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WW2: Saltaire Roll of Honour
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WW2 Roll of Honour: surnames beginning with:

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Taylor, George
9 October 1909 - 1970

George Taylor the son of Herbert Taylor. Herbert was born c1878 in Bradford. Working as a boot maker he married Tamar Elsworth, 6 August 1906, at St Clements in Bradford.

George was born 9 October 1909 in Bradford. He worked in Saltaire Mills from 1922 until he joined the Army in 1941. He served as a gunner in the Royal Artillery.

George married Ivy Abrams in 1933. They lived at 38 Caroline Street in Saltaire.

George died in 1970; Ivy died in 1996.


Theakston, George
8 May 1916 - 4 December 1984

George Theakston was the son of George Theakston Snr. George Snr. was born 1891 in Bradford. He married Alice Maud Smith in 1915 in Bradford.

George was born 8 May 1916 in Bradford. For over 20 years his parents ran the tea rooms at the Japanese Gardens, Shipley Glen.

George served in WW2. He married Edna Marjorie Walker 20 July 1942.

Report from the Shipley Times 23 July: -

A pretty wedding took place at the Saltaire Road Methodist Church, Shipley on Saturday between Lance Corporal George Theakston, R. A. S.C. eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. George Theakston. 5 Prod Lane, Shipley Glen, and Miss Edna Marjorie Walker, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Walker. 21 Beatrice Street, Saltaire Road, Shipley.

 The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. Parry Brooks, and Mr. Millie Theakston (uncle of the bridegroom) was at the organ.

The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a dress white lace over taffeta, with tulle veil and head-dress of gardenias. She carried a bouquet of red roses. The bridesmaids were Miss Irene Walker (sister of the bride). Miss Clara Theakston (sister of the bridegroom). Miss Mav Walker (sister of the bride) and Miss Marjorie Metcalfe (fiancé of Private Sidney Theakston. brother of the bridegroom), who is serving overseas. Miss Irene Walker wore a dress of pink deque with blue tulle headdress. The other bridesmaids each wore dress of blue deque with head-dress to match, and they each carried a bouquet of sweet peas. Mr. Norman Theakston (cousin of the bridegroom) was the best man and the groomsmen were Mr. W. Walker (brother of the bride) and Mr. Ronnie Wilkinson. Mr. Sidney Theakston (uncle of the bridegroom) and Mr. Leslie Hutton (cousin of the bride) acted as ushers. After the ceremony a reception was held at the Shipley Musical Union.

The couple lived with Edna's parents until about 1948 when they moved to 44 Ada Street, where they remained for the rest of their lives.

Report from the Shipley Times 13 June 1951: -


 A 12-year-old girl admitted breaking and entering a house in Ada Street, Saltaire, occupied by Mrs. Marjorie Theakston. and stealing three ration books, a pocket watch and other property, value £18 2s. 6d. The case was adjourned for a week to await reports by the probation officer, and school officer.

Insp. H. Winstanley, prosecuting, said Mrs. Theakston left her home on Saturday afternoon, April 21 She closed, but did not lock, the doors. She did not notice anything wrong until Monday, April 23, when she missed various articles and complained the police. A neighbour had seen the girl go into the house. When questioned, the girl admitted going in. Insp. Winstanley said most of the property had been recovered.

George died 4 December 1984, Edna 21 March 1992.


Thompson, Richard
21 January 1911 - 8 March 1987

Richard Thompson was the son of George Thompson. George was born c1889 in Scarborough. He married Mary Alice Moore 29 March 1908 in Scarbough.

Richard, the second of three sons, was born 21 January 1911 in Scarborough.

George served in WW1 with the Army Service Corps. When he was discharged in 1919 his family were living at 26 Caroline Street in Saltaire. They moved to 10 Ada Street around 1923 and by 1928 they were at 64 George Street.

Richard married Queenie May Leonard in 1933. In 1939 they were living at 16 Queens Road, Shipley with Richard working as a card jobber. By 1942 they were living at 35 Albert Avenue, Shipley.

Report from Shipley Times 5 August 1942 as follows: -

Driver Richard Thompson, Royal Artilllary, married, of 35 Albert Avenue, Shipley, is reported missing in the Middle East.
A former amateur walker, Driver Thompson was a member of the Bradford Walking Club and Mannigham All Rounders.
Before being called up he was employed at Salts (Saltaire) Ltd.

Richard survived the war and was still living at 35 Albert Avenue in 1962. They had a son, Philip David, who died 25 February 1947 aged just one month. Queenie died in 1983 and Richard died 8 March 1987.


Tidbury, Lettice (nee Derbyshire)
3 January 1924 - 1998

Lettice Derbyshire was the daughter of Samuel Derbyshire. Samuel was born 27 May 1898 in Shipley. He married Nellie Lee, 7 February 1920 at Christchurch Windhill.

Lettice was born 3 January 1924 in Shipley. She was a picker at Saltaire Mills in 1941 when she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service.

Lettice married Albert Charles Tidbury in 1943. They emigrated to Canada in February 1959.

Lettice died in 1998 in Alberta, Canada.






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