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WW2: Saltaire Roll of Honour
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Mawson, Jack
4 May 1926 – 1984

Jack Mawson was the son of John Charles Mawson. John was born 1 October 1898 in Saltaire. He served in WW1. He married Alice Brown 14 March 1925 at Christchurch, Windhill. In the 1939 register John was a weaving overlooking living at 40 Ada Street in Saltaire with his wife and son Jack.

Jack served in the Royal Navy in WW2.

Report from the Shipley Times 24 October 1945: -

“It’s a small world after all,” was A/B Jack Mawson’s comment in a letter recently received by his mother and father, Mr and Mrs John C Mawson, of 40 Ada Street, Saltaire, when referring to meeting an old friend of his A/B Howard Myers.
Their ships, aircraft carriers, have been together all the time they have been in the East without their knowledge, but ashore in Trincomalee, Ceylon one Sunday, the two pals met and had a fitting celebration.

Jack died in 1984.

(Note – Harold Benjamin Myers [1925 to 1999] in 1939 was living in Albert Avenue, Shipley.)


Milton, Charles
12 October 1911 – April 1993

Charles Milton was the son of Holmes Milton. Holmes was born 21 November 1884 in Saltaire. He married Emily Jeffrey in 1907. In 1911 Holmes was a milk dealer living with his wife at 19 Ada in Saltaire. Holmes served in WW1.

Charles was born 12 October 1911 in Saltaire. He had a twin brother, Albert, who died 20 February 1913, aged just 16 months.

Report from the Shipley Times 22 October 1932:

Charles Milton, 18, Queen’s Road, Shipley, a student of the Shipley School of Art, has been awarded West Riding County Council Art Scholarship, tenable with free tuition, travelling expenses and maintenance, at the Royal College Art, London. The Scholarship is awarded on the results in the examinations of the Board of Education in Drawing, Painting, Pictorial Design, Modelling and Industrial Design.
Ordinarily only one of the scholarships awarded on the result of the examination in Industrial Design, and Milton’s entry was in that section (Silk Weaving).
At the Royal College of Art he will take a three years’ course for the Diplomaship (A.R.G.A.), followed by a year’s course in the Principles of Teaching.

In the 1939 Register Charles was a textile designer living in Richmond, Surrey. He married Elizabeth M Steven in 1940 in Surrey. Charles served in WW2.

Report from the Shipley Times 22 July 1942:

Shipley Soldier Missing
Mr. & Mrs. Holmes Milton, 18 Queen's Road, Shipley, have received official notification that their son. Private Charles Milton, of the 1st Worcester Regiment (Intelligence Department) is reported missing or presumed a prisoner of war in Libya. Before joining the Army, Private Milton was a designer employed by the Celanese Art and Silk manufacturers, London. He had a distinguished career at the Shipley School Art and afterwards at the Royal College of Art. London. where he gained all diplomas.

Report from the Shipley Times and Express 12 July 1944:

Mrs. C. Milton, of 18, Queen’s Road, Shipley, has received from her husband, Private Charles Milton, Worcestershire Regt., that he is now with the Allies, after spending ten months as a prisoner of war in Italy. He states that he is fit and well, brown as a berry, and hoping to be home soon.

Report from the Shipley Times 6 September 1944:

The many friends of Private Charles Milton, son of Mrs. and the late Mr. Holmes Milton, 18 Queen's Road. Shipley, who has been a Prisoner of war. will be pleased to hear that he is fit and well and enjoying a few days' leave at home.
In a chat I had with him on Saturday, he told me that whilst a prisoner of war in Italy along with two others, he spent the time hiding in the hills and living on a farm. He spoke highly of the Italian people who he said, were really marvellous.
After the Germans had left, Private Milton and his companions escaped and re-joined their regiment, and after staying about a fortnight in a liberation camp they were sent home.
Private Milton, it will be recalled, was a scholar at Salts' Boys' High School, and attained considerable success whilst a student at the Shipley Technical School and also at the Royal College of Art.

Charles died April 1993 in Derbyshire, his widow in 2004.


Milton, Maurice
12 February 1904 – 29 January 1980

Maurice Milton was the son of Albert Milton. Albert was born 1864 in Somerset. He married Emily Cordingley in 1883. In 1891 & 1901 the family lived at 1 Ada Street in Saltaire. In 1891 Albert was a woollen warp sizer. In 1901 Albert was a milk dealer

Maurice, the youngest of seven children, (including Holmes and Alfred) was born 12 February 1904 in Saltaire. Around 1905 the family moved to 1 Dove Street. Maurice married Amelia Boweds (born 28 March 1889) in 1930. They lived all their married life at 19 Ada Street in Saltaire. Maurice was a milk roundsman and he served in WW2.

Amelia died in 1967; Maurice died 29 Jan 1980 at 19 Ada Street. In his will he left £15,473 (worth c£67,000 in 2020). Maurice's elder brother, Holmes Milton, served in WW1.






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