Deaths and Anniversaries of local inhabitants 1945 to date

  The first death in 1945 was of Mr. Hansen Beaumont, aged 76 years. He had lived in Netherthong for many years, worked at Albion Mills and was a member of the Gardeners’ Friendly Society.

On May 4th. one of the most well-known figures in the village died aged 83 years in retirement in Dorset. He was the Rev.H.Hind who had been vicar of All Saint’s for 29 years ( 1907 – 1936 ) and he had sat on the old Huddersfield Board of Guardians for 17 of those years. In December the Express gave details of his will which showed he had left £19,487 9s 1d ( gross ) with a donation of £100 to the Parish Church.

 The Express reported in March 1946 the death of Miss Ruth Gill in Australia. She had been well known in the Netherthong district where she was employed by the village Co-op Industrial Society. She was the oldest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Gill, formerly of Dock Hill and emigrated to Australia  with them in 1922. Her father had been in business in Netherthong as a builder and contractor.

The following month  Mr. Evelyn Wood of 58 Haigh Lane, Deanhouse  died in the Holme Valley Memorial Theatre aged 61 years. His family had been well known in musical circles in the district and in his younger years he was a member of the Parish Church choir and took leading parts in operatic productions as well as being a member of the Holme Valley  Male Voice Choir. He had worked for T&J Tinker Ltd. Bottoms Mill, Holmfirth and, for 20 years before his illness, had been a scribbling engineer.

Mr.Joseph Edwin Hobson, oldest son the late Mr.& Mrs. Ralph Hobson of Netherthong, died in Ottowa aged 67. During the 1914-18 war he served in the RAMC being recalled before his reserve time had expired. He was awarded the DCM for gallantry in carrying in wounded under fire. On expiry of his service, he returned to Canada where he had left his wife and family. He re-enlisted in the Canadian Force and came over to Europe and served in France.

Two staunch church supporters both died in October. First was Mrs. Martha Sandford who was one of the most regular and faithful worshippers at the Zion Methodist Church.  Next was Mrs. A.Butterworth who was a life-long supporter of Wesley’s cause and had been a scholar, teacher and accompanist at the Sunday School.

Mary Wimpenny, aged 82, died in January 1947 in St.Mary’s Hospital. Mr. Harold Oswald Sykes died the following month. He was a well known figure in the village and had been an enthusiastic cricket and football player in his early days and, for many years, he had been an attendant at Deanhouse Hospital.

On August 22nd. on the day before his 82nd, birthday , Mr.Thomas Hart of 20, Outlane died. He was one of the oldest residents in the village having come to the district from Cambridgeshire over 30 years previously. He had been a landscape gardener and was always ready with advice.

The first death in January 1948 was of someone who was not from the district but featured in many of the reports in this history. He was Mr.E.W.Morris, the District Coroner, who died in Halifax Royal Infirmary. He was 70 and a bachelor and had been carrying out the duties of Deputy Coroner and Coroner since 1905. He estimated that he must have conducted about 20,000 inquests. Before the war he was taking on an average of 700 inquests a year but his record for a full year was 790.

The first death in that year of a local resident was Miss Lydia Ann Sanderson in May. She had lived in Netherthong for the past 35 years and was closely associated with Wesley’s Chapel, a member of the Parish Church Mothers’ Union and an ardent worker for the Comforts Fund. She rendered valuable service to the Conservative cause in the Colne Valley Division. In addition she was an enthusiastic worker for the Holmfirth Branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and, in recognition of her efforts, she was awarded a certificate for long and devoted service. If that wasn’t enough she was keenly interested in gardening and photography.

Mr.George Henry Ricketts, a former well-known resident of the village who had left about 15 years previously to live at Woodlands, died in November. He had a long and active connection with the Zion Methodist Church and Sunday School where he held  the office as Superintendent for many years. He had also been a local preacher, a staunch worker for the Netherthong Gardeners’ Friendly Society, the WMC and the Holme Valley Memorial Hospital. He had at one time been president of the Co-op Society. He was interested in football and cricket. At the time of his death he was employed at Kirkbridge Mills , New Mill, and had previously worked at Deanhouse Mills and Bridge Mills, Holmfirth.

The same month saw the sudden death of Mrs. Sarah Davis wife of John Davis of Holme Leigh. During the war she was actively associated with the Netherthong Comforts Fund but, apart from that, she did not take much part in the public life of the District.

The first death in 1949 occurred in January when Mr. A. Buckley died in his home in Holmfirth. He was born in Netherthong at the Chapel House, Zion Methodist Church. He was very involved with the church and Sunday School and often walked miles to secure the services of preachers for the Zion Chapel. Even after having left the village 20 years previously, he had maintained his connection with the Zion Chapel and, in spite of the long distances he had to walk, he attended regularly when his health permitted. On occasions he related many interesting reminiscences in connection with the cause at Zion and  in recognition of his services he was presented with a fireside chair. He had served on the committee of the village Co-op Society and was clearly identified with the Gardeners’ Friendly Society. He had been employed as a cloth presser at several of the mills in the District.

A very well-known figure in the district, Albert Wimpenny of 12, Outlane, died at the age of 80 years in the same month.  For over 50 years he had been a member of the Parish Church choir and when he completed his 50 years service he was presented with a walking stick. He had been  a keen follower of the Holme Valley Beagles and was a member of the Hunt committee for over 30 years.Two years prior to his death the Beagles had instituted an annual ” Wimpenny Hunt ” in Netherthong in his honour. When the 1949 season’s meet was held, Albert was unable to attend due to failing health but the dogs were paraded at his house before starting off to hunt.  He followed the occupation of a cobbler for the best part of his life and eventually retired when he reached 70. At his funeral, as the cortege left the church, Mr.E.Green ( former huntsman of the Holme Valley Beagles ) sounded the  “Gone Away”. Two couples of beagles in the charge of Mr. Luther Armitage, the huntsman, were outside the church. Mr. & Mrs. Fred Boothroyd of Scholes celbrated their golden wedding anniversary that year.They were married at All Saints by the Rev.J.Prowde on May 20th.1899. She was the daughter of Mr.& Mrs. Marsden of Netherthong and her husband was from Holmfirth. He was formerly the surveyor to the old Netherthong Local Board until it was taken over by Holmfirth in 1912. He had a long connection with the Gardeners’ Friendly Society and in 1940 was presented with a clock, a pipe and tobacco in recognition of his services for 37 years. 

Later that year, John Roberts Hinchliffe died. He was well known in the sporting and agricultural field. He was born at Lydgett House, where he farmed for more than 60 years and was one of the founders of the Harden Moss Sheep Dog Trials Association and a well know breeder of sheep, dogs , pigs and hunters. During WW1 he was engaged in buying horses for the Government. In his younger days he was associated with All Saints where he was a Sunday School teacher. Henry Harold Wilson of South View, who had died on June 17, left £23,101 gross in his will. He left his lands at Broomy Lea and  farm lands to be shared between his brother, Benjamin, and his sisters , Edith, Florence, Fanny and Helen.

Two residents died within weeks of each other in February 1951. The first was of Miss E. Fisher, 67 years. She had had a lifelong connection with Wesley’s Chapel as a scholar, teacher and member of the choir and was an active worker for the National Children’s Home. She was also interested in district activities. The service at her house was conducted by the Rev.A.Woodhall of Meltham and at the Parish Church by Rev.S.Black. The second was Miss Mary Mallinson, daughter of the late Mr.& Mrs. John Mallinson , who died at Deanhouse Hospital aged 90 years. At the time she was the oldest lady in the village. She was closely connected to the Parish Church and was well known and highly respected.

In March the paper reported on the death in Canada of Mr. Whitaker Brigg, a native of Netherthong who had emigrated to Canada in 1926. He was the eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brigg of Holmroyd Nook and had served his apprenticeship in the joinery trade with Messrs. J.Batley & Sons and was well known in the district.

The issues of the Express for the year of 1952 were unfortunately not put onto microfilm. However this service  resumed in 1953 and in  the first January issue, the paper gave a full list of all the inhabitants living in the Holmfirth District who had passed away the previous year. There were five from Netherthong. The first on March 15 was Mrs. Emma Roebuck aged 81 years living at 8, Outlane. She was followed four days later on March 19 by Joseph Field aged 80 of 26, Outlane.  John Edward Smith of 28 , Deanhouse  died on May 13 aged 81.  Mrs. Ruth Batley of The Meadows died on May 22 aged 74 years. 

The final reported death on December 23 was of Herbert Roberts, 68 years, of 5 School Lane. He was well known in the village and for over 50 years had been employed at Deanhouse Mills. He had had a long connection with the former WMC of which he had been secretary for many years.

The first death in 1953 was of Mr.Seth Dyson Butterworth ( 72 ) who was formerly the headmaster of the National School. He had been appointed in 1910 and retired in 1938. He was also actively involved with the Parish Church Operatic Society and served for seven years on the Holmfirth UDC as a representative for the Netherthong ward.

The last recorded death of the year was of Dr.Herbert Cousens( 74 ) who died at his house in Dewsbury. He was the son of Mr.& Mrs.R.Cousens who were the caretakers at the Wesley Chapel, which was where he served the cause as a teacher, secretary, organist and preacher. In 1903 he was the leader of a successful Men’s Improvement Class in the village and 1911 he removed to Dewsbury where he became a noted organist.

Mr.Harold Denton of Honley ,who for some years had been verger at All Saints, died in February 1954 at the early age of 54.

Harry Hobson ( 68 ), died at his house in Outlane in August 1954. He was a well known and highly respected resident. Originally a native of Upperthong he moved to Netherthong and for 52 years was employed at Deanhouse Mills. He was connected to the Zion Methodist Church as a Sunday School superintendent, a member of the church choir and a church official. In addition he was treasurer of the Music Festival, a member of the United Sunday School’s Festival committee, vice-president of the Male Voice Choir, member of Thongsbridge Cricket Club, President of the local Co-operative Society and he represented the Society on the Holmfirth Co-operative Boot and Shoe Society Ltd.

The same month Joe Kemp, 88 years, died in Deanhouse Hospital. He was a former Huddersfield Rugby Union player and was believed to be the last surviving member of the Huddersfield Rugby team which won the R.U. Cup ( Th’Owd Tin Pot ) in April 1890.

Mrs. Jane Hirst, a native of Netherthong, died at her home, Horncote. She had left the local school after winning a scholarship to Huddersfield Technical College and after her marriage had taught at many of the local schools. 

John Oswald Batley died in his home at Miry Terrace in March 1956 aged 68. He had been the secretary of the Old Folk’s Treat and secretary of the Musical Festival.

At the start of 1957, the death occured in Southport General Infirmary of Mr. John Henry Dyson on his 72nd, birthday. He had been a native of Netherthong and was educated at the National School and, before he left the village, he was a secretary of the Wesleyan Sunday School and an active member of the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Class at Netherthong under the leadership of Dr.H.Cousen.

The following month Miss Sarah Brigg died at Deanhouse Hospital aged 78 years. She had had a lifelong connection with the Wesley Chapel as a scholar, teacher and leader of the primary Department. She was also an active worker for the National Childrens Home and Orphanage & Missions,

Mrs. Edith Mary Dyson of Moorgate Farm who had died on October 15 1956 left £10,194 gross. Among the beneficiaries was Thomas Dyson, her brother-in-law, who received £500.

In August Mr.Wilfred Denton died at Bridlington aged 88. He had been a police constable in the village until his retirement. He was also the librarian at the Netherthong branch of the library , had connections to the Parish Church and was an attendant at Deanhouse Hospital.

Mr.Frank Dickinson died at his home, Manor House , in January 1958 aged 75. He was a leading bass singer  and was, at one time, in great demand throughout the country and had also appeared in music halls. He was formerly a grocers assistant at Netherthong Co-op and later a traveller for Harrogate Co-op. He then moved to Deanhouse Mills and was well known in the district as an antique dealer. He was a vice-president of the Male Voice Choir and a member of Holmfirth British Legion and Holmfirth Conservative Club. During the war he often entertained the troops in France before going up the line. The same month Thomas Edward Mosley died at his home ” Holmfirth ” in Cape Town aged 71. He had emigrated to South Africa over 40 years ago. He had lived in Deanhouse , was employed in Thongsbridge and  was secretary of the Wesleyan Sunday School and a member of the Men’s Mutual Improvement Class and Underbank Naturalist’s Society.

Mr. Albert Brigg died at his home, Sands Farm, in June 1958 aged 71. He was the last member of a well known farming family and originally came from Holme Royd Nook.

Mrs.Alison Rennie Hoyle of Melrose Cottage died at her daughter’s home in Meltham at the age of 66. She was an active worker for Holmfirth Conservative Association and Holmfirth British Legion Women’s Section. During the last war she opened her house for efforts for the village Comforts Fund and  rendered hospitality to people without homes. She was a member of the Parish Church.

The first reported death in 1959 was of Joseph Settle, the engineer at Deanhouse Hospital, who died whilst on holiday in Durham. He was only 53 and had succeeded his father, the late J.A.Settle who had been appointed as engineer at the hospital in 1895.  He was followed by Miss Maggie Heaton of Giles Street who died in Holme Valley Memorial Hospital in August  after having been admitted the previous day. She was 62 and had had a lifelong connection with the Zion Chapel and Sunday School. She had been employed by Messrs.W.Gledhill & Sons, Bridge Mills.

Mrs. Helen Black . wife of the Rev.S.Black the ex-vicar, died at the age of 65 at her home, Roseleigh, on December 5 1959. She had had a life-long connection to All Saints Parish Church where she was a member of the Parochial Church Council and a Sunday School teacher. For 34 years she was the Enrolling Member of the Mothers’ Union and had been President of the Holmfirth Music Festival. She had donated to the Festival the ” Pratty Flowers ” Rose Bowl in memory of her grandfather, Mr.C.S.Floyd, to whom the Holmfirth Anthem was dedicated by Mr. Joe Perkins over a century before. She was a member of the Northern Counties Committee for the Blind and, from 1940 to her death, had done much work for the Oaklands Home for the Blind, She was a member of the Holmfirth Branch of the RN Life Boat  Institution and a former Captain of the Netherthong Girl Guides. During WW1 she served as a V.A.D. at Holmfirth Military Hospital and during WW2 she was at Deanhouse Hospital. She was also the representative for Netherthong on the WVS and vice -president of Holmfirth British Legion Women’s Section. Her husband was unable to attend the funeral due to illnes but the Express listed in detail all those who attended and which organisations they represented. In February 1960 the Express reported that she had left £9897 in her will.

The death occured in February1960,  at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, of Mr.Arthur Buckley of 11 Outlane. He had been a member of the Zion Chapel for 50 years and had succeeded the late John Charlesworth as choirmaster for a short period.  He had  also been the trustees’  treasurer for over 20 years. In addition he was one of the founder members of the Male Voice Choir as well as being a member of the Netherthong Town School Charity. He had been employed at Bridge Mills for 26 years.

George Earnshaw of West End died in St.Lukes, Crosland Moor in August 1962 at the age of 83. He was a native of Honley and for many years was a farmer there before moving to Netherthong. He was a tenor soloist in the All Saints Choir and had been a member and secretary of the Male Voice Choir for several years. In addition he was involved in many activities in Underbank, Honley and Holmfirth. In September Mr.Harry Littlewood of School Street and the then oldest resident died suddenly at the age of 89. He was born in Hepworth and had farmed at Derbyshire and Folkestone before coming to Netherthong in 1937. He was a member of the National Farmers Union and the Netherthong Old Folk’s Club.

The former secretary of Deanhouse Hospital from 1939-51, David Pugh died in hospital in Chelmsford in March 1963. Whilst he was secretary his wife was the Matron. In May Miss Mary Agnes Smith( 69 ) of 16 Netherfield Drive was found dead at her house. The District Coroner was informed.

In November 1964, Mr.Edgar Whiteley ,aged 80 years , died at his home in Leas Avenue. In conjunction with the late Mr.A.Seddon he had founded the Holmfirth Harriers Athletic Club in 1907. A life member of the Harriers his name is perpetuated by the ” Edgar Whiteley ” Trophy which is competed for annually. As a young man he was well known as a sprinter and won prizes valued at over £200 and was a regular competitor at the Holmfirth Flower Show Sports where for many years he was a ” scratch ” man.He also played football and cricket. In complete contrast he was one of the founders of the Holmfirth Branch of the National Federation of the Old Age Pensioners’ Association.

The following month Dr. Brian de la Harpe Meyer died at his home in New Road aged 61. He had been in practice in the Holmfirth district for close on 30 years. A native of South Africa he came to Holmfirth in 1935 and during the war he was a surgeon in the Royal Navy. After demobilisation he went into partnership at Holly Bank, Station Road. He retired early in 1964 due to ill health but continued to act as medical officer at Deanhouse Hospital.

Mr. John Arthur Charlesworth, a past master of the Holme Valley Lodge of Freemasons, died at his home in Leas Avenue aged 89 years. He was past president of Holmfirth Choral Society, founder member of the Huddersfield Organists Society and founder treasurer of the Huddersfield branch of the British Israeli Society.

There were three recorded deaths during the summer months of 1966.  The first on July 3rd. was Mr.Thomas Dyson of Croft House aged 75. For close on 50 years he had given slide shows and lectures to most of the village organisations and I have detailed these in a separate chapter. He left £30,166 gross in his will. In the same month Miss Sarah Jane Batley of Sunnyside, the eldest daughter of Mr.& Mrs. John Batley , died at the age of 90. Mr.Brook Turner of Dock Hill died in Holme Valley Memorial Hospital at the age of 67 in August. He was a member of a well-known family of butchers and started in business for himself in 1925 with a shop in Station Road until he moved to his present shop in Hollowgate in 1932. He took a great interest in the village life of Netherthong and was a trustee of the Netherthong Town Charity.

On January 6 1977, Mrs. Ruth Shaw of 119 Wood Street was struck by a car driven by an off-duty policewoman, Mrs. Julie Ramsden, whilst crossing the Huddersfield Road near the Cricket Club. The cause of death was a fractured skull. At the inquest the policewoman said she was blinded by the sun and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death. The case generated a considerable volume of letters to the Express.



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