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WW2: 1940
Researched by Colin Coates
 
Colin Coates writes:

Twenty-one years after the end of WW1, we were again at war with Germany when war was declared, 1 September 1939. This monthly diary will show events in Saltaire throughout the war from January 1939 to the end of 1945.

The primary source of the information is the Shipley Times, which was published weekly
throughout the war. Where possible I have used the exact wording from the newspaper. Where appropriate there are links to biographies on the website.

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Life in Saltaire, WW2: 1940

1940 January | February | March | April | May

Updated monthly

Also, Life in Saltaire, WW2: 1939

Also, Life in Saltaire: WW1

 

 
Saltaire Times, January 1940

ADVERT

IN AID OF LOCAL CHARITIES
Under the auspices of the SALTAIRE CONVERSAZIONI Committee
President: R. W. Guild, Esq.
NON-STOP DANCE
At the INSTITUTE, SALTAIRE (entrance Lockwood Street),
SATURDAY 13 JANUARY 1940, 7 to 11.45
LEWIS CARGILL’S GRESHAM PLAYERS,
Tickets 2/6 each. Refreshments at Moderate Prices.
No person admitted without a Gas Mask.

(Over 400 guests attended the function.)

A TRIBUTE IN RHYME

May I (through your columns) express to Shipley Council and staff the gratitude of many people of Saltaire and Shipley district for efficient and timely sanding of slippery pavements?
The enclosed rhyme is a personal tribute.
Yours, etc., A. MAWSON (Miss) – Dove Street, Saltaire

Thank you! Shipley Council, for efficient, timely aid;
Thank you! Band of workers, well equipped with sand and spade;
To the daily toiler it was such a grand relief.
Treading slippy pavements, sure of coming to no grief.
Plan for people’s welfare; your work behind the scene;
Help the nation greatly, like ship behind smoke screen;
Or speck on the horizon, or soldier in a trench,
A ploughman or a teacher, mechanic at the bench;
Let’s bravely pull together, “mid winter’s” chilly blast,
And, when hope’s ship is sinking, nail faith’s flag to the mast;
To help the smaller nations in this most crucial test.
Some of the Land of Freedom, rise up, and do your best.

(Colin’s note – Alice Mawson was born 4 March 1900. In the 1939 Register she was a weaver living with her widowed mother at 39 Dove Street. She died, a spinster, in 1992.)

PUBLIC NOTICE

MARY ANN ECCLES deceased PURSUANT TO SECTION 27 OF THE TRUSTEE ACT, 1925.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that all persons having claims against the estate of Mary Ann Eccles deceased formerly of 6 Harold Place, Saltaire, Shipley in the County of York but afterwards of 35 Balfour Street, Alloa in the County of Clackmannanshire, Scotland, Widow, (who died on 31 October 1939 and whose Will and Codicil were proved in the Principal Registry of the Probate Division of His Majesty’s High Court of Justice on 4 January 1940 by Richard Eccles the Executor named in the said Codicil) are required to send particulars of their claims to us, the undersigned, Solicitors for the said Executor, within two months from the date of the publication of this notice, after which the said Executor will distribute the assets amongst the persons entitled, having regard only to the claims of which he shall then have had notice; and he will not be liable for assets so distributed to any person of whose claim he shall not then have had notice.

DATED this 8 January 1940.
GEORGE BOLTON & PARK Solicitors for the said Executor.
84 Godwin Street, Bradford.

ADVERT

A BAILDON RUGBY DANCE
Saturday 20 January
VICTORIA HALL, SALTAIRE 7 to 11-45.
AMBASSADORS FULL BROADCASTING BAND
NON-STOP DANCING
Tickets at the Door 2/-
Usual Arrangements for Refreshments
No Admission Without Respirators

ADVERT

Victoria Hall, Saltaire.
FOUND! THE PERFECT CURE FOR BLACK-OUT BLUES.
23 to 27 January at 6.45 p.m.
Special Matinee Saturday at 2 p.m.
Edith E. Beaver’s
Superb Pantomime
ROBINSON CRUSOE
Over 40 First Class artists – Exquisitely Staged and Dressed
Book Now at 6 Victoria Road – you will not regret it.
Admission 1/6., 1/3., 1/-. (Children full price Saturday Evening)
You Must See our Ten Tiny Territorials
They’re a Real Treat for Young and Old
And Don’t Forget It Will Be Moonlight All The Week
Proceeds To St. John AMBULANCE (Saltaire)
BRING YOUR GAS MASKS

ADVERT

SHIPLEY SOLDIERS & SAILORS & THE ROYAL NAVY COMFORTS FUND
FILM SHOW and STAR VARIETY CONCERT
MICKEY ROONEY, The Hardy Family in
JUDGE HARDY’S CHILDREN
At Saltaire Picture House on Sunday 28 January at 6.30 pm
(by courtesy of Gaumont British Corporation Ltd.)
SAM WATERHOUSE (The noted Leeds Tenor)
ELSIE PRINGLE (In Monologue)
JENNY ROWSTON (Soprano)
W. LUPTON BROOKS
Items Will Include Community Singing.
Selections by Blue Royal Dance Band 6 to 6.30
Get Your Tickets Now and be sure of your seat.
Tickets may be obtained at Saltaire Pictures House;
Waite Bros., Kirkgate; Lupton Brooks, 2 and 4 Kirkgate; John Chell, Bingley Road.
TICKETS 1/-, 1/6, and 2/-.

SALT’S (SALTAIRE) PRIZE BAND

A novel feature of a New Year’s party during the weekend at Langley, the residence of Coun. Victor Waddilove, C.C., and Mrs. Waddilove, was the engagement of Salt’s (Saltaire) Prize Band.

Under the conductorship of Mr. H. B. Hawley, the band played carols and other appropriate music, and their efforts were highly appreciated.

(Colin’s note – Herbert Bowdin Hawley (1880 – 17 December 1952) founded the Hammonds Sauce Company in 1924.)

AIR RAID WARNING SIRENS

To ensure that air raid warning sirens are in working order, a test will be carried out on Thursday (11 January), at 11 a.m.

As in the previous test, the sirens will sound three times. First will come the “raiders passed,” a steady note lasting for two minutes. Then will come the action warning signal, which is a fluctuating warbling note, lasting for two minutes. After a short interval the raiders passed signal, two minutes note, will again be sounded.

The usual precautions are being taken in order that there should be no confusion if there is a genuine warning to be that time.

The point to note is that if the “all clear” signal is given first, then the sounding of the sirens is simply a test and is nothing to get alarmed about. The test will not take place if, at the time arranged for it, it should happen that a preliminary caution has been issued to A.R.P’. Services to stand by. If it should be found necessary to issue a public air raid warning on Thursday, 11 January, indicating that an air raid may actually occur, the signal will be reinforced by whistles by wardens and police.

MONTHLY TESTS OF AIR RAID WARNING SIRENS

There are to be monthly tests of air raid warnings sirens throughout the Shipley area, in common with the whole of the West Riding.

The tests will be held on the second day of each month, at 2 p.m. Each time they will commence with the “raiders passed” signal, a steady note lasting for two minutes, followed by the alarm, a fluctuating note for two minutes, followed by the “raiders passed.” If there should be a genuine alarm, then, of course, the alarm would be sounded first.

SPEED LIMIT

The new speed limit of 20 m.p.h. during black-out hours will be introduced on 1 February.

Saltaire Times, February 1940

AIR RAID SHELTERS

Shipley Council are about to launch a first stage of their programme for strengthening basements for use as air raid shelters. Tenders have been invited lor the work to be undertaken in connection with the first batch of 1, 200 basements. and much of the material needed has already secured. The full programme provides for strengthening 3,000 basements. Further public shelters are also provided along the main highways of the town, and 1,400 Anderson shelters are to be supplied. Communal shelters or pill-boxes to accommodate 4,000 people will be provided in cases where there are no basements or facilities for Anderson shelters.

SOS FROM MEN ON THE SEA

Saltaire Effort to Provide Sea-boot Stockings

The manager of the Saltaire Picture House is prosecuting his appeal for knitted comforts for our seamen with zeal. One of the greatest needs of those who are doing their bit the sea is for Sea-boot Stockings. Mr. Cockburn and his Committee are working hard to ensure that Saltaire does its share in this great task.

SHIPLEY ACCIDENT

Two people were injured in a head-on collision between motor car and motor lorry in Bradford Road, Shipley, during the black-out on Friday (16 February) night.

The driver of the car, John Lishman, aged 47, manufacturer, of 16, Grange Avenue, Hirst Wood, Shipley, sustained a broken arm and his passenger, Miss Lilian Lishman, of Oak Mount, Manningham, was injured about the head. Both were taken to Saltaire Hospital, but Mr. Lishman was allowed to home after attention.

(Colin’s note – John Lishman was born 6 February 1893 in Bradford. He served in WW1 with the Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment. He died in 1970 in Sussex.)

ADVERT

WEST RIDING POLICE SHIPLEY
ANNUAL WHIST DRIVE & DANCE
In aid of Local Charities will be held in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, Wednesday, 21 February (Full Moon)
Tickets 2/6 (Limited number), Valuable Prizes
LEWIS SCARGILL’S GRESHAM PLAYERS
Whist and Dance, 7.30 p.m. prompt to 1.0 a.m.

ADVERT

BRADFORD RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL CLUB
A DANCE
Will be held at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Saturday 24 February 1940, 7.30 p.m. to 11.45 p.m.
Tickets 2/- each. No Admittance Without Respirator.

DEATHS

CLAYTON – 2 February, at a nursing home, Mary Clayton, sister of the late Charles Clayton, of 68 Victoria Road, Saltaire.

LODGE – 13 February at 8 William Henry Street, Saltaire, Sarah Lodge, wife of Wilfred Lodge.

RAWNSLEY – 15 February, Mary Rawnsley, in her eighty-first year, widow of the late William Rawnsley, at 27 Shirley Street, Saltaire.

STYLES – 23 February, at 21 Whitlam Street, Saltaire, Arthur aged 54 years, husband of Ada Styles.

RILEY – 12 February at Saltaire Hospital, Elizabeth Riley, aged 70 years, widow of the late, Herbert Riley, and mother of Marian, of Briar Hill, Baildon.

 

Saltaire Times, March 1940

THE NAVY THANKS

Patrons of the Saltaire Picture House who have given their support to the manager in his efforts collect knitted comforts for the men of the Royal Navy will be pleased to hear that he has received a letter of grateful thanks from the officers the Depot for Knitted Garments for the Navy. Mention is made of the fact that immediately upon receipt the gifts were distributed to the Navy and are now being appreciated by the men. The appeal is still for such comforts stockings, gloves and pullovers. and the manager hopes that Shipley people will continue to support it in generous fashion.

ADVERT

EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT!
NOW IS THE TIME TO CHOOSE YOUR
EASTER EGGS
For the best makes of Chocolates, Sweets, Cigarettes, etc., try
QUANBURY’S
Glenaire Sweet Stores
Victoria Road
Saltaire

CINEMA

A double feature programme will be shown at Saltaire Picture House for the end of this week.

“Blind Alley” is a thrilling drama featuring Chester Morris, Ralph Bellamy and Ann Dvorak.

The second feature, “North Shanghai,” stars James Craig and Betty Furness.

Spectacular battle scenes in the war-torn Orient, a full measure of comedy and romance, and tense, exciting glimpses of intrigue.

BAILDON CARNIVAL PROFIT

At a meeting of the Baildon Hospital and Charities Committee, Mr. William Bottomley (treasurer) announced that the sum of £l20 was available for distribution among local charities as a result of the annual Baildon Carnival Week.

£25 was allocated to the Saltaire Hospital New Building.

 

ADVERT

JENNIFER
FOR EASTER WEAR
17 Victoria Road, Saltaire
NEW SEASON’S GOODS
KNITWEAR; GOWNS; LINGERIE
MILLINERY and BABY WEAR

RATION BOOKS

Motorists are urged to take the greatest care of their petrol ration books and supplementary coupons. A number of cases have been reported where these have been stolen from parked cars or have been lost in other circumstances, but in no instance has it been possible to obtain a replacement. Never, therefore, leave them in a car. No money can purchase a fresh supply petrol coupons, nor can their loss be insured against.

LATER TRANSPORT

Bradford Corporation Transport Department proposes to run later services as from today (1 March).

Last vehicle to Saltaire (via Manningham Lane) will be 11.02 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays, and 10.56 p.m., on other days.

YORKSHIRE IN WAR

Seven men and women from different parts of Yorkshire, have been chosen to broadcast to the Forces in D. G. Bridson’s Yorkshire programme in the Old Country series on Saturday 30 March.

From the lips of these men and women, most of whom have relatives or friends serving with the British Expeditionary Force in France, Yorkshire soldiers will hear how things are going on back home.

The speaker who will talk of the Yorkshire mill towns is Mrs. Janey Crabtree, of 145 Town Lane, Thackley, Bradford. Mrs. Crabtree is employed as a winder at Saltaire Mills.

INTERESTING FILM SHOWN IN LEEDS

Principals and buyers connected with leading drapery and furnishing stores in the district attended a showing of the film ''The Story of Wool" at the Great Northern Hotel, Leeds, yesterday (6 March).

The film, which has been made by the International Wool Secretariat, was shown for Crowe and Co. Ltd., Wholesale warehousemen, Leeds.

Some of the scenes were made at Saltaire Mills.

WRESTLING

The National Amateur Wrestling Association catch-as-catch-can championships were held at the Cambridge Theatre, London, on Saturday 16 March.

In the Bantamweight final, R. Cazaux (College, Bradford) beat Thomas Eastell (Saltaire Mills).

DEATHS

COOPER – On 24 March, at 33 Dove Street, Saltaire, George, in his fifty-ninth year, the husband of Emily Cooper.

GARRETTY – Andrew, aged 69 years, the husband of Phoebe Ann Garretty, who died 20 March, at 10 Jane Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire Times, April 1940

HUTTON FOR SALTS.
SIGNED AT BIG FEE.
NOT FOR BRADFORD LEAGUE.

HERE is a shock for the Bradford Cricket League and its clubs —

Len Hutton, Yorkshire end batsman, yesterday signed to play cricket for Salts, members of Yorkshire Council, for the coming season.

Len was signed yesterday at the "Somewhere In Yorkshire" centre where he is stationed as a sergeant instructor in physical training by Mr. W. L. Smith, secretary of the Salts club.

This club is associated with the Saltaire Mills and plays on a splendidly fit-out sports ground situated on the opposite side of the River Aire at Saltaire, Shipley, to where Saltaire, members of the Bradford League, play.

Saltaire became famous during the last war, when in their ranks was Sydney F. Barnes. at that time the highest-paid " star" in the Yorkshire Leagues; this time, Salts, a somewhat unconsidered club up to a few years ago, take the initiative.

SALTAIRE CRICKET SIGNINGS

W.E. Bowes, the Yorkshire and England bowler, has registered to play for Saltaire in the Bradford Cricket League. Bowes, who is in the Army, and is now “somewhere in Yorkshire,” has been signed for the season, and will play whenever his military duties permit.

Saltaire have also signed Alfred Pope, the Derbyshire County player, and J. M. Crossley, a former Bradford League “star,” who for some seasons has played in the Huddersfield League.

SALTAIRE MILL WORKERS ON RADIO

Three West Riding millworkers will to-night (23 April) help J. B. Priestley to tell B.B.C. listeners of the changes that have taken place in England since the Bradford novelist wrote his famous "English Journey " seven years ago. In order to write "English Journey" Mr. Priestley spent months trotting up and down the country, and a vivid, sometimes caustic, portrayal of our national life was the result.

Since war began Mr. Priestley has retraced his steps, and on the radio to-night, in a feature entitled: “New English Journey” he will deal with the changes war has effected. The programme is being presented in collaboration with D. G. Bridson.

The participants in the programme will be speaking from B.B.C. studios in various parts of the country. The three Yorkshire mill folk will be in a Yorkshire studio. They are Mr. Fred Hird, assistant engineer, of 43 Aire View Avenue, Cottingley, Mr. Jack Crabtree, beam setter, of 145 Town Lane, Thackley, Bradford, and his wife, Janie Crabtree, a warper.

All three are employed at the famous-the-world-over mills of Salts (Saltaire) Ltd.

SALTAIRE HOSPITAL

Mr. F. FEARNLEY RHODES was last night (24 April) elected chairman of the governors of the Saltaire Hospital for the third year in succession. Mr. Rhodes, who is just recovering from a serious illness, has given notable service to the hospital ever since election to the Board of Governors about 14 years ago.

As chairman during the past two years he has played a big part in the very difficult negotiations connected with the scheme for the erection of a new hospital in Bradford Road. He had hoped that it would be possible to start the building operations this year, and the postponement of the scheme on account of the war came as a big disappointment to him, but he can at least find satisfaction in the fact that the purchase of the site has been completed. The building fund has already reached £4,800, and all legal problems have been solved in readiness for an immediate start after the war.

Mr. Rhodes has been a leading figure in the public life of Shipley for many years and was chairman of the Council for five years.

NOTICE

Salts (Saltaire) A.F.C. Annual Dance
to be held in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire.
Saturday 27 April – Dancing from 7.30 to 11.45 p.m.
Mr. Cyril Butterworth of B.B.C. Redcar Follies and his Band
M.C.: Mr. P. Nightingale
Refreshments at Moderate Charges – Running Buffet
Tickets 2s. each

SALTAIRE PICTURE HOUSE

Combining all the thrills of the football field with the excitement of a human drama and an enthralling murder mystery, “The Arsenal Stadium Mystery,” screened at Saltaire Picture House at the end of this week (19 April), brings to cinemagoers intimate glimpses of some of soccer’s greatest names – Drake, Bastin, Eddie Hapgood, Kirchin and Bryn Jones. Leslie Banks, Greta Gynt, and Ian MacLean head the cast.

MARRIAGE

HENTON – GIBSON

13 April at Saltaire Methodist Chapel, by Rev. John Parry Brooks, Richard, son of Mr. & Mrs. Meanwell Henton, of Frizinghall, to Joyce, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Albert Gibson, Cottingley Grange, Shipley.

DEATH

Hewitt – 17 April, at 26 Dove Street, Saltaire, Annie, aged 53 years, the wife of Thomas Hewitt.

Bailey – 26 April, at 30 Dove Street, Saltaire, Walter Bailey, (after a long illness), aged 65 years.

Cortege will leave the above address on Monday 29 April, at 2.15 p.m., for service and internment at Nab Wood Cemetery.

Saltaire Times May 1940

SOLDIER FRIENDS “MISSING”

Two Shipley friends, Private Jack Lockwood, aged 20, and Private Dennis Hartley, aged 19, are reported missing in the Norwegian campaign. Private Lockwood, who formerly lived in Thompson Street and worked at Saltaire Mills, joined the York and Lancaster Regiment several months before the war. He is a brother of Mrs. Haggerty, of 11 Katherine Street, Saltaire.

Private Hartley a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Atkinson, of 11 Alexandra Road, Shipley, and is the fiancé of Private Lockwood’s sister, Miss Doris Lockwood. He joined the York and Lancaster Regiment two years ago, and before that worked at Saltaire Mills.

Another Shipley soldier who served in the Norwegian campaign saw them both in Norway, and states that he heard Private Hartley had been wounded.

SHIPLEY CONNECTIONS

Shipley people had a particular interest in the Middleton and Prestwich by-election in which the British Union candidate was heavily defeated. The successful Conservative candidate, Lieutenant Ernest Everard Gates, is son of the late Mr. Ernest H. Gates, head of Salts (Saltaire) Ltd., and E. H. Gates A Co., from whom he inherited over half-a-million pounds at the age 22. He is 37 years of age. and is in temporary command of a battery of the Royal Artillery in the West Country.

SHIPLEY PREPARES TO RECEIVE REFUGEES

When Shipley receives its 400 Continental refugees they will be taken to temporary accommodation at the Saltaire Institute and at the Sunday schools associated with the Providence Methodist, Hall Methodist, Windhill Mission, Saltaire Road Methodist, Bethel Baptist and Salem churches. The Public Assistance Officer will make arrangements for feeding them, and voluntary staff will be recruited from the local W.V.S. and from the congregations of the respective churches. Later, the refugees will either go to requisitioned houses or to billets in private houses with payment on the recognised scale.

ART TEACHER'S DEATH

The death occurred at his home, “Storiths,” Moorhead Lane, Shipley, on Sunday (26 May), of Mr. Henry Vincent Clark, formerly head of the Design Department of the Bradford College of Art and Crafts. Mr. Clark, who was 58 retired in August last because of failing health.

Trained at the School of Art, University of Reading, Mr. Clark was design master at Shipley School of Art for seven years, and later taught at Keighley School of Art.

In 1930 he became secretary to the Yorkshire Group of Artists and was also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Allied Trades of the Yorkshire Council for Further Education.

Mr. Clark was prominently connected with the Saltaire Methodist Church. He leaves a widow and an adopted daughter.

HOSPITAL GOVERNORS’ CHAIRMAN

Mr. F. Fearnley Rhodes has been elected chairman of the governors of the Saltaire Hospital for the third year in succession.

Mr. Rhodes, who is just recovering from serious illness, has given notable service to the hospital ever since his election to the Board of Governors about 14 years ago.

He has played a big part in the very difficult negotiations connected with the scheme for the erection of a new hospital in Road. The building fund has already reached £4,800, and all legal problems have been solved in readiness for an immediate start after the war.

Mr. Rhodes has been a leading figure the public life of Shipley for many years and was chairman of the Council for five years.

Death

George Morrell, husband of Mary Alice, died 19 May 1940, aged 74, at 13 Amelia Street, Saltaire.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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