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Saltaire War Diary: 27 August 1915

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Saltaire WW1 Diary, 27 August 1915

Absent Soldier

Joseph Halliday was charged at the Bradford West riding Police court on Monday with being an absentee from the 3rd Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.
Police Constable Clarke saw the prisoner working in plain clothes for a Saltaire tradesman. It was stated that the prisoner had told his employer that he had been discharged from the army. He was remanded for military escort.

(Author’s note – I can find no record of Joseph living in Saltaire and there were more than one person sharing the name in Shipley at the time.)

Saltaire Hospital

The monthly meeting of the Board of Governors was held on Wednesday evening at the Hospital. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and the other members present were Mrs Salt, Mrs Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Me E L Baumann, Mr T Kendall and Councillor A Gill.
The monthly report stated that had been 73 out-patients. At the date of the last meeting there had been 10 in-patients, and 13 had since been admitted, making a total of 23. Of these 15 had been discharged, leaving 8 in the Hospital at the present. Three operations had been performed during the month.
The following donations were to hand;-
Shipley and District Friendly and Trade Society’s Fete and Gala Committee, £35
Messrs. Armitage and Norton, £1 1s.
Mr Keighley (in acknowledgement of “kind and beneficial treatment”), 10s.
Mrs Hibbert, 5s.
Gifts had been received from;-
St Paul’s Church, flowers
Mrs M Bower, Haselmere, Nab Wood, flowers.
Mr M Whitley, 7 Nab Wood Drive, flowers
Mrs Hodgson, The Glen, cakes, eggs, etc.
Rev P D Pringle, jam.

Child’s fall from a Railway Bridge

About four o’clock on Tuesday afternoon a little boy who had climbed on to the top of one of the sides of the footbridge across the Midland Railway at Red Beck was seen to fall a distance of about eight yards on to the permanent way.
He was picked up in the six-foot way, and on examination Dr Mosley found that his left leg was fractured in two places, and that he was cut under the chin.
The boy, Manley Dawson Haylock, seven years of age, of 7 Huntley Street, Valley Road, was removed in the ambulance to the Saltaire Hospital and detained.
(Manley Dawson Haylock, born Bradford 1909, died London 1970) 

Street Accidents

On Saturday evening a painter named Geo. Wm. Runton, of 3 Melbourne Street, Saltaire Road, was knocked down by a motor-car in Otley Road, opposite the bottom of the Market Place. The car, which was travelling up the road, belonged to Mr Charles Hanson, oil and soap manufacturer, of The Oaks, Brighouse, and was being driven by his wife.
Runton was conveyed in the horse ambulance to the Saltaire Hospital, where it was found that both his thighs were fractured.

Shortly after eight o’clock on Monday night Henry Blackburn (77) of 27 White’s View, Whetley Hill, Bradford was knocked down by a horse and flat cart in Valley Road. The vehicle was in charge of Nathan Hudson, general dealer, of 1 Paper Hall Court, Otley Road, Bradford.
Blackburn was conveyed in the horse ambulance to the Saltaire Hospital, where he was found to be suffering from concussion and bruises on the face. 


Everybody in the Shipley district will wish success to the effort which is to be made week-end on behalf of the local hospital at Saltaire – an institution which renders incalculable service to the community.
The Shipley Hospital Demonstration Committee, in addition to their annual sacred concert in Saltaire Park on Sunday afternoon, have arranged a “tag” day for tomorrow (Saturday).
Before hearing of the arrangements for this street collection, the Shipley Oddfellows Horticultural Society, who are holding their yearly show the same day, had decided to sell flowers in the streets for the benefit of the hospital.
A conference took place when it was known that both the “tag” and floral efforts had been fixed for the same day, and it was felt that few people would object if they were asked to be in the fashion with a flower as well as a “tag,” seeing that the proceeds are for such a deserving object.
Let us all bear in mind tomorrow and on Sunday the great asset to the town which the Saltaire Hospital undoubtedly is. If we do that and everybody does his or her “bit,” we shall give a much needed fillip to the hospital funds.
In the last annual report it was stated that “on the question of Finance the Board regret the income is still insufficient to meet the general expenses and they appeal to the public for increased support for their work.”


Hirst Wood Cemetery 23 August 1915
Priscilla Illingworth, aged 78, of 43 Rhodes Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 20 August 1915

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Shipley Club for Dependents of Soldiers and Sailors
There will be a Picnic on Thursday August 26th in Saltaire Park. Members meet at Park Pavilion at 3pm.
If wet assemble at the Club, Co-operative Hall, Shipley.
Bring your own provisions. Tea provided.

Flower Day

Independent Order of Oddfellows (M.U.) Shipley District.
The Committee are having a Floral Day along with their Annual Flower and Vegetable Show on Saturday August 28th.
Gifts of flowers from any person will be kindly received.
Stalls will be arranged at Station Lane, Carnegie Library, Saltaire Hospital and Rosse Corner, where flowers may be sent. Or to the Friendly Society’s Hall. Send if only a few.
Alfred Holt, Secretary.

(Alfred Holt 1868 – 1947; in 1911 he was a foreman wool sorter living at 13 Belmont Terrace Shipley.)

Hospital Tag Day Saturday August 28th

Helper and Collectors Invited
Contact D B Chadwick, 21 Westgate Shipley and William Robinson 21 William Henry Street Saltaire.

Shipley Education Committee

Qualified Teachers of Building Construction and Drawing, Carpentry and Joinery, and Embroidery are required for Evening Classes at the Shipley Technical School for the Session 1915-16.
Forms of application may be obtained from the Education Office, and should be returned on or before the 27th instant.
Walter Popplestone, Director of Education, Education Office, Saltaire Road, Shipley

(Walter Popplestone 1863-1950; throughout the war lived at 73 Wycliffe Road Shipley)


14 August 1915 – St Peters Shipley
Harry Buckley, cloth finisher from Idle, married Ethel Woodhouse of 2 Mary Street Saltaire.
Ben Woodhouse, brother of Ethel, served in the war.

Saltaire War Diary: 13 August 1915

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More ambulance Men for War Service

The following members of the Shipley and District Corps of the St John Ambulance Association have left this week for war service: For Colchester Military, (listing those from Saltaire only), Vincent Clay of Dove Street, and  Samuel Slinger of William Henry Street. Men are urgently required to form another ambulance class in Shipley. Names should be sent to the secretary: Mr J D Busfield, 35 Avondale Road Shipley.

Absent Soldier

Yesterday (Thursday), at the West Riding Police Court in Bradford, Herbert Hey (of Saltaire), was charged with being an absentee from the 3rd Reserve Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. He was remanded to await escort and Police Constable Atkinson, who made the arrest, was awarded 5s.
(Author’s note – I can find no record of a Herbert Hey living in Saltaire.)

Events in Aid of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital

On Saturday August 28th there will be a Tag Day (in conjunction with the Oddfellows Floral Society.)
On Sunday August 29th there will be the Annual Demonstration and Sacred Concert in Saltaire Park (Kindly lent by Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Son and Co., Ltd). Choirs and Hymns will be sung by a large Choir and Sunday School Scholars with an Orchestra Band. There will be a selection of tunes by the Local Brass Bands.

Missing Soldier

Shipley people generally will sympathise with Councillor T F and Mrs Doyle in their anxiety concerning one of their soldier sons, Thomas Henry Doyle, who has been reported missing since May 8th. 
For six years before the outbreak of the present war he had been with his regiment, the 1st King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, in China. Last autumn the regiment returned to England and shortly afterwards proceeded to the Front.
In a letter to Councillor Doyle, Captain Bond speaks highly of the missing soldier, who was then the crack shot of his company, and thinks there is reason to hope that his name may yet figure in a list of prisoners captured by the enemy.

Clearing Station

Sergeant Major N E Walker of the Royal Army Medical Corps, a former member of the Shipley District Council, who for the last four months has been at a clearing station a few miles behind the British firing line in Flanders and returned to duty on Tuesday.
The wounded and sick are brought by motor convoy from the trenches to the clearing stations, whence after first treatment, they are sent in hospitals to trains to the base hospitals.
Other Shipley men on duty at the same clearing station include Ernest Harrison Thornton of Saltaire.


Margaret Lucy Anderson, of the Salt Schools, has been awarded the “Emsley” scholarship at the University of Leeds.
(Margaret was born 2 March 1896 to Archibald Anderson & Annie Greenwood. In 1911 they were living at Ivy Leaf, Fyfe Lane in Baildon, with Archibald working as a schoolmaster.)


On August 7th at Saltaire Wesleyan Church – Clifford Briggs son of Mr and Mrs E Emsley of Idle to Lily, daughter of Mrs and Mrs T Goldsborough of Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 6 August 1915

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More ambulance Men for War Service

The following additional members of the Shipley and District Ambulance Corps have left this week for service in connection with the Royal Naval Sick Berth Reserve: For the Royal Naval Barracks in Devon, (listing those from Saltaire only), Harold Marshall of Whitlam Street, Swift Hirst of Helen Street and Harry Woodhead of Victoria Road.

Hospital Tag Day 

Another “Tag” day is now booked for the Shipley District. On Saturday August 28th, collectors will, under the auspices of the Shipley Hospital Sunday Demonstration Committee, make an appeal on behalf of the funds of the Saltaire Hospital. A programme of sacred music by the united choirs of the district will be given in Saltaire Park on the following day.
Since the committee was manufactured three years ago they have been able to hand over to the hospital £30 as a result of the concerts. With a “Tag” day in addition this time they are looking forward to raising a much larger sum. Councillor A Waugh is the chairman of the committee.

Soldiers Day

A pleasing feature of the Shipley Feast Holidays was the interest shown in this collection in aid of the fund for providing “comforts” for Shipley men serving with the forces. Saturday was the day freed for the collection, but it was understood that collectors, were at liberty to commence operations on Friday evening, mainly in order to receive the contributions of residents leaving the district to spend the holidays at the seaside.
More collectors than were needed volunteered their services, and by Saturday evening one rarely met anybody in the streets who was not wearing the miniature flag inscribed “Shipley Soldiers Day.” The possession of this flag was a sure sign that the wearer had dropped at least one coin into a collecting box.
The Shipley Brass Band marched through the principal thoroughfares on Saturday afternoon, playing martial airs en route. In this way the band greatly helped the collection, a number of boys who accompanied the musicians doing good business with their boxes.
The lady collectors were exceedingly energetic, and all found the work pleasurable on account of the public approval of the effort. The weather was delightfully fine until evening, when there were showers.
The total amount collected in the streets was £151 2s. With other donations, including £2 from the Salts School sports fund, the grand total was £201 0s 9d. (Value c£18.5k in 2015).


2 August 1915 at St Peters Church Shipley

Ernest Milner, a warehouseman, living at Great Horton married Mary Elizabeth Hemmings living at 13 Titus Street in Saltaire.

Ernest Walter Rayner, a stoker, married Annie Sutcliffe. They were both living at 27 Caroline Street in Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 30 July 1915

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Negotiations are now in progress for the affiliation of the Shipley Volunteers with the Bradford Athletes Battalion. From the first it has been recognised that it would be necessary to join some larger body, and the headquarters of the National Volunteer movement have now intimated that the smaller corps must be linked up with organisations of battalion strength. If they can make their own arrangements, well and good; if not, headquarters will attend to the matter for them.
The Shipley men have already had some experience of working in conjunction with the Bradford Moor, and in the Harden Valley, and when the question of affiliation had to be considered, thoughts naturally turned to this particular section of the Bradford Force. There is reason to believe that the proposal will be mutually acceptable. Shipley should be able at any rate to supply a complete and efficient company for the Athlete Battalion.

Saltaire Cricket Club

A Roll of Honour is being prepared of members of the Saltaire Cricket Club who are serving with the forces. The Secretary, Mr H Mann, of 52 Birklands Road, Shipley, will be pleased to receive particulars of members who have enlisted. The full home address should be stated, and also name of regiment etc.

Sir Titus Salt’s Charity

The monthly meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt’s Charity was held on Wednesday evening at the Saltaire Hospital. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and the other members present were:- Mrs Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Mr W Cryer, Mr T Kendall, Mr E L Baumann, Councillors C E Learoyd and J Pitts.
It was reported that the following donations had been received:-
Employees of Sir Titus Salt - £8 4s 11d
National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (Shipley Branch) – £2 2s
Collection at United Camp Meeting of Shipley area Methodist Churches - 19s
Employees of J R Fyfe – 15s 4d
Employees of Lee & Crabtree – 11s 4d
Mrs Priestley (for benefits received) - £1
Mr W Rimmington - 10s 6d
Mrs Wood - 6s

Gifts for soldiers had been received from Mr O Partington, M.P. (roses), Mrs Ayrton (fruit), Mrs Eady (flowers), Mrs Holmes and neighbours, 3 Wycliffe Road (rice, sugar and cigarettes), Miss Watson and Mr C Hainsworth (papers), A Friend (6s) and Mr C Hainsworth (1s).

High School Finances

The Education Committee have approved the minutes of a meeting of the High Schools Finances Sub-Committee, with the exception of a recommendation referring to the payment of tuition fees of holders of Salt Scholarships, the consideration of which is deferred until the full report of the Sub-Committee is submitted.
At the same meeting the question of the bank overdraft in the Education Committee’s account was considered, but decision on the matter was postponed until the High School’s Finances Sub-Committee is received.
At a meeting of the Higher Education Sub-Committee the Director submitted a report on the interview of the deputation from the District Council with the West Riding Higher Education Sub-Committee in regard to the District Council’s application for a grant towards the liquidation of the debt on the Technical School.
The Sub-Committee recommended: That particulars be furnished to the County Council of the rooms at the Technical Schools which were, of necessity, used by the High Schools, and the periods during which such rooms were used by the High Schools and the Technical Schools respectively; and also information as to the building provision which had been made by the Shipley local Authority in respect of higher education prior to 1904 and since that time.
It was decided that the matter should be left over until it had been further dealt with by the District Council. An important minute on this subject will be found in the report of the District Council meeting.

Salt Schools Presentation

A pleasant function took place on the girls’ side of the Salt Schools on Wednesday, when a short concert and a presentation marked the termination of Mr W H Tate’s engagement as director of music at the school. In making the presentation (a copy of  “The Oxford History of Music”) Miss Byles, the headmistress, referred to the reputation gained by the Christmas entertainments at the school, and read a letter from an “old girl” who had developed talent as a singer, expressing gratitude to her former master.
In his reply Mr Tate urged the girls to give to music the devotion which so high an art claimed and repaid.

A Shocking Accident

On Wednesday a serious accident happened in the premises of the Shipley Fan Company, industrial and ventilating engineers, Valley Works. A young man named James Rogers, a mechanic of 7 Alva Terrace, Valley Road, was standing on a ladder dong something to a bolt when his right arm got caught in the belting and he was whirled round the shafting. The right arm of this unfortunate youth was torn off, and he was removed to the Saltaire Hospital.

(James was born 1899 in Saltaire. His family lived at 31 Shirley Street in 1901 & 1911 with his father, John, working as a labourer at Saltaire Mills. They moved to Shipley around 1914. James died in 1959).


Phillipson – On July 22nd, at the residence of her daughter, 94 Bradford Road, Shipley, Mary Ann, widow of the late George Wade Phillipson, of Saltaire, aged 75 years.

Saltaire War Diary: 23 July 1915

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National Register

Instructions have now been issued to local authorities from the Local Government Board for the taking of the National Register on Sunday, August 15.
Sir H C Monro, the Permanent Secretary of the Local Government Board, in a letter explaining the provisions of the National Registration Act, states it is the immediate duty of each loyal authority to divide their district into convenient areas, and to distribute the registration forms at every dwelling house in the course of the six days immediately preceding August 15 and to collect them on the days immediately following.
It is hoped that may all be collected by the succeeding Wednesday. Public notice must be given of places where any person who has not received a form may obtain one.
Instead of one schedule being filled up for each household by the head of the household, as in the case of the census, there will be a separate form to be filled up and signed by each person within the ages of 15 and 65.
In cases in which the person registering is staying at a temporary address, the local authority must forward the form to the local registration authority of the area containing his or her permanent address.       

Letters Home

Interesting letters are to hand from Arthur John Brown, youngest son of Mr & Mrs C W Brown of 41 George Street Saltaire. At the outbreak of the war he was mobilised with the Shipley detachment of the Royal Army Medical Corps, but afterwards transferred to the 1st West Riding Field Company of the Royal Engineers.
For some time past he has been with the British forces at the Dardenelles. Writing home on June 1st, he expressed the pleasure with which he had received a parcel of cakes etc., and goes on to say: - “We have had I very hard this last week, but we have had a big advance, and we have done exceedingly well. We have only our captain left now, and a lieutenant who has just returned from hospital, so you can guess we have been very unlucky with our officers, as well as with a lot of the men. I got hit on the arm with a piece of shrapnel, but it did no more than bruise the skin. We keep moving our “home” nearer Constantinople.”
In another letter, written on July 2nd, he says that he is keeping in excellent health and spirits. Up to that time he had only met one soldier out there whom he knew in civil life. From what he heard, he expected to have the pleasure of meeting more Shipley men later on. In the last advance he was alongside the Gurkhas, whom he described as a fine body of men.
Remarking that the people at home would have a difficulty in recognising him if he was photographed out there, he says they think nothing of going a week without a wash owing to the scarcity of water.
There was no caution of a half – day holiday – they think they are lucky to get half a night’s undisturbed rest. He adds: - “You don’t know how we are looking forward to the new troops arriving. When they arrive we are hoping to get a rest; we have been hard at it since we landed on April 25th. We are making good progress, and the “Germturks” seem to be getting tired of trying to stop us. We are not hoping for any peace here until we have wiped them out, and then I hope they will band what is left of us to get reorganised for Troon.”

Tag Day

Please note that Shipley Feast Saturday, July 31st, is the Shipley Soldiers Tag Day. No one will question the necessity for a public fund for soldiers comforts when it is stated there are many known cases where Shipley men who rallied to the Colours several months ago have not yet had the pleasure of opening parcels bearing the Shipley postmark. A large number of our local soldiers have been more fortunate, thanks to Lady Denby and various organisations who have looked after those connected with them.
The object of the Shipley Soldiers Fund is to see that ALL of them get a little remembrance from time to time. In the first place of course, the committee want the names of those who so far have been neglected.

A big army of workers is required for the Tag Day. Everybody who is willing to assist in the sale of favours is asked to give his or her name next Monday evening, between half – past seven and nine o’clock, at Somerset House (for South Ward workers), Saltaire Institute (West Ward), St Paul’s Schools (Central), and Carnegie Hall (North and East).
Those who attend these committee rooms on Monday night will arrange their particular “stands” and on the following Thursday evening, at the same places, will attend to receive collecting boxes and favourites. Five thousand miniature flags, with pin attached to each, have been ordered, as well as 350 cardboard collecting boxes.
The firm and employees at the Canal Ironworks, who have generously supported the local war funds since their inception, have made the handsome contribution of £36 16s, to the Shipley Soldiers Fund. Mr W V Ambler, a member of the District Council staff at Somerset House, is acting as hon. secretary of the fund. 

Anthrax Victim

An inquiry of interest to all Bradford wool workers was held in the Bradford Coroner’s Court on Tuesday, when the City Coroner (Mr J G Hutchinson) conducted an inquest on the body of Thomas Ashton Mawson (61), a woolcomber of 11 Constance Street in Saltaire who died in the Royal Infirmary on Saturday afternoon. Mr A Taylor, the Factory Inspector, sat with the Coroner, and Mr T H Trenholme appeared for the family of the deceased.
Emma Mawson (the widow) said that the deceased had worked at Saltaire Mills for about fifteen years. He had enjoyed good health, but last Wednesday he returned home soon after the breakfast interval and complained of pains in various parts of his body. He went to see the doctor during the evening, and he was ordered to stay in bed for a time. On the following morning he appeared worse, and complained of a small red pimple behind his right ear. Poultices were applied but the pimple became worse, and on Friday the doctor ordered his removal to the Royal Infirmary.
Arthur Sykes, of 17 Roberts Street in Windhill, under manager in the combing department at Saltaire Mills, described the various processes through which the wool was put before it reached the deceased who was the feeder of a preparing machine.
Since June 24th Mawson had been employed on Van mohair, one of the wools known as the most dangerous to deal with, but he had no occasion to go into the room where the unwashed wool was manipulated. All the necessary regulations in regard to working the material and in regard to washing and eating arrangements were observed in the mill. The room in which the deceased worked was well ventilated.
Another workman named James Leake gave corroborative evidence, and said he had never noticed any blood stained wool.
Dr Anthony Ripponer spoke to the deceased being admitted to the Royal Infirmary. Witness noticed at once a malignant pustule above the right ear, and suspecting anthrax, immediately gave the first dose of anti-toxin serum by inoculation. The man appeared to find some relief, but next day he became worse, and, in spite of another inoculation of the serum, he died.
Dr Mitchell said that he had made a post-mortem examination of the body, and had found anthrax bacilli in the internal organs. In the present state of knowledge he thought that the best that could be done had been done for the man.
In reply to Mr Trenholme, the doctor said that the supply of serum came from Italy, and since the war this had stopped. It was now impossible to obtain any. Under the circumstances, it was possible that the serum applied in this case might be older than was usually desired, but had no reason for thinking this was the case.
The Coroner, in summing up, said that he was informed by the Factory Inspector that all the rules and regulations designed for the protection of work people were carried out very stringently at Saltaire. In regard to the regulation as to steeping the wool, the Inspector said that a Commission was now sitting to consider the whole matter, and this rule would probably be superseded.
The jury found that the deceased had died from anthrax, contracted whilst following his employment.
On behalf of the firm of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co., Ltd, sympathy was expressed with the family by Mr C H Briggs, who stated that this was the first fatal case of anthrax at Saltaire for twenty years.

Music Award

Miss Adeline Laughlin, pupil of Miss Annie Louise Sanctuary of Saltaire, was one of the candidates who gained a first-class certificate for pianoforte playing (primary section) at the examination of the London College of Music held recently in Bradford.      


Tom Jessop married Clara Hamilton 12 July 1915 at St Peters Shipley.

Saltaire War Diary: 16 July 1915

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Saltaire Rose Show

In spite of the adverse weather on the show day the Saltaire Rose Society hope to be able to allocate £200 amongst the war funds in Bradford and Shipley. This very creditable result is due to the sale of flowers in Saltaire Park and in the streets of Bradford, the actual receipts from this source amounting to £186.
Further subscriptions have been promised, and it is likely that the total will reach the figure named above. On the Show itself there is likely to be a loss of about £25, the “gate” receipts realising only £106.

(£200 is worth c£18,500 in 2015)


The popularity of cricket in the district covered by the Bradford League was evident on Saturday, when the aggregate gate receipts at the four Priestley Charity Cup matches amounted to £120.
Saltaire was the only home team to win. The other three games all ended in favour of the visiting sides. The results however, were in accord with general opinion.

Saltaire gained the easiest of victories over Lidget Green. A feature of the game was the bowling of Sydney Barnes, who secured seven wickets for 31 runs. Lidget Green scored 91, the chief scorer being G Smith (26). Saltaire hit up the required total with a loss of four wickets. S Smith played a fine innings of 30, whilst “Nabe” Firth hit up 20 in pleasing fashion.


Watts – July 9th, at 29 Shirley Street, Saltaire – Elizabeth Ann, the beloved wife of William Watts. 


Mr and Mrs Dodgson and family wish to express their heartfelt thanks to all friends for their kind sympathy and gifts of flowers in their time of sorrow. They hope that each one will take this as thanking them personally. – 18 Albert Road, Saltaire.

(This refers to Gertrude Dodgson who died aged 23 in July 1923, daughter of Joseph & Emma. 18 Albert Road is renumbered 35 Albert Road).

Saltaire War Diary: 9 July 1915

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Saltaire Rose Show

The Saltaire Rose Society – one of the leading organisations of the kind in the country – held their thirteenth annual exhibition in Saltaire Park on Wednesday. The event was marred by unfavourable weather, which was all the more regrettable in that the proceeds are to be devoted to the Bradford and Shipley War Funds.
Many of the exhibitors had promised their blooms for the purpose of sale after the show. With the object of increasing the amount available for the War Funds, flower stalls had been arranged on the Bradford railway stations and on some of the more important thoroughfares. Both in Bradford and in Saltaire Park a large band of lady helpers sold buttonholes.
So generous had been the response to the appeal which the society had made to rose growers to make gifts of flowers to swell the receipts that some 10,000 blooms were given for the purpose.

The season has not been a good one for horticulturists. In the South of England professional growers have seen their blooms pass already, whilst in the Midlands and the North the long drought has had the effect of bringing on roses and sweet peas a week or so before the event at Saltaire. The recent rain too have all been against the production of exquisite blooms which have been associated with the Saltaire Show. Yet in spite of all this there was a really splendid display of blooms.
Perhaps the highest testimony that could be given of the solidity and progress in importance of the society’s exhibitions is to say that this show was of little less excellence than its forerunners, in spite of the fact that  Messrs Alex Dixon and Sons Ltd. of Newtownards in County Down  who have in the previous twelve years consistently carried off all the premier awards, found it inconvenient to send more than a few specimens on this occasion.
No more appropriate description could be given to the show than that applied to it by the president, Mr Oswald Partington, the member for Shipley. Speaking at the luncheon table, he said that he had attended many exhibitions of a similar nature, but he did not think he had ever seen a more gorgeous display of colour. In extent the show was below the below the highest mark attained the on some previous occasion, but there was still such a delicacy and wealth of colour as to satisfy the most fastidious rosarians.

The leaden sky of the morning portended the discouraging conditions which were to succeed. By noon there was a slight break in the clouds which served to brighten somewhat the picture of the show ground, where a fairly large crowd had collected. But the hope for fine weather was quickly dispelled. No sooner had the opening ceremony been performed than the rain began to descend almost in torrents. Heavy showers fell repeatedly up to 4.30 but at that time the shows tents were crowded with visitors and a considerable number of other people were listening on the promenade to the band of H. M. Royal Dragoons and Royal Scots Greys.
A striking new feature of the scene was the presence of a large sprinkling of men in khaki – wounded soldiers who had thoughtfully been given invitation to attend the show. For their sakes as well as for the event as a whole, the absence of sunshine and the excessive rain were unfortunate circumstances. In the evening the soldiers were presented with bouquets to take to the hospitals etc. in which, they were staying.
The opening ceremony was performed by the Lady Mayoress of Bradford (Mrs G H Robinson) who was accompanied by the Lord Mayor.

It was a happy thought on the part of Mr Oswald Partington, the Member for Shipley, on purchasing a magnificent exhibit at the Saltaire Rose Show, to send it the Saltaire Hospital.
The exhibit was a non-competitive one which had been sent by Messrs. Frank Cant & Co. of Colchester. It consisted of sixty distinct varieties of cut roses, and was a splendid example of what can be done in the cult of the rose.
Like many other charming displays, it was offered for sale by auction, and was knocked down to the highest and – in this case – the only bidder for £25. The inmates at the hospital were delighted with the gift.
Under ordinary circumstances this exhibit would have formed part of a class in which the society’s hundred-guinea Northern Championship Challenge Rose bowl accompanies the first prize. Owing to the abnormal conditions this much-coveted trophy, which has hitherto been carried off by Messrs Alex Dixon and Sons Ltd. of Newtownards in County Down, was withheld on this occasion. 

Cricket – Saltaire defeated by Idle

The chief match in the Bradford League on Saturday was that at Idle, where the opposition was provided by Saltaire. Local cricket enthusiasts had for weeks been looking forward to the match in which the international champion batsman J B Hobbs and the world’s greatest bowler would be seen opposing each other, and speculation was rife as to what would be the result.
The interest in the game was reflected in the gate receipts, which amounted to £51 10s, and it is worthy of note that since Hobbs joined Idle in May the “gates” have on the average been £30 as compared with £8 previously. Amongst the spectators at the match was Pte H Hobbs, of the Suffolk Regiment, now at Ripon, and of one of J B Hobbs three bothers with the Colours.
Batting first, Saltaire could only muster a total of 67 and out of these Sydney Barnes played a great innings of 30 not out. R. Sargent, the county colt, bowled in irresistible fashion, and captured seven wickets at the insignificant cost of 16 runs.
Saltaire’s score did not prove sufficient. But though Fred Hollings and Hobbs, the opening pair, scored 19 and 17 respectively, seven wickets went down before Idle gained the verdict. Just at the moment when Idle seemed to have the upper hand, Barnes gave the spectators a thrill. Through his remarkable bowling the score which stood at 56 for three wickets, remained at that figure when the seventh wicket fell. Barnes took four wickets in one over, and performed the “hat trick”. But Mawson and Presser succeeded in obtaining the number of runs required for a win. This is the second defeat Saltaire have suffered since Barnes arrived.

A Lady’s Suggestion

“A Saltaire Lady Member” writes:- “As a lady supporter of Bradford League cricket I should like to make a suggestion to the Idle Cricket Club – as this is the only club in the league who charges ladies for admission to their matches. If this charge were the custom at all the grounds there would be no cause for complaint, and my suggestion is that ladies would only be too glad to pay if their contributions were given to the local war fund, instead of helping to pay large fees for professionals at a time when our nation is struggling for its very existence.”

St Peters Marriages 3rd July 1915

Vandyck Willis Williams aged 22, an engineer, eldest son of W S Williams Esq. of Sunderland (late of Boston, USA), to Esther Jane Rutherford, aged 22, eldest daughter of Mrs, and the late John Rutherford of 21 Shirley Street in Saltaire.

Percival Strange Clayton, aged 24, a gunner, son of the late John Clayton of Ballincollig Barracks in County Cork to Beatrice May Gill, aged 28, daughter of Robert Gill of 36 Titus Street in Saltaire.

Robert Dale, a dyers labourer, aged 22, son of Jacob Dale of 12 Kitson Street in Windhill to Annie Haigh, aged 20, daughter of Alfred Haigh of 18 George Street in Saltaire.              

Saltaire War Diary: 2 July 1915

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Saltaire Rose Society

A praiseworthy effort in aid of local war funds (Shipley and Bradford) is to be made on the occasion of the Saltaire Rose Society’s annual show in Saltaire Park next Wednesday. The whole of the nett proceeds of the show will devoted to this purpose, and in addition it is hoped to raise a large sum by the sale of roses and other flowers.
In short, it is to be a Rose Day – in Bradford in the morning and at Saltaire Park in the afternoon and evening. A large number of the exhibitors have promised to give their exhibition blooms to be sold after the floral marquees close.
About 150 ladies have undertaken to dispose of the flowers in Bradford and in the park, and they are going to try and make the “Rose Day” a huge success. The Society are asking all flower growers to do their “little bit” in giving blooms to help to swell the local war funds. The “Rose Day” will be worked from the Old Post Office Stores in Bradford as the centre. Gifts of flowers will be thankfully received there from Tuesday mid-day to Wednesday. There will also be stalls in the Midland and L&Y Stations at Bradford, where flowers can be left on Wednesday morning.
If any large growers who require their blooms collecting will communicate with Mr Walter Parker, 1 Town Hall Square, Bradford, he will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements.
The society are inviting all the wounded soldiers in Bradford and Shipley to Saltaire Park on the show day. Tickets are being supplied to the different hospitals in Bradford where the wounded soldiers are staying, and all the wounded soldiers who are not in not in hospital, but staying in the district will, on application to Mr Walter Parker, receive a ticket for admission to the show.
If the Society are favoured with a fine day the local war funds should receive substantial help, and wounded soldiers will no doubt spend a pleasant half-day in such ideal surroundings as those at Saltaire Park.

Salt Schools Annual Sports

The Salt Schools annual athletic sports were held in Saltaire Park (kindly lent by Sir James Roberts) on Wednesday afternoon. Owing to the circumstances prevailing the function was of a somewhat subdued character.
Amongst those present were the headmaster (Mr F J Fuller), Mr W Popplestone, (Director of Education), the Rev. B Herklots (Vicar of Shipley), Councillors L Shackleton and E Bateson (members of the Shipley Education Committee).
The Rev B Herklots, Councillor L Shackleton and Mr Lund officiated as judges. The various events resulted as follows:-
One Mile handicap (open), Winter; 2 Woodall; 3 Foulger
440 yds. Handicap (open), Lund; 2 Woodall; 3 Alderson
220 yds. Handicap (open), Lund; 2 Spalding; 3 Woodall
100 yds. Handicap (open), Stephenson; 2 Alderson; 3 Winter; 4; Woodall
220 yds. Handicap (under 13), England; 2 Woodall; 3 Burton
100 yds. Handicap (under 11), Davies; 2 Brighton; 3 Feather
High Jump, Winter and Spalding (equal), 4ft 2 ½ in.
Tug of War, Wheeler (captain), Emmott, Bateson, Salter and Halliday
Relay race, Wheeler, Monk, Simpson, Clough and Denby
Egg-and-spoon race (open), Clough; 2 Lund; 3 Crabtree
Egg-and spoon race (under 12), Woodall; 2 Hartley; 3 Whitakker
Potato race, Winter; 2 Emmott; 3 Carroll; 4 Wheeler
“Derby” race, Stephenson and Salter; 2 Bottomley and Foulger
Sack race (open), Brigham; 2 Feather; 3 Aked; 4 Hartley
Prepatory race (80 yds.), Laycock; 2 Harper; 3 Williams
Consolation race, Longfellow; 2 Mortimer; 3 Brooks.

The competition for the challenge cup presented by Mrs Titus Salt resulted as follows:-
Lund, 11 marks; Winter 10; Spalding 7; Woodall 7.
Lund is therefore the holder for 1915-16.
At the conclusion of the sports the prizes were distributed by Mrs Herklots. The headmaster thanked Sir James Roberts for the loan of the park, contributors for their subscriptions, the judges for their services and Mrs Herklots for her services. The boys gave three cheers, and Mrs Herklots suitably replied.
The headmaster explained that this year the prizes were only of nominal value and that the surplus money would be handed over to certain philanthropic efforts connected with the war. The number of entries for the sports this year was the largest for the last ten years.


About 150 entries have been received for the children’s sports in connection with the Shipley and District Friendly and Trade Society’s Charity Carnival in Saltaire Park to-morrow. Mrs Luther Shackleton has kindly consented to distribute the prizes.

Sunday School and Choir Excursions

The members of the choir at the Saltaire Congregational Church had their annual trip on Saturday. In the afternoon they took the train to Grassington and afterwards walked to Burnsall were tea was served at the Manor House. The evening was spent at Burnsall, the party subsequently proceeding by char-a-banc to Bolton Abbey, where they entrained for home.
During the outing glees and part songs were rendered by the choir. The Rev P Drummond Pringle (pastor) accompanied the party.

On Saturday the Parish Church Sunday School teachers had an enjoyable outing to Bolton Abbey. The party included the Rev B Herklots (Vicar), and the Rev W Bowker (curate).

The Salt High Schools

From the minutes of a meeting of the Higher Education Sub-Committee it appeared that Mr Fuller (Head Master of Boys High School) had reported that he had seen a number of fields which appeared suitable for tennis courts, the one most likely for the school being a field on the Baildon side of the river Aire, close to the Saltaire Tennis Grounds.
Councillor C E Learoyd (chairman of the sub-committee) and Councillor Hill were appointed to interview the secretary of the Shipley Wesleyan Cricket Club with a view to making the best arrangements possible for renting the field on the river side.
It was reported that Mr H G Nicholson, one of the masters of the Boys High School, had joined H.M. Forces as a Second Lieutenant in the Scottish Horse, and that the remaining members of the staff were prepared by increased efforts to perform Mr Nicholson’s duties in his absence, to the end of the current school year, if the Governors would pay Mr Nicholson his salary as usual for that period. The suggestion was agreed to.
The consideration of the question of increase of salaries of the masters and mistresses in the High School was deferred until the High School Finance Sub-Committee have prepared their reports.
Miss Hilda Jackson (Colne) was appointed temporary assistant mistress at the Boys High School, at the salary of £100 per annum, the engagement to commence on the 21st September 1915.

Sir Titus Salt’s Charity

The monthly meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held on Wednesday evening at the Saltaire Hospital. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and the other members present were Mrs Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Mr E L Baumann, Mr F Lister, Mr T Kendall and Councillor A Gill.
The monthly report stated that there had been 90 individual out-patients. At the date of the last meeting there were 12 in-patients, and 17 had since been admitted. Of these 20 had been discharged, leaving 9 in at the present time.
The following donations had been received:-
Employees of the Scott Engineering Co., £2 18s 9d
Mrs E Fothergill (as a mark of appreciation for services rendered to grandson) £1
Mr H Ramsden 10s 6d
Mr Ernest Fieldhouse (in acknowledgement of benefits received) 10s
Employees of the Shipley District Council Gas Department, 9s 9d
A quantity of buns have been received from the Saltaire Wesleyan Guild.

A letter was read from Mr J Hudson, secretary of the Shipley and District Friendly Society and Trade Union Insurance Council, stating that the father of a patient desired (through the Governors) to express thanks to the doctors and nursing staff for the kind and efficient treatment received at the hospital. Mr Hudson added that the council desired to be associated with the appreciation.

Insurance Committee

A meeting of the Shipley District Insurance Committee was held last night at the Saltaire Institute. It was intimated that the Health Insurance Commissioners had extended the term of office of the committee until December 31st, reserving to themselves the power to further extend the scheme for such a period as they might deem it desirable.
Councillor H Williams (of Baildon) was re-appointed chairman of the committee and Mr Jennings Alderson vice-chairman. The Shipley and Bingley sub-committees were re-elected and also the Shipley Urgency Committee and the Shipley After-care Committee.

Scholarship Winners

Having considered the reports of Mr F J Fuller and Miss Byles (head master and head mistress of the Salt Schools) on the results of examinations for Salt Scholarships, the Shipley Education Committee have awarded scholarships to the following:-

Eveline Parker, Shirley Street
Nellie Dracup, Maddocks Street
Eric Riley, Victoria Road
Jack Sanctuary, George Street

(Author’s note – I have only listed those from Saltaire.)

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In Memoriam

Howker – In remembrance of a dear husband and father, James Howker, who died 4th July 1914 – sadly missed – 43 Titus Street Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 25 June 1915

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In the Trenches

Private Milfred Coultas, serving with 1st-6th West Yorkshires (son of Mr A Coultas, of 65 Victoria Road, Saltaire) said in a letter to his wife that although he had been five weeks in the trenches at various places and at various times he had yet to see a German. In the day the Germans keep their heads down and so do the English, for it does not pay to be too inquisitive. At night, however, they are compelled to take greater risks, so it is necessary for them to keep a sharp lookout. Milfred wrote:-
“We had a band performance round the cook-house fire last night. The music ranged from operatic to rag-time; a great favourite was. Has anyone seen a German band?” Our instruments consisted of a drum, three combs, a mouth organ and a tin biscuit box. Those who had nothing to play furnished the vocal parts, and they did let it go, especially when singing the “German band” song. The Huns must have heard us for they sent dozens of shots over, but they were all wasted. They had not the slightest effect on our entertainment, which went on until nearly nine o’clock in the morning”.

Veterans Cricket Match

Saltaire Park was the venue of a novel cricket match on Wednesday afternoon, when a number of local veterans tried conclusions before an interested gathering of spectators. The event, which has now come to be regarded as an annual one, originates through the Rosse Street Veterans’ Association, the president of which is Mr Harry Roberts. Each year the park is lent by the kind permission of Sir James Roberts.
Wednesday’s match was played with ten men aside, the captains being Mr J Dean and Mr W Beaver. The latter was a well-known cricketer in his younger days, and judging by his score (94) he can still handle a bat. Mr Beaver’s team won by a margin of 90 runs.
The following were the scores, the age of each player being given in parenthesis:-
Mr Beaver’s team: J Stephenson (74) 8, W Beaver (70) 94, A Gill (61) 48, R Brooks (84) 2, C Long (78) 0, H Stolworthy (76) 8, W H Robinson (67) not out 18, J N Holdsworth (78) 2, W Jackson (77) 4, W Hudson (78) 0, extras 7, total 191.
Mr Dean’s team: J Shaw (64) 25, M Robinson (62) 25, W Horner (70) not out 5, J Dean (76) 25, A Mansfield (75) 1, C Scott (69) 0, J Knight (70) 5, J Gott (73) 6, E Holdsworth (76) 2, W Mosley (73) 1, extras 5, total 101.
The scorer was Mr James Cousin (69).
Two medals were given by Mr W A Butland, jeweller, Kirkgate, for the highest score on each side. Three players tied for the medal on Mr Dean’s side; Mr J Shaw, Mr M Robinson and Mr Dean himself. Lots were drawn, and the winner proved to be Mr J Shaw. The winner on the other side was Mr Beaver.

The players afterwards had tea at the Royal Café, after which an entertainment was held. In the unavoidable absence of Mr H Roberts, the chair was occupied by Mr W Hulme. The following contributed to the programme: Mrs John Hudson, Miss M Myrle, Mr F White, Mr W Horner, Mr Wm. Jackson, Mr A Mansfield, Mr R Brooks, Mr J Dean, Mr E Holdsworth and Mr J Knight. The latter handed the medals to Messrs W Beaver and J Shaw.
A hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr Butland, on the motion of Mr J Dean, seconded by Mr A Mansfield. Thanks were also expressed by Mr James Cousin and Mr H Stolworthy, to all who had contributed to the success of the gathering, whilst the chairman and Mr E Holdsworth referred to the kindness of Sir James Roberts, in allowing the use of the park.
The proceeds of the match were in aid of the Rosse Street Veterans’ Association Benevolent Fund, which grants are made to members in needy circumstances.

Story of the Bible in Pictures

An interesting exhibition is being held at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, under the auspices of the International Bible Students Association. The exhibition was opened on Wednesday evening, and will be continued until Thursday evening next.
High Class Biblical and other pictures are shown, but the chief ones are the various parts of what is styled the “Photo drama of Creation,” which really means the story of the Bible illustrated. The drama represents the study and work of years.
The moving pictures which constitute the main feature of the production of the impressive stories in both the Old and New Testament, are actually taken in Palestine and the Holy Land, with the exception of those of the Exodus, which were taken in Egypt.
The expense to which the association has been put in securing these pictures must have been enormous, and yet they are exhibited free of charge. The pictures have been shown in various parts of the world, and the cost entailed has been covered by voluntary subscriptions.
The object of the movement is to cultivate Biblical study, and to show the harmony of the Bible with history and science. In other words, it aims at promoting righteousness by increasing faith in the Bible, inculcating greater reverence for the Creator, and stronger sympathy for fallen humanity.
Pastor Russell, the president of the association, is the author of the photo drama. Supplementing the combination of films, pictures and panoramas, is a series of descriptive and scientific lectures, which are delivered by gramophones.
The manager of the exhibition is Mr Chas. H Senior, who is to be complimented on the admirable way in which the arrangements are carried out.

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In Memoriam

Clifford – In loving memory of our dear Mother Grace Clifford, who passed away June 23rd 1909
Dear mother, thou art not forgotten,
Nor shalt thou ever be:
For no morning dawns no night returns
But what we think of thee
“Gone but not forgotten”

  • Son and Daughter, 8 Herbert Street. Saltaire

(John Clifford, a bricklayer born London 1831, married Grace Swift 30 September 1855 at Bradford Cathedral. They lived in Idle & Windhill.)


19 June 1915 Willie Hall age 24 draper’s assistant of Manningham married Clarice Maud Butterfield age 22 of 21 Ada Street Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 18 June 1915

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“Battle of Golcar”

On Sunday the Shipley Volunteers had the most interesting held day which they have had since they commenced their training. It has long been felt that it would be desirable for the Shipley men to rub shoulders with their comrades in Bradford, and for the first time they had an opportunity of doing so on Sunday.
The plan of campaign was an attack on Golcar Farm, the farmstead through which pedestrians pass on their way from Shipley Glen to “Dick Hudson’s.” Shipley and the Bradford Athletes constituted the attacking force, whilst the defence rested with the 1st Bradford Battalion. Altogether fully a thousand men were engaged.
The Shipley Force paraded at ten o’clock, and, including the band, marched off from headquarters, the Albert Road School, about a hundred strong, with Dr Sharpe in command. They reached the heights via Baildon Green, and as the Golcar Farm operation was not timed to begin until 1.30, they had a couple of hours available for drilling on their own account.
Various movements were practiced near the Baildon Moor reservoirs, and then came an interval for refreshments. Each man had brought rations, generally in the form of sandwiches, and arrangements had been made for tea and aerated waters to be supplied at Strawberry Gardens. It was a delightful day, and the al-fresco luncheon was keenly relished. Members who wished to do so were at liberty to visit the village for a short time.
At 1.30, when the buglers sounded the “Fall-In,” there was a scene of great animation near the first tee at Baildon Golf Club. The Shipley men were particularly anxious to make a good impression as regards general smartness on the presence of their uniformed colleagues from Bradford, and they succeeded in soliciting complimentary references. They on their part did not fail to note and admire the soldierly bearing of the Bradford men, whose smart uniforms gave a realistic military touch.
It had been decided that the 1st Bradford Battalion (Blue Force) should represent the advanced guard of an invading army moving on Bradford, which had out-marched its main body and was compelled to halt for an indefinite period and await supplies.
Deciding to camp at Golcar Farm, the scene of many recent engagements, the commandant throw out a line of outposts, the force entrenching and remaining on the defensive, whilst certain important and outlying points were mined in case of enforced retirement.
In front of the farm a section of the Red Force approached by rushes in excellent order, but was held up by the Blue Force about 300 yards from Golcar. Meanwhile a stronger attack (in which the Shipley men participated) developed on the flanks and the rear, the main attack finally coming from land under seed crops in the right rear, which, unknown to the attacking party was dead ground, and could therefore not be defended by the Blue Force. Operations were therefore suspended, resulting in a stalemate, the attacking force having detected the weak undefended spot, whilst the defending force had held their ground in all other directions.
The Shipley men approached Golcar by a circuitous route. Proceeding through Baildon village and along West Lane they went down the Glen wood, and then up the steep slope and past the White Houses to Gilstead. Proceeding through Baildon village and along West Lane they went down the Glen wood, and then up the steep slope and past the White Houses to Gilstead. On reaching Eldwick they entered the fields taking advantage of the cover afforded by the walls to get with easy distance of their objective. On the road about a quarter of a mile above the Acorn Inn they joined with a strong contingent of the Bradford Athletes and a surprise was made on Golcar.
After the “battle” the Golcar farm refreshment rooms were literally raided. Here it was that the only casualty of the day happened. A Shipley Volunteer was opening a bottle of ginger beer when it burst, with the result that one of his hands was badly cut. The well-equipped ambulance section of the Bradford Force promptly applied an antiseptic bandage, and the “patient” resumed his place in the Shipley ranks for the march home, which was complete about 5.30 pm.

Hospital Inspection

On behalf of the War Office medical service department, General Fawcett, C.B., who was accompanied by his aid-de-camp, on Tuesday inspected Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital at Saltaire. As General Fawcett visited the hospital unexpectedly there was no opportunity for the Governors or members of the medical staff to meet him, but he was shown round the hospital by the Matron, Miss Mitchell.
He expressed himself very pleased with the arrangements made for the reception and treatment of wounded soldiers, and said that the services already rendered by the honorary medical staff and by the nursing staff had been highly appreciated.
In addition to the convalescent wounded soldiers who stayed for a time there, several cases of ordinary sickness from the Bradford battalions (before they moved from Bradford) were treated at the hospital. More wounded soldiers are expected any time.


Thomas Rushworth of 9 Dockfield Road, a painter employed by Mr Arthur H Long of 2 Birklands Terrace, slipped off a ladder whilst working at a house in Hall Royd on Thursday afternoon and fractured his leg.
After being attended by Dr Mosley he was removed in the horse ambulance to Saltaire Hospital.

Annual Outing

The annual outing of the overlookers engaged in the spinning, drawing and twisting departments at Saltaire Mills took place last Saturday, when a party of twenty-five spent a most enjoyable half day at Bolton Abbey. At the Devonshire Arms Hotel, where tea was partaken of, a short toast list was gone through.
Mr George Sanctuary, who presided, proposed a toast to the firm, to Sir James and Lady Roberts, and to Mr Harry Roberts. Other toasts were spoken to by Mr N Keighley, Mr A Berry and Mr F Bradshaw, the latter specially thanking the subscribers to the expenses of the outing. It was decided that a portion of the trip funds should be utilised in doing something for four Saltaire overlookers who are serving with the colours. A number of glees were sung at the Strid by a contingent from the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir. Excellent arrangements for the outing had been made by the secretary, Mr George Fawcett.

Congregational Anniversary

Sunday school anniversary services were held at the Saltaire Congregational Church on Sunday. The preacher morning and evening was the Rev F W J Merlin of Huddersfield. At a service held in the school in the afternoon an address was given by Mr H Stephenson (of Bradford). Anthems were rendered by the choir, Miss Harrison being the soloist. Mr G Sutcliffe (organist and choirmaster) was at the organ. The collections amounted to £33 2s 4d.

Biblical History in Pictures

The moving pictures, which have been a means of education, along secular lines are now being used in a wonderful way to show forth the Divine programme. The international Bible Students’ Association have shown commendable zeal in producing this wonderful film, which is being shown free, not even a collection being taken.
The “Photo-Drama of Creation” which has been exhibited in over 200 of the largest halls and theatres in Great Britain including the London Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall, London, where it was witnessed by many thousands of people, is to be presented in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire for nine days commencing on Wednesday, 23rd June at 7.30 pm.
Witnessing “Creation” we may see moving on the canvas, with every semblance of reality, the outstanding figures of history, with whom reading and study have made familiar. We see the Garden of Eden as an ingenious imagination stimulated by Bible research, pictures it for us. We view the stately cities of antiquity and their modern successors. We sweep over the world with ever-increasing interest from the time of our remotest ancestors, forward as the scrolls of history unrolls, and when we rise from our seats we feel that the past has been made for us as a living reality instead of the dried bones of historical chronicle.
Ably supplementing the combination of films, pictures and panoramas is a series of descriptive and scientific lectures which are delivered by gramophone.
Free reserved seat tickets will be furnished to those who send a stamped self-addressed envelope to the Manager “Creation” Victoria Hall, Saltaire.

Found Drowned

At the District Council Fire Station on Tuesday an inquest was held respecting the death of William Ross, slater’s labourer, of no fixed abode, whose body was recovered from the River Aire at Shipley on Sunday – Helen Gallagher of 4 Sedgwick Street, White Abbey, Bradford said the deceased was her father. She last saw him alive about a fortnight ago at Manningham. He was 52 years of age and a widower. He seemed quite cheerful and happy when she last saw him. Witness added that her father had been seen in the Bradford Arms Hotel about 8.30 on Saturday.
Roger Sellers, a mill firer of Shipley, said that on Sunday last he was walking with a friend along the footpath between Saltaire Mills and the Victoria Works when he noticed a shirt in the river. On closer examination he found the body. He recovered it and sent for the police. Deceased had no jacket, cap or waistcoat on. Witness noticed some footprints leading right up to the water side.
A verdict of “Found drowned” was returned, there was not being sufficient evidence to show how the deceased got into the river.

Sudden Death

An inquest was held on Tuesday respecting the death of Sarah Martin (67), a widow, of 4 Edward Street (renumbered no 9), Saltaire, who died suddenly on Sunday night. Mary Jane Jordon (daughter of the deceased), who resides at the same address, stated that on Sunday night her mother retired in bed about nine o’clock. About five minutes later witness heard an unusual noise, and on going upstairs found deceased laid on the floor. Witness summoned some neighbours, and afterwards a doctor, but the latter on arrival, could only pronounce life extinct.
The jury returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes.”    

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Saltaire War Diary: 11 June 1915

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Mr W A S Robinson was the speaker at a united brotherhood service held on Sunday afternoon in Saltaire Park. In the unavoidable absence of Councillor Luther Shackleton (who wrote wishing the meeting every success) Mr George Airey presided, and was supported by the Rev H W Burden, Mr W Cryer, Mr J Senior and others. The Saltaire Mills male choir rendered several musical items, which were much appreciated.
The Chairman said that Mr Robinson needed no introduction to his audience. He was proud to be his chairman; Shipley was proud to claim him as a citizen. They all deeply appreciated his work (which was honorary service) for the country.
Mr Robinson, who was very cordially received, said he felt it would be quite the right thing to do to discuss on that occasion the all-important topic, the war. We were in the thick of the greatest conflict the world had ever known – a conflict forced upon us by a great Power – and most of our cherished ideas had received a set-back. The Brotherhood of man might never have been thought of.
Proceeding, Mr Robinson, said he had not time to go carefully into all the causes which landed us in this awful war, but one thing must be considered at once. That was our individual responsibility to our men who had fought for us and to those who would fight.
To illustrate, he spoke of witnessing the passing round Manchester of about fifty motors laden with wounded; some were blind and others had lost limbs. That night made him think. Unless some omnipotent Power intervened at once, Bradford and Shipley would see similar sights; in fact the whole land would behold them.
What has to be done? These lads had paid the price; they had defended us all. Should we after the war allow our one-armed or one-legged heroes to sell bootlaces or matches? A thousand times, No! As Christians, as citizens it was our imperative duty to safeguard them. We owed them more than we could give them.
In conclusion he said he believed we should have a much better world after the war. How much better it would be depended partly upon the spirit shown by his hearers, who could say, “We will have a new patriotism, richer, nobler, more exalted than the old; we will have a recognition of all classes; we will shed ourselves of selfishness, luxury and sloth.”   
Let us remember all rests with us. The problem was one of choice. Let us all serve in one form or another to hasten the day when right shall triumph. (Loud Applause).
A very hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr Robinson. The Rev H W Burdett pronounced the benediction.



A meeting was held on Saturday at the Official Receiver (Mr Walter Durrance) of the creditors of William Henry Atkinson of Harold Place, Saltaire. There was a deficiency of £155 (£14.5k in 2015). The estate will be wound up by the Official Receiver.

Comforts for Fighting Men and for the Wounded

A number of ladies who have been associated with the work of the Ladies’ section of the Shipley District Committee since its inception are now devoting their energies to helping supply comforts to the men in the trenches and the wounded in the hospitals. This week they forwarded a large parcel of comforts to one of the base hospitals in France.
Sometime ago, it will be remembered, it was felt that owing to the improved state of trade there was no longer any need to appeal for garments to assist in the relief of civil distress. It was decided however, that the work of the Ladies’ Committer could be usefully continued on behalf of the men at the front and those in hospitals.
Ladies attend in the Saltaire Institute on Monday afternoons, from 3 to 5 to receive gifts of materials or garments, whilst sewing meetings are held fortnightly in the Social Room.
Since August nearly 9,000 garments have passed through the hands of the Shipley Ladies’ Committee. Of this number 2,539 were given to Shipley men who enlisted between October 3rd and April 30th.
During the winter the Committee found employment for a number of women in making garments, the total amount paid in wages amounting to £50 15s 10d. The committee have received in subscriptions up-to-date £169 14s 9d, and have expended £165 19s 10d, leaving a balance of £3 14s 11d. Material was given to the value of about £70, and various working parties contributed 2,870 garments. The other garments have been cut out and made by the ladies who attend at the Institute. All ladies interested in the work are invited to attend the sewing meeting at the Institute.

Insurance Committee

The monthly meeting of the Shipley District Insurance Committee was held on Thursday, the 3rd inst., at the Institute, Saltaire, and was presided over by Councillor H Williams (Baildon).
A discussion arose on the minutes of the Shipley Urgency Committee, who brought forward the following recommendations as to extra nourishment for tuberculosis patients:-
“That the form of extra nourishment should not be limited to milk and eggs alone, but that the District Committee should have power to grant other commodities as recommended by the tuberculosis officer or doctor in attendance; that the cost of extra nourishment should be limited to 6s per week, and that the District Committee should have power to grant to this extant the reasonable recommendations of the tuberculosis officer or doctor; that the term “income of household” should only be understood to mean the income of the insured person, his wife, or husband, and children; and in the case of an unmarried minor, his or her parents; and no other persons”
The recommendations were approved.
A letter from the secretary of the Shipley District Friendly Society and Trades Union Insurance Council, as to the position of insured persons whose medical advisorshad volunteered for Army Service, was read, and Mr Hudson reported a letter he had received in reply to a similar communication addressed by him to the County Committee. As the matter was still not quite clear, it was, on the motion of County Councillor T Sowden (Bingley), referred to the Shipley Urgency Committee to ascertain the facts and to deal with them.
A communication from the County Committee reported that that body had approved the suggestion of the Shipley Committee as to making representations relative to the necessity of disinfecting telephone receivers, and that the matter would be dealt with by a deputation appointed to interview the Postmaster General.
The clerk’s report showed that there had been six applications for sanatorium benefit during the month, and that the total number of cases now dealt with by the Shipley District Committee was 127.

Saltaire Congregational Church

The Sunday School Anniversary Services will be held on Sunday June 13th with the Rev P W J Merlin (Huddersfield). There will be Special Anthems by the Choir. Mr Geo Sutcliffe (Organist and Choirmaster).
In the afternoon at 2.30, an Address to Scholars, Parents and Friends will be given in the Schoolroom by Mr H Stephenson (Bradford). There will be a String Orchestra and Special Singing by the Scholars.
Collection at each service for School Funds.


Priestley Charity Cup – First Round
Saltaire v Bankfoot in Saltaire Park June 12th. Wickets pitched at 2 o’clock Admission 3d
Sydney F Barnes, the Anglo-Australian player, will assist Saltaire.

The Match of the Season
A Novel Cricket Match will be played in Saltaire Park (by kind permission of Sir James Roberts) on Wednesday June 23rd
Rosse St Veterans versus Local Friends Veterans – average age of the Players, 73 years
Wickets pitched at 2.30 - Admission 3d
Your presence and support is respectfully solicited in aid of needy Veterans – A Mansfield Hon. Sec.

Death of Rose Society Official

The funeral took place at Undercliffe Cemetery on Monday of Mr Thompson Barber of Airedale Crescent, Undercliffe, who for several years had acted as treasurer of the Saltaire Rose Society. Mr Barber, who was only forty one years of age, was held in high esteem by the officials of the Rose Society.
The following members attended the funeral: Messrs. W Brearley, H Lister, W Allen, T H Cartell, G A Linck, H Hodgson, V Waddilove, A Haigh-Lumby, W K Plunkett, E Wright (secretary), J H Mortimer and G Stillings.

Salts School

The many friends of Mr H G Nicholson, assistant master at the Boys High School (the Salt Schools, Shipley) will be pleased to hear that he is joining the Forces, he having been offered a Commission as Second-Lieutenant in the Scottish Horse. Lieut. Nicholson has for some years been a popular member of the Shipley Golf Club.

(Henry Nicholson born c1884 Staveley in Derbyshire. In 1911 he was a boarder at 249 Bingley Road in Shipley).

Saltaire War Diary: 4 June 1915

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Close to the Enemy

Private G W Bone, who was trained with the Shipley detachment of the Royal Army Medical Corps, and who is now serving in France, in a letter to his parents at 25 Constance Street, Saltaire, says:-
 “I have not had time to answer your letter before now, as we have been kept busy with the wounded. We were called to the trenches again on Saturday night (22 May) after we had been out only 24 hours. We went into the first line of our trenches and the Germans were only 170 yards off us. What our lads had to do was to climb over the parapets and ran half way across to the German trenches and then make another trench. On Saturday night they got one or two layers of sandbags into position and then to retire to our trenches. The Germans did not half let our lads have it as soon as they got over the parapet. We had seven wounded and two killed on Saturday night, and on Sunday night seven wounded and one killed.
By the way all the work is done at night; we were working hard all Saturday night and on Sunday night with nothing to eat after Saturday dinner until this morning, when your parcel arrived, for which I thank you very much.
Our company got back to their reserve billets for a bit of a rest at two o’clock this morning. As we were going down a road which runs between our trenches and the German trenches the enemy must have seen us, because they opened fire with their machine guns.”

Continuing the letter on Wednesday 26 May, George says they had been again in the trenches. The British soldiers succeeded in completing the trench previously referred to, and then the artillery on both sides got going. It was awful, George wrote:-
“We had to go over the tops of our parapets and fetch the wounded; shells were falling all around us, but we all had our work to do. Our brigadier says that we all worked like heroes. The doctor sent for some more R.A.M.C. men to come and relieve us and we were glad for a rest.
We came out of the trenches again on Tuesday, but I don’t know for how long. I was thankful when we got out of it I can tell you, but while we were there our only thoughts were how best to get the wounded away. I don’t know how the lads left in England who are physically fit dare hold their heads up. We think they out to come and join us.”

Under Fire

A letter has been received from Private A Webb, who is serving with the RAMC attached to the 1/5th King’s Own Yorkshire Infantry, and whose home is at 9 Jane Street, Saltaire:-
 “We have had some fairly bad weather during the last few days and in some parts of the trenches the mud has been over the boot tops. You cannot expect any different weather whilst shelling operations are in progress on the scale they have been lately. It seems to absolutely tear the sky to bits.
There are some guns not far from us, and it is awful when they go off, absolutely shaking the ground. Still, if you were over here, you would think that we were quite content. We have got used to it now, but the first time we saw the shells burst in the air it was enough to make anyone tremble. I think we shall be home for next winter, although it is no good taking much notice of what the soldiers say.
Where we are now was a fine place before the war, but it has been shelled unmercifully. Just now we are keeping under cover, as the enemy are shelling within fifty yards of us. They are wide of the mark (in an open field) so there will not be much damage. We had a severe bombardment for about fifteen minutes, so bad that I had to put this letter down and get under cover. I have a bit of shrapnel that came into the place where Theobald and I were in."

Real Fireworks

Writing to his wife, Private Milfred Coultas (of the 1/16th West Yorks), whose home is at 65 Victoria Road, Saltaire, says:-
 “I am still in tip-top condition, although at the present time I could do with a good long sleep, and then a good feed and a hot bath. We have fireworks here every night and I can assure you there are no dummies (they are all crackers) and the more you keep your head down the longer you are likely to live. We look over the top sometimes to see what is going on, and as soon as we do one or two bullets come past our head, and we bob down and thank god they missed.
Last week-end we were in a pub, when the Germans started shelling the place. The sale of beer was stopped, and the people in charge ran all over the house, but they did not forget to take the till with them. We get plenty of amusement out here one way and another, and also some excitement. The other day a comrade and I were sent to try and find a sniper, who had been bothering our chaps, but the enemy started shelling, and as it was getting a bit hot we came in again. On our return pieces of shell, shrapnel, and bullets kept dropping around me – too near to be pleasant.
I have heard it said in England that the Germans are bad shots, but don’t believe it. I do not mind rifle or even shell fire, but I do detest the trench mortars, as they make a noise like the crack of doom, and it is doom for anyone who is unlucky enough to be in the way.”

Care of the Wounded

Sergeant Frank Giles RAMC, who is attached to the 6th West Riding Regiment, now in France, has written to Miss Mitchell, the matron at Saltaire Hospital, saying that he had been pleased to learn through the “Times and Express” that wounded soldiers are being cared for at that institution.
Those who have gone from Shipley, he says, will know that the wounded who happen to be sent to Saltaire will receive kind and careful treatment, and people who know from experience what our lads have to go through in France will agree that it is impossible to do too much for them when they come home wounded.
In protecting those at home from the barbarism of the German Huns, he adds, they are in constant danger of losing their lives, and deserve every care and comfort which can be bestowed upon them.

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Improver or Apprentice wanted for Hairdressing and Umbrella business. Apply J Butterfield, 1 Gordon Terrace, Saltaire.

Letter of Thanks

Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, Saltaire (To the Editor of the “Times and Express”)

Sir – On behalf of this Hospital, I desire to thank all those who have during the past ten weeks so nobly looked after the comfort of our wounded soldiers.
At the moment the last batch have left us, fully recovered, but we may have another batch any day. Will those who so kindly responded to my appeal please wait until you announce fresh arrivals, when we shall be again glad to avail ourselves of their generosity:-
Yours, etc., E Clifford Fry (Hon Sec.) 


At the Saltaire Wesleyan Church on Wednesday 2 June, the marriage was solemnised of Mr Stanley Whittingham, second son of Mr and Mrs Samuel Whittingham of 5 Park Grove Bingley Road Shipley, and Miss Harriett May Keighley, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph Keighley of 63 George Street Saltaire.
The bride was given away by her brother, Mr Norman Keighley, and the bridesmaids were Miss Keighley (sister of the bride), and Miss Feather. Mr Walter Dutton was best man, and Trooper Sydney Whittingham, Mr Maurice Whittingham (brothers of the bridegroom) and Mr Charles Keighley (brother of the bride) officiated as groomsmen. The officiating minister was the Rev. J R Robinson.
A reception was held in the schoolroom, and later the newly married couple left for Blackpool on their honeymoon. Amongst the presents was one from the Saltaire Wesleyan Church choir, of which the bride is a member.

A pretty wedding was celebrated at the Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel on Tuesday 1 June. The contracting parties were Mr Edgar B Smith only son of Mr John G Smith of Aire Mount, and Miss Nellie Hampson, daughter of Mr J W Hampson, of North Villa Shipley.
The bride was becomingly gowned in white crepe de chine, little Mary Galloway and Miss Madge Hampson (youngest sister of the bride) acting as bridesmaids. The Rev J R Robinson (pastor of the church) was the officiating minister, and Mr Whittam presided at the organ. The friends of both families were present in good numbers. A reception was held by the parents of the bride, and later the happy couple left for Llandudno.

Saltaire Men’s Own

United Meeting of Brotherhoods in Saltaire Park Sunday June 6th at 3 pm. (If wet in Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel).
Speaker: Mr W S Robinson of Shipley
Chairman: Councillor Shackleton
Special Singing by the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir.

Come and hear Mr Robinson, the speaker who has done so much in this crisis.


At the Bradford County Court a receiving order has been made on the debtor’s petition against William Henry Atkinson, residing at 1 Harold Place, superintendent librarian.


Hirst Wood Cemetery Thursday 4 June – Ada Thornton aged 33 of 22 George Street Saltaire.

(Ada Hubbard b1888 Chippenholme. Married Harold Arthur Thornton, contractor’s timekeeper, 3 November 1903 at Bradford Cathedral. Daughter, Connie Emma, born 1908 Saltaire.
1911 she was a burler living with her husband and daughter at 22 George Street in Saltaire.)

Saltaire War Diary: 28 May 1915

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Military Memorial Service

A memorial service for the late Driver Sam Shackleton, of 40 Helen Street, Saltaire (1st Battery RFA), was held at Saltaire Congregational Church last Sunday afternoon. As reported at the time, Driver Shackleton was drowned in the Aegean Sea as a result of the attack on the transport Manitou by a Turkish torpedo boat.
The pastor, Rev P Drummond Pringle, M.A., conducted the service, and the choir was in attendance. Mr W Sutcliffe officiated at the organ, and the bell ringers tolled a peal of muffled bells previous to the service. The 1st Saltaire Troop of Boy Scouts, under the leadership of Scoutmaster T Whitfield, marched from their headquarters to the church.
In the course of a short address Mr Pringle said they were assembled to pay a last tribute of respect and affection to their friend, who had been a Sunday School scholar and a frequent worshiper in Saltaire Church. It would not be fitting that any of our brave lads should die for their King and country without the recognition implied in a service such as they were now holding.  We were proud of our gallant soldiers and proud especially of Driver Sam Shackleton who had laid down his life freely on the altar of a great cause. They honoured him in life and death. They tendered to his bereaved mother, who was a widow, their deepest sympathy. Another son of hers had just recently gone to the front, and they prayed that he might be brought back safely back to her at the conclusion of the war.
The hymns during the service were: “Our God, our help in ages past,” “Sleep thy last sleep,” “Now the labourer’s task is o’er,” and the National Anthem. Mr Sutcliffe played the Dead March in Saul on the organ, and an impressive service was concluded with the sounding of the “Last Post” by one of the Scouts (Patrol-Leader S Whitfield).

Workers Educational Association

In connection with the local branch of the Workers Educational Association, a very successful botanical ramble was held on Saturday. Under the leadership of Miss Leah, the party proceeded from Saltaire along the canal bank to the Seven Arches and forwarded to Cottingley Bridge, whence they went through the woods to Harden. Miss Leah proved a very able guide, and she was heartily thanked for her services at the instance of Mr Popplestone.
A large number of the members of the local branch joined in a district ramble to Haworth on Whit Tuesday.

Saltaire Hospital

The monthly meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held in Wednesday evening at the Saltaire Hospital. Mr Allsop (chairman) presided and the other members present were Mrs Salt, Mr F Lister, Mr E L Baumann, Mr W Cryer, Mr Thomas Kendall and Councillor C E Learoyd. The monthly report stated that there had been 84 out patients. At the date of the last meeting there had been 8 in patients and twenty six had since been admitted, making a total of thirty four. Of these twenty two had been discharged, leaving twelve in at the present time.

Shipley Club for Dependents of Soldiers and Sailors

On Thursday, June 3rd,   there will be a Picnic to Shipley Glen, weather permitting. Members meeting on Saltaire Railway Bridge at 2.30 pm. All Dependents of Soldiers & Sailors cordially invited.
If wet the picnic will be held on the following Thursday.
Concerts alternate Wednesdays 7pm in the Club Room, 123 Hargreaves Square.

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Confectionary – Wanted, Female Improver; state age and experience – Thornton, Titus Street, Saltaire.

(John William Thornton, 37 Titus Street, grocer & confectioner)


Hirst Wood Cemetery 22 May – Jane Humphries aged 82 of 6 Ada Street Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 21 May 1915

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Hospital Saturday

The annual street collection arranged by the Shipley and District Friendly and Trade Society on behalf of the Saltaire Hospital, and with the object of obtaining recommends to convalescent homes, took place on Saturday.
The net amount received was £15 16s 6d. Collectors were stationed at different points in the various thoroughfares, the amounts received being as follows:-
Station Lane - £10 12s 3d
Victoria Road - £6s 9d
Rosse Hotel - £6 3s 8d
Manor Lane - £5 9s 7d
Carnegie Library -£4 3s 5d
Baildon Bridge - £4 2s
Branch Hotel corner - £3 10s 10d
Saltaire Park Gates - £7s 3d
Collection at Messrs Parkinson and Sons (per Mr W Bolton) - £1 2s 2d
Miscellaneous boxes (per Rev W Bowker) - £6 10s 9d
Total £48 11s 1d, less expenses of £1 14s 7d, leaving a net balance of £45 16s 6d.

In arranging for the collection the committee purchased a quantity of artificial flowers from John Groom’s Crippleage, London, the cost being defrayed by members of the committee and friends. The flowers made such a “hit” that it was soon evident that insufficient favours had been purchased and small tokens of ribbons had to be substituted.
The Chairman thanked every member of the of the committee for their loyal support, also for the assistance of their lady friends, and desired to place on record the committee’s appreciation and thanks for the help given to them by so large a number of willing lady helpers with juvenile assistants (arranged by the Rev W Bowker), which was undoubtedly the means of so great an increase in the collection compared with previous years.
(Author’s note - £45 is worth over £4k in 2015)

United Brotherhood Service

The members of the Rosse Street Baptist, Windhill Mission, Saltaire Wesleyan and Saltaire Road Primitive Methodist Brotherhoods held a united service in Crowgill Park on Sunday afternoon. The Rev T Proudlove (of Windhill) presided, and an address was given by the Rev J Higgett (of Eastbrook Mission Bradford). Music was rendered by the choir of the Rosse Street Church under the conductorship of Mr W Knight (organist and choirmaster).

Workers Educational Association

The first annual meeting of the Shipley Branch of the Workers Educational Association was held at the Technical School, Saltaire on Friday evening. Councillor A Gill (president of the branch) was in the chair, and amongst those present were Councillor C E Learoyd (chairman of the Education Committee), Alderman Dunn, Mr W Popplestone (Director of Education), the Rev H W Burdett, Mr A Clarke (hon secretary), Mr T B Knox, and Mr W H Hipkin.
The following officers were elected for the ensuing year:-
President – Councillor A Gill
Vice Presidents – Councillors C E Learoyd and T F Doyle, Alderman H Dunn & Mr W Popplestone
Treasurer – Mr W Popplestone
Secretaries – Mr T B Knox and Mr A Clarke
Auditor – Mr W Hipkin

The annual report, which was adopted, contained an interesting resume of the work of the year. The treasurer also submitted his report, which showed a slight balance in hand, but a number of accounts remained unpaid, for which the funds were insufficient.
An appeal was made for financial support to enable the branch to carry on and develop its work. Arrangements were made for a number of rambles (botanical, historical etc.) during the summer, and also for a series of lectures next winter.

Fatal Railway Accident

On Monday the Deputy Coroner (Mr E W Norris) held an inquiry in reference to the death of a Midland Railway goods guard named Tom Ramsbottom Hollings (51) of 18 Westminster Place, Bradford, who was killed during shunting operations at Saltaire early on Saturday morning last. Mr W Whatley (traffic manager) represented the Midland Railway Company, Mr W Trenholme (Bradford) appeared on behalf of the widow, and Mr J H Palin (Bradford) represented the National Union of Railwaymen.
Evidence of identification was given by John Willie Hollings, son of the deceased, who said he last saw his father alive on Friday afternoon.
Edward Williams, 233 Rock Terrace, Midland Road, Manningham, the engine driver said he was working along with Hollings on Saturday morning. The witness noticed the brake van running back towards him, and it collided with two waggons. Hollings had evidently endeavoured to enter the van to apply the brakes and therefore avoid a collision. The witness found the guard lying on the step of the van, his head having been severely injured.
A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned, and the jury expressed the opinion that precautions should be taken during such operations to see that the brake of the van was applied, especially when travelling down a slope.
Mr Whatley said the company had lost a good and steady servant, and one who had always been attentive to his duties.
Mr Palin also spoke of the high respect and esteem in which the deceased was held.


A labourer named Harry Jennings (of Cottingley) was admitted to the Saltaire Hospital on Saturday suffering from a fractured jaw resulting from an accident whilst following his employment at the Manor House, which is in course of demolition.
He and another men were clearing debris from the first floor when the joists gave way. Jennings fell to the ground floor, his face coming in contact with a large stone. Prior to his removal to the hospital he was attended by Dr Mosley.  


A house to house collection made recently in the Saltaire district on behalf of the National Children’s Home and Orphanage realised £3 17s 6d (worth about £350 in 2015). Twenty young ladies and a number of boys connected with the Wesleyan Sunday school made the collection. Mr Norman Keighley acted as secretary.

Prize Winner

Mr Harry Woodhouse, of 2 Mary Street Saltaire, was one the prize winners in a competition organised by the “Pudsey & Stanningley News” and sponsored by Forshaw’s Opticians.
Optician Forshaw will be in attendance at 20 Otley Road, Bradford, the whole of Whitsunside.

(Harry had a son, Ben Woodhouse, who served in WW1)

All Ten Wickets

Sydney F Barnes of Saltaire took the whole of the ten wickets against Baildon Green at Baildon on Saturday. Six times he hit the wickets, in addition to which he got a couple leg before and two more stumped. His actual analysis worked out thus:
Overs 6, Maidens 1, Runs 14, Wickets 10

It is worthy of note that he took the last five wickets with successive balls, thus establishing a new record for the Bradford League. He set up another record, beating the one established by T Metcalfe who in 1906 got ten wickets for 15 runs for Saltaire against Lidget Green.
On his first appearance in the Bradford League, the week previously, Barnes captured eight wickets for eight runs against Bowling Old Lane.

Saltaire War Diary: 14 May 1915

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Letter Home

Lance Corporal John Foster, of the 5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment writing to his wife, who lives at no 29 Mary Street Saltaire says:-
“We got out of the trenches last night with only a few casualties. We have come back to the same barn again and are quite happy with the rats running over our heads. We live very well. I don’t know where all the rations come from, but they are different from what they used to be. This morning we had bread, bully beef, jam, butter, bacon, cheese and biscuits.
Things are very dear here in the town. Matches are a penny a box, and twist tobacco I never see. The roads are very bad for marching, as the pavement is so slippery. It is a long way from here to the trenches, about five or six miles. It was fairly warm yesterday, but otherwise it has been rather cold.”

Shipley Corps

We hope there will be a big attendance at the general meeting of the Shipley Corps which has been convened for next Wednesday evening, May 19th at 8 pm, at the headquarters, Albert Road Council School, Saltaire.
The executive appointed at the inaugural meeting feel that the time has arrived when the members should be consulted as to the management, and have an opportunity, if they so desire, of electing new blood on the committee.
There are 387 members on the books, and they are eligible to attend whether they have drilled regularly or not, assuming of course they are still in sympathy with the movement.
That there is a solid foundation of good material in the Shipley Corps is shown by the fact that 132 members have signed the official form undertaking training to do the duty for which they have been training. Seventy two members have also promised to provide their own uniform.
The corps have a balance of over £50 in hand, in addition to rifles, ammunition, etc., worth at least a like sum. It should not require a very big effort to raise an equipment fund to cover the cost of the uniform for men who are not in a position to buy their own.
Tenders are invited for the making only of 100 service caps and tunics. Must be “Volunteer” Pattern. Tenders to be addressed to the Secretary, Albert Road Schools, Shipley, and must reach there not later than Monday evening next, the 17th inst.
It has been decided to throw the Rifle Range in Ashley Lane open to the public on Wednesdays from 2.30 to 5.30 and from 7 to 10.

Shipley Insurance Committee

The monthly meeting of the Shipley District Insurance Committee was held in the Saltaire Institute on Thursday night of last week, Councillor H Williams (of Baildon) presiding.
The Shipley Urgency Sub-Committee had passed a resolution expressing the opinion that their discretionary power as regards extra nourishment for consumptive should be increased rather than diminished, and that the present limit of 5s per week should be removed, as well as the income limit of 25s per family or 5s per head, and that every case should be considered on its merits and be dealt with in accordance with the discretion of the Medical Officer and the committee.
The sub-committee were also of opinion, even if the limit remains, that where a patient is staying or lodging with other members of his or family, and being partly supported by them as an act of charity, the income of the whole household should not be taken into account, but merely the income of the insured person and his wife or husband and children as the case may be.
Mr Jennings Alderson said that in order to benefit patients they ought to be able give them something besides milk and eggs.
The Chairman remarked that as a committee they could only recommend milk and eggs. If the doctor wished to recommend something more the committee were tied. Personally he felt that the committee and the doctors should have more discretionary power.
Mr W F Hobley said that they had the evidence of doctors and patients that lots of people could not take 5s worth of eggs and milk in a week. It would be very much better if they could grant other means of support.
The Clerk (Mr T Luxton) pointed out that in various districts the prices for eggs and milk differed materially.
After considerable discussion on the subject Alderman H Dunn said that he would get to know definitely who fixed the allowance of 5s per week – the county authorities or the Insurance Commissioners. Once they gained that information they would be in a position to deal with the matter much more effectively. The suggestion was acted upon, and the question was deferred for further consideration at the next meeting of the committee.

Street Collection

The annual street collection arranged by the Shipley and District Friendly and Trade Society on behalf of the Saltaire Hospital, and with the object of obtaining recommends to convalescent homes, takes place tomorrow (Saturday).
This year some five thousand artificial flowers have been procured, and each person who contributes will receive a buttonhole. The secretary of the Friendly and Trade Society is Mr. Thomas Kendall, West Cliffe Road.
Gifts to the Hospital
Mr E Clifford Fry, the hon. Secretary of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, has addressed the following letter to the Editor of the “Times and Express”:-
“Sir, - The response to the public of Shipley to my appeal of last week has been most gratifying, and I enclose you a list of those who helped us up to the present. On behalf of the soldiers I desire to thank them all. We shall be glad of a continuance of these gifts, as we are expecting any day a further number of wounded.
To anyone in doubt as to what to send I would say our chief wants in addition to the articles named last week, are green vegetables and general groceries. As the men received so far are cases in a fair way to convalescence, and not serious bed cases, the loan of a small piano would be very acceptable to them.
Some of the men have been from home a long time, and naturally desire to see their relatives; as the latter come from various parts of the country it is not always possible for the wife or other relative to return the same day. If anyone cares to offer hospitality in such cases the Matron will be very glad to hear from them.”

List of Donators & Gifts

Mrs Hodgson, Victoria Road, fruit
Mrs Fred Rand, Slesingford Road, fruit, cigarettes and chocolate
Mrs Crabtree, Glenhurst Road, fruit
Mrs Dursy, 24 Ashley Road, papers, cigarettes and herb beer
Mrs B F Roberts, The Knoll, basket of eggs
Mrs Denby, 7 The Grove, large eiderdown
Misses Preston and friends, Lockwood Street, salad, tomatoes, cucumbers, cakes and cream
H P Lance, fruit, boiled ham, biscuits and cigarettes
Mrs Sykes, Wood Botton, wool scarves
Lady Catherine Milnes-Gaskell, rhubarb and flowers
Mrs Wilson, 56 Bingley Road, cigarettes
Mrs Geo. Armstrong, Bankfield Road, jam
Saltaire Congregational Women’s Sewing Party (per Mrs Briggs), shirts and socks
Hall Royd Wesleyan Church, flowers
The Wesleyan Sunshine Guild, flowers
Mrs C Hainsworth, 1s for comforts
Private Armitage’s friends 2s
Mrs Wilson and Mr C Hainsworth, illustrated papers
Mr W Craven, tobacco
Mrs Fyfe, Red House, cakes
Mrs Alan Fyfe, eggs and cheese
Mrs Giles, George Street, jam
Master G K Fry, Albert Road, magazines and games
Mrs Davey’s Sewing Party, Bingley Road, 12 pairs socks, also cigarettes
Mrs Hatch, Shipley Hall, eggs and magazines
Mrs Holmes, Otley Road, cigarettes and biscuits
Mrs P Metcalfe, Staveley Road, magazines
Mrs A Sowden, Staveley Grange, cigarettes and flowers
Mrs Holmes and neighbours, 3 Wycliffe Place, eggs, jams and cigarettes
Mrs Ester, Commercial Street, cigarettes
Mrs Baumann, Cross Banks, cigarettes
Lady Danby, eggs and cigarettes
Miss Dunn, cakes, cigarettes and soap
Mr A Robson, Sunny Bank, eggs and cigarettes
Misses Barraclough, 3 Wellington Crescent, eggs, cigarettes and jam
Miss Moss, Church Lane, eggs
Mrs Keighley, 63 George Street, cake and jam
Mrs Lindow, eggs
Mrs Barker, 2 Mountain Street, eggs, buns and jam
Mrs Whitlow, eggs
Motor drives have been given by Mrs Sowden, Staveley Grange; Mr Coultar, Nab Lodge; Mr Hayes, Nab Rises; Mr Reddihough, Baildon; and Mr Robson, Sunny Bank.
The soldiers have been granted free use of the Shipley Bowling Green and they have been made honorary members of the Saltaire Institute Club. They are also admitted free to the Prince’s Hall

Workers Educational Association

The Annual Meeting of the Shipley Branch of the Workers’ Educational Association will be held at the Technical School, Saltaire this Friday evening at 8 o’clock.
Important business will be brought before the meeting, including arrangements to be made for Summer Excursions and Rambles and Winter Classes, Lectures, Study Circles, etc.
All men and women interested in the work of the Association are very cordially invited to attend.
Alfred Clarke, Honorary Secretary, 3 Cowling Road, Windhill, Shipley

Great Cricketer for Saltaire

Saltaire have sprung a great surprise on local cricketing circles, by securing the services of Sydney Barnes, who for several years past has been regarded as the best bowler in the world, and as one of the best bowlers of all time.
He made his first appearance with his new club on Saturday afternoon, when he took eight wickets for eight runs in five overs, against Bowling Old Lane, on that club’s ground.
Barnes is above medium pace; in fact he will be considered fast in the Bradford League. His most famous ball is that which turns from the leg, though he can bowl almost any kind.
Mr Harry Mann (secretary of the Saltaire Club) conducted the negotiations.

Veteran Cricket Scorer

Mr Robert Gill, of 16 Herbert Street, will shortly complete his fortieth year as scorer of the Saltaire Cricket Club, and he has many interesting stories to tell of the club during that period.
In the early days of his connection with the club, he says, men played for the love of the game and stuck to their own clubs. There were no monetary temptations, and that was better for the clubs, and also for the sport generally.
They only engaged a professional then when they could get one to act as coach and groundsman as well.
When “Bob” – as Mr Gill is familiarly known – first become associated with the Saltaire club, the organisation was run chiefly by the wool sorters from Saltaire Mills, and amongst the best players were Edwin Speight, Harry Mosley, and Smith Fox. They had a splendid team of batsmen, and as it was not then the practice to declare an innings closed when a decent score had been compiled, the Saltaire team often batted the whole afternoon. But, like other teams, they had their “off” days. “Bob” remembers the time they were tumbled out for less than 20 runs. Once again Scarborough they were dismissed for 11 and in a match against Brighouse they only managed to compile 18. Saltaire, however were always “sports” and could any time lose as gracefully as win.
A few who were brought up by the Saltaire club had the honour of playing with the country. These were W H Harrison, Arthur Thornton, Harry Mosley and Frank Watmough.
Mosley, who is now in America, was a remarkable trundle. On the occasion of a match in Saltaire Park against Baildon Green, the visiting team who had lost five wickets and required only two or three runs to win, when Mosley effected the dismissal of the remainder without another run being scored.
One of the best “pros” Saltaire ever had was Dicky Barlow, the Lancashire County and All-England player, who performed some wonderful feats both with the bat and the ball.
With the development of professionalism the Saltaire team began to lose caste about 1888 or 1889, and since then it has never been anything like what it was in its palmy days. The club has once secured the Bradford Charity Cup. That was in 1905, the first year they took part in the competition, and they obtained second place in the race for league honours.
In addition to being the scorer of the club, “Bob” has been on the committee for nineteen years, and nobody takes an interest in its doings. On the completion of twenty five years’ service as scorer the club presented him with a marble timepiece and a watch.
Mr Gill is also a musician of no mean order, and it is a fact worthy of note that this year he also completes his 40th year as a member of the Saltaire Congregational Church choir. He has rendered excellent service in this connection.


The Last Days of Namur” will be graphically described in a lecture which is to be given in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, next Tuesday evening, by Mons. Ferdinand Wasseige, Burgomaster of Wepion. Mrs Cecile Nicholson (nee Buisson), wife of one of the assistant masters at the Salt Schools, has kindly promised to interpret the lecture, which will be delivered in French.
The lecture is one that has firmly gripped other audiences addressed by Mons. Wasseige. Tickets are 1s, 6d and 3d each, and the proceeds will be devoted to the relief of starving Belgians in Belgium.

Saltaire War Diary: 7 May 1915

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Wounded Soldiers at Saltaire Hospital

Yesterday ten soldiers including four who have received bullet or shrapnel wounds whilst serving at the front, were admitted into Saltaire Hospital. The Governors have placed seventeen beds at the disposal of the War Office authorities. All the men who arrived at the hospital yesterday have reached the convalescent stage. In addition to the four wounded in action there is another case ordinary sickness from the front, which has necessitated an operation. The other men have met with accidents whilst at training camps in this country.
There has been an appeal from the hon. Secretary of the hospital, Mr E Clifford Fry, for little delicacies on behalf of these soldiers. Fresh eggs, biscuits, jam, etc., are very suitable gifts, and it unnecessary to add that cigarettes and tobacco will also be gratefully received. We hope our readers will make an adequate response to the appeal. Motor car owners in the district who are willing to give the men drives are invited to communicate with the Matron at the Hospital, (telephone 83, Shipley).
The following is a list of the soldiers at the Hospital:-

From The Front
Pte R Farrell (Lancaster), 2nd Kings Own Royal Lancasters, shrapnel wound in right thigh, near Ypres 11th April
Pte G Baker (Watford), 4th Bedfordshires, bullet wound in left hand
Pte E Haigny (Blackhill), 2nd Northumberland Fusiliers, shrapnel wound in right shoulder, at Zillebeke, 16th April
Pte D Mclean (Glasgow), Highland Light Infantry, shrapnel wound in thigh at Neuve Chapelle, March 26th
Pte J Kemp (London), 2nd Battalion East Surrey Regiment. A case of illness which necessitated operation.

Accidents in Training Camps
Pte F Wardle (Barnsley), 17th West Yorkshires
Pte H B Southeran (Leeds), Army Service Corps, Mechanical Transport
Pte J Whitehouse (Wakefield), 72nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Pte J W Abbott (Harrogate), 2nd Battalion, 6th West Yorkshires

Prisoner of War

Users of the Saltaire tram route will probably know the ex-conductor, Sydney Ripley, who as a reservist of the 6th Dragoons, was recalled to the colours on the outbreak of the war, and drafted to the front with the 2nd Life Guards.
He has been a prisoner in Germany since October 31st. His friends have just heard from him, saying that he is well, but that a few cigarettes or bread would be a godsend, as he is unable to purchase anything where he is.

Shipley Shooting Competition

An interesting little ceremony took place when the Shipley Volunteers paraded at their headquarters, the Albert Road Council School, Saltaire, last Saturday. This was the presentation by the president, Councillor F F Rhodes, of the prizes in connection with the first individual shooting competition at the Rifle Range in Ashley Lane.
It will be remembered that Mr Alfred Bagnall gave a solid silver cup, of choice and appropriate design, for this competition, which is to be held monthly. The first member of the Corps to have his name inscribed on the cup is Mr A Montrose (Platoon No 3 Otley Road) who scored 91 out of a possible 100 points. In addition to holding the cup for a month he received a prize of half-a-sovereign. The prizes in the same competition were as follows: - 2nd, Mr H Thornton who scored 84; 3rd, Mr J E Woodhead 82; 4th, Mr P Atkinson, 78. For future individual contests the competitors are to be handicapped.
After the presentation of the prizes, the men marched out to the vicinity of the Compensation Reservoir  of the Shipley Waterworks at Eldwick. En route a section of the force, which was to constitute the attacking party, was detached. The defenders established a cordon around the reservoir, and on this occasion some of the attacking section reached this goal. Some excellent scouting was done on behalf of the defenders, with the result that the officers were able to cope with all the movements of the enemy. The attacking party were in charge of Commanders Williamson and Parkinson, whilst Commander Ackernley was in command of the defenders.


Newsome – May 4th at 73 Victoria Road, Saltaire, Reuben Newsome in his 64th year.

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