Leslie W GRAY

Herbert HALL




Alfred CORPS


Charles E LUMLEY



SUEZ 1956



Squadron Leader JH (Ginger) LACEY DFM & BAR, CdeG

Died WW1


George HALL

George William HUTCHINSON


Victor Haxby JEWITT

John Ernest MARWOOD

Frederick William MARWOOD

George Henry NICHOLSON

Clifford Andrew SLAWSON


William Arthur WHITE

George Arthur WRAY 

Died WW2





Charles MUNTON



WW1 Died

BOOTLAND Arthur King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

BOOTLAND Walter Yorkshire Regiment

BRAY Sidney Herbert Yorkshire Regiment

BROWN Alfred Machine Gun Corps

DAWSON George Elliot Royal Garrison Artillery

GUNTER Robert Benyon Nevill Alex, Princess of Wales Own Yorkshire Regiment

JOHNSON Arthur Royal Garrison Artillery

JOHNSON Raymond West Yorkshire Regiment

JOHNSON William Herbert West Yorkshire Regiment

MARCH George Haddington SS Mohawk

PARKINSON James Herring Lincoln Regiment

RUTHERFOORD Arthur Henry Native Rhodesian Regiment

STOKER William Lee East Yorkshire Regiment

WILSON William Pearson Allan West Yorkshire Regiment

WILSON John Stanley West Yorkshire Regiment

WRAY George Arthur Royal Field Artillery

WW2 Died

BISAT Arthur William Royal Ulster Rifles

BROWNING William Edward Royal Air Force

COLBECK-WELCH James Charles Royal Tank Regiment

COOKE Alfred Royston Royal Artillery

FRENCH Kenneth Herbert Royal Air Force

GURNEY Basil Russell Royal Tank corps

LONGBOTTOM John Spencer Merchant Navy

SANDERSON Reginald Woolley Colonial Services

SIBERRY Thomas Henry Royal Engineers

STEAD Peter Royal Air Force VR

WANSBROUGH Howard Vivian Royal Air Force VR

Meeting Report Thursday 1st June 2017

The Wharfedale Family History Group met at the Salem Church Hall, Burley on Thursday 1st June. Chairman Lynda Balmforth introduced our speaker for the evening, Group President Stanley Merridew who presented his talk ‘Beyond the Obvious (Further Research into your Family History)’. Stanley first of all outlined his role as a family historian rather than a family tree maker. The latter is often nothing more than a list of names and dates whereas the family historian seeks to put ‘flesh on the bones’ of their ancestors by looking at their lives and the historical context in which they lived, and can therefore be much more rewarding. The ‘obvious’ family history resources are Civil Registration, Census, Parish Registers and Wills but as Stanley explained, using examples from his own research, there are many more ways of tracking down our ancestors’ lives.

School records such as admission registers and logbooks can provide interesting information. Many are in the course of being added to the Find my Past Website but it can be worthwhile checking in local archives or seeking out copies of school magazines. Employment information can be revealing; apprenticeship records are widely available online and Warwick University holds trade union records. Examples for the Wharfedale area are the Farnley Estate Records and William Ackroyd Ltd of Otley wage books 1845 onwards which are both held at the Brotherton Library, Leeds.  Our ancestors’ leisure activities can be interesting too; enquire with local museums, libraries, sports clubs for any information they may hold. For example, Bradford Archives hold records for Baildon Choral Society and Independent Foresters Society of Baildon membership registers from 1835. Church records (including non-conformist) can provide useful information; look for minute books, Sunday school records, membership rolls and so on. Paw Law records such as settlement disputes may contain names you are looking for, as can rate books (like those held by Otley museum). Quarter Sessions records (held by County record offices) are worth looking at to search for ancestors amongst the indictments, bonds and licenses etc. If you do find a name you are looking for further detail may be available in the newspaper archive. British Newspapers online are available in libraries as well as on Find My Past. The local Deeds Registry can also be a good source of reference. The Genealogist Website includes digital tithe records so you may even be able to see a map of your ancestor’s land. Whilst there is currently a wealth of information available relating to the First World War it is worth checking for earlier records such as local militia and muster rolls: check local library catalogues to find out what is available.

These are just some of the many different ways of looking at the lives of our ancestors and filling in the gaps between 10 year census returns. More generally it may be helpful to contact local family history groups and historical societies for help in tracing ancestors. Locally the Otley Museum, Washburn Heritage Centre and local studies sections of Leeds, Bradford, Ilkley, Otley & Skipton libraries may well be helpful with your enquiries. Lynda Balmforth gave a warm vote of thanks following questions and discussion from the audience.

The group’s next meeting will take place Thursday 6th July 7.30 pm at the Salem Church Hall, Burley when we will be holding a research evening. Please come along if you are keen to either start your family history research, break down a brick wall in your existing research or just need some advice. Internet access to the main Family History Websites will be available plus support and encouragement from our committee members. Everyone welcome, members and visitors, and refreshments will be served.