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WW2: 1942
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 WW2 Saltaire: 1939 | 1940 | 1941 | 1942

This page: Life in WW2 Saltaire: 1942

Updated monthly

1942 January | February

Saltaire Times, January 1942


Mrs R. Knott, Valley Street, Windhill, has learned that her husband, Private Stanley Arthur Knott (Border Regiment) has been killed in the Middle East.

He was a Guiseley man but lived in the Shipley district four years before joining up and was employed as a weaver at the Saltaire Mills.


Mr. & Mrs. Edward Slinger, 2 Helen Street, Saltaire, have learned that their son, Ordinary Seaman Leslie Slinger, was killed on H.M.S. Barham. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 15, and was in action at Crete, Greece, and Norway.


Lance-Corporal Harold Robinson Doyle, a member of a prominent Shipley family, has been awarded the D.C.M. for conspicuous gallantry during the fighting in France.

With great courage he held on to a post to cover the withdrawal of his comrades when the Germans broke through.

Lance-Corporal Doyle is the third son of the late Mr. Thomas Francis Doyle, of Saltaire, who was a member of the Shipley Council. He joined the Army at the end of the last war and served in Archangel, Egypt, and India. He rejoined when this war broke out.


Stated to be a member of the Apostolic Church and to have become a deacon, treasurer, and secretary of the church missionary work at Saltaire within a period of 18 months, Ernest Wilson Richardson, aged 25, civil engineer, of Bank Crest, Baildon, appeared before Leeds Conscientious Objectors' Tribunal, Monday 26 January.

Asked whether the church was short of men that Richardson should have taken these positions in so short a time, the pastor, Wilfred Ewart Rhodes, said his congregation only numbered 15 to 20, and most of them were women. There were about six men.

Richardson was registered for non-combatant duties.


Jack Gott, aged 8, of 19 Wycliffe Road, Shipley, was knocked down by a motor van in Saltaire Road, Shipley, on Monday (5 January), and taken to Saltaire Hospital suffering from a badly fractured leg.

In attempt to avoid him, the driver swerved, and the van crashed into the front of a shop.

(Colin’s note – Jack Gott – born, 12 June 1933. Died, 31 March 1993 at 186 Wycliffe Gardens, Shipley.)


John Hudson (57), of Westcliffe Road, Shipley, maintenance electrician, died at Saltaire Hospital, Tuesday 13 January, from injuries received when he fell 17 feet through the roof a factory at Woodbottom, Baildon.


Jacob Holmes Light (57), The Gales, Menin Drive, Baildon, fish and chip shop proprietor, Saltaire Road, Shipley, collapsed and died in his shop on Saturday night (31 January).

He had some trouble with his car and went into the shop, it is stated, for a block of wood. He was found lying on the floor and was taken to Saltaire Hospital, where on arrival he was found to be dead.


The Bradford Parks Committee has decided to recommend the Corporation to sell the two old cannons in Roberts Park, Saltaire, to the highest private bidder for use as scrap in the war effort. The cannon are relics on the Crimean War.


Shipley District Traders’ Association held a very successful and enjoyable whist drive and dance at the Saltaire Institute on Saturday night in aid of their Ambulance for the Forces Fund. There were over 300 guests.

Mr. Albert Coulton was the M.C. for the dancing which took place in the Victoria Hall. Mr. W. Lupton Brooks was the M.C. for the whist.

The aim of the fund is to raise £300 for the purchase of a light ambulance for the Forces, but if the war ends before this object is reached the balance in hand will be presented to the Saltaire Hospital.


The Governors of Saltaire Hospital, at their January meeting, decided to invest £6,500 during the Shipley-Baildon Warship Week on behalf of the New Hospital Fund.

Mr. W. H. Crabtree (Chairman) presided, and other Governors present were Miss Dunn, Mrs. Birbeck, Mr. James Wall, Mr. H. E. Sucksmith, Mr. A.S. Hyde, Mr. J. R. Hardcastle, and Dr. Sharpe.


Do you know that a Branch of the

exists in Shipley.
We want another 2,000 members.
Send your name and address to
Mr. T. Johnson, Secretary, 1 Titus Street, Saltaire.
Membership 1s per year.


The wedding took place, at St. Paul's Church. Shipley, of Mr. Leslie Hartley, Frizinghall and Miss Kathleen W. Hanson, of Saltaire.

Mr. Hartley is secretary to the Ilkley Coronation Hospital, and the bride secretary to Onduras Ltd., Shipley, and also a volunteer clerical worker for the Shipley A.T.C.

The bride was given away by her grandfather, Mr. F. W. Hanson, aged 84.


Two Civil Defence ambulance drivers were married at Saltaire Methodist Church on Saturday (3 January).

They were Mr. Douglas Whittingham, elder son of Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Whittingham of Norwood Terrace, Shipley, and Miss Alice Mason, younger daughter of Mr. J. W. Mason of Rhodes Street.


The sum of £50 was handed over to the Shipley Red Cross Fund on Monday (5 January) by a representative of the Windhill Branch of the Women’s Industrial National Service.

This handsome donation was raised by means of New Year carnival dance held at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, Saturday (3 January), supplemented by men’s efforts.

The music at the dance was provided by Arty Kaye and his New Commanders, Mrs. Stott was organising secretary, and Mr. E. Hoyle was M.C.

A dancing exhibition was given by Mr. Hoyle and partner.


31 December – Saltaire Congregational Church

John, youngest son of the late Mr. & Mrs. A. Armstrong, Saltaire, to Doreen, only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. A. D. Bilham, Cottingley.

24 January – Saltaire Congregational Church

Florence Irene, only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. T.W. Walker, Saltaire, to Charles, eldest son of Mr. & the late Mrs. G. H. Archer, Farnley.


METCALFE – 17 January at 57 Victoria Road, Saltaire, Arthur Metcalfe, husband of the late Mary Metcalfe.

CHARLESWORTH – 31 January (suddenly), at Mount Street, Harrogate, Joseph Charlesworth, husband of Florrie Charlesworth, late of Saltaire.


1 January – Jeannie
4 – The Roaring Twenties
5 – My Life With Caroline & Blondie Has Servant Trouble
8 – The Hurricane
11 – Juares
12 – The Devil Commands & Meet Boston Blackie
15 – Forty Thousand Horsemen
18 – The Flying Deuces
19 – Hell’s Angels & Let The People Laugh
22 – Adam Had Four Sons
25 – Four Wives
26 – Turned Out Nice

Saltaire Times, February 1942


Private James William Blezzard, York and Lancaster Regiment, third son of Mr. and Mrs. John Blezzard, of Dallam Walk, Shipley, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East.

Private Blezzard, a native of Shipley, was educated at Saltaire Road school. Before joining the Army as a bugler, about eight years ago, he was employed at Saltaire Mills.

Five sons of the family are serving in the Forces, three in the Army and two in the Navy. Joseph aged 27 in India; John (25) in the Military Police; James William in the Middle East; Robert (21), on a minesweeper, and Ernest, the youngest, in Naval Patrol Service.

The father, Mr. John Blezzard, served in the Royal Field Artillery in the last war. He is a laboratory assistant at Saltaire Mills, where he has been employed for 30 years.


The series of dances organised by the Saltaire Cricket Club to augment their funds are proving exceedingly popular.

Upwards of 400 revellers were present at a-dance held in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, Saturday evening (7 February), and the company included several men serving in the Forces.

The Secretary ( Mr. A. W. Burgoyne) was the M.C., and the music was supplied by the Ambassadors.


There was a large gathering the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, Saturday evening (14 February), when the annual dance promoted by the Shipley Men's Catholic Club was held. Mr. Jack McLaughlin was M.C., and the music was supplied by the Melody Makers.

The dance was organised by the committee consisting of Messrs. V. Wensworth, J. Burden (secretary), J. W. Jordan, J. Haste. T. Thompson and A. Sheard.

Refreshments were served under the superintendence the ladies' committee: Miss H. McKenzie. Mrs. J. Burden, Mrs. T. Thompson. Mrs. A. Sheard and Miss M. Haste.

It was an enjoyable gathering, and the extra hour for dancing which the Shipley Urban Council had granted was much appreciated.


Organised by the Shipley Section No. 3 Troop Legion of Frontiersman, a very successful and well attended dance was held in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Saturday evening (21 February).

Sergeant John Chell was the officer in charge and Trooper Simpson was a capable M.C. The music was supplied by the Melody Makers.

During the evening, light refreshments were served under the supervision of the members of the Shipley Branch of the British Legion (women’s section).


Saltaire Congregational Church – 7 February.

Irene, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Sharpe, 38 George Street, Saltaire, to Bdr. Frank Newton, only son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Newton, 4 Lister Avenue, Bradford.


CASH – Margaret at 31 Whitlam Street, Saltaire (no date given)

JACKSON – 8 February – at 22 Jane Street, Saltaire – spinster Eva Jackson, aged 36, daughter of Ralph Edgar and Mary Jackson.

CRABTREE – 11 February – at 65 George Street, Saltaire – Harry Wright , aged 51.


1 February – The Saint Takes Over
2 – The Reluctant Dragon
8 – King Of The Lumberjacks and Smuggled Gold
9 – It Started With Eve
15 – Girl From God’s Country and The Londoners
16 – Adventure in Sahara and Ellery Queen, Master Detective
19 – The Common Touch
22 – Door With Seven Locks
23 – International Lady
26 – The Saint Meets The Tiger
29 – Bulldog Sees It Through and Sing As You Swing

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