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Farnhill WW1 Volunteers Project

For information about the Volunteers, click here. If you would like to get involved in this project, please email farnhillww1volunteers@gmail.com.
 

Farnhill WW1 Volunteers Project Update - June 14th 2017

Where the Volunteers lived

We've made quite a bit of progress finding out where the Volunteers lived. Although addresses for some of them are still a bit patchy for after the end of the war (some of the men are proving difficult to find; in other cases, it's just that the online records are woefully poor), we can say with a degree of certainty where all 68 Volunteers were living at the time they signed-up.

As you might imagine, they came from all parts of the village:

Main Street17
Mary Street12
Starkey Lane7
Grange Road6
The Arbour4
Hanover Street4
Skipton Road (New Road)  4
Kirkgate3
Newby Road2
Bucklar Hill2
Bright Street2
South View2
Hardings Houses1
Kildwick2
 
Total
 
68

 

Farnhill WW1 Volunteers Project Update - June 1st 2017

Gunner William Mosley - a centenary peal

Sat June 3rd is the centenary of the death, in action, of William Mosley from Farnhill. He wasn't a WW1 Volunteer but he was one of the Kildwick bell-ringers. The current bell-ringers will be ringing a Quarter Peal of Plain Bob Triples in his memory, beginning shortly after 2pm and continuing for around 45 minutes or so.

Click here for a short biography of William Mosley.
 

Farnhill WW1 Volunteers Project Update - May 14th 2017

Was Kildwick a thankful village ?

In the 1930s the writer Arthur Mee coined the term “Thankful Village” for those places which had lost no men in World War 1, because all those who left to serve came home again. In 2013, an updated list identified 53 civil parishes in England and Wales from which all serving personnel returned.

Kildwick wasn't on that list. Should it be added ?

Read our article.
 

Farnhill WW1 Volunteers Project Update - April 30th 2017

Project logos

We're very pleased to reveal our project logos, which will be used on all material produced by the project.

Banner logo

Roundel logo

We hope you like them.
 

Farnhill WW1 Volunteers Project Update - April 15th 2017

Mary Sharpe - what a woman can do

Mary Sharpe, who lived at Kildwick Hall, was mayoress of Keighley from 1912 to 1916, when her brother was mayor. Local news reports of the time suggest that she was forthright in her views on a women's place in society and what women can do in wartime.

Read our article.
 

Farnhill WW1 Volunteers Project Update - March 25th 2017

Photographs of volunteers and their siblings

Members of the project recently contacted a relative of two of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers, George and Richard Inskip. This lady was able to provide us with our first photograph of Richard and a photograph of George which is much better than anything we currently have.

She was also able to show us a photograph of their younger sister, Phyllis, one of twins born in 1907. It's a lovely picture, probably taken in the early 1920s, when the family were living in Hanover Street and Phyllis would have been a teenager. This is what a Farnhill teenager looked like in the 1920s !

If you'd like to help us find more photographs of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers and their families, please send an email to farnhillww1volunteers@gmail.com.
 

Farnhill WW1 Volunteers Project Update - February 25th 2017

What middle names can tell us

The middle names of people often provide useful information about a person's family or origins. Boys are sometimes given their mother's maiden name, for example - this seems to be particularly prevalent in Scottish families.

Our project is uncovering lots of interesting middle names: including the Farnhill WW1 Volunteer James Scarborough Theodore Pollard; and the younger brother of another Volunteer, Harry Mossman Dawson.

One of these is named after the place the family used to live, and the other was given an old family name. I'm sure you can guess which is which.

So our research has shown that James Pollard was descended, on his mother's side, from the Scarborough family - prominent in the area from the very earliest records. Harry Dawson's family, however, were relatively new to the area having previously lived near Mossman Fields in Shipley.

If you would like to help us untangle the family histories of the 68 men from Farnhill who volunteered to fight in WW1, please send an email to farnhillww1volunteers@gmail.com.
 

Farnhill WW1 Volunteers Project Update - February 12th 2017

Interesting forebears

We've been having trouble identifying the parents of one of the Volunteers, Harry Pollard. He was brought up by Binns Hartley and his wife Sophia Annie (nee Pollard). That Harry was some close relation of Sophia's is almost certain, but quite what their precise kinship was is eluding us at present. What we do know is that Sophia Annie had a brother with the name Feargus O'Connor Pollard. Very unusual, I'm sure you'll agree.

It gets even more unusual when you find out that the Volunteer William Birch Holmes had a great-uncle called Feargus O'Connor Holmes.

What is it with Feargus O'Connor you may be thinking. For the answer to this and why we've come to the conclusion that the Pollard and Holmes families shared the same radical political views, take a look at the articles on Chartism on the Farnhill and Kildwick History Group site.

If you would like to help us research the lives of all 68 of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers, please email us at farnhillww1volunteers@gmail.com.
 

Farnhill WW1 Volunteers Project Update - January 29th 2017

The tragic death of Willie Barker

A remarkable feature of the 68 Farnhill Volunteers is that only six of them died during WW1. All of these losses were, of course, tragic; but perhaps the saddest story is that of the death of Willie Barker.

Willie Barker was born, in Farnhill, in December 1896 and was just 19 when he joined the 11th battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. He was sent to France on the 11th of September 1918, very close to the end of the war, and the regimental diary records that he arrived as part of a contingent of 141 men. The battalion was at this time resting behind the lines and for a fortnight Willie's life must have one of lectures, training, checking kit, and playing football - matches appear to have taken place almost every day.

The battalion returned to the front line during the afternoon and evening of the September 24th. The regimental diary records this as being a quiet period and the battalion was fully in position by 7:30am on the 25th.

At some point on the 24th, during this quiet period, Willie Barker was killed. His time on the front line can only have been a few hours at the most.

Willie Barker is buried in Bailleul Cemetery close to where he died. His name is commemorated on the Kildwick War Memorial.

If you would like to help us research the lives of all 68 of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers, please email us at farnhillww1volunteers@gmail.com.
 

Farnhill WW1 Volunteers Project Update - January 15th 2017

An interesting connection

As we research the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers we're finding that many of them were connected - either they were members of an extended family; they worked at the same mill; or they shared leisure pursuits.

Recent research, yet to be confirmed, suggests that a woman called Ida Dawson was closely related no less than three Volunteers. It looks as if she was:

  • The mother of Harry Walmsley
  • The sister of John William Dawson
  • The aunt of Walter Dawson

If you would like to help us research other interesting connections between the Farmhill WW1 Volunteers, please email us at farnhillww1volunteers@gmail.com.
 

Farnhill WW1 Volunteers Project Update - January 1st 2017

Project launch event

The project starts officially today. January 1st 2017. However, we have already started to plan our first public event which will be a WW1 Magic Lantern Show to be held on March 3rd, in the Institute building.

Click here for details and to reserve seats.. We hope you will be able to join us.


An 1892 watercolour

A friend of the History Group recently sent in a picture of a watercolour painted in 1892 by one of her past family members, Millie Clough. It turns out that Millie was the mother of one of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers, Eric Green.

We are looking forward to researching the lives of Eric Green and his family as part of our project. In the meantime, click here to view his mother's pretty watercolour.


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