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Arthur Thornton
Born: 1855, Wilsden
Died: 18-4-1915
Buried: 20-4-1915
Age: 60
Grave No: D116
Notes: In the same grave - Jessie Harriet Thornton (pictured), buried 12-1 1928, aged 69; Ellen Elizabeth Thornton, bur 26-2-1931, aged 51; Jessie Harriet Wilkinson, bur 1-7-1933, aged 38
By the death of Mr Arthur Thornton who resided at 68 Victoria Road, Saltaire, there has been removed a gentleman who was formerly well-known in cricket circles. The deceased who was in his 61st year, died on Sunday, and a pathetic coincidence is that as recently as March 26th his eldest daughter, Mrs Burnett of 10 Ashley Road, Shipley, passed away in her 26th year. Mr Thornton had long been connected with the Saltaire Club, originally as player, later as coach and in recent years, as a member of the committee. He was, in his playing days, an able exponent of the game with both bat and ball and in 1881
appeared in the Yorkshire county team. It is recalled that on the occasion of a match in Saltaire Park against the Baildon Green Club, the visiting eleven had lost five wickets and required only two or three runs to win when Mr Thornton effected the dismissal of the remainder without another run being scored. In the year 1904, whilst playing with Saltaire Veterans against the Saltaire eleven he obtained 50 runs and took five wickets. At that time Mr Thornton was in his 50th year. The deceased had acted as professional for the Ramsbottom, Lowerhouse and Grimsby clubs. After his playing days had ended he became umpire and his services in that capacity were much in demand for many years.
Mr Thornton leaves a widow, six sons and two daughters. Two of the sons, Mr Tom and Mr A E Thornton, are well-known cricketers. The former has played with Saltaire and Undercliffe and was secretary for the Saltaire Club for many years. Mr A E Thornton also played with the Saltaire eleven. Mr R L Thornton has joined the Bradford Pals Battalion and Mr E G Thornton is with the Army Ordnance Corps at York. The latter has played cricket with one of the Bradford elevens. The funeral took place at Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley, on Tuesday afternoon. Prior to the interment a service was conducted at St Peter’s Church by the Vicar, Rev F B Hope, who also performed the last rites at the graveside. Shipley Times & Express 23 April 1915
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