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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.

1945 Robin & Christine DELVES Print
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!

1944 Circa
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.


ER DELVES at Bracken Hill

1944 .

ER DELVES Studio Portrait

John, Dick and Robin all attended Keighley Girls Grammar School between 1939-1942. Although their mother Phoebe had a car 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.

1942 .

ER DELVES at Bracken Hill, Denholme, Bradford.
LIved there 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 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.

1941 .
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 local volunteers who signed up for The Home Guard, who were ineligible for military service, usually 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 retracted 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.

1938 Circa (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.


Denholme Mill was owned by W+H FOSTER & Sons. By the time this photo was taken FW was probably Managing Director.
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 was an apprentice salesman to Herbert ROBERTSHAW, who died soon after so FW drafted in at age of 23 yrs in 1923 as top salesman.

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

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.
Dickie 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.


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

W. Garnet FOSTER & William G. FOSTER Jun.

William G (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."

Wash House.


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


Combing Shed.


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

Testing Room.



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


Reeling & Winding.



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


Weaving Shed


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

Mending Room.

Mechanics Shop.

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

1937 .

17 Dec 1937
Dick, John, Robin DELVES at Bracken Hill.
Studio Portrait from Walter SCOTT, 26-30, North Parade, Bradford


Dick, John, Robin DELVES at Bracken Hill.


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 (Presuming Robin Ellis & Elsworth Richard DELVES to be just born.)
1. Dorothy aka Phoebe DELVES with Robin Ellis & Elsworth Richard Bn 20 Aug 1934.
They were triplets, the third one was still-born.

2. Mary Ann DELVES and either Elsworth Richard or Robin Ellis.

1. 2.

Robin Delves writes
"Nurse Clegg with Dick and Robin at The Bungalow, Denholme. Mother had been in bed for 6 months as it was triplets. How different to now."

1. 2.
1933 (Presuming John DELVES to be 1 yrs old.)
Mary Ann DELVES nee ARMISTEAD with her grandson John DELVES.
1933 .

1933 ( Presuming John to be 6 months old)
1. Dorothy DELVES nee ELLIS aka Phoebe with John Delves

2. Her sister Kate ELLIS with John DELVES
Taken at 'The Bungalow', Station Road, Denholme.

1. 2.
1933 (Presuming John DELVES to be just born.)
Dorthy DELVES aka Phoebe with John DELVES Bn 24 May 1933.
Taken at 'The Bungalow', Station Road, Denholme.
1933. .

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


Dorothy DELVES nee ELLIS

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

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


Marriage of Frederick William DELVES to Dorothy ELLIS

1936 Emma Jane HOWELL nee HILEY Photo

Marriage of Frederick William DELVES to Dorothy ELLIS
At 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.

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


Frederick William DELVES photo taken by Dorothy ELLIS


George Edward DELVES and Charlotte Agnes DELVES nee BENNION in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.A.
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


W Garnet FOSTER's marriage to Liilian KELLY
Marriages Jun 1924 (3rd yearly quarter) William G Foster to  Lillian Kelly - In the registration district of Dewsbury Index 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 T.K. 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.

Uknown 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.

Uknown 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.

Marriage of Allison HESELTON to Mary DELVES at Bolton Abbey Parish Church, Addingham, Skipton on 14 Nov 1923.

From left to right:-
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.

1923 (Presuming FW to be 27 yrs old)



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


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



Unknown man and older lady - possibly Bernie ARMISTEAD and his grandmother Elizabeth WALKER nee TOWNSEND.


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


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



1918 Print
The date 1918 is written underneath the photograph by FW DELVES
The Great Pyramids Egypt

FWD is on the back camel.

1915-1918_FW_DELVES_1WW_Regiments.pdf - Information from Wikipedia about the regiments FWD served in during the 1st World War
Between 19 January and 17 February 1918 Fred attended a cavalry officers’ training course held at Zeitoun.
Thirty two '127' negatives which are photographs taken by FWD during the 1st World War
FWD must have owned a "Vest Pocket Kodak" folding camera for at least part of his military service during the 1st World War. My cousin Mark Delves presented me with a jumbled box of photos and documents in 2021. In the box were thirty two '127' negatives, clearly dating from FWD's war years. I speculate that Fred could have bought a camera in Egypt after he had been in Selonika, but I have nothing to base this conjecture on other than the lack of negatives with obvious images from the Balkans. Nothing is written on the negatives and there is no way to determine the order they were taken. 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 another of (possibly) FWD leaning against a destryoyed tank - I have grouped these together in a 'Palastine' section based on little evidence. Other 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 weeks that Fred attended a cavalry officers’ training course in Zeitoun near Cairo between 19 January and 17 February 1918. Of course 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? Finally there is a four masted barque/schooner which 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?
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

Written by FWD " Alec Wood (of Bingley Died 1st War Killed in France)"
Childhood friend of FW DELVES >>Alex Wood kneeling in studio with FWD & Mary<<


Circa 1916
Fred William DELVES

John DELVES and his brother Elsworth Richard DELVES talk about their father FW DELVES:
Fred was 20 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!
1915_The_Salonika_Campaign.pdf - Written by Alan Wakefield

During the war FW was 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." During the war he shot and killed a Turk, which haunted him as he latterly considered them to be gentlemen.

Robin Delves says that as younger children their father FW would wave his sabre kept in the hall from the 1st WW. 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 had a East Riding of Yorkshire regiment Flying Fox badge.

FW returned home via Egypt.


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
Archive Reference: surviving-wwi-service-records | Collection: Service records index of those who served both in WWI and after 1921


1915 Skipton, Yorkshire - Retford, Nottinghamshire
Commission and service at home
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 it is evident that Frederick was posted into this unit to begin his own training and to gain experience of command.

On 24 July 1915 the battalion finally left Bradford 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 thir move, and Frederick is featured in it.

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.



This date is written underneath the photograph probably by FW DELVES


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

FW DELVES West Yorkshire Regiment badges


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

Engraved on it:

Robin Delves says that as younger children their father FW would wave his sabre kept in the hall from the 1st WW. 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.


FWD front row second on left
On 24 July 1915 the battalion finally left Bradford 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 left. 1915_Bradford_Weekly_Telegraph_30_Jul.pdf

"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

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.


This date is written underneath the photograph probably by FW DELVES
Leeds University

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.
Dated 24th June, 1915.
Chris Baker writes: 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 it is evident that Frederick was posted into this unit to begin his own training and to gain experience of command


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

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.

1916 (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.

1913 (Presuming Madge to be 26 yrs and Marie to be 27 yrs old)
Madge & Marie DELVES
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 paradein London at the end of the war.


Children of Thomas Hirst DELVES & Annie DELVES nee WRATHALL:-

Ethel Catherine Born 1885 | Died 1885
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 photo of George Edward was taken "on leave" and visiting family in England.
The jacket/ tunic: in this photo shows a 7 button "stiff collar" tunic, itwas standard issue for Canadians before shipping to England, then France.]

Marie Madge George

Thomas Hirst Born 1891 | Died 7 Sep 1912
John Victor (Known as Victor) Born 1893 | Died 5 Aug 1960
Catherine Monica (Known as Monica) Born 1895 | Died 1972
Evelyn May Louise (AKA Babs) Born 25 Mar 1897 | Died 5 Jul 1989

Approx date of these photos 1913

Victor Monica Babs

1910 (Presuming Mary to be 17 yrs old)
1913 (Presuming Mary to be 20 yrs old)

Studio portraits of Mary DELVES.

1910 1913

Circa 1909 (Presuming Mary to be 16 yrs old and Monica to be 14 yrs old)
Monica DELVES back row 2nd left cousin of Mary DELVES middle row left..
Settle Girls' High School
The school first opened in temporary premises at Undercliffe in Duke Street on 23 January 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 quite a wide area around Settle and had a Headmistress and staff of four teachers. The fees were two guineas a term. In January 1910 the first Inspection reported that there were 36 girls.



[Taken from a hand-written note written by John Frederick DELVES 1933-2019]
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."

1905 (Presuming Mary to be 12 yrs old)


1903 (Presuming FW to be 7 yrs and Mary to be 10 yrs old)
With Fred's friend Alex WOOD.

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


1903 (Presuming FW to be 7 yrs old)

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

1903_Death_Certificate_Agnes_MAXFIELD.pdf [Likely, but uncertain, death of Agnes DELVES, sister to Edward & George Hirst
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.

1901_Marriage_Certificate_DELVES_MAXFIELD.pdf [This is a likely, but uncertain, marriage for Agnes DELVES, sister to Edward & George Hirst]
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
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, Wallesey 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.


1900 (Presuming FW to be four years old)
Mary, Thomas ARMISTEAD, Mary Ann DELVES nee ARMISTEAD, Frederick.

Thomas Armistead _d 1902
His daughter Mary Ann (DELVES), 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.


1900 (Presuming FW to be four years old)
Edward DELVES family.
Frederick, Mary Ann DELVES nee ARMISTEAD, Mary


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

23 Nov 1899 [Unknown source - 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.

1898 (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

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.]


Newspaper Cutting possessed by Uncle John / Unknown Newspaper name or date (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 (There is no date on this photo,but Mary Ann ARMISTEAD and Edward DELVES married here 17 Jun 1891)
Long Preston Baptist Chapel
Built by Thomas ARMISTEAD.

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

1888 (Presuming Marion 3 yrs and Madge 1 yr)
Annie DELVES nee WRATHALL would be 30 yrs
Madge (Christened Annie Margaret) Born 12 Jun 1887 Died 1 Mar 1981 | Marion DELVES born 23 Apr 1886 died 28 Nov 1972

Bend Gate (Yate)
Note the strangly shaped stone on the outside wall in photo 2. These are in the background of some of the early photos.

Anne BANKART writes "I found that the Bendgate farm has the initials T&J.C over the back door, together with a date of 1835. The present owners of the farm did not know to whom the initials belonged but I reckon that they would have been put there by Thomas Cockshott when he moved with his wife Jane form Deepdale Head.

Photos by Anne BANKART in 2005

1886 (Presuming Annie DELVES nee WRATHALL to be 28 yrs, Thomas Hirst DELVES to be 31 yrs.)

I believe this photo may have been taken at Bend Gate


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 (Presuming Marion recently born)
Annie DELVES nee WRATHALL would be 28 yrs
Marion DELVES Born 23 Apr 1886 Died 28 Nov 1972


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 was 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! any -way 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."
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 (Presuming Annie WRATHALL to be 25 yrs old)
Annie WRATHALL was a cousin of Mary Ann ARMISTEAD as their mother's were sisters Catherine and Margaret ELSWORTH.
Annie WRATHALL married Thomas Hirst DELVES on the 10th of October 1883 in Long Preston Parish Church.
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.

1878 (Presuming Edward to be twenty one years old)
1877 (Presuming Agnes to be fiftteen years old)
Circa 1872 (Presuming Thomas to be seventeen years old)
Thomas Hirst DELVES
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 the three children next row up.)
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.


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. He arrived after the mutiny was over and was stationed at Fort William, Calcutta (of ‘blackhole’ fame) 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.


1857 (Presuming George to be 40 yrs old)

Unmarked photo in John DELVES's collection. I believe the man looked like a younger George DELVES of the photo's higher up this page dated 1864.

1848 Election Skipton Polling District
George DELVES of Draughton 2
William CHIPPINDALE of Embasy 1
John ELLIS of Carlton 2
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
1835 Election
W. George DELVES of Draughton voted for WORTLEY (Tory / Conservative)
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.