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WW2: Saltaire Roll of Honour
Researched by Colin Coates
WW2 Roll of Honour: surnames beginning with:

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O
P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z


Bailey, Gordon
23 August 1917 – 1986

Gordon Bailey was the son of Fred Bailey. Fred was born in Saltaire, 25 May 1890. He married Mary Elizabeth Annandale in 1913 in Scarborough. They had two sons.

Gordon, the younger son, was born 23 August 1917 in Shipley. Fred was a Sapper with the 509th Field Company, Royal Engineers. He died of his wounds 20 May 1918. Mary, his widow, was living at 7 Wycliffe Place, Shipley.

In the 1939 Register, Gordon was an unemployed machine grinder living alone at 10 Whitlam Street, Saltaire. He served in WW2 with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. He married Bessie Wheater, 13 June 1942.

Report in the Shipley Times 17 June: -

At Saltaire Congregational Church on Saturday (13 June) the wedding took place between Mr. Gordon Bailey, R.A.O.C., son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Bailey, of Whitlam Street, Saltaire and Miss Bessie Wheater, second daughter of Mrs. Bedford, 41 Albert Road, Saltaire.

The bride and bridegroom are members of the Saltaire Congregational Church. The Pastor (Rev S.G. McLellan) officiated. Given away by her father (Mr Alfred Bedford), she wore a blue costume and spray of roses. She was attended by Mrs. L.G. Kirk, of the W.A.A.F., matron of honour, and the best man was Mr. H. Milner.

A reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents. Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Bailey left for Grassington, where the honeymoon is being spent.

Gordon and Bessie had two children. From 1946 they were living at 22 Westcliffe Road, Shipley, moving to 43 St. Pauls Terrace around 1950.

Gordon died in 1986 in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Bessie died there 28 November 2003.


Bairstow, Arthur
c1921 –????

Arthur Bairstow was born c1921. He was living at 15 Wycliffe Road Shipley and working at Saltaire Mills when he joined the Army in 1940. He served as a private in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.


Barsby, Constance Annie  
19 December 1923 – 2004

Constance Annie Barsby was the daughter of Albert Barsby. Albert was born 21 January 1887 in Baildon. He married Annie Burnley in 1910.

Constance was born 19 December 1923. In 1939 she was living with her parents at 30 Daleside Road in Shipley. She was working as a minder in a textile mill.

Report from Shipley Times 26 August 1942 as follows: -

Two sisters serving in the Forces are Miss Queenie Barsby (23), who has been serving in the N.A.A.F.I. for eighteen months, and Miss Constance A. Barsby (18). who has been serving as a switchboard operator in the A.T.S. Signal Corps for eleven months They are the daughters of M and Mrs Barsby, 30 Daleside Road, Windhill, Shipley. They were both formerly employed at Salts (Saltaire) Ltd., Saltaire Mills.

Constance’s mother died in 1948. Constance lived with her father at 31 Shirley Street, Saltaire. He died in 1974. Constance, a spinster, died in 2004.


Baxter, James Edwin
13 January 1928 – 23 December 1992

James Edwin Baxter was the son of Enoch Baxter. Enoch was born, 27 October 1894, in Darfield near Barnsley. He married Edith Alice Jones 13 July 1917 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1918 & 1919 they were living at 20 Herbert Street, Saltaire. From Saltaire they moved to Pontefract where they had eight children.

James Edward Baxter was born 13 January 1928. By 1938 they were back in Saltaire living at 17 Constance Street.

Report in the Shipley Times 22 March 1944: -

Shipley Air Training Corps

James Baxter, 17 Constance Street, who is only 16 ½ but has joined as an apprentice mechanic, because he wants to make the R.A.F. a career.

Report in the Shipley Times 3 August 1949: -


Mr. James Baxter, of Constance Street, a well-known member of Shipley Youth Centre, which he joined eight years ago, is to sail for Melbourne, Australia, next Tuesday under the Victoria Teaching School Training Scheme. He will have a period of twelve months’ training there before taking up a regular teaching appointment. Mr. Baxter was educated the Salt High School.

James arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia, 12 September 1949, aboard S.S. Cheshire. James was a lecturer when he died 23 December 1992 at Glen Iris, a suburb of Melbourne.


Beaumont, Albert
????? – ????

Albert Beaumont married Ada Isabella Crowe in 1935. Report from Shipley Times 25 November 1942 as follows:

Signaller Albert Beaumont, husband of Mrs. A. Beaumont, 53 Mountain Street, Windhill, serving with the carrier pigeon service with the Royal Corps of Signals, was called up at the beginning the war. Before joining he was employed Salt’s (Saltaire) Ltd., Saltaire Mills.

Around 1949 they moved to 72 Carr Lane in Shipley.


Beck, Harold  
15 July 1909 – 1978

Harold Beck was the son of James Booth Beck. James was born 1875 in Shipley. He married Eliza Dodgson 19 December 1903 at St Pauls Shipley. James was a carter living at 8 Ostler Road in Shipley and Eliza at 13 Gordon Terrace in Saltaire.

Harold, who had an elder sister, was born 15 July 1909. In 1911 they were living at 14 Fanny Street in Saltaire, with James working as a carter. James Booth Beck served in WW1.

Harold, a deputy registrar at Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley, married Hilda Jane Barnard, of Daisy Place, 18 July 1936 at Saltaire Congregational church.

Report from the Shipley Times 25 July 1936 as follows:

DEPUTY REGISTRAR’S BRIDE There was large gathering Saltaire Congregational Church Saturday witness the wedding of Mr. Harold Beck, only son of Mr. and Mrs. James Beck, Fanny Street, Saltaire, and Miss Hilda Jane Barnard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barnard. Daisy Place, Saltaire. The bridegroom is deputy registrar at Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley.
The ceremony was performed by the Rev. L. J. Malkinson. Pastor of Shipley Congregational Church. Given away by her father, the bride was prettily attired in a heavy white satin dress with lattice-worked sleeves and yoke. She wore a long, embroidered veil forming a train and carried bouquet of pink carnations. The bridesmaids were Miss Veda Gott. of Bradford (friend of the bride). Miss Edna Barnard (sister of the bride) and the four- year- old Barbara Heather Cooper. The elder bridesmaids wore dresses of turquoise net with brown picture hats and they each carried a bouquet deep pink" roses. Little Barbara Cooper wore a Dubarry period gown of white taffeta with tight pointed laced over black velvet, over double petticoat of pink satin and net. She wore a Watteau hat tied with matching velvet ribbon and carried a basket of pale pink roses. She also wore tiny necklace of pearls, the gift of the bridegroom. Mr. J. Malthy was the best man. After the ceremony a reception was held at Ready’s Cafe, Saltaire. Subsequently Mr. and Mrs. Harold Beck left for the West Coast, where the honeymoon will be spent.

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Harold and Hilda on their wedding day. Image courtesy of Lynda.

They had two children. In 1939 they were living at 63 George Street in Saltaire with Harold working as a grave digger.

Harold served in WW2 with the Army for 2 ½ years. He was stationed in Iraq. He drove a supply truck, which he named “Margaret” after his daughter.

Harold Beck with the supply truck he named "Margaret".Image courtesy of Lynda.

Harold & Hilda with their daughter Margaret. Image courtesy of Lynda.

Harold and his mother, Eliza (nee Dodgson). Image courtesy of Lynda.

Harold Beck. Image courtesy of Lynda.

Sometime after 1948 Harold & Hilda emigrated to Canada. Harold died in 1978 in Toronto, Canada. Hilda died 24 May 2010 in Ontario, Canada.

[Biography compiled with the help of Lynda, granddaughter of Harold Beck, who also provided the photographs. Many thanks.]


Bedford, Arthur
20 January 1921 –1990

Arthur Bedford was the son of Alfred Belford. Alfred was born 24 August 1899 in Shipley. Alfred served in WW1. He married Lilian Harriet Hickman, 10 July 1920, at Christchurch in Windhill.

Arthur was born 20 January 1921 in Shipley.

Alfred married Annie Elizabeth Wheater in 1934. In 1939 the family were living at 41 Albert Road in Saltaire with Alfred working as an iron moulder and Arthur was an apprentice twisting overlooker at Saltaire Mills.

Arthur served in World War Two in the R.A.F. as a leading aircraftman. In 1942 he was released to work in an air factory.

Arthur married Hilda Margaret Gott in 1942. They lived at 32 Park Street in Shipley. Arthur died in 1990 in Bradford.

Arthur’s younger brother, Thomas, also served in WW2.


Bedford, Thomas
29 September 1923 – 1998

Arthur Bedford was the son of Alfred Belford. Alfred was born 24 August 1899 in Shipley. Alfred served in WW1. He married Lilian Harriet Hickman 10 July 1920 at Christchurch in Windhill.

Thomas was born 29 September 1923 in Shipley.

Alfred married Annie Elizabeth Wheater in 1934. In 1939 the family were living at 41 Albert Road in Saltaire with Alfred working as an iron moulder and Thomas was a textile millhand.

He served his country in WW2. He died in 1998 in Leeds.

Thomas’s older brother, Arthur, also served in WW2.


Birch, Frederick Arthur  
27 January 1912 – 1980

Frederick Arthur Birch was the son of Walter Birch. Walter was born c1873 in Sheffield. He married Hannah Allen 21 June 1903 at All Saints Otley. In 1911 they were living in Rotherham with Walter employed as a colliery worker.

Frederick, their fourth surviving child was born 27 January 1912 in Rotherham. He married Bessie Horn in 1937. They lived with Bessie’s parents at 2 Rhodes Street in Shipley. In 1939 Frederick was working as a mill weft room labourer.

Report from the Shipley Times 12 August 1942 as follows:

Private Frederick Arthur Birch, aged 30 years, was employed by Messrs. Salts (Saltaire) Ltd., before joining the West Yorkshire Regiment 1940. He is now serving in India. His wife and daughter reside at 2, Rhodes Street, Saltaire.

After the war Frederick lived with his mother at 20 Wellington Crescent in Shipley. Frederick died in 1980.


Bower, Gordon
1889 – 4 November 1954

Bower, Gorden - WW1 Roll of Honour


Boyes, Cyril
21 August 1909 – 1990

Cyril Boyes was the son of Sam Willie Boyes. Sam was born 1883 in Bradford. He married Manetta Woodhead 31 January 1909 at Bradford Cathedral.

Cyril, their first child, was born 21 August 1909 in Saltaire.
In 1911 the family lived at 11 Helen Street in Saltaire with Sam employed as a van man.

Cyril married Lily Stead in 1934. In 1939 they were living at 19 Herbert Street in Saltaire. Report from Shipley Times 1 July 1942 as follows: -

Cpl. C Boyes, husband of Mrs Boyes, 19 Herbert Street, saltaire, is serving in the Middle East. Before the war he was employed at Salts (Saltaire) Ltd. He has been a member of the Airedale Harriers for a number of years, winning his first Yorkshire cross-country medal at the age of 17.

Lily died in 1985; Cyril died in 1990.


Bray, Jack  
???? –????

Jack Bray was the son of William Henry Bray. William was born 20 October 1890 at Grewelthorpe near Harrogate. He married Annie Evelyn Hanson 13 October 1912 at St Paul’s Shipley. They lived at 27 Fanny Street in Saltaire with William working as a wool sorter.

Jack was educated at Saltaire Road schools and he worked for Messrs T & M Bairstow at Crosshills. He was a married man who served as a sapper in World War Two. His wife resided at Thornacre Road in Wrose.


Brickley, Kenneth
26 February1921 – October 2002

Kenneth Brickley was the son of Thomas William Brickley. Thomas was born 26 June 1882 in Bradford. Working as a cart driver, he married Ethel Yeadon at Eastbrook Hall in Bradford.

Kenneth was born 26 February 1921 in Bradford. He married Florence Sylvia Robinson in 1941. They lived with Florence’s family at 12 Ada Street in Saltaire.

Kenneth served in WW2. He died 2002 in Bradford. Florence died in 2003.

Brook, Harry
1 June 1922 – 1991

Harry Brook was the son of Willie Brook. Willie was born 31 December 1890 in Saltaire. He married Annie Holgate in 1913.

Harry was born 1 June 1922.

Willie served in WW1. From around 1918 until 1925 he lived with his family at 24 Herbert Street in Saltaire. They then moved to 1 Whitlam Street.

In the 1939 Register Harry was a bobbin doffer. He served his country in WW2. Having survived the war he continued to live at 1 Whitlam Street.

Harry died in 1991. He had an elder brother, Jack, who also served in WW2.


Brook, Jack
11 August 1913 – 1990

Jack Brook was the son of Willie Brook. Willie was born 31 December 1890 in Saltaire. He married Annie Holgate in 1913.

Jack was born 11 August 1913.

Willie served in WW1. From around 1918 until 1925 he lived with his family at 24 Herbert Street in Saltaire. They then moved to 1 Whitlam Street.

Report from the Shipley Times 24 December 1932: -


Four Saltaire youths, Jack Brook, millhand; Charles Styles, millhand; Eric Simpson, jobber, and Arthur Thornton, bricklayer, were each fined 5s. for playing football at Baildon Green.

P.C, Clay said the youths were on the main road and kicking about a red rubber ball which was four inches diameter. One of the defendants said ‘’We were having a little game as we went along."

Supt. Hodgson said the summonses were brought as the result of complaints. These youths usually came from the Shipley side of the river, and when they got to Baildon began their game of football.

Jack married Lily Haigh in 1934. They lived at 5 Albert Terrace, Saltaire, before moving to 31 Vicarage Road, Shipley. In the 1939 Register Jack was a wool comber. Jack served his country in WW2.

His wife, Lily, died in 1941. Having survived the war, widower Jack, married Dorothy Beaumont in 1946. They lived at 1 Whitlam Street, Saltaire, before moving to 71 Festival Avenue, Shipley around 1953. By 1958 they were living at 1 Parkway, Shipley.

Jack died in 1990. He had a younger brother, Harry, who also served in WW2.




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