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Colin Coates writes: The diary shows events in Saltaire from 100 years ago, and is published weekly. The primary source of our information is the Shipley Times newspaper which was published every Friday throughout the war years.
We have where possible, used the exact wording from the newspaper. Where appropriate, there are links to soldiers' biographies and the snippets section.

Please feel free to contact me on colincoates@saltairevillage.info with any comments or queries.

Saltaire War Diary: 31 December 1915

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Saltaire War Diary, 31 December 1915

Saltaire Wesleyan Church

At these schools on Christmas Eve, a social gathering was held, under the auspices of the Band of Hope. There were about 60 present. Supper was served by Miss M Brook, Miss A Skirrow, Miss S Kitchen, Miss B Wilks assisted by Mr J Smith, and Mr William Raistrick. Subsequently the party went out carol singing, visiting a number of the sick members of the church.
On Wednesday evening the officers and minister (Rev B Mattinson) entertained the friends and families of the Shipley Soldiers and Sailors to the number of some 200, at a social gathering in the schoolroom. A very happy time was spent together.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day was, as usual, ushered in at Shipley, by the ringing of church bells and the singing of carols.
At Saltaire Hospital, where there were fewer in –patients than usual, seasonable hymns were sung in the infirmary hall in Christmas Eve by the choir of St. Walburga’s Roman Catholic Church.
The customary special fare was held served to the patients on Christmas Day and yesterday afternoon they had the pleasure of listening to carol-singing by the choir of the Windhill Wesleyan Mission. A member of the choir at that place of worship is in the hospital as the result of an accident at his work.

Christmas Treat

Under the auspices of the War Service Club, about 470 children of local soldiers and sailors were entertained to a Christmas Treat yesterday, at the Victoria Hall in Saltaire. The children were provided with tea and a toy, whilst in the evening there was an entertainment. The arrangements have been in the hands of Mrs G Bever, Mrs Croft, Mrs Walker, Mrs D Pringle, Mrs C Ingham, Mrs G H Boyce and Miss Moss.

Ideal Soldiers

Two lance corporals in the 1st Duke of Wellington’s Regt., whose homes are in Saltaire, but who forbid us to publish their names, have sent us a letter from India protesting against the action of the military authorities in not allowing them to go to the Front and do their bit.
They complain that while “more men and still more men” are being asked for, they are having to take a back seat by being kept in India doing nothing different from what they do in time of peace.
“Why,” they ask, “should Territorials be sent to the Front first, while we are left behind? We offered to serve our King and Country in the event of warm but now when war is raging we are left behind.” They admit that they are in a safer place than the firing line, but declare that when they read of their comrades being shot down while they are not in a position to help they feel anything but happy.  

Woman’s Work in War Time

Women have done nobly during the present conflict, and when the war is over – when the German eagle has stopped his screeching and has begun to be as gentle as a dove – it will generally be acknowledged that the fair sex have played no little part in the achievement of victory. English women even in lands across the sea are constantly giving evidence of their patriotism, and of their practical sympathy for Tommy and Jack. Here is evidence of that kind from an American paper which has been sent to us:-

“Mrs John Hollings (of Jamestown, New York), a native of England, has adopted a practical method of helping her country in time of war. Learning that the material of which flour sacks are made is, after being treated in a simple manner, also excellent material for bandages, she has secured sacks from local bakeries, prepared them for use and sent them to a hospital in England. In a letter of thanks the hospital authorities complimented Mrs Hollings on her thoughtfulness. She has now begun work on a larger scale. A baking company have agreed to supply flour sacks and she invites English women, and all other women interested in making the lot of the soldier in the English hospitals more comfortable, to join in the work of making large quantities of bandages.”

Mrs Hollings, the lady referred to, is the daughter of the late Mr Oswald Hainsworth, of Titus Street, Saltaire, where she was born. After having resided in Jamestown for over twenty years she returned to her native place two years ago, and on the outbreak of war went back again to America. She keeps a store, but spends all her spare time and also her evenings in working for the wounded British soldiers. Not only that, but she sends comforts for them, thus showing that although far away from the Homeland her heart is still here.

 Letter to the Editor

“Sir, - I feel that few people will disagree with the expression of opinion by Sir Ellis Denby, when he said that the Victoria Hall at Saltaire should be used as a “great educational establishment for the uplifting of the people of Shipley.” There can be no doubt but that such was the feeling of the noble promoter when he erected that fine pile of buildings, and it would surely be to the everlasting shame of the people of Shipley were they ever allow it to be used for a degenerate purpose.
I hold no brief either for or against a cinema show, but we certainly think that there are more beneficial uses to which such a fine hall be put to. It is certainly not turned to the best advantage at present, but I incline to the belief that there is sufficient collective wisdom on the Shipley Council to adapt it to a purpose that is in keeping with that for which it was originally built. It is a problem that should not be difficult to solve.”
SALTAIRIAN

Marriages

St Pauls Shipley 27 December 1915
Alfred Wilkinson of 13 Dove Street Saltaire married Alice Lake of 27 Windsor Road Shipley.
Fred Knowles of 29 Rhodes Street Saltaire married Rose Thomas of 13 Denby Place Windhill.

St Peters Shipley 25 December 1915
William King of Carlisle married Maud Riley of 35 George Street Saltaire
James Henry Clay married Harriett Elizabeth Connor, both of 9 Dove Street Saltaire.

Death

Crossley – On the 19th December at 22 Titus Street Saltaire, Easter Crossley aged 72 years.

Saltaire War Diary: 24 December 1915

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Saltaire War Diary, 24 December 1914

Victoria Hall as Cinema Theatre

A meeting of the Shipley District Council was held on Tuesday evening.
In the minutes of the Libraries Committee it was stated that some discussion took place with regard to negotiations for the letting of Victoria Hall for a Cinema Theatre. The Chairman (Councillor Cowgill) reported that there had been an interview with the proposed leases, when the question of the rent to be paid, the restrictions to be imposed by the Council in regard to the pictures to be exhibited and the reservations as to the use of the Hall for public purposes had been under consideration, but there was no definite proposition for the consideration of the full Committee. There would have to be a further interview with the promotors before a report could be finally submitted to the Committee.
At a further meeting the Clerk read a letter from Mrs Titus Salt, asking the Committee to defer consideration of the matter for one month to give the members of the family of the Founder an opportunity of considering the scheme, and expressing their views upon it.
The Chairman reported that the Sub-Committee authorised to meet the promoters of the scheme were not in a position to report fully upon the matter until a further communication had been received from these gentlemen. He explained that no definite action would be taken without a full explanation being given to the Committee and the Council, and further consideration of the matter was deferred until the next meeting of the Committee.

Saltaire Brothers with the Colours

Mr and Mrs Milner of 9 Albert Road (renumbered 17), Saltaire, are proud of the fact that their three lads have responded to the call of King and Country.
Bombardier Laurence Milner, West Riding Howitzer Brigade, R.F.A., is the younger of two brothers. He joined the Army last May, and is now in training stationed at Newcastle. He is only 18 years old. In civilian life he was employed by Mr J Anderson, tailor of Bingley Road. He was also a member of the St Peter’s Church choir, and played with the St Peter’s Church Football Club.
His brother, Mr Harry Milner, has attested under Lord Derby’s Scheme, and he is in the group which are to be called up next month. He is 23 years of age, and is employed at the Hall Lane Co-Operative Stores. Mr Milner has gained for himself a good reputation as a singer and amateur actor. His career as a vocalist began at the age of eight, when he entered the St Peter’s Church choir. At present he is the principal bass singer at the Heaton Parish Church. He was a member of the Shipley Thespian Society and on their presenting Gilbert and Sullivan’ Fairy Opera, “Earl Iolanthe,” last year, he filled the important role of Lord Mount Ararat.
Another Saltaire lad who has been brought up by Mrs Milner from being a youth, is Private Edwin Elphee, of the Seaforth Highlanders. He joined about a month ago, on his recovery after an operation. He is 21 years of age, and at present is stationed at Ripon.

Treat for Children of Soldiers and Sailors

It was stated that an application from the Shipley Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Club, for the use of the Social Rooms and Kitchen at the Saltaire Institute, in addition to the free use of the Victoria Hall, for the entertainment of the children of soldiers and sailors, on the 30th December, has been granted by the Libraries Committee subject to the ordinary charges for these rooms being paid, and the additional labour required for the event provided for by the Club Committee. It was explained that the Committee had adopted the usual course in granting the free use of the Victoria Hall, but where other accommodation was required it must be paid for.
Councillors Rhodes, Hirst and Pitts thought the Council might wave any charge whatever for the use of rooms at the Institute for the object named. On the other hand, it was remarked by the chairman of the Libraries Committee that they had done very well in granting the free use of the hall, which included lighting and heating.

Café Chantant

A café chantant was opened on Friday last at the Saltaire Congregational Sunday School in aid of the Bradford War Hospital Supply Department. Mrs Ward Smith, Mrs C W Boyce, Mrs Douglas Hamilton, Mrs V Scott and Miss Hadden, were the promoters. The room had been tastefully decorated, and a series of excellent entertainments had been arranged.

No Check to Freedom of Speech

At a meeting of the Shipley District Council, on Tuesday evening, Councillor Cowgill moved and Councillor Bateson seconded the adoption of the minutes of the Libraries Committee. Alluding to the refusal by the Libraries Committee of an application by the local branch of the Independent Labour Party for the use of a room at the Saltaire Institute for a meeting to be addressed by Mr Ramsey McDonald.
Councillor Cowgill said they wished it to be understood that they did not desire in any way to check the freedom of speech. The action taken they took was purely out of consideration for the safety of public property. They knew what had taken place in other parts of the country where Mr MacDonald had addressed meetings, and they were not desirous of running any risk of damage to public property.
Councillor Doyle said it seemed to him that the scheme was already in a state of coma, and he hoped it would not be long before they could give it burial. He added that he was glad the chairman of the Libraries Committee had thought it necessary to offer an apology. One would have thought that the people who asked for the use of the room would have accepted responsibility for the safety of the place. Evidently the conscience of the committee had pricked.
Councillor Cowgill replied that the committee failed to see how the promoters of the meeting could have accepted responsibility for damage which might be done to property. The committee knew that the promoters of the meeting were all men of too good sense to do any damage themselves, but the committee could not feel that the promoters would hold themselves responsible for what might be done by an unruly mob outside.
The minutes were passed.

Baptism

St Pauls Shipley – 23 December – Ernest Thompson of 29 Caroline Street in Saltaire.

Wedding

St Peters Shipley – 18 December – Otto Silvester of 41 Rhodes Street, Saltaire to Clara Wade of 8 Ferrand Road, Shipley.

Saltaire War Diary: 17 December 1915

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Victoria Hall as Cinema Theatre

The people of Shipley are keenly interested in the proposal of the Libraries Committee to let the Victoria Hall, on a lease as a place of amusement. In the present year the Institute of which the hall is a part has cost the rate-payers £200 (cost c£18k in 2015) in maintenance and the committee thought that an admirable institution of this kind ought to be utilised in such a way as to meet the public wants in accordance with the intention of the founder, and at the same time be made self-supporting.
Times have changed since the late Sir Titus Salt erected these buildings for the benefit of the public and attractions in other directions have reduced the demand for the use of the Victoria Hall. The result is that while the Shipley District Council have to keep the property in good condition they have little or no income from it.
Now that the opportunity has presented itself of letting it to a syndicate as a cinema theatre under conditions which will still allow of it being used by the public when occasion requires the committee feel justified in taking advantage of it.
Councillor Cowgill (chairman of the Libraries Committee) said at the last meeting of the Shipley District Council, that in the Saltaire Institute they had a very fine building, and one of which they were justly proud, but it was a structure which was not fulfilling its possibilities. It had had palmy days, but those days had gone. The conditions had changed considerably since the days when Sir Titus Salt built the Institute for the public benefit. It was not paying its way at present, and they would either have to put it to some use or make it a charge upon the rates.
Sir James Roberts, Bart., writing from Strathallan Castle, Machany, Perthshire, to a contemporary in regard to the decision of the Shipley District Council to allow the committee to enter into negotiations with the company, said:-
“I do not deny that ‘picture’ shows may have some educational value, but I am convinced that the extent to which they are used is subversive of such education as is necessary to the leading of useful, really enjoyable, and worthy lives.
One member of the Shipley Council argued that if the Victoria Hall were not let it would become a charge on the rates. As a large ratepayer I would gladly contribute my share, and, if necessary in excess of my pro rata proportion, rather than see the hall used for such a purpose, and the number of these galleries and shows increased.
When the war is over, even should it terminate as we hope and expect, we shall be face to face with necessity for very serious efforts, if we are to hold our own in industrial and commercial competition with nations that are being scientifically equipped – including those we are hoping to vanquish – and for this struggle ‘Pictures’ and ‘Cinemas’ are a poor preparation. I prefer to leave it for others to say whether the use it is proposed to make of that fine hall is in accordance with the intentions of the generous founder; but I have no hesitation in saying that it is bound to have the effect of discouraging the imitation of his example.”
The Rev P Drummond Pringle, pastor of the Saltaire Congregational wrote:-
“The Institute is a trust founded by the late Sir Titus Salt for certain clearly defined purposes, and that it was taken over by the Shipley Council on the distinct understanding that the Council should fulfil the trust both as to the letter and to the spirit.
Few contend that the proposal of the Libraries Committee is in accord with the spirit of the trust. The founder certainly did not build the Institute for the purpose of supplying permanently the kind of entertainment which cinema theatre provides, nor is it accord with his intentions that a few unnamed (Bradford and Shipley gentlemen) should be granted the right to exploit its exceptional advantage and facilities for their own profit. The idea of making a profit out of the Institute at all, whether by a public body or by private individuals, or by both combined as in this proposal, is alien to the whole spirit of the founder. Nor is there any doubt that those who are best entitled to speak for him take that view, and regard the proposal of the committee with justifiable indignation.
As to the letter of the trust, I am not in a position to give a legal opinion, but I think it is not improbable that should the committee persist in its mistaken enterprise the Charity Commissioner may be invited to do so.
Meantime most people will agree with the views of Sir James Roberts that the proposal is bound to have the effect of discouraging the imitation of Sir Titus Salt’s example. That might well prove to be a public calamity in so far as Shipley and Saltaire are concerned, and any body of men whose action renders such a calamity possible take upon themselves a grave responsibility.
The only argument advanced for this amazing proposal to divert a charitable trust to profitable uses for the Council, and incidentally for the enrichment of a few private individuals is that the Institute during the past very exceptional year has not paid its way. I am informed that the loss is very small indeed and if it is to be regarded as rent for a fine and costly building which was a free gift to the community it is almost negligible. Sir James Roberts indicates how that loss may be covered.
I trust that the libraries Committee elected to promote the educational advancement of the people of Saltaire will reconsider, and depart from its proposal that the splendid building devoted to and entrusted to them for this high purpose should be cheapened and vulgarised by the instalment therein of a permanent cinema theatre.”
Immediately after the publication of the letters from Sir James and Mr Pringle, a representative of the “Times and Express” interviewed the Chairman of the Libraries Committee (Councillor E Cowgill) with the object of securing his reply to the criticism levelled against the Committee.
During the interview, Councillor Cowgill said he greatly valued the town’s excellent possession in the Saltaire Institute, of which every citizen should be proud. He valued equally highly the memory of the generous founder, and therefore the sentiment and tradition, which in consequence of his (Sir Titus’s) life surrounded the noble bequest. What amazed him, however, was that the Libraries Committee should not be given credit for sharing with others those feelings, and in fact that they should actually be charged with acting quite regardless of such feelings. As he feared that there was an exaggerated or erroneous impression abroad, he had better relate the full facts of the case:-
“A number of local gentleman of standing and repute have offered to take over the Victoria Hall as a cinema theatre, and to use it at such times as it is not required for other purposes. In other words it would be available for public use or open to other lettings just the same as at present.
Under such conditions, therefore, I quite fail to see how control of the hall would be passing out of the hands of the Libraries Committee. So highly, indeed, we do value this public asset that were it to be so I question whether a single member of the Council would for one moment entertain the scheme.
Further the promotors are prepared to give every guarantee that nothing but the very best films would be shown. Neither is there any intention nor desire to disfigure the exterior of the building. No unsightly hoardings or signs would be fixed, the existing notice boards being regarded as ample for all advertisements.
Since I first knew Victoria Hall it has been let for almost every variety of purpose conceivable, including pictures, yet I have never heard of the slightest protest being made against such lettings. Not until now indeed, have we ever been charged with giving the building over for exploitation, and it has been left to Mr Pringle to make the charge.
The hall has been let repeatedly in the past to private enterprise whose main object was obviously to make profit on the engagement, yet such actions have never been regarded, so far as know, as granting (the right) to such persons (to exploit its exceptional advantages and facilities for their own private profit).
Saltaire Institute occupies a somewhat different position now from what it did prior to passing under the Council’s control, and while it is the bounded duty of public representatives to cherish the memories and associations connected therewith, it is surely their duty also to see that all the legitimate use possible is made of it.
I deeply regret that Mr Pringle should have gone out of his way to attribute motivates to the Libraries Committee calculated to reduce so venerable a building into a ‘cheapened and vulgarised’ condition.
 If the exhibition of good cinema pictures be incompatible with the memory we would cherish of the ever-to-be-remembered founder, then my answer is much that the use to which the hall has been put in the past must not be repeated in the future.”
“The amount of income to be derived from lettings may not be the Alpha and Omega, but it is to be reckoned with, and you may say, therefore, that I have noted with great satisfaction the very kind promise made by Sir James Roberts in case the Institute should be a charge upon the rates.

Christmas Gifts for Local Soldiers

About sixty parcels (thirty-three to France and the Mediterranean) are being despatched to men associated with the Saltaire Congregational Church who are serving their country. The arrangements are being carried out by a committee consisting of the Rev. P D Pringle (chairman), Mrs Pringle, Mrs Briggs, Mrs Illingworth, Mrs Hall, Mrs G Sanctuary, Mrs T Thornton, Mr Albert Brear and Mr C Holgate.
There are about twenty-three members of the Saltaire Institute Club serving with the Forces and two of these, A R Jukes and T R Ibbitson have obtained commissions. The Roll of Honour at the West Ward Liberal Club, Saltaire, also contains several names. From both clubs members have in addition been attested under Lord Derby’s scheme.

Invalided Home

Corporal C S Whalley, residing at 35 Ada Street Saltaire, who was wounded at the Dardanelles, where he received his last promotion, is now undergoing treatment in Cork Hospital, Ireland. He is in the 3rd Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and was called up as a reservist at the beginning of the war. He was sent to France, and invalided home from there to Gravesend Hospital in November 1914 and was afterwards drafted to the Dardanelles.

Saltaire Wesleyan Church

The concluding gathering in connection with the sale of work and “At Homes,” which was held last week at the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School, took place on Saturday. The promoters set out with the object of raising £200 for the Church Funds and as the Rev. B Mattison stated at the close of the bazaar more than that amount had been raised. It is expected that when all the expenses have been met the effort will have realised between £240 and £250.
The host and hostess on Saturday were Mr and Mrs W A Burrows. There was a large attendance, and the chair was occupied by the Rev David Ashby. During the afternoon and evening concerts were given by members of the Sunday school.

Death Notice

Harrison – On Dec 11th, at 72 Victoria Road, Saltaire, Eliza, beloved wife of Alfred Harrison, in her 69th year.

Marriages

St Pauls Shipley 9 Dec 1915 – Norman Green of 17 Irene Street, Burnley married Gertrude Halton Henderson of The Institute, Saltaire.

St Pauls Shipley 11 Dec 1915 – Arthur Edward Barnard of 67 George Street married Ada Sunderland of 6 Balfour Street, Shipley

Internment

St Pauls Shipley 4 December 1915 – Nancy Mansfield of 15 Titus Street, Saltaire, aged 75.

Saltaire War Diary: 10 December 1915

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Saltaire Church: Sale of Work

A series of gatherings are being held this week at the Saltaire Wesleyan School, with the object of raising £200 for church funds. There was a large attendance at the opening on Wednesday when the sale of work was declared open by the Hon. Mrs Partington.
Amongst others present were Sir Ellis and Lady Denby (who officiated as host and hostess), the Rev W B Mattinson, Mr E Parkinson, Mr J W Hampson, Mr W E Metcalfe, and Lieut. Edward Parkinson.

Shipley Independent Labour Party

Another unsuccessful attempt has been made to arrange for Mr Macdonald to address a meeting at Shipley next Sunday. The Shipley I.L.P. made an application for the use of the Lecture Theatre at the Saltaire Institute, and in doing so stated that they desired to hold a private gathering to be addressed by Coun. T F Doyle, Coun. T Blythe, and Mr MacDonald, M.P. The application was considered last night (Thursday) by the Libraries Committee, who refused to allow the applicants the use of the room.

The Salt Schools Shipley

Professor William Bateson is this year’s president of the Salt Schools, and on Tuesday night he delivered before a large audience of the pupils and their friends in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, the customary presidential address, his subject being “Heredity and its bearing on human affairs.”

Soldiers and Sailors Comfort Fund

The following subscriptions have been received, per Lady Denby (proceeds whist drives), £20; per Sir Titus Salts, Bart, Sons and Co., Ltd. (Burling and Mending Dept. 5th Contribution), 18s 3d; “Tag Day,” Dec. 4th, proceeds of street Collection, £50 1s 3d - £70 19s 6d.

Marriage

Berry – Brenkley – On December 6th, at the Hardrow Parish Church near Hawes, by the vicar, Rev C W Summerfield, Mr John Edward Berry of 18 Jane Street, Saltaire to Miss Elizabeth Brenkley, in service, Newlyn, Moorhead, Shipley.

Saltaire War Diary: 3 December 1915

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Saltaire Institute as Cinema Theatre

A meeting of the Shipley District Council was held on Tuesday evening. Councillor Thos. Hill (chair) presided, and the other members present were:- Councillors E Reynolds, A Gill, J W Moody, C E Learoyd, E Cowgill, Waugh, H Hirst, L Shackleton, John Pitts, Harry Pitts, J Booth, T F Doyle, A Linley, Barker, and E Bateson.
The chairman of the Council (the minutes of the Libraries Committee stated) had reported that he had been approached by a number of gentlemen resident in Shipley and Bradford who were prepared, if terms could be arranged, to take the Victoria Hall for a term of years for a cinema theatre.
The arrangement would provide that the Council should have the use of the hall for their own or other public purposes when they required it. The Libraries Committee, after considerable discussion, agreed that, if satisfactory arrangements could be made, it was desirable to enter into an agreement. Messrs. Cowgill, Gill, Hill and Learoyd were appointed a sub-committee to make further enquiries into the matter and report to a future meeting.
Councillor Cowgill (chairman of the Libraries Committee) moved that the body’s recommendation be adopted. By passing that resolution, the Council would not be in any way committing themselves, but would simply be giving sanction to open negotiations on the matter. If a satisfactory arrangement could be come to, the Council would be given an opportunity of discussing the matter. In the Saltaire Institute they had a very fine building, and one of which they were justly proud, but it was a structure that was not fulfilling its possibilities. It had had palmy days, but those had gone. The conditions had changed considerably since the days when Sir Titus Salt built the Institute for the public benefit. It was not paying its way at present, and they would either have to put it to some use or make it a charge upon the rates.
Councillor Doyle protested against the proposal. The former said he thought it would be a great mistake to sacrifice the institutional value of the building by handing it over to a cinema company. He did not think the founder of Saltaire ever thought of an attempt being made to make profit out of the institute.
Councillor Pitts also opposed the proposal on account of the sentiment attaching to the institution. He did not think the founder ever imagined that it would be turned into a cinema show. He, Councillor Pitts, did not think that big posters stuck upon the front of a beautiful building like that could look well, and he could not see how they could put restrictions on a syndicate in matters of that kind. Furthermore, he did not think that arrangements could be made whereby if the hall was leased the public could use the hall when they required. Sentiment counted for something, and if he were akin to the Salt family he would not like the idea of the place being used for a picture palace. He hoped that such a scheme would not be accepted.
The chairman, in reply to a question, said he was not in a position to divulge the name of the four gentlemen who had required about the hall. There would not be the slightest difficulty in making suitable arrangements for the hall to be used as a cinema theatre, and for the public to use it as occasion required. Some such arrangements had been entered into in respect to St George’s Hall in Bradford. There was no reason why a condition should not be laid down that flaring posters were not to be displayed on the building. Such conditions operated elsewhere. We are living in different times from the days when the institute was generously presented to the public, and he did not think that they would be doing anything to which the donor would have taken exception.
Councillor Harry Pitts said that it should be borne in mind that the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, could not be compared with a place like St George’s Hall, Bradford. The former was situated in one of the nicest districts in Yorkshire, and was given to the people by one of the best men who ever lived.
Councillor Cowgill said that there was a deficit on the Institute, and they were face to face with the question, whether they should make it pay or not out of the rates. If allowed to be used as a cinema theatre or something of that kind they would be making the institution more popular and getting a large number of people into it. They might, in that way, also considerably increase the number of readers at the library and the number of patrons at the reading room, to say nothing of the more frequent lettings of the various rooms. He valued the sentiment of the place, and he did not want to ride rough shod over it, but it was rather strange that they should talk about sentiment now when it had been let for similar purposes previously.
The recommendation was adopted.

Volunteer’s Death

Fred Wainwright, son of Mr and Mrs Harrison Wainwright of 7 Dove Street, Saltaire, who was a drummer in the Shipley Volunteer Corps, passed away on Friday, and funeral took place on Monday at Nab Wood Cemetery. The deceased youth, who was 20 years of age, was a great favourite in the Volunteer Corps, with which his father is also connected.
The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Beresford F Hope (vicar of St Peter’s Shipley). The Volunteer Force under Dr Sharpe attended and the principal mourners were:-
Mr and Mrs H Wainwright, Miss F Wainwright, Miss A Wainwright, Master A Wainwright, Mr H Wainwright.
Mr and Mrs H Skirrow, Mr and Mrs Merry, Miss S Merry, Mrs Whitwham, Mrs W Whitwham.
Mrs Whitaker, Mrs J Barrett, Mrs McLoughlin, Mr and Mrs F McLoughlin, Mrs Clay
Mrs Tatham, Mrs Tatham, Mrs Tenant, Mrs Wilkins, Miss A Crabtree, Mr Green.

Church with wonderful record

At the weekly intercession service on Monday evening at the Saltaire Wesleyan Church, the ceremony, unveiling of portraits of young men who have enlisted was performed by Lady Denby. The service which was conducted by the Rev W B Mattison was well attended.
In unveiling the picture, in which her own photograph appeared, Lady Denby expressed her pleasure in being present. She said how greatly honoured she felt at seeing her photograph in the picture, surrounded as it was by the photographs of 75 young men who had joined His Majesty’s Forces from that Church and Sunday School. As an old Sunday School teacher, she said her interest in the Work was undiminished, and she was glad to know the Sunday School at Saltaire was still in a very prosperous state.
The Rev Mattinson thanked Lady Denby for her services.
Sir Ellis Denby, in responding, congratulated the Church at Saltaire on the splendid response that had to His Majesty’s appeal for men to join the army at this critical time. It is a wonderful record that only one man has been rejected out of the 76 who had offered themselves.  

Golden Wedding at Saltaire

Mr and Mrs Midgley, of 12 Dove Street, Saltaire, have just celebrated their golden wedding, they having been married at the Bradford Parish Church fifty years ago. Mr Midgley is in his 78th year, whilst Mrs Midgley is 76. Both are natives of Shipley, and have resided at their present abode for over 43 years. They are members of the Wesleyan Reform Chapel in Manor Lane, Shipley. Before his retirement some years ago, Mr Midgley was employed at Saltaire Mills as a yarn scourer. They have three sons, four daughters, and nine grandchildren. The aged couple are enjoying fairly good health.

Saltaire War Diary: 26 November 1915

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Soldier’s Promotion

The friends of Harold Smith (Royal Field Artillery), third son of the late Mr Kirk Smith and of Mrs Smith of 25 Jane Street in Saltaire, will be pleased to hear that he has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Smith, who is twenty six years of age, has been in the Army eight years. He served five years in India, and on the outbreak of the war, proceeded from there to France, where he saw a good deal of fighting, being subsequently invalided home.
For excellence of service in the field he was promoted from Corporal to Second-Lieutenant. As a boy he was employed at Saltaire Mills, and afterwards at the Canal Ironworks in Shipley. At present he is training troops at Retford.
Mrs Smith has another son, Gunner William Smith, who also is in the Royal Field Artillery. He enlisted last August. Corporal Arthur George Knight, an adopted son of Mrs Smith, is also serving his country. He joined the Army nine years ago, the regiment of his choice being the Royal Field Artillery.

Bullet as a Memento

Pioneer Sergeant Samuel Thomas Green, of the 8th Battalion West Riding Regiment, who was wounded in action at the Dardanelles on August 21st, has had a narrow escape from death in a letter to his wife, who resides at 13 Rhodes Street in Saltaire.
Sergeant Green says he is keeping the bullet by which he was wounded as a memento of the day. At the time he was holding his rifle against his breast pocket, and the bullet went through the third finger of the left hand, passing on to the chest just over the heart. He adds that he does not want to experience another attack similar to the one on August 21st.
Sergeant Green, who is in convalescent camp was prior to the war a postman in Shipley. He served in the South African campaign.   

Shipley Soldier’s Visit Home

Sergeant E H Thornton, only son of Mr and Mrs J W Thornton grocers and confectioners of 36 and 37 Titus Street in Saltaire, who has been home on leave returned to France on Friday morning.
He was one of the first to join No. 2 Company of the Shipley A.S.C. (mechanical transport) of which he was a member for rather less than four years. Shortly after the outbreak of war he joined the 2nd West Riding Field Ambulance, and trained at Doncaster and Leeds. He was subsequently selected to join the West Riding Casualty Station and went to France on April 13th.
Sergeant Thornton, who is a master cook, speaks highly of the admirable arrangements which are made for the feeding of the men, and also with regard to the treating of the wounded. When men came out of action, he said to our representative, they were in high spirits. This was especially so after an advance had been made. He and several of his colleagues had to deal with a large batch wounded after the battle of Loos, and he said that the men were quite happy despite their wounds.
Before the war Sergeant Thornton was employed as a traveller by the Midland Vinegar Company. He was married prior to going to France 7 months ago, and he is 26 years of age.

Former Saltaire Resident Lost at Sea

News has been received concerning William Edward James Barrell, who for resided in Maddocks Street, and later at 27 Freeman Street in Grimsby. When war broke out he joined the Navy as a mine sweeper, and his wife has received intimidation from the Admiralty that he was lost at sea on Monday November 15th during a very heavy storm.
The only son of Mrs Barrell of 88 Church Street, Manningham, he was thirty-seven years of age. Whilst at Shipley he was a member of the Rosse Street Baptist Church.

Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital

The monthly meeting of the Governors was held on Wednesday evening at the Hospital in Saltaire, and was presided over by the Chairman, Mr B Allsop, there being also present Mrs Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Messrs. E L Baumann, W Cryer, T Kendall, F Lister and J Pitts.
The hon. Sec. (Mr E Clifford Fry) reported that the number of out-patients treated during the month had been 83: In-patients 20, of which 16 had been discharged, leaving 9 at present in the Hospital.

Red Cross Work

The first meeting of the Sewing Guild of the Shipley and Baildon Branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies took place on Tuesday Nov 16th, when a very good start was made with garments for wounded soldiers in the women’s hospitals in France and Serbia.
By the kind permission of the Rev. P D Pringle, the committee are to have the use of the “Ladies’ Parlour” at the Saltaire Congregational Church School, for future sewing meetings, which will be held fortnightly.
The next meeting is on Thursday, Dec 2nd at 2.30pm., when it is hoped there will be an encouraging attendance of members and friends. An earnest appeal for garments for the wounded soldiers has been received from the organising secretary of the women’s hospitals, and the committee cordially invite all those who can sew or knit to be present at the meetings.

Saltaire Cricket Club

The annual meeting of the Saltaire Cricket Club was held last Thursday evening at the Victoria Hotel, Mr J A Burton presiding.
Mr Hy. Mann (sec) presented the annual report which stated that Barnes and two other professionals had been re-engaged for next season. Of the twenty three members of the club who had joined the Forces two had fallen.
The financial statement showed receipts amounting to £347, the chief item being £224 “gate” money (a record for the club). On the expenditure side the principal item was £103 for professionals’ wages. The season concluded with balance in hand of £26 compared with about £6 at the commencement.
Sir James Roberts, who was re-elected president of the club, was thanked for having again allowed the club the use of Saltaire Park.

Wesleyan Band of Hope

The annual tea and children’s entertainment in connection with the Band of Hope and Temperance Society was held at the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School on Saturday. About 350 persons partook of the repast.

Death

BIRDSALL – Pte. John Thomas Birdsall, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regt., killed in action on November 5th 1915, age 28 years old. Only son of Mr & Mrs J Winterbottom, 23 Helen Street, Saltaire, and brother of Mrs Stead, 5 Field Street, Shipley.
(Author’s note – John never lived in Saltaire. His widowed mother re-married and moved to Saltaire, John remained in Shipley.)

Saltaire War Diary: 19 November 1915

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Soldier’s Promotion

Lance Corporal Harry Skirrow (20th West Yorkshire Regiment) whose home is at 32 Whitlam Street, Saltaire, has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Joining the Army last May he was soon recognised as a recruit of great promise.

Technical Exhibition

An exhibition of the works executed by the students in the various departments of the Shipley Technical College was held on Saturday afternoon.
A very high standard of excellence had been attained in the exhibits in connection with the School of Art. During the early part of the afternoon the students were assembled in several of the classes and the numerous visitors were afforded an opportunity of seeing a great variety of work in progress.
Students from the Salt’s High School were also given the opportunity to display their work in a special class provided for them.
In the gymnasium a large class of young men and boys including a number of scouts gave an admirable display. It is to be regretted that this fine gymnasium which is one of the best equipped in the North of England is not used in a larger measure by the people of Shipley.
A prominent feature of the exhibition consisted of lectures on “explosives” and “German gas and bombs” which were given in the Chemical Laboratory by Mr W P Winter (chief science master).
Several members of the Education Committee attended the exhibition including C E Learoyd (chairman of the Education Committee), Councillor Thomas Hill (chairman of the District Council), Councillor E Cowgill (chairman of the Libraries Committee), Councillor A Gill, and Mr W Popplestone (Director of Education and Principal of the Technical School).

Church Service

The Swedenborgian Saltaire New Church Society are to hold a service on Sunday 21st November at their Place of Worship in Victoria Road, opposite the Wesleyan Chapel.
The preacher will be F W Richardson, City Analyst of Bradford. His subject will be, “The New Birth, is it Conversion or Reincarnation?”
Hymn books supplied. A cordial invitation to all. Service at 6.30pm.

Saltaire Men’s Own

Meeting to be held on Sunday November 21st at 3pm. Speaker will the Vicar of Shipley, the Rev. B Herklot. The Soloist will be Mr A Raistrick.
Open meeting for men and women. Come in crowds to hear the Vicar.

In Memoriam

WOOD – In ever loving remembrance of a dear mother, who died November 18th, 1912.
The love of a friend may soon be forgotten,
Even that of a sister or brother.
But the love that shall live through the age of time,
Is the sweet cherished love of a mother.

From Mr and Mrs Wallace Wood of 9 Rhodes Street, Saltaire.

(Mary Jane Wallace Wood (nee Earnshaw) b 1847 d 8 November 1912)

Saltaire War Diary: 12 November 1915

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The Christmas Comforts Scheme

As a result of the “Tag” day held last Saturday, for the Shipley Soldiers and Sailors Comforts Fund, £73 was realised, which includes the sum of 17s from the Burling and Mending Department of Saltaire Mills, and a donation of £3 from Mrs Kermode, The Elms, Moorhead Lane.
The large band of juvenile workers who were busy throughout the day selling flags were controlled from three centres – Somerset House, Carnegie Hall and the Saltaire Institute. The supervisors were; Mr W V Ambler (hon sec of the committee), Mr A Clark and Mr J A Leedal. The committee, who have the fund in hand, is at present working on behalf of the Christmas parcels scheme, by which it is hoped to present every Shipley man on service, with a suitable gift.

“Comforts” for Tommy

On Saturday evening, a concert and social evening took place in the Saltaire Wesleyan School, the object being to provide “comforts” for those who joined the Forces from the Saltaire, Shipley and Hall Royd Wesleyan Churches.
The principals were; Miss Hilda Cooke, Mrs Fred Holmes, Mr Albert Feather and Mr Arthur Wilkin, with Mr Edgar Aspinall as elocutionist. The Saltaire Wesleyan Choir, under the conductorship of Mr T Whittam, the organist and choirmaster, rendered several part songs.
Refreshments were served during the interval and a most enjoyable evening was spent. Great credit is due to Mr E Holmes for the excellent manner which the concert was organised. The proceeds amounted to over £13.

Shipley Volunteer Concert

A somewhat unique event will be held at Victoria Hall on Wednesday next. The gathering is promoted by the local Volunteer Corps, of which Councillor F Rhodes is president, and the object of it is to raise money to provide uniforms for the members who are not in a position to purchase their own.
Many prominent local people will be present, and it is anticipated this will be one of the most interesting social events of the season in Shipley. All the volunteers will attend in uniform.

Need for Economy

Sir James Roberts, presided on Sunday afternoon at the anniversary gathering of the Men’s Own Meeting in connection with the Saltaire Wesleyan Church. In the course of his remarks, Sir James said that the present crisis would tax all resources, both physical and pecuniary, to enable us to overcome the powerful and unscrupulous nations with which we were in conflict.
It would be a great glory if the voluntary system upon which we had been able to rely in the past, should again suffice to supply us with all the men we needed to carry the war to a successful conclusion. Everyone must hope that that would be the case, but should it unfortunately not turn out to be so, he thought there could be little doubt we should have to make up our minds to something which was quite foreign to us in this country – namely, compulsory service.
Whether were husbanding our financial resources to the full extent necessary it was difficult to say, but one often had doubts about it. Anyone who carefully studied the various warnings which the Prime Minister gave the country in his recent speech in Parliament must feel that it was “up to” him to do what lay in his power in order that economy which we were told was so essential might be practised.

Anthrax Victim

A case in which pulmonary anthrax contracted by inhalation was found to have proved fatal was the subject of an inquiry at the Saltaire Institution on Monday, by Mr E W Norris (Deputy Coroner for the district) and a jury of which Mr A Dalby was the foreman. The investigation related to the death of Peter Pedley (56) of 28 Shirley Street Saltaire, who for near six months had been employed as a wash bowl feeder at the Airedale Mills, Otley Road, Shipley. Dr E W Eurich (Bradford) bacteriologist to the Anthrax Investigation Board was present as a witness, and Mr Francis Watson (Watson, Son & Smith, Solicitors, Bradford) appeared on behalf of the Airedale Combing Co.
The widow, Annie Elizabeth Pedley, said that her husband enjoyed good health up to Sunday October 31. Although under the impression that he was suffering from a cold, he worked the two following days. On Wednesday he remained in bed, and Dr Emerson, who was called in about 6.30pm said that he suspected anthrax. Dr Eurich attended the same evening, and Dr Emerson and his partner (Dr Sharpe) paid several subsequent visits before death took place half an hour after midnight on Thursday. In answer to questions witness further said that her husband had never spoken to her about his work. He had never said that his work was of a dusty or dirty nature.
George Bailey, of 11 Park Avenue Shipley, who had been Pedley’s foreman, said that for some days before his illness Pedley was handling East India and Cape mohair wools. The mohair had previously been sorted for quality, and also with a view to discovery of blood stained materials. The man did not touch skin material of any kind within a week of his illness. The wools were opened over a screen on a table where there was a downward draft, the object of which was to get rid of the dust. Pedley had been engaged in that class of work about six days when he stayed away ill. Whilst at work, he did not complain to witness about feeling unwell. Had he done so he would have been sent to the company’s doctor.
Replying to Mr Watson, the witness said that the Board of Trade regulations in regard to scheduled wools were duly exhibited in the mill and carefully observed.
In answer to a juryman, witness said deceased would not have been allowed to continue working if the downward draft through the screen had been stopped. The wool, the deceased had handled had not been steeped, because it did not come under the regulations in regard to steeping.
Dr Eurich deposed that on Wednesday evening he formed the opinion that Pedley was suffering from pulmonary anthrax, although the bacteriological examination of a sample of blood which he took on that occasion gave a negative result. Witness saw the body shortly after death, and took a drop or two of fluid from the chest, and on examination he found it to contain the anthrax bacilli. The man was dying when witness saw him on Wednesday night, and it would have done no good to make use of anthrax serum.
It was probable that Pedley first began to be affected by the disease on the Sunday. The stage witness found him in on the Wednesday night might have been reached the third or fourth day from the disease starting, but sometimes such a condition ensued within twenty four hours. Witness was satisfied that the man had contracted the disease by inhaling anthrax germs. The disease was much more dangerous when contracted that way than when the infection occurred externally. In the former type of case the morality varied from 96 to 98 per cent, whilst in external cases it was about 10%.
In answer to the Deputy Coroner, Dr Eurich said that the downward draught under the screen upon which the bales were opened would be effective in preventing the heavier forms of dust from rising, but the germs were very, very light, and some were almost bound to escape.
The Deputy Coroner: Would steeping the wool have been a proper precaution?
Dr Eurich: It would certainly have allayed the dust, but whether it is practicable is another matter. Steeping takes a certain time, and might be a commercial impossibility.
Continuing, witness said that Van mohair and Persian locks had to be steeped before the bales were opened. These were the only wools to which the steeping regulation was applicable. He might say that the regulations were being reconsidered at the present time by a Departmental Committee. So far as he knew all the demanded precautions had been taken by the Airedale Company.
The jury found that Pedley had died from anthrax contracted by inhalation whilst following his employment.
On behalf of the Airedale Combing Company Mr Watson expressed sympathy with the relatives and said that the company would be only too pleased to adopt any further precautions which might be suggested.

Baptism

10 November 1915 St Pauls Shipley – William Sharp of 2 Higher School Street, Saltaire.

Internment

12 November 1915 – Hirst Wood Cemetery – Florence Helena Pringle, aged 20, of 2 Helen Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 5 November 1915

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Motor Waggon Fatality

A coroner’s inquiry was held on Wednesday at Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital in reference to the death of William Jackson (37), of 2 Caroline Street, Saltaire, a mechanic, employed by Messrs F Wigglesworth and Co., engineers, Hirst Wood, Shipley, who received fatal injuries as the result of being run over by a motor waggon belonging to Sir Titus Salt Bart., Sons and Co. Limited, in Victoria Road, Saltaire on Monday afternoon last.
The evidence showed that Jackson had jumped on to the empty waggon whilst it was returning from Bradford to Saltaire. En route the driver had occasion to stop the waggon, and noticing the man, who was a stranger to him, sitting on the near side, remonstrated with him and told him that he must get off. Jackson demurred, remarking that he was going Saltaire way, and might as well have a ride. The driver was not aware when he resumed the journey that the man was still on the wagon. He could not, through the window at the back of his boxed in seat, see the sides of the front part of the vehicle.
Evidence of identification was given by the widow, Mary Ann Jackson, who said that her husband was an active man and had good sight.
Two witnesses - J W Bailey, 3 Lower School St., Saltaire and Hadyn Newton, 19 Wycliffe Place, Shipley stated that when the waggon was passing the Salt Schools in Victoria Road, Jackson jumped off and fell in front of a back wheel, which passed over the lower part of his body. He was picked up unconscious, and died five later just after his admittance to the Saltaire Hospital. The waggon, which was travelling at a speed of not more than seven or eight miles an hour, was pulled up within ten yards of where the accident happened, and the driver helped to carry the man to the hospital.
The driver of the waggon, John Groves of 4 Herbert Street, Saltaire said he was proceeding down Victoria Road when the accident happened. He knew the deceased was on the waggon when passing the Spotted House, opposite Manningham Park, and he requested him to get off. The deceased replied that he was going Saltaire way, and witness again told him that it would be better if he got off the vehicle. The first intimation that something had happened was when proceeding down Victoria Road. Witness felt the near back wheel lift up and the vehicle itself drop. On looking through the window he saw deceased lying on the road. Witness added he had had to stop the vehicle previously the same day on account of youths jumping on boys running behind. Witness’s duty was, of course, to keep a sharp lookout at the front when driving.
The Deputy Coroner remarked that that was the second fatal accident of its kind which he had investigated that week. At the previous inquiry it was suggested that schoolmasters might help to check the practice by warning boys of the dangers attending it.
There could be no suggestion of any blame attaching to the driver in the present case. He had given his evidence in a very straightforward manner. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death”
Mr C H Briggs, secretary to Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Limited, expressed the company’s sympathy with the widow and the family. He added that the driver was a thoroughly trustworthy steady, and most reliable man.

Fell on the Railway Line

Mr William Whiting (56) of White House, Bingley, travelled by the 6.26 Midland train from Bradford on Friday night with the intention of alighting at Saltaire. The train pulled up about 300 yards outside Saltaire station, and Mr Whiting, under the impression that it was actually in the station, opened the carriage door, and whilst attempting, as he thought to step on to the platform, fell by the side of the main line to the north.
The fact that the carriage door was open when the train reached Saltaire led to the line being searched and Mr Whiting was found in a benumbed condition and suffering from bruises on the chest and right hip. He was removed to Saltaire Hospital and detained.

In Memoriam

Fieldhouse – In loving memory of Jabez Fieldhouse, who died November 6th, 1914
Deeply Regretted
One year to-day has passed away
Since our great sorrow fell
And in our hearts we mourn the love
Of him we loved so well
Kind thoughts, they linger near our hearts
And tears they often flow
And to the place where he is laid
Our footsteps often go.

From Wife and Family – 7 George Street, Saltaire

Brook – In loving memory of our dear mother, Rachel Brook, who died November 5th, 1912
The midnight stars shine on the grave
Of one we loved but could not save
Someday, perhaps we shall understand
When we meet again in the Better Land

From her two Daughters – 16 Whitlam Street, Saltaire

Saltaire War Diary: 29 October 1915

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Nurse’s Experience

A most successful meeting was held at the Saltaire Institute on Wednesday afternoon, when Miss Thurston gave an account of her experiences of Red Cross work in Belgium and Russia. The lecture was held under the auspicies of Shipley and Baildon Branch of National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies.
A collection was taken for the Scottish Women’s Hospitals. The amount collected was £3 12s., which will be added to the fund left over from the “Flag” Day of the Shipley and Baildon Suffrage Society for Scottish Women’s Hospitals for Foreign Service.

Recruits Wanted Shipley Corps

Men, outside military age, should apply at Headquarters in Albert Road, Saltaire

Company Orders for week ending Nov 7th, 1915
Sunday, Oct 31st – General Parade (bring rations), Albert Road, 9.30am
Monday, Nov 1st – (1) Platoon No 1, Otley Road, 8pm
(2) Platoon No 2, Rifle Range, 7.30pm
(3) Signallers’ Section, Albert Road, 7.45pm
Tuesday, Nov 2nd – Platoon No 2, Albert Road, 8pm
Wednesday, Nov 3rd – (1) Shooting for all members, Rifle Range, 7.30pm
(2) Signallers’ Section, Albert Road, 7.45pm
(3) Band Practice, Albert Road, 8pm
(4) Recruits’ Drill, Albert Road, 8pm
(5) Military Council, Albert Road, 8pm
(6) N.C.O’s drill, Albert Road, 9pm
Thursday, Nov 4th – (1) Platoon No 1, Rifle Range, 7.30pm
(2) Platoon No 2, Albert Road, 8.30pm
Friday, Nov 5th – Platoon No 3 Rifle Range, 7.30pm
Saturday Nov 6th – General Parade, Albert Road, 2.15pm
Sunday, Nov 7th – No parade
Company officer for the week, F E Williamson
Orderly Sergeant for the week, P Atkinson
By order, F E Williamson, Sub-Commandant

Whist Drive

As the result of a whist drive held recently by the Central Sewing Party of the Ladies Committee, at the Saltaire Institute, in aid of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund, a sum of about £5 was raised.
Social and Dance

A social and dance, held on Saturday night by the twisters at Saltaire Mills, in aid of the Catholic Women’s League Recreation Hut Fund at Ripon, realised about £7. The money has been handed over to the local treasurer, Miss Mitchell, the matron of the Saltaire Hospital. This is the second effort which the twisters have made on behalf of the wounded “Tommies.”

Boy’s High School

At the Salt School sports this year prizes of only small value were given for the various events, and the money thus saved has been devoted to philanthropic efforts connected with the war.
The headmaster (Mr F J Fuller) reports that a distribution has been made as follows:-
Y.M.C.A Soldiers’ Huts, £3
Red Cross Society, £2
Red Cross Exhibition Fund, £1
Comforts for Shipley Soldiers, £2
Holiday Homes for Wounded Soldiers, £1 1s
Central Belgian Relief Fund, £2
Plum Pudding Fund for soldiers in France, 6s 6d
Making a total of £11 7s 6d.

Charity Governors

The monthly meeting of the Board of Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held on Wednesday night at the Saltaire Hospital. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and other members present were Mrs Fyfe, Mr W Cryer, Mr E L Baumann, Councillors A Gill and J Pitts and Mr Thomas Kendall.
The monthly report stated that there had been 79 out-patients. At the date of the last meeting there were seven in-patients, and fourteen had since been admitted, making a total of 21. Of these 13 had been discharged, leaving 8 in hospital at the present time.
Donations had been received from:-
Shipley District of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, result of flower show, £12
Mr Henry Mason, £5 5s
Employees at Victoria Works, Shipley, £5 5s
Mrs Nixon (acknowledgement), 5s
J R Fyfe and Co., £2 2s.
Fruit and Flowers had been received from:-
St Peters Church, Shipley
Wesleyan Methodist Church, Windhill
Mrs Firth, Baildon
Windhill Congregational Church

Marriages

Henry Russell, driver aged 22, married Alice Bainbridge, aged 26. St Peters Church 23 October 1915. Both lived at 3 Edward Street in Saltaire.

Robert Morton, engine man aged 33 of 5 Baker Street, Saltaire married Mary Ellen Halligan, aged 22. St Pauls Church 24 October 1915.

Edmund Heald, clerk aged 23 of 4 Daisy Place, Saltaire married Martha Ellen Varley, aged 24. St Pauls Church 28 October 1915

Saltaire War Diary: 22 October 1915

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Wanted – A Football

Driver Wilfred Kitchen of 2 Dove Street Saltaire, who is serving on the Continent, with the British Expeditionary Force, has written relating his experiences at the Front. He is engaged in taking munitions up to the trenches, which he says is very difficult and dangerous work.
They have their quite times he says as well as their rough times, and it gets to feel very much like being home. One of his companions in the trenches is Sam Hall, of Saltaire, and the two make a joint appeal to the people of Shipley for the gift of a football. With the coming of dull days, they require something with which to pass the time. He adds that matters are looking better in France, and the Germans are about “fed up.”
(Editor’s note – I can find no records of a Sam Hall in either Saltaire or Shipley. He could possibly be Sam Halliday).

The Saltaire Workshop Fatality

The adjourned inquiry relative to the death of Ernest Haigh (17), of 18 George Street, Saltaire, who was fatally injured whilst following his employment at the engineering works of F Wigglesworth and Co Ltd, Hirst Wood, Saltaire was held at the Saltaire Hospital on Monday afternoon before Mr E W Norris (deputy coroner for the district).
The inquiry was attended by Mr W J McCaghey (His Majesty’s Inspector of Factories), Mr Wm Walker (solicitor, Bradford) on behalf of the relatives; and Mr W C Stansfield (representing the Iron Trades Employers Insurance Association Limited, Leeds).
The evidence of two employees of the firm – James Kitson, 6 Watts Street, Laisterdyke and Jonas Sugden, 108 Willow Street, Bradford – was to the effect that Haigh, who had formerly been a dyer’s labourer, had been employed by the company for a little over a week and on the day before the accident readily consented to mind what is known as a side-planing machine. The machine was set for him by the planer in charge, whom he had instructed to summon in case anything required in connection with the mechanism.
The circumstances pointed to his having acted contrary to these instructions, the planer being of the opinion that the deceased had used a spanner to loosen the bolt which fixed one of the traverse stops, with the result that there was a sudden increase in the speed of the movable part of the machine, and he was caught between it and the edge of a rope pulley, which he was planning.
A skilled mechanic would have gone to the other side of the machine to adjust the traverse stop. It was not necessary, it was stated, to have a skilled man for the work which Haigh had been put to.
The factory inspector elicited a reply to the effect that beyond a general order to communicate with the man in charge of the machine of the machine if anything went wrong with it, no special instructions had been given to the youth that he must not tamper with the traverse stops.
The Matron (Miss Mitchell), said that deceased, when admitted to the hospital had already passed away. His injuries had been received most in the chest and abdomen. There were no broken bones.
Mr G W Brown, the works manager, said that labourers were anxious to be put in mind these machines because it meant higher wages. The most intelligent labourers were selected for this class of work. In a few weeks’ time such men were able not only to “run” the machines, but also to “set” them. Haigh told witness that he was 22 years of age.
The jury returned a verdict of “Death by misadventure”.

Scorer for Forty Years

Mr Robert Gill, who has been scorer for the Saltaire Cricket Club for more than 40 years, was on Saturday evening, the recipient of a purse of gold, whilst Mrs Gill was also presented with a suitable gift. The presents had been subscribed for, by the members of the club, and the presentation took place at the Victoria Hotel, Shipley.
Mr Ernest Butterfield (president of the club) occupied the chair, and amongst those present were Mr B Lambert (financial sec.) and Mr H Mann (corresponding sec.). The Chairman observed that Mr Gill had been scorer for the club during the past forty years. They had always found him a very quiet unassuming fellow, always at his post, and doing his duty well. Occasionally, the committee had had trouble with the team, but never with the scorer. (Laughter and Hear, hear). He (the speaker) felt sure that all who knew Mr Gill would join him in wishing all prosperity and a still larger connection with the Saltaire Club. (Applause).
The presentation was made by Mr C Myers, who said it was the wish of all those present that he should retain his health and remain with the Club until his service extended over half a century.
Mr Gill observed that the work had been a pleasure to him. That was the second occasion on which he had been honoured, and he much appreciated the good will of the members in making the presentation.
On behalf of the Ladies Committee Mrs Lumby made a suitable presentation to Mrs Gill, who briefly acknowledged the gift.
An excellent concert was contributed by Mr Harry Holmes, Mr Fred Halliday, Miss Dewhirst, Mrs Hall and Mr A Dalby (accompanist).

Gift from the Salt Pensioners

Mr John Kendall, of Ashville, Church Lane, Shipley, was honoured on Friday by the pensioners of the Sir Titus Salt Charity, in whom he has taken a great interest for a considerable period.
Mr Kendall, who was formerly a member of the Board of Governors and for some time chairman, was presented with a silver mounted walking stick which had been subscribed for by the pensioners, of whom there are thirty six.
The presentation was made by Mrs Ann Pratt (nee Lofthouse, oldest pensioner) who is ninety-one years of age. The venerable lady remarked the gift was only a slight expression of the deep gratitude they felt for the many favours they had received at his hands.
In a neat little speech, Miss Jowett (another pensioner) made reference to the excellent public work accomplished by Mr Kendall, and more especially to his efforts as a Governor of the Salt’s Hospital. Mrs Humphrey also paid tribute to Mr Kendall for the services he has rendered to his day and generation.
In responding, Mr Kendall remarked that the presentation had taken him very much by surprise. It was the first time in his life he had ever been the recipient of such a token of goodwill, and he accepted it with very great pleasure. He was deeply impressed by the spirit in which the gift had been made, and the latter would always be to him a priceless possession.

Mrs Ann Pratt, who made the presentation to Mr John Kendall on behalf of the pensioners, is ninety-one years of age, and is the oldest resident in Saltaire, holds strong views on certain phases on modern life and she enunciated to a “Times and Express” representative, who called upon her a few days ago.
The old lady resides alone in one of the Saltaire alms-houses and she follows her simple domestic duties as actively as many not half her years. Save for her sight which recently has given her a little trouble, she possesses, in a marked degree, the use of the whole of her faculties. What strikes one most is her common sense outlook of life.
Coming of a family noted for longevity, she was born in August, 1827, in the little farming village of Saxton, some 13 miles from Leeds. She was the eldest of a family of nine, two of whom passed away quite recently at the respective ages of 89 and 87. Three of her sisters are still living, the youngest being 77. Her parents also died at the old age of 89.
She has been married twice. Her first husband (whose name was James Newton) died at the age of 49. Her second husband, whom she married 28 years ago, was Ben Pratt, a warp dresser at Saltaire Mills, who died in 1899, at the age of 72. She has had one son, who died when sixteen years of age.
Asked to what she attributed to her good health and long life, she smiled and said, “God Almighty has preserved me. I don’t know why for I could have served Him better. My father was a very good man indeed, although he had somewhat a large family, and many times got no more than 12s a week, he managed to keep them all in reasonable comfort.”
They thought nothing of taking walks in those days, and tramping to York and back (a distance of 26 miles) was no uncommon occurrence. “But now-a-days” she added, “people are tired if they walk a quarter of a mile.”
A Bible which she proudly produced bore the inscription, “Ann Lofthouse, (Mrs Pratt’s maiden name) a reward for good attendance as a member of the Saxton Sunday School, 1837.”
Speaking of the treatment of children, Mrs Pratt said she thought that to-day parents do not look after their children as they used to do, but allow them to stay out until very late hours. They used to have to go to the church and Sunday school, and then go straight home. There was no running about the streets and lanes on a Sunday like there is now.
Many things have altered since Mrs Pratt was young, but in her opinion the changes has not been for the better. “If girls now-a-days would only stay at home more and read good books and learn household duties” she declared, “they would keep out of a lot of harm and do themselves much more good. I blame the parents in a large measure for not teaching them better.”
A reference to the war reminded her of her childhood’s days when her father and two uncles were pressed into service. She said she hoped to live to see the war over, for she was certain that the world would have improved in many ways.

Shipley & District Ambulance Corps   - “OUR DAY”

To help at the Front our wounded from home and overseas.
We have been requested by the Headquarters Committee to commemorate the first anniversary of the amalgamation for war purposes, of the British Red Cross Society, and the order of St John.
A Tag Day will be held will be held on Saturday October 23rd.
Keep the Red Cross Flag flying.
All those desirous of helping to collect kindly give their names to:-
H Carr, 60 George Street, Saltaire, Hon Sec.

Saltaire War Diary: 8 October 1915

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Insurance Committee

The monthly meeting of the above Committee was held on Thursday evening last at the Institute, Saltaire, and was presided over by Councillor H Williams (Baildon).
Mr J Hudson read a note showing that the question of infection through telephone instruments had been the subject of a discussion between the County Committee and the Postmaster General, and the Department had informed the Committee of the result of certain experiments which had been made with telephones at a sanatorium, which seemed to indicate there was no great danger of infection if the instruments were cleansed in the ordinary way.
The chairman pointed out that this did not quite touch the matter as raised by the Shipley Committee, and also that the ordinary business telephone was often badly placed, and never received any cleansing of any character.
Mr Hobley said that the evidence in large business places was contrary to the conclusions arrived at by the Department, and indicated that some large concerns had been so impressed with the danger that each operator had to use a detachable mouthpiece.

Mr Hudson also reported that the discussion at the last monthly meeting of the committee on the question of the refusal of consumptive patients to undergo, or to continue, Institutional treatment, had formed the basis of a leading article in the “National Insurance Gazette” on 18th September. The writer had expressed the opinion that the subject was worth keeping in mind, and that some energetic body might perform a very useful purpose if it acquired the available facts and kept them ready for presentation to the powers that be. A case could certainly be built up in this matter, and it might be that Parliament, reviewing the full stamen of facts before it, would decide on some alterations in the Act, not necessarily in favour of compulsion immediately, but at least in favour of compulsory notification to Insurance Committees.
County Alderman Dunn expressed the opinion that Approved Societies should use their influence to get the patients to stay in the sanatorium.
On the reading of the minutes of the Shipley Urgency Sub Committee a discussion arose as to whether the period for which patients were granted sanatorium treatment was sufficiently long in some cases.

A discussion arose as to notifications under the Tuberculosis Order. The chairman, on being appealed to for a ruling as to whether this matter was one which the committee could consider, stated that he thought the committee was quite in order in discussing any matter relating to the good of the insured person provided that it made a recommendation to the County Committee upon which that body could act or which it could, if it thought fit, pass forward to the proper quarter.
The following resolution was passed and a copy ordered to be sent to the County Committee, “That in our opinion it is absolutely necessary that every medical practitioner coming across a case of Tuberculosis should at once notify the same to the Medical Officer of Health for the District, and that such notifications should be made compulsory by Order.”

County Alderman Dunn was asked by the vice-chairman (Mr Jennings Alderson) when the new sanatorium at Middleton near Ilkley was expected to be available, and was informed that it was probably only a matter of a few days before the institute would be opened.

The registration of Mr E Long as a representative of the Shipley and District Friendly Society and Trades Union Council and the appointment of Mr Alfred Pitts in his stead were laid before the Committee and referred to the County Committee, who have the power of Appointment.

Flag Day

The Ladies Committee of the Shipley Soldiers and Sailors Comfort Fund held a “Tag” day on Saturday, to raise money to provide Xmas parcels of clothing comforts for Shipley Soldiers and Sailors. Through the ladies sterling efforts, over £82 (worth £7.5k in 2015) was raised with expenses amounting to £8 10s.
The Ladies Committee was at first formed to relieve cases of distress arising out of the war. They also fitted up recruits as they enlisted, besides working for hospitals and the Red Cross. Up to May 31st, last, they had distributed over 13,000 garments. When the necessity for those efforts ceased owing to improved conditions of labour and the men being more quickly equipped by the War Office, the above-mentioned ladies formed themselves a committee to provide warm clothing for Shipley Soldiers and Sailors until the need should arise for them to continue their work for the distress again.

Youth Killed at Saltaire Works

At the engineering works of Messrs. F Wigglesworth and Company (Limited), Hirst Wood, Saltaire, yesterday, Ernest Haigh (17) of 18 George Street, Saltaire, was attending to what is known as a side-planer when he got caught in the machine. His body was severely crushed, and he died whilst being conveyed to the hospital.

[Colin Coates: Ernest was the son of Alfred and Mary Ellen Haigh. Notes appear on Alfred Haigh in the Extra Biographies section].

Suffrage Meeting

The National Union of Women’s Suffrage (Shipley and Baildon Branch)
A lecture will be given by Miss Thurston, on Red Cross work in Russia and Belgium, at the Saltaire Institute, on Wednesday 27th October, at 3pm. Chair: Mrs F T Woods (The Vicarage, Bradford). Tickets 6d each.

Shipley Textile Society

The Opening Meeting of the above Society will be held in the Technical Schools on Thursday, October 21st. When a Lecture will be given by Mr M Fort of the Bradford Technical College: Subject, “The Present Position of the Dyeing Industry.” Chair to be taken at 7.30pm by the President, S Hainsworth. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Internment

11 October at Hirst Wood – Alfred Longbottom, aged 65, of 18 Constance Street Saltaire.

Saltaire War Diary: 8 October 1915

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New Engine at Saltaire Mills

The firm of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., have put in a new turbo-generator, made by the British Westinghouse Manufacturing Company of Trafford Park, Manchester. The objects will be attained by the new engine are:-

  1. To displace the engines previously scattered about the works
  2. To secure economy in steam consumption.

The latter object is eminently desirable having regard to the high price to which coal has now reached.
The turbo was started by the grand-daughter of Sir James Roberts (head of the firm), namely, Miss Mary Roberts, after whom it was named. Miss Roberts is the daughter of the late Mr Bertram F Roberts. Also in attendance where her brothers, James Denby Roberts and William Denby Roberts and her sister, Berry Roberts.
The engine will develop 1,500 horse power, and it will produce power not only at a greatly reduced expenditure of steam, but the quality of the power also, will be much superior. There are no dead centres, as in the case with ordinary reciprocating engines, but the whole motion is rotary. The generator and its exciter are all on the same shaft, and from a large switchboard behind, the power can be distributed to any part of the works.

Amateur Operatic Society

The Shipley Amateur Operatic Society are producing the “Mikado” in the Victoria Hall Saltaire each evening next week. Needless to say all the profits go to our local charities. This society was launched only last year but its initial performance of “Patience” proved a distinct artistic success and resulted in a handsome sum being handed over for local charitable purposes.
The society has experienced the usual difficulties created by these times, many of their members being absent with H M forces or engaged on munition and government work. These difficulties have however been successfully surmounted and the principals and chorus promise to be a very good combination.
The caste this year includes Miss Annie Cockcroft, and Miss Effie Ilkley both well known in local musical circles; Mrs Jackson, (nee Miss Ethel Bird) who has played in principal roles for the Keighley Amateur Operatic Society on many occasions. Mr Arthur Wilkinson, of Bradford, needs no introduction. He is sure to be most diverting in the role of “Ko-Ko” in which part he will have full scope for whimsicalities. In Mr Morris Kellett, too, the society have gained a valuable acquisition.
Several original members of the society have fortunately been able to lend their services to the society. Miss Mabel Booth is sure to enhance the well-deserved reputation she gained last year as “Angela, ”with Charlesworth George, Vincent Ward and Arnold Lee, all of whom rendered yeoman service last year, the principals altogether are sure to prove a most excellent combination.
With this society the chorus work is no mean feature of the production. Under the able directorship of Mr Vincent Calverley, they have attained a very satisfactory degree of proficiency. With Mr F K Hewitt again figuring as producer the artistic success of the performance is assured.
In short we have no hesitation in predicting that the production will be a musical and artistic treat. With the two-fold appeal of a good production and a worthy object we feel sure that the public of Shipley and District will give this enterprising opportunity society a full measure of support.

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Wanted – respectable Men and Women Lodgers – Apply 48 Rhodes Street, Saltaire

Death

Stirk – September 30th, 1915 at 25 Dove Street, Saltaire, William Stirk, in his 67th year.

Saltaire War Diary: 1 October 1915

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Sir Titus Salt’s Charity

The pensioners of the Sir Titus Salt Charity and a number of friends were entertained to a garden party on Saturday afternoon (18th of September) at Ashville, Church Lane in Shipley, the residence of Mr John Kendall, who was for almost twenty five years a member of the Board of Governors of the charity, and chairman for several years.
The weather was somewhat unfavourable for a gathering of that description but not withstanding that fact the function was particularly successful.
Amongst the guests were Sir Ellis Denby, Mr and Mrs T Whiteley, Mr Dunn and Miss Dun, Mr B Allsop (the present chairman of the Governors), Councillor and Mrs C E Learoyd, Mr and Mrs J E Shackleton, Mr and Mrs E E Airey, Mr and Mrs J S Kelley, Mr and Mrs Selkirk, Mrs J R Fyfe, Mr and Mrs Francis Lister, Mr Percy Atkinson, Mr and Mrs B Greenwood, Mr Clifford Fry (hon. secretary of the Sir Titus Salt Charity), Mr T Luxton (clerk to the Governors), Mrs F Shaw, Mrs Thornton and Miss Birch.
Those who sent apologies regretting their inability to attend were Mr and Mrs T Kendall, Mrs Titus Salt, Councillor A Gill and the matron of Saltaire Hospital (Miss Mitchell).
Twenty five pensioners – twenty four women and one man – put in an appearance. The oldest was 90 years of age and the youngest 61, the average age being nearly 74. Mrs Pratt of Victoria Road, Saltaire, had the honour of being the oldest person present. She celebrated her 90th birthday on August 4th. A native of Saxton, about 14 miles north of Leeds, she came to live at Saltaire 23 years ago.
An appetising tea was served, and the pensioners also received a suitable gift each. After tea the guests spent a happy time in the drawing room. Selections were given on a gramophone belonging to Mr Percy Atkinson, whilst a number of the pensioners gave recitations, and one who had passed the allotted span of life actually danced an Irish Jig and a Scotch reel. The Shipley Brass Band discoursed music on the lawn.  
A vote of thanks was accorded Mr Kendall for his generosity, on the motion of Mr B Allsop, seconded by Councillor Learoyd. Mr Allsop spoke in terms of high appreciation of the services which Mr Kendall has rendered to the town of Shipley, and observed that only those who had worked with him could thoroughly realise how valuable his services had been.
Councillor Learoyd said that it was a great trouble to the Board of Governors when Mr Kendall resigned his position on account of indifferent health, and they were hoping that before long, they would have him back amongst them on the Board, for which he done so much in the past.
In responding, Mr Kendall said he had devoted a fair amount of time to public work, but the work in which he had been most deeply interested was in connection with the Salt Trust. He became a Governor of the Salt Schools and the Salt Trust in 1890, the year after he was elected for the first time on the Shipley School Board, and he thoroughly enjoyed the work. His health was now much better than it had been, and he was looking forward to the time when he would again be able to make himself of some service to his native town.

Saltaire Hospital Governors Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Board of Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity was held on Wednesday night at the Saltaire Hospital Hospital. Mr B Allsop (chairman) presided, and the other members present were Mrs Fyfe, Miss Dunn, Mr W Cryer, Mr F Lister and Mr E L Baumann.
The monthly report stated that there had been 90 out-patients. At the date of the last meeting there had been eight in-patients and twenty had since been admitted, making a total of 28. Of these 21 had been discharged, leaving seven in the hospital, at the present time.
Donations have been received from the Saltaire Cricket Club, £20; Bradford Cricket League, £10 10s; employees of John Smith (Shipley) Ltd., £1 1s ; Mr Gordon Binns (as an acknowledgement), £1; and the employees of Messrs. Lee and Crabtree, 12s 3d.
The twisters at Saltaire Mills had forwarded £6 15s, the proceeds of a concert and dance held for the benefit of wounded soldiers who were admitted to hospital.    
The following gifts were announced:
Rev J W Hind (Frizinghall), Mr Kershaw, Mrs Smith, Mrs Boocock, Miss Schulten and the Glen residents’ flowers.
Miss Brown, Victoria Park, scrap book.
Shipley Corps of the Salvation Army, gifts for the wounded soldiers.

A deputation from the Shipley Hospital Demonstration Committee, consisting of Mr A Waugh and Mr J Hudson, attended the meeting and reported that the “tag” day and demonstration in Saltaire Park, held last month, had realised £115 for the hospital. Mr J Hudson said that it had been a great success considering the demands which were being made on people at the present time, and Mr Waugh remarked that the splendid result was due in a large measure to the excellent working committee.
Mr Allsop said that as chairman of the Board it gave him great pleasure to congratulate the Demonstration Committee on the most excellent result which had been achieved. It showed that the public had perfect confidence in the Institution, and it was gratifying to know that such a spirit prevailed. Mr Waugh briefly responded.

Wanted Ads

Youth, strong, smart, wanted. Apply S and S Whittingham Fish and Game Salesmen, Gordon Terrace, Saltaire
Wanted Gramaphone and Records, must be good condition, state make and price. Charles Wilson, 24 Fanny Street, Saltaire.  

Humour and Pathos of Recruiting

The visit of the West Riding’s Flying Column to Saltaire towards the end of last week in continuation of its recruitment march aroused considerable interest. As the column passed through the streets, the inhabitants turned out in large numbers, and the soldiers had the hearty reception which they richly deserved. Lads cheered them to the echo, and not a few grown-ups gave vent to their feelings in a similar fashion. The jury at an inquest at Saltaire were on the point of being sworn, but such was the enthusiasm of the men that even this process was suspended for a few moments, and the men mounted chairs to watch the boys in khaki pass.
But there was another side to the picture. Many of the women who had hurriedly left their homes to get a glimpse of the soldiers were seen wiping tears from their eyes as our brave lads went marching merrily by. Some of them had suffered bereavement as the result of the war, and others were doubtless thinking of their dear ones who are gallantly defending the flag if freedom and honour.

In Memoriam

Wilson – In loving memory of our dear mother, Christiana Wilson, who departed this life October 5th, 1914.
You watched beside my bed,
Now I will watch for you,
And when you reach the Golden Gates
I come and lead you through

From her loving daughters – 15 Jane Street Saltaire

Baptism

Emily Pearson baptised 29 September 1915 at St Pauls Shipley
(Sadly Emily died in 1918, aged just 3.)

Saltaire War Diary: 24 September 1915

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Recruiting Meeting at Saltaire

A detachment of the West Riding Regiment’s flying column, under the command of Colonel John Land, V.D., accompanied by the band visited Saltaire at noon yesterday with a view to securing recruits.
The men were entertained at the Royal Café, Saltaire, by Sir James Roberts, and subsequently a meeting was held opposite the entrance to Saltaire Mills. Sir Ellis Denby presided, and others on the platform were C H Briggs, Col. Land, Major E P Learoyd, Capt. Ellison, Capt. Rutherford, Lieutenants Goldthorpe, F W Smith, D Smith and Pogson, and Second Lieutenants Longbottom and Wharton.
Sir Ellis Denby, on behalf of those present, extended a warm welcome to Col. Land and his men. He then went on to say that men were urgently needed for the Forces, and it was to be hoped that there would be an eager response by the young men of Saltaire.

Neuve Chapelle Hero

Private Otto Silvester, of 31 Rhodes Street, who a short time ago was discharged from the Army as “medically unfit,” has seen much active service. The injuries which resulted in his disablement were received in the great battle of Neuve Chapelle.
He is not a Shipley man, but came to live in the district some three years ago, and was employed by Mr W P Butterfield, tank maker, Woodbottom, Baildon. He was born in a town about two miles from Salt Lake City, and came over to this country with the famous Buffalo Bill as an expert knife thrower. Subsequently he worked for Mr W Marshall roundabout proprietor.
He fought in the South African War, and was with the column who relieved Ladysmith. After the war he served in India. On the 5th of January last he enlisted in the 1st West Yorks. Regiment, and he went to the Continent soon afterwards.
The first time he was in action was at Armentieres and he was later in the thick of the fray at La Bassee, where he received a bullet in the left shoulder. To use his own words he was “knocked out” at Neuve Chapelle, after which he was unconscious for 48 hours. From the 14th of March until the time he was discharged he lost five stones in weight. He was wounded in the right arm, got two bullets in the left shoulder, two in the left groin, and pieces of shrapnel in the right ankle and right shin bone. His sight is also affected as a result of a bullet having penetrated his head.

Harvest Festival

The harvest festival was celebrated at the Saltaire Congregational Church on Sunday when the preachers were the Rev F H Toseland and the Rev P Drummond Pringle. At a service held in the afternoon an address was given by the Rev T O Harrison. Mr N Clarke presided. At this service a collection was taken on behalf of the Shipley Children’s Farmhouse Fund. In the morning the choir sang the anthem “Sing to the Lord of Harvest” (Maunder) and at the evening service the anthem was “The Wilderness” (Goss). Mr G Sutcliffe (organist and choirmaster) was at the organ.

Military Wedding

Lance-Corporal Percy Smith Lund, whose parents reside at Cottingley, and who is a member of Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the 1st/6th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Bradford Territorials), was on September 14th at Saltaire Wesleyan Church married to Miss Gladys Feather, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Brigg Feather of Gordon Terrace, Saltaire. The officiating minister was the Rev W B Mattinson.
The bride, who was attired in a covent costume, and wore a black velour hat, with a sports mount, was given away by her father. The bridesmaid, Miss Olive Feather (bride’s sister) wore a saxe blue satin dress with black hat and back fox fur. Trooper Frank Feather (only brother of the bride) and a member of the Yorkshire Dragoons was best man. After the ceremony the happy couple journeyed to Whitley Bay for a short honeymoon, Lance Corporal Lund returning to the trenches the following Thursday morning.
Previous to the outbreak of war Lance Corporal Lund was a member of the Shipley Detachment of the Royal Army Medical Corps. After being stationed at various training camps in England, he crossed to France in the spring. Having been in and about the trenches for a number of months he has witnessed many exciting scenes.
A day or two before he left the trenches for a short furlough at home he went with two comrades down to the headquarters, and was sighted by an enemy airman. As they were returning the buzz of a shell was heard by the three men, who at once fell flat on the ground, the shell bursting within four foot of them. Such incidents as this serve to dispel the idea that ambulance man are never in danger, for, says Lance Corporal Lund, the Germans take no notice whatever of the armlets which denote they are non-combatants.
It is also very interesting to hear him relate some of his experiences in France and Belgium. He says the Germans are often firing shells between 15cwt and 20cwt, for no military purpose whatever. All the damage they do is to destroy buildings. Many of them cost £500 each. Lance Corporal Lund says the French soldier is a splendid fighter when alongside the British and he thinks that the coming winter would see the war finished if only the British had more men. At some parts of the line the 6th West Yorkshires were only about 30 yards away from the enemy when he left.

A Fatal Altercation

At the Saltaire Hospital yesterday the Deputy Coroner, Mr F W Norris held an inquest on the body of a married women named Elizabeth Shepherd of Hird Street Shipley. A charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm upon her was on Monday at the Bradford West Riding Police Court was served against a window cleaner named Arthur Gornall, a single man of 24 Albert Terrace Saltaire, who was remanded. Mrs Shepherd died at the hospital on Wednesday.
Police Superintendent Keel and Inspector Beston attended the inquiry, whilst Gornall was present in charge of two warders from Wakefield Goal.
Herbert Shepherd, iron grinder, gave evidence of identification. Witness last spoke to her on Sunday night, when she was at home. Witness went out leaving her in the house. She said she was not going out. Witness knew the man Gornall by sight, but did not know whether deceased knew him or not. He (witness) had not seen her with Gornall. His wife had a black eye about six weeks ago, and on one occasion when witness arrived home he found Gornell on the sofa worse for drink. Deceased was downstairs, and in his opinion was not intoxicated at all.
Supt. Keel asked witness where he was at nine o’clock on Sunday night, and he replied that he was at the Woolcombers’ Club (Shipley). His wife was brought home unconscious about ten minutes past nine. He spoke to her but received no reply.
Samuel Farrar, barman, 9 Elliot Street Shipley, who is employed at the Junction Hotel vaults said the deceased called occasionally. He saw her there on Sunday night about eight o’clock, when she came in by herself. She had two drinks, and left the house about a quarter to nine. There were four wooden steps leading from Commercial Street into the vaults. Witness heard a thud at a quarter past nine, and he found the deceased lying at the bottom of the steps. He had not hear quarrelling. Witness knew Gornall and saw him in the vaults on Sunday night. He could not say whether Gornall and the deceased left together.
In reply to a juryman, witness said he did not hear any screams, all that he heard was a thud. Gornall came to the house about half-past six on Sunday evening and had a pint of beer. He then left and came back in an hour. Witness did not remember hearing the deceased say anything to Gornall when he came in.
Mrs Farrar, wife of the last witness, said she assisting her husband on Sunday night. Gornall was not in the same room as the deceased, the jug department dividing the two rooms. Deceased spoke to Gornall across the room and paid for him a drink. Whilst in the house the deceased and Gornall seemed very friendly.
In reply to Gornall, witness said she did not tell him to go outside and see if deceased managed all right.
Percy Lester, 17 Waverley Street Shipley said that he was in the tap room at the Junction Hotel vaults on Sunday night. He saw the deceased and Gornall in conversation together. Later he saw the deceased come falling down the steps head first. Her head struck the floor.
Witness saw Gornall standing at the top of the steps with his hands in his pockets.
Mrs Clark of 12 Baker Street, Saltaire, with of Police Constable Clark, said that just after nine o’clock on Sunday night her and her husband were on the opposite side of the road to the Junction Hotel. Near the door there were two men talking, and on the top step was a women. One man was tall and she heard him say “I am not going to take any more of your source.” He then struck the women and afterwards dealt a blow to the other man. The woman felt backwards way down the steps. The husband of the witness went across and said to the man: “You have had enough, go home.” The man replied “I am going home.” The witness afterwards saw her husband going in the direction of the police station with Gornall. She did not know what became of the other man.
A juror: Are you sure Gornall was the man who struck the woman!
Witness: Yes he struck her on the chest.
Police Constable Clark spoke to hearing two men talking loudly near the Junction Hotel. Deceased was standing in the doorway in front of Gornall and he struck her with his fist. Witness asked Gornall what was the matter, and he replied, “There is two of them trying to pick a quarrel with me.” Gornall was taken into custody and he afterwards said that he only pushed her. Witness did not know what became of the other man whom Gornall struck. Gornall was very excited. On being charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on the deceased Gornall replied, “I know nothing about it.”
In reply to Gornall the witness said the other man did not strike the woman.
Miss Mitchell the matron at Saltaire Hospital said deceased was admitted at half past ten on Sunday night. There were no external wounds and the deceased smelt strongly of drink. She was unconscious and remained so up to her death on Wednesday morning.
Dr Jenkins (of Windhill) who made a post mortem examination said the skull was not fractured. The cause of death was pressure of blood on the brain caused, in his opinion, by a violent blow on the skull. The injury might have been brought about by a fall. There was no evidence from the examination that the deceased had been a chronic drinker.
The jury retired twice, and on returning the second time the foreman announced they were of opinion “that the deceased met her death as the result of an unpremeditated blow or push given by Gornall thereby causing her to fall down the steps.
The Coroner said that amounted to a verdict of manslaughter. 

Wedding

Much interest centred in a wedding which was solemnised at the Saltaire Congregational Church on Wednesday afternoon, the contracting parties being Mr Herbert W Walker, elder son of Mr and Mrs J E Walker (of Manningham) and Miss Florrie Harrison, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs Alfred Harrison (of Saltaire). The bride is well known in musical circles as a soprano vocalist, whilst for several years she has been a member of the Saltaire Congregational Church.
The church had been prettily decorated for the occasion, and the ceremony, which was performed by the Reverend P Drummond Pringle (pastor) was witnessed by a large congregation.
The bride, who was given away by her father, was becomingly attired in a white silk crepe de chine gown. The bodice, which was made pinafore style, had a vest and sleeves of ninon over point lace, and was ornamented with pearls. The full skirt was gathered into a yoke. Her veil was arranged in the form of a mob cap, caught up with lovers knots of orange blossom. She carried a bouquet of white roses and white heather (the gift of the bridegroom).
The bridesmaid, Miss Doris Walker (sister of the bridegroom) wore a dress of embroidered voile with a brocaded belt. Her white velour hat was trimmed with shaded roses and pale blue velvet ribbon streamers. Her bouquet (a gift of the bridegroom) was composed of pink carnations.
The best man was Mr Ernest H Wadsworth (cousin of the bridegroom), of the Leeds University Officers’ Training Corps, whilst the groomsmen were Corporal P Walker (brother of the bridegroom) and Lance Corporal A Newton (both of the 16th West Yorkshires). Suitable selections were played on the organ by Mr George Sutcliffe (organist and choirmaster).
After the ceremony a reception was held at the Saltaire Congregational Sunday School, and later in the day the happy couple left for St Annes on their honeymoon.
On Monday evening last a deputation, consisting of Mr J W Sowden, Mr Albert Brear, Mr V Woodhead and the pastor of the church (Rev P Drummond Pringle) waited upon Miss Harrison to present her on the occasion of her marriage with a splendid canteen of cutlery, which had been subscribed for by the members of the congregation, the officers of the Sunday school, and the members of the “Women’s Own”.

(Florrie was born 1889 in Saltaire to Alfred & Eliza Harrison. Alfred was a combing overlooker. The family lived at 4 Mawson Street in Saltaire from before 1881 to 1909 when they moved to 72 Victoria Road in Saltaire. Once married Florrie lived with her husband at 7 Glen View Terrace in Shipley).

Saltaire War Diary: 17 September 1915

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A Fine Saltaire Record

Mr and Mrs Clay of 9 Dove Street, Saltaire, have five sons, a son-in-law and four nephews serving with the Colours. The sons are Private George Clay (Brownroyd, Bradford), Private Edward Clay (Pontefract), Private William Henry Clay (The Green, Idle), Private Thomas Clay (Barnsley), all of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry; and Private Vincent Clay RAMC (of Saltaire). The eldest son is thirty-nine years of age, and the youngest aged just eighteen.
Private William Henry Clay has seen much active service in the present war. He had terrible experiences during Whitsuntide, he said: “I received a very bad shock last Tuesday. There was a party of us on guard at the ammunition waggon, just behind the trenches, and a constant bombardment was going on from Saturday until Tuesday. A “Jack Johnson” blew our magazine to blazes, and killed the sergeant and four others. How I escaped with my life is a miracle to me. I don’t remember much of what happened. I can tell you it gave me a terrible shaking up. I hope I don‘t get another like it while this war lasts. I wish it was over and everybody was nicely settled down again.”

The Struggle Against The Turks

On Sunday morning, Mrs Green of 13 Rhodes Street Saltaire, was officially notified that her husband, Pioneer Sergeant Samuel Thomas Green, of the 8th Battalion West Riding Regiment, had been wounded in action at the Dardanelles on August 21st.
Sergeant Green is in base hospital, and in a letter home says the wound is healing splendidly. He adds that he is going into a convalescent camp. Sergeant Green, who served in the South African campaign, was prior to the war a postman in Shipley.

The Recent Hospital “Tag” Day

A meeting of the Shipley Hospital Demonstration Committee was held on Thursday night at Somerset House with Councillor A Waugh (chairman) presiding.
The Treasurer (Mr Thos Kendall) reported that the total receipts of the “Tag” Day on Saturday, August 28th, and the sacred concert the following day amounted to £131 1s 11d. The expenditure totalled £15 9s 8d, leaving a balance of £115 12s 3d. It was decided to hand over £115 (worth over £10k in 2014) to the Saltaire Hospital.

Hospital Benefit Match

A match in aid of the funds of Saltaire Hospital took place in Saltaire Park on Saturday afternoon between teams selected and captained by W G Bateman (the Saltaire captain) and H I Pratt (a member of the Undercliffe eleven). Delightful weather favoured the event, which attracted a large crowd.
The match was twelve a-side, and S F Barnes (the famous bowler) was included in Bateman’s team, who compiled 135 runs. On this occasion, Barnes did not do anything with the bat, been given out without having scored. Pratt’s team responded with 113, the only player who made any real attempt to cope with the bowling being F Stead, who hit up 46 in merry fashion before being bowled by Williams. The remaining ten wickets fell to Barnes at a cost of 36 runs.
During an interval Barnes was the recipient of an interesting presentation at the hands of Councillor Thomas Hill (chairman of the Shipley District Council), the ceremony taking place on the balcony of the pavilion.
Mr F White presided, and amongst those present were Mrs Hill, Mr B Allsop (chairman of the board of governors of the Saltaire Hospital), Councillors F Rhodes and T F Doyle, Mr H Mann (secretary of the club), and Mr E Butterfield (chairman of the committee). The two with which Barnes made such outstanding records had been mounted in silver, the inscriptions recording ten wickets for 14 runs against Baildon Green on May 16th, and his ten for 33 against Bowling Old Lane in the Priestley Charity Cup semi-final at Cottingley Bridge on August 2nd.
During the afternoon music was rendered by the Canal Ironworks Band (Shipley) and the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir. After the match, on the invitation Mr W G Bateman, the teams and officials had tea at the Victoria Hotel, Saltaire Road, Shipley 
It is expected that as a result of the effort of the effort the committee will be able to hand over about £28. (Value over £2,500 in 2015). A sum of £14 2s 3d was realised from the sale of about 3,000 “tags”. The committee desire to thank all who in any way contributed to the success of the effort.

The late Mr Alfred Mansfield

The funeral took place at the Parish Church on Wednesday afternoon of Mr Alfred Mansfield of 4 Lockwood Street Saltaire, who died on Saturday, aged seventy-six. Mr Mansfield was secretary of the Veterans Association, the members of which meet at the rooms of the Rosse Street Brotherhood. As a token of respect the flag was hoisted half-mast.
Before the internment a service was held at the Rosse Street Baptist Church conducted by the Rev H W Burdett and Mr Wm Hulme. In the course of a short address Mr Burdett said that the deceased gentleman had been a faithful member of the church for many years, and was at one time a worker in the Sunday school. During recent years he had devoted himself with untiring effort to the Veterans Association. He would be greatly missed by the members of that body.
The following members of the Veterans Association attended the funeral:-
R Brooks, J Bolton, G Harrison, F Jones, F White, G Brumfitt, W Horner, W Jackson, J Simpson, E Whitaker, E Holdsworth, J Dean, J Cousin and J Shaw.

Shipley Amateur Operatic Society

The members of the Shipley Amateur Operatic Society are now busily engaged in the rehearsal of “The Mikado,” which is to be performed at the Saltaire Institute during the week commencing Monday October 11th.
Last year, when these amateurs made their debut in “Patience,” they were enabled to hand over £30 to the Shipley was distress fund. The proceeds of this year’s performances will be allocated to the local war funds and the Saltaire Hospital.
After the success of last year’s effort, the public will look forward with pleasurable anticipation to the society’s presentation of “The Mikado.” The principles will include Mr George Charlesworth and a number of well-known Bradford amateurs, who are kindly giving their services. Mr A Wilkinson can be relied upon for a successful impersonation of “Koko.” Sir Ellis Denby is the president of the Shipley Society and Lady Denby is also taking a keen interest in the forthcoming production.   

Salt Schools

The Autumn Term will commence on Tuesday 21st September at 9 am.

Boys High School – Head Master F J Fuller with staff of Ten Assistants
Girls High School – Head Mistress Miss H Byles with staff of Twenty Assistants

Copy of the Schools Prospectus may be obtained at the Education Office, Saltaire Road, Shipley – Walter Popplestone, Secretary.

Saltaire War Diary: 10 September 1915

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Saltaire War Diary 10 Sept 1915

Shipley Volunteers

The Volunteers, looking very spic and span in their new uniforms, started out from their headquarters, the Albert Road School, shortly after ten o’clock last Sunday morning, about 100 strong. It was a delightful morning for military exercise in the open.
Before leaving the parade ground it was necessary to make sure that the uniform was worn correctly. The N.C.O’s conducted a preliminary inspection of their platoons, and then followed a critical examination by the Commandant. After one or two minor errors had been corrected – perhaps the haversack strap was over the wrong shoulder, or had not been passed underneath the shoulder strap – the order, “Move to the right in fours – form fours – quick march” was given, the drummers and buglers got to work, and the men swung out of the school yard into Albert Road.
The company was led by Commandant E S Sharpe, assisted by Commander F E Williamson (second in command), Platoon Commanders R O Ackernley and H Bow. From the top of Albert Road they proceeded down Saltaire Road and Victoria Road, and thence through the Glen Wood, and on to the moorland heights.
When the company halted at Dobrudden Farm, the sky became overcast for a time, and the men began to wonder whether they had been wise in turning out without mackintoshes. It was not long, however, before the clouds dispersed, and the day proved to be one of the most perfect that the company have been favoured with for their manoeuvres.

Special Cricket Match

Saltaire Hospital is in luck’s way just now. A fortnight ago a “tag” day, etc., realised well over a hundred pounds and tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, in Saltaire Park, there is to be a special cricket match in aid of the hospital. The match will be between teams selected and captained by W G Bateman (the Saltaire captain) and H I Pratt.
Barnes, the famous bowler, who will assist Mr Bateman’s side, is to be the recipient of an interesting presentation at the hands of Councillor T Hill, Chairman of the Shipley District Council. The two balls with which he has made such outstanding records whilst playing with Saltaire have been mounted in silver, and the inscription records his ten wickets for 14 runs against Baildon Green, and his ten for 33 against Bowling Old Lane in the Priestley Charity Cup semi-final at Cottingley Bridge on August 2nd.
In addition to the match tomorrow there will be music by the Canal Ironworks Band and the Saltaire Male Voice Choir. All spectators (including members of the Saltaire Club) will pay for admission to the match and a number of ladies will help to swell the proceeds by the sale of tags.

Picture House Schemes

It is rumoured in Shipley that the two new picture house schemes are contemplated, one on the low side of the Bradford and Keighley Road, opposite the bottom of Victoria Park, and another on a portion of the site where the Royal Jubilee Exhibition was held at Saltaire. The site spoken of for the latter scheme is at the corner where the Technical School leaves Saltaire Road. When the ill-fated Mid-Yorkshire tramway scheme was launched in Shipley this particular ground was occupied by a large corrugated iron tram shed, which has since been removed.
Before the Unionist Party secured a portion of Shipley Old Hall for club premises, some inquiry was made with a view to securing the site (which has recently changed hands) for the erection of a new club. Whether the projected new cinema house schemes will be proceeded with in war time we do not know.
It is interesting to recall the fact that when the Prince’s Hall and, later the Theatre de Luxe were built, many people in the town expressed the opinion that the craze for pictures was being created for in a way that would largely exceed the demand. The crowds of people who visit these places daily, however, clearly demonstrate how mistaken the pessimists were.

Wesleyan Changes

The Shipley Wesleyan Circuit gathering held at the Saltaire Schools last Saturday to welcome the three new pastors and their wives was of a character which all present felt could be regarded as a happy augury of a successful association with the various churches of the denomination in this district.
In accordance with the arrangement adopted some years ago the superintendent minister, the Rev. David Ashby, will devote himself chiefly to the work at Providence and Hall Royd Chapels, Shipley; the Rev W B Mattinson will be in charge at Saltaire; whilst the Rev. John Shenton’s duties will principally be in connection with the five Wesleyan churches at Baildon and Esholt.
Mr Mattinson humorously alluded to an old grudge which he had against Saltaire, and which dated back to the time when he and his colleagues in a football team met their Waterloo in a match against the Salt Schools’ combination.

Exam Success

The following successes of Shipley Technical School students in the Board of Education examinations are announced: Applied mechanics (machines and hydraulics), James S Ashby, pass; Arthur Raistrick, pass. Building construction, Tom Hutton, pass.  

For Sale

Hand Cart, suit joiner, window cleaner, chimney sweep; good condition: 25s – Evans, 2 Baker Street, Saltaire.

Wedding

Ernest Theodore Whitesmith, 22, gardener, married Rhoda May Boyes, 19 – 28 August 1915 at St Peters.

Saltaire War Diary: 3 September 1915

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Saltaire Youth Killed

Mr and Mrs Albert Webb, of 9 Jane Street, Saltaire, have been officially informed that their only son, Private Albert Webb, of the Shipley Detachment of the Royal Army Medical Corps, was killed on August 9th. Private Webb, who was attached to the 1st/5th King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, and had been on active service about four months.
According to a letter from a comrade (Private Ernest Theobald, formerly of 5 Atkinson Street Shipley), a shell went through the roof of a dug-out and burst. Webb and another man were killed, and a sergeant died the following morning from wounds. Two other men were wounded, one of them being Theobald himself, who was sent to the Brabyns Auxiliary Military Hospital in Marple Bridge in Cheshire, his injuries consisting of flesh wounds in the  leg.
As a boy Private Webb was employed in the offices at Saltaire Mills and subsequently became a fitter’s apprentice at the Canal Ironworks. He attended the Saltaire Wesleyan Church and Sunday School and was a member of the Trinity Rose Lodge of the Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds (Ashton Unity). The family have received many expressions of sympathy in their bereavement.
In the course of his letter Private Theobald says: “I will give you a few particulars as to what happened on that terrible day. Our line of trenches was near the Yser Canal. The big attack which took place at Hooge on the Monday morning was preceded on the Sunday night by a heavy bombardment on the part of our artillery. This commenced at 6.30pm on Sunday, and was kept up until midnight. Then at 10am the attack was made at Hooge. We had a lot of casualties, and the consequences was that we were up working like niggers all night and the next morning. As soon as we had a bit of dinner I took my boots of (my feet were soaking wet), and laid down on the floor of our dug-out. A shell came through the roof and burst. I came off luckiest of all.”

For Wounded Soldiers

Miss Mitchell, the Matron of the Saltaire Hospital, wishes in acknowledge receipt of the sum of £6 15s 1d, which, she has received for the benefit of wounded soldiers who may come to Saltaire Hospital. This amount represents the proceeds of a social gathering held at the Saltaire Institute on Saturday night in connections with the twisting department in Saltaire Mill.

Saltaire Hospital “Tag Day”

A very gratifying sign of an awakening of public interest in the needs of Saltaire Hospital was apparent in the Shipley district last weekend. It has always been more or less of a reproach to the people of Shipley that an institution which has done and is doing such beneficent work has been inadequately supported by the inhabitants. To some extent this has probably due to an impression that the very generous endowment of the Salts Charity, provided by the founder, Sir Titus Salt, was practically equal to the requirements.
The great development that has taken place in the Shipley district during the last decade or two has resulted in a corresponding increase in the work of the Charity, especially on the hospital side. Several years ago, it will be remembered, the hospital was enlarged to meet a pressing demand for accommodation, and since then the Governors have often emphasised the necessity of increased public support to meet the deficiency of the accounts.
That those appeals have not hitherto met with the response which might have been expected will be at once evident when it is stated the whole of the subscriptions and donations (including church and workshop collections) for the year ended March 31st has amounted to only £273, whilst the hospital expenses for the same period were £1,073.
Four years ago a committee was formed in Shipley with the object of promoting an annual demonstration for the benefit of the hospital. Up to this year the demonstration was limited to a Sunday concert in Saltaire Park, members of choirs connected with the various places of worship in the town taking part. In view of the success of “tag” days for war funds it was decided this year to combine such an effort with the Sunday concert, and result has abundantly justified this step.
The contributions which the collectors in the streets on Saturday received in return for hospital favours amounted in the aggregate to just over £90. The bulk of the coins (representing £74 15s to be exact) were copper, so that several thousands of people patronised the boxes.
Councillor A Waugh (the chairman of the committee) and other officials had to use a horse and flat cart on Monday morning to convey the collection to the Shipley branch of the Bradford District Bank. The copper coins weighed over 3cwt. The collectors are to be heartily congratulated on the results of their efforts. The following collected in the Saltaire section:-
Gladys Bennett, Oliver Clayton, Jesse Jackson, Margaret Binns, James Fagan, E. Fagan, Edith Halliwell , Emily Walton, Nellie Barber, Edith Raistrick, Nellie Brannigan, Mary Caine, Edith Excell, Rose Brannigan, Evelyn Jordan, Clara Brannigan, Ivy Wilby, Gertie Tomlinson, Annie Mulligan, Mena Kelcher, Winnie Rogers , Lucy Dugmore, Maggie Rogers, Winnie Brannigan, Mary Hall, Ida Hall, Vera Jordan, Denis Rodgers, Hetty Smith, Julian Dawson, Ada Wilkins, Annie Smith, Beth Tatham, Jack Wilkins, Edith Crabtree, Ada Crabtree,  H. Jordan,  Agnes Kitchen, Phyllis Slade, Lily Grey, Mary Ramsden, F Crowland, Hilda Lamb, Annie McDonald, Mabel Hodgson, Harold Hopkinson, Bertha Lovell, A Hainsworth, Irene Wright, Gladys Hustler, Frank Davison, Doris Hodgson, Phyllis Hustler, Margaret Robinson, Florrie Horsfall, John Robinson, Hilda Slinger, Mrs Clark, Miss Lister, M Hirst, Hilda Gregory, Leo McLoughlin, J Sellers, M Milton, Elsie McHugh, Violet Parrington, L Wilkinson, A Crabtree, A Casey, G Bacon, E Lancaster, Harry Thornton, Hilda Welbourne, H McBair, B Shackleton, Sarah Parks, Edna Pearson, Edith Horne, Evelyn Carney, W Oates, Lucy Dugmore, Sam Hainsworth, Willie Mawason, Harold Brayshaw, Annie Gargon, Alice Carpenter, Mary Carpenter and Marie Steele.

The Sunday Demonstration

There was a break on Saturday night in the spell of fine weather experienced during the week, and as the conditions were anything but promising on Sunday morning it was feared that the demonstration arranged for Saltaire Park in the afternoon might have to be postponed. Thankfully however the prospects quickly improved, and the afternoon was beautifully fine.
The procession arranged in connection with the demonstration aroused great interest, as shown by the crowds which lined the route to the park from the Windhill Recreation Ground. It was headed by the Shipley Volunteers, about eighty of whom were in uniform for the first time. Some other members of the Corps (including officers), whose uniform were not to hand, attended in mufti, wearing the official brassard. Along the route of the procession many complimentary references to the smartness of the uniform, and the soldierly bearing of the men (most of whom have had ten months training) were heard. Commandant E S Sharpe was in charge, assisted by Mr F Rhodes (president), Mr F E Wilkinson and Mr H Brew. 
There was also a very imposing parade of Scouts from the Bradford Western Division, which includes the Saltaire and Windhill Corps. About 600 youths and boys connected with the movement attended, the officers in charge being District Scoutmasters White and Gorrell. The Scouts were accompanied by their band, which was in charge of S M Spenecely, assisted by Patrol Leader Preece.

Pavilion De Luxe, Shipley

A splendid picture of the procession which took place on Sunday afternoon on the occasion of the sacred concert promoted by the Shipley Hospital Demonstration Committee is being shown this week at the Pavilion De Luxe, Commercial Street, Shipley.
The film commences with the departure of the Shipley Volunteers (in uniform for the first time) from the Otley Road Council School, and afterwards gives onlookers a realistic idea of what constituted the procession as it passed along Saltaire Road.
Perhaps best of all are the incidents depicted in Saltaire Park, several well-known ladies and gentleman being easily discernible.

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