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Slinger, Edward
19 May 1921 –????

Edward Slinger was the son of Samuel Slinger. Samuel was born 14 October 1898 in Yorkshire. He married Ellen Lythgoe in 1921.

Edward was born 19 May 1921. Edward attended the Saltaire Road Boys school. In 1939 the family were living at 21 Constance Street with Samuel employed as a foreman textile warehouseman and Edward, a butcher’s assistant for the Windhill Co-operative Society in Bingley Road.

Edward served in World War Two as an able seaman in the Royal Navy. Having survived the war by 1953 he was ambulanceman in Shipley.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 1 December 1954 as follows: -

“A useful gift to the Archaeology Museum at the Cartwright Memorial Hall is a beehive quern, found by the donor, Mr Edward Slinger of 21 Constance Street, Saltaire, while repairing a dry wall at Low Mill Farm, Hawkesbury, last week. The quern had formed part of the wall.”

Edward emigrated to Australia in 1956. He left London aboard SS Otranto, 18 April, and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia 15 May.

Slinger, Harold
c1924 –????

Harold Slinger was the son of Samuel Slinger. Samuel was born 14 October 1898. He married Ellen Lythgoe (born 19 September 1895) in 1921. By 1926 they were living at 17 Amelia Street. Around 1934 they moved to 21 Constance Street. In 1939 Samuel was working as a textile warehouseman and he was an air raid warden. Samuel died 19 May 1974; Ellen died at the age of 99 in 1995.

Harold was born c1924 in Saltaire. On leaving Saltaire Road School he joined the Navy becoming a leading seaman. In WW2 he served in the “Med” and in the Atlantic on Russian convoy duty.

After the war Harold served in the Shipley Fire Brigade then he worked as an ambulance driver stationed in Shipley. He was a member of Baildon Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Club and Shipley District Working Men’s Club.

Harold went live in Australia in 1956, sailing from Tilbury Docks 18 April aboard the SS Atranto.

Smythers, Mary Margaret (nee Sleep)
21 December 1916 – 22 December 2008

Mary Margaret Sleep was the daughter of William Henry Sleep. William was born 30 March 1892 in Cumberland. He married Sarah Jane (date of marriage and maiden name unknown).

Mary was born 21 December 1916 in Shipley. In 1939 she was living with her widowed father at 13 Argyle Street in Shipley.

Mary married Charles Alfred Smythers in Lewisham, London 1st Qtr. 1943.

Report from Shipley Times Saturday 8 December 1943 as follows: -
Private Mary Smythers (nee Sleep), 52 Field Street, Shipley, has been serving in the A.T.S. over two years. She was formerly employed as a weaver at Salt’s (Saltaire) Ltd., Saltaire Mills.

After the war Mary lived with her husband in Lewisham. Mary died in London 22 December 2008; Charles died 28 January 2009.

Sowman, Edward
1923 – 26 June 2010

James Mortimer Sowman was the son of William Sowman. William was born 18 April 1873 in Colchester, Essex.  He married Alice Callear in 1918 in Bradford.

Edward was born 1923 in Bradford. In 1939 he was living with his parents at 19 William Henry Street in Saltaire. He joined the R.A.F. and served in the war as a leading aircraftman. Edward had three brothers who also served in the war; Joseph, James and Jack. In 1944 he met Joseph in Italy.

Edward married Gwendolin Woodward in 1942. They had a daughter, Suzanne, and they lived at 31 Baildon Road in Baildon.

Edward died 26 June 2010 and was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley.

Sowman, Jack
6 July 1924 – 2006

Jack Sowman was the son of William Sowman. William was born 18 April 1873 in Colchester, Essex.  He married Alice Callear in 1918 in Bradford.

Jack was born 6 July 1924 in Bradford. In 1939 he was living with his parents at 19 William Henry Street in Saltaire and he was working as a greengrocer’s assistant.

During the war he served as a driver with the Home Forces. Jack had three brothers who also served in the war; Joseph, James and Edward.

Having survived the war Jack married Edna Watson in 1945 in Scarborough. From 2003 until his death in 2006 Jack lived at 12 Park Street in Scarborough.

Sowman, James Mortimer
22 May 1915 – 17 May 1942

James Mortimer Sowman was the son of William Sowman. William was born 18 April 1873 in Colchester, Essex.  He married Alice Callear in 1918 in Bradford.

James was born 22 May 1915 in Bradford, three years before his parents were married.

In 1939 James was living with his parents at 19 William Henry Street in Saltaire. He was employed by F Wigglesworth & Co Ltd, Clutch Works, Shipley when he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps.

James died 17 May 1942 from wounds he received in Madagascar. He was buried in Stellawood Cemetery in Durban, South Africa.

James had three brothers who also served in the war; Joseph, Edward and Jack.

Sowman, Joseph Gabriel
16 May 1917 – 2000

Joseph Gabriel Sowman was the son of William Sowman. William was born 18 April 1873 in Colchester, Essex.  He married Alice Callear in 1918 in Bradford.

Joseph was born 16 May 1917 in Bradford, the year before his parents were married.

In 1939 Joseph was living with his parents at 19 William Henry Street in Saltaire. Joseph joined the Army at the outbreak of the war and her served as a gunner. Joseph had three brothers who also served in the war; James, Edward and Jack.

Joseph met his brother Edward in Italy sometime in 1944. Having survived the war Joseph married Phyliss Mell in 1947. They lived at 7 Marlott Road in Shipley.

Joseph died in 2000 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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