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Haigh, Walter – born on 21st January 1886, son of John Haigh, a warp dresser, and his wife, Alice (nee Boocock). In 1911 Walter was a joiner in a joinery works and living with his parents at 4 Mitton Street, Cottingley. On 23rd February 1916 Walter married Mary Elizabeth Ratcliffe at the Wesleyan Chapel, Girlington Road, Bradford.

Haigh, William – born in 1881, he was the elder of the two sons of John Haigh, a warp dresser, and his wife, Alice (nee Boocock). In 1911 William was a carting agent, living at 4 Mitton Street, Cottingley. In 1913 William married Violetta Webster and they subsequently had two children, Jack and Alice. The family settled at 22 Hollings Street, Cottingley. Haigh William b.jpgDuring the war William served as Private 23336 in the West Riding Regiment and Private 044538 in the Army Ordnance Corps, being awarded the Victory and British war medals. Later, he also received a medal, issued by King George V, “For faithful service in the Special Constabulary”.

Hainsworth, Benjamin – born at Shipley in 1877, son of Joshua Hainsworth, a brick layer, and his wife, Elisabeth (nee Holdfield). The family lived at Regent Street, Shipley, where, in 1891, at the age of 14, Benjamin was a mill hand. On 3rd October 1903 Benjamin married Emma Higgins at Shipley Parish Church. Their first child, Henry, was born in 1915. In 1911 Benjamin was a mason’s labourer. After the war Benjamin and family made their home at 12 Smith Street, Cottingley. No trace has been found of Benjamin’s military service.

Hardaker, Fred – born at Cottingley on 27th January 1890, the only child of John Hardaker, a worsted weaver, and his wife, Rachel (nee Whittingham). In 1911 Fred was a warehouseman living at 4 Hird Street, Cottingley. On 27th March 1915 Fred married Ellen Parrington at St. Augustine’s Church, Bradford. Private 6150 Fred Hardaker served with the Northumberland Fusiliers and first went into action in France on 9th September 1915. Fred was awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1915 Star.

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Hardy, Fred – born 18th June 1899, son of Joshua Luther Hardy and his wife, Hannah. Fred, an operative dyer of 10 New Brighton, Cottingley, attested at Halifax on 10th November 1917. He served as Private 166037, 91965 and 46432 in the Durham Light Infantry, the last of those postings in the 15th Battalion. He had previously been employed by Lister & Co. Ltd. at Manningham Mills. Fred was killed in action on 15th August 1918 and is buried at Serre Road Cemetery No. 1. Fred was awarded the Victory and British War medals. Fred’s name also appears on the Roll Of Honour of St. Peter’s Church, Shipley.

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Harland, Sidney – born 13th February 1896, a son of Richard Arthur Frank and Adelaide Harland of 14 Hollings Street, Cottingley. He attended Bingley Grammar School. Sidney started his military career as Private No. 54/125822 in the Army Service Corps and first saw action in France on 22nd August 1915. In 1917 he received a commission and served as 2nd Lieutenant in the 214th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Sidney died on 25th May 1918 and is commemorated at Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette. He was awarded the 1915 Star, Victory medal and British War medal. Sidney’s name also appears on the Roll Of Honour of Bingley Grammar School.

Harland, Tom Morley – born at Cottingley on 23rd September 1891, the oldest of three children of Richard Arthur Frank Harland, a warehouseman, and Adelaide (nee Morley), his wife. Tom attended Cottingley Primary School until 12 years of age, followed by Salts High School, Shipley for six and a half years. In 1911, aged 19, Tom was at St. Mark’s College, Chelsea where he was a student at the training college. From August 1910 to August 1912 Tom served in B Company, 10th Middlesex Regiment, resigning voluntarily with the rank of Lance Corporal after two years service. From October 1912 to July 1915 Tom was a schoolmaster employed by West Riding County Council at Holy Trinity School, Bingley. Tom attested at Manchester on 9th September 1915, aged 23 years 11 months, and joined the 136th Heavy Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner at Morecambe on 11th September 1915. Tom rose through the ranks to the position of Sergeant before being discharged to a commission on 20th March 1917. On 21st March 1917 Tom was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery, Special Reserve. From June 1918 to February 1919 Tom was Acting Captain and Second-in-command of 434 Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery with a short period as Acting Major in Command. Tom resigned his commission on 6th March 1920. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. In 1917 Tom married Mary Elizabeth Hartley at St. Helens, Lancashire. He died on 7th October 1961 at which time his residence was at 7 Baden Terrace, Cleckheaton.

Heaton, Norman – born at Cottingley on 23rd July 1890, the son of Craven Anderson Heaton, a tailor, and his wife, Sarah (nee Pickles). Norman’s youth was spent at 18 Smith Street, Cottingley. By 1911 the family had moved to 8 Main Street, Cottingley. At this time, Norman was a “market man” according to the census entry. On 2nd June 1914 Norman, a fruiterer by trade, married Mary Elsie Woodley at St. Michael’s Church, Cottingley. They subsequently had two children, Kathleen and Tom Anderson both baptised at St. Michael’s Church, Cottingley.

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Heaton, Thomas – born 1884, a son of John and Sarah Ann Heaton. In 1911 the family lived at 18 Main Street, Cottingley at which time Thomas was a labourer in a quarry, employed by Sam Kay of Heaton. Thomas served as Private 3/12584 in the 2nd Battalion of the West Riding Regiment, going overseas, to the Balkans, on 28th August 1915. Thomas was killed in action on 11th October 1916 and is buried at Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte. He was awarded the 1915 Star, Victory medal and British War medal.

Hewitt, Clifford George – born at Cottingley on 20th August 1884, the elder of two sons of George Hewitt, a worsted weaving overlooker, and his wife, Rebecca (nee Rowbotham). In 1911  Clifford was  stuff merchant living at 38 Main Street, Cottingley. Later that year Clifford married Annie Pollard. Private 243021 Clifford G Hewitt served in the Northumberland Fusiliers and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Post-war Clifford and Annie lived at 83 Cottingley Cliffe Road.

Hill, Thomas Henry – born at Bradford on 29th July 1893, the elder of two sons of Thomas Hill, a master plumber, and his wife Clara (nee Milnes). In 1911 Thomas  was an apprentice to a wool merchant, living at Cliffe Villas, Cottingley. Thomas served in the Mechanical Transport section of the Army Service Corps.He married Winifred Sewell in 1920. When their daughter, Diana Carina, was born on 21st February 1923  Thomas was a wool merchant living in Harrogate.

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Hird, Frank – born at Cottingley on 13th September 1884, one of five children of Benjamin Hird, a stone mason, and his wife Sarah Ann (nee Harrison). On 30th January 1913 Frank emigrated to Australia, along with Harry Rowling, another Cottingley man. According to the passenger list Frank’s occupation was “drover”. On 16th January 1915 Frank joined the 1st Battalion of the 5th Reinforcement of the Australian Imperial Force. His occupation at this time was a bricklayer. On 25th June 1915 Frank embarked at Sydney bound for Gallipoli. Frank attained the rank of Corporal whilst serving in the A.I.F. Frank subsequently suffered several injuries. On 17th August 1915 he suffered a fractured skull, on 21st September 1915 he suffered a gun shot wound to his shoulder and on 22nd July 1916 he suffered gun shot wounds to his legs. In early August 1916 he was transferred to England where he had his left leg amputated at Edmonton Hospital. He remained in hospital until 14th April 1917. Frank was awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1914/15 Star. Back in Australia, Frank settled in Victoria and, in 1920, married Jessie Vera Margaret Barns. The couple had one daughter, Margaret. Frank died at Olive Road, Devon Meadows, Cranbourne on 17th February 1933.

Hirst, Alfred – born on 5th September 1894, son of Alfred Hirst, a horse driver of Stoney Ridge, and his wife Sabina (nee Garnett). In 1911, at the age of 16, Alfred was an apprentice spinning overlooker living at Stoney Ridge. Alfred married Minnie Wright Waterhouse at St. Michael’s Church, Cottingley on 5th February 1921. The couple subsequently had three children, Doreen, Jean and Geoffrey, all baptised at St. Michael’s Church.

Hirst, William – born in 1898, son of Alfred Hirst, a horse driver of Stoney Ridge, and his wife Sabina (nee Garnett) and brother of Alfred (see above). In 1911 William was a woollen spinner living at Stoney Ridge. Driver 294284 William Hirst attested on 14th February 1917 at Bradford and was assigned to the Army Service Corps. By this time William was a cart driver by trade, which explains his military appointment. William embarked from Southampton on 17th May 1917 and remained in France until 18th February 1918. He returned to France on 6th March 1918 and stayed until 24th February 1920. He was discharged to 1 North Bank Road, Stoney Ridge on 24th March 1920. William was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Hodgson, George – born at Bingley in 1898, the eldest of five children of Joseph Hodgson, a worsted weaving overlooker, and his wife Leah (nee Hill). In 1911 George was a worsted weft boy living at 1 Mitton Street, Cottingley. Details of George’s military service have not been discovered as yet.

Hodgson, Thomas Howcroft – born on 30th January 1892, the second of five children of John William Hodgson, a wool warehouseman, and his wife Eliza. In 1911 Thomas was an assistant schoolmaster living at 28 Hollings Street, Cottingley. He was a former scholar at Bingley Grammar School and, prior to serving in the Army, was an assistant master at Baildon Woodbottom Council School, having gained a Senior Pass at Oxford University in 1908. Private 70312 Thomas Howcroft Hodgson enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps on 17th October 1915. He served abroad and was discharged, due to sickness, on 6th November 1917. Thomas was awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and a Silver War Badge.

Hogg, William – born 1892 at Richmond, Yorkshire, son of Joseph and Annie Hogg. In 1911 William was a farm servant at New Close Farm, Cottingley. On 30th November 1915 William joined the 474th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps, serving as Private No. 168627. He was mobilised on 4th May 1916 and posted to the 25th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry on 26th November 1916. On 20th August 1917 William married Mary Jane Wilson. A son, Joseph, was born in 1919.  After the war William lived at 61 North Bank Road, Shipley. William’s name appears on the Roll Of Honour of Saltaire village.

Holdstock, Albert Carr – born at Pool-In-Wharfedale in 1890, the elder son of Matthew Ledger Holdstock, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Jane Ann (nee Carr). In 1911 Albert was a warehouseman living at 4 Hird Street, Cottingley. In 1913, Albert married Sarah Eveline Smith and they subsequently had two sons, Joseph Priestley and Geoffrey. No record has yet been found of Albert’s military service.

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Holdstock, Henry – born 13th October 1893, a son of Matthew Ledger Holdstock and his wife, Jane Ann. In 1911 Harry, as he was known, was a farm servant employed by Ezra Whatmuff at West House Farm, Sandy Lane but was later employed by W. R. Kay Ltd at Cottingley Mills. He joined the 9th Battalion West Riding Regiment in September 1914, serving as Private No. 3/11811. Henry was reported wounded and missing on 19th December 1915 and recorded as having died on 20th December 1915. He is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. He was awarded the 1915 Star, Victory medal and British War medal.

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Holmes, Clough – born 1889, son of John and Mary Ninah Holmes (nee White). In 1911 he was a self-employed butcher living at 8 Duckworth Grove, Bradford but later resided at Hillcrest, Stoney Ridge. His butcher’s business was in Whetley Lane. Clough served as Private 16/1121 in the 16th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment and was killed in action on the first day of the battle of the Somme – 1st July 1916. He had first seen action in France on 22nd December 1915 and was awarded the 1915 Star, Victory medal and British war medal. Clough was buried at Railway Hollow Cemetery, Hebuterne. Clough’s name also appears on the Roll Of Honour of St. Peter’s Church, Shipley.

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Holmes, George Arthur – born at Bradford on 14th November 1885, the youngest of three children of George Holmes, a stuff manufacturer, and his wife, Mary Emma (nee Milner). In 1911 George was a dress goods merchant living at Cottingley Grange with his widowed mother.  On 5th September 1914, George enlisted in the 6th Service Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. He had previously served in the West Yorkshire Regiment of Volunteers. On 22nd September of that year he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. On 23rd February 1915 George was discharged on being granted a commission with the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. George was appointed a Temporary 2nd Lieutenant and, at one time, a Temporary Lieutenant. George was wounded several times. After the first occasion, at Le Sars on 1st October 1916, he was transported home on the Hospital Ship “St. George” and subsequently spent some time in hospital at Edgbaston and the Bradford War Hospital. Whilst in hospital George had a finger amputated. On the second occasion, in June 1917, he was hospitalised at Worsley Hall and Manchester. George had been posted abroad for the first time on 27th August 1915 and was subsequently awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1915 Star. In 1916 George married Ellen Catherine Mortimer and they made their family home at 2 Sherwood Grove Shipley for several years. George died in 1972.

Holmes, James – born at Bradford on 2nd August 1882, the second son of John Holmes, a grocer, and his wife, Mary Vinah (nee White) and brother of Clough (see above). On 28th March 1910 he married Mary Ann Raw at St. Barnabas Church, Heaton. In 1911 James was a stuff warehouseman living at 40 Stoney Ridge, Shipley with Mary and their son John. They subsequently had two more children, Frances and Margaret. James served in the West Yorkshire Regiment and at one time was gassed which resulted in him being hospitalised at Folkestone. After the war the family settled at 25 North Bank Road, Shipley for several years. James Holmes died in 1933.

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Hopwood, Albert – born at Cottingley on 7th October 1898, the eldest of five children of Samual Hopwood, a farm labourer of March Cote, Cottingley, and his wife Ada (nee Whittingham). In 1911 Albert was working part-time as a worsted spinner with the rest of his time being spent in school. The family home at this time was at Cottingley Bridge. Albert enlisted in the Royal Navy on 12th July 1916 for a term of 5 + 7 years. Like other new recruits he started his career as an Ordinary Seaman (No. SS7528). After training aboard the Victory, Albert transferred to the Blenheim where he was promoted to Able Seaman. Subsequently Albert served aboard HMS Victory I, HMS Dido, HMS Hecla and HMS Sandhurst. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Albert’s home after the war was 1 Mitton Street, Cottingley for several years. Albert married Ivy Evelyn Hanslip at St. Peter’s Church, Shipley on 29th July 1922. They subsequently had three sons, Eric, Leonard and Geoffrey.

Ives, Alfred – born 10th November 1886, son of Joshua and Ann Ives of Baildon. He was a worsted doffer on leaving school. He married Clara Hogg at Shipley Parish Church on 22nd August 1908.  They subsequently had four children and lived in Saltaire for some time before moving to 1 Quebec, Cottingley after the war. Alfred died in 1951.Alfred’s name also appears on the Roll Of Honour of Saltaire village.

Ives, Joseph – born 10th February 1885, son of Joshua and Ann Ives of Baildon.In 1911 he was a plasterer living at 3 Town Hill Street, Cottingley. In 1912 he married Ethel Smith. They subsequently resided at 4 Strand, Cottingley.

Ives, Sydney Whitfield – born 22nd July 1895, son of Joshua and Ann Ives. In 1911 he was a gardener, living at 3 Town Hill Street, Cottingley, but when he attested on 2nd March 1916 his occupation was a butcher. On 6th May 1916 Sydney married Sarah Ann Naylor at St. Michael’s Church, Cottingley. Private S/307324 Sydney Whitfield Ives served in the Army Service Corps and travelled extensively abroad. In June 1917 he left Southampton for France then travelled to Taranto, Italy. From there Sydney went on to Salonica where he arrived on 15th July 1917. On 18th December 1919 Sydney left Constantinople for home. He was transferred to the Reserves on 29th January 1920. Sydney was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. After the war, Sydney continued in his trade as a butcher, living at 1 Skirrow Street, Cottingley. Sydney is the only member of the Ives family whose military service record has been found.

Ives, Walter – born 6th August 1892, son of Joshua and Ann Ives. In 1911 he was a farm servant  but pre-war was employed by Walter R Kay Limited at Cottingley Mills. He served as Private 70313 in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the war. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal indicating that he served overseas. On 8th January 1916 Walter married Elizabeth Crabtree at St. Peter’s Church, Shipley. They subsequently lived at Herbert Street, Shipley where they had two children. Walter’s name also appears on the Roll Of Honour of Saltaire village.