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Covering the villages of Wilsden and Harecroft


Joseph Alderman Haigh

8th Bn Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regt) 15498


Joseph was born in Wilsden in 1879, the son of Martha and George Haigh a joiner. He had three sisters Mary, Sarah and Edith. Before Joseph was three years old the family moved to Idle. His father died in the next few years, his mother re-married and Joseph acquired three step-siblings.

He married Alice Ann Bottomley in 1904, they lived in Shipley and had four sons, Albert, Fred. James and Walter.

Prior to enlistment in 1915, Joseph was a woolcomber.

His division landed at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli on 7 October 1915. In the fierce fighting which followed he was badly wounded and was evacuated onto the hospital ship HS Dongola where he died on 16 October 1915.

DIED 16.10.15 aged 36

He is buried at East Mudros Military Cemetery

(Soldiers Died in the Great War)

Percy Hainsworth

Percy was born at Pool Bank on 23 July 1893, fourth of eight children of Anne Elizabeth and John Hainsworth, a stone quarryman. Percy’s mother died when he was still young and his father remarried. The family increased by the addition of his step sister and then a half-sister was born.

The eldest of his sisters, Bertha, married Ellick Hudson of Wilsden. Ellick would also serve in WW1.


After the war, Percy lived with his sister Bertha and her husband Ellick Hudson at 146 Main Street, then 12 Chapel Row until he married Edith Spencer in 1923. Percy and Edith had four daughters, Florence, Dorothy, Margaret and Joan. By 1939 they were living at Thornton and Percy was a works foreman for the gas street lighting.

(1918 Naval & Military vote)

Fred Downs Hannam

Fred was born on 3 May 1895, the eldest of seven children of Elizabeth and Walter Hannam, a stone mason who became a farmer at Nook House Farm.

Fred’s middle name ‘Downs’ was his mother’s maiden name.

His younger siblings were Emily, Frank, Amy, Winnie, Hartley and Ernest.


After the war he came back to live at Nook Farm with his parents until he married Alice Thackray in Haworth in January 1920. Their marriage certificate states his occupation to be ‘farmer (ex Army)’. Later he worked as a quarryman.

Fred and Alice lived at 34 Crooke Lane and had three children Irene, Geoffrey and Margaret.

(1919 Naval & Military vote)  


Joseph William Hannam

[probably South Staffordshire Regt 42497]


Joseph was born in Wilsden on 11 April 1896, the second child of Martha and Isaac Hannam, a dairyman who, by 1911, had become a dairy farmer at Pye Bank Farm. He had two brothers Thomas (older) and Harry (younger) and a younger sister, Amelia.

Both Joseph and Thomas served in WW1


Joseph married Nellie Drake in September 1922, they farmed at Church Lane Farm for forty years.

(1918 Naval & Military vote)


Thomas Hannam

Born in 1894 in Harden, Thomas was the eldest of three sons and a daughter (Thomas, Joe, Harry and Amelia) of Martha and Isaac Hannam a dairy man. They moved to Wilsden before Thomas was two years old and by 1911 were dairy farmers at Pye Bank Farm. All three boys worked on the farm when they left school.

Both Thomas and his younger brother Joe enlisted into the army.


Thomas continued to farm with his father at Pye Bank, but died in 1933.

(Conservative Club Roll of honour) 

Lance Corporal

Percy Hardacre

1st WI 6th Re-inforcements  New Zealand Expeditionary Force 10/2630


Percy was born in Leeds on 24 June 1890, the son of (Eliza) and Joseph Hardacre. His parents were lodging house keepers. Percy had an older brother, Reginald and a younger sister, Louise. By 1911 the family had moved to 19 Crack Lane, Wilsden and Percy was working as a grocery assistant at the Co-Op. He became the manager of the butchery department in the next couple of years but decided to Percy emigrate to New Zealand. He lived at Te Aroroa near Gisborne and worked as an assistant store-keeper for Kirk Alexander there.

He enlisted into the NZEF in April 1915 and served in the Balkans, Egypt and France.

In December 1916 he got a gun-shot wound to the head which kept him in hospital in France for several weeks.


Percy returned to his parent’s home, now Storrs Farm Cottage in Harecroft, and on New Year’s Day 1919 he married Ethel Hardy. At the time he was still on active service, So too was Ethel’s father, Sunderland Hardy who also served in WW1.

Percy was sent back to New Zealand with the NZEF and Ethel followed him within a couple of years.

(Bradford Weekly Telegraph 22.12.16/Keighley News 27.4.18)

(1919 Naval & Military vote)

(NZ service records)


Aretas John Hardaker

Royal Army Service Corps R/366256


Aretas was born at Leeming, Oxenhope in 1899, the son of Grace and Robert Hardaker, a worsted weaver. He had two sisters, Sarah and Estella, and a younger brother, Winston.

They moved to Wilsden before 1910 and lived at 12 Tanhouse Lane.

Aretas enlisted (underage) in March 1916 and was discharged on medical grounds due to illness in October 1919 and he returned home to live at 35 Wilsden Hill


His war-time experiences probably scarred him mentally because in 1939 he was a patient at the West Riding Mental Hospital (High Royds) at Menston. In the twenty years between the two world wars Aretas only once appeared on the electoral register, in 1925, living at 35 Wilsden Hill with his sisters. He never married.

(1919 Naval & Military vote)

Lance Corporal

Cyril Hardisty

Royal Engineers 438574 then Tank Corps 312482


Cyril was born on 23 May 1894 in Clayton where his father Binns Albert Hardisty was a boot and shoe maker. His mother was called Faith. Cyril had an older brother and sister, Percy and Louie

He worked as a clerk for Bradford Corporation Gas Department before the war.

He signed up with the Reserve in 1915 and was taken into the Royal Engineers. At his attestation his address was the Gas Station, Wilsden (his father was the engine tenter for the gas station and the family lived there). In September 1918 he became a clerk at the Brigade headquarters of the Tank Corps Swanage. The electoral roll of 1918 shows his home address as 24 Moss Row, the cottage associated with the gas station.


When Cyril returned to civilian life he became a bank clerk. In 1924 he married a fellow clerk, Winifred Swindlehurst, in Birkenshaw where they made their home.

(Service Rec)

(1918 Naval & Military vote)


Fred Hardy

4th Bn Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regt)  91965

then 15th Bn Durham Light Infantry 46432


Born in Wilsden on 18 June 1899, Fred was the son of Hannah and Joshua Luther Hardy, a stone mason.

Fred had an older brother, Tom, and two older sisters, Ada and Mary.

In 1901, the family lived at Norr Green, Wilsden, but they had moved to 10 New Brighton, Cottingley, by the time he enlisted in November 1917. He had previously been employed as a Dyer at Lister’s Manningham Mills. His older brother Tom also served in WW1.

Originally in the WRR, Fred was transferred to the Durham Light Infantry in June 1918.

He was killed in action on 15 August 1918 in the Somme area. The Allies were making significant gains during this time, which would later be called the ‘Advance to Victory’ but at great cost to the young men who had been conscripted into the Army when they turned eighteen, among them was Fred.

DIED 15.8.18 aged 19

(Wilsden War Memorial)


Sidney Robert Hardy

West Yorkshire Regt (Prince of Wales’ Own) 21/841 then Royal Army Pay Corps 23329


Sidney was born in Wilsden on 19 Sept 1895, fourth of five children of Elizabeth and Herbert Hardy a cashier. His siblings were Rachel, Frederick, Mary Ann and Florence.

At the start of the war they were living at 16 Royd Street.

Sidney enlisted into the West Yorkshire Regt in December 1915 and was later transferred to the Pay Corps.


When Sidney was demobilised in 1919 he returned to his parents’ home at 56 Lane Side.  Later the same year they moved to Prospect House, Crooke Lane, where Sidney lived for the next seven years.

He was married to Gwendoline Allanson, in 1924 and they had one son, David, born 1928.

(1918 Naval & Military vote)

(Bradford Weekly Telegraph 31.5.18)


Sunderland Hardy













Royal Army Pay Corps 7120


Born in Thornton on 1 February 1868, Sunderland was the only child of Joseph Hardy, a stuff manufacturer, and his first wife, Elizabeth (nee Sunderland).

Sunderland’s mother died soon after his birth and his father remarried. They had another child, Hannah, half-sister to Sunderland.

When he got married, on 22 July 1891, to Martha Clark, at St Matthews Church, Sunderland was working as a warp dresser.

By 1901 they were living at 3 Moorside Road where Sunderland would live for the rest of his life.

Though over-age, he enlisted in June 1915 and was accepted for home service. He had previously worked as a clerk for SR Rawnsley.

He worked in the Pay Corps as a clerk, continuing until well after the war had ended. He was finally discharged in 1920 with heart trouble.


Sunderland and Martha had two daughters, Ethel and Alice. In 1919 Ethel married Percy Hardacre an Australian soldier who had been born in Wilsden. Both her husband and father were at that time still serving in the army.

(1918 Naval & Military vote) (Pension Rec)

(Conservative Club Roll of honour) 


Tom Hardy

Tom was born in Wilsden in 1884, the son of Hannah and Joshua Hardy (known by his middle name, Luther), who was a stone mason. Tom had three younger siblings, Ada, Mary and Fred.

Tom, like his father, became a stone mason and worked for a builder.

He married Emily Hetty Dodson at St Matthews at the start of 1910, and just over a year later they were living at 35 The Norr. They had two children, Amy and Jack.


At the end of the war, in 1918, they lived at 12 Moss Row. Tom continued to be a builder’s stone mason.

His younger brother Fred also served in WW1 and was killed in action in August 1918.

(1918 Naval & Military vote)


William Clifford Hargreaves

[probably Royal Field Artillery 218936]


Clifford was born in Harecroft on 27 January 1900, the eldest son of Annie and Samuel Hargreaves, a woolcomber.

Clifford had four younger brothers, Albert, Fred, Frank and Norman. In 1911 the family lived at 44 Lane Side and it was from this address that he enlisted.


Clifford married Mary Barron in October 1927, at which time he was a clerk and was living at 20 Windy Grove. He later became a weaving manager for a dress goods manufacturer.

They had a son Brian Eugene (born 1930).

 (Harecroft Chapel Roll of honour)

Albert Harrison

Albert was born in Wilsden on 6 September 1892, the younger of two sons (older brother was Ramoth) of Jenny and Tom Harrison, his mother was a weaver and his father was a quarryman, in 1901 they were living at Thorngate, Denholme.

By 1911 the family had moved to 3 Dewhirst Street, Wilsden and Albert was a woolcomber in a worsted mill.

In December 1911 he married Lizzie Spencer.

Both Albert and Ramoth served in WW1.


In 1918, Albert’s address was 3 Lister Villa. He became a quarryman like his father.

(1918 Naval & Military vote)


Herbert Preston Harrison

3rd Bn Grenadier Guards 29380


Born at 153 Main Street, Wilsden in 1899, Herbert was the only son of Sarah and Preston Harrison of Spring Hill, Main Street, Wilsden. Preston was an oil dealer & general dealer, mainly in bowls and pottery.

Herbert had an older sister, Maud and two younger ones; Clara & Minnie.

He enlisted at Keighley, after being given a white feather on a trip into Bradford. He was underage and not eligible to join up, but he was a tall boy and lied about his age to get into the prestigious Grenadier Guards. There was still a minimum height requirement for the Guards and their superb drill and immaculate uniforms, even in the squalour of the trenches, was a source of wonder to the ordinary Tommies who adjoined them in the line.

Herbert’s father, Preston, died in 1917 whilst Herbert was on active service in France. The family lost both its men in a short space of time when Herbert was killed in action in France on 4 May 1918.

DIED 4.5.18 aged 19

(Wilsden War Memorial)


Ramoth Harrison

12th Manchester Regt 41982


Born at 8 Royd End, Wilsden on 1 August 1890 the eldest son of Jenny and Tom Harrison, his mother was a weaver and his father was a quarryman. Ramoth had a younger brother (by three years), Albert. In 1911 the family had moved to 3 Dewhirst Street and Ramoth was a quarryman like his father. A year later he married Constance Favell at St Matthew’s church, his address at this time was 9 Anderson Street.

Both the brothers served in WW1, Ramoth enlisted into the Manchester Regt in November 1916 and served overseas, being discharged on medical grounds at the end of April 1918.


After the war had ended Ramoth and Constance went to live in Mirfield. They had two children Lawrence (born 1914) and Dorothy (1919). Ramoth became a window cleaner.

(Bradford Weekly Telegraph 8.6.17)   

Bailey Hartley

Bailey was born in Wilsden in 1873, the eldest child of Mary and William Hartley a cotton warp dresser. His younger siblings were John, Frank, Mary Ann, Elizabeth and Clara.

Bailey married Clara Greenwood in August 1894. They lived at 4 South View and had three children, Charles, Maud and Thomas.

He was too old to be conscripted and so must have volunteered for the Army. His eldest son Charles, and Bailey’s brother Frank, also served in WW1.

Bailey became a grandfather whilst on active service when his son Charles’ daughter (Mabel) was born at the end of October 1918.


Bailey and Clara lived at 17 Lister Villa in 1918. They emigrated to Australia, as did their two sons and families.

(1918 Naval & Military vote)


Charles William Hartley

Charles was born in 1895 in Wilsden.  He was the eldest of three children of Clara and Bailey Hartley, his two younger siblings were Maud and Tom. In 1911 the family lived at 4 South View and Charles was working as a bobbin carver for spinning mill.

He enlisted sometime prior to 1917 because he was reported wounded in the Bradford Weekly Telegraph at the beginning of 1917. This may have resulted in him being given a medical discharge because he was working as a weaving overlooker by May 1918 when he married Sarah Atkinson at St Matthews Church. His address was given as 17 Lister Villa, and his father, who also served in WW1, was a soldier still on active service.


Charles and Sarah had a daughter, Mabel. They lived at Crooke Lane for a few years, (first at no. 34, then 12). They eventually emigrated to Victoria, Australia.

(Bradford Weekly Telegraph 5.1.17)



Frank Hartley

Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regt) 5762 then 133 Sanitary Section Royal Army Medical Corps 133069


Frank was born in Wilsden on 30 January 1894, the son of Mary and Rhodes Hartley, a boot merchant. He had an older sister Hetty and an older brother Ellick. Their mother died when Frank was still very young and their father remarried. The family moved to Barkerend in Bradford.

Frank went into the boot and shoe business with his father.

Frank enlisted in February 1916 and served in France. He was wounded by a gunshot wound to his thigh in 1918.


He married Marion Dolphin in Bradford in 1919. She was the younger sister of cricketer Arthur Dolphin who also served in WW1.

(Service Rec)


Frank Hartley

West Yorkshire Regt (POWO) 38243 then Northumberland Fusiliers 64430, then Royal Army Pay Corps 23750


Frank was born in Wilsden in 1877, the third of six children of Mary and William Hartley a cotton warp dresser. His siblings were Bailey, John, Mary Ann, Elizabeth and Clara.

Frank worked as a worsted spinning overlooker

When he married Martha Hewitt, in 1912 at the Independent Chapel Wilsden, Frank was an assurance agent living at 12 Club Row. He became the Wilsden Rate collector.

He was called up in October 1916 and after ten weeks training was sent to France. He was gassed in April 1918 for which he was treated in hospital in France. At the end of the war Frank worked for the Army Pay Corps until demobilised. His eldest brother Bailey also served in WW1.


After the war Frank and Martha lived at 16 Royd Terrace.

(Bradford Weekly Telegraph 18.4.18)

 (1918 Naval & Military vote)


Harry Hartley

9th Bn Yorkshire Hussars (Alexandra Princess of Wales’ Own) 27524


Harry was the son of Emma and Holmes Hartley, a worsted weaving overlooker. He was the third of six children and was born in Little Horton in 1885. 

He never lived in Wilsden but he and his family lived at Lidget Green and he worked in the piece room of S.P. Myers & Co at Birkshead Mill for some years before being called up. He was married to Lilian and they lived at 962 Great Horton Road, Bradford. His elder brother John and younger brother     were both also in the Army. John had been missing since June 1917, his body was never found. He was among 19 men killed in an attack at ‘Inverness Copse’ near Ypres.

DIED 20.9.17 aged 24

(Keighley News 3.11.17)


Herbert Heaton

59 Machine Gun Corps 31924


Born in Wilsden in 1888, Herbert was the youngest child of Sarah and William Sutcliffe Heaton. He had older siblings Willie and Martha.

Herbert enlisted in December 1915, he had been living in Keighley and was a fitter and turner until his enlistment.

At the beginning of September 1916 Herbert was in hospital in Camiers, France, seriously ill with nephritis. After five days he was considered to be out of danger but was no longer fit for active service.

He was finally discharged from the war hospital at Morton Banks in August 1918 and went to live at 197 Main Street (the home of Frank and Rosetta Ellison).


He married Annice Bower (the widow of Jimmy Bower who had been killed in action three years earlier) in August 1920. He had been living at 178 Main Street for the previous two years, and his occupation was engineer. They went to live in Annice’s house at 56 Crooke Lane.

Herbert died in 1928, probably from the kidney failure which had resulted in his hospitalisation during the war.

 (1918 Naval & Military vote)

(Service Rec)


John Luther Heaton