Keighley

Black Sheep Sunday – James Pearson Lonsdale (1909-1979)

James Pearson Lonsdale is my 4th cousin 1x removed. He was born on 28 March 1909 in Keighley, West Yorkshire. His parents are Thomas Lonsdale and Louisa Pearson. Our common ancestors are Isaac Kighley and Ellen Jackson – my 4x great grandparents.

Unfortunately James found himself in the newspapers two or three times at least.

The first time was in 1928, just a couple of weeks before his nineteenth birthday. On 12 March the Leeds Mercury reported the following story (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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FATAL COLLISION WITH TAXI

Fatal injuries were received at Addingham, on Saturday evening, by John William Hayton (28), of Woodgate Farm, Silsden Moor, as a result of colliding while riding a motor cycle with a taxicab, driven by James Pearson Lonsdale, 12 Gordon Street, Keighley.

The article does not suggest any blame was attached to James and I haven’t found any follow up articles.

By the time of the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) Thomas and Louisa Lonsdale and their children had moved from Keighley to Middlesex.

On 22 January 1944 the Middlesex Chronicle reported on a less serious offence (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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NO EXCUSE TO OFFER

James Pearson Lonsdale, 27, Lampton Road, Hounslow, was summoned at Spelthorne Petty Sessions, on Tuesday, for improperly using motor fuel at Church Square, Shepperton, on December 5th. He pleaded guilty.
P.C. Fleet stated that he saw a motor car being driven by defendant and stopped him. Questioned, Lonsdale said he was issued with petrol for journeys between his home and his work at Acton, adding that he had driven over from Hounslow to Shepperton and really had no excuse to offer. Told that the facts would be reported with a view to prosecution, he said: “Must you report it?” The distance between Shepperton and Hounslow was seven miles.
Defendant stated that he was called upon by the W.V.S. under the voluntary car pool system to collect a patient who had been suffering from flu. He acted on a telephone call and did not receive proper instructions for the journey.
Asked by the Chairman (County Alderman H. Fear) why he did not explain to the officer, defendant said he was too aghast at being stopped.
The Chairman: That’s nonsense.
P.C. Fleet said there was another man with Lonsdale, and they both left a hotel.
Defendant was find £2.

Petrol became the first commodity to be rationed in the UK after the start of WW2.

In July 1942, the Ministry for Homeland Security asked the Women’s Voluntary Service (WVS) to run the Volunteer Car Pool (VCP). By 1944, there were over 570 VCP schemes across Britain, involving transporting people to hospital as well as other duties. This evolved into the various services and now takes the form of Community Transport.

 

Wedding Wednesday -Herbert Dyson and Edna Doreen Feather

Edna Doreen Feather is my 4th cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Arthur Feather and Sarah Ethel Ambler. Our common ancestors are Anthony Mason and Mary Brayshaw – my 4x great grandparents.

Edna was born on 1 June 1906 in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

On 21 April 1931 Edna Married Herbert Dyson at Christ Church in Oakworth, Keighley. A report of the wedding was published in the Shipley Times and Express on Saturday 25 April 1931 (image taken from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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ECCLESHILL BRIDEGROOM

The wedding took place at Christ Church, Oakworth, on Tuesday afternoon, of Mr Herbert Dyson, youngest son of Mrs Margaret A Dyson, of Eccleshill, and formerly of the Worth Valley, and Miss Edna Doreen Feather, only daughter of Mr and Mrs A Feather, of Lidget, Oakworth. The ceremony was performed by the Rev Robert Tindall.
The bride, who was given away by her father, wore an ankle length gown of golden beige silk lace with a full skirt vandyked to a tight fitting bodice. Her hat was of lime green straw flecked with gold and her shoes of lime green satin. She carried a trailing sheaf of Madame Butterfly roses and asparagus ferns tied with a bow of pale pink ribbon.

Edna and Herbert had two sons. In the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) they were living at Crowther Avenue, Pudsey, West Yorkshire. Herbert’s occupation is given as “Editor”.

Herbert died on 27 December 1974 at the  age of 70. Edna passed away on 22 January 2007 – 100 years of age.

Black Sheep Sunday – Amos Clarkson

Amos Clarkson is the husband of my 5th cousin, Phyllis Wilson.

Phyllis was born on 23 March 1911 at Keighley, West Yorkshire. Her parents are Herbert Morris Wilson and Gerty Smith. Our common ancestors are Patrick Tattersall and Mary Gordon – my 4x great grandparents.

Amos was born on 23 March 1908 in Silsden, West Yorkshire.

On 22 April 1933 Amos and Phyllis married at the Parish Church in Silsden. At the time of their marriage Amos was a Police Constable and living at Taylor Street, Batley, West Yorkshire.

Unfortunately Amos found himself in trouble and in prison in 1947. The story was covered in the Daily Mirror on Friday 28 February 1947 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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11-inch footprint clue puts P.C. in gaol for 3 years

A Policeman with footprints eleven inches long and a stride of twenty-eight inches, is to serve three years’ penal servitude.
He is Police-Constable Amos Clarkson, 38, of the West Riding Constabulary, who lives at Halifax Road, Hightown, Liversedge, Yorks, and sentence was passed on him at Leeds yesterday.
Footprints with diamond hallmarks, found inside the shop from which £25 10s. was stolen, coincided with Clarkson’s, it was stated.
Thirteen days after a robbery in a baker’s shop, police hid in it and were there when Clarkson entered. He ran away when taken in custody.

“I Lost My Head”
Clarkson told the Judge he was not near the shop on the night of the theft. “I lost my head.” he said, when asked why he ran away.
Passing sentence, the Judge said he was painfully conscious of the disaster the verdict meant to Clarkson and his wife and family, but it was impossible for him to take a lenient view.
Clarkson’s wife was carried screaming from the court.

Sunday’s Obituary – Hartley Greenwood (1878-1932)

Hartley Greenwood is my 2nd cousin 2x removed. His parents are Town Greenwood and Sarah Buckley. Our common ancestors are Thomas Buckley and Henrietta Mason (my 3x great grandparents).

Hartley was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire sometime in the June quarter of 1878.

On Christmas Eve 1902 Hartley married Rosetta Green at St. Peter’s church, Keighley. One of the witnesses was Hartley’s sister, Mary Alice.

I haven’t been able to find Hartley and Rosetta on the 1911 census.

So the next time I come across them is a newspaper report in the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer of Saturday 21 May 1932. This is a report of an inquest (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

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FATAL BLOOD CLOT

Keighley Man’s Bus Journey with Broken Leg

At the adjourned inquest yesterday on Hartley Greenwood (53), textile fitter, of Aspley Street, Keighley, who died in hospital on March 30, P.C. Heaton, of the Bradford City Police, stated that on March 23 he saw Greenwood sitting on the causeway. Greenwood said he had been accidentally kicked by another man while boarding a tramcar, and could not stand. Witness took him to the Bradford Royal Infirmary, and, after he had received treatment, put him on a bus for Keighley. Greenwood, added witness, said he would be all right if he were put on the bus. There was no mention of Greenwood’s leg being broke.
The widow, Rosetta Greenwood, said in her opinion her husband should have been brought by ambulance from Bradford, adding: “I don’t think it is right to send a man out like that with a broken leg. He looked terrible when brought home from the bus stand.”
Dr. J. Prentice said he saw Greenwood, at his home, the same night. He was satisfied that Greenwood’s left leg was broken, and the next day ordered his removal to the Keighley hospital. If there was a great deal of swelling it was very difficult to tell if a bone was broken. In his opinion, however, the movement from Bradford would not cause the blood clot, which was set up by the fracture, and which was the cause of death.
A verdict in accordance with medical evidence was returned, the jury adding a rider that in their opinion Greenwood should have been sent home from Bradford in the ambulance, and should not have been allowed to travel by bus.

Hartley was buried on 2 April 1932 at St. John’s church, Ingrow with Hainworth, Keighley.

In the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) Rosetta is living with Hartley’s sister, Selina Elizabeth, at Prospect Place, Keighley.

About two years later Rosetta married Henry Hensman sometime in the September quarter of 1941. Henry was recently widowed and was about nine years older than Rosetta.

They were married for about 22 years before Henry died on 10 February 1963. Rosetta lived for another five years, passing away on 10 June 1968.

Military Monday – Joseph Thomas Greenwood (1906-1945)

Joseph Thomas Greenwood is my 3rd cousin 2x removed. His parents are Watson Greenwood and Margaret Alice Gawthrop. Our common ancestors are John Gawthrop and Sarah Brown (my 4x great grandparents).

Joseph was born on 28 March 1906 in Keighley, West Yorkshire. He was the third of five sons for Watson and Margaret. The others were:-

John Willie – 5 April 1898
Sydney – 26 May 1901
Ernest Pickles – 1 August 1907
Fred – 12 February 1909

At some point, I believe in the early 1930’s Watson and Margaret moved to Kent together with some of the boys. In the 1939 Register, taken at the outbreak of WW2 Watson is listed as a “poultry farmer”. The only son still at home was Fred – he was a soldier, home on leave.

Joseph married Dorothy Edna Clarke sometime in the June quarter of 1935. In the 1939 Register Joseph is listed as a “milk roundsman”.

I recently discovered that Joseph was a Corporal with Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. His service number was 1274826. I don’t have any other information about his war service.

While trying to fill in some gaps in my family history tree I cam across the following brief newspaper story from the Nottingham Journal of Thursday 8 November 1945 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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On his first day back at work after demobilisation from the R.A.F., Joseph Thomas Greenwood (39), married, of Ashford, Kent, collapsed at the wheel of his bus on Wednesday and died within a few moments.

Joseph has an entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWG) website. This tells me that he is buried at Charing (Kent County) Crematorium and commemorated on the WW2 memorial there.

In 1950 Dorothy married Leslie John Ronald Potticary in Aldershot, Hampshire.

Military Monday – William Herbert Jowett (1891-1972)

William Herbert Jowett is the husband of my grand aunt, Sarah Ellen Dawson. In other words brother-in-law of my grandfather, Joseph Dawson.

William, or Willie as he was known in the family, was born on 16 March 1891. He was baptised at St. James church, Silsden, West Yorkshire on 12 April 1891.

In the 1911 census Willie was living at College Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire, with his parents Christopher and Emma, three brothers and one sister. He was working as a “fitter’ in the machine tools workshop of Dean, Smith & Grace, manufacturers of lathes and milling machines in Keighley.

On the 17 March 1914 Willie enlisted in the army for 4 years in the Territorial Force with the West Riding Regiment – his service number was 2093.

Two years later under the terms of the Military Service Act 1916 Willie had his period of service extended to 17 March 1919.

He was subsequently assigned as a Corporal to the Royal Flying Corps. (RFC) on 5 October 1917, with a new service number of 405053. When the Royal Air Force was formed on 1 April 1918 Willie was transferred to the RAF as a Corporal Mechanic.

Willie served in France from 20 November 1917 to 4 March 1919 – when he was transferred to the RAF Reserve.

Willie and Sarah Ellen married in Keighley on 1 May 1923. They didn’t have any children.

I remember as youngster in the late 1950’s and 1960’s going with my parents numerous times to visit Wille and Sarah Ellen at their home in Keighley.

They both died in 1972.

Sunday’s Obituary – William Henry Watkinson (1860-1932)

William Henry Watkinson is my 2nd cousin 3x removed. His parents are Thomas Watkinson and Harriet Mason. Our common ancestors are Anthony Mason and Mary Brayshaw – my 4x great grandparents.

William was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire – his birth is registered in the June quarter of 1860.

On 5 June 1889 William married Emma Crabtree at the Baxter Congregational Church, Kidderminster, Worcestershire. They had four children:-

Gwendolen – 1890
Arthur Stanley – 4 August 1891
Hilda Muriel – 17 May 1895
Geoffrey Lionel – 20 July 1899

William was an extremely successful and distinguished university professor of engineering. He died on 14 February 1932 and an obituary was published in the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer on Tuesday 16 February 1932 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Distinguished Northern Engineer

Professor William Henry Watkinson, a past-president of the Liverpool Engineering Society, has died at his residence in Bromborough, Cheshire, at the age of 71.
Professor Watkinson was a native of Keighley and had only an elementary school education. He worked as a half-timer in a mill and later served his apprenticeship to the practical side of engineering in a workshop in the town. Evening classes at the Keighley Institute provided the foundation of his scientific training. Following a period during which he worked in Bradford, he entered Glasgow University in 1882, becoming one of the assistants of Sir William Thomson, afterwards Lord Kelvin.
As assistant to Sir William Thomson and Professor Fleming Jenkin, he played a part in superintending the manufacture and laying of two Transatlantic cables.
He was at Glasgow University for five years, holding the Thomson Research Scholarship from 1885 to 1888 and the Whitworth Scholarship in 1886. Later he was Lecturer in Engineering at Sheffield and Professor of Engineering at Glasgow and the West of Scotland Technical College. He was Professor of Engineering at Liverpool University for 20 years, and was the inventor of superheaters and internal combustion engines.
Among his publications were papers read to the Institution of Naval Architects and other institutions.

Further reading about William is available on Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History – here.