WW1 1914 – 1918 (1)

War Bonds Appeal 1918
Title War Bonds Appeal
Date 1914 -1918
Location Yeadon
Photo ID SL018
Comment A War Bonds appeal target on the wall of the Yeadon Water Works Co. Offices. The appeal was seemingly made to buy aeroplanes, “Help Him Mount the Ladder”, it would appear to have been successful as the figure in uniform is at the top of the target. This photograph was originally taken onto a glass slide by E. E. Slater of Hopeville, Yeadon. It has been digitally transferred for us by John Hobson.
Belgian Refugees 1914

B257 – WW1 1914 -1918.

Belgian Refugees – 1914

When German troops invaded Belgium in 1914, it precipitated Britain’s entry into the conflict of First World War.

Belgium was a neutral country and quickly subjugated by the German forces, many horrific tales were spread about their treatment of Belgian civilians, much of it was propaganda.
Never the less, many Belgians fled to Britain as refugees, the group seen here had first been given quarters at Alexandra Palace in London.

They came to Yeadon in October 1914, the Waggon and Horses public house on Sandy Way had closed the previous year but was used to provide the visitors with accommodation.

Local people had given furnishings and other necessities to give the Belgians a comfortable home.
When they arrived in Yeadon they were welcomed by Councillor Robert Shaw on behalf of the people.

This photo was taken outside the Waggon and Horses.

Belgian Refugees 1914

B424 – WW1 1914 -1918.

Belgian Refugees – 1914

A group of Belgian Refugees who fled to England during the 1914-18 war. The image is labelled “Belgian Guests and Committee”, it is not clear what or who the committee were for.
Some of the Belgians were housed in the old Waggon and Horses Hotel on Sandy Way.

Local Soldiers Forge 1914

D028 – WW1 1914 -1918.

Local Soldiers Forge – 1914

A group of soldiers who were also farriers, it would be their duty to shoe the horses used by the Army. In front of them is a board which reads “Forge no 4 CHD Dannes”.

Walter G Williams POW Postcard 1814-1918

M203 – WW1 1914 -1918.

Walter G Williams, POW Postcard – 1914/1918

Germany: Three man in partial uniform who were interred in a First World War POW camp, one of them is presumably Walter George Williams.

Walter G Williams POW Postcard 1914-1918

M203R – WW1 1914 -1918.

Walter G Williams, POW Postcard – 1914/1918

On the reverse, left side ” From Walter George Williams 67282 South Lancashire ”  and an address in Germany.
On the right side is the name and address of the recipient, Mr Cooper Hudson 27 South View Terrace Yeadon.

Army Recruitment Contingent 1915

SL038 – WW1 1914 -1918.

Army Recruitment Contingent – 1915

Headed by drummers a contingent of soldiers march through Yeadon watched by crowds of onlookers.
This was part of a recruitment drive to encourage men to join the Army.

Army Recruitment Contingent 1915

SL039 – WW1 1914 -1918.

Army Recruitment Contingent – 1915

The soldiers are parading on land outside Westfield Mills on Kirk Lane.

By 1915, it was obvious that voluntary recruitment was not providing enough men, in July of that year the Government had passed the National Registration Act to stimulate recruitment and also to ascertain how many men aged 15 – 85 were employed as tradesmen.

The findings of this census led to compulsory conscription in January 1916. Westfield Mill was one of the many local mills, pubs, clubs etc which formed fund raising drives to provide comforts and help for the families of servicemen, theirs was “Westfield Mill Soldiers and Sailors Charity”.

Army Recruitment Contingent 1915

SL062 – WW1 1914 -1918.

Army Recruitment Contingent – 1915

Soldiers marching towards Kirk Lane on a recruitment drive. Voluntary recruitment ended in January 1916 when the Military Service Act was introduced, single men between the ages of 19-41 were conscripted into service, the age was lowered to 18 in May 1916 and then also included married men.

Army Recruitment Contingent 1915

SL068 – WW1 1914 -1918.

Army Recruitment Contingent – 1915

The location is a field on Kirk Lane, the troops are resting after a march through the town followed by drill and speeches in the field.
On the left is a building now used for equipment hire (Oct 2013), this is at the corner with Walkers Row, the wall in the background surrounded the mill pond for Manor Mill.

Army Recruitment Contingent 1915

SL093 – WW1 1914 -1918.

Army Recruitment Contingent – 1915

This Army contingent had been brought to Yeadon on a recruitment drive, in this scene the men are marching off down Kirk Lane from fields in front of Westfield Mills.

POW Report Pte C B Windus 1918

HL065 – WW1 1914 -1918.

POW Report – 1918

Notification of P.O.W status:

“Enquiry Department for Wounded and Missing

British Red Cross and Order of St. John

According to Frankfurt List No.1354? received 1.11.1918 we are glad to inform you that

Pte Clifford Barker Windus Regt. 2/4 Duke of Wellingtons : is well and is reported prisoner of war. Camp not stated.
For all further information please apply to the Central Prisoner of war Committee 3 and 4 Thurloe Place SW7, enclosing this card and adding Battalion and Regimental No.

Image donated by Tilly Windus.

Armistice Day 1918

A077 – WW1 1914 -1918.

Armistice Day – 1918

11th November 1918. Literally putting out the flags in Hudson’s yard on Armistice Day, all the women and children seen here would have been over-joyed and relieved that the 1st World war had finally ended.

Peace Celebrations 1918

SL041 – WW1 1914 -1918.

Peace Celebrations – 1918

At the end of the 1914 -18 war, George Herbert Teale makes a patriotic speech, he was Chairman of Yeadon UDC.

This photograph was originally taken onto glass slides by E .E. Slater of Hopeville, Yeadon.

Peace Celebrations 1918

SL097 – WW1 1914 -1918.

Peace Celebrations – 1918

The Last Post is being played by Gilbert Myers in tribute to and memory of the fallen. This celebration was to give thanks for the ending of the 1st World War.

The man in the bottom right corner is George Herbert Teale, Chairman of Yeadon UDC.

WW1 Gilbert Myers Certificate

SL097A – WW1 1914-1918.

Peace Celebrations – 1918

Gilbert Myers was subsequently awarded a certificate from the British Legion for playing the last post for 25 years.  This is a copy of the certificate.

Mr Myers was recently identified by his daughter Trish Whitham and we extend our grateful thanks to her and for donating a copy of this certificate.

Previous Comments:

Re B257 & B424
The Wagon and Horses on Sandy Way ceased trading as a Pub in 1912 and opened as a lodging house.
The Pub was run until it ceased trading by my Paternal Grand Aunt, Eliza Freeman ( ne Lee). Daughter of William Lee and Hannah Chippindale. I do not know if she ran the lodging house when the refugees were placed there.
12 May 2013.

Robert Shaw came to Yeadon from Gloucester to work and he found employment at Low Hall as an outside man, later he worked for Julia Dinsdale next door. He then took tenancy at 26 Gill Lane and he worked as an agent for Low Hall collecting rents etc. Later he progressed and became a local councillor.
15 September 2013.

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Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 29 September 2021.
Last updated: 28 October 2021 – Photo ID: D028, M023, M023R, HL065.

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