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Wade, Thomas
1900 – ????

Thomas Wade was the son of Bailey Wade. Bailey was born c1866 in Shipley. He married Hannah Maria Sydenham in 1894.

Thomas, the younger of two children, was born 1900 in Saltaire. In 1901 the family lived at 21 Edward Street in Saltaire with Bailey a wool sorter. By 1911 they had moved to 1 Titus Street in Saltaire.

Thomas served as a Private with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Due to physical disabilities Thomas was unable to fight abroad, so he was engaged at home with guard and other important duties at various prisoner of war camps. He was discharged in August 1919.

Thomas married Vera Slade in 1929. They lived at 12 Maddocks Street until around 1947 when they moved to 1 Saltaire Road in Shipley.

Wadsworth, Harris
c 1894 – 8 January 1917

Harris Wadsworth was the son of Joseph William Wadsworth.
Joseph William was born c1872 in Skelmanthorpe, Yorkshire. In 1894 he married Sarah Ann Moorhouse in Huddersfield. Harris was born c1894 in Skelmanthorpe. By 1901 the family had moved to Saltaire living at 28 Helen Street. Joseph was a cloth mill worker. In 1902 they had a second son, Norman. In 1911 they were living at 64 George Street in Saltaire. Both Joseph and his son Harris were mill workers.

Harris was a Private serving in the 25th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers.. Whilst most of the fighting took place in Europe, Harris and his comrades sailed from Plymouth bound for East Africa. They landed in the port of Mombasa 4 May 1915. Tanzania was the core of German East Africa. From the invasion of Apr 1915, Commonwealth forces fought a protracted and difficult campaign against a relatively small but highly skilled German force.
Harris died 8 Jan 1917, aged 22. His grave is in Morogoro Cemetery in Tanzania. He is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St. Peters and Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel.
Willie Dunn, served in the same battalion as Harris.

Waite, Arthur Hermann
10 October 1894 – ????

Arthur Hermann Waite was the son of James Reuben Waite. James was born 1857 in West Hartlepool. He married Roseina Grierson 1 January 1877 at All Saints Bingley. In 1881 they lived at 8 Mary Street in Saltaire with James working as a greaser in the mill. By 1891 they were living at 1 Mary Street.

Arthur, the second youngest of ten children, was born 10 October 1894 with the family living at 4 Mary Street. James left his wife and family and spent time in Wakefield Prison for neglecting them. In 1901 & 1911 Roseina was living alone with her children at 8 Maddocks Street in Saltaire. In 1911 Arthur was working as a mechanic in a factory making vices.

Arthur served in and survived the war; after which he lived at 6 Thompson Street in Shipley. He is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Saltaire URC.

Wakefield, Charles James
5 January 1899 – 19 September 1952

[Updated, 13 November 2016]

Charles James Wakefield was the son of John Wakefield. John was born c1936 in Windsor. John married Ellen Marie Bennett in 1888 in Windsor. In 1891 the family were living in Paddington, London with John a police constable.

Charles was born 5 January 1899 in Slough Berkshire. In1901 the family were living in Slough. John died before 1911; his widow, Ellen, was living at 3 Shirley Street in Saltaire with her children in 1911.

Charles served in and survived the war. In 1922 he married Nellie Croft. They emigrated to the USA aboard the SS Majestic; sailing from Southampton they arrived in New York 2 November 1923. Once settled they lived in Detroit Michigan. They had a son, Robert Charles, born 20 January 1928 in Detroit. Robert died 22 August 1990 in Palm Beach Florida. 

Charles died 19 September 1952 in Detroit. Charles had a brother, Richard, who also served in and survived the war.

Wakefield, Richard Louis
28 June 1889 – 1947

Richard Louis Wakefield was the son of John Wakefield. John was born c1936 in Windsor. John married Ellen Marie Bennett in 1888 in Windsor.

Richard Louis, the eldest of four children, was born 28 June 1889 in Saltaire. He was baptised 24 July 1889 at Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel. In 1891 the family were living in Paddington, London with John a police constable. By 1901 they were living in Slough Berkshire. John died before 1911; his widow, Ellen, was living at 3 Shirley Street in Saltaire with her children in 1911. Richard was a stoker in the Royal Navy; in 1911 he was aboard HMS Prince George in Lyme Bay Devon. Richard married Annie Kitchen 7 June 1912 at St Peters Shipley. Annie had been living at 19 William Henry Street in Saltaire.

During the war Richard was a 1st Class Stoker aboard HMS Kent. She was engaged on patrol duties in Canadian and South American waters. She took part in the Battle of the Falkland Islands 8 December 1914. Richard was discharged after December 1918. He lived with his family at 6 Lockwood Place in Saltaire. By 1933 they were living at 34 Albert Avenue in Shipley. Richard died in 1947.

Richard had a brother, Charles, who also served in and survived the war.

Walker, Edmund
c1900 – 5 September 1918

Edmund Walker was the son of Frederick Walker. Frederick was born 20 July 1871 in Baildon. He was a grocer when he married Elizabeth Dyer 23 March 1894 at St. Andrews in Bradford.

Edmund, the fourth of seven children, was born c1900 in Baildon. In 1901 the family lived at 7 Fountain Fold in Baildon with Frederick working as a warehouseman. By 1911 they had moved to 18 Browgate in Baildon. In 1918 they were living at 5 Daisy Place in Saltaire. Edmund prior to enlisting was working at Saltaire Mills and he was a member of the Baildon Moravian Sunday School.

Edmund served as a Lewis Gunner with 2nd/4th Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was wounded 3 September 1918 and he died two days later in a casualty clearing station. His grave can be found at Bac-Du Sud British Cemetery in Bailleuval near Arras in Northern France.

Edmund is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St. Peters.

Walker, George Henry
c1886 – 27 October 1914

George Henry Walker was the son of James Walker. James was born c1857 in Digby, Lincolnshire. He married Sarah Ann Clarke 1885 in Lincolnshire.

George, the eldest of four children, was born c1886 in Welbourn, Lincolnshire. In 1891 they were living in the White House pub in Welbourn with James the publican.

In November 1913 George, working as postman, lived with his wife, Edith, at 22 Rhodes Street in Saltaire. They had a daughter born April 1914. George was a total abstainer and a non-smoker.

George served as a Lance Sergeant with 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial in Northern France.
George is not remembered on any of the Rolls of Honour in the Shipley area.

Walker, Harry
6 February 1896 – 13 May 1917

Harry Walker was the son of Henry Walker. Henry was born 1860 in Pendleton, Lancashire. He married Rose Dedney Thrower 11 October 1890 at St. Pauls Shipley. They lived in Mount Place in Shipley with Henry working as a blacksmith.

Harry, the third of five children, was born 6 February 1896 in Shipley. By 1911 he was a doffer, living with his Aunt, Eliza Walker, at 8 Dove Street in Saltaire.

Harry served as a Private with the 21st Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment. He was buried at Duisan British Cemetery in Etrun near Arras in Northern France. Harry is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St. Pauls.

Walker, Harold
23 July 1894 – 1973

[Photo added: 10 July 2016]

Harold Walker was the son of John Edward Walker. John (known as Neddy) was born 1844 in Cleckheaton. He married Sarah Jane Stead 28 January 1882 at St. Johns Halifax.
 
Harold, the youngest of five children, was born 23 July 1894 in Cleckheaton. By 1901 the family were living at 28 Shirley Street in Saltaire with Neddy working as a mechanic fitter. In 1911 they were living at 5 George Street in Saltaire with Harold working as a baker’s assistant.

Harold enlisted 28 November 1915 and was held in reserve until he was mobilised 2 September 1916. He survived the war having served in the Field Bakery Section of the Royal Army Service Corps.

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Harold Walker (left)

Harold married Annie Sutcliffe in 1919, they had two children including Stanley (1921 to 2013). After Annie died in 1955, Harold married Henrietta Snowden in 1960. Harry died in Bradford in 1973. He had two brothers, Wilfred & Herbert, who also served in and survived the war.

(Compiled with the help of Nigel Holmes, a great nephew)

Walker, Herbert
20 March 1888 – 1980

[Photo added 10 July 2016]

Herbert Walker was the son of John Edward Walker. John (known as Neddy) was born 1844 in Cleckheaton. He married Sarah Jane Stead 28 January 1882 at St. Johns Halifax.
 
Herbert, the third of five children, was born 20 March 1888 in Denton in Lancashire. By 1901 the family were living at 28 Shirley Street in Saltaire with Neddy working as a mechanic fitter. In 1911 they were living at 5 George Street in Saltaire with Herbert working as a grocer’s assistant.

Herbert married Nellie Whitley in 1913. Herbert served in and survived the war. In 1918 he was living with Alfred & Annie Bartle at 14 William Henry Street in Saltaire. His wife, Nellie, died in 1932. Two years later he married her sister, Clara Whitley. Sadly Herbert was widowed for a second time when Clara died in 1938. Herbert then left Yorkshire and moved to Morecambe to be close to his sisters, Polly and Ellen. He married Ada Dennison in 1946.

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Herbert Walker

Herbert died in Morecambe in 1980. He had two brothers, Wilfred & Harold, who also served in and survived the war.

(Compiled with the help of Nigel Holmes, a great nephew)

Walker, James Herbert
8 August 1897 – 1971

James Herbert Walker was the son of George Herbert Walker. George was born c1872 in Harrogate. He married Lucy Rebecca Passam 14 April 1887 at Bradford Cathedral. George was a coachman living in Manningham.
 
James, an only son with a younger sister, was born 8 August 1897 in Manningham. He was baptised 3 October 1897 at St. Judes Manningham. By 1901 the family were living at 5 Conduit Street in Shipley. In 1911 they were living at Staveley Lodge Nab Wood with George working as a chauffeur. From around 1915 they lived at 22 Helen Street in Saltaire.

James served in and survived the war. Working as an engineer he married Annie Worsman 6 October 1920 at St Johns Bowling. The married couple lived at 22 Helen Street until 1925. James died 1971 at Chelmsford Essex.

Walker, Wilfred
20 June 1892 – 1972

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Wilfred Walker was the son of John Edward Walker. John (known as Neddy) was born 1844 in Cleckheaton. He married Sarah Jane Stead 28 January 1882 at St. Johns Halifax.
 
Wilfred, the fourth of five children, was born 20 June 1892 in Cleckheaton. By 1901 the family were living at 28 Shirley Street in Saltaire with Neddy working as a mechanic fitter. In 1911 they were living at 5 George Street in Saltaire with Wilfred working as a cloth finisher at a dye works.

Wilfred served as a Gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery and he survived the war. Whilst living at 22 Park Street in Shipley he married Mary Robinson 22 July 1922 at Keighley Parish Church. They had two children; Harold (1923-1990) and Doris (1924 – 2005). They were still living at 22 Park Street in 1962. Wilfred died in 1972. He had two brothers, Herbert & Harold, who also served in and survived the war.

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Wilfred Walker

Wilfred Walker
 
(Compiled with the help of Nigel Holmes, a great nephew)

Wall, Alphonsus
1890 – 1959

Alphonsus Wall was the son of Michael Wall. Michael was born c1849 in Ireland. In 1881 & 1891 he was living with his wife, Bridget, and children in Knottingley. Michael was a sail maker and he died in 1900.

Alphonsus, the sixth of nine children, was born 1890 in Knottingley. In 1901 widowed Bridget was living with her family at 6 Katherine Street in Saltaire. By 1911 Alphonsus was working as a spinner living with his family at 11 George Street in Saltaire.

Alphonsus served in the war with the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, the Labour Corps, the Royal Fusiliers and the 22nd Battalion London Regiment. Having survived the war he continued to live at 11 George Street until around 1947 when he moved to 10 Mary Street in Saltaire. Alphonsus died in 1959. He had two brothers, Francis & Gabriel, who also served in the war.

Wall, Francis Bernard
c1898 – 8 September 1938

Francis Bernard Wall was the son of Michael Wall. Michael was born c1849 in Ireland. In 1881 & 1891 he was living with his wife, Bridget, and children in Knottingley. Michael was a sail maker and he died in 1900.

Francis, the youngest of nine children, was born c1898 in Knottingley. In 1901 widowed Bridget was living with her family at 6 Katherine Street in Saltaire. By 1911 they had moved to 11 George Street in Saltaire with Francis a student.

Francis served in and survived the war. In 1932 he married Frances Guinan. Francis died 8 September 1938 at Bradford Royal Infirmary. His widow was living at 50 Abingdon Street in Toller Lane, Bradford.

Francis had two brothers, Gabriel & Alphonsus, who also served in the war.

Wall, Gabriel
26 March 1896 – 1969

Gabriel Wall was the son of Michael Wall. Michael was born c1849 in Ireland. In 1881 & 1891 he was living with his wife, Bridget, and children in Knottingley. Michael was a sail maker and he died in 1900.

Gabriel, the second youngest of nine children, was born 26 March 1896 in Knottingley. In 1901 widowed Bridget was living with her family at 6 Katherine Street in Saltaire. By 1911 they had moved to 11 George Street in Saltaire with Gabriel working as a spinner.

Gabriel served in the war as an Acting Leading Seaman in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He survived the war continued to live at 11 George Street. He married Elsie Lundy in 1929. Gabriel died in 1969.

Gabriel had two brothers, Francis & Alphonsus, who also served in the war.

Wallage, Harry Charles  
26 March 1883 – 1957

Harry Charles Wallage was the son of Walter Wallage. Walter was born c1856 in Suffolk. He married Alice Ann Spinney 23 December 1877 in Camberwell, London. In 1881 & 1891 they lived in London with Walter working as a horse keeper.

Harry, the third of seven children, was born 26 March 1883 in London. In 1901 the family were living at 40 Titus Street in Saltaire; Walter was a wool warehouseman and Harry a railway wagon cover repairer. Harry married Florrie Greenwood in 1907; they had a daughter, Hilda, born 1909. In 1911 they were living at 12 Oastler Road in Shipley.

Harry served with the Notts & Derby Regiment and he survived the war. Harry died in 1957 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. He had a younger brother, Sydney, who also served his country and fought in the war. They are both remembered on the Roll of Honour inside Saltaire URC.

Wallage, Sydney Daniel                
31 March 1896 – 1974

Sydney Daniel Wallage was the son of Walter Wallage. Walter was born c1856 in Suffolk. He married Alice Ann Spinney 23 December 1877 in Camberwell, London. In 1881 & 1891 they lived in London with Walter working as a horse keeper.

Sydney, the youngest of seven children, was born 31 March 1896 in Oakworth. In 1901 the family were living at 40 Titus Street in Saltaire; Walter was a wool warehouseman. In 1911 they were living at 4 Baker Street in Saltaire with Sydney working as a worsted jobber.

Sydney served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in the war. In 1918 he was living with his parents at 20 Beatrice Street in Shipley. Sydney, working as a carding jobber, married Annie Lowe 19 May 1923 at Windhill Wesleyan Chapel. The married couple lived at 18 Herbert Street in Saltaire. Sydney died in 1974. He had an elder brother, Harry, who also served his country and fought in the war. They are both remembered on the Roll of Honour inside Saltaire URC.

Walsh, Allan
c1888 – 1940

Allan Walsh was the son of James Walsh. James was born c1864 in Shipley. He married Theresa Dales 5 May 1888 at Bradford Cathedral.

Allan, an only son with a younger sister, was born c1888 in Shipley. In 1891 the family were living at 60 Crag Road in Shipley with James working as a weaver. Following the death of James, Theresa married John Wilkins 24 April 1898 at Bradford Cathedral. Allan lived with his mother and step father at 54 Crag Road in Shipley in 1901, before moving to 36 Kitson Street in Shipley before 1911. Allan worked as a worsted spinner then as a railway goods porter.

Allan was convicted of stealing a Gold Albert (a pocket watch) 12 June 1912 at the Thames Police Court in London. He was bound over in the sum of 40/-.

Allan married Florence Matilda Jowett 8 May 1915 in Saltaire. They had a daughter, Elsie May, born 11 March 1916. They lived with Florence’s parents at 4 Fern Place in Saltaire.

Allan enlisted 1 Sep 1914 and he served with Royal Regiment Artillery. He was promoted to Corporal 10 June 1915 and went to France 17 June 1915. Allan was then promoted to Sergeant 30 November 1915.
Here is an article about Allan published in the Shipley
Times 25 February 1916:-

“The news of the promotion to Sergeant of Allan Walsh, R.R.A., who, before the war resided with his wife at 4 Fern Place, Saltaire, will be welcome news to his numerous friends in the district. He enlisted at the outbreak of the war and went to France in July, 1915.
So far he not sustained the slightest injury. His promotion to sergeant was exceedingly popular with the men of his company, and, as an instance of the affectionate relationship which exists between the men and himself, in a recent letter to his wife, Sergeant Walsh said that he had received an offer of the rank of Quartermaster Sergeant in another company, but so insistent were the men that he should remain with his old comrades, that he had decided to refuse the proffered appointment and stay where he was. So delighted were the men that in order to demonstrate their gratification they made a collection amongst themselves and with the money raised brought a handsome signet ring, bearing the R.F.A. crest and presented it to Sergeant Walsh. The latter in his letter, adds that the present will be valued as one of his most treasured possessions as long as he lives.
He has recently been in a rest camp behind the firing line, but expresses the hope that he will soon go forward again, as he prefers the actual fighting to the monotony of the camp. He is shortly expecting to come over to this country on leave. Sergeant Walsh was only married shortly before going to France.”

Allan was demoted to Corporal, at his own request, 21 August 1916. He received a gunshot wound in his right foot and was in Bradford Hospital from 6 June to 27 June in 1917.
Allan married Ethel Chaplin in 1918 in Ipswich. He was committed for trial 29 November 1918 by the Ipswich Magistrates on a charge of Bigamy. His trial was held 20 January 1919 at the Suffolk Assizes held at Ipswich. Allan was found guilty of the charge and sentenced to six months imprisonment. He was released 18 June 1919 and went back to his regiment for a few weeks before being discharged 26 July 1919.

Allan returned to his first wife, Florence, and from 1924 until his death in 1940 they lived at 6 Titus Street in Saltaire.

Ward, George Edward
1873 – ????

George Edward Ward was the son of James Ward. James was born c1846 in Stanningley near Pudsey. He married Dinah Watmough 13 September 1904 at St. Pauls Burley in Wharfedale. In 1871 they lived in Menston with James working as a spinner.
 
George, the third of eleven children, was born 1873 in Menston. He was baptised at St Johns Menston 28 October 1873. In 1881 the family were living at Guiseley before moving back to Menston by 1891. George was a boot repairer, then in 1901 he was commercial traveller boarding in a house in Nottingham. George, working as bootmaker, married Eliza Fillingham 13 September 1904 at St. Pauls Shipley. They had two daughters; Bertha born 1 July 1905 and Fanny born 16 December 1907. In 1911 they were living at 13 Beatrice Street in Shipley.

George served in survived the war. During the war they lived with Eliza’s mother at 11 Shirley Street in Saltaire. From 1922 they lived at 25 Maddocks Street in Saltaire, before moving to Park Road in Shipley in 1933.

Waterworth, Charles
16 September 1886 – 14 September 1956
[Updated, 13 November 2016]

Charles Waterworth was the son of John & Hannah Waterworth. Charles, the eldest of five sons, was born 16 September 1886 in Bradford. In 1891 the family were living in Bradford with John working as a warp twister. In 1901  they lived at 6 Albert Terrace in Saltaire.

Charles emigrated to the USA 27 June 1907. He married Eva (date and surname unknown) and they had a daughter, Ethel, born 1914. They lived at Fairfield in Connecticut. Charles was working as a machinist when he was drafted into the US Army 5 June 1917.

Charles died in Fairfield 14 September 1956.

Charles had two brothers; Joseph, who served in the US Army in the war and Harry in the British Army.

Waterworth, Harry
1888 – ????

Harry Waterworth was the son of John & Hannah Waterworth.

Harry, the third of five sons, was born c1888 in Bradford. In 1891 the family were living in Bradford with John working as a warp twister. In 1901 & 1911 they lived at 6 Albert Terrace in Saltaire. Harry worked as a warp twister then as a cabinet maker.

Harry married Ada Flaxington 24 June 1911 at St Wilfrids Calverley. Harry served in and survived the war. From 1915 Harry lived with his family at 9 Annie Street in Shipley.

Harry had two brothers, Charles & Joseph, who served in the United States Army in the war. Harry is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Saltaire United Reformed Church. 

Waterworth, Joseph
9 May 1890  – 11 July 1962
[Updated, 13 November 2016]

Joseph Waterworth was the son of John & Hannah Waterworth. John, the fourth of five sons, was born 9 May 1890 in Bradford. In 1891 the family were living in Bradford with John working as a warp twister.

In 1901 & 1911 they lived at 6 Albert Terrace in Saltaire. Joseph was working as a house painter. Joseph emigrated to the USA 20 March 1913. He was single and working as a painter when he was drafted into the US Army 5 June 1917.

Joseph never married and he died 11 July 1962 in Fairfield in Connecticut, USA.

Joseph had two brothers; Charles, who served in the US Army in the war and Harry in the British Army.

Watkin, Miles William
1892 – 19 March 1956

Miles William Watkin was the son of William Mawson Watkin. William was born c1848 in Shipley. He married Emma Sutthill 28 Nov 1874 at St Pauls Shipley. In 1881 they were living at 15 Victoria Buildings in Shipley with William working as a foreman wool sorter. By 1891 they were living at 41 St Pauls Terrace in Shipley with William working as a rate collector.

Miles, the youngest of seven children, was born 1892 in Shipley. His father, William, died in 1894; in 1901 Emma was living with her children at 20 Victoria Road in Saltaire. It was here that Miles spent his entire life.

Miles enlisted 26 November 1916 and was mobilised 11 February 1916. He served in France as a Private with the 3rd/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. Miles transferred to 126 Company Machine Gun Corps where he served as a Gunner from 25 July 1916. He was discharged 24 September 1919.

Miles died at 20 Victoria Road 19 March 1956. 

Watmuff, Richard
1876 – 1930

Richard Watmuff was the son of Joseph Watmuff. Joseph was born c1838 in Bradford. He married Julia (maiden name unknown) around 1859; Joseph was a joiner.

Richard, the second youngest of twelve children, was born 1876 in Bradford. He lived with his family in Bradford until he married Jessica Bedford 7 September 1901 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1911 they lived at 14 Prince Street in Shipley with Richard working as a tailor. They had two daughters; Ella born 1900 and Nellie born 1905.

Richard enlisted with the Labour Corps 19 February 1915, at which time he was living at 35 George Street in Saltaire. He saw active service as a Private with 503rd Employment Company. Richard was discharged on medical grounds 20 March 1919. He suffered from rheumatism in his back due to exposure to the wet. After the war the family continued to live in Saltaire moving to 15 Victoria Road around 1926. Richard died in 1930.

Watson, Reuben
1894 – 10 June 1957

Reuben Watson was the son of Edwin Watson. Edwin was born c1843 in Linton on Ouse. He married Mary Ann Linfoot in 1865. Edwin was an agricultural labour and lived all his life in Linton.

Reuben, the youngest of eleven children, was born 1888 in Linton. In 1911 he was a joiner & wheelwright living with his parents in Linton. Reuben volunteered in January 1916. He saw active service from November 1917 as a signaller with the East Yorkshire Regiment. In November 1918 it was reported that Reuben has been badly injured; his left foot needed to be amputated and his arm was badly fractured. By 1918 he was living at 14 Amelia Street in Saltaire. By 1923 he was at 42 Helen Street in Saltaire.

Reuben died 10 June 1957 in Linton on Ouse.

Watts, Joseph
c1892 – ????

Joseph Watts was the son of William Watts. William was born c1864 in Halford, Warwickshire. He married Elizabeth Ann Shaw 25 December 1889 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1891 they were living in Horton with William working as a painter.

Joseph, the eldest of six children, was born c1892 in Bradford. In 1901 the family lived at 1 Helen Street in Saltaire. By1907 they had moved to 29 Shirley Street in Saltaire where they remained until after the war. In 1911 Joseph was working as a warp beamer.

In August 1912 Joseph emigrated to America. He worked in the public telephone office in Detroit. He returned to Saltaire in 1915, landing in Liverpool 24th April.

Joseph enlisted 11 October 1915 and served as a Lance Corporal with 1st Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment. In 1916 he wrote home saying – We are well within range of the guns and on arriving here we got a warm reception. Four shells came our way, but did little damage beyond breaking the windows of the railway station”.

Whilst home on leave Joseph married Emma Hawxwell 25 December 1916 at St. Peters Shipley. 

Joseph was reported missing 27th May 1918. He had been in hospital twice (once with septic poisoning), and was awarded the Parchment Certificate earlier in 1918.

Waud, William Leonard
21 August 1887 – 1969

William Leonard Waud was the son of James Waud. James was born c1843 in York. He married Jane Lowe in 1883.

William, the youngest of four children, was born 21 August 1887 in Burley nr Leeds. He was baptised at St. Matthais in Burley 5 October 1887. In 1891 the family were living in Hunslet with James working as a time keeper.

When war was declared, William was working as a clerk and telegraph operator for the Shipley Post Office. As an army reservist he was one of eight in the post office called up immediately. At time he was living at 22 Rhodes Street in Saltaire with his postman colleague, George Henry Walker.

William served as a Private with the Northumberland Fusiliers. Having survived the war he continued to work for the post office. William married Amy Hempstock 5 February 1919 at St. Marys in Whitkirk, Leeds. From 1931 to after 1962 they lived at 44 Aire View Avenue in Bingley. William died 1969 in Chelmsford, Essex.

Webb, Albert
1892 – 9 August 1915

Albert Webb was the son of Alfred William Webb.
Alfred was born c1867 in Horsforth, Yorkshire. He married Grace Wilson 16 April 1892 at St Paul’s Shipley. Grace was a mill worker born in Bramley c1867; in 1891 she was living with her widowed mother at 17 Jane Street, Saltaire.
Albert was their eldest child born in 1892, being baptised 3 December 1892. In 1901 the family lived at 54 Titus Street, Saltaire. Alfred was an overlooker at the mill. Albert had a younger sister Gladys born c1895 in Saltaire. By 1911 the family had moved to 26 George Street, Saltaire.
As a boy Albert was employed in the offices of Saltaire Mills, and subsequently became a fitter’s apprentice at the Canal Iron Works (Joseph Parkinson & Son). He attended Saltaire Wesleyan Church and was a member of The Trinity Rose Lodge of the Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds.

Albert was amongst the 94 officers and men of the Shipley detachment of the 2nd West Riding Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps who met on parade at their headquarters (Albert Road Council Schools) in response to the Royal Proclamation for mobilisation. The Shipley detachment was formed in 1909.
After the men had passed the medical tests they were allocated to various regiments. Their duties would include maintaining a supply of pure water for the troops, rendering first aid and to supervise the general sanitary arrangements.

Albert was allocated to the 1/5th Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Here is an extract of a letter he wrote home 22 May 1915:-

“We have had some fairly bad weather during the last few days and in some parts of the trenches the mud has been over the boot tops. You cannot expect any different weather whilst shelling operations are in progress on the scale they have been lately. It seems to absolutely tear the sky to bits.

There are some guns not far from us, and it is awful when they go off, absolutely shaking the ground. Still, if you were over here, you would think that we were quite content. We have got used to it now, but the first time we saw the shells burst in the air it was enough to make anyone tremble. I think we shall be home for next winter, although it is no good taking much notice of what the soldiers say.

Where we are now was a fine place before the war, but it has been shelled unmercifully. Just now we are keeping under cover, as the enemy are shelling within fifty yards of us. They are wide of the mark (in an open field) so there will not be much damage. We had a severe bombardment for about fifteen minutes, so bad that I had to put this letter down and get under cover. I have a bit of shrapnel that came into the place where Theobald and I were in."

On the morning of Monday 9 August 1915, Albert with his battalion had engaged with the enemy at Hooge, in Belgium, following bombardment of enemy positions on the Sunday evening.
In a letter home, Private Ernest Theobold, previously of Shipley, described how he was one of a group of men in the trenches. Following long hours of fighting:

“After a bit of dinner, I took my boots off (my feet were soaking wet) and lay down on the floor of our dug-out. A shell came through the roof and burst. I came off luckiest of all”.

In fact Ernest suffered flesh wounds to his leg. Less fortunate was Albert, who was killed by the explosion.

Albert’s grave can be found at the Talana Farm Cemetery near Ypres in Belgium. He is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St Peters and Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel.

At the time of his death his parents were living at 9 Jane Street in Saltaire.

Webster, John Gillespie
25 January 1892 –????

John Gillespie Webster was the son of John Webster. John Snr was born c1864 in Ireland. He married Elizabeth Helen Woods 8 Feb 1885 in Liverpool. In 1891 they lived in Liverpool with John snr working as a cab driver.

John was born 25 March 1892 in Liverpool. He was baptised 28 March 1892 at St Peters Liverpool. Following John snr’s death Elizabeth married Christopher Nicholson. In 1901 they were living in Bootle near Liverpool. By 1911 Elizabeth, widowed again, was living with her children at 25 Ada Street in Saltaire. John was working as a woolcomber.

John served in and survived the war. In 1918 he was living with his mother at 32 Whitlam Street in Saltaire. By 1921 they had moved to 3 Katherine Street and by 1928 they were living at 24 George Street. Following his marriage to Mildred High he lived in Keighley. John had a younger brother, Stanley, who also served in and survived the war.

Webster, Stanley
1896 – 1928

Stanley Webster was the son of John Webster. John was born c1864 in Ireland. He married Elizabeth Helen Woods 8 Feb 1885 in Liverpool. In 1891 they lived in Liverpool with John working as a cab driver.

Stanley was born 1896 in Liverpool. Following John’s death Elizabeth married Christopher Nicholson. In 1901 they were living in Bootle near Liverpool. By 1911 Elizabeth, widowed again, was living with her children at 25 Ada Street in Saltaire. Stanley was working as a dobber.

Stanley served in and survived the war. In 1918 he was living with his mother at 32 Whitlam Street in Saltaire. By 1921 they had moved to 3 Katherine Street. Working as a cloth presser, Stanley married Doris May Rumbold 4 October 1922 at St Clements Bradford. Stanley died in 1928. 

Stanley had an elder brother, John, who also served in and survived the war.

West, Fielding Reginald
30 November 1891-6 October 1935

Fielding Reginald West was the son of William James West. William was born c1858 in Harrogate. He married Lucy Adelaide Fazackerly 1 December 1886 at Christchurch Linthwaite near Huddersfield. In 1891 they were living in Linthwaite with William a police constable.

Fielding, the sixth of thirteen children, was born 30 November 1891 in Linthwaite and he was baptised 24 April 1892. In 1901 the family were living at Lepton near Huddersfield. By 1911 they had moved to 66 George Street in Saltaire. William, retired from the police, was working as a gardener and Fielding was a junior clerk in worsted manufacturing.

Fielding was living in York 12 November 1914 when he enlisted with the Army Pay Corps. He was discharged 17 November 1919 when he was appointed as a civilian acting paymaster.

Fielding married Lily Noble in 1916, they were living at 66 George Street in 1918. He then married Margaret Reece in 1926 in Kensington, London. Fielding died 6 October 1935 in Hammersmith Hospital in London.

Fielding had two younger brothers, Norman & James, who also served their country and fought in the war.

West, James Henry
5 June 1897-1962

James Henry West was the son of William James West. William was born c1858 in Harrogate. He married Lucy Adelaide Fazackerly 1 December 1886 at Christchurch Linthwaite near Huddersfield. In 1891 they were living in Linthwaite with William a police constable.

James, the ninth of thirteen children, was born 5 June 1897 in Lepton near Huddersfield and he was baptised 26 September 1897. In 1901 the family were living at Lepton. By 1911 they had moved to 66 George Street in Saltaire. William, retired from the police, was working as a gardener.

James served in and survived the war. He remained at 66 George Street until he married Elsie Lupton in 1930. They then lived at 48 Fairbank Shipley from before 1932. James died in 1962.

James had two older brothers, Fielding & Norman, who also served their country and fought in the war.

West, Norman Leopold
3 November 1893-1954

Norman Leopold West was the son of William James West. William was born c1858 in Harrogate. He married Lucy Adelaide Fazackerly 1 December 1886 at Christchurch Linthwaite near Huddersfield. In 1891 they were living in Linthwaite with William a police constable.

Norman, the seventh of thirteen children, was born 3 November 1893 in Linthwaite and he was baptised 14 January 1894. In 1901 the family were living at Lepton near Huddersfield. By 1911 they had moved to 66 George Street in Saltaire. William, retired from the police, was working as a gardener and Norman was a joiner.

Norman served in the Royal Field Artillery and he survived the war. He married Lucy Davis 8 November 1919 at St. Stephens, Bowling. Norman died 1954.
Norman had two brothers, Fielding & James, who also served their country and fought in the war.

Westerman, Albert Watson
c1886 - ????

Albert Watson Waterman was born c1886. He married May Simpson 7 May 1912 at St. Edwards Leek in Staffordshire. They had a daughter Florence Olive born 7 January 1914 in Staffordshire.

Albert was living at 25 Jane Street in Saltaire when he enlisted with the 6th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment 14 December 1914. Prior to the war he had served with the 4th Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

Albert saw active service in France from 6 Jan 1917. He was wounded 12 May 1917 with injuries to his back, right thigh and left arm. He recovered was promoted to Corporal and he returned to France 27 July 1917. In November 1917 he was awarded the Military Medal. This was presented to him by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, 30 April 1918. Albert transferred to 5th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment before he was discharged on medical grounds 8 October 1918.

Weston, Clifford
1898 – 9 April 1955

Clifford Weston was the son Walter George Weston. Walter was born c1865 in Norfolk. He married Emily Wilkinson 19 November 1888 in Bradford Cathedral.
 In 1891 they were living in Allerton with Walter an engine tender.

Clifford, the third of four sons, was born 1898 in Bingley. In 1901 they were living in Wilsden; by 1911 they had moved to 35 Rhodes Street in Saltaire. Clifford attested 5 February 1916 but he was not called up until 25 April 1918. He served with the Coldstream Guards until he was discharged 8 February 1919.

Clifford, working as a fitter, married Bertha Richards 31 March 1923 at St. Pauls, Shipley. In 1924 they lived at 12 Baker Street in Saltaire. From 1931 onwards they lived in Bingley.

Clifford died 9 April 1955 at St Lukes Hospital Bradford; he had been living in Cottingley.

Whalley, Charles Smith
1884 – 29 May 1916

Charles Smith Whalley was the son of Annie Whalley (father unknown). Annie was born c1854 in Windhill. She married Thomas Goldsborough Sutcliffe 10 October 1888.

Charles was born 1884 in Burnley. In 1891 he was living his mother and step father in Baildon. His stepfather died before 1901 leaving his widowed mother living at 32 Regent Street in Shipley. Charles worked in the finishing department in Saltaire Mills. In 1911 was serving abroad in the Army whist his mother lived at 3 Helen Street in Saltaire. Charles married Ada Milton in 1913; they lived at 35 Ada Street in Saltaire.

Charles served in the regular Army before the war serving two years in Egypt and two in India. As a reservist he was called up on the outbreak of war and went to France with the 3rd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He was injured in December 1914 and returned home to undergo an operation at Gravesend hospital. Charles rejoined his regiment in Ireland; in May 1915 they went to the Dardanelles where he was promoted to Corporal. Charles was invalided home and after receiving treatment at the military hospitals at Netley and Cork, he was discharged 16 December 1915.

Charles died 29 May 1916 at 35 Ada Street in Saltaire. A well attended service took place 2 June 1916 at Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel. A detachment of the Army Service Corps stationed at Bradford attended and there were also present a number of soldiers, who before joining the forces were connected to the Chapel. The coffin was mounted on a gun carriage, and draped in a Union Jack. After the burial at Nab Wood the “Last Post” was sounded by the cornettist of the military band which was present. Charles is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St. Peters and Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel.

Whalley, Thomas
1877 – 7 April 1920

Thomas Whalley was the son of William Whalley. William was born 1848 in Brindle, Lancashire. He married Clara Hoyle 4 September 1872 at St. John Great Horton.

Thomas, the third child of nine, was born 1877 in Shipley. In 1881 the family were living at 7 William Henry Street in Saltaire with William working as a worsted carding overlooker. By 1891 they had moved to 19 William Henry Street with Thomas working as a worsted spinner. Thomas married Honorah Groork 19 August 1912 at St. Josephs Bradford. They lived in Bradford with their daughters Annie & Agnes.

Thomas, working as a card grinder, enlisted 22 September 1914. He was mobilised 29 April 1915 and he served in France as a Lance Corporal with the 2nd Battalion Duke Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. Thomas died, at home in Bradford, 7 April 1920. He was buried at Bowling Cemetery in Bradford. He is not remembered on any Roll of Honour in the Shipley area.

Whitaker, Samuel
1889 –????

Samuel Whitaker was the son of Sam Whitaker. Sam was born c1858 in Bradford. Working as a tailor he married Emily Weatherhead 13 May 1882 at Bradford Cathedral.

Samuel, the third of ten children was born 1889 in Bradford. He lived with his family at various addresses across Bradford. Working as a dyer & labourer he married Maud Elizabeth Wildman 26 September 1914 at St Pauls Shipley. Samuel was living at 2 Rhodes Street in Saltaire and Maud at 62 Victoria Road in Saltaire.

Samuel served in and survived the war. From around 1918 he lived at 11 Fanny Street in Saltaire.

White, Jabez  
1897 – 1953

Jabez White was the son Ernest George White. Ernest was born c1866 in Wombleton near Pickering in North Yorkshire. He married Rosina Adeline Simmons in 1892.
 
Jabez, the fourth of eleven children, was born 1897 in Wombleton. In 1901 & 1911 Jabez lived with his family in Wombleton, his father was a blacksmith.

Jabez enlisted 30 November 1915 when he was a stuff warehouseman living with his cousin, Marwood White, at 41 Mary Street in Saltaire. He was posted 14 November 1916 and served as a Private with the 3rd Battalion Prince of Wales’s North Staffordshire Regiment. He was transferred to the 7th Battalion Princess Charlotte of Wales’s Royal Berkshire Regiment 4 June 1919. Jabez was discharged 3 December 1919 and lived with Marwood at 6 Victoria Road in Saltaire.

Jabez, living at 10 Herbert Street in Saltaire with his cousin, married Alice Grimley 30 December 1923 at the Bethel Chapel Windhill. The married couple lived with Alice’s parents at 88 Valley Street in Shipley. Jabez died in 1953.

Whitehead, Herbert
1893 – 20 September 1916

Herbert Whitehead, was the son of Sarah Whitehead, with his father unknown. He had an older sister and he was born 1893 in Windhill. The family lived in Morley until 1907 when they moved to 34 Helen Street in Saltaire. Herbert worked as a jobber in the mill. At the start of the war they were living at 4 Jane Street in Saltaire. By the end of the war they had moved to 15 Mossman Street in Shipley.

Herbert served as a Private with the 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. He died 20 September 1916. Herbert was buried at Serre Road Cemetery near Albert in France. He is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, Windhill Parish Church and Bradford Grammar School.

Whiteley, Sydney
1890 – 13 September 1917

Sydney Whiteley was the son of Thomas Whiteley.
Thomas was born c1855 in Bradford. He married Elizabeth Dunn in 1880. In 1881 & 1891 they were living at 29 Titus Street in Saltaire (this is now 23 Whitlam Street) with Thomas working as a wool comber then as a dyers labourer.
Sydney, the youngest of three children, was born 1890 in Saltaire. In 1911 the family were living at 9 Shirley Street in Saltaire with Sydney working as a spinning overlooker.

Sydney served as a Private with the 2nd/6th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment. He died 13 September1917 and his grave can be found in Favreuil British Cemetery in Northern France.
Sydney is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St. Peters.

Whitesmith, Ernest Theodore
1894 – ????

Ernest Theodore Whitesmith was the son of Thomas Edward Whitesmith. Thomas was born 1865 in Carlisle. He married Annie (maiden name and date unknown). In 1891 they were living in London with Thomas working as an artificer.

Ernest, the youngest of three children and an only son, was born 1894 in London. In 1901 widowed Thomas was living with his children in Gateshead. Thomas was an insurance agent and a professional singer. In 1911 Ernest was a boarder with the Bromley family in Salford Lancashire. He was working as a gardener. Ernest married Rhoda May Boyes 28 August 1915 at St. Peters Shipley. They lived with Rhoda’s family at 6 Katherine Street in Saltaire.

Ernest, living at 16 Stoney Ridge Bingley, enlisted 24 November 1915. He served as a Lance Corporal with the 16th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment. Ernest fought in France from 14 May 1916 to 4 August 1916. He suffered from shell shock and he was discharged physically unfit for service 20 September 1916. In 1920 he was living at 53 George Street in Saltaire.

Whitfield, Ben
28 April 1892 – 1969

Ben Whitfield was the son of Samuel Whitfield. Samuel was born 1857 in Bradford. He married Louisa Simpson 20 November 1880 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 they lived with Louisa’s parents at 41 Mary Street in Saltaire with Samuel working as a stone delver. They lived at the same house in 1891 but with Samuel now as the head.

Ben, the fourth of six children, was born 28 April 1892 in Saltaire. He was baptised 17 July 1892 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Saltaire. In 1901 the family were living at 19 George Street in Saltaire with Samuel working as a milk dealer. By 1911 they were living at 70 George Street in Saltaire with Ben working as a wool sorter.

Ben served as a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery. He enlisted 5 January 1915 and he was discharged 15 December 1918. Ben married Lena Stubbs 23 October 1915 at Girlington Road Wesleyan Chapel Bradford. They had a son John born 29 November 1916. They lived at 33 Whitlam Street in Saltaire until 1931 when they moved to 18 Shirley Street in Saltaire. They moved to Bingley around 1936. Ben re-enlisted in the army when he joined the 49th West Riding Divisional Signalling Company 13 July 1921. Ben died in 1969.

Whitfield, Norman
27 Oct 1899 – 1969

Norman Whitfield was the son of George William Whitfield. George was born 1864 in Shipley. He married Mary Ann Walker 6 March1886 in Bradford Cathedral. George was a warehouseman living in George Street in Saltaire and Mary was living in Mary Street. In 1891 they were living at 25 Herbert Street in Saltaire with George working as plush dyer

Norman, who had an elder sister, was born 27 October 1899 in Saltaire. He was baptised 30 January 1901 at Saltaire URC. In 1901 & 1911 the family were living at 6 Whitlam Street in Saltaire with George working as a greaser in a factory. George died in 1905.

Norman served in the war and survived to marry Hope Rollinson in 1924. They were still living at 6 Whitlam Street in 1962. Norman died in 1969.

Whitfield, Thomas Taylor
1897 – 4 September 1959

Thomas Taylor Whitfield was the son of Joshua Whitfield. Joshua was born 1865 in Shipley. He married Alice Taylor 25 July 1896 in the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Shipley.

Thomas, the only son and eldest of four children, was born 1897 in Shipley. In 1901 the family was living at 12 Earl Street in Shipley with Joshua working as a worsted overlooker. By 1911 they had moved to 57 Earl Street with Thomas was working in a worsted weft room.

Thomas enlisted 31 May 1915 with the Royal Field Artillery. He was held in reserve until 7 January 1917 when he saw action in France as a Driver in the 4th West Riding (Howitzer) Brigade. He was discharged 7 March 1919. Thomas moved to 20 Shirley Street in Saltaire before 1918 and then moved back to 57 Earl Street in 1921. He married Harriet Uttley in 1924. They lived at 43 Earl Street until he died 4 September 1959 at Salts Hospital.

Whittingham, Maurice White
1898 – 12 February 1953

Maurice White Whittingham was the son of Samuel Whittingham.  Samuel was born 1861 in Bingley. He married Mary Alice White 24 September 1887 at Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel. In 1891 they lived at 18 Titus Street in Saltaire with Samuel working as an overlooker. By 1897 they had moved to 25 George Street in Saltaire.

Maurice, the youngest of four children, was born 1898 in Saltaire. In 1901 & 1911 they lived at 5 Park Grove in Shipley with Samuel working as a Prudential
insurance agent before he became a laundry proprietor.

Maurice served with the Northumberland Fusiliers. Here is a report from the Shipley Times 5 April 1918 with regard to Maurice:-

“He was wounded on Oct 12th and has been at a Glasgow hospital ever since. He enlisted over a year ago and had only been at the front a month when he was wounded.”

Maurice, a laundry proprietor, married Myra Bastow 18 April 1922 at St Pauls Shipley. They were living at The Garage, High St, Wath on Dearne, Barnsley when he died 12 February 1953.

Maurice had two brothers, Sydney & Stanley, who both served in and survived the war.

Whittingham, Stanley
1892 – 23 May 1951

Stanley Whittingham was the son of Samuel Whittingham. Samuel was born 1861 in Bingley. He married Mary Alice White 24 September 1887 at Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel. In 1891 they lived at 18 Titus Street in Saltaire with Samuel working as an overlooker.

Stanley, the third of four children, was born 1892 in Saltaire.  By 1897 the family were living at 25 George Street in Saltaire. In 1901 & 1911 they lived at 5 Park Grove in Shipley with Samuel working as a Prudential insurance agent before he became a laundry proprietor. In 1911 Stanley was a fruitier & game dealer with his brother Sydney. At the start of the war they ran a shop at 6 Gordon Terrace (now 61 Bingley Road) in Saltaire. Stanley was the secretary of the Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel.

Stanley enlisted 1 December 1915. He was mobilised 25 October 1916 and saw action with the Royal Field Artillery. Despite receiving gunshot wounds on three separate occasions Stanley survived the war. He married Harriet May Keighley 2 Jan 1915 at Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel. They had a son, Douglas, born 25 June 1916. After the war they lived at 63 George Street in Saltaire, moving to 40 Norwood Terrace in Shipley around 1924. Stanley died 23 May 1951 at St. Lukes Hospital in Bradford.

Stanley is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel. He had two brothers, Sydney & Maurice, who both served in and survived the war.

Whittingham, Sydney Bradley
25 September 1890 – 10 July 1933

Sydney Bradley Whittingham was the son of Samuel Whittingham. Samuel was born 1861 in Bingley. He married Mary Alice White 24 September 1887 at Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel.

Sydney, the second of four children, was born 25 September 1890 in Saltaire. He was baptised 26 October 1890 at Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel.  In 1891 the family lived at 18 Titus Street in Saltaire with Samuel working as an overlooker. By 1897 they had moved to 25 George Street in Saltaire. In 1901 & 1911 they lived at 5 Park Grove in Shipley with Samuel working as a Prudential insurance agent before he became a laundry proprietor. In 1911 Sydney was a fruitier & game dealer with his brother Stanley. At the start of the war they ran a shop at 6 Gordon Terrace (now 61 Bingley Road) in Saltaire.

Sydney survived the war with serving with the Queen’s Own Royal Dragoons. After the war he married Jeannie (maiden name and date unknown). Sydney died 10 July 1933 at St. James Hospital in Leeds. He left his widow living at Cherry Stone, The Crescent, Alwoodley in Leeds.

Sydney had two brothers, Stanley & Maurice, who both served in and survived the war.

Whittle, Walter
c1892 – 7 December 1931

Walter Whittle was the son of Alfred James Whittle. Alfred was born c1866 in London. He married Annie de Maime 26 August 1890 at St. Augustines, Bradford.

Walter, an only child, was born 1892 in Bradford. In 1901 the family were living in Bradford with Alfred working as an iron moulder. By 1911 they were living in Frizinghall with Walter working as a loom fitter.  Walter married Annie Beatrice Tubby 27 June 1914 at St. Pauls, Shipley. Walter served in and survived the war; he lived with his wife and her parents at 28 Rhodes Street in Saltaire.

Walter, a mill mechanic, married Eliza Jane Boyes, 4 June 1927 at St. Peters, Shipley. Walter was living at 9 Queens Street in Shipley and Eliza at 53 George Street in Saltaire. The married couple lived at 9 Queens Street until around 1930 when they moved to 6 Victoria Street in Shipley.

Walter died 7 December 1931 at Salts Hospital.

Wigglesworth, Alfred
???? – ????

In 1918 whilst serving his country Alfred Wigglesworth was living with Sarah Ann Wigglesworth at 41 Mary Street in Saltaire. The relationship between Sarah and Alfred is not known.  

Wigglesworth, John Henry
1892 – 1965

John Henry Wigglesworth was the son of Benjamin Wigglesworth. Benjamin was born 11 July 1853 in Menston. Hem married Jane Short 1884. In 1891 they were living in Guiseley with Benjamin working as an attendant at Menston Asylum.

John, the fifth of seven children, was born 1892 in Guiseley. In 1901 the family were living at 142 Union Street in Shipley with Benjamin working as an insurance agent. In 1911 they were living at 27 Constance Street in Saltaire with Benjamin working as a carter for a coal merchant.

John served in and survived the war. Working as a cloth finisher he married Minnie Seddon 22 December 1920 at the Primitive Methodist Church Saltaire Road Shipley. They lived at 5 Oxford Street in Shipley until they moved to Bingley in 1937. John died in 1965.  John had a younger brother, Samuel, who also served his country and fought in the war.

Wigglesworth, Samuel
14 April 1899 – 13 December 1962

Samuel Wigglesworth was the son of Benjamin Wigglesworth. Benjamin was born 11 July 1853 in Menston. Hem married Jane Short 1884. In 1891 they were living in Guiseley with Benjamin working as an attendant at Menston Asylum.

Samuel, the youngest of seven children, was born 14 April 1899 in Shipley. He was baptised 7 June 1899 at St Pauls Shipley. In 1901 the family were living at 142 Union Street in Shipley with Benjamin working as an insurance agent. In 1911 they were living at 27 Constance Street in Saltaire with Benjamin working as a carter for a coal merchant.

Samuel served in and survived the war. He married Beatrice Gracey in 1928. They lived in Baildon before moving to Shipley around 1939. In 1958 they were living at 17 Victoria Road in Saltaire. Samuel died 13 December 1962 at Bradford Royal Infirmary. His widow, Beatrice, was living at 21 Caroline Street in Saltaire. Samuel had an elder brother, John Henry, who also served his country and fought in the war.

Wilby, Ewart
19 April 1891 – 6 July 1965

Ewart Wilby was the son of Cyrus Wilby.Cyrus was born 1860 in Oxley, near Wakefield. He married Mary Ann Pepper 3 October 1885 at St. Oswalds Methley, near Leeds. In 1891 they were living at Soothill, near Dewsbury, with Cyrus working as mill hand.

Ewart, the middle child of three and only son, was born 19 April 1891 in Ossett, near Wakefield. In 1901 the family were living at Alverthorpe near Wakefield.

When Joseph enlisted 11 December 1915 whilst he was a warp dresser living with Joseph & Elizabeth Stead at 45 Rhodes Street in Saltaire. He remained there throughout the war. He was mobilised 16 Mar 1917 and saw action as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery. Ewart was discharged 25 February 1919 and he went to live in Ossett.

Ewart was working as a rag merchant when married Catherine Spencer Bowman 27 October 1920 at St. Michael Buslingthorpe, near Leeds. Catherine died in 1922. He then married Eva Kathleen Bridge 20 April 1935 at Holy Trinity Ossett. Ewart died 6 July 1965 at Clayton Hospital in Wakefield.

Williams, Charles George  
1871 – ????

Charles George Williams was the son of Charles George Williams (senior). Charles (senior) was born 1849 in Bermondsey Surrey. He married Annie Briggs 1870 in Kendall. In 1871 they were living in Leeds with Charles (senior) working as a leather grounder. 
 
Charles, the eldest of five children, was born 1871 in Leeds. In 1881 they were living in London. Charles married Emma Noble 3 December 1906 at St Johns Baildon. In 1911 they were living in Leeds with Charles serving in the Army as a Sergeant Major. They had four children; Charles George (b1907), John Henry (b1909), Francis Emma (b 1910) and Gladys Mary (b1915).

Charles served in and survived the war. By 1918 the family were living at 13 Rhodes in Saltaire, moving to 77 Albert Road in Saltaire around 1934.

Wilson, George
c1887– ????

George was born c1887; his father was William Wilson with mother unknown.

George, married Louisa Earnshaw 13 April 1914 at St. Peters Shipley. George was working as a chauffeur and living in Shipley, Louisa was living at 42 Mary Street in Saltaire.

George served with the Royal Garrison Artillery and survived the war. From 1915 to 1921 they lived at 34 Helen Street in Saltaire. After 1921 they were living at 29 Constance Street in Saltaire.

Woodhead, Arthur
1885 –????

Arthur Woodhead was the son of Thomas Woodhead. Thomas was born 1861 in Bradford. He married Martha Jane Gledhill 9 September 1888 at Bradford Cathedral.

Arthur, the eldest of four children, was born 1885 in Bradford. In 1891 they were living in Bowling with Thomas working in a mill. In 1901 they were living at 10 Titus Street in Saltaire with Thomas working as a power loom overlooker.

Arthur served an apprenticeship with Messrs A Bagnall & Sons Ltd, (plumbers & decorators in Shipley). Then in 1904 he enlisted in the army. In 1911 he was a Lance Corporal with the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, stationed at Tanshelf, Pontefract.
In May 1915 he was in Flanders as a Private with the Army Ordnance Corps. Arthur survived the war.

Arthur had a younger brother, Harry, who also served in and survived the war.

Woodhead, Harry
30 September 1897 – 23 June 1961

Harry Woodhead was the son of Thomas Woodhead. Thomas was born 1861 in Bradford. He married Martha Jane Gledhill 9 September 1888 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1891 they were living in Bowling with Thomas working in a mill.

Harry, the youngest of four children, was born 30 September 1897 in Shipley. He was baptised at St. Paul’s Shipley 3 November 1897. In 1901 the family were living at 10 Titus Street in Saltaire with Thomas working as a power loom overlooker. By 1911 they had moved to 21 Victoria Road in Saltaire with Harry working as a weft pegger. By 1918 the family had moved to 49 Caroline Street in Saltaire.

Harry was a member of the Shipley and District Ambulance Corps. Having enlisted with the Royal Navy Sick Berth Reserve he was posted to the Royal Navy Barracks in Devon in August 1915.

Having survived the war Harry, working as a clerk, married Muriel Newton 23 February 1924 at All Saints Bingley. The married couple lived at 50 Norwood Terrace in Shipley until around 1933 when they moved to 24 Nab Wood Drive in Shipley. By 1940 they were living at 13 Highfield Terrace in Shipley.

Harry died 23 June 1961 at The Duke of York Home in Bradford leaving Muriel living at 109 Bradford Road in Shipley. Harry is remembered in the Garden of Remembrance at Hirst Wood Shipley.

Harry had an older brother, Arthur, who also served in and survived the war.

Woodhead, Joshua
1875 – 1937
[Updated 19 March 2017]

Joshua Woodhead was the son of Joseph Woodhead. Joseph was born 1851 in Bradford. He married Grace Hirk 26 July 1884 at Bradford Cathedral.

Joshua, the eldest of seven children, was born 1875 ion Windhill. In 1881 the family were living at 30 Briggate in Shipley with Joseph working as a warp dresser. By 1891 they had moved to 3 Constance Street in Saltaire with Joshua working as a worsted spinner.

Joshua WoodheadJoshua, working as a grave digger, married Maria Butterfield 26 December 1889 at St. Pauls Shipley. Maria died in 1903. Widowed Joshua, working as an electrician married Ada Gordon 13 May 1906 at St. Pauls Shipley. They lived at 30 Constance Street in Saltaire with their three children; Edith (b1906), Fred (b1910) and Percy (b1911). In 1911 they were living at 11 Cross Rosse Street in Shipley with Joshua working as an electric overhead crane driver in a gas works. They moved to 82 Hirst Wood in 1931.

Joshua served with the Duke of Wellington Regiment and survived the war. He was reported as being wounded in March 1917. Joshua died in 1937.

Woodhead, Thomas
6 October 1893 – 1974

Thomas Woodhead was the son of Ernest Herbert Woodhead. Ernest was born c1857 in Horton. He married Sarah Jane Taylor 30 July 1887 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1891 they were living in Horton with Ernest working as a driver.

Thomas, the youngest of three children, was born 6 August 1893 in Bradford. He was baptised 6 September 1893 at St. Marys Laisterdyke. By 1911 Sarah Jane was living with her three children but without her husband at 54 George Street in Saltaire. Thomas was working as a chemist’s assistant.

Thomas WoodheadThomas served in and survived the war. Working as a dyer’s labourer he married Mary Ellen Wright 15 April 1922 at All Saints Bingley. The married couple lived at 54 George Street until 1932 when they moved to Bingley.

Thomas died in 1974, he is remembered on the Saltaire URC Roll of Honour.

Woodhouse, Ben
13 April 1887 – 1949

Ben Woodhouse was the son of Harry Woodhouse. Harry was born 1863 in Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. He married Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) about 1885. They had six children, but only three survived beyond childhood.

Ben, the only surviving son with two younger sisters, was born 13 April 1887 in Huddersfield. He was baptised 21 Oct 1883 in Christchurch Moldgreen in Huddersfield. In 1891 the gamily were living in Moldgreen with Harry working as a dyer.

By 1900 they had moved to 33 Mary Street in Saltaire. From 1901 they lived at 2 Mary Street with Harry working as a dyer and Ben working as a bobbin taker then as a spinning overlooker. They moved to Menston sometime after 1915.

Ben, living in Bradford, enlisted with the 16th Battalion Prince of Wales’s West Yorkshire Regiment (1st Bradford Pals) 14 November 1915. He had previously served with the 3rd West Riding Regiment. Ben was mobilised 22 November 1915 and served in Egypt until 6 March 1916. For the rest of the war Ben served in France until he was discharged 24 Jan 1919.

Ben died in 1949.

Woodward, Fred
1883 – ????

Fred Woodward was the son of Arthur Woodward. Arthur was born c1860 in Ripon. He married Annie King 30 July 1877 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1891 they were living at 28 Briggate in Shipley with Arthur working as a leather currier.

Fred, the third of eight children, was born 1883 in Shipley. Working as a labourer he married Annie Maria Jessop 11 February 1911 at St. Peters Shipley. Fred was living at 15 Caroline Street in Saltaire, once married he moved next door to No. 14 to live with Annie’s family. From 1914 the married couple lived at 20 Helen Street in Saltaire.

Fred served eight years in the Indian Army and he survived WW1 having served with the Royal Field Artillery.

Fred had a younger brother, Squire, who also fought in and survived the war.

Woodward, Squire King
18th April 1897 – 1982

Squire King Woodward was the son of Arthur Woodward. Arthur was born c1860 in Ripon. He married Annie King 30 July 1877 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1891 they were living at 28 Briggate in Shipley with Arthur working as a leather currier.

Squire, the second youngest of eight children, was born 18 April 1897 in Shipley. In 1901 the family were living at 27 Regent Street in Shipley. Annie split from her husband and lived in Saltaire with her children. They lived at 20 Albert Terrace in 1905, moving to 6 Fanny Street in 1906. By 1911 they had moved to 4 Constance Street with Squire working as a spinner.

Squire survived the war having served as an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy. Working as a dyer’s labourer Squire married Florence Burke 9 September 1922. He was living at 10 Albert Terrace in Saltaire, Florence at 21 Shirley Street. The married couple lived at 9 Herbert Street in Saltaire. In 1945 they moved to 1 Marlott Road in Shipley where they remained until after 1962.

Squire died in 1982. He is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Saltaire URC.

Squire had an older brother, Fred, who also fought in and survived the war.       

Woof, Marshall
1889 – 27 March 1918

Marshall Woof was the son of George Woof. George was born c1850 in Lancaster. He married Hannah Leake 3 February 1872 at Kirkby Lonsdale. In 1881 they were living at Barrow in Furness with George working as a blacksmith.

Marshall, the youngest of nine children, was born 1889 in Saltaire. In 1891 the family were living at 2 Jane Street in Saltaire. By 1901 they had moved to 152 Newby Street in West Bowling. In 1911 they were living at 156 Coates Street in Bradford with Marshall working as an apprentice loom maker.

Marshall, working as a weaving overlooker, enlisted on 26 November 1915 and he was mobilised on 8 November 1916 serving with the Army Service Corps. Marshall married Martha Jane Allen, 18 April 1917 in York. He was transferred to the 13th Company Machine Gun Corps and he saw action in France from 1 June 1917.

Marshall was killed in action 23 March 1918. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial in Northern France; he is not on any Roll of Honour in the Shipley area.

Marshall had an elder brother, Tom, who survived the war.

(Compiled with the help of David Braithwaite)

Woof, Tom
1883 – 25 February 1935

Tom Woof was the son of George Woof. George was born c1850 in Lancaster. He married Hannah Leake 3 February 1872 at Kirkby Lonsdale. In 1881 they were living at Barrow in Furness with George working as a blacksmith.

Tom, the seventh of nine children, was born 1883 in Barrow in Furness. In 1891 the family were living at 2 Jane Street in Saltaire. By 1901 they had moved to 152 Newby Street in West Bowling with Tom working as a woolcomber.

Tom enlisted 29 September 1902. Tom married Edith Mary Lee on 1 October 1904 at Dover Register Office. Tom served in India from 19 November 1906 to 6 January 1911. They had a daughter Beatrice May. She was born in 1911 but she died of diphtheria on 29 October 1914 at Dover Fever Hospital.

Tom was mobilised on the outbreak of war and he went to France on 9 September 1915 as a Private with the 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment. He was sent back to England 31 December 1914 suffering from Rheumatism. He was discharged on 28 September 1915. Tom died 25 February 1935 at Kentdale Nursing Home in Kendal.

Tom had a younger brother, Marshall, who sadly lost his life fighting for his country.

(Compiled with the help of David Braithwaite)

Wright, Harold Reginald
c1894 – 16 September 1918

Harold Reginald Wright was the son of Edwin Henry Wright. Edwin Wright was born 1869. He was baptised 7 April 1869 at St. Stephens in Burmantofts, Leeds. He married Emma Stevens in Bradford in 1891.

Harold, the second oldest of four children, was born c1894 in Pudsey. In 1901 the family lived at 12 Victoria Road in Saltaire with Edwin working as a chemists’ assistant. They were still living there in 1911 with Edwin working as a drug store manager and Harold as an insurance clerk.

Harold served as a Lieutenant with the 5th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Reginald died 16 September 1918, aged 24. He is buried in the Terlinchthun British Cemetery in Wimille on the outskirts of Boulogne in France. By this time the family were living at 4 Mount Parade in Harrogate.
Harold is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St Peters and Salt Grammar School.
Harold had a younger brother, Melville, who also gave his life in serving his country in the war.

Wright, Herbert
1885 – 22 September 1918

Herbert Wright was the son of Edwin Wright.Edwin was born c1879 in Baildon. He married Elizabeth Ellen Pickard 14 April 1879 in St Wilfrid Calverley. In 1881 they were living at 10 Perserverence Street in Baildon with Edwin working as a worsted weaver.

Herbert, the third of six children, was born 1885 in Saltaire. In 1891 the family lived at 36 Whitlam Street in Saltaire. In 1901 & 1911 they lived at 2 Shirley Street in Saltaire with Herbert working as cart cover sheet mender for the Midland Railway.

Herbert was living at New Sawley in Derbyshire when he enlisted with the Sherwood Foresters. Subsequently he served as a Private with the 6th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. He died 22 September 1918 and his grave can be found at Glageon Community Cemetery extension near Trelon in Northern France.

Herbert is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and Saltaire URC.

Wright, Melville Eugene
c1898 – 28 October 1917

Melville Eugene was the son of Edwin Henry Wright. Edwin Henry Wright was born 1869. He was baptised 7 April 1869 at St. Stephens in Burmantofts, Leeds. He married Emma Stevens in Bradford in 1891.

Melville Eugene, the second youngest of four children, was born c1898 in Shipley. In 1901 the family lived at 12 Victoria Road in Saltaire with Edwin working as a chemists’ assistant. They were still living there in 1911 with Edwin working as a drug store manager and Melville a scholar at Salt Grammar School.

Melville Eugene served as a Bombardier with “D” Battery, 311th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. He died 28 October 1917, aged 19. He is buried in the Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, near Ypres in Belgium. By this time the family were living at 25 Knaresbrough Road in Harrogate.

Melville is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St Peters and Salt Grammar School. Melville had an elder brother, Harold, who also gave his life in serving his country in the war.

 
 
   

 
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