George Nettleton
Died: 13 January 1898
Buried: 15 January 1898
Age: 61
Grave No: C91
Notes: Also in C91: Mary Nettleton, buried 13-3-1905, aged 79; Freda Nettleton, bur 24-12-1919, aged 34; George Nettleton, bur 7-7-1923, aged 62; Sarah Bales bur 14-3-1910, aged 74
On 15 January 1898, the Shipley Times & Express reported: We regret to have to announce the death of Mr George Nettleton, which occurred at his residence, 34 Field Street, on Wednesday, at the age of 61. The deceased, who had been in failing health for some time past, enjoyed the distinction of being the oldest member of the Shipley Fire Brigade with which body he has been connected for the past 16 years. The following week, there was a second report: On Saturday afternoon the interment of the remains of the late Mr George Nettleton, of Field Street, for 16 years a member of the Shipley Fire Brigade, took place in the Church cemetery at Nab Wood. Long before the cortege left the house a large concourse assembled and along the route to the
cemetery the funeral was witnessed by large numbers. The procession was headed by Tom Townsend and J Midgley, representatives of the Shipley District Council, and Mr T C Peters, the deceased’s foreman. These gentlemen were followed by a number of members of the lodge to which the deceased belonged. A posse of constables, under Sgt Lee, headed the representatives of the various fire brigades who to the number of about 80, attended in full uniform. All the members of the Shipley Brigade were present, viz J Dean Wilks (captain), G Shaw (sergeant), A D Long (engineer), J Horsfall, J H Heywood, H Walker, C Smith, J Briggs, W Smith, J W Sykes, H Barras, J Hartis and M Wilks.
The Saltaire Brigade, under Mr Stolworthy, and Mr Henry Mason’s Brigade, under Mr B Edmondson, were also present, together with representatives from the Bradford, Bingley, Keighley, Illingworth & Sons (Bradford), Idle and Guiseley Brigades. The coffin surmounted by the deceased’s helmet and accoutrements, was borne from the house to the Parish Church on the shoulders of his fellow workers in the brigade. After a short service in the church, the body was placed on the brigade’s reel cart, which was draped in black and drawn by a pair of horses, and the mournful procession wended its way to the cemetery where the last sad rites were observed. The Rev W Ferens was the officiating clergyman. A beautiful artificial wreath, subscribed for by the members of the brigade, was placed on the grave.
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