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West, AlfredRef 526-844

Son of Henry West.

Born in Halifax [20th November 1887].

He was a tool maker & merchant of Lightcliffe [1910] / a commercial traveller for tool merchant [1911] / a tool merchant [1939].

In [Q3] 1910, he married Ada Constantine at St Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe.

Ada, of Upper Royd, Hipperholme, was the daughter of Thomas John Constantine


  1. Kathleen [1912-1918]
  2. Geoffrey C. [1914-2012]
  3. Gordon [16th December 1922-11th March 2004] who was an  apprentice tool merchant [1939]

They lived at

  • 17 Emscote Place, Halifax [1911]
  • Springfield, Hipperholme [1918]
  • Kirk Mount, Kirk Lane, Hipperholme [1939]

During World War I, he enlisted [May 1916], and he served as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery.

He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1918]

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although wounded in the arm, this gunner continued to serve his gun throughout a protracted bombardment of high explosive and gas shell until he was withdrawn under orders

His photograph appears with a report of his award in the Halifax Courier [9th November 1918].

He survived the War.

Members of the family were buried at Coley Church

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley & Sally West

West, ArthurRef 526-1505
Son of
Thomas West.

Born on 3rd March 1871.

He was a partner in Thomas West & Sons.

On 11th March 1901, he married Ann Mallison.


  1. Gladys
  2. Mildred
  3. Edith
  4. Hilda

They lived at 44 Stansfield Road, Todmorden [1905]

Arthur died in Blackpool [25th May 1941].

He was buried at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone

This & associated entries use material contributed by Ann Miller

West, DonaldRef 526-906
Son of
William West.

Born in Huddersfield.

He was a member of the Salvation Army band [for 21 years] / a trombone & horn player / a book binder [1901] / a warehouseman [1907] / a cutter in drapery warehouse [1911] / employed by David Hanson & Sons, Stannary / an agent for the Provident Clothing & Supply Company.

In [Q2] 1907, he married Alice Bates [1887-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Alice, of Lincoln Street, Halifax, was born in Leeds, the daughter of Thomas Henry Bates, weaver

Child: Nellie [b 1908]

They lived at 18 Penn Street, Halifax [1911].

During World War I, he enlisted [June 1916] and served as a Private with B Company 15th Battalion Welsh Regiment.

He died 1st August 1917 (aged 31).

The Halifax Courier [1st September 1917] reported his death with a photograph.

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 37], and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

In [Q3] 1919, Alice married Walter Brown in Halifax.

They lived at 14 Diamond Terrace, Pellon Lane, Halifax

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

West, GreenwoodRef 526-1506
Son of
Thomas West.

He was a cotton manufacturer [1901, 1921] / a partner in Thomas West & Sons.

He lived at

  • 42 Stansfield Road, Todmorden [1901, 1905]
  • 44 Stansfield Road, Todmorden [1921]

Living with him [in 1901] were his siblings Joshua, Walter & Edith.

Greenwood died 5th June 1935.

He was buried at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone

This & associated entries use material contributed by Ann Miller

West, Hannah MariaRef 526-412
From Woodlesford, Leeds.

She came to Halifax and worked in a woollen mill.

In 1903, she married George Whitley, a Halifax motor mechanic.

They had a daughter, Evelyn, but the couple separated and George went to live in America.

Maria was stabbed to death by Ernest Hutchinson with whom she lived at 20 Great Albion Street, Halifax.

Hutchinson and Mrs Whitley had lived together for several months, but he was jealous and suspected her of prostitution. When he returned home from drinking on Christmas Eve 1908, he saw a man leaving the house and later saw a sum of money on a table. He grabbed a knife and stabbed her several times.

Mrs Whitley's 5-year-old daughter, Evelyn, found her mother's body on Christmas Day 1908.

Hutchinson had tried to cut his own throat.

He was hanged at Wakefield prison [2nd March 1909]

West, HenryRef 526-645
Son of Robert West, gas engineer

Born in Guildford, Surrey.

He was an ironmonger of Halifax [1879] / an ironmonger's assistant [1881, 1891] / an ironmonger (employer) [1901] / a tool maker & merchant [1910] / a partner in Nicholson & West / a partner in Smith, Nicholson & West.

In 1879, he married Jane Dobson at Halifax Parish Church.

Jane was born in Elland, the daughter of Joseph Dobson


  1. Eleanor M. [b 1880]
  2. Robert Henry [b 1881] who was a chemist's apprentice  [1901]
  3. Florence [b 1883] who was a dressmaker [1901]
  4. John F. [b 1885] who was an ironmonger's apprentice [1901]
  5. Alfred

They lived at

  • 10 Back of Green Hill Terrace, Halifax [1881]
  • 5 Holden Street, Halifax [1891]
  • Cresswell Terrace, Hipperholme, Halifax [1901]

Living with them [in 1901] were Henry's widowed mother Mary West [b Lymm, Cheshire 1829], & sister Elizabeth M. West [b Oldham 1849]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley & Sally West

West, JamesRef 526-1691
Master at
Rastrick Grammar School [1793]

West, Rev JamesRef 526-1750
Curate at
St Anne's in the Grove Church, Southowram [1821].

In 1821,

he committed the offence of praying for the Queen [Caroline, the estranged Queen Consort of George IV] in defiance of an order in council forbidding it

He died 6th October 1822 (aged 66).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-L25]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Lesley Abernethy

West, JohnRef 526-22
In 13??, he,
William de Bery and John Megotson – all of Halifax – were outlawed for failing to appear at Westminster to defend themselves after being accused of killing deer in the park of Sir William de Nevyle of Raby, at Cottingley

West, JohnRef 526-812
Son of
Joshua West.

Born in Todmorden [April 1818].

He was a yarn agent [1871].

On 8th January 1852, he married Asenath Whitehead Walton [1829-1912] at St Chad's Church, Rochdale.

Asenath was born in Todmorden [24th September 1829]


  1. Mary Walters [b 1853] who was a dress maker [1871]
  2. James Walton [b 1858] who was a cotton weaver [1871]
  3. John Arthur [b 1863] who was a Methodist Minister in  Northumberland [1912]
  4. Sarah Louisa [b 1867]

They lived at 60 Gauxholme Place, Todmorden & Walsden [1871].

John (possibly) died in 1884.

Asenath died at the home of her son John Arthur West [31st May 1912]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Ann Miller

West, Rev JosephRef 526-803
Minister of
St John's Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Halifax [1913]

West, JoshuaRef 526-1080

He married Mary Hinson [17??-18??].


  1. John West
  2. child
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child
  6. child

The children were baptised at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone [20th May 1821]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Ann Miller

West, Rev R. A. C.Ref 526-1035
Congregational minister at Northowram.

In 1957, he moved to Shotton, North Wales

West, SethRef 526-6340
Grandson of
William West.

Question: Could Seth be the illegitimate daughter of William's daughter Mary West?


Born in Skircoat, Halifax.

He was a cotton piecer (living with his West grandparents) [1861] / a mechanic [1881, 1891] / a mechanic (planer) [1901] / an iron planer [1911].

In [Q4] 1871, he married (1) Emma Wilson [1850-18??] in Halifax.

Emma was born in Warley.

She was a woollen weaver [1881]



  1. Arthur William [b 1873] who was a yeast dealer [1891]
  2. Eli [b 1876] who was an apprentice mechanic [1891]
  3. Fred [b 1878] who was a roller coverer [1891], a stone  mason [1901]
  4. Ruth Edna [b 1884] who was a silk spinner [1901], a  cotton reeler [1911]

In [Q4] 1887, he married (2) Grace Ann Dargu [1857-19??] in Halifax

Grace Ann came from Sowerby


  1. Susan [b 1889] who was a cotton reeler [1911]
  2. Mary Emma [b 1890]
  3. Brinton [b 1893] who was a teamer for a coal merchant  [1911]
  4. Irvine [b 1899] who was a part-timer, silk doffer [1911]

The family lived at

  • Fox Buildings, Warley [1881]
  • Binns Hill, Warley [1891]
  • 73 Bradford Road, Brighouse [1901, 1911]

Seth died in Halifax [Q2 1917] (aged 73) 

West, ThomasRef 526-1653
Constable at Todmorden & Walsden [1750]

West, ThomasRef 526-775

On 14th July 1747, he married Mary Allenson [1710-1784].

He was educated at Emmanuel College Cambridge [1736] / Headmaster of Halifax Free School [1751; resigned 1771] / Curate at Luddenden [1761] / Curate at Ripponden [1770-1796] / Minister at Halifax [1764]

West, ThomasRef 526-1078
Son of Sarah (née Greenwood) & Martin West.

Born at 871 Knotts Road, Stansfield [14th December 1843].

He was a cotton manufacturer [1881, 1891] / a well-respected councillor for Todmorden.

He established Thomas West & Sons.

On 11th December 1869, he married Selina Greenwood [1846-1984].

Selina was born in Todmorden


  1. Arthur
  2. Greenwood
  3. Annie [b 1874; d 1875]
  4. Elizabeth Ann [b 1876; d 18th December 1876]
  5. Joshua [b 16th November 1877; d Canada 26th May 1911] who  was a cotton manufacturer [1901]
  6. Walter [b 1879; d 11th July 1938] who was a cotton  manufacturer [1901]
  7. Edith [b 29th September 1881; d 16th September 1958]
  8. Elena [b 1888; d 27th July 1977]

They lived at

  • 8 Toad Carr, Stansfield [1881]
  • 18 White Platts Street, Stansfield [1891]
  • 42 Stansfield Road, Todmorden (Greenwood was head of the  household) [1901]

Thomas died 8th September 1900.

Selina committed suicide [2nd April 1984]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Ann Miller

West, WilliamRef 526-2
Born in Skipton.

He was a labourer [1861].

Around 1824, he married Hannah [1802-1???].

Hannah was born in Ovenden


  1. Mary [b 1834] who was a woollen weaver [1861]
  2. Cornelius [b 1842] who was a worsted dresser [1861]

They lived at Stepps, Warley [1861].

Living with them [in 1861] was grandson Seth West [b 1844] (cotton piecer) 

West, WilliamRef 526-619
Son of George West, cotton twister.

Born at Brookfoot, Southowram.

He was a cotton twister of Rastrick [1868] / a cotton factory hand [1871] / a cotton turner [1881] / a drysalter's labourer [1891] / a barman [1901] / a jobbing bricklayer [1911].

In 1868, he married Selina Dyson [1847-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Selina, of Rastrick, was born in Colne Bridge, Mirfield / Holmfield, Halifax, the daughter of William Dyson, cotton twister


  1. George William [b 1868] who was a cotton piecer [1881]
  2. Martha Eliza [b 1870] who was a cotton mill hand [1891]
  3. Mary [b 1873] who was a cotton mill hand [1891]
  4. Lavinia [b 1875] who was a cotton mill hand [1891]
  5. Joe [b 1878] who was a cotton mill hand [1891], a  Salvation Army bandmaster
  6. Eva [b 1880] who was a cotton mill hand [1891]
  7. Donald
  8. Laura [b 1887] who was a worsted spinner [1911]

They lived at

  • Tag Cut, Southowram [1871]
  • Lower Hall, Barkisland Village [1881]
  • 35 Clement Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 26 Penn Street, Halifax [1901]
  • 20 Penn Street, Halifax [1911]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley


West surnameRef 526-1
Entries for people with the surname West are discussed in this SideTrack.

Unattached BMDs for West

Marriages 1900, 1910, 1915, 1916


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