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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.


Blackburn, Edgar Hewitt
26 May 1913 – 1988

Edgar Hewitt Blackburn was the son of Edgar Hewitt Blackburn snr. Edgar snr. was born 17 July 1885 in Pontefract. He married Lily Hill, 24 May 1907, in Pontefract. They had eleven children. In 1911 they were living at Purston Jaglin, in Featherstone, where Edgar snr. was a coal miner.

Edgar, their fourth child, was born, 26 May 1913. He married Agnes McLoughlin. They had a son, Roy, born in 1936, and another son, Donald, born in 1938. In 1939 they were living at 11 Jennings Street, Shipley, where Edgar worked as a builder’s labourer.

Edgar served his country in WW2.

By 1945 they were living at 6 Albert Terrace in Saltaire, where they remained until after 1960.

Advert in the Shipley Times 6 June 1956: -

Chimney Sweep!

(This was the first of numerous adverts placed in the Shipley Times in 1956 & 1957.)

Report in the Shipley Times and Express 25 November 1959: -

A Saltaire couple. Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Blackburn, of 6 Albert Terrace, Saltaire, were taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary on Thursday (19 November) morning suffering from the effects of coal gas poisoning following a fracture of a gas main outside their house.

After receiving treatment they were allowed to go home, and stayed at their son’s house in Ridgeway, Wrose, while Gas Board workmen repaired the main.

Mr. Blackburn said his wife was ill the previous evening and he thought she was suffering from the effects of ’flu. The following morning his wife was still ill, and he then smelled gas in the house.

Sometime after 1960, Edgar emigrated to Australia. He died in 1988 in Victoria, Australia.


Blackman, John
21 October 1908 – 1981

John Blackman was the son of John George Blackman. John George was born, 20 August 1880, in London. He married Ethel Marshall, 29 January 1908, in Hunslet Register Office, Leeds. They had six children.

John, their eldest child, was born 21 October 1908 in Hunslet. He was baptised, 4 November 1908, at St. Jude’s, Hunslet. In 1911 the family were living in Hunslet with John George, who served in WW1, working as a labourer in an iron works.

John married Hannah Kelly Quinton, 28 July 1934, at St. Peter’s, Shipley. They were both living at 2 Albert Terrace, Saltaire. John was working as a mill warper. He served his country in WW2. Hannah was born 31 July 1913 in Shipley.

They had three children: -
Dorothy Maud – born 1 May 1938.
Joan – born in 1944.
John Anthony – born 15 June 1946, died 16 March 2007.

From before 1945 to after 1960 they lived at 14 Mary Street, Saltaire.

John died in 1981; Hannah died in 1995.


Blezzard, James William
15 November 1918 – 1989

James William Blezzard was born, 15 November 1918, in Saltaire to John Blezzard and Mary Elizabeth Prince. From before 1918 to 1929 they lived at 31 Ada Street in Saltaire.

James served in WW2. In 1942 he was awarded the Military Medal. His recommendation read: -

On 23 November 1941, Private Blezzard took part in the attack of an enemy post. During the attack the Company had a large number of casualties and Private Blezzard found himself on the objective with no NCO near him and only a few men. He at once took command and established a machine gun post with a captured weapon. Though still under fire he then proceeded to collect ammunition and equipment and prepare for an enemy counter attack.

This private soldier was an example to his comrades of personal bravery, resourcefulness and leadership.

Report in the Yorkshire Evening Post 25 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.  

James married Mildred Reynolds, 20 July 1946. She was born, 5 October 1918,in Wetherby. They had at least three children. In 1947 they were living at 6 Bromley Road, Shipley. In 1948 they were at 16 Hope View, Shipley.

James died in 1989. Mildred died 15 August 2004.


Blezzard, John
10 June 1916 – 1998

 John Blezzard was born, 10 June 1916, in Shipley to John Blezzard and Mary Elizabeth Prince. From before 1918 to 1929 they lived at 31 Ada Street in Saltaire.

Joseph served in WW2 with the Military Police. He married Ethel King in 1938.

During the war they lived with Ethel’s parents at 1 Herbert Street, Bingley. From 1947 to after 1960 they were at 19 Glen View Road, Bingley.

John died in 1998.

John had four brothers who served in WW2 – Joseph Edward, James William, Robert, and Ernest.


Blezzard, Joseph Edward
21 March 1914 – 1978

Joseph Edward Blezzard was born, 21 March 1914, in Shipley to John Blezzard and Mary Elizabeth Prince. From before 1918 to 1929 they lived at 31 Ada Street in Saltaire.

Joseph served in WW2 with the Army in India. He married Kathleen Calvert, 24 July 1948, at Baildon Parish Church. Kathleen was born, 7 May 1922. In 1949 they were living at 14 Adelaide Street, Baildon. In 1950 they were at 10 Adelaide Street. By 1958 they had moved to 2 Milner Road, Baildon.

Joseph died in 1978. Kathleen died in 1994.

Joseph had four brothers who served in WW2 – John, James William, Robert and Ernest.


Blezzard, Robert
9 July 1920 – 1991

 Robert Blezzard was born, 9 July 1920, in Saltaire to John Blezzard and Mary Elizabeth Prince. From before 1918 to 1929 they lived at 31 Ada Street in Saltaire.

In the 1939 Register Robert was a butcher in an abattoir. He was living with his parents at 6 Dallam Walk, Shipley.

Robert served in WW2 with the Royal Navy on minesweepers. He was living at 11 Carlton Walk, Shipley from 1945 to around 1954.

Robert had four brothers who served in WW2 – John, James William, Joseph Edward and Ernest.


Bower, Gordon
1889 – 4 November 1954

Bower, Gorden - Also served in WW1 >


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.


Burke, Albany
14 November 1901 – 13 November 1976

Albany Burke was the son of Charles Burke. Charles was born in 1867 in Leeds. He married Annie Richardson, 27 February 1886, at St. Peter’s, Leeds. They had 16 children with 3 dying as infants. Charles worked as a quarryman. In 1901 the family were living at 20 Main Street, Addingham.

Albany was born 14 November 1901. He was baptised 25 December 1901 at St. Peter’s Addingham. His father, Charles, died in 1908. In 1911 he was living with his widowed mother and siblings at 13 Jubilee Terrace, Addingham.

By 1920 a number of the Burke siblings had moved to 21 Shirley Street in Saltaire.

Albany married Lily Winterbottom, 18 April 1925, at St Peter’s Shipley. Albany was a motor mechanic living at 9 Herbert Street, Saltaire; Lily was a spinner living at 28 Constance Street, Saltaire. They had a son, James Allen, born 6 December 1926. Albany and Lily lived at 1 Albert Terrace, Saltaire from 1927 to 1929; 11 William Henry Street from 1930 to 1935; 17 George Street in 1936.

By 1939 Albany was living without his wife at the Burke’s family home, 21 Shirley Street.

Albany worked for the Post Office from 1 November 1938.

Report in the Shipley Times 26 February 1941: -

Frances Emma Farnsworth, aged 74, of 71 Union Street. Shipley, was knocked down and fatally injured in the Market Place by a G.P. O. motor van driven by Albany Burke, 21 Shirley Street, Saltaire.
At the inquest the Coroner (Mr. E.. Norris) recorded a verdict “That she was accidentally knocked down in the black-out, and by misadventure was killed.”

Albany divorced his wife in March 1941.

Albany served his country in WW2. After the war he returned to his work at the Post Office.

Report in the Shipley Times 4 June 1947: -

Florence Ida Griffiths (36) a housewife, of "Heatherbank,” Park Road, Bingley, was summoned for failing to keep her dog under control.

Mr. Albany Burke, of Shirley Street, Saltaire, postman, said that at 4.30 p.m. on 16 April he was delivering a letter at 6 Nab Lane, Shipley. He saw a dog in the yard which ran up to him and started barking at him. It started to wag its tall and witness turned away. As he did so the dog bit him; on the leg, breaking the skin.

P.C. Knowles said that when he told Mrs. Griffiths of the complaint she replied: "That's right. My mother was taking care of it whilst I was away”. When told she would be reported she said: “Well, what will be the result of that."

An order was made for the dog to be kept under control. She was ordered to pay 18s. costs.

Report in the Shipley Times 2 April 1958 regarding a case heard in Bingley West Riding Magistrates Court on Thursday 27 March: -


The serious accident referred to in the previous case, had its sequel when a 56-year-old Post Office van driver, Albany Burke, of 21 Shirley Street, Saltaire, was summoned for driving without due care, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident. He pleaded “Not Guilty" to all three summonses, but after hearing the case for the prosecution Burke retired with his solicitor and changed his plea to one of “Guilty” in the case of driving without due care. He was fined £5 5s with £3 18s. costs, and had its licence endorsed on this summons, but the other two were dismissed.

Mr. Wright said 5.55 p.m. on 17 January a Mr. Vivian was driving his A50 Austin along Otley Road in the direction of Shipley at about 45-50 miles an hour When he was quite close to the mouth of Tong Park Road a G.P.O. van came out of it, drove across the road and went right in front of him. Vivian braked violently and swerved to his right, but his car turned completely over.

There were several witnesses, said Mr. Wright, who would say that the van came out right in the nose of this fast-moving car. There was a screeching of brakes as Vivian tried to stop his car. but the van driver carried on along the road and it was quite impossible for him not to have known something untoward had happened.

When Burke was seen later by the police he said: “This is news to me. but I was the driver of the van. I remember hearing some brakes squeal.”

Gilbert Vivian, of 10 Sandals Road, Baildon. said the van came

out when he was about 50 yards away. He got to within a yard of the van almost struck it. The windscreen fell out when his car turned over and he climbed out through it.

J. A. M. Stammers, of 8 Park Lane, Guiseley, said he was going towards Guiseley at about 45-50 miles an hour when the van came out very positively and went across the road. He remembered vaguely having seen a car coming the hill and he turned instinctively to his left, but the car touched his backend. The van did not pull up.

Charles Stead, of 15 Westmore Avenue, Baildon, a company director, said he was following the van down from Tong Park. He heard a loud screeching of brakes or tyres. The van stopped outside the Post Office further along.

John McHugh, of 10 Hillside Terrace, who was with Stead in the car, said the car coming down the hill was some 30 or 40 yards away when the van went out into the road He heard the brakes screech. He saw the van stop outside the Post Office up the road.

Sgt. P. Thornton, of Baildon Police, said that Burke made a statement later in which he said he thought it was perfectly safe to go into the road at the time he did.

When he was 100 yards out of the mouth of the road he heard a violent braking. He got out of the van and looked back towards Guiseley and could see another car going in the opposite direction. As there did not appear to have been an accident he got into his van and drove on to the Post Office.

After leaving the Court with his solicitor for some ten minutes Burke changed his plea to “Guilty " in the due care case.

In Court, Burke said he saw a car pass him going in the opposite direction and then heard a screech of brakes. He got out of his van but did not see any signs of an accident.

Cross-examined by Mr. Wright he said he did not see the car lying in the road probably because his view was blocked by a car going in the Guiseley direction, which was between him and the entrance to Tong Park.

H. Hawkswell, of Tong Park Post Office, said when Burke called on him at six o'clock that night his demeanour was just as usual.

Mr. Foster Beaver said that as there was certain doubt in the case as to whether Burke was conscious there had been an accident, they were going to give him the benefit of the doubt and dismiss the other two summonses.  

Albany died 13 November 1976 at 21 Shirley Street. In his will he left £7,491.

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