Many of the graves in Hirst Wood Cemetery give clues to a family’s story and with the help of Margaret Hall’s research into her maternal line we can reveal something of a family who are in three separate graves in the cemetery.In plot D49 we find George and Hannah Bould. George was born in 1850 in Kniver Staffordshire while Hannah came from Ashbourne in Derbyshire where she was born in 1852.We can tell from the 1911 census, which gives George as a jobbing gardener, that the couple lived for some time in Brighouse where several of their nine children were born. By the time of the census they were living at 74 Victoria Road, Saltaire.Plot D49 was purchased by Hannah on 4 January 1922 for the funeral of the couple’s daughter Emma, who had died on 30 December, aged 38.Two days after the funeral, the Shipley Times & Express reported:The funeral of Miss Emma Bould (38) of 74 Victoria Road, Saltaire, whose death occurred on Friday last, took place at Hirst Wood Cemetery on Wednesday.In addition to the family mourners the funeral was attended by members of Mrs Frank Rhodes’ Sunday class, of which the deceased was a member, by representatives of the Parish Church Sunday School, and by fellow workpeople from Saltaire Mills.A service conducted by the Rev F B Hope was held in St Peter’s Church and Mr Hope also officiated at the graveside.The family mourners were – Mr and Mrs Bould (father and mother), Mr and Mrs Burgess (Great Horton), Mr and Mrs Bould (Baildon Green), Mr R Bould, Mr and Mrs John Bould, Miss Burgess and the misses Hannah, Mary and Alice Bould.The numerous floral tributes included, in
addition to the family wreaths – From Mrs F Rhodes and her class; from the Sunday School teachers; from a dear friend at Ripponden; from Miss Penistone; from the ‘Reelers’ at Saltaire Mills; from Mrs Guerin; from Maggie and Ted Clarke; and from three loving friends, Biddie, Joan and Mary Sharpe.The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr W Stephenson.Hannah died on 20 January 1933, aged 80, and was buried four days later and George was buried alongside her on 6 November 1940, two days after he died, aged 90.As well as the three buried in D49, two others are included on the gravestone inscription, George and Hannah’s son John and his wife Edwina, who died in 1965 and 1969 respectively and are believed to have been cremated.As a young man John joined the forces in World War I and his story is told on the Saltaire website. After his war service John was employed by Salts Mill as a foreman joiner, he was well known about the village of Saltaire. Elsewhere in Hirst Wood Cemetery there is an unmarked grave which includes a tragic part of John and Edwina’s marriage, for their son, named George after his grandfather, was buried on 29 August 1919 and in the records, in the column for age. it simply reads ’12 hours.’Margaret tells us: ‘According to my mother only two people attended the baby's funeral his father John and an aunt, a sister of Edwina's. ‘The baby was buried in an unmarked communal grave close to the wall near the entrance to the cemetery. ‘This was the baby that my mother never knew and the uncle I never had. If this had happened a few years later perhaps the child might have been buried in the family grave.’Elsewhere in the graveyard, in plot C99, we find another of George and Hannah’s children, Mary.
She is featured on the stone of the Buttle family grave alongside her husband, Charles Gordon ButtleCharles was the youngest of three sons of John Buttle, a joiner from Bolton le Sands in Lancashire and his wife Sarah Ann, born in Immingham, Norfolk.At the time of the 1911 census, all three sons were working at clerical jobs and living with their widowed mother at 67 Alexandra Road, Shipley, having moved from 36 Alexandra Road where they were recorded in the 1891 census.John died in 1900 and Sarah Ann in 1935 and both were buried in Hirst Wood cemetery. Two decades later, on 29 February 1956, Mary’s brother Joseph Henry Bould was also laid to rest in C99. This was presumably organised by his sister as the Bould family grave was full.At the time of the 1939 register, Charles and Mary were living at 133 Bradford Road, Shipley together with his brother John Walter. The eldest brother, George, appears to have married and moved to Hull and he is not mentioned on the family headstone where we find John Walter, Charles and Mary alongside the three people buried there.John Walter died in 1964, Charles a year later and Margaret Hall writes that ‘as a child I sent snowdrops to the funeral.’ Mary died in 1968 and it would appear all three were cremated.I’m grateful to Margaret Hall for sharing her research and family photographs