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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


Golden, Frederick
19 June 1910 – 1969

Frederick Golden, born 19 June 1910, married Grace Wainman before 1933. In 1934 they were living at 16 Highbank Cottages in Shipley. In 1939 they were living in Bradford with Frederick working as builder’s labourer.

Report from Shipley Times 21 October 1942 as follows: -

Gunner Fred Golden, husband of Mrs. Grace Golden, of 25, Aygill Avenue, Hawksworth Road, Bradford (formerly of Shipley). He has been in H.M.F. over two years in the R.A., and he is serving somewhere in England. Before enlisting he was employed by Bradford Corporation (Waterworks) and prior to that was employed by Salts (Saltaire) Ltd.

Fred died in 1969 and Grace in 1997.


Gott, Albert
1908 – 23 November 1967

Albert Gott was the son of Willie Gott. Willie was born c1870 in Shipley. He married Margaret Ann Abbott, 23 December 1893, at Bradford Cathedral. They had nine children. In 1901 they were living at 21 Regent Street, Shipley, with Willie working as a wool sorter.

Albert, their second youngest, was born in 1908. In 1911 the family were living at 26 Jane Street, Saltaire.

Albert married Cicely Clayton in 1939. He served his country in WW2.

From 1945 to 1951 they lived at 7 Fanny Street, Saltaire. From 1952 to 1955 they were at 55 Albert Road. Around 1956 they moved to 5 St. Aidan’s Road, Baildon where Albert spent the rest of his life. He died 23 November 1967 at Bradford Royal Infirmary. In his will, Albert left £1,516 to his widow. She died in 1985.


Gott, Jack
4 October 1913 – 1970

Jack Gott was the son of John Thomas Gott. John was born in 1879 in Baildon. He married Martha Elizabeth Halliday 2 February 1901 at St Paul’s Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 8 Amelia Street in Saltaire with John working as a crabber in cloth finishing. John served in WW1. He died 16 October 1919; Martha died 11 December 1931.

Jack, the youngest of four children, was born 4 October 1913 in Saltaire. He married Alice Brown in 1935 and they lived in Jack’s home in Amelia Street. In 1939 Jack was employed as a comb jobber and Alice as a comb minder.

Report from Shipley Times 25 February 1939 as follows: -

A stirring call for moral and spiritual rearmament was sounded by Mr. Eric Eccles when he spoke most convincingly to a congregation that crowded into Saltaire Congregational Church at the Young People's Service on Sunday evening.
Young people took all the offices, and although the Pastor (Rev. S. G. McLellan) was present, he bad no part in the service.
Mr. Jack Holmes, a building society clerk, conducted the service; Mr. Jack Gott, employee of Messrs. Salts (Saltaire) Ltd., read the Lesson.

Report from Shipley Times 18 November 1942 as follows:

Jack Gott, husband of Mrs. Alice Gott, of 8. Amelia Street. Saltaire. He is serving with the R.A.F. Before enlisting he was in the National Fire Service, and previously was employed at Salts (Saltaire) Ltd., Saltaire Mills.

Report from Shipley Times 8 March 1944 as follows: -

Mrs A Gott of 8 Amelia Street, Saltaire, has been informed by her husband, Jack Gott, that he has been awarded “his wings” and a commission as a navigator, in South Africa, where he has been training. Pilot Officer Gott was at one time a member of the Shipley A.T.C. He is also a deacon at Saltaire Congregational Church.   

 Around 1951 they moved to 12 Prospect Road in Baildon. Jack died in 1970.


Green, John
4 July 1908 – January 1999

John Green was the son of George Joseph Green. George born 8 March 1870 in Leinthall Starkes, Herefordshire. He married Lily Taylor White in 1907 in Newcastle Upon Tyne. By 1907 George was a bank manger living at 1 Albert Road in Saltaire.

John, the eldest of four children, was born 4 July 1908 in Saltaire. He was baptised 10 August 1908 at St Paul’s Shipley.

In his father’s will dated 6 May 1942 he is reported as being a Major in the Army.

Transcription: GREEN George Joseph of 145 Corve-street Ludlow Salop died 22 March 1942. Probate Llandudno 6 May to Lily Taylor Green widow John Green major H.M. army and James Henry Prosser merchant. Effects £7232 5s 11d.

In his mother’s will dated 9 August 1960 John is reported as being a deputy regional manager.

[Note – 145 Corve Street is a Grade II listed building.]

Transcription: Green Lily Taylor of 145 Corve Street Ludlow Shropshire. Widow died 9 May 1960. Administration Chester 9 August to John Green company deputy regional manager and Elizabeth Mary Prosser (wife of James Henry Prosser). Effects £2394 10s 10d.

John died in January 1999 in the district of Chiltern in Buckinghamshire.

John had a brother, Robert Henry Green, who also served in WW2.


Green, Robert Henry
30 August 1910 – 10 July 1982

Robert Henry Green was the son of George Joseph Green. George born 8 March 1870 in Leinthall Starkes, Herefordshire. He married Lily Taylor White in 1907 in Newcastle Upon Tyne. By 1907 George was a bank manger living at 1 Albert Road in Saltaire.

Robert Henry Green, the second of four children, was born 30 Augustly 1910 in Saltaire. He was baptised 29 September 1910 at St Paul’s Shipley.

Robert served in WW2 as a Captain with the 2nd Battalion of the Strait Settlements Volunteer Force. He was captured by the Japanese 15 February 1942 and made a prisoner of war.

[Note - The Straits Settlements Volunteer Force (SSVF) was a military reserve force in the Straits Settlements, while they were under British rule. While the majority of the personnel were from Singapore, some lived in other parts of the Settlements, including Penang, Province Wellesley, Malacca and Labuan.]

As international tensions heightened during the 1930s, an increasing number of men of the various nationalities in the Settlements — predominantly European, Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian — joined the SSVF. It included naval, air force, special operations, irregular units and home guard units. The SSVF — including four infantry battalions — took part in the Battle of Singapore in 1942, and most of its members were captured on 15 February 1942 when their positions were overrun.)

Robert was in the Malai POW camp, he was liberated 2 September 19145. He then worked as a solicitor and lived at the home of his parents, 145 Corve Street in Ludlow, Shropshire. He arrived In London from Malaya aboard S.S. Canton 8 September 1948.

Around 1951 he married Margaret Doreen (maiden name and date of marriage unknown). They had a daughter, Charlotte Ann Margaret, born c1953. The three of them sailed for Singapore, departing from Southampton 5 September 1954.

Robert died at Corve Street 10 July 1982. In his will he left £130,466 (worth c£500,000 in 2020).

Robert had a brother, John Green, who also served in WW2.

Grimshaw, George
09 January 1908 –????

George Grimshaw was the son of James William Grimshaw. James was born 11 November 1883 in Thackley. He married Jessie Wallbank in 1907. They had at least three children.

George, their eldest child, was born 9 January 1908 in Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 8 Thorpe Place in Idle with James employed as a card fettler.
George, a yarn warehouseman of 62 Albert Avenue in Shipley, married Katherine Bullock, of 35 Caroline Street, Saltaire, 22 October 1932 at St Peter’s Shipley. They lived at 9 Hirst Wood Road, Shipley.

In 1939 George was employed at Saltaire Mills and he was the scorer for Salts (Saltaire) Ltd., cricket team, when he joined the Royal Artillery and served in WW2 as a gunner.

After the war he lived with his family at 23 Rhodes Street in Shipley.






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