World War 2 Air Raid Damage in Batley: Part 6 – Q to T

In my post Batley’s First Air Raid – The Night of 12/13 December 1940, I wrote about the areas of Batley hit.

Since then I have pinpointed many of the affected buildings, houses and addresses, including a general summary of the damage inflicted on each property.

This is the sixth post with these details so you can identify if your home was part of this event in our local history; or if a home associated with your family history was affected. It covers street names starting with the letters Q to T. [Note for Prospect Terrace, Towngate Road see O to P, here.]

One note of caution, although many house numbers remain unchanged from that period, some may have undergone re-numbering in the intervening years. The numbers here are as they were during the war, not as they are today. Other houses have long gone.

Also, though hundreds of addresses are listed, I am aware from my earlier research that this is not the complete inventory – there are areas of Batley hit that night which are missing from the list.

Some final points to be aware of. I have detailed the information exactly as it was written, so the damage inventory columns are not consistent. For example ceiling damage sometimes comes under ‘contents’, at others under the ‘generally’ heading. 

It is also clear this is not the complete story of damage inflicted. I am aware some buildings did suffer substantially more than is listed for them in the space-limited columns – for example gable ends needing rebuilding as a result of the air raid. 

And, to my mind, the list of contents ruined does appear suspiciously light. For example it is hard to believe that crockery and furniture in the majority of houses was undamaged given the structural damage listed. Again has space played a part? There are exceptions – in one detailed entry for an address in another post, although the contents were not listed in the space provided, they were an add-on insertion at the top of the page. It is hard to believe that contents in the majority of entries for other houses suffered no similar damage. I believe it is likely that individual household forms were completed initially and the information then collated and condensed on one form covering all addresses, meaning layers of detail being missed in this overall summary.

Anyway, good luck with locating your home. Don’t forget to scroll across the table to get the full details – there are columns detailing the property description, address, and an indication of the extent of damage (i.e. roof, walls, floors, contents and general damage). And do check my website as I continue to add more posts listing affected houses.

Description1AddressRoofWallsFloorsContentsGenerally
3A Queen StreetWindow
57 Queen StreetWindows
60 Richmond StreetWindows
18 Snowden StreetWindow
48 Snowden StreetWindow
3 South Bank RoadWindow
HouseStaincliffe HallWindows
Staincliffe Hall FarmWindows
Staincliffe Liberal ClubWindows
1 Suffolk StreetCeilingsWindows
3 Suffolk StreetCeilings
5 Suffolk StreetCeilings
17 Suffolk StreetWindow
19 Suffolk StreetCeiling
21 Suffolk StreetCeilingsWindow
23 Suffolk StreetCeilingWindow
27 Suffolk StreetWindow
29 Suffolk StreetWindow
31 Suffolk StreetCeiling
33 Suffolk StreetWindow
35 Suffolk StreetWindow
21 Talbot StreetWindow
34 Talbot StreetWindow
38 Talbot StreetWindow
43 Talbot StreetLockWindow
47 Talbot StreetWindow
49 Talbot StreetLockWindow
53 Talbot StreetWindows
55 Talbot StreetWindows
59 Talbot StreetWindows & Frames
61 Talbot StreetWindows
63 Talbot StreetWindows
65 Talbot StreetWindows
67 Talbot StreetWindows
68 Talbot StreetWindow
69 Talbot StreetWindows
70 Talbot StreetWindow
71 Talbot StreetWindows
74 Talbot StreetWindow
75 Talbot StreetWindows
78 Talbot StreetWindow
1 Court 1 Talbot StreetWindow
14, Yard 1, Taylor StreetWindow
44 Taylor StreetWindow
48 Taylor StreetWindow
50 Taylor StreetWindow
58 Taylor StreetWindow
67 Taylor StreetCeilings
72 Taylor StreetWindow
74 Taylor StreetWindow
78 Taylor StreetWindows
91 Taylor StreetWindow
93 Taylor StreetWindow
95 Taylor StreetWindow & Frame
97 Taylor StreetWindow
99 Taylor StreetWindows
109 Taylor StreetWindows
111 Taylor StreetWindows
113 Taylor StreetWindows
115 Taylor StreetWindows
117 Taylor StreetWindows
119 Taylor StreetWindows
121 Taylor StreetWindows
123 Taylor StreetWindows
125 Taylor StreetCeilingWindows
127 Taylor StreetWindow
129 Taylor StreetPlasterWindow Frames
135 Taylor StreetWindows
137 Taylor StreetWindows
141 Taylor StreetWindow
143 Taylor StreetWindows
145 Taylor StreetCeilingWindow & Frame
147 Taylor StreetWindow
149 Taylor StreetPlasterWindow & Frame
151 Taylor StreetWindows
153 Taylor StreetCeilingWindows
155 Taylor StreetFireplaceLock: Windows
157 Taylor StreetLocks: Windows
159 Taylor StreetCeilingWindows
161 Taylor StreetLock: Windows
163 Taylor StreetWindows
165 Taylor StreetWindows
167 Taylor StreetWindows
169 Taylor StreetMany SlatesWindows: Lock
171 Taylor StreetPlasterWindows
173 Taylor StreetWindows & Frame
175 Taylor StreetWindows & Frame
177 Taylor StreetRidge TilesWindows
179 Taylor StreetMany SlatesLock: Windows: Garden Wall
181 Taylor StreetCeilingLocks: Windows
183 Taylor StreetMany SlatesWindow
185 Taylor StreetWindow
187 Taylor StreetWindow & Frame
189 Taylor StreetTenant Away – Entry Impossible – Slight Damage OnlyWindow
191 Taylor StreetMany SlatesLock: Windows
193 Taylor StreetWindows
195 Taylor StreetWindow
197 Taylor StreetMany SlatesCeilingsLock: Windows
199 Taylor StreetMany SlatesCeilingsLocks: Door: Windows
201 Taylor StreetRetaining BeamCeilingWindow
203 Taylor StreetMany SlatesCeilingWindows
205 Taylor StreetMany SlatesLocks: Windows & Frame, Greenhouse
207 Taylor StreetCeilingWindows
209 Taylor StreetWindows
211 Taylor StreetMany SlatesCeilingWindows & Frame
39 Royd Holme, Towngate RdWindow
43 Towngate RdCeiling: LockWindows
15 Town St, Batley CarrWindow
20 Trafalgar Street3 SlatesWindow
22 Trafalgar StreetWindow
24 Trafalgar Street12 SlatesWindows
26 Trafalgar StreetMany SlatesCeilingsWindows
28 Trafalgar StreetMany SlatesWindows
30 Trafalgar StreetMany SlatesCeilingsLead Flashing & Windows
32 Trafalgar StreetMany SlatesCeilingWindows
34 Trafalgar StreetMany SlatesCeilingWindows
36 Trafalgar StreetMany SlatesCeilingsWindows
38 Trafalgar StreetMany SlatesCeilingWindow Frame
40 Trafalgar StreetMany SlatesMullionLockWindow Frame & Windows
42 Trafalgar StreetMany SlatesMullionDoorWindows
44 Trafalgar StreetMany SlatesWindows
46 Trafalgar StreetMany SlatesWindows
48 Trafalgar StreetWindows
50 Trafalgar StreetWindows
52 Trafalgar StreetLocksWindows
54 Trafalgar StreetMany SlatesCeilingsWindows
56 Trafalgar StreetMany SlatesCeilingsWindows
58 Trafalgar Street20 SlatesDoor FrameWindows
60 Trafalgar StreetMany SlatesCeilingWindows
62 Trafalgar StreetMany SlatesCeilingWindows
Empty House Trafalgar StMany SlatesWindows
New House Trafalgar StMany SlatesWindows & Frames
Data extracted from West Yorkshire Archive Services Ref KMT1/Box42/TB227 – This is only a portion of the information contained. I have not included owners, occupiers, rateable value etc.

For Part 1 – A to B see here.
For Part 2 – C to F see here.
For Part 3 – G to J see here.
For Part 4 – K to N see here.
For Part 5 – O to P see here.

Footnotes:
1. In this section of the list the ‘Description’ column is largely blank. The implication is these are houses, not business premises.

World War 2 Air Raid Damage in Batley: Part 5 – O to P

In my post Batley’s First Air Raid – The Night of 12/13 December 1940, I wrote about the areas of Batley hit.

Since then I have pinpointed many of the affected buildings, houses and addresses, including a general summary of the damage inflicted on each property.

This is the fifth post with these details so you can identify if your home was part of this event in our local history; or if a home associated with your family history was affected. It covers street names starting with the letters O to P.

One note of caution, although many house numbers remain unchanged from that period, some may have undergone re-numbering in the intervening years. The numbers here are as they were during the war, not as they are today. Other houses have long gone.

Also, though hundreds of addresses are listed, I am aware from my earlier research that this is not the complete inventory – there are areas of Batley hit that night which are missing from the list.

Some final points to be aware of. I have detailed the information exactly as it was written, so the damage inventory columns are not consistent. For example ceiling damage sometimes comes under ‘contents’, at others under the ‘generally’ heading.

It is also clear this is not the complete story of damage inflicted. I am aware some buildings did suffer substantially more than is listed for them in the space-limited columns – for example gable ends needing rebuilding as a result of the air raid. 

And, to my mind, the list of contents ruined does appear suspiciously light. For example it is hard to believe that crockery and furniture in the majority of houses was undamaged given the structural damage listed. Again has space played a part? There are exceptions – in one detailed entry for an address in another post, although the contents were not listed in the space provided, they were an add-on insertion at the top of the page. It is hard to believe that contents in the majority of entries for other houses suffered no similar damage. I believe it is likely that individual household forms were completed initially and the information then collated and condensed on one form covering all addresses, meaning layers of detail being missed in this overall summary.

Anyway, good luck with locating your home. Don’t forget to scroll across the table to get the full details – there are columns detailing the property description, address, and an indication of the extent of damage (i.e. roof, walls, floors, contents and general damage). And do check my website as I continue to add more posts listing affected houses.

Description1AddressRoofWallsFloorsContentsGenerally
1 Oxford StreetWindow
House & Shop2 Oxford StreetWindow
4 Oxford StreetWindow
Shop & ?6 Oxford StreetWindow
7 Oxford StreetWindows
9 Oxford StreetWindows
House8 Oxford StreetWindows?
Shop & Bake[house?]10 Oxford StreetWindows
11 Oxford StreetWindows
12 Oxford StreetWindow
13 Oxford StreetWindows
15 Oxford StreetWindows
Fried Fish Shop16A Oxford StreetWindow
17 Oxford StreetWindows
3 Park RoadMany Slates CeilingWindows: Door
5 Park RoadMany Slates Ceiling, Carpet & BeddingFireplace
29 Prospect Terrace, Towngate RoadWindow
31 Prospect Terrace, Towngate RoadWindow
35 Prospect Terrace, Towngate RoadWindow
37 Prospect Terrace, Towngate RoadWindow
2 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
3 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
5 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
6 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
7 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
8 Purlwell Hall RoadEaves Gutter & Windows
9 Purlwell Hall RoadWindow
10 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
11 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
12 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
13 Purlwell Hall RoadDoorVent-Pipe: Windows
14 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
15 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
16 Purlwell Hall RoadCeilingLock & Window
17 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
18 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
19 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
20 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
21 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
22 Purlwell Hall RoadMany SlatesLock: Windows
23 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
24 Purlwell Hall RoadCeilingWindows
25 Purlwell Hall RoadCeilingWindows & Frame
26 Purlwell Hall RoadMany SlatesCeilingsWindows
27 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows & Frame: Locks
28 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows & Frame
29 Purlwell Hall RoadCurtainsLocks: Windows
30 Purlwell Hall RoadCeilingWindow
31 Purlwell Hall RoadCeiling: CurtainsDoors: Locks: Windows
32 Purlwell Hall RoadMany SlatesCeilingWindows
33 Purlwell Hall RoadCeilingsWindows
34 Purlwell Hall RoadCeilingLocks: Windows
35 Purlwell Hall RoadMany SlatesPlasterCeilings: VasesLocks: Doors: Windows
36 Purlwell Hall RoadMany SlatesCeilingsWindows
37 Purlwell Hall RoadLight BowlsWindows & Frame: Lock
38 Purlwell Hall RoadMany SlatesPlasterCeilingSet-Pot: Windows
39 Purlwell Hall RoadSlatesCeilingLocks: Windows & Frame
40 Purlwell Hall RoadMany SlatesPlasterWindows
41 Purlwell Hall RoadMany Slates Ceiling: CurtainsLocks: Windows
42 Purlwell Hall RoadMany SlatesPlasterCeilingWindows
43 Purlwell Hall RoadMany SlatesDoor: Windows & Frames
44 Purlwell Hall RoadMany SlatesPlasterCeilings Light BowlWindows & Frames: Flashing
45 Purlwell Hall RoadMany Slates etcDoors & Locks: Windows
46 Purlwell Hall RoadMany SlatesCeilingsFireplaces: Door: Windows
47 Purlwell Hall RoadMany SlatesCeiling: CurtainsDoors: Windows & Frame: Eaves Gutter
48 Purlwell Hall RoadMany Slates etcCeilingsLocks: Doors: Windows
49 Purlwell Hall RoadMany Slates etcCeilingLocks: Windows & Frame
50 Purlwell Hall RoadSlates & PurlinsPlasterCeilingsWindows and Frames: Door
51 Purlwell Hall RoadMany Slates etcCeilingsWindows & Frame: Door
52 Purlwell Hall RoadSlatesCeilingsWindow & Frame: Locks: Steps
53 Purlwell Hall RoadMany Slates etcOrnamentLocks: Doors: Windows
54 Purlwell Hall RoadSlates & PurlinsPlasterCeilingsFireplaces: Doors: Windows
55 Purlwell Hall RoadMany SlatesPlasterCeilingsDoors: Windows & Frame
56 Purlwell Hall RoadExtensivePlasterCeilingsExtensive
57 Purlwell Hall RoadExtensivePlasterCeilings & Wash-BasinLocks: Doors: Ornaments: Windows
58 Purlwell Hall RoadExtensiveHoledCeilingsExtensive
59 Purlwell Hall RoadExtensiveBulgedCeilingsExtensive
60 Purlwell Hall RoadDestroyedHoledCeilingsExtensive
61 Purlwell Hall RoadExtensiveBulgedDislodgedCeilingsExtensive
62 Purlwell Hall Road2DestroyedHoled part [rebuilt?]CeilingsExtensive
63 Purlwell Hall RoadExtensiveBulgedDislodgedCeilingsExtensive
64 Purlwell Hall Road3[?] Complete Destruction
65 Purlwell Hall RoadExtensivePlasterCeilingsExtensive
66 Purlwell Hall Road3Complete Destruction
67 Purlwell Hall RoadExtensivePlasterCeilingsExtensive
68 Purlwell Hall RoadPlasterCeilingsWindows & Frames: Lock
69 Purlwell Hall RoadExtensivePlasterCeilingsExtensive
70 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
71 Purlwell Hall RoadExtensivePlasterCeilingsExtensive
73 Purlwell Hall RoadExtensivePlasterCeilingsExtensive
79 Purlwell Hall RoadCeilingLocks: Windows
81 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
83 Purlwell Hall RoadWindows
75 Rocky Mount, Purlwell Hall RoadMany Slates etcPlasterCeilingsWindows & Frames: Door
77 Rock Edge, Purlwell Hall RoadMany Slates etcCeilingsWindows & Frames: Door
Shop15 Purlwell LaneWindow
17 Purlwell LaneCeilingWindows
23 Purlwell LaneWindows
25 Purlwell LaneCeilingsWindow
27 Purlwell LaneMany SlatesWindows: Door
29 Purlwell LaneWindows: Fireplace
37 Purlwell LaneWindow
41 Purlwell LaneWindow
43 Purlwell LaneWindow
47 Purlwell LaneWindows
49 Purlwell LaneMany SlatesPlasterCeilingsLock: Windows
51 Purlwell LaneLocks & Windows
53 Purlwell LaneSoil Pipe & Fall-Pipe: Windows
54 Purlwell LaneWindows
55 Purlwell LaneMany SlatesLocks: Windows
56 Purlwell LaneWindows
57 Purlwell LaneWindows & Frame
58 Purlwell LaneWindows
59 Purlwell LaneWindows
Shop60 Purlwell LaneWindow
60A Purlwell LaneWindows
61 Purlwell LaneDoor: Windows
62 Purlwell LaneWindows
63 Purlwell LaneDoor: Windows
64 Purlwell LaneWindows
65 Purlwell LaneDoor: Windows
66 Purlwell LaneWindows
67 Purlwell LaneWindow
68 Purlwell LaneWindows
80 Purlwell LaneWindows
82 Purlwell LaneWindows
88A Purlwell LaneMany SlatesWindows
88 Purlwell Lane4
90 Purlwell LaneLocks: Door: Windows
92 Purlwell LaneCeilingWindows
94 Purlwell LaneWindows
96 Purlwell LaneWindows & Frame
98 Purlwell LaneWindows
100 Purlwell LaneWindows & Window [Citdies?]
102 Purlwell LaneMany SlatesLock: Windows
104 Purlwell LaneMany SlatesWindows
106 Purlwell LaneWindow
110 Purlwell LaneWindows
112 Purlwell LaneWindows
114 Purlwell LaneWindows
116 Purlwell LaneWindows
122 Purlwell LaneWindows
124 Purlwell LaneWindow
126 Purlwell LaneWindow
128 Purlwell LanePlasterWindow
130 Purlwell LaneWindow & Frame: Door
132 Purlwell LaneWindows
134 Purlwell LaneWindows
136 Purlwell LaneCeilingWindows
138 Purlwell LaneWindows
140 Purlwell LaneWindows
78 Croft House, Purlwell LaneWindows
Ivy Bank, Purlwell LaneWindows
Co-op Stores, Purlwell LaneSlatesWindow
Methodist Church, Purlwell LaneWindows
Data extracted from West Yorkshire Archive Services Ref KMT1/Box42/TB227 – This is only a portion of the information contained. I have not included owners, occupiers, rateable value etc.

For Part 1 – A to B see here.
For Part 2 – C to F see here.
For Part 3 – G to J see here.
For Part 4 – K to N see here.
For Part 6 – Q to T see here.

Footnotes:
1. In this section of the list the ‘Description’ column is largely blank. The implication is these are houses, not business premises.
2. This building was also on a separate form where the only column relating to damage was “Indiction of Extent of Damage to Contents”. Other buildings on this form suffered complete destruction, so the implication is this was the fate of No62 too. It seems to be a form reserved for those buildings which suffered serious damage.
3. These buildings were on a different form where the only column relating to damage was “Indiction of Extent of Damage to Contents”. It seems to be a form reserved for those buildings which suffered serious damage.
4. 88 Purlwell Lane is squeezed in the list between the row entries for numbers 88A and 90. However no damage details have been included so it is unclear if these have been omitted, or if the damage is the same as for either 88A or 90.

St Mary of the Angels, Batley: One-Place Study Update – 1 to 31 July 2022 Additions

This is the latest update of the pages relating to my Batley St Mary’s one-place study, the details of which I announced here.

July saw the addition of seven new posts, bringing the total number of posts to 164. Three others were updated.

The additions included five weekly newspaper pages for July 1916. I have accordingly updated the surname index to these During This Week newspaper pieces, so you can easily identify newspaper snippets relevant to your family.

I have written a new biography for a War Memorial man – that of Edward Barber.

More men who served and survived have been identified. I have updated that page accordingly. No new biographies for these men have been added this month. They will follow in due course. 

Finally for this month there is one new school log books. This is for the Boy’s Department in 1919.

Below is the full list of pages to date. I have annotated the *NEW* ones, plus the *UPDATED* pages, so you can easily pick these out. Click on the link and it will take you straight to the relevant page.


1. About my St Mary of the Angels Catholic Church War Memorial One-Place Study;

Batley Descriptions – Directories etc.
2. 1914: Borough of Batley – Town Information from the Annual Report of the Medical Officer of Health.

Biographies: Men Associated with St Mary’s Who Died but Who Are Not on the Memorial 
3. Reginald Roberts 
4. William Frederick Townsend

Biographies: The War Memorial Men
5. Edward Barber *NEW*
6. Herbert Booth
7. Edmund Battye
8. Dominick (aka George) Brannan
9. Michael Brannan
10. John Brooks
11. Lawrence Carney
12. Martin Carney
13. Thomas Curley
14. Peter Doherty
15. Thomas Donlan
16. Thomas Finneran
17. Michael Flynn
18. Thomas Foley D.C.M.
19. Thomas Gavaghan
20. Michael Groark (also known as Rourke)
21. James Griffin
22. Michael Horan
William McManus – See William Townsend below
23. Thomas McNamara
24. Patrick Naifsey
25. Austin Nolan
26. Robert Randerson
27. James Rush
28. Moses Stubley
29. William Townsend, also known as McManus
30. Richard Carroll Walsh

Biographies: Those who Served and Survived (this includes a list of those identified to date and who will later have dedicated biographical pages) *UPDATED*
31. Patrick Cassidy
32. James Delaney
33. Thomas Donlan (senior)
34. Michael Rush

Burials, Cemeteries, Headstones and MIs
35. Cemetery and Memorial Details
36. War Memorial Chronology of Deaths

During This Week
37. During This Week Newspaper Index *UPDATED*
38. 1914, 8 August – Batley News
39. 1914, 15 August – Batley News
40. 1914, 22 August – Batley News
41. 1914, 29 August – Batley News
42. 1914, 5 September – Batley News
43. 1914, 12 September – Batley News
44. 1914, 19 September – Batley News
45. 1914, 26 September – Batley News
46. 1914, 3 October – Batley News
47. 1914, 10 October – Batley News
48. 1914, 17 October – Batley News
49. 1914, 24 October – Batley News
50. 1914, 31 October – Batley News
51. 1914, 7 November – Batley News
52. 1914, 14 November – Batley News
53. 1914, 21 November – Batley News
54. 1914, 28 November – Batley News
55. 1914, 5 December – Batley News
56. 1914, 12 December – Batley News
57. 1914, 19 December – Batley News
58. 1914, 24 December – Batley News
59. 1915, 2 January – Batley News
60. 1915, 9 January – Batley News
61. 1915, 16 January – Batley News
62. 1915, 23 January – Batley News
63. 1915, 30 January – Batley News
64. 1915, 6 February – Batley News
65. 1915, 13 February – Batley News
66. 1915, 20 February – Batley News
67. 1915, 27 February – Batley News
68. 1915, 6 March – Batley News
69. 1915, 13 March – Batley News
70. 1915, 20 March – Batley News
71. 1915, 27 March – Batley News
72. 1915, 3 April – Batley News
73. 1915, 10 April – Batley News
74. 1915, 17 April – Batley News
75. 1915, 24 April – Batley News
76. 1915, 1 May – Batley News
77. 1915, 8 May – Batley News
78. 1915, 15 May – Batley News
79. 1915, 22 May – Batley News
80. 1915, 29 May – Batley News
81. 1915, 5 June – Batley News
82. 1915, 12 June – Batley News
83. 1915, 19 June – Batley News
84. 1915, 26 June – Batley News
85. 1915, 3 July – Batley News
86. 1915, 10 July – Batley News
87. 1915, 17 July – Batley News
88. 1915, 24 July – Batley News
89. 1915, 31 July – Batley News
90. 1915, 7 August – Batley News
91. 1915, 14 August – Batley News
92. 1915, 21 August – Batley News
93. 1915, 28 August – Batley News
94. 1915, 4 September – Batley News
95. 1915, 11 September – Batley News
96. 1915, 18 September – Batley News
97. 1915, 25 September – Batley News
98. 1915, 2 October – Batley News
99. 1915, 9 October – Batley News
100. 1915, 16 October – Batley News
101. 1915, 23 October – Batley News
102. 1915, 30 October – Batley News
103. 1915, 6 November – Batley News
104. 1915, 13 November – Batley News
105. 1915, 20 November – Batley News
106. 1915, 27 November – Batley News
107. 1915, 4 December – Batley News
108. 1915, 11 December – Batley News
109. 1915, 18 December – Batley News
110. 1915, 23 December – Batley News
111. 1916, 1 January – Batley News
112. 1916, 8 January – Batley News
113. 1916, 15 January – Batley News
114. 1916, 22 January – Batley News
115. 1916, 29 January – Batley News
116. 1916, 5 February – Batley News
117. 1916, 12 February – Batley News
118. 1916, 19 February – Batley News
119. 1916, 26 February – Batley News
120. 1916, 4 March – Batley News
121. 1916, 11 March – Batley News
122. 1916, 18 March – Batley News
123. 1916, 25 March – Batley News
124. 1916, 1 April – Batley News
125. 1916, 8 April – Batley News
126. 1916, 15 April – Batley News
127. 1916, 22 April – Batley News
128. 1916, 29 April – Batley News
129. 1916, 6 May – Batley News
130. 1916, 13 May – Batley News
131. 1916, 20 May – Batley News
132. 1916, 27 May – Batley News
133. 1916, 3 June – Batley News
134. 1916, 10 June – Batley News
135. 1916, 17 June – Batley News
136. 1916, 24 June – Batley News
137. 1916, 1 July – Batley News *NEW*
138. 1916, 8 July – Batley News *NEW*
139. 1916, 15 July – Batley News *NEW*
140. 1916, 22 July – Batley News *NEW*
141. 1916, 29 July – Batley News *NEW*

Miscellany of Information
142. The Controversial Role Played by St Mary’s Schoolchildren in the 1907 Batley Pageant
143. The Great War: A Brief Overview of What Led Britain into the War
144. Willie and Edward Barber – Poems
145. A St Mary’s School Sensation

Occupations and Employment Information
146. Occupations: Confidential Clerk
147. Occupations: Lamp Cleaner
148. Occupations: Limelight Operator
149. Occupations: Office Boy/Girl
150. Occupations: Piecer/Piecener
151. Occupations: Rag Grinder
152. Occupations: Willeyer

The Families
153. A Death in the Church

School Log Books
154. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1913
155. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1914
156. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1915
157. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1916
158. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1917
159. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1918
160. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1919 *NEW*

Population, Health, Mortality and Fertility
161. 1914: The Health of Batley School Children Generally, with a Particular Focus on St Mary’s School Children

World War Two
162. World War Two Chronology of Deaths
163. Michael Flatley
164. William Smith *UPDATED*

World War 2 Air Raid Damage in Batley: Part 4 – K to N

In my post Batley’s First Air Raid – The Night of 12/13 December 1940, I wrote about the areas of Batley hit.

Since then I have pinpointed many of the affected buildings, houses and addresses, including a general summary of the damage inflicted on each property.

This is the fourth post which covers these addresses and the damage details, so you can identify if your current home was part of this event in our local history; or if a home associated with your family history was affected. This post covers street names beginning with the letters K through to N.

North Bank Road, Batley – Photo by Jane Roberts

One note of caution, although many house numbers remain unchanged from that period, some may have undergone re-numbering in the intervening years. The numbers in the table below are as they were during the war, not as they are today. Other houses have long since gone.

Also, though hundreds of addresses are listed, I am aware from my earlier research that this is not the full record of houses affected – there are areas of Batley hit that night which are missing from the list.

Some final points to be aware of. I have detailed the information exactly as it was written, so the damage inventory columns are not consistent. For example ceiling damage sometimes comes under ‘contents’, at others under the ‘generally’ heading. 

It is also clear this is not the complete story of damage inflicted. I am aware some buildings did suffer substantially more than is listed for them in the space-limited columns – for example the gable end at a house on North Bank Road needing rebuilding as a result of the air raid, but the inventory gives no indication of the extent of the damage to this house.

And, to my mind, the list of contents ruined does appear suspiciously light. Again has space played a part? For example it is hard to believe that crockery and furniture in the majority of houses was undamaged given the structural damage listed. An exception to this features in this post – a house on North Bank Road has furniture and crockery breakages reported. However these contents were not listed in the space provided but were an add on insertion at the top of the page. It is therefore likely that individual household forms were completed initially and the information then collated and condensed on one form covering all addresses, meaning layers of detail being missed in this overall summary.

North Bank Road – Photo by Jane Roberts

Anyway, good luck with locating your home. Don’t forget to scroll across the table to get the full details – there are columns detailing the property description, address, and an indication of the extent of damage (i.e. roof, walls, floors, contents and general damage). And do check my website as I continue to add more posts listing affected houses.

Description1AddressRoofWallsFloorsContentsGenerally
2 Kent StreetWindows
4 Kent StreetWindows
6 Kent StreetWindows
8 Kent StreetWindows
10 Kent StreetCeilingWindows
12 Kent StreetCeilingWindows
14 Kent StreetMany SlatesDoorWindow
16 Kent StreetWindows
18 Kent StreetWindow
20 Kent StreetCeilingWindow
22 Kent StreetCeilingWindow
24 Kent StreetCeilingWindows
26 Kent StreetWindows
28 Kent StreetCeilingWindows
30 Kent StreetLetter Box Windows
32 Kent StreetCeilingWindows
34 Kent StreetWindows
36 Kent StreetWindows
2 Knowles RoadWindow
19 Knowles RoadWindow
33 Knowles RoadWindow
35 Knowles RoadWindow
Council SchoolMill LaneWindow
23 Mount AvenueWindow
25 Mount AvenueWindow
32 New StreetWindow
2 Norfolk StreetWindows
3 Norfolk StreetMany SlatesLockWindows
4 Norfolk StreetWindows
5 Norfolk StreetWindows
6 Norfolk StreetWindows
8 Norfolk StreetWindows
9 Norfolk StreetWindows
10 Norfolk StreetWindows
11 Norfolk StreetWindows
12 Norfolk StreetWindows
14 Norfolk StreetWindows
15 Norfolk StreetWindows
17 Norfolk StreetWindows
22 Norfolk StreetWindows
37 Norfolk StreetWindows
66 Norfolk StreetWindows
68 Norfolk StreetWindows
7 North Bank RoadWindows
23 North Bank RoadWindows
27 North Bank RoadWindows
29 North Bank RoadWindows
31 North Bank RoadWindows
33 North Bank RoadWindows
121 North Bank RoadLock: Windows
123 North Bank RoadWindows
125 North Bank RoadSlates (WC)LockWindows & Frame
127 North Bank RoadSlates (WC)Dinner Service, Tea Service, Dressing-TableWindows & Frames
129 North Bank RoadMany SlatesCeilings Windows & Frames
131 North Bank RoadMany SlatesCeilings: LocksWindows & Frames: Door
133 North Bank RoadWindows & Door
135 North Bank RoadWindows
137 North Bank RoadWindows
139 North Bank RoadNot Known2
141 North Bank RoadMany SlatesCeilingsWindows & Frames: Lock
143 North Bank RoadNot Known2
145 North Bank RoadNot Known2
147 North Bank RoadMany SlatesPlasterCeilingsFireplace: Door: Windows
149 North Bank RoadNot Known2
151 North Bank RoadCeilingsWindows & Frames: Door
153 North Bank RoadCeilingsWindows
155 North Bank RoadCeilingWindows & Frames
157 North Bank RoadPlasterCeilingsCellar Brickwork: Window Frame
159 North Bank RoadLocksWindows
161 North Bank RoadWindows
163 North Bank RoadWindows
165 North Bank RoadWindows & Frame
167 North Bank RoadWindows
169 North Bank RoadWindows
171 North Bank RoadWindows
173 North Bank RoadWindows
175 North Bank RoadFireplaceWindows & Frame
69 North StreetWindow
Data extracted from West Yorkshire Archive Services Ref KMT1/Box42/TB227 – This is only a portion of the information contained. I have not included owners, occupiers, rateable value etc.

For Part 1 – A to B see here.
For Part 2 – C to F see here.
For Part 3 – G to J see here.
For Part 5 – O to P see here.
For Part 6 – Q to T see here.


Footnotes:
1. In this section of the list the ‘Description’ column is largely blank. The implication is these are houses, not business premises.
2. These buildings were on a different form where the only column relating to damage was “Indiction of Extent of Damage to Contents”. Other buildings on this form suffered complete destruction. It seems to be a form reserved for those buildings which suffered serious damage.

World War 2 Air Raid Damage in Batley: Part 3 – G to J

In my post Batley’s First Air Raid – The Night of 12/13 December 1940, I wrote about the areas of Batley hit.

Since then I have pinpointed many of the affected buildings, houses and addresses, including a general summary of the damage inflicted on each property.

This is the third post with these details so you can identify if your home was part of this event in our local history; or if a home associated with your family history was affected. It covers street names starting with the letters G through to J.

One of the streets covered in this post

One note of caution, although many house numbers remain unchanged from that period, some may have undergone re-numbering in the intervening years. The numbers in the table below are as they were during the war, not as they are today. Other houses have long gone.

Also, though hundreds of addresses are listed, I am aware from my earlier research that this is not the complete inventory – there are areas of Batley hit that night which are missing from the list.

Some final points to be aware of. I have detailed the information exactly as it was written, so the damage inventory columns are not consistent. For example ceiling damage sometimes comes under ‘contents’, at others under the ‘generally’ heading. 

It is also clear this is not the complete story of damage inflicted. I am aware some buildings did suffer substantially more than is listed for them in the space-limited columns – for example gable ends needing rebuilding as a result of the air raid.

Some final points to be aware of. I have detailed the information exactly as it was written, so the damage inventory columns are not consistent. For example ceiling damage sometimes comes under ‘contents’, at others under the ‘generally’ heading. 

It is also clear this is not the complete story of damage inflicted. I am aware some buildings did suffer substantially more than is listed for them in the space-limited columns – for example gable ends needing rebuilding as a result of the air raid. 

And, to my mind, the list of contents ruined does appear suspiciously light. For example it is hard to believe that crockery and furniture in the majority of houses was undamaged given the structural damage listed. Again has space played a part? There are exceptions – in one detailed entry for an address in another post, although the contents were not listed in the space provided, they were an add-on insertion at the top of the page. It is hard to believe that contents in the majority of entries for other houses suffered no similar damage. I believe it is likely that individual household forms were completed initially and the information then collated and condensed on one form covering all addresses, meaning layers of detail being missed in this overall summary.

Anyway, good luck with locating your home. Don’t forget to scroll across the table to get the full details – there are columns detailing the property description, address, and an indication of the extent of damage (i.e. roof, walls, floors, contents and general damage). And do check my website as I continue to add more posts listing affected houses.

Description1AddressRoofWallsFloorsContentsGenerally
1 Garden StreetWindow
2 Garden StreetWindow
3 Garden StreetWindow
6 Garden StreetWindow
8 Garden StreetWindow
3 George StreetWindow
13 George StreetWindow
19 George StreetWindow
13 Gladwin StreetWindow
Gospel HallMuchPlasterCeilingsWindows
Grammar SchoolSewer: Boundary Wall, Windows
2 Great Wood StreetSlightCeilingsW.C Pot: Windows
4 Great Wood StreetSlightCeilingsWindows
6 Great Wood StreetSlightCeilingsWindows
8 Great Wood StreetSlightCeilingsPartition: Windows
8 Healey LaneSlightWindow
22 Healey Lane Window
39 Healey Lane Window
47 Healey Lane OrnamentWindow
49 Healey Lane Window
50A Healey LaneWindow
55 Healey Lane Window
61 Healey Lane Window
73 Healey Lane Window
75 Healey Lane Window
77 Healey Lane Window
79 Healey Lane Window
100 Healey Lane PlasterWindows
102 Healey Lane Windows
118A Healey Lane Window
120 Healey Lane Many Slates CeilingsWindows
122 Healey Lane Windows
126 Healey Lane Many Slates Windows
128 Healey Lane Many Slates
130 Healey Lane Chimney Flashing Window
132 Healey Lane Many Slates Window
134 Healey Lane Many Slates CeilingWindows
138 Healey Lane Many Slates CeilingsWindows
142 Healey Lane Window
144 Healey Lane Many Slates CeilingWindow
146 Healey Lane SlightWindow
148 Healey Lane SlightWindows
154 Healey Lane Windows
160 Healey Lane Many SlatesWardrobeWindow
199 Healey Lane Window
Fried Fish Shop219 Healey Lane Window
Braeside, 46 Healey Lane
HouseWestfield, Healey Lane Many SlatesWindows
Wood Lea, 42 Healey Lane Windows
Senior Boys’ SchoolHealey Lane Slates
2 Highcliffe RoadWindows & Frame
4 Highcliffe RoadWindows
12 Highcliffe RoadWindows
16 Highcliffe RoadCeilings
18 Highcliffe RoadCeilings
22 Highcliffe RoadWindows
26 Highcliffe RoadWindows
36 Highcliffe RoadCeilingWindows & Frame
38 Highcliffe RoadCeilingWindows
40 Highcliffe RoadCeilingWindows
1 Holyoak AvenueMany Slates
2 Holyoak AvenueMany SlatesCeilingsSteps Windows
3 Holyoak AvenueMany SlatesCeilingsWindows
4 Holyoak AvenueMany SlatesWindows
5 Holyoak AvenueMany SlatesCeilingsWindows & Eaves Gutters
6 Holyoak AvenueMany SlatesWindows
7 Holyoak AvenueMany SlatesWindows
8 Holyoak AvenueMany SlatesWindows
9 Holyoak AvenueMany SlatesCeilingsEaves Gutter & Windows
10 Holyoak AvenueMany SlatesWindows
11 Holyoak AvenueMany SlatesCeilingsDoor & Windows
12 Holyoak AvenueMany SlatesWindows
13 Holyoak AvenueMany SlatesCeilingsDoor, Eaves & Windows
14 Holyoak AvenueMany SlatesWindows
15 Holyoak AvenueMany SlatesCeilingsDoor & Windows
16 Holyoak AvenueMany SlatesWindows
10 Jacob StreetWindow
12 Jacob StreetWindow
Data extracted from West Yorkshire Archive Services Ref KMT1/Box42/TB227 – This is only a portion of the information contained. I have not included owners, occupiers, rateable value etc. 

For Part 1 – A to B see here.
For Part 2 – C to F see here.
For Part 4 – K to N see here.
For Part 5 – O to P see here.
For Part 6 – Q to T see here.


Footnotes:
1. In this section of the list the ‘Description’ column is largely blank. The implication is these are houses, not business premises.

World War 2 Air Raid Damage in Batley: Part 2 – C to F

In my post Batley’s First Air Raid – The Night of 12/13 December 1940, I wrote about the areas of Batley hit.

Since then I have pinpointed many of the affected buildings, houses and addresses, including a general summary of the damage inflicted on each property.

This is the second post with these details so you can identify if your home was part of this event in our local history; or if a home associated with your family history was affected. It covers street names from C to F.

One note of caution, although many house numbers remain unchanged from that period, some may have undergone re-numbering in the intervening years (e.g. potentially Deighton Lane, looking at the current numbering/house names and cross-matching to the house names/numbers on the air raid damage list, and also looking at OS maps for the period).1 The numbers here are as they were during the war, not as they are today. Other houses have long gone.

Also, though hundreds of addresses are listed, I am aware from my earlier research that this is not the complete inventory – there are areas of Batley hit that night which are missing from the list.

Some final points to be aware of. I have detailed the information exactly as it was written, so the damage inventory columns are not consistent. For example ceiling damage sometimes comes under ‘contents’, at others under the ‘generally’ heading.

It is also clear this is not the complete story of damage inflicted. I am aware some buildings did suffer substantially more than is listed for them in the space-limited columns – for example gable ends needing rebuilding as a result of the air raid.

And, to my mind, the list of contents ruined does appear suspiciously light. For example it is hard to believe that crockery and furniture in the majority of houses was undamaged given the structural damage listed. Again has space played a part? There are exceptions – in one detailed entry for an address in another post, although the contents were not listed in the space provided, they were an add-on insertion at the top of the page. It is hard to believe that contents in the majority of entries for other houses suffered no similar damage. I believe it is likely that individual household forms were completed initially and the information then collated and condensed on one form covering all addresses, meaning layers of detail being missed in this overall summary.

Anyway, good luck with locating your home. Don’t forget to scroll across the table to get the full details – there are columns detailing the property description, address, and an indication of the extent of damage (i.e. roof, walls, floors, contents and general damage). And do check my website as I continue to add more posts listing affected houses.

DescriptionAddressRoofWallsFloorsContentsGenerally
Caledonia Road, J E Etherington LtdNot known2
HouseOak Cottage, Caledonia RoadMany slates
Public BathsCambridge StreetMany slates
House22 Carlinghow LaneWindow
House8 Cedar GroveWindow
House35 Chaster StreetWindow
House41 Chaster StreetWindow
House45 Chaster StreetWindow
House98 Chaster StreetWindows
House100 Chaster StreetWindows
House102 Chaster StreetWindows
House104 Chaster StreetWindows
House106 Chaster StreetWindow
House108 Chaster StreetWindows
House110 Chaster StreetWindows
House14 Clarence StreetMany slatesCeiling
House27 Cobden StreetWindow
House2 Colbeck Avenue3 slates offWindows
House3 Colbeck Avenue3 slates offWindow
House4 Colbeck Avenue12 slates offPlasterWiringWindow
House5 Colbeck Avenue2 slates offWindow
House6 Colbeck Avenue3 slates offCeilings & Windows
House7 Colbeck AvenueWindows
House9 Colbeck Avenue1 Ceiling & Windows
House11 Colbeck AvenueSlightChimney pot & Windows
House12 Colbeck AvenueWindows
House1 Colbeck TerraceSlight1 Ceiling & Windows
House 2 Colbeck TerraceWindows
House3 Colbeck TerraceSlight
House4 Colbeck TerraceLight BowlWindows
House5 Colbeck TerraceSlightWindows
House6 Colbeck TerraceWindows
House7 Colbeck TerraceSlightWindows
House8 Colbeck TerraceWindows
House9 Colbeck TerraceSlightDoor LockWindows
House10 Colbeck TerraceWindows
House11 Colbeck TerraceSlight
House12 Colbeck TerraceWindows
Shop25 Commercial StreetWindow
Electricity ShowroomsCommercial Street60?
House94 CommonsideWindow
House33 Crescent StreetWindow
House8 Cross Bank RoadWindow
House62 Cross Bank RoadWindow
House45 Cross Park StreetMany slatesBurntCeilingWindow
House18 Dark LaneWindow
House20 Dark LaneWindow
House22 Dark LaneWindow
House25 Dark LaneWindows
House45 Dark Lane CeilingsWindows
House55 Dark Lane Windows
House2 Deighton LaneSlightWindows
House4 Deighton LaneCeiling
House6 Deighton LaneCeiling & Window
House8 Deighton LaneCeiling & Windows
House10 Deighton LaneDoor LockWindows
House12 Deighton LaneWindow
House14 Deighton LaneWindow
House16 Deighton House, Deighton LaneSlightCeiling
House18 Deighton LaneWindow
House25 Deighton LaneMany slates1 Ceiling
House28 Deighton LaneSlightHouse & Greenhouse Windows
House29 Deighton LaneMany SlatesWindows
House31 Deighton LaneMany SlatesWindows
House36 Deighton LaneMany SlatesWindow
House38 Deighton LaneMany SlatesWindow
House42 Deighton LaneMany SlatesCeiling
House44 Deighton LaneMany SlatesCeilings & Windows
House45 Deighton LaneMany SlatesWindows
House46 Deighton LaneWindows & Garage
House47 Deighton LaneMany TilesWindows
House51 Holmleigh, Deighton LaneWindow & Garage Roof
House49 Deighton LaneMany Tiles
House53 Deighton LaneWindow
House55 Deighton LaneMany SlatesWindow, Greenhouse & Garage
House57 Deighton LaneMany SlatesHouse & Greenhouse Windows
House56 Fairholme, Deighton LaneMany SlatesWindows
House58 Deighton LaneMany SlatesWindows
House59 Deighton LaneCurtainsWindows & Window Frame
House60 Deighton LaneMany SlatesWindows & Eaves Gutter
House61 Deighton LaneWindow
House63 Deighton LaneWindow
House2 Denison StreetMuch Damage – Tenant Away – Entry Impossible Windows
House4 Denison StreetPlasterCeilingsLock: Windows & Frame
House6 Denison StreetPlasterCellar Wall: Windows
House8 Denison StreetMany SlatesPlasterCeilingWindows & Frames: Locks
House10 Denison StreetMany SlatesPlasterCeilingsWindows & Frames: Lock
House12 Denison StreetWindows
House14 Denison StreetMany SlatesCeilingWindows: Lock
House16 Denison StreetLock: Windows
House18 Denison StreetMany SlatesPlasterCeilingsWindows & Frames: Lock
House20 Denison StreetPlasterCeilingWindows & Frames: Lock
House22 Denison StreetPlasterCeilingsWindows & Frames
House24 Denison StreetMany SlatesPlasterWindows & Frames: Lock
House29 Denison StreetSlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House31 Denison StreetSlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House33 Denison StreetSlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House35 Denison StreetSlates: PurlinsPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House37 Denison StreetSlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House39 Denison StreetSlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House40 Denison StreetFlashingCeilings: CurtainsWindows & Frames: Doors
House41 Denison StreetPlasterCeilingsWindows
House42 Denison StreetFlashingCeilingsLocks: Fireplace: Windows
House43 Denison StreetCeilingsWindows
House44 Denison StreetMany Slates etcPlasterCeilingsDoors: Windows
House45 Denison StreetCeilingsWindows & Frames: Lock
House46 Denison StreetMany Slates etcCeilingPlinth: Windows & Frame. Doors
House47 Denison StreetCeilingsWindows
House48 Denison StreetCeilingFireplace: Locks: Windows
House49 Denison StreetMany SlatesPlasterCeilingsLock: Windows
House50 Denison StreetCeilingsWindows
House51 Denison StreetCeilingsWindows & Frame
House52 Denison StreetCeilingLock & Windows
House53 Denison StreetCeilingsPassage Wall: Windows
House54 Denison StreetMany SlatesCeilingLocks & Windows
House55 Denison StreetMany SlatesCeilingsWindows
House56 Denison StreetCeilingsLocks & Windows
House57 Denison StreetCeilingsDoor: Windows & Frames
House58 Denison StreetWindows
House59 Denison StreetPlasterPassage Wall: Windows
House60 Denison StreetWindow
House61 Denison StreetCeilingLock: Windows
House62 Denison StreetMany SlatesLocks & Window
House63 Denison StreetCeilingsWindows
House64 Denison StreetDoor & Windows
House65 Denison StreetMany SlatesPlasterWindows
House66 Denison StreetCeilingWindows
House67 Denison StreetPlasterCeilingWindows
House69 Denison StreetPlasterCeilingsLocks & Windows
House71 Denison StreetWindows
House73 Denison StreetMany SlatesCeilingWindows
House75 Denison StreetMany SlatesCeilingWindow
House77 Denison StreetMany SlatesWindow
House79 Denison StreetWindow
House & Shop81 Denison StreetShop & House Windows
31 Field LaneWindow
Garage (Paint Shop)Field LaneSlates
Council SchoolField Lane Window
Data extracted from West Yorkshire Archive Services Ref KMT1/Box42/TB227This is only a portion of the information contained. I have not included owners, occupiers, rateable value etc.

For Part 1 – A to B see here.
For Part 3 – G to J see here.
For Part 4 – K to N see here.
For Part 5 – O to P see here.
For Part 6 – Q to T see here.


Footnotes:
1. In these cases more detailed house history research is required.
2. This building was on a different form where the only column relating to damage was “Indiction of Extent of Damage to Contents”. Other buildings on this form suffered complete destruction. It seems to be a form reserved for those buildings which suffered serious damage. In an earlier post about Batley’s First Air Raid it is noted that a two-storey Rag Warehouse off Bridge Street belonging to J. E. Etherington Ltd had a stock of wool destroyed. Bridge Street backs onto Caledonia Road, so the entry on this form may refer to that building.

World War 2 Air Raid Damage in Batley: Part 1 – A to B

In my post Batley’s First Air Raid – The Night of 12/13 December 1940, I wrote about the areas of Batley hit. Since then I have been able to pinpoint many of the affected buildings, houses and addresses. This includes a general summary of the damage inflicted on each specific property.

This is the first post in which I provide details of the addresses and damage so you can identify if your home was part of this event in our local history; or if a home associated with your family history was affected.

View of Batley towards St Andrew’s Church – one of the bomb-damaged areas – Photo by Jane Roberts

One note of caution, although many house numbers remain unchanged from that period, some may have undergone re-numbering in the intervening years. The numbers here are as they were during the war, not as they are today. Other houses have long gone.

Also, though hundreds of addresses are listed, I am aware from my earlier research that this is not the complete inventory – there are areas of Batley hit that night which are missing.

Some final points to be aware of. I have detailed the information exactly as it was written, so the damage inventory columns are not consistent. For example ceiling damage sometimes comes under ‘contents’, at others under the ‘generally’ heading. 

It is also clear this is not the complete story of damage inflicted. I am aware some buildings did suffer substantially more than is listed for them in the space-limited columns – for example gable ends needing rebuilding as a result of the air raid. 

And, to my mind, the list of contents ruined does appear suspiciously light. For example it is hard to believe that crockery and furniture in the majority of houses was undamaged given the structural damage listed. Again has space played a part? There are exceptions – in one detailed entry for an address in another post, although the contents were not listed in the space provided, they were an add-on insertion at the top of the page. It is hard to believe that contents in the majority of entries for other houses suffered no similar damage. I believe it is likely that individual household forms were completed initially and the information then collated and condensed on one form covering all addresses, meaning layers of detail being missed in this overall summary.

Anyway, good luck with locating your home. Don’t forget to scroll across the table to get the full details – there are columns detailing the property description, address, and an indication of the extent of damage (i.e. roof, walls, floors, contents and general damage). And do keep coming back to my website to check as I continue to add more posts listing affected houses.

DescriptionAddressRoofWallsFloorsContentsGenerally
House57 Albion StreetWindow
House58 Albion StreetWindow
House62 Albion StreetWindow
Sunday SchoolSt Andrew’s SchoolExtensiveWindows
ChurchSt Andrew’s Church Extensive Windows
House32 Back Brearley StreetWindow
House20 Back Coalpit StreetWindow
House22 Back Coalpit StreetRoof1Window
House24 Back Coalpit StreetRoof1Windows
House26 Back Coalpit StreetRoof1Windows
House28 Back Coalpit StreetRoof1Windows
House30 Back Coalpit StreetRoof1Windows
House32 Back Coalpit SteetRoof1Windows
House34 Back Coalpit StreetRoof1Windows
House26 Back Crescent StreetWindow
House30 Back Crescent StreetWindow
House34 Back Crescent StreetWindow
House2 Yd 2 Back Taylor StreetWindows
House5 Yd 2 Back Taylor StreetWindows
House1 Bank StreetCeilingsLock: Windows & frame
House2 Bank Street SlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House4 Bank Street SlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House6 Bank Street SlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House8 Bank Street SlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House10 Bank Street SlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House12 Bank Street SlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House1 Beaumont StWindows
House3 Beaumont StWindows
House4 Beaumont StWindows
House5 Beaumont StCeilingWindows
House6 Beaumont StMany Slates
House7 Beaumont StWindow
House8 Beaumont StWindows
House9 Beaumont StCeilingWindows
House10 Beaumont StWindows
House12 Beaumont StLock
House14 Beaumont StWindows
House16 Beaumont StPlasterCeilingWindows
House17 Beaumont StWindows
House18 Beaumont StChimney PotWindows
House19 Beaumont StMany SlatesCeilingWindows
House20 Beaumont StWindows
House21 Beaumont St[Ro?] Chimney PotDoor: Windows
House22 Beaumont StWindows
House23 Beaumont StWindows
House24 Beaumont StCeilingWindows
House25 Beaumont StCeilingsWindows
House26 Beaumont StWindows
House27 Beaumont StLock: Windows
House28 Beaumont StCeiling
House29 Beaumont StWindow
House31 Beaumont StLockWindows
House32 Beaumont StWindows
House33 Beaumont StLocksWindows
House34/38 Beaumont StWindows & Frame
House35 Beaumont StWindows
House 36 Beaumont StWindows
House37 Beaumont StMany SlatesWindows
House 39 Beaumont StWindows
House 40 Beaumont StWindow Frames
House41 Beaumont StCeilingsWindows
House & Shop42 Beaumont StShop & House Windows
House 43 Beaumont StWindows
House44 Beaumont StCeilingsWindows & Frames
House45 Beaumont StCeilingsLocks: fireplace: Windows
House46 Beaumont StCeilingWindows & Frame
House47 Beaumont StCeilings, door, lead piping Fireplace: Windows & frame
House48 Beaumont StCeilingWindows
House49 Beaumont StCeilingsFireplace: locks: fall-pipe, windows
House50 Beaumont StWindows
House51 Beaumont StCeilings Windows & frame: fall-pipe. Door
House52 Beaumont StWindows
House53 Beaumont StCeilingWindows
House54 Beaumont StCeilingsWindows
House56 Beaumont StCeilingWindows
House58 Beaumont StPlasterCeiling Locks: Windows
House60 Beaumont StCeilingLock: Windows
House62 Beaumont StCeilingsWindows & frame. Door.
House64 Beaumont StCeilingLock: Windows
House66 Beaumont StCeilingWindows
House68 Beaumont StWindows & frames
House70 Beaumont StCeilingWindows & Frame
House72 Beaumont StCeilingsWindows
House74 Beaumont StMany SlatesCeilingWindows
House76 Beaumont StChimney PotsCeilingDoor & windows
House78 Beaumont StMuch Damage – Tenant away – entry impossibleWindows
House80 Beaumont StWindows
House82 Beaumont StCeilingWindows
House1 Belvedere Road Tenant away – entry impossible – slight damageWindows
House3 Belvedere Road Windows & frame
House4 Belvedere Road Windows
House8 Belvedere Road Windows
House10 Belvedere Road Windows
House14 Belvedere Road CeilingWindows
House15 Belvedere Road Windows
House16 Belvedere Road Wash-basinWindows
House18 Belvedere Road Window
House20 Belvedere Road Window
House22 Belvedere Road Door-lock
House40 Belvedere Road Window
House42 Belvedere Road Window
House20 Blakeridge LaneWindow
House35 Bonaccord Square, P’well LanePlasterCeilingWindow
House35A Bonaccord Square, P’well LaneCeiling
House1 Bonaccord Terrace Great Wood StMany SlatesWindows & frame: Lock
House3 Bonaccord Terrace Great Wood StMany SlatesDrains: Lock: Windows
House5 Bonaccord Terrace Great Wood StLock: Windows & Frame
House7 Bonaccord Terrace Great Wood StWindows & frames: Lock
HouseBoys’ Grammar School House2
ShopBradford RoadWindow
ClubBritish Legion Club, Bradford RoadWindows
House[Bradford Road?]2
Shop52 Bradford RoadWindow
Shop56 Bradford RoadWindow
Shop60 Bradford RoadWindow
House & Shop187 Bradford RoadWindows
House & Shop191 Bradford RoadWindow
Shop215 Bradford RoadWindows
WorkshopBradford RoadWindows
ShopBradford RoadWindows
National Prov BankBradford RoadSlates, joists & flashing
LaundryBradford RoadWindows
LaundryBradford RoadWindows
WarehousePerseverance Mills, Bradford RoadTop storey gutted
MillAnchor MillsExtensive Several Bales of ragsWindows
House4 Brearley PlaceCeilingWindows & frames
House6 Brearley PlaceWindows & frames
House8 Brearley PlaceWindows & frames
House10 Brearley PlaceCeiling & lockWindow frame & windows
House12 Brearley PlaceMany SlatesWindow frame & windows
House14 Brearley PlaceCeiling Window frame & windows
House16 Brearley PlaceCeilingWindows
House18 Brearley PlaceCeilingWindows
House20 Brearley PlaceCeilingsWindows
House22 Brearley PlaceCeilingsWindows & frame
House24 Brearley PlaceCeilings Windows & frame
House26 Brearley PlaceCeilingsDoor: lock: Windows
House28 Brearley PlaceCeilingsWindows & frame
House30 Brearley PlaceCeilingsWindows & frame
House32 Brearley PlaceCeilingsWindows & frame
House34 Brearley PlaceCeilingsWindows & frame
House 36 Brearley PlaceCeilingsWindows & frame
House2 Yd 1 Brearley StreetWindow
House3 Yd 1 Brearley StWindows
House4 Yd 1 Brearley StWindows
House5 Yd 1 Brearley StWindows
House5 Brearley StreetWindow
House13 Brearley StreetWindow
House23 Brearley StreetWindows
House33 Brearley StreetWindow
Sunday School }Methodist }ChapelWindows
Chapel}Brownhill
House4 Brownhill Terrace, Warwick Road Window
House5 Brownhill Terrace, Warwick Road Window & lock
House7 Brownhill Terrace, Warwick Road Ceiling Window
House62 Brownhill Terrace, Warwick Road Window
House64 Brownhill Terrace, Warwick Road Window
House76 Brownhill Terrace, Warwick Road PlasterCeilingsWindows
House1 Brown’s PlaceWindow
House12 Brown’s PlaceWindow
32 Brown’s Place3Windows
House17 Brown’s Terrace, Purlwell Lane Window
House23 Brown’s Terrace, Purlwell Lane Windows
House25 Brown’s Terrace, Purlwell Lane Windows
House27 Brown’s Terrace, Purlwell Lane Windows
House29 Brown’s Terrace, Purlwell Lane Windows
House31 Brown’s Terrace, Purlwell Lane Windows
Data extracted from West Yorkshire Archive Service Ref KMT1/Box42/TB227

For Part 2 – C to F click here.
For Part 3 – G to J see here.
For Part 4 – K to N see here.
For Part 5 – O to P see here.
For Part 6 – Q to T see here.


Footnotes:
1. Roofs to wash-houses damaged – slates.
2. No damage listed.
3. Cross matching with 1939 Register I suspect this should be Brown Street.

St Mary of the Angels, Batley: One-Place Study Update – 1 to 30 June 2022 Additions

This is the latest update of the pages relating to my Batley St Mary’s one-place study, the details of which I announced here.

June saw the addition of eight new posts, meaning the site has passed the 150 mark. In fact, this month’s additions brings the total number of posts to 157. Two others were updated.

The additions included four weekly newspaper pages for June 1916. I have accordingly updated the surname index to these During This Week newspaper pieces, so you can easily identify newspaper snippets relevant to your family.

I have written a new biography for a War Memorial man – that of Richard Carroll Walsh.

More men who served and survived have been identified. I have updated that page accordingly. No new biographies for these men have been added this month. They will follow in due course.

There is also a new occupational post. This describes the job of a lamp cleaner. It is perhaps an overlooked coal mining occupation, but turned out to have a fascinating history, critical to improving mine safety.

Finally for this month there are two new school log books. These are for the Boy’s Department in 1917 and 1918. The latter is particularly relevant to today’s Covid-hit world, covering the first and second waves of the Spanish Flu pandemic. School closures are commonplace in 1918 as Batley succumbed to the virus.

Below is the full list of pages to date. I have annotated the *NEW* ones, plus the *UPDATED* pages, so you can easily pick these out. Click on the link and it will take you straight to the relevant page.


1. About my St Mary of the Angels Catholic Church War Memorial One-Place Study;

Batley Descriptions – Directories etc.
2. 1914: Borough of Batley – Town Information from the Annual Report of the Medical Officer of Health.

Biographies: Men Associated with St Mary’s Who Died but Who Are Not on the Memorial 
3. Reginald Roberts 
4. William Frederick Townsend

Biographies: The War Memorial Men
5. Herbert Booth
6. Edmund Battye
7. Dominick (aka George) Brannan
8. Michael Brannan
9. John Brooks
10. Lawrence Carney
11. Martin Carney
12. Thomas Curley
13. Peter Doherty
14. Thomas Donlan
15. Thomas Finneran
16. Michael Flynn
17. Thomas Foley D.C.M.
18. Thomas Gavaghan
19. Michael Groark (also known as Rourke)
20. James Griffin
21. Michael Horan
William McManus – See William Townsend below
22. Thomas McNamara
23. Patrick Naifsey
24. Austin Nolan
25. Robert Randerson
26. James Rush
27. Moses Stubley
28. William Townsend, also known as McManus
29. Richard Carroll Walsh *NEW*

Biographies: Those who Served and Survived (this includes a list of those identified to date and who will later have dedicated biographical pages) *UPDATED*
30. Patrick Cassidy
31. James Delaney
32. Thomas Donlan (senior)
33. Michael Rush

Burials, Cemeteries, Headstones and MIs
34. Cemetery and Memorial Details
35. War Memorial Chronology of Deaths

During This Week
36. During This Week Newspaper Index *UPDATED*
37. 1914, 8 August – Batley News
38. 1914, 15 August – Batley News
39. 1914, 22 August – Batley News
40. 1914, 29 August – Batley News
41. 1914, 5 September – Batley News
42. 1914, 12 September – Batley News
43. 1914, 19 September – Batley News
44. 1914, 26 September – Batley News
45. 1914, 3 October – Batley News
46. 1914, 10 October – Batley News
47. 1914, 17 October – Batley News
48. 1914, 24 October – Batley News
49. 1914, 31 October – Batley News
50. 1914, 7 November – Batley News
51. 1914, 14 November – Batley News
52. 1914, 21 November – Batley News
53. 1914, 28 November – Batley News
54. 1914, 5 December – Batley News
55. 1914, 12 December – Batley News
56. 1914, 19 December – Batley News
57. 1914, 24 December – Batley News
58. 1915, 2 January – Batley News
59. 1915, 9 January – Batley News
60. 1915, 16 January – Batley News
61. 1915, 23 January – Batley News
62. 1915, 30 January – Batley News
63. 1915, 6 February – Batley News
64. 1915, 13 February – Batley News
65. 1915, 20 February – Batley News
66. 1915, 27 February – Batley News
67. 1915, 6 March – Batley News
68. 1915, 13 March – Batley News
69. 1915, 20 March – Batley News
70. 1915, 27 March – Batley News
71. 1915, 3 April – Batley News
72. 1915, 10 April – Batley News
73. 1915, 17 April – Batley News
74. 1915, 24 April – Batley News
75. 1915, 1 May – Batley News
76. 1915, 8 May – Batley News
77. 1915, 15 May – Batley News
78. 1915, 22 May – Batley News
79. 1915, 29 May – Batley News
80. 1915, 5 June – Batley News
81. 1915, 12 June – Batley News
82. 1915, 19 June – Batley News
83. 1915, 26 June – Batley News
84. 1915, 3 July – Batley News
85. 1915, 10 July – Batley News
86. 1915, 17 July – Batley News
87. 1915, 24 July – Batley News
88. 1915, 31 July – Batley News
89. 1915, 7 August – Batley News
90. 1915, 14 August – Batley News
91. 1915, 21 August – Batley News
92. 1915, 28 August – Batley News
93. 1915, 4 September – Batley News
94. 1915, 11 September – Batley News
95. 1915, 18 September – Batley News
96. 1915, 25 September – Batley News
97. 1915, 2 October – Batley News
98. 1915, 9 October – Batley News
99. 1915, 16 October – Batley News
100. 1915, 23 October – Batley News
101. 1915, 30 October – Batley News
102. 1915, 6 November – Batley News
103. 1915, 13 November – Batley News
104. 1915, 20 November – Batley News
105. 1915, 27 November – Batley News
106. 1915, 4 December – Batley News
107. 1915, 11 December – Batley News
108. 1915, 18 December – Batley News
109. 1915, 23 December – Batley News
110. 1916, 1 January – Batley News
111. 1916, 8 January – Batley News
112. 1916, 15 January – Batley News
113. 1916, 22 January – Batley News
114. 1916, 29 January – Batley News
115. 1916, 5 February – Batley News
116. 1916, 12 February – Batley News
117. 1916, 19 February – Batley News
118. 1916, 26 February – Batley News
119. 1916, 4 March – Batley News
120. 1916, 11 March – Batley News
121. 1916, 18 March – Batley News
122. 1916, 25 March – Batley News
123. 1916, 1 April – Batley News
124. 1916, 8 April – Batley News
125. 1916, 15 April – Batley News
126. 1916, 22 April – Batley News
127. 1916, 29 April – Batley News
128. 1916, 6 May – Batley News
129. 1916, 13 May – Batley News
130. 1916, 20 May – Batley News
131. 1916, 27 May – Batley News
132. 1916, 3 June – Batley News *NEW*
133. 1916, 10 June – Batley News *NEW*
134. 1916, 17 June – Batley News *NEW*
135. 1916, 24 June – Batley News *NEW*

Miscellany of Information
136. The Controversial Role Played by St Mary’s Schoolchildren in the 1907 Batley Pageant
137. The Great War: A Brief Overview of What Led Britain into the War
138. Willie and Edward Barber – Poems
139. A St Mary’s School Sensation

Occupations and Employment Information
140. Occupations: Confidential Clerk
141. Occupations: Lamp Cleaner *NEW*
142. Occupations: Limelight Operator
143. Occupations: Office Boy/Girl
144. Occupations: Piecer/Piecener
145. Occupations: Rag Grinder
146. Occupations: Willeyer

The Families
147. A Death in the Church

School Log Books
148. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1913
149. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1914
150. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1915
151. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1916
152. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1917 *NEW*
153. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1918 *NEW*

Population, Health, Mortality and Fertility
154. 1914: The Health of Batley School Children Generally, with a Particular Focus on St Mary’s School Children

World War Two
155. World War Two Chronology of Deaths
156. Michael Flatley
157. William Smith

Batley’s First Air Raid – The Night of 12/13 December 1940

I’ve written previously about the night of 12 December 1940, the night the Luftwaffe bombed Batley and Dewsbury. I’ve now unearthed more information about that winter evening’s terrifying events in Batley. This includes the specific areas hit, and the damage caused, during what Chief Warden Major James P. Critchley dubbed as Batley’s first air raid. So, if you want to find out if the area in which your ancestors lived, or where you now live, was affected, this may help.

This new account is based on information received from reports on the night, which Chief Warden Critchley subsequently documented. These reports give some idea of the frantic activity across Batley as explosives from German bombers rained down, and as information was transmitted in real time between Air Raid Wardens at their various Posts, the police, military and other official Civil Defence bodies.

Crucially, because of wartime reporting restrictions, these details were not in any of the newspaper accounts at the time. This incudes precise timings which, in these “as it happened” reports, are given using the 24-hour clock.

During the Second World War, Air Raid Wardens received colour-coded air raid warnings. In Batley at 18.26 on 12 December the local wardens, as documented by Critchley, received a “Purple” message. This was a lights warning. It meant, in addition to normal blackout restrictions, even exempted lighting for vital transport and production had to be extinguished as enemy aircraft were expected to pass over the district.

With air raid sirens wailing across the area, at 20.13 a “Red” warning was received, signalling an imminent air raid. Wardens were to dash out in their respective sectors blowing short blasts on their whistles.

The air raid was already well underway when the Wardens received this “Red” warning. According to the reports, at 20.00 hours Incendiary Bombs fell on Bath Street, though the report stated they caused little damage. This information was passed on to the police, as was customary with all the incidents which followed.

At 20.03 Air Raid Warden Wood reported a fire at the bottom of Well Lane.

At 20.05 Air Raid Warden Talbot reported Incendiary Bombs near St Thomas’ Church, though thankfully no damage.

St Thomas’ Church, Batley – Postcard

At 20.25 the Ambulance Depot reported a suspected Unexploded Bomb at the junction of Well Lane and Bradford Road. This information was passed on to the police, who reported back at 20.41 that they could not find any trace of the device.

Also at 20.25 Post A2 reported that walls had been broken down near the Boys’ Grammar School, with stones on the causeway. A policeman was despatched to check it out.

Batley Boys Grammar School – origin unknown

At 20.40 a report from Post 18 came in. A High Explosive bomb at Mount Pleasant resulted in an estimated six casualties, with further information to follow. Within four minutes this incident was passed on to the police to investigate. Note this incident was likely to be the one on Purlwell Hall Road which resulted in a fatality – more of that in my previous post about the events that night.

At 21.00 Post 17 reported a whistling High Explosive in the middle of the fields at Parkers Houses – this was the Carters Fields area. The house end and all windows and doors were in – presumably this meant blown in. Almost instantly this was passed on to the police.

At 20.55 Warden Crowther at Post 6 reported he heard a bomb coming down whistling, ¾ of a minute ago. However, no explosion or detonation followed, so this was presumed to be another Unexploded Bomb. By 21.01 this too was passed to the police to follow up.

At 21.04 Post 28 reported a probable Delayed Action Bomb at Batley Soothill, Soothill Railway Bridge and Soothill Lane. There was a small crater. This was passed to the police within a minute. More reports of this particular incident then flooded in.

At 21.17 Major Whitworth, Royal Army Service Corps, reported a Delayed Action Bomb at Soothill Bridge.

This was followed by Post 28 giving an update at 21.21 on the Soothill situation. There was an Unexploded Bomb at the rail bridge on Soothill Lane. It had dropped in the buttress between the London & North Eastern Railway and the London, Midland and Scottish Railway yards, and caused a crater of about 12” in diameter. Houses were evacuated, traffic was stopped both ways, and investigations were underway for more bombs.

By 21.37 Special Constable Pickles reported five Unexploded Bombs at Soothill Bridge. This took slightly longer to pass formally from the Report Centre to the police, around nine minutes. Perhaps the scale of information now pouring in was becoming overwhelming.

A verbal message followed from Major Matthews. The bomb had now been removed from Soothill Bridge and taken into a field behind Grange Road.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Batley, at 21.00 the Officer in charge at the Report Centre received information that a bomb was heard to drop, but had not exploded, at an unknown locality near Post 2L. This was passed to the police to check out at 21.10. At the same time the police were asked to investigate the swishing noise near Grosvenor Road heard at 21.07 by Warden C. P. Talbot at Post A2.

At 21.18 Section Leader Turner reported an Unexploded Bomb in the Healey area of Batley at Holyoake Avenue, West Park Road. Yet another incident for the beleaguered police.

At 21.25 Post 10 reported five High Explosive bombs, with four houses badly damaged. No location was given. Five minutes later Air Raid Warden Fox gave the location as North Bank Fields, and one bomb was suspected to have exploded. All houses were evacuated until the position was certain.

Also at 21.25 Warden Duckworth at Post 19 reported an Unexploded Bomb, type unknown, in the sewage beds. This went to the police at 21.44 with a request for the exact location so a decision could be made about evacuating the First Aid Post. There’s a joke in there somewhere but I’ll refrain from making it!

The police were also passing their findings back. At 21.20 a Police Officer reported something had gone through the roof of G. H. Hirst Ltd’s Alexandra Mills. By 21.35 Special Constables were sent to attend, and five minutes later reported an Unexploded Bomb in the building.

At 21.30 Lieutenant Spanton reported the discovery of a yard-long time bomb, with a diameter of one foot in a yard at the back of Hanover Street. It was now under a military guard and they were telling people to evacuate. By 21.50 Major Matthews identified it as an Oil Bomb. The Royal Engineers, based in York, were coming over to deal with it. This order was cancelled by 21.58 following a re-evaluation – it was an empty canister from a flare. These parachute flares were dropped in advance of a raid to mark out bombing targets.

Meanwhile, now back in Healey, at 21.35 Air Raid Warden Fox from Post 10 was reporting a High Explosive bomb between Trafalgar Street and Throstle Nest Mill, with a crater measuring 40 ft wide and 20-30 feet deep.

At 21.42 a report came in from the Batley Boys’ Grammar School headmaster. Over an hour earlier, at around 20.30, near the school he heard the scream of a bomb, followed by a dull thud but no explosion. Given the timing it is possible this linked to the 20.25 report from the Air Raid Warden at Post A2. The headmaster provided a further update at 23.49. The bomb had in fact exploded blocking a manhole at the school.

At 21.45 Air Raid Warden Norman of Post 28, reported a suspected Unexploded Bomb in soft soil between Clutton Street and Lady Ann Road, leaving a crater with a diameter of around 15 inches. Military were already in attendance.

At 22.01 a Rescue Party was at Parkers Houses, Carters Fields where an Unexploded Bomb was reported to be in a house. This presumably linked to the incident reported at 21.00 by Post 17. By 22.45 the Rescue Party had fenced it off.

At 22.12 P. C. 1331 Wright called in a suspected Unexploded Bomb at South Bank Road and the top of Pynate Road off Carlinghow Lane. The Police Station were asked to send someone to investigate.

At 22.15 Warden J. Wilson at Post 18 said a Delayed Action Bomb was believed to have dropped in Farmer Walker’s fields at the back of houses in Highcliffe Road.

At 22.27 Warden Clarkson at Post A2 called in an Unexploded Bomb at St. Thomas’ Church yard on Rutland Road, below the east window of the church. It had actually been discovered 20 minutes earlier. At 22.29 Warden Talbot stated this bomb was now found to be an unexploded flare which had been buried and covered with earth and posed no danger of explosion.

Meanwhile, more news came in from the Pynate Road incident. Information received at 22.45 from Warden H. Noble stated that two Unexploded Bombs were believed to have dropped at Pynate Road, Carlinghow Lane. There were no casualties, but as yet no services were there either.

By 23.00 the police got back. The Unexploded Bomb at the top of Chaster Street, South Bank Road and Pynate Road was being attended to by P. C. 1331 Wright and Special Constables.

The final report in the list is one at 23.40 to say the telephone was out of order at the Warden’s Post in Holland Street.

At 04.06 the Air Raid Message code “White” came through – the signal for the sounding of the All Clear sirens.

As can be seen from the above volley of communications, it was a fast-paced and confusing picture with multiple reports from separate sources coming in about various incidents across the Batley Borough. Some appear to be duplicate reports of the same incident.

As the dust settled, a considered general report could be written. This gave a further indication of the extent of the bombing and the subsequent activity by those on the ground dealing with it .

This read as follows (with spelling and punctuation as in the document):

Shortly after 7p.m. Enemy aeroplanes dropped flares over the Borough. There was immediately a considerable amount of Anti-Aircraft fire and attempts made to shoot down the flares. It is believed two flares were shot down.

About 7.45p.m. numerous fires broke out in the neighbourhood of Bradford Rd. Central.

A large number of Incendiary bombs were dropped but the majority were put out by Wardens, Police, A.F.S.1 Soldiers and Civilians.

At 8.15p.m. Bradford Road Central closed from Branch Rd. to Hick Lane on account of fires.

At 9.5 p.m. Soothill Lane closed owning to U.X.B.2 on Soothill Railway Bridge.

Only Incendiary bombs were dropped in the centre of town.

Feeding and Shelter Stations were opened at Zion Sunday School, Cross Bank Sunday School, and Soothill Workings Mens’ Club for persons destitute through H.E.3 or Fire and for persons evacuated owing to enexploded [sic] bombs.

Schools etc. were utilised at Healey and Soothill where the distance from Feeding Stations was great or not accessible on account of unexploded bombs.

At 12.30 a.m. Fires were under control and very little glow.

Weather was good when raid commenced but dense fog descended after 9 p.m. The roads became ice-bound and consequently movement was difficult.

5.30 a.m. Lieut. Hill, of Bomb Disposal Unit arrived with squad and commenced on unexploded bombs. The bomb on Soothill Bridge was given priority and removed at 8 a.m

A summary of damage then followed (spellings and punctuation as per the report).

Casualties.
1 Soldier killed with Shrapnel. 1 Warden injured by Shrapnel. Approximately 4 civilians also injured by Shrapnel.

Fires.
Rag Warehouse J. A. Calverley. Half of top storey and part of second storey destroyed; also considerable stock of rags.

2 Storey Rag Warehouse, Anchor Mills, Bradford Rd. C[entral]. Damage to roof and stock of rags.

2 Storey Rag Warehouse off Bridge Street, (J. E. Etherington Ltd.) Stock of wool destroyed.

3 Storey Rag Warehouse and contiguous Dwelling Well Lane (W. J. Ineson & Son Ltd) Top two storeys used as Rag Warehouse, Bottom storey and Dwelling house used as H.Q. First Aid Parties and canteen. Damage. Burnt out.

Single storey Hygienic Laundry, Bradford Rd. C[entral]. Damage. Roof, machinary [sic] and customers articles.

24 other small fires were reported and dealt with by A.F.S., Wardens, Police, Soldiers etc. These were all between Cross Park Street and Mount Pleasant; Branch Road and Hick Lane.

H.E. Damage.
Boys’ Grammar School. Damage to wall and lawns.

Mount Pleasant – Victoria Avenue, Three houses wholly demolished. St. Andrews Church badly damaged. Gospel Hall and Purlwell Wesleyan Chapel slightly damaged.

North Bank Road. Four back to back cottages damaged beyond repair.

Near Trafalgar St., Crater 40ft x 30ft in field. numerous houses damaged by shrapnel, stones etc.

In the whole Borough 578 houses were damaged during the Raid.

450 temporary homeless people were accommodated in the Rest Centres at Zion Chapel etc.

Unexploded Bombs.
Soothill Bridge.
Alexandra Mills.
Clutton Street.
Station Road.
Railway Goods Yard.
Hunts Warehouse.
Station Road Warehouse.
Stubley’s Mill.
Field off Broom Street.
Soothill Pit Hill
(These were removed by Military safely.)

Alton Lodge. (Not confirmed)
Well Lane.
Carter’s Field. (Exploded)
Top of Southbank Road.
Off Highcliffe Road
Purlwell Lane (same bomb)
Woodersome [sic] Estate.
(Search was made for these but no traces found.)

Sewerage Beds. (Safe, Inspected and left.)

Bankfoot. (Flare removed by Military.)

St Thomas’s Church. (Flare removed by Military.)

A crater was discovered on 1st January 1941 near to Princess Royal School, Carlinghow, caused by H.E. bomb.

Upper Croft Road. Crater indicating that bomb had exploded at great depth; discovered 15th. Dec. 1940. (Later found to be U.X.B. 500 K.G.)

Sufficient components were found to completely re-construct a Parachute flare.

Several Unexploded Incendiary bombs were found.

Some Incendiary Bomb sticks and Flare canisters were also found.

St Andrew’s Church – Photo by Jane Roberts

In the midst of the destruction there were some lighter moments. For example the 80-year-old stone-deaf lady who, when eventually roused by police at 5am to evacuate her home, and after a search for her ear trumpet, refused to allow the Constable to take her to the Rest Centre until she had thoroughly brushed and combed her hair. Perhaps this was the wrong time and place for worrying about appearances!

In another incident, shortly after midnight, a vehicle belonging to the military emerged through the fog towards a policeman. It skated on the icy road as it drew up to him. The driver then asked the Police Officer for directions to the nearest piece of vacant land. The Officer took his time in replying, no doubt wondering what the consequences were for him – perhaps he would have to guard the Army vehicle – and how to get out of them. He soon got a move on when the Army Driver told him “Hell man, hurry up, we have an unexploded bomb on the rear seat.

And it would not be Batley without the grumbles and complaints about the action of the local authority, even in pre-Kirklees Council days. There were two such examples cited in the immediate aftermath.

In the first, a man in the Soothill area roused at about 5am for evacuation purposes due to the unexploded bomb on Soothill Bridge, shouted through his bedroom window at the Police Constable “That bomb dropped last neet, what the Hell are they laikin’ at? It owt to be aht nah.

Also on an ice-bound Soothill Lane, at around 6am an exhausted Warden had the unenviable task of being posted about 100 yards from an unexploded bomb. His job was to stop people coming down the road, and instruct them to make a detour to avoid the bomb on Soothill Bridge. One stockily-built middle aged man came sliding through the fog, his torch waving about as he tried to keep his balance. The Warden explained he would have to take a different route on account of the bomb. The man’s locally accented reply was “All right, but what’s t’Corporation laiking abaht at, there isn’t an ash up Sooithill Loin; it’s like glass an’ there’ll be somebody lamed yet.” When the Warden pointed out perhaps the Corporation had a lot to do during the night, the man’s reply was “Oh hev they.” He then disappeared into to the fog without any comment or question about the bomb.

I’ve tried to indicate in red on the map below as many of the places I can identify from the reports, to give some idea of the spread of incidents and damage across Batley that night.

Map of Batley from the 1930s. The areas in red illustrate the scale of incidents and damage across Batley from the air raid.

To conclude, I suggest my previous post about the events of that night should be read in conjunction with this new post. My previous post focuses more on individuals involved in the events, including details of the soldier killed outright, a St Mary’s parishioner who subsequently died from his injuries, as well as information about some others who were injured but thankfully survived. It also includes theories, confirmed in this latest post, about some of the bomb damage locations. The earlier post also covers events that night in neighbouring Dewsbury. It can be found here.

Footnotes:
1. Auxiliary Fire Service.
2. Unexploded bomb.
3. High Explosives.

St Mary of the Angels, Batley: One-Place Study Update – 1 to 31 May 2022 Additions

This is the latest update of the pages relating to my Batley St Mary’s one-place study, the details of which I announced here.

Headstone of William Smith in Batley Cemetery, Photo by Jane Roberts

May saw the addition of eight new pages. Two other pages were updated.

The additions included four weekly newspaper pages for May 1916. I have accordingly updated the surname index to these During This Week newspaper pieces, so you can easily identify newspaper snippets relevant to your family.

More men who served and survived have been identified. I have updated that page accordingly. There is one new biography here this month, that of Patrick Cassidy

I have written one biography for a parishioner killed during the Second World War – William Smith.

There is also a new occupational post which links to William Smith, about the role of a piecer/piecener.

Finally for this month there is one new school log book. This is for the Boy’s Department in 1916.

Below is the full list of pages to date. I have annotated the *NEW* ones, plus the *UPDATED* pages, so you can easily pick these out. Click on the link and it will take you straight to the relevant page.


1. About my St Mary of the Angels Catholic Church War Memorial One-Place Study;

Batley Descriptions – Directories etc.
2. 1914: Borough of Batley – Town Information from the Annual Report of the Medical Officer of Health.

Biographies: Men Associated with St Mary’s Who Died but Who Are Not on the Memorial 
3. Reginald Roberts 
4. William Frederick Townsend

Biographies: The War Memorial Men
5. Herbert Booth
6. Edmund Battye
7. Dominick (aka George) Brannan
8. Michael Brannan
9. John Brooks
10. Lawrence Carney
11. Martin Carney
12. Thomas Curley
13. Peter Doherty
14. Thomas Donlan
15. Thomas Finneran
16. Michael Flynn
17. Thomas Foley D.C.M.
18. Thomas Gavaghan
19. Michael Groark (also known as Rourke)
20. James Griffin
21. Michael Horan
William McManus – See William Townsend below
22. Thomas McNamara
23. Patrick Naifsey
24. Austin Nolan
25. Robert Randerson
26. James Rush
27. Moses Stubley
28. William Townsend, also known as McManus

Biographies: Those who Served and Survived (this includes a list of those identified to date and who will later have dedicated biographical pages) *UPDATED*
29. Patrick Cassidy *NEW*
30. James Delaney
31. Thomas Donlan (senior)
32. Michael Rush

Burials, Cemeteries, Headstones and MIs
33. Cemetery and Memorial Details
34. War Memorial Chronology of Deaths

During This Week
35. During This Week Newspaper Index *UPDATED*
36. 1914, 8 August – Batley News
37. 1914, 15 August – Batley News
38. 1914, 22 August – Batley News
39. 1914, 29 August – Batley News
40. 1914, 5 September – Batley News
41. 1914, 12 September – Batley News
42. 1914, 19 September – Batley News
43. 1914, 26 September – Batley News
44. 1914, 3 October – Batley News
45. 1914, 10 October – Batley News
46. 1914, 17 October – Batley News
47. 1914, 24 October – Batley News
48. 1914, 31 October – Batley News
49. 1914, 7 November – Batley News
50. 1914, 14 November – Batley News
51. 1914, 21 November – Batley News
52. 1914, 28 November – Batley News
53. 1914, 5 December – Batley News
54. 1914, 12 December – Batley News
55. 1914, 19 December – Batley News
56. 1914, 24 December – Batley News
57. 1915, 2 January – Batley News
58. 1915, 9 January – Batley News
59. 1915, 16 January – Batley News
60. 1915, 23 January – Batley News
61. 1915, 30 January – Batley News
62. 1915, 6 February – Batley News
63. 1915, 13 February – Batley News
64. 1915, 20 February – Batley News
65. 1915, 27 February – Batley News
66. 1915, 6 March – Batley News
67. 1915, 13 March – Batley News
68. 1915, 20 March – Batley News
69. 1915, 27 March – Batley News
70. 1915, 3 April – Batley News
71. 1915, 10 April – Batley News
72. 1915, 17 April – Batley News
73. 1915, 24 April – Batley News
74. 1915, 1 May – Batley News
75. 1915, 8 May – Batley News
76. 1915, 15 May – Batley News
77. 1915, 22 May – Batley News
78. 1915, 29 May – Batley News
79. 1915, 5 June – Batley News
80. 1915, 12 June – Batley News
81. 1915, 19 June – Batley News
82. 1915, 26 June – Batley News
83. 1915, 3 July – Batley News
84. 1915, 10 July – Batley News
85. 1915, 17 July – Batley News
86. 1915, 24 July – Batley News
87. 1915, 31 July – Batley News
88. 1915, 7 August – Batley News
89. 1915, 14 August – Batley News
90. 1915, 21 August – Batley News
91. 1915, 28 August – Batley News
92. 1915, 4 September – Batley News
93. 1915, 11 September – Batley News
94. 1915, 18 September – Batley News
95. 1915, 25 September – Batley News
96. 1915, 2 October – Batley News
97. 1915, 9 October – Batley News
98. 1915, 16 October – Batley News
99. 1915, 23 October – Batley News
100. 1915, 30 October – Batley News
101. 1915, 6 November – Batley News
102. 1915, 13 November – Batley News
103. 1915, 20 November – Batley News
104. 1915, 27 November – Batley News
105. 1915, 4 December – Batley News
106. 1915, 11 December – Batley News
107. 1915, 18 December – Batley News
108. 1915, 23 December – Batley News
109. 1916, 1 January – Batley News
110. 1916, 8 January – Batley News
111. 1916, 15 January – Batley News
112. 1916, 22 January – Batley News
113. 1916, 29 January – Batley News
114. 1916, 5 February – Batley News
115. 1916, 12 February – Batley News
116. 1916, 19 February – Batley News
117. 1916, 26 February – Batley News
118. 1916, 4 March – Batley News
119. 1916, 11 March – Batley News
120. 1916, 18 March – Batley News
121. 1916, 25 March – Batley News
122. 1916, 1 April – Batley News
123. 1916, 8 April – Batley News
124. 1916, 15 April – Batley News
125. 1916, 22 April – Batley News
126. 1916, 29 April – Batley News
127. 1916, 6 May – Batley News *NEW*
128. 1916, 13 May – Batley News *NEW*
129. 1916, 20 May – Batley News *NEW*
130. 1916, 27 May – Batley News *NEW*

Miscellany of Information
131. The Controversial Role Played by St Mary’s Schoolchildren in the 1907 Batley Pageant
132. The Great War: A Brief Overview of What Led Britain into the War
133. Willie and Edward Barber – Poems
134. A St Mary’s School Sensation

Occupations and Employment Information
135. Occupations: Confidential Clerk
136. Occupations: Limelight Operator
137. Occupations: Office Boy/Girl
138. Occupations: Piecer/Piecener *NEW*
139. Occupations: Rag Grinder
140. Occupations: Willeyer

The Families
141. A Death in the Church

School Log Books
142. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1913
143. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1914
144. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1915
145. Boys’ School – Log Book, 1916 *NEW*

Population, Health, Mortality and Fertility
146. 1914: The Health of Batley School Children Generally, with a Particular Focus on St Mary’s School Children

World War Two
147. World War Two Chronology of Deaths
148. Michael Flatley
149. William Smith *NEW*