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Early Mar 1964 Llandudno

1964 Pete WILLIAMS cousin Diana WILIAMS, Pete WILLIAMS, Dick KITCHING, Pete LEATHLEY, John DAINES | Llandudno

1964 Susie DELVES

1964 Pete LEATHLEY, Suzy COOK (Annes sister), Robin DELVES, Dick KITCHING (in the red shorts), B GIBSON, Pete WILLIAMS, Christine DELVES, Gordon SHARPE (from Burton sailing club, he owned a transport business.)
Around this time they capsized Harold JONES boat and broke the mast | Llandudno

B GIBSON, Christine DELVES, ER DELVES, Robin DELVES, Paddy (Robin & Christine's dog)

1964 On holiday in Pembrokeshire with Triumph TR3, same car they went on their honeymoon in

1964 Pete WILLIAMS, Bee, ?, Red Margaret, Roger WOOD, Dick KITCHING probably same holiday in Pemrokeshire

1964 | Brian BENNETT in the brown coat and black trilby, he drove racing cars and said that 'all gaps get bigger', he later died in a road accident. Dick BELAND (tartan scarf) a South African and Rolls Royce designer, ? Pete LEATHLEY, John DAINES (glasses), ?, Alison who married BELAND (in the turquoise coat), ?, Dick KITCHING, B GIBSON, Ann COOK, Elspeth, ?, ?, Posibly Tone CROSS

1964 Alison who married BELAND from New Zealand, Dick BELAND, B GIBSON, Pete LEATHLEY, Ann COOK, Elspeth | Skiing at Colle Isarco, Italy

1964 Skiing at Colle Isarco, Italy


1964 Dick DELVES, B GIBSON, Paul HEBDEN, Ron HARRISON, ?, Dick KITCHING, Ann COOK, Pete LEATHLEY | Skiing at Colle Isarco, Italy

The Chapel of St. Barbara - Colle Isarco





1964 Pete WILLIAMS, Ron HARRISON, Wenda WILLIAMS, ?, B GIBSON, Dick DELVES, ?, ?, Dick KITCHING, Diane ALLEYNE nee HORTON. | Skiing at Colle Isarco, Italy

Circa 1964

29 Jan 1964 B GIBSON | Engagement announcement in Tatler

Dec 1963 Tom KELSEY's 21st Birthday at The Savoy and Dick & B's engagement day

1963 Heathfield, Long Causeway, Denholme, Bradford

Aug 1963 Pembrokeshire, Wales

Aug 1963 Dick KITCHING in his TR4 with 'Red Margaret' | Pembroke Dock, Freshwater East, Pembrokeshire

Merlin Rockets | The front Merlin sail number 747 was Pete WILLIAMS boat. The boat behind with sial number 565 was owned by John DAINES, Pete LEATHLEY is at the helm. John DAINES was the best sailor of them all. Dick DELVES Merlin sail number 1192

Aug 1963 | Pembroke Dock, Freshwater East, Pembrokeshire | The yellow car, a TR2, was owned by Pete WILLIAMS who bought it from Dick KITCHING. The middle black car, a TR3 with registration plate LCX 358, was owned by Dick DELVES who had also bought from Dick KITCHING. The light blue car at the back was Dick KITCHING's latest car, a TR4!

Aug 1963 Pete 'Gwytha' WILLIAMS & Wenda with B GIBSON | Pembroke Dock, Freshwater East, Pembrokeshire

Aug 1963 Christine, Paddy the fox terrier and Robin DELVES | Robin says I drove with Christine to Penbrokeshire on the night of the Great Train Robbery, which was on the 8th August 1963

1963 Pembrokeshire, Wales

A lot of Burwain Sailing Club members went to Abersoch and Robin rented a house in the middle of town

?, Roger HARRIS holding tiller of 565, Dick DELVES holding tiller of his boat 1192, Christine SMITH standing sideways

1963 Pembrokeshire, Wales

1963 Pembrokeshire, Wales

1963 Llandudno, Wales | Their convoy of sports cars, towing dingy's with masts up

1963 Sauze Doulx, Italy

1963 Sauze Doulx, Italy | Dick DELVES, ?, ?, ?, ?, (from top of stairs), ?, Dick BELAND, B GIBSON, John BAYNES, Paul HEBDEN, Mavis HOWELL later married WILFER (pink jacket)

1963 Sauze Doulx, Italy | Paul HEBDEN, Mavis HOWELL, B GIBSON

Circa 1963 Dick DELVES

1962 Devon | Best man Bill CHARTERS

1962 Gorleston Regatta, Norfolk | Firefly Championships

1962 Gorleston Regatta, Norfolk | Robin DELVES, Roger HARRIS, Christine SMITH, Ted FORT | Roger HARRIS & ER DELVES came 1st in one race

1962 Burwain Sailing Club

1962 Burwain Sailing Club | Robert SUNDERLAND, Roger HARRIS, Anthony BANCROFT, Ted FORT, Peter SIMONARD, Unknown woman

Robert SUNDERLAND, Roger HARRIS, ER DELVES (Wearing yellow life-jacket) Anthony BANCROFT, Peter SIMONARD, Unknown woman

1962 Burwain Sailing Club | Pete 'Gwytha' WILLIAMS

1962 Camping in Abersoch | ?, ?, Diana WILLIAMS, ?, Ron JULIANS

1962 Bryn JONES house, Sarn Bach, Abersoch | Ted FORT, Tony BANCROFT, Ron JULIANS

Abersoch Bay


1962 View of Abersoch beach from clubhouse carpark

1962 Abersoch, Wales | Robin & Christine DELVES in Ted FORT's car which was a MG TD or TF

1962 Abersoch, Wales | Dick KITCHING, Christine SMITH, Roger HARRIS, Diana WILLIAMS, Pete WILLIAMS, Robin DELVES, Pete LEATHLEY

21 Mar 1962 Marriage Robin DELVES to Christine SMITH at St Mary's Church Riddlesden with reception at Overdale, Skipton

Dick DELVES, Janet PARKER, Mary PARKER (Bill PARKER's mother and Christine's cousin), Carol PARKER, Robin & Christine, Peter SMITH, Pheobe DELVES, Pauline SMITH, Fred DELVES, John DELVES

21 Jul 1962 Molly SMITH nee DEPLEDGE (Peter's wife), Pauline & Michael (Peter & Molly's children), behind Mrs & Mr DEPLEDGE (Molly's parents), Peter SMITH Christine's brother who 'gave her away'.
( Peter H SMITH married Mollie P DE PLEDGE Sep 1953, Worth Valley | 2c | 71)

21 Jul 1962 Fred W & Dorothy (aka Pheobe) DELVES

David BANISTER (who was deaf) and his wife Pamela BANISTER nee HOLEHOUSE

Roger P BOOTH, a solicitor, and his wife Lisa E BOOTH nee STONES, they had been married for a year

Mrs COXON, Mr COXON & their daughter Joan COXON (Shirley DELVES nee COXON younger sister)

Mrs MOORE who played bridge with Pheobe, Tony GLEGG who sailed a boat called 'Sinbad of Abersoch' at Burwain, his wife Sylvia GLEGG nee MOORE, her father Billy MOORE who was a co-founder of 'British Home Stores'

Sydney TAYLOR (Co-owner of Timothy Taylors Brewery), his wife Oggy (Life-long friend of Dorothy DELVES nee ELLIS), Unknown couple the lady was probably a bridge friend of Pheobe's

Stanley HILEY and his wife 'Tim' HILEY nee HARGER (youngest daughter of Joe HARGER), Kenneth PARKER and his wife Mary Alma PARKER nee HARGER (eldest daughter of Joe HARGER), Vera 'Jean' FLETCHER nee ARMISTEAD, her mother Claire ARMISTEAD nee HURRIE, her son John ARMISTEAD, Mary COOPER (Wife of the designer at Fosters Mill and FW DELVES' assistant), Henry Robert SHAW and his wife (He was managing director of FW Banister Ltd & Company Bradford)
Robin DELVES was manager at FW Banister at the age of 26yrs

Henry Robert SHAW and his wife, John WATERHOUSE (He manufactured wooden shuttles for the mills), his daughter Anne L SLEE, her husband Keith B SLEE, John David WATERHOUSE

Margaret WATKINSON (was at Lady Mable college and taught PE with Christine at Belle Vue Grammar school. Next Barbara RANBY (music) at Belle Vue, next my next door neighbour when I lived in Riddlesden. Next Mrs ATKINSON who cleaned for us for ages. Next is Auntie Katie ELLIS (Phoebe's sister) and Miss MOWET
Marcia MOWAT never married. It was said, possibly without any foundation whatsoever, that she was 'sweet on Father', but he was ruled out by her family as not having 'sufficient prospects', her Father being a Baronet Sir Alfred MOWAT, who was Chairman and owner of British Card Clothing. Marcia Mowat was a life long friend of our Aunt Mary, Father's sister. She gave all three of us lovely presents and bought tickets for us to attend the major 'Grand Balls' at Cleckheaton Town Hall.

The grooms men. Left Peter SIMONARD, Robert SUNDERLAND, Roger HARRIS, Anthony BANCROFT, Jane & Max UTTLEY, Mike HIMDLE (big rugby player), Ted FORT. All the likely lads sailed at Burwain Sailing Club with us.

FW DELVES cousins, left to right Madge DELVES, Marie DELVES and Monica MESSER nee DELVES, Mrs Hannah Margaret FITTON nee ARMISTEAD and her two daughters Enid (bn 30 May 1932) and Margaret (bn 9 Jul 1934)
Madge and Marie both had distinguished careers in The Queen Alexandrias Nursing Corps, Marie was 4th in command of the whole corps. They both marched in the 1945 Victory Parade, as did Father's sister Mary who was 4 th in command of the Y.W.C.A. Monica married a Bradford doctor, Will Messer by name, who I believe was the Chief Medical Officer of Bradford. Madge and Marie were both awarded The Royal Red Cross, which I understood was the highest military award possible.

Christine's Uncle & Auntie Mary & Jim WILSON, and their daughter Heather

Garnet FOSTER (he owned the mill where Grandfather Fred worked) and wife Lillian FOSTER nee KELLY with their Bentley. Garnet's first wife died sometime in the 1920's

Christine's friends Don and Ann WADE (Ann in lacrosse photo). Fellow teachers Jean WHITTAKER (geography) Dot (art) Pauline KELLY (French) Val SWAN (Con club Billy FOSTER and his second wife Marvyn. Billy was son and heir of the business, his mother was the first wife of Garnet FOSTER.
Christine's teacher friends all taught at Belle Vue Grammar school for girls with her. Ann WADE (Sandy) was at college with Christine and they still write or talk to each other. She lives in Gosport and was a very good sailor sailing over to France

St Mary's Church Riddlesden

St Mary's Church Riddlesden | Walking up the church steps at the front Ishbel PARKER nee BRUCE and her mother-in-law Mary PARKER nee SMITH, behind them Bill PARKER (husband of Ishbel and son of Mary), Ben BANISTER and his wife Gwen

21 Jul 1962 Holmefield, Utley, Keighley | Chistine's cousin Bill PARKER, his wife Ishbel and their two daughters Janet and Carol | Christine lived with her Aunt Mary Parker at Holmefield in Utley after her father Charles died

21 Jul 1962 Holmefield, Utley, Keighley | Marriage Robin DELVES to Christine SMITH


1962 The Grotto in Pembrokeshire, Pete WILLIAMS & 'The Horse'

1962 Dick KITCHING, Diana WILLIAMS, 'The Horse', Pete WILLIAMS, John DAINES, 'Boss' WILLIAMS

Circa 1962 Maurice ACKROYD to Meg TOWNSEND? wedding | Maurice WAGATT standing next to ER DELVES, the bridesmaid on the left is probably Meg's sister

1962 Robin & Christine DELVES say It was a Alvis Silver Crest. We toured Ireland in it in 1962, we also ran the Burwain sailing team to a few matches but do not recognise the background. It looks in good nick so the photo may have been taken on one of the team travels. We then sold it to brother John for £40 who kept it in his garage for about 40 years. He then sold it to an enthusiast for a few thousand who renovated it

1962 Nash Rectory, Pete WILLIAMS father was the vicar

1962 Dick DELVES, Diana WILLIAMS, 'Boss' WILLIAMS, Richard - around Dick's Merlin Rocket

1962 At Holme Moss, Derbyshire | Dick with 'Tompy' THOMPSON

Circa 1960 Victor DELVES, Evelyn ROCHE nee DELVES (Babs), Clara DELVES (Victors wife), Anne Margaret DELVES (Madge), Marion DELVES (Marie) | Children of Thomas Hirst and Annie DELVES

Circa 1960 Sunnyside, Long Preston | Where Mary Ann DELVES nee ARMISTEAD lived until she died 16 Aug 1949

1960 Abersoch, above the Yacht Club | Ted FORT, Jane & Max UTTLEY, Robert & Shiela SUNDERLAND, Robin DELVES
On the back of the photo is written About to leave Abersoch 1960. Tony left the night before and I took the photograph | Behind the group is Dorothy DELVES car a Morris Minor Traveller which Robin had borrowed

12 Sep 1959 Conservative Club | Photograph taken by J Norman Preston & Co (T Harrison & Sons Ltd Bingley & Shipley)
On left, Rev 'Pale Ale' HAILES (Rev of Denholme Parish Church. He was a Londoner with a cockney accent and told his congregation that God got me by the scruff of the neck
Front row, Garnett FOSTER with dark bow tie and next to him his wife Lillian with stripped dress. Next to Garnett is Lewis DRIVER who owned a garage | Top right short man in black suit Arthur DRIVER, next to him at the back FWD, in front of them in paisley dress Miss BALMFORTH who was the milk lady and tenant of Mr FOSTERS farm | In front of FWD Dorothy DELVES wearing three strings of pearls and left of her sister Kate ELLIS | Man in middle in grey suit Joe FOSTER (no relation to Garnet)

1959 Christine SMITH (who married Robin DELVES 21 July 1962) writes The lacrosse team of 59 was at Lady Mabel Collage of Physical Education, Wentworth Woodhouse, nr Rotherham. Earl Fitz Williams old pile built on the proceeds of coal mining until Shinwell wanted to have open cast coal mining right up to the front door.The biggest stately home in England with many works of art in situe hence they had to be back by 10. Deep in the country so they used bikes and joined Sheffield Uni OTC as they collected us in a 4 ton lorry plus meeting up with guys from RAF Finningly. We had lacrosse matches against other PE colleges and a big tournament in London
Christine SMITH is 5th in line from the front, also the PE college captain. Wendy Angel the girl on the far right, she later appeared in the 'News of the he World' after having an affair with the head of the school she taught in. He was married and his wife would not divorce him so he killed his wife and was sent to prison. Wendy married someone else. Ann WADE was also in the team

1958 Abersoch | ?, ?, Robin DELVES, Jack BINNS, ?, Mike HINDLE

1958 Abersoch | GP14 Boat | Jack BINN, Mike HINDLE, Roger HARRIS

1958 View of Abersoch beach from clubhouse carpark

1958 Aunt Kate ELLIS & ER DELVES | Aunt Kate ELLIS & Dorothy DELVES | Probably at Morcombe, in front of their Austin Cambridge which was blue and pale blue

Mary became ill and died from leukemia. She blamed the cause on radioactive treatment she had received for a verucca

1958 FWD & Dorothy DELVES in their car a 1934 Riley Imp at Heathfield, Long Causeway, Denholme, Bradford

Dick DELVES | Behind the car is an area of ground where the hen house was later built. This is where ERD proposed to B after a Giggleswick reunion evening!

1958 Robin DELVES

Circa 1957 Rolls Royce graduates | Dick started at Rolls Royce in September 1956. He left to go to Mintex in 1960 and returned back to Rolls Royce when he married B in 1964.
Back row from left, 4th Geoff FOSTER, 5th ER DELVES, 8th Keith GRADON, 9th Jim CLARKE, 10th John COPLIN, 11th Colin McCHESNEY, 13th Frank PLACE
Next row, 4th Mark CANN, 5th Brian WRIGHT, 7th Peter GAYFER, 8th Ken HILL, 9th John IREDALE, 15th Joe?,
Next row, 2nd Bob LAMPLUGH, 5th Robin MOORE, 7th Peter WILLIAMS, 8th Geoff GREEN,
Front row, 4th Clem ROBINSON, 5th Lyle REID, 8th Bill CHARTERS, 9th Vic ?, 10th Basil THOMPSON, 12th Dick TAYLOR.
Dick writes I remember a lot of these well. I am now only in contact with Brian WRIGHT. Pete LEATHLEY arrived later. Jim CLARKE lives in Etwall. Geoff GREEN lives in Breadsall, we met up 5 years ago. John COPLIN rose to a high position in RR, and lives in Duffield, we greet each other. Joe ? was the nephew of the guy who invented cat's eyes in Halifax, he was a bit of a rocker. Joe and John IREDALE used to hitch a lift home to Yorkshire in my Riley

1957 | The car was a 1934 Riley Apprentice | ER DELVES owned it with Jeff FOSTER, who he shared digs with at Rolls Royce. Then Jeff sold his half to John AIRDALE


1956 After ER graduated they went on holiday to The Hotel de France in Jersey | John DELVES, Pete WILMER (from Leeds University), Glyn EVANS (from Derby), ERD. The ladies were other guests at the Hotel

Jul 1956 Devonshire Hall, Leeds University | Holiday on a paddle steamer down Rhine from Dusseldorf to Heidelberg

1956 Summer Ball

1956 ER DELVES graduation from Leeds University

1956 Devonshire Hall, Leeds University, Halls of Residence Final Year | Dick is back row 7th from right

1956 The Engineering Faculty, Leeds University | Dick is first standing row 4th from left

Jul 1956 Dick's friends at Devonshire Hall, Leeds University | John CATON (crouching), Martin JEVANS, John CHEALLE, Pete WILMER (Standing front), Maurice AKEROYD, ER DELVES, Morris WAGGOTT (crouching right), David BEECROFT

1956 Midland Hotel, Morecombe | Aunt Marie (Marion) DELVES, FW DELVES, George Edward DELVES, Dorothy DELVES nee ELLIS, Robin Delves (22 yrs) Katie ELLIS (Aunt Marie and George DELVES were children of Thomas Hirst DELVES)
27 May 2021 Robin DELVES writes George Edward DELVES eldest son of Thomas Hirst, who broke the fetlock of his father's favourite horse by firing a shotgun while still seated In the saddle causing the horse to jump in fright. George took off for America before his father could catch him! George returned to fight in the first World War as member of the Canadian Mounties. This visit is the only other time that he visited the other members of the family as far as I am aware. The hotel was The Midland in Morecambe. An art-deco construction of the 1930’s. Very posh in its heyday. Garnet Foster, father's boss, took his annual holiday there, with his liveried chauffeur staying in the quarters reserved for the servants of the rich

1956 Midland Hotel, Morecombe | Aunt Marie (Marion) DELVES, FW DELVES, George Edward DELVES, Dorothy DELVES nee ELLIS, Robin Delves (22 yrs) Katie ELLIS
28 May 2021 Ann BANKART nee ROCHE writes Uncle George is in the centre, he came over in 1955 or more probably early 1956 I know that because Peter and I got married in April 1956 and, I think at the aunts prompting, Uncle George bought us a wedding present

1956 Midland Hotel, Morecombe

1955 Devonshire Hall, Leeds University, Halls of Residence Final Year | Dick is back row 7th from right

1955 The Engineering Faculty, Leeds University | Dick is second row from top 1st left | The Engineering Faculty included Electrical, Civil Engineering and Mechanical. The Civil Engineering department was the most prestigious

1954 Devonshire Hall, Leeds University, Halls of Residence First Year | Dick is top row 1st right
The photograph has the full list of names underneath printed on the mounting board. ER DELVES is inaccurately stated as top row 4th from the right when in fact he is 1st on the right.
Dick can also see other inaccuracies.
Transcribed legend 1954_Print_Devonshire_Hall_Leeds_University_Name_Legend_Transcript.pdf
Devonshire Hall was one of Leeds University's six halls of residence. lt was traditional, with a formal dinner every night that included waitress service.

1953 Giggleswick | ER DELVES 2nd row seated 3rd from right

1953 Nowel House Prefects, Giggleswick | P STEWART, R HUNT, ER DELVES, DJ PARK, BM AINSWORTH, CH HOPKINSON | Photo taken round from the front of the main school building

1953 Giggleswick, Army Corps on Speech Day at The Quad | Visiting celebrity followed by Larry WARDLE and then the headmaster EH PARTRIDGE

1953 Dick DELVES was Colour Seargent, he is the middle soldier carrying the flag, to his right is TRICKEY, to his left (closest to foreground) AMS SMITH

Circa 1952|53 Dorothy AKA Phoebe DELVES | Christine DELVES writes Phoebe on the Gibralter Rock with apes, she went for a holiday with Aunt Oggie in 1952/3


1952 John in Japan 1952

1952 John in 'BAOR' uniform (British Army Of the Rhine) posted to Germany then Japan

Circa 1951 | Giggleswick School photo | ERD third from top row on right
Dick was in Nowell House, Robin was in Style House and John was in Carr House.
John left circa 1949 around the age of 16yrs having failed to achieve any O-levels. - He joined Fosters Mill, Robin left circa 1951 during his time in the sixth form, Dick achieved 9 O-Levels and finished sixth form at Giggleswick with two S-Levels in Physics and Maths and one A-Level in Chemistry


Circa 1950 | A postcard with a view of Denholme Mill, the building was demolished circa 1980

1949 Uncle Robin DELVES recounts My father Fred lost his driving license through drink-driving in 1949, the same year as his mother's death. He will have been charged through the '1930 Road Traffic Act' where it was an offence to drive, attempt to drive or be in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or any other public place while being 'under the influence of drink or a drug to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of the vehicle.' This was the start of a family tradition!

Newspaper Cutting [Unknown paper]
DELVES - Aug 16 (peacefully in her sleep) at Sunneyside, Long Preston MARY ANN wife of the late Edward DELVES and mother of Mary Heselton and F. W. Delves - Funeral at the Baptist Chapel, Long Preston, today (Thursday), August 18 at 2.30pm. No mourning please.

Long Preston MEMBER OF OLD FAMILY - The death has occurredat Sunnyside, Long Preston of Mrs Mary Ann Delves, the widow of Mr Edward Delves and daughter of the late Mr Thomas Armistead of Long Preston in her 91st year. At the age of 88, Mrs Delves fractured her leg, and had since been semi-invalid. A member of an old Craven family with an especially close association with Long Preston, Mrs Delves had lived in the village for many years of her life, and she was widely esteemed and loved. Born at Rathmell, she moved as a child to Long Preston where she remained until her marriage. Her married life was spent in Liverpool, and she returned to Long Preston about 20 years ago. She was closely associated with the Baptist Church in the village which her grand-father and father, along with others, were instrumental in building. Interment in the Baptist churchyard was preceded by a service in the chapel, conducted by the Rev, W.A. Pearson, Baptist pastor at Skipton. Chief mourners were: Mrs Heselton (daughter), Mr and Mrs F.W. Delves, Denholme (son and daughter-in-law) and family, Denholme; Colonel and Mrs Armistead, Harrogate; County Alderman, J.H. and Mrs Armistead, and Mr John Armistead, Ilkley; the Misses Delves, Mr J. Delves, Miss George, Harrogate, Mr and Mrs W.G. Foster, Denholme, Mr J.C. Armistead and Mrs Fitton, Manchester, and Dr and Mrs Messer.

Registration District, Ewecross
1949 Death in the Sub-district of Settle in the County of York (W.R.)
No 227 | When and where died, Sixteenth August 1949, Sunnyside, Long Preston R.X.
Mary Ann DELVES | Female | 90 yrs
Occupation, Widow of Edward DELVES an Excise Officer
Cause of death, 1 (a) Arterial Degeneration (b) Senility | Certified by ? Hugh CLEGG M.R.C.N
Description of informant, FW DELVES, Son, Present at Death, Brackenhill, Deholme, Bradford

Territorial Army Reserve of Officers General List Yeomanry | Lt. F. W. DELVES (61756), having exceeded the age limit, relinquishes his commn., 4th Dec. 1948, retaining the rank of Lt.

Circa 1948 Aunt Marie DELVES, Robin DELVES, Mary Ann DELVES, Dorothy and Fred DELVES | At Aunt Heza (Mary HESTLETON nee DELVES) home in Long Preston.
Granny Mary Ann DELVES lived with her daughter Mary there for the last two or three years of her life. Aunt Mary had bought the house shortly after the end of the war.

Relating to the administration of the dilapidated portfolio of properties in Liverpool inherited from Robert HARGER

3rd July 1948 On left FW DELVES, Ralph COOPER (Designer at Fosters Mill), Dorothy DELVES | Conservative Party fundraising garden party held at Bracken Hilll, Denholme | Photo taken by The 'Bingley Guardian'

Circa 1948 ER DELVES

Summer 1947 Mary Ann DELVES nee ARMISTEAD

Summer 1947 Standing at the back Mary HESELTON nee DELVES
Middle seated row from left to right:- Kate ELLIS, Dorothy DELVES nee ELLIS (aka Phoebe), Clara DELVES nee WHITTAKER (Victor's wife), Mary Ann DELVES nee ARMISTEAD, FW DELVES.
Front row left to right:- John, Robin, Dick DELVES

Summer 1947 Standing Dick DELVES, Robin, Mary Ann DELVES, John | In the garden at Bracken Hill


John Robin & Dick attended Bradford Grammer school

1945 Dick DELVES at Coswick Beach, Berwick on Tweed. FWD & Phoebe were fond of the place.

1945 Victory Parade
Mary HESELTON nee DELVES marching in the Victory Parade in front of the King George 6th & the Queen. Mr Atlee in top hat and Churchill, standing to the left of the royal couple.
Mary is in the middle of the front row, eighth from the left, with the man on the right. She had been invited as she was 4th in command of the YWCA.

When the boys burnt the chicken shed
During the war John, Robin & Dick used to kick about with four local lads from Denholme, their names were Brian Battersby, George Feather, Morris Metcalf and Hogan. The lads used to steal Dunhill Sunripe fags from behind the counter at the Mrs Holgate's Store by Foster's Mill in Denholme. The old lady, who owned the store, wore wooden clogs. The technique for the skullduggery was to ask her for a dandelion & burdock which she kept cool in the cellar. Her footsteps could clearly be heard as she descended down, and back up out and in that time the cigarettes were raided. Their favourite smoking venue was the chicken shed at Bracken Hill.
Phoebe heard a crackling sound while she was in the sitting room and thought the Germans had invaded, when she looked outside she saw flames coming out of the chicken shed. Denholme fire brigade were called and couldn't find their driver so three of them walked three-quarters of a mile up the hill carrying the hose. Unfortunately, there was only a trickle when they plugged the hose into the back-yard fire hydrant causing one firemen to exclaim "Eee by gum, I could piss better than this!"
As Fred was a Major in the 'Home Guard' five engines eventually turned up to put out the fire. Eight hens survived from the flock of eleven, and the next day the three brothers were lined up in the sitting room by policeman and all was confessed. They were gated for several weeks.
Fred bought a new chicken shed which was taken with them when they moved to Heathfield in 1951. The new chicken shed was later to be the perfect location for Dick to propose to B in 1963!

Circa 1944
Robin DELVES writes The photo was probably taken in the late war years. They are Mrs SMALLBONES, Mr WADE who was an ex railway man who gardened in the mornings Monday to Friday, and and the taller woman was Mrs HOWARTH. The two ladies came to clean some of the twenty five rooms, if you include toilets and pantries, and clean our clothes. Aunt Kate's car is in the background.

1944 ER DELVES at Bracken Hill

1942 ER DELVES Studio Portrait
John, Dick and Robin all attended Keighley Girls Grammar School between 1939-1942. Phoebe, their mother, had a car but petrol was scarce due to the war. The three young boys were chaperoned to school by a ten year old girl, who escorted them from Denolm railway Station. The children travelled in a railway car pulled by steam train. The journey started through a tunnel and over the Hewenden viaduct near Cullingworth. The remaining distance to school from Keighley railway station had them rushing along two bus rides with a change at. The buses often had open stairs at the back.
The boys attended Bradford Grammar prep school at Saltaire for about a year, before going to the main school and after leaving Keighley Girls Grammar School.

Circa 1940 John DELVES

Circa 1940 Kate ELLIS on the moor

Circa 1940 Robin DELVES

Circa 1940 Dick DELVES

They lived at Bracken Hill between 1936 - 1951.
Fred & Phoebe did not own Bracken Hill it had previously been Mr Foster's house who was the owner of the Mill. In 1939 Fred bought Ballabooye Farm, St. Germains on the Isle of Man, so if the Germans invaded they would be able to feed themselves. They had family holidays there during the war and saw detainees behind fences. Fred sold the farm in 1964 as none of his sons were interested, he used the money to pay off the mortgage on Heathfield, which cost about £4,000 in 1964. During the war Fred was Major in the Home Guard and frequently defended The Flappit pub in Denholme. He answered to Colonel DICKSON who made who had made his money in peace time making bobbins for the mills. Colonel DICKSON answered to FW's cousin Bernie ARMISTEAD. The main concern of the Denholme Home Guard was that the Germans would invade by parachuting onto the moors.
During the war the Fosters and Fred Delves were the only ones in Denholme with cars.

F W Delves | Nationality: British | Information: Lt late E. Riding T.A. Yeo | Rank: Major
Rank (2nd): Acting Lieutenant Colonel | Service From Date: 01/02/1941
Duty Location: The Yorkshire (West Riding) T.A. Association, 9, St Leonards, York
Service: Home Guard The Home Guard was operational from 1940 to 1944, and was set up by the British Army during the Second World War. The nickname 'Dad's Army' was due to the average age of the The Home Guard volunteers. They were usually ineligible for military service because of their age. Originally called "Local Defence Volunteers" or LDV, the Home Guard's role was to defend British coastal areas, airfields, factories and explosives stores in the case of invasion by German forces and their allies.
Group: Yorkshire Area West Riding Zone | Battalion: 28th West Riding (Keighley) Battalion | Collection: Home Guard Officer Lists 1939-45

1939 Civil Register for Denholme | Sub-district 492-1 | Bracken Hill
DELVES, Frederwick W | 5 Apr 1896 | Married | Occupation, Textile Manager | Instructions, Air Raid Warden, Denholme
DELVES, Dorothy | 26 Mar 1898 | Married | Occupation, Unpaid Domestic Duties
[3 x redacted lines for the three boys]
THEAKER [crossed out] GILLIVER, Irene | 21 Oct 1915 | Single | Occupation, Childrens Nurse
PATTERSON, Annie | 31 Jan 1898 | Widow | Occupation, Cook

Denholme Festival of Rememberance
The first Festival of Rememberance to be held at Denholme took place at the Mechanics' Institute there last night, under the auspices of the local branch of the British Legion. The service was presided over by Mr FW Delves (president of the branch). The 6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment band was in attandance, and those taking part in the service were the Rev EAJ Miller (Vicar of Denholme) and the Rev Cannon R Whincup (Bradford). Mr E Whalley, of Keighley, who was the chief guest, addressed the gathering and appealed for increased support and memebers for the locval branch of the British Legion.

Circa 1938 (Presuming Mary to be 45 yrs old)
Mary Delves Matron at Cheltenham Ladies College.
John, Robin and Dick called Mary HESELTON 'Aunt Bezel'. Aunt Bezel used to hang around Denholme during and after the war much to Phoebe's irritation. Aunt Mary HESELTON was 4th in command in the YWCA (Young Women Christian Association) at the end of the war.

Wool came in through the furthest distant large door on the left. It was washed and combed and stored in the left building as it worked its way up through the floors. It was taken across the bridge and it was spun as it worked its way down the building on the right. It arrived on the ground floor as 'tops' and then was taken across to the weaving sheds.
In the weaving mill the threads were weaved in differant ways to make 'Wefts' or Warps'. It finally finished as 'Worstead', used to tailor Gabardine. Dick thinks the car at the back was Mr COOPERS, the Mills' designer. The Mill packed up in 1964, the orders had dried up as Gabardine was no longer in fashion

Denholme Mill was owned by W+H FOSTER & Sons. FWD was probably Managing Director by the time this photo of the mill was taken.
Fred's cousin Jim ARMISTEAD was influential in getting FW DELVES job at W&H Foster Ltd as the FOSTER's and ARMISTEAD's were family friends. Jim ARMISTEAD was chairman of the West Riding County Council, he was a solicitor and one of his clients was W&H FOSTER Ltd. The ARMISTEAD family owned property in Bradford and Uncle Robin believes W&H FOSTERS rented some offices from them which were situated next to the Bradford Wool Exchange. FW DELVES joined the company as an apprentice salesman to Herbert ROBERTSHAW who died soon after, so in 1923 FW became top salesman at 27 yrs. [Deaths Dec 1922 | Herbert Robertshaw | 62yrs | Knaresbro' | 9a | 112]

William G FOSTER (aka Billy) married Diana W HIND in the 4th qtr 1939 in the registration district of Calder. Unfortunately Diana later fell for the charms of Billy’s best man Albert H (aka Andray) MAES, who was a major supplier of wool tops to Fosters. Mr MAES was also the French consul in Bradford. Diana and Andray later married in Bradford in 1953.
Robin Ellis DELVES writes: 'Andray, was not exactly flavour of the month in Denholme, but at least he married Diana and, as far as I know, they Ioved and lived happily together ever after.'

Circa 1938 Denholm Mills, Denholme, Bradford.
Images from a publicity booklet for W&H FOSTER Ltd

W. Garnet FOSTER & William G. FOSTER Jun

Wash House


Combing Shed

Testing Room



Reeling & Winding


Weaving Shed

Mending Room

Mechanics Shop

1937 Mary & Allison Wynham HESELTON Divorce
The petitioner was Mary and she lived at West End, Long Preston. The respondent was Allison he lived at 20, Wood View Terrace, Manningham, Bradford.
The petition of Mary HESELTON for the dissolution of marriage was because the 'respondent had frequently committed adultery with Mrs Helen FITZMAURICE.'
It was awkward for Fred to meet Allison socially after Mary & Allison were divorced.

17 Dec 1937 ER DELVES Studio Portrait from Walter SCOTT, 26-30, North Parade, Bradford (Date written on back of photo)

17 Dec 1937 Dick, John, Robin DELVES Studio Portrait from Walter SCOTT

1937 Dick, John, Robin DELVES at Bracken Hill

1937 ER DELVES swimming pool, Robin on the right being helped in. This could be at Douglas in the Isle of Man where they used to go for holidays.

2nd Apr 1936 DELVES Brothers, ER, John, Robin. Studio Portrait from Walter SCOTT, 26-30, North Parade, Bradford (Date written on back of photo)

1935 'The Bungalow', Station Road, Denholme. John DELVES with Aunt Kate ELLIS

1935 John DELVES with unknown maid

1935 John DELVES at The Bungalow with Aunt Kate ELLIS in the background

1935 'The Bungalow', Station Road, Denholme. Fred DELVES with John

1935 Unknown ladies with the three boys

1935 Dorothy DELVES with Dick & Robin | Robin DELVES writes Mother had been in bed for 6 months as it was triplets. How different to now.

1935 John DELVES

1934 Unknown nurse with the twins

Nurse CLEGG | Robin DELVES writes 'Nurse Clegg with Dick and Robin at The Bungalow, Denholme.'


1933 (Presuming John to be 6 months old) 'The Bungalow', Station Road, Denholme. Dorothy DELVES nee ELLIS aka Phoebe with John Delves

Phoebe's sister Kate ELLIS with John DELVES Taken at 'The Bungalow', Station Road, Denholme

1933 Mary Ann DELVES nee ARMISTEAD holding John

1933 'The Bungalow', Station Road, Denholme John with unknown nurse


Kitty ELLIS (Sister of Dorothy) with John

1933 Dorthy DELVES aka Phoebe with John DELVES Bn 24 May 1933 at 'The Bungalow', Station Road, Denholme.

Circa 1932 Fred & Dorothy DELVES
Out and about in Fred's 1928 Swift 14/40HP Tourer

Marriage Solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Keighley in the County of York
No 128 | When married; 30 June 1932
Frederick William DELVES | Full age | Bachelor
Profession; Textile Manager
Residence; The Residence, Denholme
Fathers name; Edward DELVES | Father's Profession; Civil Servant, Deceased
Dorothy ELLIS | Full age | Spinster.
Residence; Laurel Grove
Fathers name; John Ellis | Father's Profession; Solicitor, Deceased.
Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England after Banns by me, ?, Rector
This Marriage was solemnized between us; Frederick William DELVES, Dorothy ELLIS
Witnessed by; Sarah ELLIS, Norah ELLIS and Mary DELVES

30 June 1932 Marriage of Frederick W DELVES to Dorothy ELLIS at Keighley Parish Church
Dorothy ELLIS and Jim ARMISTEAD. Jim would be 40 yrs old. Jim ARMISTEAD 'gave Dorothy away'.

1932 Marriage of Frederick William DELVES to Dorothy ELLIS
Photo sent to N DELVES by Emma Jane HOWELL nee HILEY

30 June 1932 Marriage of Frederick William DELVES to Dorothy ELLISaAt Keighley Parish Church on 30 June 1932.
Left to right:- Kathleen ELLIS, FW DELVES, Dorothy, Ralph NORTHROP (Best man)
The two bridesmaids are Joyce & Jean TAYLOR daughters of Stan & Oggy TAYLOR, owners of Timothy Taylors Brewery, Keighley.
Ralph NORTHROP owned Abion Mill in Thornton, which was a weaving mill. He was Robin Ellis DELVES godfather. John DELVES godfather was Gordon PRATT.

Newspaper Cutting owned by Ann BANKART nee ROCHE / Unknown Newspaper name or date (Could be the Craven Herald):-
The death of Mrs. Delves, widow of Mr. Thomas Hirst Delves, took place at her residence, "Lochinvar" on Saturday evening as the result of a seizure. She passed away without regaining consciousness.
By her death, a familiar figure has been removed from a village in which she was born and lived all her life. Of a genial, quiet disposition, she was very highly respected. She took an interest in the concerns of the village, and was always ready and willing to take her share in promoting any worthy object. She was a devoted mother. Whenever possible, she was among the worshippers at the Parish Church. She was a member of the Mothers' Union and was present at the special meeting in connection with the local branch on Wednesday evening, May 14th; she also belonged to the Women's Unionist Association.
Mrs. Delves is survived by two sons, the eldest of whom is abroad, and four daughters.
The funeral took place at the Parish Church on Tuesday. The mourners were:- Mrs Victor Delves (son), Miss Marie Delves (daughter), Miss Madge Delves (daughter), Dr. and Mrs. Messer (son-in-law and daughter), Mr. and Mrs. Pitt Roche (son-in-law and daughter), Mrs. V. Delves (daughter-in-law), Mrs. Horrocks, Mrs. Ferguson, Miss Wrathall (sisters), Mr. and Mrs. H. Horrocks, Mrs. E. Delves, Mr. James Armistead.
Among others present were Mrs. Archer, Mrs. Clay, Mrs. Preston (Fernhill), Miss Armistead, Miss Jackson, Mrs. Yorke, Misses M. and K. N. Taylor, Miss Wildman, Miss Wood. The Women's Unionist Association was represented by Mrs. H. Throup (honorary secretary), the Mothers' Union by Mrs. Addison and several others. The Rangers and Girl Guides, of which Miss Madge Delves was formerly a Lieutenant, were represented by Mrs. Denton (Captain) and Miss Helen Heaton (Lieutenant).
The bearers were: Mr. Jowett, Mr. A. Jackman, Mr. T. Kayley, Mr. A. Carr, Mr. F. Stork, Mr. J. Dodgson.
The service was conducted by the Rev. G. S. Addison (Vicar) and the Rev. R. L. Wrathall, Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield (nephew of the deceased).
Floral tributes were from the following:-
Victor, Clare and Jimmy, Marie and Madge, Dr. and Mrs. Messer, Mr. and Mrs. Pitt Roche, Mrs. Horrocks, Mrs. Ferguson and Miss Wrathall, Mrs. E. Delves and family, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Horrocks, Mrs. Wrathall and family, Mr. and Mrs. Roche, senr., Mr. and Mrs. Archer, Mrs. Butt, Mr. and Mrs. Clay, Capt. and Mrs. Denton, Mr. and Mrs. Morphet, Mr. and Mrs. Preston, Misses M. and K. N. Taylor, Miss Wood, members of the Mothers' Union, members of the Women's Unionist Association.
The grave was lined with evergreens.

1928 Mary DELVES sitting middle back row, FW DELVES sitting on the right front row.

1928 Frederick William DELVES photo taken by Dorothy ELLIS


1926 George Edward DELVES and Charlotte Agnes DELVES nee BENNION in Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Charlotte is holding Marjorie. George Edward is holding Margaret (Madge). Seated, L-R is Mary and Monica. Standing is Annie.

Circa 1924 (Presuming Mary Ann to be 65 yrs old) Studio portraits of Mary Ann DELVES nee ARMISTEAD

1924 W Garnet FOSTER's marriage to Lillian KELLY
Marriages Jun 1924 (3rd yearly quarter) William G FOSTER to Lillian KELLY - In the registration district of Dewsbury | 9b | 1388
Tall man on the left is Wyndham HESELTON, recently married to Mary DELVES and best man. The shorter man on the right is Tom KELLY, of the highly regarded wool merchants TK KELLY, father of the bride.

1923, Marriage Solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Bolton Abbey in the County of York.
No 51 | When married; Nov 14 1923
Allison Wyndham HESELTON | 30 yrs | Bachelor
Profession; Chartered Accountant.
Residence; 34, Park Drive, Bradford
Fathers name; Robert Thomas HESELTON | Father's Profession; Chartered Accountant.
Mary DELVES | 29 yrs | Spinster.
Residence, The Green, Bolton Abbey.
Fathers name; Edward DELVES (deceased) | Father's Profession, Civil Servant
Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns by me, Cecil F. TOMLINSON, Rector.
This Marriage was solemnized between us; Allison Wyndham HESELTON, Mary DELVES. Witnessed by; R.T. HESELTON, Eveline HESELTON.

Unknown Newspaper 1 1923_Marriage_HESELTON_DELVES_Newspaper_01.pdf
BOLTON ABBEY MARRIAGE | Denholme Bride and Bradford Bridegroom
The wedding took place quietly at Bolton Abbey Church today of Mr Allison Wynham Heselton (second son of Mr and Mrs R.T. Heselton, of Park Drive, Heaton, Bradford), and Miss Mary Delves (only daughter of the late Mr Edward Delves and of Mrs Delves, Denholme). The Rector, the Rev C. Tomlinson officiated.
The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr F.W. Delves, wore a three piece dress of champagne marocaine, with a brown hat, and carried a bouquet of tea roses. She was attended by Miss Marcia Mart, of Cleckheaton, who was attired in a dress of cinnamon georgette, with a hat to match and carried a bouquet of chrysanthemums.
Captain R.B. Armistead, of Ilkley, was the best man. Following a reception at the Devonshire Arms Hotel, the bride and bridegroom left to spend their honeymoon in the South of France.
The wedding cake was supplied by Mr F.E. Clarke, confectioner, 23, North Parade, Bradford.

Unknown Newspaper 2 1923_Marriage_HESELTON_DELVES_Newspaper_02.pdf
HESELTON-DELVES | At Bolton Abbey Church yesterday the marriage took place of Mr Allison Wynham Heselton, second son of Mr and Mrs R.T. Heselton, of Final Royd, Park Drive, Heaton, Bradford and Miss Mary Delves, only daughter of the late Mr Edward Delves and of Mrs Delves, The Bungalow, Denholme.
The church was decorated with flowers for the occasion and the ceremony was performed by the Rev C.F. Tomlinson (Vicar). Appropriate music was rendered on the organ by Mrs E. Mitton.
Mr R.B. Armistead (cousin of the bride) acted as best man.
The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr Fred Delves, wore a dress of champagne marocaine and a large hat to match trimmed with brown feathers, and carried a bouquet of yellow roses.
Miss Marcia Mowat, of Cleckheaton, attended as bridesmaid, and wore a dress of cinnamon brown with a hat to match and carried bronze chrysanthemums.
After the ceremony a reception was held in the Devonshire Arms Hotel. The honeymoon is to be spent in the South of France and Italy.
The wedding cake was designed and supplied by Mr F.E. Clarke, confectioner, North Parade, Bradford.

14 Nov 1923 Marriage of Allison HESELTON to Mary DELVES at Bolton Abbey Parish Church, Addingham, Skipton
Robert T HESELTON | Mrs HESELTON | Richard Bernard ARMISTEAD | Allison HESELTON | Mary HESELTON nee DELVES | Marcia MOWAT (Bridesmaid, Mary's best friend | Mary Anne DELVES nee ARMISTEAD | Fred W DELVES.
Uncle Robin DELVES says Wyn HESELTON was Garnett FOSTER's best man at his wedding for his second marriage. Wyn & Mary HESELTON divorced in 1937.

Circa 1923 Fred DELVES





Circa 1919 Studio portraits of Mary DELVES (Presuming Mary to be 26 yrs old)

1919 Enlarged image of Mary Ann DELVES from the group photo below

1919 Mary Ann DELVES nee ARMISTEAD, Unknown lady possibly Joim's grandmother Elizabeth WALKER nee TOWNSEND.
Fred W DELVES, Mary DELVES, Unknown man possibly Jim ARMISTEAD

1919 Mary Ann DELVES nee ARMISTEAD, Unknown lady possibly Joim's grandmother Elizabeth WALKER nee TOWNSEND.
Fred W DELVES, Mary DELVES, Unknown woman possibly Claire ARMISTEAD nee HURRIE

Circa 1919 Fred's sister Mary DELVES on right with unknown other ladies. This was probably taken with the Vest Pocket Kodak folding camera that Fred had used during service in the1WW.

Nick DELVES commissioned a 'War Report' from Chris BAKER which is copyright to 'Fourteen Eighteen Research'.


1918 Fred William DELVES
The date 1818 hand-written on the bottom of the head and shoulders portrait


1918 Print The Great Pyramids Egypt. FWD is on the back camel.
The date 1918 is written underneath the photograph by FW DELVES
Fred attended a cavalry officers’ training course in Zeitoun near Cairo between 19th Jan – 17th Feb 1918.



1915-1918_FW_DELVES_1WW_Regiments.pdf - Information from Wikipedia about the regiments FWD served in during the 1st World War

Full transcript of the London Yeomanry War Diary

Thirty two '127' negatives which are photographs taken by FWD during the 1st World War
My cousin Mark Delves presented me with a jumbled box of photos and documents in 2021. Within the colllection were thirty two '127' negatives, clearly dating from FWD's war years. FWD must have owned a 'Vest Pocket Kodak' folding camera for at least part of his military service during the 1st World War. Nothing is written on the negatives and I can only speculate about the order in which they were taken. There do not seem to be any photos of his first posting in Selonika. I believe Fred may have bought the camera when he attended a cavalry officers’ training course in Zeitoun near Cairo between 19th Jan – 17th Feb 1918. I imagine that the junior officers would have made good customers to one or two camera shops in the Cairo bazaar!
Some images are taken at the pyramids of Giza, another looks like it is of the Senusret obelisk and others have palm trees in their backdrops so I have assumed these date from the same weeks that Fred attended the cavalry officers’ training course in Zeitoun near Cairo. I could be wrong as he passed through Egypt on other occasions. Having been to Egypt myself and been blown away by scale and history of the pyramids I wonder if FWD was inspired to buy a camera to record them, so maybe they were the first photos? Some negatives are of British soldiers standing by their circular tents in arid terrain, there is one of two local boys of middle eastern appearence and one of possibly FWD leaning against a destryoyed tank - I have grouped these together in a 'Palastine' section based on little evidence. A four masted barque/schooner could have been taken at any point of his travels and two images taken at sea of ships travelling in convey, the closest of which is painted in 'dazzle' camouflage. I imagine these might have been taken on his way back to Europe and France, but again who is to know?

Circa 1918 Two photos of Fred - maybe these were taken on his return back to the UK?

Circa 1918 This is possibly Fred's return to Europe from Alexandria to Marseilles onboard the HMT ‘Caledonia’ (P&O Line)
Fred is listed amongst his unit’s officers who embarked 24th May 1918 at Alexandria on troopship HMT ‘Caledonia’ (P&O Line) for service in France.
The six other ships in the convoy were: The Canberra, The Indarra, The Kasiar-i-Hind, The Malwa, The Omrah, The Leasowe Castle. One of the ships in the convoy is clearly painted in 'dazzle' camouflage.
He disembarked at Marseilles on 1st Jun 1918.

Circa 1918 A four masted schooner in an unknown port?

What looks like a structure carved out of rock? To my eyes like the temples of Lalibela.

Circa 1918 Man, possibly Fred, next to a destroyed tank - Is it a Mark I or a Mark IV? 1917_Summary_Tanks_in_Palestine.pdf

Circa 1918 Fellow officers outside their British Army Bell Tents in an arid landscape - I believe these photos may have been taken when Fred returned to Gaza

Circa 1918 Unknown place and minaret

A flock of ostriches in an enclosure.

A group of servicemen with what looks like a railway line in the background

Circa 1918 Photographs taken by FW DELVES with his Vest Pocket Kodak folding camera. Two images of a market place in either Egypt or possibly Palastine

Circa 1918 images from an unknown place probably in Egypt or Palastine.

Probably the Senusret obelisk.

The pyramids of Giza

Could this be FWD's barracks in Zeitoun near Cairo?

Family Memories
John DELVES and his brother Dick DELVES talk about their father FW DELVES:
'Fred was 19 years old in October 1915 at the start of the Selonika campaign. He was sent with his horse. He never said very much about his experience in the war, apart from being in charge of five hundred mules!'

Another story that FWD described to his sons:
He been in a cavalry charge, his horse was shot and killed from beneath him, and he was wounded in the leg. He could hear the Turks laughing at them from their positions on the other side, he assumed this was due to them being poorly equipped for the job. He found this upsetting as he had a very close bond with his horse. He believed this cavalry charge could have been the last ever performed in war. Army ordnance compounded the insult by replacing his lost horse with a bicycle. He 'went with a horse, and returned with a bicycle.'
There was an uncertain memory by his sons that He shot and killed a Turk, which haunted him as he latterly considered them to be gentlemen.
It would seem that FWD still had a horse in the photo's he took in Palastine and Egypt, so maybe these events took place during that time and not the earlier period when he was in Selonika?
Robin DELVES says that as younger children their father FWD would wave his ceremonial sword which was kept in the hall. He would point to a red mark on it and say it was 'the blood of a Turk.' This impressed the three boys very much.

FW DELVES ceremonial sword dating from the 1st World War owned by Mark DELVES

FW DELVES West Yorkshire Regiment badges

F.W. Delves | Nationality: British | Information: Employed with Machine Gun Corps | Rank: Lieutenant | Service: British Army |
Regiment: Regiment of Yeomanry, 3rd County of London (Sharpshooters) (Hussars) | Seniority Date: 21-Aug-17 | Collection: UK Army List 1918
F W Delves | Nationality: British | Rank: Lieutenant | Service: British Army |
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps | Battalion: Infantry | Unit: 3rd County Of London Yeomanry |
Seniority Date: 21.8.17 | Collection: UK Army List 1918

1917_08_21_DELVES_London_Gazette_ 2nd_Lt.pdf

F W Delves | Nationality: British | Information: Class 2 | Rank: Lieutenant | Service: British Army
Regiment: Yeomanry | Battalion: Territorial Army Reserve of Officers | Seniority Date: 01/07/1917 | Collection: UK Army List 1942
F W Delves | Nationality: British | Rank: Lieutenant | Service: British Army |
Regiment: Yeomanry | Battalion: General List | Seniority Date: 01/07/1917 | Collection: UK Army List 1947

Circa 1916 Alec WOOD
Written by FWD ' Alec Wood (of Bingley Died 1st War Killed in France)'. Childhood friend of FWD Alex Wood kneeling in studio with FWD & Mary

Circa 1916

Circa 1915-1916 This looks like it could have been taken at home in the Yorkshire Dales

F W Delves | Rank: 2nd Lieutenant | Service: British Army | Primary Unit: East Riding Of Yorkshire Yeomanry | Secondary Unit: 2nd Battalion
Archive Reference: 1916 Army List | Seniority Date: 24/06/1915 | Collection: UK Army List 1916
FW Delves | DOB: 1896-04-05 | Information: Block Allocation Type: OFFICER. | Further Information: Account: 11002. Item Code: AOW000121990
Service Number: P61756 | Primary Unit: British Army


FWD's Commission and service at home

Circa 1915 FWD third row up third from left
West Yorkshire Regiment | Photo taken by 'Turner & Drinkwater' of Regent House, Anlaby Rd, Hull

1915 The date is written underneath the photograph

"Sixth's" Departed for the Skipton Camp
The officers who are seen on the steps of the Belle Vue Barracks in our picture on Page 6 are as follows:-
Back row (left to right): Second-Lieut C.G. Higgins, Second-Lieut A Buchanan, Second-Lieut T.C. Margerison, Major Speight, Major Buckle, Sergeant-Major Clements, Capatain J.R.S. Walker, Lieut Saville, Lieut S.G. Hearn, Second-Lieut D.L. Strachn, Second -Lieut Sergeant.
Front Row. Second-Lieut A. Ward, Second-Lieut F.W. Delves, Second-Lieut Pearson, Second-Lieut R Hooper, Second-Lieut G.J. King

Frederick William Delves was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of the 6th Battalion of the Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) on the 24 June 1915. He had previously been serving as a cadet of the Senior Contingent of the Officer Training Corps at Leeds University. The battalion was headquartered at Belle Vue Barracks in Bradford. It had recently raised the second of its reserve or training units, known as the 3/6th Battalion, and Frederick was posted into this unit to begin his own training and to gain experience of command. The battalion left Bradford 24 July 1915 and marched out to a training camp at Skipton. A few days later, the 'Bradford Weekly Telegraph' carried a group photograph of the battalion’s officers just before they made thier move, and Frederick is featured in it. 1915_Bradford_Weekly_Telegraph_30_Jul.pdf
The battalion later moved to Nottinghamshire, spending some time under canvas near Retford before going into huts at the large Clipstone Camp near Mansfield. In April 1916 it was renamed as the 6th Reserve Battalion.

1915 Leeds University, the date is written underneath the photo

Third Supplement to The London Gazette. Of Tuesday, the 6th of July 1915
6th Battalion, The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment); Cadet Frederick William Delves, from the Leeds University Contingent, - Senior Division, Officers Training Corps, to be Second Lieutenant.


1917 George Edward DELVES Born 7th Jun 1889, Long Preston (George would be 28 yrs old)

Danny DELVES from Jacksonville, Florida, USA writes:-
The 5 button 'collar down' tunic in this photo with mustache was British made and issued when the original tunics wore out.
The collar and hat badge show the 'Canadian Machine Gun Corps' insignia. The Canadian Machine Gun Corps were formed in France in 1917.
The hat was a unique 'campaign hat' made by Stetson, issued to the Canadian 19th Alberta Dragoons and kept by the same regional parts of the Canadian Corps Cavalry Regiment, the style of the 4 pointed 'crimp' on the top is called the 'Montana crease.'

Jeanne INGRAM from Cedar City, Utah, USA writes:
George was sworn into military service on 12 Apr 1915. He was assigned to the Canadian Remount Unit from that date until 13 Oct 1916.
George DELVES service number was R. 561, but was later changed to 49129. He was originally assigned to the 2nd Remount Unit (or depot) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force with a rank of 'Tpr.', I think that might mean 'trooper'.
He arrived in England on 31 July 1915 and was assigned to the French theater. On 13 Oct 1916, following his promotion to Corporal, George was transferred to the No. 3 Canadian Mobile Veterinary Section, which was part of the 3rd Canadian Division. He may have been at the Somme at this time as the 3rd M.V.S. did see action in the Battle of Somme, which ended 18 Nov 1916. If he was at the Somme he would only have been part of that unit for the last month of the battle. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was 9-12 Apr 1917 and the 3rd M.V.S. was there, so it is likely George was also.
He was promoted to Sergeant on 21 July 1917. George became ill with rheumatic fever in Sep 1917 and was in the hospital for some time before being returned to Canada and was medically discharged on 26 Jan 1918.

In the Discharge Papers of 26 Jan 1918 George DELVES was described as being 6' tall with brown eyes and dark hair.

Danny DELVES from Jacksonville, Florida writes about his grandfather George Edward DELVES, born 7th Jun 1889, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
George Edward DELVES born 7th Jun 1889, Long Preston, was the son of Thomas Hirst DELVES and Annie WRATHALL.
My Aunt Mary told me about five years ago this story which Grandmother Charlotte (George Edwards wife) told her many, many years ago.
At Lockinvar, Thomas Hirst Delves had horses, I don't know how many, but one was an Arabian that only he rode and which was used for breeding as they were quite a commodity.
Grandfather George Edward had his own horse, but it was not an expensive Arabian. Thomas Hirst prohibited the boys from riding his Arabian. It was definitely off limits.
Thomas Hirst Delves was away from home for a time on business. While he was gone, George Edward rode the Arabian, jumping over walls, fences, etc. on his way to a friend's (or cousin's?) home. George couldn't get the Arabian to make one of the jumps and the horse broke a leg. George Edward (then between age approx. 19 or 20) had to shoot the horse to put him out of his misery.
When Thomas Hirst came home, he saw that his prized horse was gone and he learned what had happened. An extreme state of rage overtook Thomas Hirst, the level of rage was particularly described as a fit that Great-Grandmother Annie Wrathall Delves had never seen.
Thomas Hirst headed up the stairs toward the room where the guns were kept. Great-grandmother Annie knew (or feared) that Thomas Hirst was so angry that he was going to get a gun to shoot his own son, George Edward. Annie pulled her stash of money from a hiding place downstairs, gave it to Grandfather Delves, and whisked him out the door quickly, telling him to ride as far and as fast as his horse could take him. All of this occurred within a very short span of a few minutes.
He rode all the way to Liverpool to board a ship out of the Country, flipped a coin as to which destination: either America or Australia. He headed for America and made his way to Miles City, Montana where he worked as a rancher/cowboy. He had raised, broken, and trained over 30 horses in the five year span of time that he was in Miles City. He sold several of those horses to the Canadian Cavalry as WWI began and England was drawn into the war.
There you go cousin! Crazy Delves story fit for a movie script. But very close to verbatim as told to me by Aunt Mary Delves Prentiss, who is my father's older sister. When she told me this recently (about 5 years ago), we (my brother and sisters) only knew that Grandfather Delves left England due to a disagreement with his father, but never heard the story. I had always wondered. When she told me this, I was shocked and saddened.
By the way, you know how people can embellish or add to a story over the course of years? Well, this one just rolled out of Aunt Mary's mouth as if she could still hear it being told to her.
I'd rather believe that it isn't true, or that things didn't happen that way, but I don't believe she was weaving a tale either.

Circa 1916 Marion DELVES (Presuming Marie to be 30 yrs old)
Ann BANKART nee ROCHE writes about her aunt Marion DELVES in her letter to Baroness BOOTHROYD dated 2005
I am therefore writing to tell you about my two quite remarkable aunts, both nurses and both decorated with The Royal Red Cross Medal.
I quote from the obituary:
Miss Marion Delves was born on 28 Mar 1886 and died 28 Nov 1972
The death has occurred of Miss Marion Delves, Moorgate Cottage, Long Preston. North Yorkshire. Held in high regard, Miss Delves was well known in nursing circles, and she served in both World Wars.
She trained as a nurse at Bradford Royal Infirmary, and joined the military nursing service.
First stationed on Salisbury Plain she was engaged in nursing Maoris who were accommodated in huts, the conditions being so bad that she herself fell victim to pneumonia. When convalesced, she nursed at the Millbank Military Hospital in London, and from there went to Aldershot.
Her first appointment abroad was at Delhi Military Hospital from where she moved on to nurse in Tehran. She was stationed also in China, Hong Kong and Shanghai and in Egypt.
She had the rank of Principal Matron, and travelled around supervising all military hospitals and lecturing to orderlies.

1912 Death in the Sub-district of Long Preston in the County of York
No 466 | When and where died | Seventh September 1912. Midland Railway near the Cattle Stocks, Long Preston
Thomas Hurst DELVES | Male | 20 yrs
Occupation | Corn Factor's Assistant of Lochinvar, Long Preston
Cause of Death, By misadventure struckby a passanger train receiving injuries causing immediate death
Certificate received from JW LUMB, Deputy Coroner for the Craven District of Yorkshire.
WR Inquest held Ninth September 1912
When registered, Tenth September 1912 | Signiture of registrar, Richard Thomas Wildman

Piece 26669 | Registration 497 | Fulneck School, Pudsey, Leeds
Frederick W DELVES | 15 yrs | Birth, Liscard, Cheshire, Occupation, School

Circa 1913 Madge & Marie DELVES (Presuming Madge to be 26 yrs and Marie to be 27 yrs old)
In the 1st World War Marie and Madge (cousins of Fred & Mary DELVES) were in the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) based at Malta.
Both were awarded Royal Red Crosses and were in the victory parade in London at the end of the war.

Circa 1913 Thomas Hirst DELVES & Annie DELVES nee WRATHALL children

Marion (AKA Marie) Born 23 Apr 1886 | Died 28 Nov 1972

Annie Margaret (AKA Madge) Born 12 Jun 1887 | Died 1 Mar 1981

George Edward Born 7th Jun 1889, Long Preston | Died 1966 in the USA
Danny DELVES writes this portrait of George Edward was photographed while 'on leave' and visiting his family in Yorkshire. The jacket in this photo shows a seven button 'stiff collar' tunic which was standard issue for Canadians before shipping to England, then France.

John Victor (AKA Victor) Born 1893 | Died 5 Aug 1960

Catherine Monica (AKA Monica) Born 1895 | Died 1972

Evelyn May Louise (AKA Babs) Born 25 Mar 1897 | Died 5 Jul 1989


Circa 1913 Mary DELVES sister of FWD (Presuming Mary to be 20 yrs old)

1910 Mary DELVES sister of FWD (Presuming Mary to be 17 yrs old)

Circa 1909 Settle Girls' High School, Monica DELVES back row 2nd left who was a cousin of Mary DELVES middle row left. (Presuming Mary to be 16 yrs old and Monica to be 14 yrs old)
The school first opened in temporary premises at Undercliffe in Duke Street on 23 Jan 1907 to prepare pupils for Matriculation, for the Preliminary Examination, for the Elementary School Teacher's Certificate and for the Oxford Local Examinations. It was to serve a wide area around Settle. Ms Smith was the headmistress and there were four teachers. The fees were two guineas a term. In Jan 1910 the first Inspection reported that there were thirty six girls.
Sarah Lister writes in 2023 'Settle Girls High School ran from 1907 but before that ran a school at Goldielands, just under the railway embankment. The wall in the photo could be therailway embankment.'

John Frederick DELVES (1933-2019) wrote: Edward had lodged with Mrs SHEPHERD at Clayton House, Chicago Buildings, West End, Morecambe for 13 months before he committed suicide on the 16th Jan 1905
18 Jan 1905 Morecambe Visitor and Heysham Chronicle He had come from Liverpool to Morecambe and his wife resided in Bingley, Yorkshire.

Circa 1905 Mary DELVES (Presuming Mary to be 12 yrs old)

Circa 1903 FWD & Mary with Fred's friend Alex WOOD.(Presuming FWD to be 7 yrs and Mary to be 10 yrs old)
Dear Fanny How do you like the photograph? Trust you are all well. We are just middling.
With love to each and all. Yours affectionately Mary

Circa 1903 FWD & Mary
[Written to Mary Ann's cousin Isabella Ann ARMISTEAD daughter of John ARMISTEAD of Crake Moor Farm, Airton.]
Dear Belle How do you like the photograph?
I hope Uncle and you are both well. I wish you would write to me some time soon.
With love to you both from Mary and Fred and self. Yours affectionately Mary

Death of Agnes DELVES, sister to Edward & George Hirst DELVES
1903 Death in the Sub-district of Kirkstall in the County of Leeds
No 61 | First August 1903, 26 Moor Road, Headingly
Agnes MAXFIELD | 41 Years
Occupation, Wife of Robert MAXFIELD, Tobacconist.
Cause of death, Eclampsia of pregnancy, Induction of premature labour
Recurrance of fits / exhaustion | Certified by J CLARK
Signature of Informant, R MAXFIELD, Widower of deceased, present at death 26 Moor Road, Headingly
When registered, Fifth August 1903 | SMITH Registrar

Marriage of Agnes DELVES, sister to Edward & George Hirst DELVES
1901 Marriage solumnized at The Parish Church in the Parish of St George's, Leeds in the County of Leeds.
No 170 | December 16th 1901
Robert MAXFIELD | 44yrs | Widower | Profession, Tobaconist
Residence, 164 Woodhouse Lane | Father, Robert MAXFIELD
Profession of Father, Match Maker.
Agnes DELVES | 39 yrs | Spinster
Residence, 45 Caledonian Street | Father, George DELVES (deceased)
Profession of Father, Corn Miller.
Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the established Church by Banns by me, A H PETER Curate of St George's.
This marriage was solemnized between us, Robert MAXFIELD, Agnes DELVES | In the presence of us, Richard H RINNES?, Natson? WHITAKER

RG13 | Piece 3406 | Folio 167 | Page 31 | 13, Wallacre Rd | Wallesey.
Edward DELVES | Head | Married | 43 yrs |
Occupation Civil Servant (HM Custom Dept.) | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire
Mary A DELVES | Wife | Married | 42 yrs | Born, Settle, Yorkshire
Mary DELVES | Daughter | 7 yrs | Born, Liscard, Cheshire.
Frederick W DELVES | Son | 4 yrs | Born, Liscard, Cheshire.

RG13 | Piece 4022 | Folio 5 | Page 2 | Lochinvar House, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Thomas H DELVES | Head | 45 yrs |
Occupation, Corn & Cattle Dealer, Employer | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Annie DELVES | Wife | 45 yrs | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Marion DELVES | Daughter | 15 yrs | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Annie M DELVES | Daughter | 13 yrs | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
George DELVES | Son | 11 yrs | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Thomas H DELVES | Son | 9 yrs | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
John V DELVES | Son | 8 yrs | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Catherine M DELVES | Daughter | 6 yrs | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Eveline M DELVES | Daughter | 4 yrs | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Nancy KAYLEY | Servant | 13 yrs | Nurse Girl (Domestic) | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire.

RG13 | Piece 4051 | Folio 37 | Page 14
Hollings, Hampsthwaite, Ripon, Yorkshire.
Agnes DELVES | Head | Single | 39 yrs
Occupation, Living on own means | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire.

Circa 1900 Mary, Thomas ARMISTEAD, Mary Ann DELVES nee ARMISTEAD, Frederick. (Presuming FW to be four years old)
Thomas Armistead died 14 Nov 1902. His daughter Mary Ann DELVES and her children Mary & Fred William
Taken in the front garden by one of the 2 "monkey trees" at Poplar House, Long Preston where Margaret, John & Henry were born, to William and Jane Armistead

23 Nov 1899 taken from a hand-written note written by John Frederick DELVES (1933-2019)
Indenture dated 23 Nov 1899 An annuity of £25 bequethed to Agnes DELVES by her father George DELVES. Agnus DELVES of Killinghall, Harrogate and all the income arrising during her life from a sum of £800 directed by the said will to be appropriated and set apart for her benefit and from the investments for the time being representing the same sum of eight hundred pounds and all the estate and interest of her the said Agnes DELVES of and in the investments for the time being representing the same in the event of her dying without issue.

1899 Frederick William DELVES at Claremont High School, Wallsey. (Presuming Frederick William DELVES to be three years old)
FWD is second from the right on the front row

Circa 1998 (Presuming George Edward to be 8 yrs and Babs to be 1 yr)
Children of Thomas H DELVES and Annie DELVES nee WRATHALL.
Left to Right:- (Probably) Thomas Hirst born 1891, Victor born 1893, Monica born 1895,
Babs born 1897, Hannah HANNAM domestic servant 24 yrs, George Edward born 1890

1896 Birth in the Sub-district of Wallasey in the County of Chester
No 330 | Fifth April 1896, 2 Salisbury Villas, Manor Road, Liscard, U.D.
Name, Frederick William | Boy
Name of Father, Edward DELVES
Name of Mother, Mary Ann DELVES formerly ARMISTEAD.
Profession of Father, Customs Officer
Description of Informant, Edward DELVES, Father, 2 Salisbury Villas, Manor Road, Liscard.
When Registered, Twenty First April 1896 | Registrar, Charles Stewart

Birth in the Sub district of Wallasey in the County of Chester
Seventeenth December 1893, 2 Salisbury Villas, Manor Rd, Liscard
Name Mary | Girl
Name of Father Edward Delves
Name of Mother Mary Ann Delves formerly Armistead
Profession of Father - Officer of HM Customs
Residence of Informant - E Delves Father 2 Salisbury Villas, Manor Rd, Liscard
When registered Twenty eighth December 1893 | Registrar Charles Stewart

1893 Edward DELVES in Gore's Directories - Liverpool & Wirral

Unknown name of Newspaper (Could be the Craven Herald):-
INTERESTING MARRIAGE. - On Wednesday morning, at the Baptist Chapel; Miss Mary Armistead, daughter of Mr and Mrs Thos. Armistead was married to Mr Edward Delves, Liverpool, Youngest son of the late Mr George Delves, of Longpreston.
The bride was escorted by her brother, Mr Wm. Armistead, and attended by her cousin Miss Isabella Armistead, and Miss Delves, sister of the bridegroom.
Mr Bozmin, of Liverpool, acted as best man. The chapel was made brighter by flowers and plants, and nearly every young lady in the place was present.
The dresses of the guests were of various shades and patterns, making altogether a very pretty scene. Eight little girls stood near the entrance with baskets of flowers. The ceremony was performed by the minister, the Rev J. Davis.
The bride's dress was of pearl grey cashmere and silk, with hat of same shade rimmed with feathers to match. She carried a bouquet of orchids and other choice flowers.
Miss J. Armistead's dress was of grey blue cloth, and Miss Delves's of crushed rose cordroy, and each carried bouquets.
At the close of the service Mr John Wrathall played a wedding march on the organ. The bridal party then left the chapel, and were conveyed by carriages to the house of the bride's parents, where breakfast was served.
During the afternoon the happy pair left for Windermere to spend the honey-moon, after which they are going to reside at Egremont.
Amongst the numerous costly and handsome presents were two solid silver salt cellars and spoons in a case, from the chapel choir, of which Mrs Delves has for twelve years been a member. Her voice and able assistance will be much missed.
The wedding guests were:- Rev J. and Mrs Davis, Mrs Wrathall, Mrs John Armistead, Mr and Mrs T. Delves (Longpreston), Mrs Horrocks, Mrs and Miss Higgins (Manchester), Mr and Mrs R. Armistead (Bingley), Mr and Mrs John Wrathall (Skellands), Mrs R. Knowles (Malham), the Misses Simpson (Settle), Miss Entwhistle (Accrington), Miss Wrathall, Miss Brennand, the Misses E. and K.M. Wrathall, and Miss Cuckson (Longpreston).

1891 Marriage solemnized at the Baptist Chapel, Long Preston in the District of Settle in the County of York
No 21 | When Married, Seventeenth June 1891
Edward DELVES | 33 yrs | Bachelor | Occupation, Officer H.M. Customs
Residence at time of Marriage, Springfield, Liscard
Father's Name, George DELVES Deceased | Profession of Father, Corn Dealer
Mary Ann ARMISTEAD | 32 yrs | Spinster
Residence at time of Marriage, Poplar House, Long Preston
Father's Name, Thomas ARMISTEAD | Profession of Father, Land Owner
Married in the Baptist Chapel according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Baptists by Licence by me, John DAVIS, Minister - Henry KING, Registrar.
This Marriage was solemnized between us, Edward DELVES, Mary Ann ARMISTEAD
In the Presence of us, Cuthbert BOZMAN, Agnes DELVES.
[In the 1881 Census Cuthbert D. BOZMAN is 20 yrs, a 'Customs Officer' living at 51 Fowler St., Everton, Lancashire, he was born in Ireland.
CD BOZMAN is in the same list of Examining Officers as E DELVES in the 1890 Gore's Directory]

Circa 1891 Long Preston Baptist Chapel. There is no date on this photo, Mary Ann ARMISTEAD and Edward DELVES married here 17 Jun 1891
Family memories were that the chapel was was built by Thomas ARMISTEAD, Mary Ann ARMISTEAD's father, but the chapel is recorded as built in 1833 when Thomas would have been 11 years old. Maybe it was built by his father John who would bhave been forty two at that time. The chapel was demolished in 1946.

RG12 | Piece 2895 | Folio 140 | Page 16
No 1, Springfield, Liscard, Cheshire.
Sarah A LOGUE | Head | Married | 45 yrs | Born, Macclesfield, Cheshire
James LOGUE | Son | Single | 16 yrs | Occupation, Commercial Clerk| Born, Liscard, Cheshire
Alfred B LOGUE | Son | 13 yrs | Occupation, Scholar | Born, Liscard, Cheshire
Walter LOGUE | Son | 11 yrs | Occupation, Scholar | Born, Liscard, Cheshire
Harry A LOGUE | Son | 9 yrs | Occupation, Scholar | Born, Egremont, Cheshire
Maude M LOGUE | Daughter | 6 yrs | Born, Egremont, Cheshire
Gertrude H LOGUE | Daughter | 2 yrs | Born, Egremont, Cheshire
Edward DELVES | Boarder | Single | Examining Officer Customs | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire [Transcribed incorrectly as Edward DETRES in records]
Henry S CAMPBELL | Boarder | Single | 28 yrs | Examining Officer Customs | Born, Edmonton, Middlesex

Enumeration District Number 2 | Page 2 or 3
Main Road, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Thomas Hirst DELVES | Head | Married | 35 yrs | Occupation, Corn and Cattle Dealer | Employer
Annie DELVES | Wife | Married | 32 yrs
Marion DELVES | Daughter | Single | 5 yrs | Occupation, Scholar
Annie Marg DELVES | Daughter | Single | 3 yrs | Occupation, Scholar
George Edward DELVES | Son | Single | 1 yrs | Occupation, Scholar
Hannah HANNAM | Servant | Single | 18 yrs | Occupation, General Servant Domestic | Employed

Enumeration District 2 | Number on Schedule, 114
Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Walter LEACH | Head | Married | 27 yrs | Occupation, Living on own means
Hannah M. LEACH | Wife | 39 yrs
Agnes DELVES | Boarder | Single | 29 yrs | Occupation, Living on own means

1890 Edward DELVES and his best man and marriage certificate witness CD BOZMAN are 'Examining Officers' in Gore's Directories - Liverpool & Wirral



Circa 1888 Annie DELVES nee WRATHALL with Madge & Marion

Circa 1886 Probably at Bend Gate. Annie & Thomas Hirst DELVES (Presuming Annie DELVES nee WRATHALL to be 28 yrs, Thomas Hirst DELVES to be 31 yrs.)

Jun 1886 Lancaster Gazette
Fatal Accident at Long Preston - Mr George Delves, of Long Preston, corn dealer, who was widely known in Yorkshire, has died under melancholy circumstances. The other evening the deceased fell down the cellar steps of his house and did not long survive the accident. Deceased had previously been subject to paralysis. ['Paralysis' suggests the George had suffered a stroke]

Registration District, Settle.
1886 Death in the Sub-district of Long Preston in the County of York.
No 298 | When and where died, First June 1886, Long Preston R.S.D.
Name, George DELVES | Male | 68 yrs
Occupation, Retired Corn Dealer
Cause of Death, Concussion of the Brain
Certified by James W. EDGAR M.D.& C
Description of informant, Edward Delves, Son, Present at the Death. 19, Egerton Street S., Bedford Street, Liverpool.
When registered, Fourth June 1886 | Registrar, Richard Thomas WILDMAN

1886 Annie DELVES nee WRATHALL (28 yrs) & Marion DELVES Born 23 Apr 1886


Lancaster Gazette Sat 30thMay 1885
Petty Sessions: Tuesday. - Thomas Hirst Delves, corn dealer, Preston, was charged with having assaulted Mr. Lumb, farmer, Armistead House, near Settle, at the Boar’s Head Inn, Long Preston, on the 18th May. Mr. G.M. Robinson, appeared for the complainant, and Mr. Tilly of Lancaster, for the defendant. The complainant stated that on the day named he and the defendant's father were disputing about a calf, when the defendant came in, and without any warning whatever dealt him three severe blows on the head, as the result of which leeches had to be applied to his eyes. In cross-examination by Mr. Tilly, the complainant admitted that he called the the old Mr. Delves a 'rogue' on account of the calf
- Robert Mitton, farmer, Rathmell, gave affirmative evidence. Mr. Tilly admitted the assault but contended that complainant’s conduct towards the defendant’s father justified the course the defendant had taken.
- Henry Morphet, of Wigglesworth, and John Heseltine were called for the defence. The former said that Lumb came across a room to old Mr. Delves but witness pushed him off. He heard Lumb describe the old man by the names 'rogue', 'thief' and 'dishonest' and the son, he said, was no better.
- The magistrate said he considered there had been extreme provocation and, acting on the suggestion of Mr. Tilly, would inflict a nominal fine of 1s, without costs.

1885 Death in the Sub-district of Long Preston in the County of York
No 266 | When and where died | First January 1885, Long Preston
Ethel Catherine DELVES | Female | 3 hours
Occupation | Daughter of Thomas Hirst DELVES Corn Dealer
Cause of Death, Premature Birth Certified by C W BUCK RCSE
Description of Informant Thomas H DELVES, Father, In attendance, Long Preston
When registered, Third January 1885 | Signiture of Registrar, Richard Thomas Wildman


1883 Bend Yate (Presuming Annie WRATHALL to be 25 yrs, Thomas Hirst DELVES to be 28 yrs, John WRATHALL to be 29 yrs, Mary Ann ARMISTEAD to be 24 yrs.)
Annie DELVES nee WRATHALL, Thomas Hirst DELVES, a WRATHALL sister (one of Annie's three surviving younger sisters), John WRATHALL, Mary Ann ARMISTEAD
Annie WRATHELL Born 26 Oct 1858 in Long Preston. Died 17 May 1930 in Long Preston. She married Thomas Hirst DELVES 10 Oct 1883 in Long Preston Church.

1883 (Presuming Thomas to be 28 yrs old)
Thomas Hirst DELVES in the doorway of the house which he demolished and replaced with Lockinvar, Long Preston.

7th Aug 2014 Email from Anne BANKART nee ROCHE to Jeanne Marie INGRAM nee DELVES:
Now Lochinvar, my grandfather, whom I never knew, knocked down a cottage beside the road into Long Preston to build a new house, in those days it was only a small country road but it soon became much busier and really the house is not at all well situated. I do not know if space further back was available to him, they certainly had a field behind the house which the children played in, which they called the Croft, perhaps it was only rented to him, it is a bit of a mystery. Certainly the house would have benefited from being further back, as it is it is right on top of the road and really rather ugly. However inside it is much nicer than you would imagine. It got its name from my Grandmother who was very fond of Walter Scott novels and she opened Ivanhoe at random saw the sentence 'Now young Lochinvar rides out of the West' and so she chose the name! anyway that is the story I was told! I had never been in the house until about 20 years ago when we were visiting the church and got in conversation with a lady doing the flowers who said that the house had been converted into flats and that her sister lived in the bottom one, this is how I got in. I saw the kitchen and the sitting room of the original house and also a room that Grandfather had used as his office. My Mother had told me how her mother had had the staircase walls painted with a strong leaf green gloss paint in order to mitigate against children's dirty hands. The lady in the flat said that she had had a nightmare trying to get rid of this paint and in fact it was still there in the office now about 100 years old!
I suppose with the attics there may have been 21 rooms but I never heard anything about Arabian horses they certainly had horses to ride and a pony for the trap. My grandfather Delves who, as I understand was a Corn and Cattle Merchant was actually found dead in a barn by my mother, having shot himself (I think they tried to claim it was an accident) however this was at the time of the great depression and his finances were not too healthy indeed the family, including my father his son-in -law, all contributed to keep Grandma Delves in Lochinvar until her death, she died not long before I was born.

St Mary the Virgin, Long Preston, Yorkshire
Plot Number D 96 | In Memoriam | Agnes wife of George DELVES | of Long Preston | died 13th November 1883 | aged 60 years | also of the above George DELVES | who died June 1st 1886 | aged 68 years.

Registration District, Settle.
1883 Death in the Sub-district of Long Preston in the County of York.
No 236 | When and where died, 13 Nov 1883, Long Preston
Name, Agnes DELVES | Female | 60 yrs
Occupation, Wife of George DELVES a Farmer and Corn Dealer
Cause Of Death, Constipation, Obstruction of the Bowel
Certified by James W. Edgar, M.D.
Description of informant, George DELVES, Widower of Deceased, Present at Death, Long Preston.
When registered, 15 Nov 1883 | Registrar, Richard Thomas WILDMAN

1883 Annie WRATHALL was a cousin of Mary Ann ARMISTEAD as their mother's were sisters Catherine and Margaret ELSWORTH (Presuming Annie WRATHALL to be 25 yrs old)

Marriage of Thomas Hirst DELVES to Annie WRATHALL
Registration District, Settle
1883 Marriage solemnized in the Parish Church in the Parish of Long Preston in the County of York
No 348 | When and where married, October 10th 1883
Thomas Hirst DELVES | Of full age | Bachelor | Profession, Yeoman | Residence, Long Preston
Father's name, George DELVES | Profession of father, Yeoman
Anne WRATHALL | Of full age | Spinster | Residence, Bend Yate
Father's name, Thomas WRATHALL | Profession of father, Yeoman.
Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church by me J E Coulson, Vicar.
This marriage was solemnized between us, Thomas Hirst DELVES, Anne WRATHALL
In the presence of us, Agnes DELVES, John WRATHALL

RG11 Piece 0873 Folio 47 Page 17
2, Norfolk Road, Milton in Gravesend, Kent.
Mary J. CARTER | Wife (Head) | Married | 27 yrs | Born, Ireland.
George M. E. CARTER | Son | Married | 3 yrs | Occupation, Scholar | Born, Ireland.
Mary HEMPHILL | Visitor | Unmarried | 25 yrs | Born, Ireland.
Edward DELVES | Boarder | Married | 23 yrs | Occupation, Outdoor Officer H M Customs | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire. [I believe 'Married' must have been the census collectors error]

Piece RG11 | Piece 4299 | Folio 5 | Page 2
Alms House, Long Preston [Next house to Vicarage]
George Delves | Head | Married | 63 yrs | Occupation, Corn and Cattle Dealer| Born, Draughton, Yorkshire.
Agnes Delves | Wife | Married | 57 yrs | Born, Skipton, Yorkshire
Thomas Delves | Son | Unmarried | 25 yrs | Occupation, Corn Dealer | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Agnes Delves | Daughter | Unmarried | 19 yrs | Born Long Preston, Yorkshire.

Circa 1878 Edward DELVES (Presuming Edward to be twenty one years old)

1877 Agnes DELVES (Presuming Agnes to be fiftteen years old)


Circa 1872 Thomas Hirst DELVES (Presuming Thomas to be seventeen years old)


RG10 | Piece 4256 | Page 2 | Long Preston, Yorkshire.
George DELVES | Head | Married | 53 yrs | Occupation; Farmer 22 Acres, Landed Proprietor + Corn Dealer | Born; Draughton, Skipton, Yorkshire.
Agnes DELVES | Wife | Married | 48 yrs | Born; Skipton, Yorkshire.
Thomas | Son | Unmarried | 15 yrs | Occupation; Farmers Son | Born; Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Edward | Son | 13 yrs | Occupation, Scholar | Born; Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Agnes | Daughter | 9 yrs | Occupation, Scholar | Born; Long Preston, Yorkshire

RG10 : Piece 4256 : Folio 13 : Page 1 | Bend Yate, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Thomas WRATHALL : Head : Married : 49 yrs : Occupation; Farmer of 112 acres : Born; Giggleswick.
Catherine WRATHALL : Wife : Married : 42 yrs : Occupation; Farmers Wife : Born; Austwick.
John WRATHALL : Son : Unmarried : 17 yrs : Occupation; Farmers Son : Born; Long Preston.
Margaret WRATHALL : Daughter : Unmarried : 15 yrs : Occupation; Farmers Daughter : Born; Long Preston.
Ann WRATHALL : Daughter : Unmarried : 12 yrs : Occupation; Scholar : Born; Long Preston.
Mary E WRATHALL : Daughter : 8 yrs : Occupation; Scholar : Born; Long Preston.
Jane WRATHALL : Daughter : 5 yrs : Occupation; Scholar : Born; Long Preston.
Rachel E WRATHALL : Daughter : 2 yrs : Born; Long Preston.
Elizabeth ROBERTS : Servant : Unmarried : 17 yrs : Occupation; Domestic Servant : Born; Grindleton, Yorkshire.

1864 (Presuming Agnes DELVES to be two years old)
Thomas Hirst DELVES (Middle) Born 12 Oct 1855 in Long Preston. Died 10 Mar 1920 in Lockinvar House, Long Preston.
Edward DELVES (Right) Born 27 Sep 1857 in Long Preston. Died 16 Jan 1905 in Morecambe, Lancashire.
Agnes DELVES (Left) Born 1862

1864 (Presuming these photos taken at same time as her three children)
Agnes DELVES nee CHIPPINDALE Born 27 Nov 1822 in Skipton. Died 13 Nov 1883 in Long Preston.
She would be 42 yrs in these photos.

1864 (Presuming these photos taken at same time as the three children two rows up.)
There is nothing written on or by these photos but Anne BANKART and I assume this male and female to be the parents of the three children above and the pictures were taken at the same time.
George DELVES Born 22 Nov 1817 in Draughton, Skipton. Died 1 Jun 1886 in Long Preston.
He would be 47 yrs in these photos.




Page 11 [Next house to Number on Schedule, 69 | St Marys Church Vicarage] | Long Preston, Yorkshire.
George DELVES | Married | 43 yrs | Occupation, Corn & calf dealer | Born, Skipton Parish, Yorkshire.
Agnes DELVES | Married | 38 yrs | Occupation, Housewife | Born, Skipton, Yorkshire.
Thomas H DELVES | Son | 5 yrs | Occupation, Scholar | Born Long Preston.
Edward Delves | DELVES | 3 yrs | Occupation, Scholar | Born, Long Preston.
Alice SHACKLOCK | Visitor | Widow | 58 yrs | Occupation, Annuitant | Born, Halton, Leeds

Dear Brother & Sister
When you receive this you will be sure what a consternation I was in on opening it to find that my expected home had all fallen in to nothing. So I thought I had better forward it as I had got it, and then you could judge for yourself. And the worst was that I had sent my box to Skipton with James and he had given it to the carryer and it lost me six pence besides my trouble
[Next page] following him to Skipton for it - excuse my abrupt note as I have not much time for the post. With my kind love to you all. Believe me your loving sister. Mary Delves Draughton Sat Sep 18th 1858
Mr Cooper not being aware until recently that Miss Cooper had engaged Mary Delves in the capacity of housekeeper. He begs to inform her that her services will not ne required. As he is not in want of a person of that description. He hopes she will not be much inconvenienced by it. Oak Brew House, Plompton, Knaresbro

June 21st 1858
St Mary’s Barracks
Dear Uncle
I write these few lines to you hoping to find you well as these leave me at present, hoping you will be good as to write me an answer to this letter and send me all particulars about my father and sister.
I am at present a soldier in the 75th Regiment of foot at Chatham and enlisted on the 6th day of April at York.
I did not mean to enlist but I was very drunk for which I am very sorry. But it can not be helped now. I do not like soldiering very well but I must make myself as comfortable as I can.
So no more at present from your Dear Nephew
George Delves
Please direct to Private George Delves 391, 12 Company 75 Depot, St Mary’s Barracks

George was sent to India, where his regiment had faced the Indian mutiny of 1858-59. He arrived after the mutiny was over and was stationed at Fort William, Calcutta in April 1861.
He fell ill and seems to have spent the next nine months convalescing in Darjeeling some 7,700 feet above sea level, returning to England with his regiment in June 1862.


Registration District, Skipton. | Death in the District of Addingham in the County of York.
No 148 | When and Where Died, Sixth November 1857, Draughton.
George DELVES | Male | 79 yrs | Occupation, A Farmer.
Cause of Death, Puncture of the Ring Finger of the Right Hand by a Thorne followed by Abscess and Irritative Fever Certified.
Description of Informant, James DELVES, Inmate, The Occupier being the Deceased, Draughton.
When Registered, Tenth November 1857 | Registrar, William LISTER

Circa 1857 Possible George DELVES (Presuming George to be 40 yrs old)
Unmarked enhanced photo from John DELVES's collection. It is possible this is a younger George DELVES of the photo's higher up this page dated 1864

Registration District, Settle.
1857 Birth in the Sub-district of Long Preston in the County of York.
No 445 | When and where born, Twenty Seventh September 1857, 7a.m. Long Preston
Edward | Boy
Name of father, George DELVES.
Name of mother, Agnes DELVES formerly CHIPPINDALE.
Occupation of father, Calf Dealer.
Description of informant, George DELVES, Father, Long Preston.
When registered, Nineteenth October 1857 | Registrar, Henry WILDMAN

Registration District, Settle.
1855 Birth in the Sub-district of Long Preston in the County of York.
No 369 | When and where born, Twelfth October 1855, Long Preston
Thomas Hirst | Boy
Name of father, George DELVES.
Name of mother, Agnes DELVES formerly CHIPPINDALE.
Occupation of father, Calf Dealer.
Description of informant, George DELVES, Father, Long Preston.
When registered, Twenty second October 1855 | Registrar, Henry WILDMAN

Registration District, Skipton.
1853 Marriage solemnized at Lothersdale Church in the District of Lothersdale in the County of York.
No 50 | When Married, April 26
George DELVES | Of Full Age | Bachelor
Profession, Farmer | Residence, Draughton |
Fathers name, George DELVES | Fathers Profession, Farmer
Agnes CHIPPINDALE | Of Full Age | Spinster
Residence, Lothersdale Parsonage
Fathers name, John CHIPPINDALE | Fathers Profession, Innkeeper
Married in the Church at Lothersdale according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church by Licence by me, John HOLDSWORTH Incumbent.
This marriage was solemnized between us, George DELVES, Agnes CHIPPINDALE | In the presence of us, John SHACKLETON, Thomas DELVES


HO 107-2279 | Enumeration 546 | Folio 375 | Page 16
Draughton, Yorkshire, England
George DELVES | Head | Widower | 71 yrs | Occupation, Farmer of 76 acres | Born, Ilkley, Yorkshire.
George DELVES | Son | Unmarried | 33 yrs | Occupation, Farmer's son | Born, Draughton, Yorkshire.
Mary DELVES | Daughter | Unmarried | 25 yrs | Occupation, Farmers Daughter | Born, Draughton.
Eli DELVES | Grandson| Unmarried | 17 yrs | Occupation, Labourer | Born, Draughton.
George DELVES | Grandson | Unmarried | 13 yrs | Occupation, Labourer | Born, Draughton.
George SMITH | Grandson | Unmarried | 14 yrs | Occupation, Labourer | Born, Utley, Near Keighley

HO 107-2279 | Enumeration 5a | Folio 81 | Page 17 | Number on Schedule, 66
Market Place, Skipton.
[This is 'The Black Horse Inn' according to Grant of 'The Elm Tree Inn'.]
William CHIPPINDALE | Head | Unmarried | 46 yrs | Occupation, Innkeeper | Born, Embsay, Yorkshire.
Elizabeth CHIPPINDALE | Sister | Unmarried | 42 yrs | Occupation, Housekeeper | Born, Embsay, Yorkshire.
Agnes CHIPPINDALE | Sister | Unmarried | 27 yrs | Occupation, House Maid | Born, Skipton, Yorkshire.
Elizabeth A CHIPPINDALE | Niece | 6 yrs | Born, Bradford? Yorkshire.
Alice GILL | Servant | Unmarried | 26 yrs | Occupation, Maid of all Works? | Born, Carlton, Yorkshire.
Thomas LAWSON? | Servant | Unmarried | 19 yrs | Occupation, Ostler | Born Skipton, Yorkshire.
William ODDY | Visitor | Married | 70? yrs | Occupation, Farmer | Born, Bingley, Yorkshire.
James ODDY | Visitor | Unmarried | 21 yrs | Occupation, Farmers Son? | Born, Flewstone?, Yorkshire.
William PRESTON | Visitor | Married | 62 yrs | Occupation, Sheep Jobber? | Born, Ripon, Yorkshire.
Thomas HOLMES | Visitor | Unmarried | 28 yrs | Occupation, Cattle Dealer | Denton?, Yorkshire.
George CUMBERBIRCH | Visitor | Married | 41 yrs | Occupation, Butcher | Born, Blackburn, Lancashire.
Patrick MACARTHY | Visitor | Married | 36 yrs | Occupation, Cattle Dealer | Born, Ireland.
Oliver TIMOTHY | Visitor | Married | 34 yrs | Occupation, Cattle Dealer | Born, Ireland.
William DRIVER? | Visitor | Married | 31 yrs | Occupation, Drover | Chatburn?, Lancashire

1848 Election Skipton Polling District
George DELVES of Draughton 2
William CHIPPINDALE of Embasy 1
John ELLIS of Carlton 2

Registration District, Skipton.
1848 Death in the District of Skipton in the County of York.
No 267 | Fourteenth March 1848, Skipton.
John CHIPPENDALE | Male | 68 yrs
Occupation, Innkeeper.
Cause of Death, Old Age Influenza. Not Certified.
Description of Informant, The X Mark of James Myers in attendance Skipton.
When Registered, Seventeenth March 1848. | Registrar, Benson BAILEY.

Registration District, Skipton.
1846, Death in the District of Addingham in the County of York.
No 148 | When and Where Died, Twenty First of November 1846 at Draughton.
Patience DELVES | Female | 62 yrs
Occupation, Wife of George DELVES a Farmer.
Cause of Death, Rheumatic, not certified.
Description of Informant, George DELVES, Present at the Death, Draughton.
When Registered, Twenty Forth of November 1846. | Registrar, William LISTER

1841 Election
9th Jul George DELVES one of 9 electors in Draughton
Voted for:- The Hon John Stuart WORTLEY and Edmund Beckett DENISON Esq
Result Hon JS WORTLEY 13,165 Con | EB DENISON 12,780 Con | Lord MILTON 12,080 LIB | Lord MORPETH 12,031 LIB


HO 107-1318 | Enumeration 6 | Folio 6 | Page 5 | Draughton, Skipton, Yorkshire.
George DELVES | Male | 56 yrs | Profession, Farmer | Born, Yorkshire.
Patience DELVES | Female | 51 yrs | Born, Yorkshire.
George DELVES | Male | 20 yrs | Born, Yorkshire.
James DELVES | Male | 15 yrs | Born, Yorkshire.
Moses DELVES | Male | 12 yrs | Born, Yorkshire.


HO 107 1318, Enumeration 1, Page 11.
John CHIPPINDALE | 60 yrs | Profession, Innkeeper | Born Yorkshire.
William CHIPPINDALE | 30 yrs | Profession, Mason | Born Yorkshire.
Thomas? CHIPPINDALE | 25 yrs | Profession, Farmer | Born Yorkshire.
Elizabeth CHIPPINDALE | 25 yrs | Profession, Spinster | Born Yorkshire.
Agnes CHIPPINDALE | 15 yrs | Born Yorkshire.

1835 Election
W. George DELVES of Draughton voted for WORTLEY (Conservative)

Memorial Inscription Holy Trinity Parish Church Graveyard, High Street, Skipton | C98
Sacred to the memory of ELIZABETH CHIPPENDALE wife of JOHN CHIPPENDALE |
Who departed this life February 17th 1825 aged 41 years.
Also of the above JOHN CHIPPENDALE who died March 14th 1848 aged 68 years.
Also of THOMAS CHIPPENDALE son of the above | Who died September 19th 1848 aged 34 years.
Also of JOHN son of the above who died April 21st 1854 aged 42 years.








Excerpt from book: 'Ilkley - Ancient & Modern' by Collyer, Rev. Robert and Turner, J. Horsfall | Published by Wm. Walker & Sons, Otley, GB, 1885
Page 227 'Families'
DELVES - Thomas Delves of Westminster in Ilkley, was father of John, Bapt 1746, woolcomber, died 1818. The father of George of Draughton, whose daughter Ellen died 1825 aged 16 has this eulogium:-
She was the most dutiful girl that ever lived or existed. Her mother being it remarked was named Patience.

Another quote from this book:-
The industries of the town were divided between weaving and combing wool, together with the farming, but weaving had got its death stroke from the power looms, and was only another name for a leasurely death by starvation, as the hapless weavers used to say 'ther allas used to be summat, but naa ther's nowt'
At the combing in good times a man might earn 18 shilings a week by working very long hours, in poor times not more than 10 shillings at most, find his own charcoal, and fetch and carry his wood at his own expense.