WILLIAM HOLDSWORTH 1922-1969
 


Bill Holdsworth Bill Holdsworth, 1922-1969

Flight Lieut. William Holdsworth of Scargill House, Kettlewell, Nr. Skipton, Yorkshire
and of Bellinter Park, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland
1922 - 1969

William Holdsworth was third and youngest son of George Bertram Holdsworth. Like his elder brothers John and Michael, he was educated at Lockers Park, Hemel Hempstead and at Harrow in Newlands House 1936-40, under firstly Rev. D.B. Kittermaster M.C. then F.W.T. James.

Known as 'Bill', William left Harrow in 1940. He worked briefly in an aircraft factory while waiting to join the R.A.F. where he became a Spitfire pilot. He rose to the rank of acting wing commander before serving at R.A.F. Thornhill, Gwelo in Rhodesia where he trained other pilots. Bill fell in love with the country and dreamt of returning there to farm after the war. But then John was killed. His dream fell apart and he was faced with the responsibility of returning to Halifax to take over the business.

Bill was vice-president of the Halifax Textile Society and a past president of the Halifax Fly-Fishing Club of which he was co-founder.
He was also a key member of Kilnsey Angling Club, 1946-1958.
Among his other interests he was past-president of the Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society.
A keen sportsman, he enjoyed shooting, fishing and farmed extensively in Wharfedale and Ireland.
Bill was vice-president of the Skipton branch of the Royal Air Force Association.


From the Photograph Album

William Holdsworth, on 'Ginger' at Catteral Hall
William Holdsworth
on 'Ginger' at Catteral Hall
Swimming bath at Lockers Park ca. 1935
Swimming bath at Lockers Park
William Holdsworth on right. ca.1935
The Bentley Mark VI Coupe by Abbott of Farnham, reg. BCP 555
The Bentley Mark VI Coupe by Abbott of Farnham
Reg. BCP 555
DMH's Austin Atlantic A90, green
DMH's Austin Atlantic A90, green
Scargill House. The Cottages viewed from the house
Scargill House
The Cottages viewed from the house
Scargill and Cottages 1953
Scargill and Cottages, 1953
Kettlewell 1953
Kettlewell, 1953
Bedford 'Dormobile'
Bedford 'Dormobile'
Gwynreta on Norfolk Broads
Gwynreta
on Norfolk Broads
Gwynreta in Denmark
Gwynreta
in Denmark
Gwynreta at Marken, Holland
Gwynreta
at Marken, Holland
Bill Holdsworth in Spitfire over Germany
Bill Holdsworth in Spitfire over Germany
Bill Holdsworth, Didy Holdsworth. Terry Spencer's wedding
Bill Holdsworth, Didy Holdsworth
Terry Spencer's wedding
DWH, JMH, IRH, DMH, KRH, HIH, and Flip 1953
The Family
DWH, JMH, IRH, DMH, KRH, HIH, and 'Flip'1953
DMH, Jack Kuperus, Mrs W.C. Kuperus, Jan van der Sterr on Gwynreta in Amsterdam
DMH, Jack Kuperus, Mrs W.C. Kuperus,
Jan van der Sterr
on Gwynreta in Amsterdam
DMH, Jack Kuperus, Mrs W.C. Kuperus, Bill Holdsworth on Gwynreta in  Amsterdam
DMH, Jack Kuperus, Mrs W.C. Kuperus,
Bill Holdsworth
on Gwynreta in Amsterdam
Bill Holdsworth and Dina Maria Kuperus, Amsterdam 1946
Bill Holdsworth and Dina Maria Kuperus,
Amsterdam 1946
Bill Holdsworth and Dina Maria Kuperus, Amsterdam 1946
Bill Holdsworth and Dina Maria Kuperus,
Amsterdam 1946
The Civil Wedding, Bill Holdsworth and Dina Maria Kuperus, Amsterdam 1946
The Civil Wedding, Bill Holdsworth
and Dina Maria Kuperus,
Amsterdam 1946
Bill Holdsworth and Dina Maria Kuperus, Amsterdam 1946
Bill Holdsworth and Dina Maria Kuperus,
Amsterdam 1946
John Michael Holdsworth
John Michael Holdsworth
Ingrid Rona Holdsworth
Ingrid Rona Holdsworth
David William Holdsworth
David William Holdsworth
David William Holdsworth
David William Holdsworth
H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth, Lord Mackintosh of Halifax, William Holdsworth
H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth,
Lord Mackintosh of Halifax, William Holdsworth
ca. 1950
William Holdsworth and family, at Scargill House, Kettlewell, 1954
William Holdsworth and family
Bill and Didy,
Michael, Howard, David, Ingrid & Kirsten (on knee),
and Flip.
At Scargill House, 1954
William Holdsworth, Bentley Crash, 1959
William Holdsworth,
Bentley Crash, 30 April 1959
William Holdsworth, Bentley Crash, 1959
William Holdsworth,
Bentley Crash, 30 April 1959
William Holdsworth, Announcement of his death, 1969
William Holdsworth,
Announcement of his death, Nov 1969

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