Search results for Skipton.

7 December 1917: Pte James Shuttleworth


James was born in Cowling, Yorkshire to parents John (a worsted weaver) and Ann. He was one of 13 children, 10 of whom lived beyond childhood (he had 3 brothers, Christopher and Gladstone who died in their first, William when he was 8). James went to work in the local cotton mill. He attended Cowling Infant School then went to work as a cotton we…

12 February 1917: L/Cpl Robert Spencer


Robert was the eldest of five Peter and Martha Spencer. Before the war he was a warp dryer in a cotton mill. His father Peter was a 'stationary engineman' in a limestone quarry - according to the 1911 England Census. His brother Edgar (three years younger) served in the war from 1916. He also had sisters Annie, Doris and the younger William, 11 y…

4 May 1915: Capt Godfrey Henry Ermen


His father Francis Ermen was a cotton manufacturer born in Germany, died in 1896. His mother Johanna was also born in Germany. Both parents were 'naturalised British subjects' at the time of the 1881 Census.  At the 1881 Census parents and two children, Walter (5) and Godfrey (3) lived at 76 Dumplington, Barton upon Irwell with a 17 year old nanny…

15 May 1918: L.Sgt John Gregson


At the 1901 Census John, age 21 was living with his 21 year old wife Gertrude at 1 Hughes Street, Wrexham A decade later he has two children and is living at 1 Mount Street, Wrexham with his wife, son, daughter and father in law. John into his local territorial battalion in the early months of the war, but didn't see overseas service until mid 1…

12 January 1916: Pte Arthur Swindlehurst


Arthur was the son of Edward Swindlehurst (a train driver) and Hannah Maria Swindlehurst. In 1901, age 10, Arthur lived at home with his parents and siblings Amy (19), Edward (16), Thomas (10) and Alfred (8). His older siblings worked in a local mill.  In 1911, age 20, Arthur was still at home with Amy, Thomas, Alfred and Alice. Arthur was a sh…

27 February 1918 : Pte Henry Parrington


His parents, father William ( a coal merchant) and mother Grace (née Hayed) lived at 26 Rowland Street, Skipton. At the 1901 Census, age 7, Henry was living with his parents, his 66 year maternal grandfather John Hayes and his three siblings Johnny (1), Thomas (4) and Mary (12).  At the 1911 Census, Henry was living at the same address, age 1…

Ep. 67 – Kriegsgefangen in Skipton – Anne Buckley


Anne Buckley, Lecturer in Translation Studies and German at Leeds University, talks about translating memoirs of a group of German officers imprisoned in Skipton in World War I.