Born: 1888, Windhill
Died: July/August 1915
Address: 18 Wycliffe Place, Saltaire Road, Shipley
Parents: Arthur and Emma
Spouse: Florence
Siblings: Florence, John
Occupation: Moulder, David Sowden & Sons, loom makers, Shipley
Organisations/clubs: Idle Victoria FC; Oddfellows
Rank: Sgt
Rolls of Honour: St Paul’s, Shipley
Children: one son
Regiment: 9 West Yorkshire
Fred Starkey
Fred Starkey was born in Windhilll in 1888, the son of Arthur and Emma. By 1891, Emma was a widow living with her three children at 7 Wellington Street, Idle, and providing for her family by being a laundress. By the time of the 1911 census, Fred and his wife of less than a year, Florence, were in their new home at 18 Wycliffe Place. On 10 September 1915, the Shipley Times & Express reported: ‘Sgt Fred Starkey of 9th West Yorks Regiment, who lived at 18 Wycliffe Place, Saltaire Road, Shipley, is officially reported to
have been killed in action at the Dardanelles. ‘Deceased who was in his twenty-eighth year and was promoted to the rank of sergeant on January 30th. ‘Prior to the war he was employed as a moulder at Messrs David Sowden and Sons, loom makers, Shipley. He was a native of Windhill and son of the late Mr Arthur Starkey, who carried on business as a clogger. ‘Sgt Starkey formerly played with the Idle Victoria Football Club and was a member of the Tree of Life Lodge (Shipley
District, Manchester Unity of Oddfellows). He leaves a widow and one child, a boy four years of age.’ A memorial service was held at
St Paul’s Church, Shipley for Fred and another recently killed soldier, George Parker. Something of the impact the war had on a small community both at home and at the Front, are summed up in a letter James Frear wrote just before his own death, about seeing his school pal Benny Clow killed in front of him. He added: ‘Another lad called Starkey, who lived in Wycliffe Road, Saltaire, was killed on the spot by a piece of shrapnel. ‘Well it can’t be helped and there is a consolation, the lads have died a noble death. You must all cheer.’
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