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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


Sayner, Ruby
3 October 1897 – 1973

Ruby Sayner was the daughter of Henry Sayner. Henry was born 1864 in Skipton. Henry married Clara Foulds, 10 November 1888, in Bradford Cathedral. In 1891 they were living at 25 Titus Street in Saltaire.

Ruby, the fifth of nine children, was born in Titus Street, 3 October 1897. She was baptised, with two of her younger sisters, 12 February 1902 at Saltaire Congregational Church. In 1901 they were living at 45 Titus Street, by 1911 they had moved to 21 Maddocks Street in Shipley. Ruby had an older brother, George Henry Sayner, who served in WW1.

Ruby began her schooling at the early age of 2 ½ years attending the Central School, Saltaire Road, Shipley. Later she went to the school in Albert Road where she was found to be good at general knowledge and she was always in the top three in the three R’s.

Ruby left school when she was 13 and started work at Henry Mason’s mill. In 1916 she left the mill to join the Land Army, a most unusual course for a woman to take at that time. In fact, there was only one other woman from Shipley in the Land Army.

Ruby received a wage of 7s per week and she was trained at Esholt Hall. Afterwards she worked at various farms up and down the country. Ruby stuck out this rather gruelling task for three years, and after the end of war she began on a farm independently. But she found it hard and tiring work and after 12 months she returned to Shipley and went back to work at Mason’s as a weft stock clerk. Ruby worked there for the next 18 years.

In 1932 Ruby was living with Lizzie Ann Spencer, a widow, at 18 Belmont Street in Shipley. By 1934 she was back living with her parents at 9 Albert Road in Saltaire. Ruby’s father, Henry, died 26 March 1939.

Just before the beginning of the Second World War Ruby joined the A.R.P. (Air Raid Precautions). After her training, which included instructions on how to deal with casualties, gas fires, people who panic, and how to use the fire extinguishers, Ruby was detailed to the nearest point to her home underneath Rushworth’s Grocery Shop at 1 Daisy Place in Saltaire. There were about 12 people at this station then but as the war progressed the numbers increased until there were about 30.

Every Sunday morning, the members this team of war workers met to work out a rota for the following week. Every time the sirens went then, they had to man the post. At the post, there were two full-time wardens. Ruby was only on call during the night, and then she would turn out, dressed, with her gas mask, and tin hat, and tour the district. On one occasion she was out touring the district late at night with a gentleman, shortly after the sirens had gone. They were walking up Dove Street, Saltaire at time when men from the Council were busy filling up the tram lines. Motorists were allowed to go without their lights at their own risk. There was a watchman’s hut almost next to the Co-operative shop. All of a sudden, a terrific clatter and bang startled Ruby, but running to investigate she found that it was milk wagon travelling without lights which had collided with the hut and the milk cans had all fallen over the pavement!

The nearest bomb which dropped however was in Heaton Woods, but Ruby and her fellow members of the A.R.P. were always about to give their knowledgeable help if required. Of course, there were the brighter spots to life then, and as she said one just hadn’t to be doleful. She was on call from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and had to start work the following morning. It was cold work.

Ruby left Mason’s in 1942 and she had a short period at Butterfield Tank Manufacturers Shipley, but after a year she moved again, this time to Parkinsons.

In 1945 Ruby was living at 44 Barrett Street Shipley, with Elizabeth Beeley. By 1948 she was back in Saltaire living at 70 George Street with Arthur & Elsie Holder. In 1955 she was living at 5 George Street with Fred Lancaster and Leslie & Sarah Whitaker. From 1956 she lived alone at 99 Festival Avenue in Shipley. Ruby never married.

One of the biggest interests in Ruby’s life was cricket. During WW1 she played for the Saltaire Ladies team and following her spell in the Land Army she joined Blythwick Ladies in the Bradford Ladies’ Evening League.

Ruby, a left arm spinner, was coached by the famous Sydney Barnes who thought very highly of her. She played at both Headingly and Bradford Park Avenue with the Yorkshire Ladies Team.

Once when batting at Saltaire, Ruby thumped a ball that cleared the boundary and hit the statue of Sir Titus Salt on the back of the head. Her best bowling was accomplished away at Brigella Mills where she took four wickets in six balls for no runs.

Another big interest in her life was Gilbert & Sullivan Operas. She did her share of work which was carried out by the Shipley Wesleyan Reform Amateur Operatic Society. In 1955 she was their secretary and had been a committee member since 1952. Although never acting herself Ruby has seen “Trail by Jury” and “Iolanthe” 27 times each, “Yeoman of the Guard” 17 times and the “Mikado” 18 times.

Ruby died in 1973.


Shuttleworth, Harry
19 October 1900 –1973

Harry Shuttleworth was the son of Arthur Shuttleworth. Arthur was born 22 December 1877. Living at 2 Fern Place, Saltaire, he married Emily Jane Hudson, 2 June 1900, at St. Paul’s. The had at least five children. Arthur worked as a house painter & decorator.

Harry, their eldest child, was born 19 October 1900. He was baptised 25 November 1900 at St. Paul’s Shipley. In 1901 they were living at 47 Victoria Road, Saltaire. They lived at 17 Ferrands Road, Shipley from 1906, moving to 21 (renumbered 41) Albert Road, Saltaire. By 1934 they were living at 53 Albert Road. In the 1939 Register Harry was working as a general labourer. Harry served his country in WW2.

Harry’s father, Arthur, died in 1953. In 1960 unmarried Harry was living with his widowed mother at 53 Albert Road. She died in 1969. Harry died in 1973.


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.


Slinger, Leslie
17 December 1922 – 25 November 1941


Leslie Slinger was the son of Edward Slinger. Edward was born 12 September 1900. He married Clarice Metcalf (born 3 February 1900) in 1921.

Leslie, the elder of two sons, was born 17 December 1922 in Shipley. In the 1939 Register the family were living at 2 Helen Street, Saltaire, where Edward was a carding grinder and Clarice a box minder.

Leslie was an Ordinary Seaman serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Barham, 25 November 1941, in the central Mediterranean when she his hit by torpedoes from the German submarine U331; she exploded and sank in a matter of minutes. Out of a crew of 1,184, 862 lost their lives.

Leslie died on the 25 November 1941 and is remembered on the Naval Memorial in Portsmouth.


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.


Spencer, Frank
16 August 1916 – 19 September 1991

Frank Spencer was the son of John Edward Spencer. John was born c1881 in Shipley. He married Amy Florence Lancaster 17 December 1910 at St Peter’s Shipley. The family lived at 34 Ada Street in Saltaire.

Frank, their only son with two older sisters, was born 16 August 1916 in Saltaire. John died in 1920.

In July 1935 Frank is reported as passing a group course in carpentry & joinery at Shipley Technical College. In 1939 he was working as a carpenter & joiner and living with his widowed mother at 34 Ada Street. Frank served in WW2.

Report from the Shipley Times 8 December 1943: -

Driver Frank Spencer, son of Mrs and the late Mr J Spencer, 34 Ada Street Saltaire, served his apprenticeship at Messrs Jackson’s (joiners), of Cottingley Bar, and is now in Persia, where he has been for over two years.

His mother died 12 January 1962. In her will she left him £777 7s 5d. Frank died 19 September 1991 in Keighley.






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