shipley Division was marked even stronger speechmaking than was indulged in during the preceding fortnight, much of the interest of the meetings being of personal character, and last Thursday and Friday particular the platform exchanges were of the warmest description. Mr. H. Norman Rae (the Coalition candidate) wound up his campaign with meetings Saltaire and Shipley, while Mr. T. Snowden (the Labour candidate) finished up with meetings in the Wharfedale end of the constituency and at Bingley.


Saltaire War Diary: 27 December 1918

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Saltaire Times Friday 27 December 1918

Christmas Day in the Hospital

The patients at Sir Titus Salt's Hospital, Saltaire, were entertained to dinner on Christmas Day. Six ordinary patients and nine wounded soldiers were regaled in the Lee Ward, the bed patients being served in their own wards. Roast turkey, plum pudding, and fruit were provided.
In the morning the Saltaire Male Voice Choir sang a number of carols. After dinner some of the men went out for stroll, and the evening was spent in a genial manner. Carols were snug night by the patients and the staff.
Amongst the donations received was an anonymous gift of a10s note for each patient. Other gifts were: Mr. Arthur Sowden, grapes; Mr. and Mrs. Chisholm, £1; Mr. and Mrs. Bower. £5 5s; Mr Coulter, £5 and turkey; Mrs. Hayes, turkey; Miss Home, Christmas cakes; Messrs. Horne Bros., tinned fruits, milk, and jellies; Mrs. Butland, piece of ham, apples, oranges, cigarettes, sweets, and nuts; Hammond’s Brewery, bottled beer; Mrs. Lidow, cigars and nuts; Mrs. Jowett, piece of cheese: Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Roberts, fowl and sausage: Bradford Road Co-operative Grocery Stores, a small packet of money for each patient: Mr. H. Ayrton, cigars and cigarettes; Mrs. Halliday, cakes; and Mr. S. Shepherd, brawn.

Speech Day

Thursday last was the annual Speech Day at the Boys High School, Saltaire, and was observed in time-honoured fashion. In the evening the boys, the masters, and the staff were entertained to tea by the Governors. There were present at the tea Councillor O. K. Learoyd (Chairman of the Governors. Mrs. Learoyd, Councillor F. Fearnley Rhodes, Mrs. Rhodes, Councillor E; Bateson. Mrs. Bateson, Mr. W. Popplestone (Director of Education), Mr. F. J. Fuller (Head Master), Mrs. Puller, Messrs. W. P. Winter, S. Davies, G. Morris, Spencer (masters), and Miss Byles (Head Mistress of the Girls’ High School).
A large number of parents and friends afterwards gathered in the Victoria Hall, where Councillor Learoyd took the chair. He said that this might be called an Armistice Speech Day, and they entered into it with a better spirit than the dark years of war that had passed. He hoped that nest year would bring them a Peace Speech Day, when they would have got back in some degree to the happier times that seemed remote.

Wesleyan Church

Speaking at the Wesleyan Church, Saltaire on Sunday evening, the Rev. G. Ernest Bailey said he had been asked by the society for promoting a league nations, and in a letter from the President of the Wesleyan Conference, to bring before the people the great ideal of a league of nations that, would for ever end war, and would form a national court to settle international strife.
It was felt that if this great idea was to be actualised in the future history of the world, much depended upon the voice of the Christian churches in these days of crisis, and it was hoped that the whole weight united Christendom might be thrown into the scales.


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