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Saltaire War Diary: 30 April 1915

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Saltaire Soldier Wounded

Private Thompson Chapman, third son of Mr James Chapman of 17 Jane Street, Saltaire, has been wounded and is in hospital in France.
Chapman, who joined the Army in August, is in the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. In a letter home he says: - “Just to let you know that I am going on as well as can be expected. I have been wounded in the right shoulder, left forearm and right eye. I have lost the sight of my right eye, but the other is all right. I shall be getting sent to England very soon.”
A postcard has also been received from a nurse at the hospital, who says that Chapman’s right eye is “injured.” From the nurses communication it would appear that all hope saving the sight of the eye has not been abandoned. We trust that this is the case.
In a previous letter Chapman said he had a narrow escape. Two of them were in a dug out when it collapsed, and his companion was killed. Mr Chapman has another son, Ira, who is serving on HMS Ajax.

Call to Young Men

A recruiting meeting was held in the vicinity of the Saltaire Mills during the dinner hour on Tuesday. The feature of the gathering was the presence of the Harry Lauder Pipe Band which constituted a number of pipers and drummers drawn from police bands from in various parts Scotland. The band was under the leadership of Pipe Major Alexander Henderson, and it attracted a huge crowd.
Speechmaking took place opposite the entrance to the works, a waggon lent by the firm, being used as a platform. The meeting was presided over by Mr S H Servent (Unionist agent for the Shipley Division), and he was supported by Captain Burton (chief recruiting officer in Bradford), Mr Percy Craig (manager of the Empire Theatre, Bradford), Mr S Mcveigh (Liberal organising agent for the Shipley Division), and Mr Charles Ogden (secretary of the Bradford Citizens Army League).
The Chairman said that the 2nd Bradford “Pals” Battalion had now a strength of over a thousand, and they were anxious that the requisite number – 1,350 – should be made up this week. There were urgent reasons why it should be completed at the earliest moment. So long as it remained incomplete, a battalion fit for active service, was being held back. He understood that over fifty employees at Saltaire Mills had joined the Colours, and all honour to them for doing so, but still more men were wanted, and that was the reason why they had come to make another appeal for volunteers.

Volunteers Church Parade

One of the most successful church parades which the Shipley Volunteer Force has held since its formation took place on Sunday morning. The men paraded at their headquarters, the Albert Road School, and, headed by the drum and bugle band marched to Saltaire Congregational Church.
The Rev P Drummond Pringle occupied the pulpit. A number of appropriate hymns had been selected and the men joined very heartily in the singing of them. Miss Florrie Harrison, sang with a charming voice and excellent enunciation. The choir gave a tasteful rendering of the anthem, “The Lord is loving unto every man,” Mr George Sutcliffe was at the organ.

Saltaire Hospital

A meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt’s Charity was held on Wednesday night at the Saltaire Hospital. The members present were Mrs J R Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Mr Francis Lister, Mr B Allsop, Mr E L Baumann, Mr W Cryer, Mr Thos Kendall, Councillors C E Learoyd, John Pitts and A Gill. The latter in proposing the re-election of Mr Allsop as chairman for the ensuing year, said that the gentleman had rendered magnificent service on the Board. There was no doubt that that he had the welfare of the hospital at heart, and could be relied upon to capably discharge his duties. Mrs Fyfe seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously.
In assuming the chair, Mr Allsop heartily thanked the members for their renowned confidence. He had thought that the honour should go round, and whether as chairman or as member he should always take the same interest in the management of the hospital. From a working point of view the hospital had experienced a successful year. The expenditure had been higher, but the work which had been done and was being done was ample justification for the course which the board had adopted.
Mr E Clifford Fry was re-appointed hon secretary, on the motion of Mr Cryer, seconded by Mr Kendall and supported by Miss Dunn and Councillor Gill. The speakers said the Board were very grateful for the assistance which Mr Fry had given. Mr Fry said he was only too pleased to render what service he could.
The Chairman remarked that it was quite possible that in the course of a week or so some wounded soldiers would be sent to the Saltaire Hospital.
The monthly report stated that there had been seventy three individual out-patients. At the date of the last meeting there were eleven in-patients and eleven had since been admitted making a total of twenty-two. Of these fourteen have been discharged, leaving eight in at the present time. Donations had been received from Mr J A White £2 2s, Mrs Thorpe 5s, and Mr J H Pennington 4s 6d.

High School Finance

The following are the minutes of a special Sub-Committee appointed to consider the financial position of the High Schools: The financial statement relating to the Salt High Schools for the year ended 31st March 1915 and the estimate for the year ending 31st March, 1916, were submitted by the secretary and were considered.
Miss Byles and Mr Fuller attended the meeting and discussed with the Sub-Committee the time occupied by the Technical School science and art teachers in giving instructions to High School pupils, and the cost of such instruction; and also the present arrangement of the classes and teaching staff in the High Schools.
It was reported that since 1911 the staff of the Girls’ School had been reduced by two mistresses at a saving of £240 per annum. One other mistress was leaving in July next, and it was proposed to reduce the work of the visiting teachers in the school year commencing in September next, thereby effecting a saving of about £180 per annum.
The Sub-Committee requested Miss Byles and Mr Fuller to prepare a scheme setting forth the times during which they considered they would require the services of Technical School teachers for science and art instruction, and also the probable arrangement for the various classes in the High Schools in the next school year.
At a meeting of the Higher Education Sub-Committee a letter was read from Miss Byles, head mistress, Girls High School, asking permission to advertise for a geography mistress to commence in September next, to take the place of Miss B V Hartley, resigned. It was decided that consideration of the matter be adjourned until the High Schools Finance Sub-Committee have presented their report.
Councillor Rhodes asked if it was advisable to publish any particulars in regard to the financial position of the High School until all the facts were before them.
Councillor Gill expressed the opinion that it would be advisable to do so. As the report was incomplete it might give a wrong impression. For example, it was stated in one minute that since 1911 the staff of the Girls School had been reduced by two mistresses, at a saving of £240 per annum, but one did not find that confirmed in the statement of accounts. In fact the salaries had not varied £50 from 1911 to 1914.
Ald. Dunn: Is it wise to discuss the matter if as you say the report is incomplete?
Councillor Gill: It is not wise to do so, I am merely showing you how incomplete the report is.
The Chairman remarked that Mr Popplestone had to give a report of what had been done up to the present, and there was no reason why it should not be published.
Councillor Gill (to the Chairman): Have you come to any conclusion?
The Chairman: None whatever
On the motion of Ald. Dunn, seconded by Councillor Gill, the consideration of the matter was deferred until the full report is placed before the committee.
The minutes were then adopted.


John Henry Lancaster born Bradford 27 October 1891 died Saltaire 26 April 1915. Buried St Pauls Shipley 29 April 1915.

(John, a mechanic’s labourer was one of sixteen children to Thomas Lancaster & Louise Matilda Hessey. They lived at 22 Ada Street in Saltaire from 1896. In 1904 they were at 3 Jane Street before moving to 12 George Street in 1908, where they remained throughout the war.) Dyson Lancaster, brother to John, served in the war.


St Peters Shipley 21 April 1915
Lily Pitts, 21, of 10 Mary Street Saltaire married William Briers, 21, a miner from Castleford.

Saltaire War Diary: 23 April 1915

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Soldier Drowned

News was received yesterday (Thursday) morning that Gunner Sam Shackleton, son of Mrs Shackleton, a widow residing at 40 Helen Street, Saltaire, had been accidently drowned in the Mediterranean Sea.
The deceased, who was only eighteen years of age, was in the 147th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. Prior to the outbreak of war he was employed at the Saltaire Mills, and attended the Saltaire Congregational Church and Sunday School, where he was highly esteemed.
Only a few days ago a letter was received from him in which he said he was in the best of health and spirits, and hoped he would be spared to see his mother and brothers again. He was unable to tell them where he was, he added, but went so far as to say he was “over the sea.” Some time ago he received, amongst other things, a pocket Bible from Lady Ellis Denby and according to his letter he prized it very much, and he always carried it with him.
His brother, Harry Shackleton, who is twenty years of age, is a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery, and his battalion is now stationed at North Camp, Aldershot. He was apprenticed to overlooking at Airdale Mills.
The late Gunner Shackleton was cousin to Mr Joshua Marshall, who was rescued recently rescued from the Falaba, which was recently torpedoed off the coast of Wales by a German submarine.

Women’s Work in War Time

Miss Salt (daughter of the late Mr Titus Salt) gave an address on “Women’s Work in War Time” at a public meeting held at the Saltaire Institute on Wednesday evening under the auspices of the Shipley Branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies. The meeting was to have been held on the Social Rooms (on the first floor), but as there were no blinds to prevent the lights being visible from the outside the gathering had to take place in the basement. There was a good attendance.
The Rev P Drummond Pringle who presided, said he never faltered in his conviction that women should have the vote on the same terms as men. Though their direct claim in that respect was in abeyance for the moment, the bond of union, which bound them together was the same. Women were entitled to the vote because only through direct participation in the life of the State could they realise their own personalities, and at the same time enrich the common life.
Today women were being called upon to serve the State in many ways. They had to bear the chief burden of this war. He would rather be fighting in the front line than stay at home and have the terrible anxiety which women had to go through concerning their husbands and sons. They had a burden to bear daily and hourly. In conclusion Mr Pringle remarked that he very much feared they had to look forward to prolonged warfare.
Miss Salt said the war had altered our outlook on a great many questions. For one thing, it had been very curious to watch the alteration in the attitude towards social questions. Especially how those who previously were quite against all reforms of public ownership or control had, since this national calamity came upon us, seen that there were times and occasions when we must resort to such control, and that it could be of the greatest benefit. Today we realised that private interests must be sunk for the public good. Seeing that public opinion had changed in so many directions, it was not surprising that it had changed towards the position of women.
At the outbreak of the war two English lady doctors offered to provide a hospital for British soldiers. The offer was declined by our War Office, but accepted by the French Government, and the lady doctors referred to had done excellent work. These same ladies had been invited by our Government to organise a military hospital at home, and one of them (Dr Garrett Anderson) had been given the rank of Major.
Women had come forward prepared to drive and keep in order motor cars, to saddle and groom horses, to interpret in six or seven languages, and to serve in other capacities far too numerous to mention. Their splendid working in the nursing profession was recognised by everybody.
They had to deplore, however, the way in which professional nurses had been treated with regard to salary. Originally the remuneration was two guineas a week, but after about three months it was reduced to one guinea, on the ground that a certain society had never gone beyond the latter figure, and that it was felt all must be on the same level. Why it should not have been the higher instead of the lower level they were not told. Chauffeurs belonging to the Red Cross Society were receiving better salaries than highly skilled and highly trained nurses.
They were all proud of the splendid response which had been made to the appeal to women to volunteer for war service. After all, it was only what might have been expected for what had been the object of the demand for the vote except further and wider service for the state.  Instead of asking to serve they were now asked for their services and it was up to every one of them to rise to the occasion and respond nobly. 
They must, however, insist upon equal pay with men for equal work. Hitherto women had been supposed to be cheap and docile, and these two qualities had appealed to some employers. Women would be doing no service to themselves or to the country unless they made a stand on this important point. In France women had worked trams and trains; in Russia women not only gathered in the harvest last autumn, but were now busy sowing for this year’s harvest. A vast amount of agricultural work needed doing in this country, and it was far better that capable women should undertake it than that children should be withdrawn from school. The war was a ghastly object lesson of the necessity of women and men working closely together for the home and the nation.
In conclusion Miss Salt said she had been pleased to hear that the Shipley Branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies was to have a Study Circle, under the able guidance of Miss Hanson, for the consideration of international questions.
A vote of thanks to Miss Salt was cordially adopted, on the motion of Mrs Gustave Lund, seconded by Mr A H Elgey.

Death of Old Cricketer

By the death of Mr Arthur Thornton, who resided at 68 Victoria Road Saltaire, there has been removed a gentleman who was formerly well known in cricket circles. The deceased, who was in his sixty first year, died on Sunday, and a pathetic coincidence is that as recently as March 26th, his eldest daughter, Mrs Burnett, of 10 Ashley Road Shipley, passed away in her 26th year.
Mr Thornton had long been connected with the Saltaire Club, originally as a player, later as a coach, and in recent years as a member of the committee. He was, in his playing days, an able exponent of the game with both bat and ball, and in 1881 appeared in the Yorkshire county team.
It is recalled that on the occasion of a match in Saltaire Park against the Baildon Green Club, the visitors eleven had lost five wickets and required only two or three runs to win, when Mr Thornton effected the dismissal of the remainder without another run being scored. In the year 1904, whilst playing with Saltaire Veterans against the Saltaire eleven, he obtained fifty runs and took five wickets. At that time Mr Thornton was in his fiftieth year.
The deceased had acted as professional for the Ramsbottom, Lowerhouse, and Grimsby clubs. After his playing days had ended he became an umpire and his services in that capacity were much in demand for many years.
Mr Thornton leaves a widow, six sons and two daughter. Two of the sons, Mr Tom and Mr A E Thornton, are well known cricketers. The former has played with Saltaire and Undercliffe, and was secretary for the Saltaire Club for many years. Mr A E Thornton has also played with the Saltaire eleven. Mr R L Thornton has joined the Bradford “Pals” Battalion and Mr E G Thornton is with the Army Ordnance Corps at York. The latter has played cricket with one of the Bradford elevens.
The funeral took place at Hirst Wood Cemetery Shipley on Tuesday afternoon. Prior to the internment a service was conducted at St Peter’s Church by the Vicar Rev F B Hope, who also performed the last rites at the graveside.
The principal were Mrs Thornton, Mr F Thornton, Miss E Thornton, Mr and Mrs T Thornton, Mr A E Thornton, Miss J H Thornton, Private R L Thornton, Mr T Burnett, Mr R Thornton, Mrs Lincoln, Mrs Preston, Mr and Mrs Brodrick, Mrs Collins, Mrs Scott, Mrs Walton, Mr J D Thornton, Mrs Croft, Mr and Mrs J Ramsden, Mrs Spencer, Mr J Burnett and Mrs Greaves.
Amongst the old cricketers present was Mr Abe Sowden, who it will be remembered, recently entertained a number of his contemporary players at a reunion held at Bradford. The late Mr Thornton attended this gathering. There were also present at the funeral Messrs Flarron (Ramsbottom), Schofield Swithenbank, A Myers, J Halliday, W Beaver, G Swithenbank, S Wilson, W H Hanson, J T Turner, F Smith, and J Normington (Bingley).
The Shipley & District Working Men’s Club was represented and there was also present Messrs F Wilkinson, F Halliday, B Jackson, G Sutcliffe, W Metcalfe, R Rutherford, S Parratt, and A Taylor (fellow employees of the deceased at Saltaire Mills). Amongst the letters of condolence received was one from the Yorkshire County Committee.

Saltaire Congregational Church

The anniversary of the Saltaire Congregational Church was celebrated on Sunday. The preacher at the morning service was the Rev John Brash (of Bradford), whilst in the evening the Rev L H Gaunt (of Skipton) officiated. The choir sang in the morning the anthem “The Lord is my Light and my Salvation” (Sydnham), and in the evening “The Lord is Exulted” (West). Mr Geo. Sutcliffe (organist and choirmaster) presided at the organ. The collection amounted to £6 10s 5d.

Editorial – Salts Schools

Reduction of fees and the withdrawal of pupils consequent of the opening of the new secondary school at Guiseley are the chief causes of the present financial position of the Salt High Schools. Many people think that as things stand at present secondary education is costing the Shipley ratepayers too much and that burdens are being borne locally which properly belong to the County Council.
With regard to the Salts Schools as a whole, one often hears the opinion expressed that the advantages which it was claimed would accrue from municipalisation have not been realised. An effort ought to be made to bring the public more in touch with these buildings, and after the High School finances have been dealt with we hope the larger question will not be lost sight of.

Summer Term

The Salt Schools, Shipley
Boys High School – Head Master: F J Fuller with staff of Nine Assistant Masters.
Girls High School & Kindergarten – Head Mistress: Miss H Byles with twenty Assistants.

The summer term commenced on Monday 19th April at 9 am


Saltaire lost to Mechanics Institute 2-5 in the final game of the Carey Cup
Final table – Saltaire won 4 lost 6 - finished fourth out of six teams. Cup was won by YMC.

Saltaire War Diary: 16th April 1915

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Shipley Volunteers

That strategy can be practised by Volunteers was amply demonstrated on Saturday in the course of the field operations of the Shipley Volunteers. The scheme drawn up by the officers comprised the defence of the Shipley Waterworks at Eldwick, against a small attacking force, and how a party of the latter reached their goal by a successful ruse is worth relating.
At the outset let it be said that the strength of the parade on Saturday afternoon was about a hundred. That appears to be just about the number that can now be relied upon. The membership roll contains three times as many names, but only a hundred or so have proved they did not join the movement for the mere novelty of the thing. At the week-night drills and rifle range practices the regular attenders are chiefly those who line up for the general parade on Saturday afternoons at the headquarters, Albert Road School.
Before leaving the headquarters last Saturday afternoon the Commanding Officer, Dr E S Sharpe, outlined the scheme of operations. As already indicated, the idea was that about twenty of the men should endeavour to break through a cordon drawn round the Shipley reservoirs at Eldwick. In order that, whilst advancing under cover of hedges or walls the attacking party, if seen by the defenders, could be recognised, each of the wore a piece of white tape over the War Office crimson armlet or brassard.
The men marched to Eldwick, via the Milner Field carriage drive, past the White House, and along Sheriff Lane. The deep ruts they found in the latter road made them sympathise with residents in the locality who are loudly protesting against the damage done by the heavy roundabout traffic for the Easter Fair. Since the Bradford Corporation vetoed the holding of the fair on Shipley Glen plateau in order to stop the cutting up of the new roads which they have constructed on the common. The venue has been changed to what is known as the “Top Glen”, and Sheriff Lane after the traffic for the recent carnival, is more like a ploughed field than one King’s highways.
The Volunteers found that, whilst marching on such a surface, “keeping the line” or “covering off” was next to impossible. By the way, whilst marching along the lane the men passed Sir James Roberts who was having a stroll with his old friend the Rev Cecil E Shipley, formerly pastor at Rosse Street, and now at Sheffield. Sir James was obviously interested in seeing a goodly number of Shipley men, who although outside military age limits, are anxious to be able to do their little bit if called on.
En route to Eldwick the attacking party was detached from the main body and arranged their own plan of campaign. Gradually, as they neared the reservoirs, the defenders were told off one by one to their allotted patrols. It was an ideal day, and both sides entered into the operation with keen zest. The road on the high side of Graincliffe Reservoir was strongly guarded and the defenders hereabouts were congratulating themselves upon their impregnable line when they heard a shout of exultation from the direction of the reservoir from the direction of the reservoir embankment. Casting their eyes thither they beheld the enemy in proud passion!
How had they got there? Tell it not in Gath! – They had been driven thither in the guise of pigs. The successful invaders had called at a farm house on the Hawksworth side of “Dick Hudson’s,” and discussed ways and means with the proprietor. Eventually their cogitations resulted in the farmer yoking his horse to a pig-cart, into which the enemy scrambled on all-fours, and then laid low.
These humans, including two solicitors, an ex-sergeant of the British Cavalry, and two other well-known Shipley residents, had decided to disguise themselves as pigs in order to break the cordon round the reservoir. The farmer covered them with old sacking, and over all spread a pig net, with the result the deception was complete. As the load was being driven by the farmer to the reservoir gates, the vehicle was closely scrutinised by the men on guard, but they never suspected the hidden truth.
The driver, who evidently enjoyed the ruse as much as anybody, politely thanked the reservoir defender, who opened the gates to admit the cart, and considerately closed them after it had passed through. When the cart had pulled up on the embankment and the jubilant “porkers” had alighted, the defenders, whilst having to submit to a good deal of chaff, congratulated the invaders on their successful ruse.
It was a useful lesson in strategy, and one which is not likely to be forgotten by those who took part in the operations – especially the defenders more immediately concerned.

Saltaire Congregational Church

Church Anniversary Services – Sunday April 18th, 1915
Morning at 10.30 – Rev John Brash (Bradford
Evening at 6.30 – Rev L H Gaunt (Skipton)
Special Anthems by the Choir
Organist and Choirmaster – Mr George Sutcliffe

All are cordially invited – Seats and Hymn Books Provided

Commission of the Peace

Mr Harry Roberts, only surviving son of Sir James Roberts, whose name was recently added to the Commission of the Peace for the West Riding, took the oath and subscribed the roll at the Quarter Sessions held at Wakefield on Monday.


National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (Shipley Branch)
A Public Meeting will be held in the Saltaire Institute on Wednesday 21st April at 7.30 pm
Speaker – Miss Salt
Chairman – Rev P D Pringle


At the West Riding Quarter Sessions at Wakefield on Monday, Robert Lofthouse (17) of Saltaire pleaded guilty to stealing an overcoat, etc, the property of Mr John Robinson, farmer of Bingley, and was sentenced to three years detention in a Borstal Institution.

(Robert was son of Alfred Lofthouse living at 19 Rhodes Street)

For Sale

Choice Hardy Perennials and Rockery Plants in good variety for Sale – Raistrick Pouncey, 2 William Henry Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 9 April 1915

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Commission of the Peace

Mr Joseph Henry Nicholson Roberts, the only surviving son of Sir James Roberts Bart., is among the gentlemen recently added to the Commission of the Peace for the West Riding. Ever since he took over the immense responsibility of directing the affairs of directing the affairs of the great industrial concern at Saltaire, Sir James has, in one capacity or another, given public causes the benefit of his outstanding ability.
The public will be glad to recognise in the appointment of his son to the magisterial bench an indication that Mr Harry Roberts also intends to take a fair share of public work. For some years he has evinced a keen interest in the Shipley Veterans Association, a society which has done a good work in looking after the worthy old men of the town. Mr Harry Roberts J.P., is the president of the association.

Strathallan Castle

Like many other of “the stately homes of England,” Strathallan Castle residence of Sir James Roberts., is being used as a military hospital and a number of wounded soldiers – members of the gallant little Belgian Army which by its heroic resistance of the German Hubs has won the admiration of the whole world – are being provided there with the best medical treatment available and everything is being done to make them happy and comfortable.


Whilst crossing the road near to Gordon Terrace on Saturday night, Mrs Emma Sheard, of 42 Victoria Road, was knocked down by a horse and van belonging to Messrs Ridgways Limited, tea merchants of Bradford. She sustained a fractured leg, and after being attended by Dr Ward Smith, was removed to Saltaire Hospital.

(Emma Sykes b1859 married William Sheard 19 November at Honley nr Huddersfield. They had four children. In 1911 Emma was living without her husband at 46 Victoria Road.)
(Ward Smith b1876 married Maud Jessop 1903. They had two children. In 1911 they were living at 25 Moorhead Lane in Shipley. Ward died 14 March 1960 when living at 10 Sherwood Grove in Shipley.)

Insurance Committee

The monthly meeting of the Shipley District Insurance Committee was held at the Saltaire Institute, Councillor H Williams (chairman), of Baildon, presiding.
On the motion of Mr J Hudson, seconded by Mr S Heaton, a resolution was adopted asking the County Committee to consider the desirability of making strong representations to the Postmaster-General as to the necessity of some treatment being carried out with regard to telephone receivers (particularly those used in exchanges) by fumigation or otherwise, the idea being to nullify all possible spread of tuberculosis.

Small Ads

Male Baker, experienced, wanted – Apply John Charlesworth & Sons, Victoria Road, Saltaire

Wanted, Apprentice for the plumbing trade – Apply J E Kay, Registered Plumber, Saltaire

Errand Boy Wanted age 14 or 15; good wages – W E Metcalfe, Chemist 95 Bingley Road


3 April 1915 St Pauls Shipley
Eric Knox, a clerk, of 27 Westfield Road Shipley married Florence Ann Whelan of 11 Maddocks Street, Saltaire.


3 April at Nab Wood – Ruth Smithson aged 84 of 36 Ada Street, Saltaire.


FIRTH - On April 3rd, at 21 Herbert Street, Saltaire, Lilian, only daughter of the late John Firth and Elizabeth Firth (nee Bilney), in her 16th year.

In Memoriam

SIMPSON – In loving memory of my dear mother, Mary Simpson, who died April 9th, 1914. “At Rest” – from her daughter, Eliza, 20 William Henry Street Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 2 April 1915

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Submarine Attack Survivor

One of the passengers on the Elder Dempster liner Falaba, which was by a German submarine off the Welsh coast on Sunday, involving the loss of over 100 lives, was Mr Joshua Marshall, of 19 Highfield Terrace, Nab Wood, Shipley, whose name appeared first in the list of the saved.
Mr Marshall, by the way, is a native of Saltaire, and so, too, is his wife (nee Giles). He had previously been on business four times to West Africa and one of his homeward trips about two years ago was made on the ill-fated Falaba. He went aboard this ship again on Saturday, when she left Liverpool for the West Coast of Africa.
Mrs Marshall and an aunt went to Liverpool to see him off. In normal times he has embarked at the landing stage, but on Saturday the passengers were conveyed by tender to the Falaba, which was anchored some distance away in the river. The ship was due to sail at 3.30, but it was a few minutes after six when she moved off. At such a time as this the delay was naturally talked about on board, and it was whispered that it was due to an enemy submarine having been reported somewhere in the vicinity of the river mouth. One reassuring fact, however, was that when they did weigh anchor they were followed down the river by a White Star liner bound for America. Unhappily the Falaba was destined to become the target of a German torpedo, which sunk the ship, resulting in heavy loss of life, and an exhibition of cold-blooded conduct on the part of the enemy which for all time will rank with the many vile deeds against the dictates of humanity already against the modern Huns.
The Shipley friends of Mr Marshall will be interested in his own story of the sinking of the Falaba, which he gave to our representatives who called at residence on Tuesday morning, he having arrived home late the previous night. Mr Marshall showed very little signs of the terrible ordeal through which he had passed. Asked about one or two slight bruises on his face he said he supposed he had got them by tumbling into the lifeboat which took him away from the Falaba a few minutes before she went down.
The first intimation he received that a submarine had been sighted was about ten minutes past twelve, Sunday noon. He had just been shaved by the ship’s barber, and was about to have his hair cut, when one of the stewards shouted “There’s a submarine coming alongside.” At first they hoped it might prove to be a British vessel, but naturally the passengers hastened on deck. About fifty yards off the port side of the Falaba, and in line with the stern of the ship, the submarine was plainly to be seen. Some of the passengers stated that when they first saw her she was flying British flags, but when he noticed her she was showing her true colours.
The captain of the submarine was shouting through a megaphone to the captain of the Falaba, and although he spoke in German they all understand that they had received a message to stop. The skipper of the Falaba saw no chance to escape and the engines were brought to a standstill.
Orders came from the bridge for the boats to be lowered and the crew at once got to work at the davits, the passengers meanwhile going to their cabins for lifebelts. He (Mr Marshall) fetched two, one of which he put on himself, whilst the other he handed to another passenger. On looking over the port side he saw that two of the boats had been lowered. These had been filled with people – including, it was believed at the time, all the eight women who had been aboard – and were moving away from the ship.
Sailors and others were trying in vain to let down the third lifeboat on the port side. He therefore crossed over to the starboard side, where he found that through some mishap whilst being lowered two lifeboats had been smashed to pieces and the people who had been in them were struggling in the water. As on the port side, the gear of one of the starboard lifeboats could not be got to work properly. After the boat had been filled with people the stern end of the boat dropped towards the water, but the forepart could not be got away from the davits, and the boat assuming an almost perpendicular position the occupants were pitched into the sea. The sailors cut the ropes, and the boat righting itself when it reached the water a number of men managed to climb into it.
Returning to the port side of the ship he that the sailors were then able to lower the third lifeboat there, and he was one of twenty passengers and crew rescued by that boat.
The submarine had disappearing guns aboard. Although it was said that the Falaba passengers and crew were allowed a few minutes in which to take to the boats that period did not seem to him to have elapsed when a torpedo struck the Falaba on the aft well deck.
The result was a terrible explosion which sent a column of water a great height into the air. “In the water thrown up you could also see, “said Mr Marshall, “portions of the deck and other debris. It was at once evident that the Falaba had received a mortal blow. She listed heavily to starboard until the decks were, I should say, at an angle of about 45 degrees. There were some men still on the ship, and you could see them trying to climb up to the handrail on the port side by getting their finger nails between the deck planks. The poor fellows could not hold on, and gradually slid into the water. The Falaba sank stern first, the bow standing out of the water 20 or 30 feet when the stern had disappeared. The lifeboat in which I had found a place was not more than twenty of thirty yards away from the bow of the Falaba when the latter was torpedoed. The crew of the submarine appeared to be all on deck when the Falaba went down. I believe the captain had summoned them up to see the last of the ship they had torpedoed. They made no attempt to save the people struggling in the water, and what other survivors have said about their jeering is quite true.”
Mr Marshall thinks that the wireless operator on the Falaba succeeded in getting in touch with an English wireless station, and that the submarine may have intercepted the message. At any rate, after sinking of the Falaba, the submarine quickly moved off.
After rowing for about three hours, Mr Marshall and his fellow survivors were taken on to the Lowestoft trawler, Eileen Emma and afterwards transferred to HMS Liffey  which landed them at Milford about ten o’clock on Sunday night.
Mr Marshall speaks in the highest terms of praise of the kindness shown to the survivors alike by the crews of the trawler and the Liffey. On the latter ship they were put between hot blankets in the men’s bunks, and given hot cocoa and other refreshments. One of the men gave Mr Marshall a sailor’s hat ribbon, bearing the inscription, in gilt letters, “HMS Liffey.” Needless to say that is a souvenir which will be highly prized by him and his family.
At Milford, the survivors were most hospitably treated at the Seaman’s Home, a band of Red Cross nurses doing everything in their power to make them comfortable. Mr Marshall left Milford at 10.20 on Monday morning, and reached home at 11 pm. He had previously sent a wire to his wife announcing that he was among the saved.
One of the victims was a friend of Mr Marshall’s named Willis, whom he had met in West Africa on the occasion of a previous visit. They were occupying the same cabin on the Falaba. Both of them were members of a Volunteer Corps in West Africa.
The captain of the Falaba, who was picked from the water, succumbed to injuries (probably from floating wreckage) whilst on the trawler, Eileen Emma.  

(Joshua was living with his parents at 26 Helen Street in Saltaire, when he married Laura Emma Giles 16 April 1904 at St Pauls Shipley. Laura was living with her parents at 30 Albert Road (renumbered 59) in Saltaire.)

The Athletes’ Volunteer Force

Company Orders, April 3rd to 8th

Friday, April 2nd (Good Friday), no drill
Saturday April 3rd, no general parade
Monday, April 5th (Easter Monday), no drill
Tuesday, April 6th (Easter Tuesday), no drill
Wednesday, April 7th, Tradesman drill, Albert Road, 6pm

  • Signalling class, Albert Road, 8pm
  • Officers’ sword drill, Albert Road, 8pm
  • No 7 Platoon, Windhill, 8pm

Thursday, April 8th, No 3 Platoon, Rifle Range 8pm

  • No 4 Platoon, Albert Road and Range 8pm
  • No 6 Platoon, Otley Road and Range 8pm

E S Sharpe, Commander, Headquarters, Albert Road Schools, 31st March.

War Refuge Concert

On Saturday evening last (27th March) a large audience, including many of the Belgian refugees at present in Shipley and district, assembled at the Institute, Saltaire for a concert arranged by M Jean Baptiste Radille, a Belgian refuge staying at The Grange, Shipley, assisted by some of the members of the Shipley War Refugee Committee in aid of the War Refugee Fund in Shipley.
In the opinion of many present at the concert it was a long time since such a musical treat was heard in Shipley. A really delightful programme had been provided. M Edouard Deru, the Violinist to the Belgian Court, delighted his hearers with his masterly playing of the violin. His selections were “Romance in F,” by Beethoven, a Minuet by Mozart, “Airette” by Martini, “Chant du Soir” by Schumann and “Temps Martiale” by Pugnani. M Deru, who had most enthusiastic recalls, thoroughly justified his high position to which he has attained in the musical world. The audience will long remember his visit to Shipley and his wonderful interpretations of the items mentioned. M J Baptiste Radille accompanied M Deru in a manner worthy of the highest praise.
Later in the evening M Radille played a Polonaize by Lisst, and also joined Miss Sanctuary in a pianoforte duet, both items being well received.
Miss Bessie Tyas, of London, (1884 – 1975) who created so favourable an impression at a recent concert of the same kind in this hall, confirmed that impression by her artistic rendering of “Ah Fors’ e lui, “from Verdi’s “La Traviata.” In reply to a demonstrative recall she gave “Happy Song,” and in the second half of the concert she sang Liza Lehmann’s “Poet and the Nightingale” and Vincent Thomas’s “Love and June.”
 The contralto vocalist was Miss Wheatley Jackson, (Mary Dorothy Jackson 1884 – 1962) who rendered in cultured style “The Tryst,” by Sibelius, Liza Lehmann’s beautifully descriptive song “The Storm” and Herbert Brewer’s “Fairy Pipers.” The quaint charm of the last named drew an encore.
Mr Charles Balaam (1885-1932) displayed his baritone voice to good effect in a couple of songs, especially in Mozart’s rollicking “So, Sir Page.”
Mr Archie Stretton (1885-1926) (tenor), received well merited applause for his rendering of “All joy be thine” and “Lorraine.”
Mr W Greenwood, as elocutionist, hit the true note of patriotism in his rendering of “The Defence of Lucknow,” by Tennyson, and afterwards amused the audience with “A Change of Treatment,” by W Jacobs, adding “Tommy,” by Kipling, as an encore.
Councillor Thomas Hill, the chairman of the War Refugees Committee, expressed the thanks of the committee to the artistes who had kindly given their services, and said he wished the hall had been crowded. It was expected that a substantial sum would be added to the fund as a result of the efforts of M Radille and those who had kindly assisted him. Mr Hill said the Shipley people were trying to pay back a little of the debt owed to Belgium, and he trusted that when the refugees returned to their own country they would have pleasant recollections of their stay in Shipley.
During the evening a number of the Belgium ladies were busily engaged in selling button-holes and sprays of flowers, a number of which had been kindly sent to Mrs C H Simonds (a member of the committee) by Mrs Outram of Newland Hall, Lancaster.
M Radille requests us to add that he is indebted to Mr Simonds and Mr A Smith (hon assistant secretary of the War Refugee Fund) for the kind assistance given by them in the arranging of the concert.

Rose Society

Mr Oswald Partington M. P., has accepted the presidency of the Saltaire Rose Society for this year, and has promised to provide a trophy. The committee have decided to hold a one-day show on July 7th, and the proceeds will be aid of local war funds.

Shipley Urban District Council Elections 1915

To the Electors of the West Ward, Ladies and Gentlemen

I wish to express my thanks for the kindness shown to me by your allowances of my nomination as Councillor for the ward to go unchallenged. Although knowing that this action on your part is the expression of a desire for unity – national and local – in view of the war, I appreciate it none the less on that account.
Two years ago you honoured me by election as one of your representatives. Since that time the Council have undertaken, and performed much work – educational and general – which I hope will be of benefit to the town and people of Shipley. I am pleased to have been associated with this work, along with your other representatives, and trust that my attitude to the various matters upon which we have deliberated has met with your approval.
I hope by close attention to duty to merit a continuance of the confidence you have placed in me.
Yours very sincerely,
T F Doyle

(Author’s note – Saltaire was in the West Ward)
(Thomas Francis Doyle was a weaving overlooker living at 30 George St in Saltaire)

Sir Titus Salt’s Charity

The monthly meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held in Wednesday night at the Saltaire Hospital. Mr B. Alsop (chairman) presided, and the other members present were Mrs J R Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Mr W Cryer, Mr T Kendall, and Mr E L Baumann. The monthly report stated that the number of out-patients had been 115. The number of in-patients at the date of the last meeting was 13 and 26 had been admitted, making a total of 39. Of these 29 had been discharged, leaving 10 in the hospital at the present time.
A donation of £1 had been forwarded by Mr William Spence (St Pauls Road) and gifts for soldiers had been received from Miss Moss (eggs), Mr B Holmes, Nab Wood (buns) and Mr William Spence (cigarettes). A quantity of magazines had been sent by Mrs Salter.

Shipley and District Sunday School Cricket League

Wanted one or two clubs to complete above League. Application may be made before next meeting at Saltaire Road P.M. on Friday April 9th at 8 pm – C. Keighley, 63 George Street, Saltaire, Hon. Sec.


29th March 1915 – Walter Cox married Mary Ann Filby – 9 Caroline Street Saltaire.


Burnett – On March 26th at 10 Ashley Road Shipley, Beatrice Alice, the dearly beloved wife of Tillotson Burnett, in her 26th year (eldest daughter of Arthur & Jessie Thornton).

(Tillotson Burnett, a grocer living at 10 Edward Street in Saltaire, married Beatrice Alice Thornton, of 8 Albert Road (renumbered 15) in Saltaire, 11 August 1913 at St Peters Shipley.)

(Beatrice had four brothers who served in the war: Albert, Arthur, Edwin & Robert).


Saltaire War Diary: 26 March 1915

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Club for Wives

A meeting was held in Saltaire Institute on Saturday of ladies interested in a scheme for forming a Social Club for the wives, widows, and dependants of soldiers and sailors in Saltaire, Shipley and Windhill. An executive committee was elected as follows: Mrs Beaver (president), Mrs Herklots and Mrs Cross (vice presidents), Miss Moss, Mrs Pringle, Miss Foster, Mrs Ingham (hon secretary), and Mrs Hamilton (hon treasurer).
It was decided to accept the very generous offer made by the Vicar of Shipley of the use of the Mission Room in Hargreaves Square, free of rent, coal and gas charges, and the committee desire it to be known that the club is now open on Monday and Thursday afternoons between 2.30 and 4.30, and on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9.
All women who have sons or husbands serving in the Army or Navy will be welcome. Newspapers and periodicals will be provided and toys for the children, and every effort will be made to show sympathy and provide a pleasant hour for those who have sacrificed so much for their country.
A cup of tea and a bun will be offered for the modest sum of one penny, and it is proposed to have free entertainment once a fortnight.
In order to equip the club with the necessary comforts and carry on the work successfully, funds will be required, and the Committee appeal with confidence to the public of Shipley, for financial help in this scheme to brighten the lot of those on whom the strain of anxiety and absence falls so heavily.
Contributions will be thankfully received by the treasurer, Mrs Hamilton of Victoria Park, Shipley or by any member of the Committee.

Saltaire Congregational Church

Choir anniversary services were held at the Saltaire Congregational Church on Sunday. The preacher was the Rev P Drummond Pringle, M. A. The choir rendered the anthem “The Lord is my strength” (Smart).
In the afternoon there was a musical service, at which the choir were assisted by Miss Carrie Birkbeck (soprano), Mr W E Heap (tenor), and Mr B Knott (bass). Organ solos were played by Mr George Sutcliffe (organist and choirmaster).
In the evening Stainer’s “Daughter of Jairus” was given by the choir. The collections were on behalf of the choir funds.

Saltaire Congregational Sunday School

The annual tea and concert in connection with the Saltaire Congregational Sunday School took place in the schoolroom on Saturday. A company numbering over 400 partook of an excellent repast. The Rev. P D Pringle presided over the concert which was greatly enjoyed. The programme, which was performed by the scholars, consisted of an operetta entitled “Flags of The Nations.” Miss Witts, Miss G Thornton, Miss Doris Illingworth and Miss E. Margroom had trained the children, who committed themselves admirably. Some of the costumes were lent by Miss Hollingworth of the Moorhead Primary School. The proceeds of the gathering amounted to £20 15s.

School Finances

The Salt High Schools Finances Sub-committee have considered the various causes which had led to the adverse balance of £1411 6s 7d (£127k in 2015) in the High School accounts, the course to be adopted to meet the deficiency, and the steps to be taken to increase the income and reduce the expenditure of the schools in the future.
It was decided to recommend that the balance of three-ninths from the rents of the Governors’ cottages at Saltaire, for the year ending 31st March, 1915, be allocated to the Girls’ High School. The Chairman moved and Councillor Shackleton seconded the adoption of this recommendation. The chairman remarked that the sub-committee had felt that unless they allocated the three-ninths to the purpose of education they would not be in a good position to go with a good case to any superior authority.
Councillor Gill said it appeared to him that the Saltaire Institute had a claim upon the rents of the cottages. It was desirable that the institute should not have to be subsidised from the rates, but it would have to be subsidised in that way, if the recommendations were adopted.
Councillor Cowgill said that the Institute was being rather hardly hit. Up to 1913 the Institute had the first claim on the cottage rents, and any surplus went to the Salt Schools or the Technical Schools. Still he had sympathy with the Governors in the position in which they found themselves. They had a greater financial need than the Institute, owing to their huge deficit, and he would therefore not press the claims of the Institute, but would express the hope that this year’s decision would not form a precedent.
Miss Unwin said it should be remembered how conditions had altered since the Salt Trust came into being. Originally the Institute was an educational institution, but it was not so today. Up to last year the High Schools had never had part of the money from the rents of the cottages, for the simple reason they had not needed it. So long as they did not need it, it was allocated to that part of the trust which did need it. But the schools did need the money now more than any other part of the trust, and the balance ought to go to them. The need on the part of the schools was so great that she did not think the money ought to be taken from them.
The recommendation was agreed to.

Death of Mr Joseph Paley

Joseph Paley, a gentleman whom was well known in musical circles, died on Monday night in his seventy-third year. Mr Paley has been twice married, and he leaves behind a widow, a son and three daughters. The funeral takes place today (Friday) at Baildon Church.

Death Notice

Whitfield – March 17th at 49 Kitson Street, Windhill Crag, Thomas aged 71 years, late of Saltaire.

(Thomas Whitfield b Shipley 1894. Married Jemima Stephenson 1869. Four children; William b1870, Joshua b1872, James b1875 and Florence 1881. Worked as a shoe maker, lived at 7 Caroline Street in Saltaire from 1887.)

Saltaire War Diary: 19 March 1915

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Railway Porter

Members of the Shipley Branch of the National Union of Railwaymen will be pleased to hear of the further promotion of one of their fellow-members, H Knivett of 17 Wellington Street, Bingley, who enlisted in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in October last.
Knivett was made Corporal some time ago, and this week he has been promoted to Sergeant. He is only 19 years of age, and he has the best wishes of all Shipley Railwaymen for his future welfare. Until July of 1914 he was assistant porter at Saltaire, afterwards being transferred to Shipley Station. He is now at Folkestone awaiting orders for abroad.
Two other members of the Shipley Branch – Lance-Corporal C Roberts and Lance-Corporal R Turner – are at present in hospital – Turner at Manchester with a bullet wound, and Roberts in France, suffering from rheumatism.

(Harold Cecil Bertram Knivett born Norfolk 1985 – died 1 May 1943 @ 15 Collier Lane Baildon.)  

Textile Society

A lecture on “Costing for textile fabrics” was given in the lecture-room at the Technical School on Monday last by Mr A M Chapman, City and Guilds’ examiner in woollen and worsted weaving. Mr H B Dean occupied the chair.
The lecturer dealt fully with the method of arriving at the cost of warp and welt and the question of picks per inch when the fabric was tight and slack on the loom, on the table, and in the finished condition. He also spoke on the question of waste, gave a sample costing for dress goods, and referred to the various methods of dealing with question of fixed expenses, which, he said, deserved more care and attention than was generally practised.
The question of cost per loom for room and power was also dealt with, and the lecturer gave a table of costs for looms from 47 in. to 84 in. reed width. Fixed expenses were taken as follows: (1) Motive powers, (2) repairs and depreciation, (3) lighting and ventilating, (4) interest on capital, (5) wages, (6) taxes and insurances.
The vexed question of charges for patterns, and the cost of designs and cards etc., where Jacquards are required, as well as the piracy of designs were enlarged upon. Costing for worsted coating was fully gone into, and Mr Chapman described the various methods of allowance, which eventually became recognised as the “English woollen measure.”
The lecture was full of detailed information of great importance in the manufacture of all classes of textile fabrics, and it was much appreciated. Mr Ellis Atkinson (of Bradford) and others joined in the discussion, and a hearty vote of thanks to the lecturer brought the meeting to a close.

Court Action

At the Leeds Assizes on Saturday, before Mr Justice Coleridge, Mary E Parker, of 25 Wellington Crescent, Shipley, brought an action to recover damages for personal injuries from Mr F R Webster, yarn agent, 122 Tolley Lane, Bradford, now serving as a second-lieutenant with the 16th West Yorkshire (Service) Battalion at Skipton. Mr Edward Shortt, K.C. M.P., and Mr Harold Newell appeared for the plaintiff, Mr G F L Mortimer and Mr F Beverley for the defendant.
Mr Shortt, in opening the case for the plaintiff, said that on November 5, 1913, Miss Parker had been spending the evening with some friends in Bradford. Shortly after ten o’clock she walked down Oak Lane into the Bradford and Keighley Road. She wanted to take a tram towards Shipley, but as none was approaching she walked on, keeping on the left hand pavement. When she got to the second tramway stopping place she heard the sound of a tram coming behind her and walked out into the roadway in order to stop it. She stood near the rails facing the oncoming car when she suddenly saw a flash of light and remembered practically nothing more until the next day, when she found herself in hospital. The driver of the motor car conveyed Miss Parker to her home.
She was suffering from concussion to the brain, severe bruising, and a comminuted fracture of one leg. She was taken to Salt Hospital, Saltaire, and remained there until February 4, 1914. One of her legs was permanently shortened, and in the matter of general health it was probable she would never be the same again.
Miss Parker, having corroborated Mr Shortt’s opening statement, Arthur Mawson, a tramcar driver, gave evidence that on the night of the accident a motor-car travelling towards Bradford passed his car which was travelling towards Shipley, on the left hand side. Soon afterwards Mawson saw Miss Parker lying near the rails. The witness admitted, in reply to Mr Mortimer, that it did not surprise him to see the motor car pass on his left. That was habitual at that spot, for the tram lines were very near the pavement on the one side, while on the park side the road was very wide.
Medical evidence having been given, the defendant was called. He said he had driven a car for two and a half years before the accident. On that occasion he was travelling towards Bradford, his wife and her maid being in the car with him. He denied that Miss Parker stepped from the pavement next to the park. He said that when he was about seventy yards from her he saw her step off the pavement on his left. He sounded the horn and blew a whistle. He concluded that Miss Parker heard him, for she looked towards the car on two occasions. When the car was nearly upon her she stood still and he veered to the right to get clearly past. Then she suddenly stepped forward, seemed confused, stepped back again and slipped. The car passed over her leg; it did not strike her down. He was going at fifteen miles an hour.
The Judge: You say she was confused. You were only going at fifteen miles an hour. Did it ever occur to you to stop! – No, sir.
The Judge: People in motor cars seem to think they should never stop.
The defendant’s wife corroborated his evidence; and Mr C J Spencer, general manager of the Bradford City Tramways, said the road at that spot was regarded as a double road. It was customary for trams to use one side of the road and all other traffic, the other side.
The Judge remarked that it was a perfectly idle contention that motor cars or other vehicles had the right to the road to the exclusion of foot passengers. A person coming along on wheels and seeing a foot passenger standing, especially if that foot passenger’s back were towards the person on wheels, had no right to run that passenger down and say “You ought to have got out of the way.” Referring to the headlights of the defendant’s car, the Judge said that headlights were extremely convenient for the person driving a car, but they were not so convenient for a person who wished to avoid the car.
The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff with £250 damages. (Worth £23k in 2015)

(Mary Elizabeth Parker was born 1885 in Leeds. In 1911 she was a housekeeper for her widowed father. John at 25 Wellington Crescent in Shipley. John was a newspaper reporter.)


John Hall aged 60 was buried at Nab Wood Cemetery 15 March 1915. He died in Saltaire Hospital.

(John lived at 41 St Paul’s Road in Shipley. He died 12 March 1915. In his will he left £173 12s 8d (worth £16k in 2015) to his brother, Alfred, and to a Harry Bradley.)

Saltaire War Diary: 12 March 1915

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Hospital Needs in France

Sister Beatrice Bartlett is addressing a series of meetings in Bradford and district with the view to securing financial support for the Allies Hospital at Yvetot, near Rouen, France, and the initial gathering was held in the vicinity of Saltaire Mills during the dinner hour on Tuesday.
The hospital, which was originally a monastery, has accommodation for 300 patients, and it was handed over to Sister Beatrice by General Goiran (Commander of the Third Division of the French Army). It has been thoroughly equipped, and Sister Beatrice, who is at the head of affairs, is making an appeal to the workers to provide the means for the maintenance and treatment of patients. Although every member of the staff is unremunerated, it is estimated that £2, 000 (£180,000 in 2015) a month will be required for the upkeep of the hospital.
Sister Beatrice and Mr Fred Skirrow, of Bradford (the local secretary of the Allies’ Hospital Fund), addressed a large crowd of employees at Tuesday’s meeting at Saltaire. Mr Skirrow remarked that Sister Beatrice had been working like a Trojan ever since the war commenced in order to extend and improve the hospital accommodation in France, and she had accomplished a great deal.
Sister Beatrice said that during the past eight months appeals had been made for financial help for many causes, and all classes had made a generous response. But the present appeal was addressed most particularly to the industrial population, who were asked to show their sympathy with the work by making their contribution no matter how small.
She spoke of the courage of the soldiers, and remarked that it was truly marvellous what the men could go through. The one wish of the wounded Tommies, whom she had been privileged to attend to, was that they might recover and be able to have a hand in giving the Germans “a good licking”.
The war, she added, was only just beginning. General Goiran had requested her to have 300 beds ready within eight weeks. That showed that enormous movements were expected to be made in the near future. To deal with the casualties which were anticipated it would require 200 such hospitals as that at Yvetet, and yet there were only thirty.
A good number have responded to the appeal for help, and it is expected that at various places where addresses are being given a local committee will be formed in order to give all an opportunity to contribute to the Allies’ Hospital Fund. Mr F Skirrow, of 19 Bank Street, Bradford, is the secretary for the district.

Grand Concert

Mr Jean Baptiste Radille, the professor of music who is with the Belgian refugees at Shipley Grange, has secured a promise from Mr Edouard Deru, violinist to the Belgian Court that he will play at a concert to be given in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Saturday, March 27th, in aid of the Shipley Refugee Fund. Mr Deru, whose fame is widely known, recently played in London.


On Tuesday night a millhand named Fred Bartle of 19 Thomas Street Shipley, was knocked down by a motor car in Otley Road. The car was driven by Richard Cox, motor mechanic of 3 Ada Street Woodbottom, Baildon. Bartle was conveyed to the Saltaire Hospital, where he was found to be suffering from concussion.

Saltaire Cricket Club

The annual concert and dance in connection with the Saltaire Cricket Club took place on Saturday at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire. Mr H Mann presided over the concert, and was supported by Mr E Butterfield.
A splendid programme was sustained by Miss Swithenbank (soprano), Miss Lamb (contralto), Mr H Hoyle (baritone), Mr G Illingworth (humourist), and the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir, consisting of Messrs P Seddon, J Bancroft, C Saville, C Green, N Keighley, J Ince, T Priestley, E Parker, H Sharpe, T Hewitt, A Webb, H Rhodes, A Rhodes, L Crosshand, C Bailey, F Walker, A Slingsby, E Shepherd, W Holroyd, G Fawcett, E Milner, G Sanctuary and F Bradshaw (conductor).
Mr W Raistrick’s band played for dancing and the M. C.’s were L Jolly and C Smith. Refreshments were served by Mrs Noble, Mrs Butterfield, Mrs Eccles, Mrs Butt, Mrs Riley, Mrs Lamb, Mrs Driver, Miss Booth and Miss Riley.

Motor Waggon Fatality at Shipley

A shocking accident occurred at Shipley about four o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, resulting in the death of a barber’s apprentice named Harold Thorpe (17), of  110 East Parade, Keighley. A motor waggon belonging to Messrs George Hattersley and Sons Ltd, machine makers of Keighley, and driven by Samuel Hardwick of 132 Parkwood Street Keighley, was proceeding along the Bradford Road near the top of Park Street, and Thorpe was riding a bicycle beside the waggon and holding on to the waggon with one hand. The bicycle skidded against the side of the vehicle. Thorpe was thrown off, one of the wheels of the passing over him. On being conveyed to the Saltaire Hospital and examined by Doctors Sharpe and Thornton he was found to be suffering from severe internal injuries. Death took place soon after his admission.

An inquest on the body of the deceased was held at the Saltaire Hospital yesterday (Thursday) afternoon by the Deputy District Coroner, Mr E W Norris. Mr T H Thacker of Messrs Watson, Son and Smith (of Bradford) represented Messrs Hattersley and Sons and the driver.
Evidence of identification was given by Joseph Thorpe (brother of deceased), confectioner and tobacconist, of 85 Bradford Road, Shipley.
Ambrose Schofield, cloth finisher, 18 Ferrands Road, Shipley, spoke to seeing Thorpe riding along Bradford Road on Wednesday. Witness thought he was not safe, and on looking round saw the front wheel of the cycle catch the waggon, with the result that the deceased was thrown underneath the back wheel.
Samuel Hardwick, the driver of the motor waggon, said the first intimation he had that anything was wrong was when the waggon bumped, which caused him to think a wheel had come off.
A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned.
Mr Thacker expressed sympathy with the relatives of the deceased. He added that he thought there ought to be regulations made with regard to children and cyclists holding on to motor waggons and other vehicles. If it was made a punishable offence it would enable the police to have power to check what was a most dangerous practice.
The Coroner: The driver did everything he could under the circumstances.

Editorial – Musical Societies

Several musical societies have sprung up in the Shipley District since the collapse of that famous organisation, the Saltaire Prize Choir, who carried off the blue ribbon at many a first-class contest. We now have two amateur operatic societies.
The Shipley Amateur Thespians, by the way, have decided upon “The Yeomen of the Guard” for their next production, whilst the Shipley Amateur Operatic Society are to rehearse “The Mikado.” Both performances will be in aid of the local charities.
Much interest is being taken in the Male Voice Choir started amongst the employees at Saltaire Mills, and the Choral Society has made excellent progress under the baton of Mr Arthur Pearson, a well-known local musician and composer. The latter society is giving a concert at the Windhill Wesleyan Mission Hall next Wednesday evening, and an attractive programme has been arranged. Singers desirous of joining the society should apply to the honorary musical society, Mr James A Gibson, 47 Field Street, Shipley.

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Saltaire War Diary: 5 March 1915

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Letter from the Front

Pte. Arthur Woodhead, of Titus Street, Saltaire, who is at the front with the Army Ordnance Corps, has sent an interesting letter to Mr Alfred Bagnall, head of the firm of Messrs A Bagnall and Sons Ltd, plumbers, decorators and general contractors, Market Street, Shipley. Pte. Woodhead served his apprenticeship with the firm named, and his bent is clearly indicated by the fact that twice during his apprenticeship he tried to enlist, and soon after the completion of his terms, in 1904, he did join His Majesty’s Forces.
Writing from Flanders, Pte. Woodhead says he wishes to show his appreciation of Mr Bagnall’s generosity in making a handsome gift to the Shipley Volunteer Rifle Range. Men like Mr Bagnall and others who have helped to provide the local range do much, he says, to make the coming generation a nation of sharp shooters. He has read in the “Times and Express,” which he receives from every week, an account of the opening of the Rifle Range.
He states that they have an occasional visit from German aeroplanes, but up to the present the German airmen have not done much harm. He has had a trip round France since he went to the continent. With a small party he went with ammunition and rifles for the Indian contingent, and was at Marseilles when the Indians arrived. He has had a decent time he concludes, and has therefore much to be thankful for.

Tram Driver’s Sudden Death

The death took place suddenly on Monday of Mr James McGrath, a tram driver in the employ of the Bradford Corporation, who lived at 13 Whitlam Street, Saltaire. The deceased, who was about 36 years of age, had suffered from bronchitis, but was following his occupation as recently as Sunday.
On Monday, whilst preparing to go out, he was suddenly taken worse, and expired shortly afterwards. Mr McGrath, who leaves a widow and two children, had been in employ of the Corporation for several years, and was popular with the passengers. He formerly worked for the old Mid-Yorkshire Tramway Co. The funeral took place yesterday (Thursday) afternoon at Nab Wood Cemetery.
(James was born c1875 in Northern Ireland, he married Annie Keleher in 1907. They had a daughter, Kathleen, born 1908 and a son, James, born 1910.) 

District Council

It has now been definitely decided that pending the erection of new Public Offices at Shipley the headquarters of the District Council are to be at Somerset House, Otley Road, the residence of the late Mr Miles Sowden. After inspecting this residence and Saltaire Institute on Saturday afternoon the Council came to the conclusion that Somerset House afforded the best accommodation for temporary offices, and that the rental at which they had it offered would be well spent money considering the saving in adapting the rooms at Saltaire, and upsetting the present arrangements there.

Saltaire Boys in Trouble

At Bingley on Wednesday Robert Lofthouse, labourer, Shipley and Albert Hill, William James Gough (14), Walter Richard Paxton (13) and Benjamin Thompson (12), all mill hands of Saltaire were charged with stealing an overcoat, a hammer, and various brass and copper fittings valued at £11, the property of John Robinson Turner of Warren Park Farm at Gilstead.
Superintendent Slack said that the things had been stolen from a stable at Gilstead on Sunday evening last. A farm labourer named John Teale had seen three of the lads carrying a sack, and on calling to them they had dropped the sack and ran away.
Lofthouse was remanded to Wakefield for 14 days with a view to his being placed under the Borstal System. Hill and Gough were remanded for seven days to the detention home at Shipley and Thompson was remanded for 14 days. Paxton was ordered to receive six strokes with the birch-rod.
(Albert Hill lived at 1 Lockwood Street, Saltaire)

Labour Party’s Annual Gathering

The eighth annual tea, concert, and dance in connection with the Shipley Branch of the Independent Labour Party took place on Saturday at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire. A large company partook of an excellent tea, served by Mrs Elizabeth Blythe, Mrs Jowett, Mrs Johnson, Mrs Binns, Mrs Horsfall, Mrs Appleyard, Miss Horsfall and Mrs Holyrod, who were assisted by Miss Cooper, Miss Blythe, Miss Holt, Miss Brown, Miss N Blythe, Miss Hudson, Mrs Wright, Mrs Hyde, Mrs Sandiforth, Mrs Verity and Mrs Tillitson.
The concert was presided over by Councillor Thomas Blythe, an enjoyable programme being sustained by Miss M Johnson, Miss P Mortimer, Mr M Todd, Mr M Simpson, Mr H Dickinson, and Mr H Smith (accompanist).
During an interval in the programme, prizes were presented to Miss Alice Blythe, Miss Florrie Horsfall and Master Naughton, who had sold the largest number of tickets for the event.
The proceedings concluded with dancing, Mr J Murgatroyd’s band providing the music. The secretarial arrangements for the gathering were carried out by Mrs Cooper.
(In 1911 the Blythe family were living @ 6 Park Avenue in Shipley – Thomas a was a stuff warehouseman.)

Salt Schools

It will probably be found that the Shipley Education Committee will require more money from the rates than last year. For one thing, the Salt High Schools are not paying their way. According to the Abstract of Accounts published by the Accountants to the District Council, these schools were in debt to the tune of £810 on the 31st March last, and the result of the past year’s working will, it is said, increase that amount by about £500.
Formerly it was the Boys’ School which presented financial difficulties; now it is the Girls’ school, and the explanation appears to be the reduction of fees some years ago, and the opening of a Secondary School at Guiseley, which district was formerly a good feeder for the schools at Saltaire.
We have good reason to be proud of the Salt High Schools, but the general body of ratepayers may reasonably ask that the demands upon them for subsidies should be limited. The schools were part of the Saltaire institutions municipalised in 1901, when the District Council took over the mortgage debt of £6,500. With premises rent free, the income from fees and grants ought at least to be sufficient to make both ends meet.

Teachers Wanted

Two certified Assistant Masters are required for the Central Upper Standard Boys School; also a certified Assistant Mistress for the Albert Road Infants School; salary in each case according to the Committee’s Scale. Forms of application may be obtained from the Secretary, and should be returned so as to reach not later than Saturday, the 20th instant
Walter Popplestone, Secretary and Director of Education, Education Office Shipley, 3rd March 1915.


28 February at St Pauls Shipley; Kathleen, daughter of Roy & Ida Maud Thompson  of 31 Rhodes Street.

Saltaire War Diary: 26 February 1915

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Shipley Guild of Help

An excellent concert was given at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Wednesday night in aid of the Shipley Guild of Help. Mr Jean Romedenne, the clever Belgian violinist, who is now resident with Dr & Mrs Irvine Bonner, expressed a wish to show his gratitude for the hospitality of the Shipley people to his compatriots, and with the assistance of his host and hostess a concert was arranged, and the proceeds to be given to the charity named. Mrs Bonner especially worked very energetically in making the arrangements and she is to be congratulated on the success achieved.
It is expected that the proceeds, which were in aid of the Shipley Guild of Help, will amount to about £10.

Accommodation for Shipley District Council

The Shipley District Council has not yet definitely decided where to provide temporary accommodation for meetings and for the office staff when they vacate the old Manor House, which is to be pulled to make room for the new Public Offices. Two proposals have been under consideration – one for making the headquarters of the Council at the Saltaire Institute and another for renting for this purpose the residence known as Somerset House which has entrances from Otley Road and Manor Lane. Somerset House was the residence of the late Mr Miles Sowden, whose family have recently removed to Bradford.
Both places are to be inspected by the Council to-morrow (Saturday) afternoon, and subsequently a meeting will be held at the Institute for the purpose of setting the question. When a decision has been arrived at arrangements will at once be made for quitting the Manor House, as the contractors are waiting to commence operations. The tenders for the new offices were accepted by the Council in the early stages of the war, and some of the contractors found it necessary to make additions in consequence of the higher prices of building materials. Increases in the contracts amounting in the aggregate to £360 have been allowed by the Council. Considering that the contracts are for a £12,000 scheme the difference does not seem excessive under the circumstances.

(Authors note - £12,000 in 1915 amounts to £1.1 million in 2015)

Victoria Hall

At a meeting of the Libraries Committee, the tender of Messrs Dodsworth & Spencer at £45 12s, for the new scenery at the Victoria Hall, and the tender of Mr R Lindley, at £15 18s, for the electric lighting of the stage at the Victoria Hall, were accepted. 

Saltaire Hospital

The monthly meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held on Wednesday night at the Saltaire Hospital. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and the other members present were Mrs J R Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Mr F Lister, Mr E L Baumann, Mr W Cryer and Mr T Kendall. A letter was read from Mrs Titus Salt regretting her inability to be present, as she was just recovering from illness.
The monthly report stated that there had been eighty one out-patients. At the date the last report there were eleven in-patients, and thirty four had since been admitted, making a total of forty five. Of these thirty two had been discharged, leaving thirteen in the hospital at the present time.
Donations had been received from Messrs J Parkinson and son, £10; and the Bradford Dyers’ Association Ltd, £5 5s. It was reported that the following gifts had been received for members of the 5th West Yorkshires (whose headquarters are at Dumb Mill, Frizinghall), who have been admitted as in-patients to the hospital; Mrs Bertram F Roberts (eggs), Mrs Salter (magazines), Mrs Valkenburg (cigarettes), Master Roy Fyfe (cigarettes, fruit and magazines). One person who desired to remain anonymous had forwarded some marmalade and biscuits.


On Monday 8th of March a lecture entitled “What is the matter with most of us” will be given by the Rev Mark Guy Pearse at Saltaire Wesleyan Church. Sir Ellis Denby will take the chair at 7.30pm. The collection will be in aid of Circuit Funds.

Saltaire War Diary: 19 February 1915

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A rifle range for the use of the Shipley Volunteer Force was opened at the District Council’s depot, Ashley Lane, on Wednesday evening. Ever since the force was formed the committee have been on the look-out for suitable premises for a range, and they, had almost come to the conclusion that no suitable structure could be found for the purpose, and that the only to secure one was by building, when a suggestion was made that a long shed at the Council’s depot, adjoining the slaughterhouses, should be inspected. This was done, and it was at once seen that the shed could be made into an ideal place for a range.
The District Council readily granted the use of the shed, and on the open side erected a brick wall. The firm of Messrs Joseph Parkinson & Son, Canal Ironworks, generously provided all the ironwork for the targets, and after carrying out about £7 worth of plumbing work Messrs A Bagnall & Son Ltd, were good enough to intimate that no account should be rendered.
The shed is 37 yards long and the distance from the firing point to the targets is 25 yards. When shooting the men lie on mats, and by a pulley arrangement all that is necessary to bring the targets up to the mats is to turn a wheel. By this means the shooter gets the card with the “scores” he has registered. The chief merit of this arrangement is the fact that it is an effective safeguard against accidents.
On Wednesday evening there was a good muster of Volunteers at their headquarters, the Albert Road School. Headed by the drummers and buglers, the men marched to the rifle range. At the opening ceremony Mr Rhodes, on behalf of the corps, expressed thanks to Mr Parkinson and Messrs Bagnall for their handsome gifts. He also tendered thanks to the District Council for allowing them the use of the building, and defraying the cost of the wall (about £30). With the approval of the large company present, Mr Rhodes then fired the first shot. Business was brisk at the range during the evening. Cartridges are supplied to members at the rate of ten for three pence.

The following appointments have been made by the Military Council of the Corps:
President, F F Rhodes
Commander of the Force, Dr E S Sharpe
Adjutant, R C S Wade
Company Commander (A Co), F E Williamson
Second in command of company, L Seegar
Platoon commanders, W Comfort, J Henderson, R C Ackernley & F Parkinson
Quartermaster & Acting-Paymaster, L Shackleton
Acting Company Sergeant-Major, H Bow
Acting Platoon Sergeants, F Newell, W L Booth, G Bolton, R Illingworth, H Thornton & F Ramsden
Acting Sergeants, S H Servent, M B Riley, A Haigh-Lumby, S Davies & C Boyce
Acting Lance-Sergeants, W C Loagee, N Clarke, A R Jaffee & J Witts (Orderly Room Clerk)
Acting Corporals, H Abson, G H Smith, N Firth, W N Finlayson, J Parker, W Redman, W E Haley, W K Plunkett, T H Higson, & T Salter.
Acting Lance-Corporals, G H Easby & J H Halliday

Council Offices

The question of office accommodation for the Council’s staff during the erection of the new building has been under consideration lately, and at a meeting of the Finance Committee last night it was decided to recommend that arrangements be made for temporary offices at the Saltaire Institute. This recommendation will come before the council at the monthly meeting next Tuesday.


The Bradford Dyers Association Ltd, have made a donation of five guineas to the Saltaire Hospital.


Numerous cases of sickness amongst the 6th West Yorkshire (Reserve Battalion), who are housed at Dumb Mill, Frizinghall, have been sent to Saltaire Hospital. Yesterday there were eleven soldier in-patients at that institute and most of them were suffering from the effects of the cold wet weather.
As they reach the convalescent stage these men are in need of little “extras” and the Matron (Miss Mitchell) will be glad to receive any gifts intended for them. Suitable gifts are eggs, cakes, biscuits, fruit, tobacco and cigarettes.

Workers Educational Association

The Shipley branch of this association had what may be termed a “field day” on Saturday last. In the afternoon a conference of representatives from the various local bodies affiliated to the branch was held in the Technical School, Saltaire.
Councillor Albert Gill (president of the branch) occupied the chair and said that the Workers Educational Association was making itself felt as an educational force. Already some 180 branches were affiliated to the parent body, and spread over the United Kingdom. The conference, he said had been arranged to discuss ways and means of bringing Shipley into line with the best branches.
The Secretary, Mr Alfred Clarke, briefly reviewed the work done up to the moment, and Mr Edward Parker (manager of the Shipley Labour Exchange) reported upon his visit to the Sheffield branch. A discussion then took place with regard to a proposal to form tutorial classes next winter. It was decided for the present to let the matter stand in abeyance.
After an excellent tea, which was served in the Institute, and to which about 70 persons sat down, a very enjoyable social took place. A number of visitors in association with the W.E.A. were presented from Ilkley, Keighley, Silsden, Bradford, Bramley, Bingley and Leeds.
During an interval Mr Arthur Greenwood, of Leeds University, gave an address outlining the main objects of the association, in which he said the attaining of book knowledge was not the only aim and desire of the members, but to get into closer touch with life, to establish a fellowship, and prepare the workers for taking their part in the various duties of citizenship and human sympathy.
Amongst those contributing to the evening’s entertainment were Miss Mortimer, Miss Johnson, Miss A Sanctuary, Mr Sutcliffe and a quartet party from the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir, consisting of Mr Peter Seddon, Mr Norman Keighley, Mr Alfred Webb and Mr Enoch Milner.

Saltaire War Diary: 12 February 1915

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On Sunday morning about seventy members of the Shipley Volunteer Force attended service at the Saltaire Wesleyan Church. The men assembled at the Otley Road Council School, and under the command of Dr. Sharp marched along Manor lane, up Church Lane to the Bradford Road, and thence down Victoria Road to the church.
The service was conducted by the Rev. T Henry Ranns (of Baildon), who delivered an appropriate address. At the close of the service the National Anthem was sung.

Saltaire Wesleyan Poor Fund

A concert in aid of the Saltaire Wesleyan Poor Distress Fund took place in the school room on Saturday night. The Rev. J R Robinson presided. An excellent programme was sustained by Miss O A Feather, Miss M Keighley, Miss N Hill, Mr F G Wheatley, Mr Emmot, Mr E De Smet, Mr Jean Romedenne, Mr R D Sloovere and Miss E Emmott (accompanist). During an interval, a report on the work in connection with the poor fund was given by Mr F Feather (secretary). The concert was arranged by Miss O A Feather.

Whist Drive

A very successful whist drive was held at the Institute, Saltaire, on Tuesday under the auspices of the Ladies’ Section of the War Distress Committee. The object of the effort was to raise funds to purchase material for the making of garments for those who are serving with the colours, and for necessitous causes in the district.
During January about 330 garments were sent to Shipley soldiers at home and abroad, whilst over 200 were distributed in the locality, chiefly amongst the families of the soldiers. It is also worthy of note that the committee are providing work for a number of women who are in reduced circumstances owing to the war.
Mr W H Atkinson (Chief Librarian) acted as M.C. at the whist drive and the prize winners were as follows:- Mdm Dowette (a Belgian refugee staying at Moorland Avenue Baildon, who only arrived a fortnight ago), Miss Firth & Miss Nellie Gill, Mrs C E Learoyd, Mr A Brooksbank & Mr H Hirst. The prizes were given by Mrs Cromack, Miss Cordingley, Mrs Rimmington, Mr W A Butland, Mr F Rhodes and Mr Haydock.

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Proposed Boot Repairers Association

A meeting of the boot repairers of Shipley and district was held on Monday last under the chairmanship of Mr J S Knott (Windhill) to consider the question of organising the members of the trade with a view to securing better prices for boot repairing and forming a boot repairing organisation for Shipley.
The meeting had been convened by the City of Bradford Master Bootmakers and Repairers Association, which was represented at the meeting by Mr J Jones (president), Mr A E Stockdill and Mr J Holmes (secretary). These three gentlemen addressed the meeting upon the advantages to be derived through combination, and instanced the benefits which had been obtained by Bradford repairers through membership of the Bradford association. They emphasised the fact that repairers needed organisation now as never before, because of the greatly increased prices which they were being called upon to pay for their materials. At the conclusion of the war also, when leather prices came down to something like normal, it would be advisable for them to be combined to protect their interests against any such encroachments which might be attempted by factors and other wholesalers.
Several of the local repairers expressed themselves in favour of organisation, and eventually a list of names was compiled for membership of the Bradford Association, pending a decision as to whether or not Shipley should have an organisation of its own. The list of names included D Drake, Victoria Road, Saltaire.
It was decided that the next meeting of the repairers should take place on Tuesday, February 16th, when the question of a local association should be discussed, together with consideration of minimum repairing prices.


Gilbert Kitchen, a teamer, of 8 Queen Street, Bingley, employed by Messrs J R Holmes and Sons, brewers of Bingley, met with an accident in Commercial Street on Thursday night of last week. He was driving a horse attached to a waggon, when whilst near the Pavillion De Luxe he fell off the vehicle.
Kitchen was removed in the horse ambulance to the Saltaire Hospital where he was found to be suffering from injuries to the head. He was attended to by Dr. Selkirk.


James Harold Jackson (25) (Millhand) married Ann Elizabeth Walker (31) 6 February 1915 at St Peters Shipley. Both lived at 25 Helen Street in Saltaire.

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Mr and Mrs Kitchen and family wish to thank all friends for kind expressions of sympathy and floral tributes in their recent sad bereavement – 2 Dove Street, Saltaire

(Author’s note – this refers to the death of Bertha Kitchen, who died 1st Qtr. 1915 aged just 14).

Saltaire War Diary: 5 February 1915

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The Shipley Volunteers Rifle Range in Ashley Lane is expected to be ready for opening tomorrow week. Another church parade is to be held on Sunday morning next, when the Volunteers will attend service at the Saltaire Wesleyan Church.
Councillor F F Rhodes, the chairman of the committee, whilst in London on business this week, called on the offices of the Central Association of Volunteer Training Corps, and had an interview with Mr R S Noble, the organising secretary.
One of the principal points raised was with the reference to the regulation requiring members of military age to sign a declaration that they will enlist in the Regular Army is called upon. When Mr Rhodes reports the official view of this regulation to the local corps the members affected will find that it is not so arbitrary as was first supposed.

Wesleyan Temperance Campaign

Last weekend much enthusiasm was shown in the Wesleyan churches on the temperance question. At Saltaire Wesleyan schoolroom on Saturday a young people’s rally took place, presided over by Mr John Ainley Leedal. Amongst those present were members of the Saltaire, Hall Royd and Tong Park Bands of Hope and Baildon, Charlestown, and Shipley Junior Wesley Guilds. A solo was sung by Mr N Keighley and Mr Robert J Denholm (of London) gave an address to the young folk on the human body, under the title of “The house that God built.”
Between the afternoon and evening meetings 150 persons sat down to a tea provided by the workers and friends of the Saltaire Band of Hope. A tea-table conference followed on the subject of “How to mobilise Methodism for temperance.”
The public meeting in the evening was presided over by Mr Ed. Robinson (Bradford), who was supported by Revs. Thos. Alcock, J R Robinson, and T H Ranns. The chairman in his opening remarks said the military authorities know that it is in the best interests of the nation to lessen the hours for the sale of intoxicating drinks. Mr R J Denholm lectured on “Russia’s great load,” dealing with the dramatic move of the Tsar in prohibiting for ever the Government sale of vodka, the fiery spirit which, said Mr Denholm had been ruining the peasantry. Solos were rendered in pleasing style by Miss Elsie Bentley.
On Sunday afternoon Mr Denholm advised the teachers and scholars at the Hall Royd Sunday School. A branch of the Abstainers League was formed and about fifty members were enrolled.
On Monday at Providence Wesleyan Schoolroom, the last meeting of the campaign was held, Mr J W Hampson presiding. Mr Denholm spoke on “The war through temperance spectacles.” Solos were contributed by Miss Mountain (of Baildon).
Much credit is due to the circuit temperance secretary Mr William Raistrick, who had organised the whole of the meetings.    

Hairdressers’ Association

Mr J Butterfield (vice-president) presided at the annual meeting of the Shipley & District Hairdressers’ Association, held on Wednesday at the Junction Hotel. From the statement of the secretary-treasurer it appeared that membership was fully maintained, and that the income had exceeded the expenditure. The weekly collections amongst the members on behalf of the Shipley War Fund and the Belgian Relief Fund had already realised £4 14s 6d, this being supplementary to the donations from the society funds.
The following officials were elected:-
President, Mr T Furniss
Vice presidents, Messrs J Butterfield and A Tillotson
Hon. secretary and treasurer, Mr Edgar Whitaker
Committee, Messrs A Hodgson, F Sutcliffe, Freeman Tillotson and J Furniss
Hon medical officer, Dr D Anderson
Hon solicitor, Mr W Dunn.

Dramatic Entertainment

The Victoria Hall, Saltaire, was filled in every part on Wednesday evening, when the students as the Girls’ High School, Saltaire, gave another performance of the dramatic and musical entertainment “Britannia and Her Empire.” As a result of the previous performance Miss Byles, the headmistress of the school, was able to send a cheque of £24 for the relief of those Belgians who have remained in their own country. Wednesday’s effort was in aid of a number of relief funds, and a good sum was realised.
The performance was again a great success, and the large audience thoroughly enjoyed it. Miss Byles, the writer, had introduced into the play a number of new passages, dealing with the section of the Colonies since last the piece was presented, with a view to bringing the libretto up to date. There was an innovation at which the opening in the shape of a flag drill, in which the Union Jack was formed from its component parts in full view of the audience. The performers throughout discharged their respective duties with even greater confidence than on the previous occasion, and the audience frequently testified to their appreciation.
By taking part in a play of this nature the performers are not only taught the principle of sacrificing their time and energies on behalf of those less fortunate than themselves, but they get a better grip of the many different peoples constituting the British Empire.

Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir

On Saturday afternoon and evening a very successful tea, concert and dance were held in the Masonic Room of the Saltaire Institute. About 60 persons were present, including the wives and friends of the choir. The ladies had provided an excellent tea, and a first class programme of music was afterwards rendered by the choir assisted Mrs Wood, Miss May Keighley, Miss Bradshaw, and Mr W Holroyd. Mr A Slingsby gave a fine rendering of “The Broken Melody,” whilst Mrs Slingsby recited effectively.
An interesting part of the proceedings was the presentation of a silver mounted baton to the conductor, Mr Fred Bradshaw. The presentation was made by Mr George Fawcett, who said it was a slight recognition of the choir’s indebtedness to their conductor for the success already achieved. Mr Bradshaw said he would value the gift very much and would spare no effort to make the choir equal to the best musical traditions of the village.
The various officers were elected, and the announcement that Sir James Roberts had given his consent to be president was applauded. Several councillors and other gentlemen were elected vice-presidents, along with an executive consisting of Mr Saville, Mr T Priestley, Mr A Webb, and Mr W Holroyd; treasurer, Mr N Keighley; librarian, Mr T Priestley; auditors, Messrs. Atkinson and Doyle; secretary, Mr P Seddon.
The choir have already a good number of engagements booked.

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Saltaire Institute beat Shipley Cycling 1311 to 795

Saltaire War Diary: 29 January 1915

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Girls High School

The very successful dramatic and musical entertainment – “Britannia and Her Empire” – recently given by the pupils of the Girls High School (the Salt Schools) is to be repeated at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, next Wednesday evening.
Everybody who was present on the former occasion was highly pleased with the way in which the performers acquitted themselves, and another crowded house may be expected, especially seeing that the proceeds are again on behalf of War Relief Funds.
As a result of the first performance, Miss Harriett Byles, the Headmistress of the school was able to send to the Official Committee for the relief of the Belgians in Belgium a cheque for £24, which has been greatly acknowledged by the secretary.

Saltaire Hospital Governors

The monthly meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held at the Saltaire Hospital on Wednesday night. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and the other members present were Miss Dunn, Mr W Cryer, Mr E L Baumann, Mr F Lister, Mr T Kendall, Councillors J Pitts and A Gill.
The monthly report stated that the following donations had been received;-
Sir Titus Salt Bart Sons & Co Ltd, £21
Shipley Oddfellows (Manchester Unity), £5 5s
Midland Railway Company, £2 2s
North Bierley Guardians, £2 2s
F Wigglesworth & Co Ltd, £1 1s
Employees of Charlestown Combing Company, £3 0s 1d
Employees of J R Fyfe & Co, 19s 6d   
Employees of Airedale Combing Company, 19s 11d
Employees of Scott Engineering Company, £2 12s 11d
Employees of J Parkinson & Sons, £1
Employees of Shipley Woolcombing Company £6 6s
Employees of Lee & Crabtree, £1 4s
Employees of S W Clough & Co, £1 3s
Shipley Post Office (gains and fines), 12s 6d
St Pauls Church, £2 7s 10d
Saltaire Congregational Church, £1 1s
Shipley Congregational Church, 14s
Bethel Baptist Church, 10s
Mr John Kendall, £1 1s
Total, £53 19s 9d

Mr Crabtree (Messrs Lee & Crabtree) had forwarded a dozen rabbits.
The Chairman and several members expressed their appreciation at the satisfactory number of donations.

Saltaire Institute Club

At a meeting of the Libraries Committee the statement of accounts for the Institute Club for the year ended 31st December was submitted, and showed that in addition to the nominal annual rental of £10, which had already been paid, the club would be able to hand over to the Council the sum of £30, compared with £40 for the previous year.
The committee expressed their satisfaction at the management of the club, which under the prevailing adverse circumstances had achieved very good results. It was decided to ask the Surveyor to report as to the painting required at the club premises. Consideration of an application for an alteration in the heating system and new seating accommodation in the billiard room, was deferred.
At the instance of Councillor Cowgill, seconded by Councillor Doyle, the minutes of the Libraries Committee were adopted.

Shipley Textile Society

Under the auspices of the Shipley Textile Society there was an interesting exhibition of German clothes at the Technical School, Saltaire, on Monday evening, followed by a lecture by Mr Eber Midgley (Bradford Technical College). Councillor C E Learoyd (chairman of the Education Committee) presided.
Mr Midgley said that one of the best ways in which those who, for various reasons, were unable to join the armed forces, could help their country at this time was by considering how the industry in which they were most interested could be maintained and developed.
In German factories at present, outside the war stricken area there was a scarcity of wool; their home production could not keep the factories going. It was well known that attempts were being made to purchase wool in London to the order of neutral countries, but our authorities could be relied upon to keep a sharp look-out. Hence they could anticipate in course of time a partial, if not complete stoppage of the German factories.
The Bradford district, said Mr. Midgley, in conclusion, could capture a large part of the German and Austrian textile trade, but before that could be done there would have to be more co-ordination of all sections of the industry.
A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the lecturer.

The members of the Shipley Textile Society and the students of the textile classes at the Technical School visited the City of Bradford Conditioning House on Thursday evening, when they were conducted by the manager through the various departments and had the whole of the process fully explained. A most instructive evening was spent, and at the close a hearty vote of thanks were accorded to the manager and his assistants for their kindness and lucid explanations.

The next meeting of the society will be held in the Technical Schools on Monday Feb. 1st, when a lecture will be given by Mr J E Schofield (of the British Westinghouse Electrical Manufacturing Co, Ltd.). Subject: “The General Application of Electricity to the Textile Industry.”
On Monday, Feb. 15th, a lecture will be given by Mr J Dunville (of Bradford Technical College). Subject: “Comparison of Principles in Worsted Drawing Systems.”
Chair to be taken each Evening at 7.30 pm. The meetings are free and open to the public.
A meeting has been arranged to the Textile Departments of the City of Bradford Technical College on Monday, March 1st. Members of the Society and Students of the Textile Classes will meet at the Carlton Street entrance at 7.30 pm. Ladies cordially invited.

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Saltaire Institute lost to West Ward Liberal Club 1083 to 1409.


Thomas Wright Coates married Louisa Gelder 27 January 1915 at Leeds Parish Church
(Authors note – Louisa Gelder was born 1871 in Saltaire the youngest of six children to William Gelder (1827-1905) & Mary Ann Bagnall (1829-1890). The family lived at 6 Harold Place in Saltaire with William working as a painter & decorator. Louisa worked as a teacher. She was living at 10 Bingley Road in Shipley when she died at Salts Hospital 2 April 1950.)

Saltaire War Diary: 22 January 1915

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Life in Germany

Mrs Cockcroft, wife of Mr. Wilson Cockcroft, late of Bingley, has recently arrived in this country from Germany, and she is staying with her brother, Mr William Ingham of 5 Rhodes Street, Saltaire. With her husband and family she has resided for two years near Breslau in Silesia in Germany, (Authors note – Breslau is now Wroclaw in Poland), where Mr Cockcroft has been manager of a large manufacturing firm. Her husband has been a civil prisoner of war for about eleven weeks at Ruhleben near Spandau.
Every day after he was interned, Mrs Cockcroft had to report herself, and she was told each time she arrived late or failed to attend she would render herself liable to seven days imprisonment.
English prisoners in Germany (says Mrs Cockcroft) are badly treated, and the Germans said that was because their countrymen were having to suffer so much in England. Her husband wrote to her a short time before her departure asking for dripping to be put onto his bread. He had written to her to say he had no money, although she had sent him £5. A letter telling how Mr Cockcroft had spent Christmas Day, concluded with the words, “Your broken-hearted but loving husband.” This communication had been tampered with by someone who erased several words and substituted others.
The papers in Germany publish nothing but news of German victories, and the people are in the dark as to what is really happening in the war. Before Mrs Cockcroft left it was stated that there was a revolution in England. The German people really believe they will invade England and make the country into a Germany colony. To achieve that purpose they are, so it is said, preparing a fleet of Zeppelins.

Mothers Meeting

The members of the Saltaire Mothers’ Meeting on Wednesday presented to Mrs Lindley (who is leaving the district) a beautiful handbag bearing a silver plate suitably inscribed. Mrs Lindley has taken an active interest in the society for over eleven years. On behalf of the subscribers the presentation was made by Mrs Feather who expressed the hope that the recipient and her husband would have long life and happiness. Mrs Lindley suitably responded.
(Author’s note – Mrs Lindley was Rachel Edith Lindley. She lived with her husband Richard, a life assurance superintendent, at 17 Victoria Park in Shipley. They left Shipley for Newcastle so Mr Lindley could take a post there with the Prudential Assurance Company. They emigrated to Canada in 1920.)

In Memoriam

BAYLIFF – In loving memory of Elsie Bayliff who passed away Jan 21st, 1911.
We think of her in silence
No eye can see us weep
But ever deep within our hearts
Her memory still we keep
Forget her – no we never will:
We loved her then, we love her still
From Father, Mother, and family, 51 Titus Street, Saltaire

MOSLEY – In loving memory of my dear husband, Stephen Mosley, who passed away January 22nd 1905.
6, Shirley Street, Saltaire


Elsie Eley of 10 Maddocks Street married Ernest Naylor of Bradford at St Pauls Shipley 16 January 1915.


Saltaire Institute lost to Shipley & District Working Men’s Club 638 – 1370

Football Report

Saltaire Wesleyans entertained Keighley Celtic. The homesters won the toss, and Keighley kicked off against the wind. In the first half Saltaire attacked vigorously, and the Keighley custodian had very little rest. After the interval Keighley played up strongly, and Wilks scored with a fine shot. For the following twenty minutes play was even, but just before time Keighley were awarded a corner. Nothing came of it however.
Result: - Keighley Celtic, 1 goal; Saltaire Wesleyan, nil.

Saltaire War Diary: 15 January 1915

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The Shipley Volunteers are to parade to-night (Friday) at their headquarters, the Albert Road School, Saltaire, for an official inspection by Captain Burton of Bradford, who will report to the War Office on the general appearance of the corps, and the steps which are being taken to promote the efficiency of the members with regard to drill etc.
It is hoped that every member of the Corps will make a special effort to be in the parade room at 7.45 pm sharp tonight.

On Sunday morning next the Shipley Volunteers, who have maintained the excellent enthusiasm for drill which characterised the movement at the outset, are to have another church parade. They will assemble at the Albert Road School at a quarter to ten, and from there march to the Windhill Parish Church.

Boy Scouts

The 1st Saltaire Troop of Boy Scouts held a social gathering in the Co-operative Hall, Westgate, on Wednesday night. Ninety-six members sat down to supper, provided by Scoutmasters Whitfield and Power. During the evening various exercises were gone through, and these evidently interested the parents of the boys. Musical selections were contributed by Miss D Johnson and Scoutmaster Power.


The course of lectures on “Modern European History” at the Technical School, Saltaire, are being attended by a number of earnest students who are mostly members of the Shipley Branch of the Workers’ Educational Association. Mr Swaby, the lecturer, is an enthusiast on the subject, and deals with it in a very interesting and instructive manner. This (Friday) evening the subject will be “Austria in the last 250 years.” The lecture commences at 8 o’clock and will be followed by questions and answers and general discussion.

Thespians Success

The excellence of the production which has been given each evening this week at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, by the Shipley Amateur Thespian Society affords ample proof that the organisation has made remarkable progress since its formation. This year’s effort is on behalf of the local War Distress and Belgian Relief Funds.

Exchange of Pulpits

A week of united prayer under the auspices of the World’s Evangelical Alliance was observed in Shipley last week. United services were held at the various places of worship, and the preachers were as follows;-
Monday – Rosse Street, Rev B Hericots, Vicar of Shipley
Tuesday – St Paul’s Church, Rev P D Pringle
Wednesday – Saltaire Congregational Church, Rev H W Burdon
Thursday – Windhill Mission, Rev E Hardin
Friday – Shipley Wesleyan, Rev F Pickering
Saturday – Saltaire Road Primitive Methodist Chapel, Rev J R Robinson.

Death of Mr Edward Renard

The funeral took place at Eastbourne on Saturday of Mr Edward Renard, who will be remembered by a good many Shipley residents as a former headmaster at the School of Arts, Saltaire, of which he was in charge for about a dozen years. It was during his term of office that the study of art as applied to industry was introduced into the Shipley Technical School. During the year the Saltaire Exhibition was held he was instrumental in starting the Yorkshire Union of Artists, which has since had a very successful career. Mr Renard leaves a widow and one daughter.

The Late John Boddy of Saltaire

The funeral took place yesterday week, at Nab Wood Cemetery, of Mr John Boddy, who for a long period took an active interest in the work of the Saltaire Wesleyan Church and Sunday School. The deceased, who for the last few years had resided with his son Joseph at Lidget Green, worked at Saltaire Mills for over half a century – fifty-four years to be exact. At the Wesleyan Church and school he had at one time or another held practically all the offices open to a layman. Mr Boddy was highly respected by the people of Saltaire. Prior to the internment a service was conducted in the Wesleyan Chapel, by the Rev J R Robinson, who also officiated at the graveside. The floral tributes included a wreath from the Saltaire Wesleyan Church and Sunday School.


Saltaire Institute lost to Friendly Societies Hall 1207 to 1319.


Harry Beaumont of 3 Shirley Street Saltaire married Annie Marston of 6 Park Street Shipley 2 January 1915 at St Paul Shipley.

Saltaire War Diary: 8 January 1915

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Percy Illingworth
Author's note - The death of Percy Illingworth, M.P. for Shipley, dominated this week's news.
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Mr John Charlesworth, of 1 Victoria Road, Saltaire, grocer, who died on the 26th Sept, last, aged 58 years, left estate valued at £1,550 12s 6d gross, with net personally £749 1s 2d. Probate of his will has been granted to his widow, Mrs Lucy Ann Charlesworth, and his sons, Mr Joseph Charlesworth, both of the above address, Mr George Charlesworth of 49 Avondale Road, Shipley, teacher of singing, and Mr Walter Charlesworth of 23 Scarborough Road, Shipley, grocer.
(Authors note - £1,550 was worth £156,000 in 2013)
(See diary 2 October 1914)


ACKROYD – At 17 Shirley Street, Saltaire on the 31st December, John Ackroyd, aged 64 years.

In Memoriam

LAMBERT – In loving memory of a dear mother, Catherine Elizabeth Lambert, who died January 5th, 1914. Missed most by those who loved her best. – Sons and Daughters 23 Albert Road, Saltaire.

SHACKLETON – In loving memory of my dear father, David Shackleton, of 33 Titus Street, Saltaire, who passed away January 9th, 1909.  “Gone but not forgotten” – A M Glover 40 Leyburn Grove, Shipley.

Football Report

Allerton v Saltaire Wesleyans
Bradford Hospital Cup – Replayed Two

At Allerton. The home side did well at the outset, and pinned Saltaire into their own half. Holdsworth, Lee and Metcalfe combined well and from the last-name d’s centre Lee had hard lines with a good header. Hardaker got clear away, but Briggs saved magnificently. Saltaire attacked, and a combined effort between Dutton, Milner and Bailey gave Milner a good chance. He shot hard and straight but Illingworth brought off a good save. At half time nothing had been scored.

Saltaire War Diary: 1 January 1915

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Christmas Dinner

The poor children’s annual Christmas dinner was served on Saturday, when 631 youngsters were entertained. The treat was instituted by the late Rev J F Longrigg whilst he was curate at Shipley Parish Church, and was afterwards carried on by Mrs. Rutherford – who now resides at Shrublands, Catford, Kent – widow of Dr. Rutherford of Shipley. In recent years the treat has been managed by members of the Shipley Education Committee and a number of local ladies and gentlemen.
On Saturday, dinner was provided at two centres – the Carnegie Hall, Windhill, where 250 children attended, and the Central Schools, Saltaire Road, where a company numbering 381 sat down. At each centre the children thoroughly enjoyed the good things provided.
After dinner the children assembled at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, five special tramcars being used to convey those from the Windhill centre. The children were welcomed by Councillor C E Learoyd and Mr W Popplestone, who capably discharged the secretarial duties for the event, announced that the following telegram had been dispatched to Mrs Rutherford:-“631 Shipley children at Christmas dinner and loving greetings for Christmas and the New Year.”
Later in the afternoon a reply was received from Mrs Rutherford, who said her heartfelt wish was that the poor children would enjoy their Christmas Dinner as of old.
A capital entertainment was provided, the children joining heartily in singing well known ditties, including “It’s a long, long way to Tipperary.” Mr R A Millington was the accompanist. Cinematograph pictures were shown by Mr J W Calvert and Mr S H Nicholl greatly amused the children with his “talking dolls.” At the close of the entertainment each child was presented with an orange and a bag of sweets.
The arrangements for the gathering were carried out by a committee of which Councillor Learoyd was chairman. At the Shipley centre the managers were Mr R Lindley and Councillor A Waugh, whilst at Windhill Mr W H Hopkin and Councillor J Booth officiated. Mr R A Millington acted as treasurer.

Children Parties

Enjoyable children’s parties organised by the Rev. J R Robinson took place at the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Games were played, and each child received a present at the hands of Mr J W Hampson and Mr J A Dutton (superintendents), who distributed the gifts from a Christmas tree.

Christmas Box

The children of soldiers and sailors living in the Saltaire district, whose names were obtainable from the Districts Committee’s list, were each the recipient of a Christmas box in the form of a new shilling. Mr George Birbeck of Felstead, Moorhead Lane, was responsible for this kindly act of remembrance.

Motor Car Accident

A schoolboy named Stephen Mackenzie, nine years of age, of 3 Ashley Street, was playing with some companions in Otley Road on Christmas Day when he ran in front of a motor car driven by Wm. Harewood of Lupton Street, Manningham. The boy was knocked down and sustained injuries to the left arm and slight cuts on the head. He was also bruised about his body. Mackenzie was conveyed to Saltaire Hospital by the driver of the motor car.

A Greengrocer’s Affairs

A meeting was held on Tuesday of the creditors of John Chester, residing in lodgings at 32 Rhodes Street, Saltaire and carrying on business as a greengrocer in Saltaire Road, formerly residing at 34 Saltaire Road and carrying on business in Briggate, Shipley. The gross liabilities were stated to be £124, the whole of which is expected to rank, and the deficiency £107. The public examination was fixed for January 13th. The estate was left in the hands of the Official Receiver.

Saltaire Hospital

The ten in-patients at Saltaire Hospital were given the customary special fare on Christmas Day. Owing to the many calls occasioned by the war, the Saltaire Hospital Santa Claus Party which had come to be regarded as an annual event, has not been held. The toys which have been sent to the Matron (Miss Mitchell) have been distributed among youthful in-patients, the surplus being given to children of soldiers and sailors who have attended the hospital during the year.

The December meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held at the Saltaire Hospital. The members present were Mrs J R Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Councillor C E Learoyd (who presided in the unavoidable absence of Mr B Allsop), Councillor A Gill, and Messrs. Baumann, Cryer, Kendall and Lister.
The monthly report, which was read by the hon. Secretary (Mr E Clifford Fry), stated that subscriptions had been received as follows: Saltaire Wesleyan Church, £4; Hall Royd Wesleyan Church, £1; Rosse Street Baptist Church, £1 15s; employees of Messrs. C F Taylor & Co, £6 10s 9d; employees of Sir Titus Salt Bart, Sons and Co., £7 1s 5d; Midland Railway Staff, £1 12s; Midland Railway engineering dept., £2 5s; Bradford City Tramways (technical department), £1 1s; S.W.A., £1 8s; Windhill Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd., £25; Cryer Bros. Ltd., £1 1s; and Mrs Edwin Stephenson, £1 1s. Satisfaction was expressed at the amount of subscriptions received during the month.


A collection at St Pauls Church on 27 December raised £4 15s 11d for Salts Hospital and Nursing Home


Saltaire Wesleyans 0   Queensberry 2

In Memoriam

BRIGGS – 20 December 1914 at 10 Shirley Street in Saltaire, Wilkinson Briggs aged 72.


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