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WW1: The Saltaire Story
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WW1 Roll of Honour: surnames beginning with:

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Naylor, John Arthur
1885 – ????

John Arthur Naylor was the son of William Naylor. William was born c1854 in Bradford. John, the elder of two sons, was born 1882 in Bradford. In 1891 the family lived in Manningham with William working as a joiner. By 1901 they were living at 16 Otley Road in Shipley.

John married Sarah Elizabeth Thorpe 18 November at Providence Wesleyan Chapel Shipley. In 1911 they were living in Baildon with John working as a joiner. They had a son, Frank, born 1910. By 1918 they were living at 26 Edward Street in Saltaire. John served in and survived the war.


Naylor, Nicholas Briggs
28 December 1882 – 1954

Nicholas Briggs Naylor was the son of John Naylor. John was born c1854 in Windhill. He married Hannah Mary Hodgson in 1877.  In 1881 they were living in Idle with John working as a quarryman.

Nicholas, the third of seven children, was born 28 December 1882 in Shipley. He was baptised 21 November 1984 in Calverley. In 1901 the family were living in Shipley with Nicholas working as a quarryman.

Nicholas Briggs NaylorNicholas, working as a driver, married Sarah Ellen Aimsworth on 24 April 1905 at St. Pauls Shipley Sarah was living at 31Titus Street in Saltaire. In 1911 he was a carter living with his wife and her parents at Baildon Green. Nicholas served in and survived the war. The following is an extract from the Shipley Times 18 October 1918:-

“CAPTURED 17 GERMANS – Acting Sergeant-Major Nicholas Naylor, Royal Fusiliers, of 23 George Street Saltaire, has been awarded the Military Medal for having along with a 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.”

After the war Nicholas and his family lived in George Street until around 1928 when they moved to 27 Caroline in Saltaire. Staying in Saltaire they moved to 22 Titus Street in 1931 and to 4 Titus Street in 1940. Nicholas died in 1954.


Neale, Fred
1886 - 1964

Fred Neale was the son of Jacobus Neale. Jacobus was born c1859 in Bradford. He married Amanda Huby in 1878. In 1881 they were living in Manningham with Jacobus a silk dyer.

Fred was born, the younger of two sons, was born 1886 in Manningham. In 1891 & 1901 the family were living at 29 Wrose Hill Terrace in Idle. Jacobus worked as a stone quarryman and Fred as a worsted spinner. Fred married Maud Elizabeth White 26 October 1907 at St. Pauls Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 11 Ada Street in Saltaire with Fred working as a take up beam coverer. They had two sons; Clarke born 31 December 1912 and Fred 10 December 1914. The family lived at 10 Thompson Street in Shipley from around 1914.

Fred originally enlisted 1 October 1902 and he was in the Army Reserve. As a reservist he was called up at the outbreak of war. Fred was a member of the Saltaire Angling Club; in August 1914 following a collection the club gave Fred’s wife 14s 3d. Fred was re-engaged 30 September 1914 and served as a Driver with the Royal Field Artillery. He saw active service overseas from 1915. At the beginning of 1918 his wife had not heard from him for a while so on 22 January 1918 she wrote the following letter:-

“I the undersigned would very much like to know if you can get to know anything about my husband as I have not heard anything for seven weeks and the last letter that I received had been on the way six weeks that makes it about thirteen weeks since any of his news came through. His last address was

27272 Dr. Fred Neale
No 2 Base Depot
Makina Depot

Please try to let me have news of him as soon as possible and oblige.”
Mrs Fred Neale

Fred survived the war and from 1920 lived at 62 Crag Road in Windhill. They lived at 10 Carlton Avenue in Shipley until around 1961. By 1962 they were living at 64 Victoria Road in Saltaire. Fred died in 1964.


Neild, Thomas
1883 – ????

Thomas Neild was the son of Job Ellison Neild. Job was born c1856 in Halifax. He married Ada Mitchell 10 May 1880 at St. Wilfrid Calverley. In 1881 they were living at 40 Victoria Road (renumbered now 66) with Job an unemployed wool sorter. Job died before 1891.

Thomas, the elder of two sons, was born 1883 in Saltaire. In 1891 & 1901 widowed Ada was living at 33 Caroline Street in Saltaire. In 1901 Thomas was working as a house painter. Thomas married Mary Elizabeth Pearson in 1908, they had a daughter, Annie, born 1910. In 1911 the family were living at 12 Herbert Street in Saltaire.

Thomas served as a Private with the Labour Corps and survived the war. In 1918 Thomas and his family were living at 81 Bradford Road in Shipley. By 1931 they were living at 9 Ashley Road in Shipley, where they remained until at least 1948. Thomas is remembered on the Saltaire URC Roll of Honour.


Noble, Harry
c1889 – 14 January 1951

Harry Noble was the son of Leonard Noble. Leonard was born c1856 in Shelf. He married Mary Jane Ploughman 18 October 1876 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 the family were living in Leeds.

Harry, the youngest of three sons, was born c1889 in Shipley. The family lived in Shipley in 1891, 1901 & 1911 with Leonard working as machine fitter. In 1911 Harry was working as a wool sorter. By 1914 the family moved to 22 Baker Street in Saltaire and Harry spent the rest of his life there.

Harry served in and survived the war. He died 14 January 1951 at St. Lukes Hospital Bradford; he left a widow, Mary (marriage date and maiden name not known).


Noble, Samuel
1897 – ????

Samuel Noble was the son of Alfred Noble. Alfred was born 20 February 1862 in Saltaire. He married Janet Illingworth 24 Dec 1884 at St Pauls Shipley. Alfred was a warp twister living at 19 Gordon Terrace (now 87 Bingley Road) in Saltaire. In 1891 they were living, without children, at the Beehive Inn Shipley where Alfred was the innkeeper. Janet died before 1897. Widowed Alfred married Mary Ellen Rhodes 15 April 1897 at St Pauls Shipley.

Samuel, an only child, was born 1897 in Saltaire. He was baptised 28 October 1897 at St Pauls Shipley. In 1901 & 1911 the family lived at 15 William Henry Street in Saltaire. In 1911 Samuel was a twister in the mill. His father, Alfred, died in 1915.

Samuel served as a Driver with the Royal Field Artillery and he survived the war. Samuel lived with his widowed mother at 44 Caroline Street in Saltaire from 1921 to 1936.


North, Thomas

Thomas North married Ethel Crabtree in 1914. He served in and survived the war. In 1918 he was living with Ethel at 18 Ada Street in Saltaire.

Report from the Shipley Times 24 December 1924:

Wife Desertion.
At the Bradford West Riding Police Court on Monday, Ethel North, of 18, Ada Street, Saltaire, summoned her husband, Thomas North, with desertion.
Mr. J. B. Atkinson represented the complainant, who stated that she and her husband had been married ten years and had one child, aged eight years. The couple had not got on very well together of late, and a fortnight ago the defendant went away without saying anything or leaving any money. He had frequently stayed away from home for a night, and she (complainant) did not know where he had been. Since he left her a fortnight ago, she had only seen him once —when he broke into the house one night but left again the next morning. Complainant added that she had always worked since she had been married. There had been unpleasantness between them for about two years, and she declared that she could not live with him again on account of his cruelty.
An order was made for 23s week.

It is unclear what happened to Thomas after this.






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